Meet Up Mondays

Meet Up Monday : Alistair


I hope you’ve all had a lovely Monday. It’s a public holiday here and we’ve been simultaneously recovering from a wonderful day & night of friends, fun and games, to celebrate my Hubby’s birthday while enjoying what may be our last sunny day this week. Thus apologies for squeezing this post in at the eleventh hour literally, but I think this little cutie is worth meeting tonight.

Meet mini monkey Alistair!

Alistair is super soft to touch and loves cuddles! He’s made from a pair of baby socks, in the sweetest combination of blues. Did I mention I love blue? His ears and back are covered in tiny puffy spots, which make for an extra sensory experience. Continue reading “Meet Up Monday : Alistair”

Meet Up Mondays

Meet Up Monday : Georgie


IMG_0968Well if you can believe it, it’s already Meet Up Monday once again and today I want to introduce you to sock monkey Georgie. Isn’t she just the cutest?

Georgie hasn’t been with our Gus and Ollie family very long, as I only finished putting her together last week. She is technically a mini monkey – but has extra long arms and legs – making her a little cuddlier than the normal sized mini monkeys. 

Continue reading “Meet Up Monday : Georgie”

Fun One Friday

Fun One Friday : Advocating for colour


* Colour Alert *

Is it just me, or are things for kids these days lacking some wild and wonderful colour?

It seems to be the in thing at the moment, to furnish children’s spaces with light pastels  or monotones. One search on Pinterest brings a myriad of examples in whites and off white, pale pink, blue or yellow and not forgetting the metallics, grey and even black! Continue reading “Fun One Friday : Advocating for colour”

Fun One Friday

Fun One Friday : Thank You Sale


15% OFFWow! How exciting! Thank you!

Gus and Ollie has reached over 600 followers on Instagram! Thank you all so much. It’s such a joy sharing bits and pieces of my world here with you all. Sometimes often, sometimes not so much. From toys I’m making, to kitties, ice cream, nature and more – it’s a mishmash of my colourful world here in Hamburg and beyond.

To celebrate, I have taken 15% off EVERYTHING in my DaWanda Shop, for all my lovely European customers and followers! I haven’t forgotten those of you in Australia, the United States, Canada or elsewhere! Simply visit my Etsy Shop and use the coupon code: SPRING15 at check out for 15 % off everything there too. Continue reading “Fun One Friday : Thank You Sale”

Handmade · Instagram

Studio Life : Meet Minky & Jed


Hi there,

How are you all today? I thought I would let you all in a couple of customs orders I have been working on, because nothing is more rewarding than giving life to someone else’s vision and these were no exception.

These were two extremely different, but equally sweet monkey orders I received, that each had very unique requirements.  Continue reading “Studio Life : Meet Minky & Jed”

One + Four = Life · Travel

One + Four = Life : Desktop, Fire, Streetscape & Hooking

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Hi there 🙂

I thought it was about time for another One + Four = Life post. I have been making and photographing and making and photographing these last few weeks, with the view outside my window being as enticing as my studio. Continue reading “One + Four = Life : Desktop, Fire, Streetscape & Hooking”

Charity · Handmade

Little Elliot, Big City.

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Hi there Friends!

Sometimes something special happens.

This is one of those times, I’d like to share with you.

A very special custom order came in from a friend of mine a few weeks ago, who teaches an amazing group of students at that Verney Road School in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.

One of their favourite books written by Mike Curato (Hi Mike!) is Little Elliot, Big City –  about a little Elephant called Elliot, taking on Manhattan, with some of the most delightful illustrations I have seen in a long time. They instantly take me back to those streets, I very recently walked myself. Continue reading “Little Elliot, Big City.”