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To see or not to see?

Gus and Ollie Hamburg

I have always loved taking photos. Snippets & moments to be remembered. A glance, a smile, a space, a colour. It often takes me a little longer to get anywhere because I inevitably need to stop and take a photo or two.

My darling husband is particularly patient with me, when it comes to this – I know so many are not. Often waiting until I get the shot, before we move on, even after I tell him “I’ll catch up” and I’m not just talking about photographing our coffees before we destroy the crema (although I am guilty of this occasionally too).


Long before Instagram, hashtags or selfies, my almost every move was interrupted by a camera. I’ve taken photos for as long as I can remember; of friends, family, pets, school camp. I’ve taken photos of my feet for decades, long before #footselfies or #ihaveathingwithfloors were a thing. I learnt to turn my analog camera around, line it up and perfectly fit us in the frame – long before there were screens and apps to help. Continue reading “To see or not to see?”

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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.

There are some really cute characters to choose from at the moment and I’ll be adding new ones to the mix in the next few weeks! There are also some really cute soft Superhero Brooches and Vintage Button Brooches in stock too.

So enjoy! It’s my thank you to you. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family and I look forward to seeing you on Instagram! Both sales end May 31st, 2016. Please be quick, if there is something you have your eye on, there is only one of each!

The monkies and monsters can’t wait to meet you – Pick me! Pick me!

15% Off now



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Taking Stock : June 2014

gus and ollie, handmade in hamburg, Germany

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to participate in the delightful online course Blog with PipPip Linclon is an Australian dynamo, full of so many creative talents and has helped inspire and motivate me to write more here, keeping my lovely followers up to date with what’s going on in the studio – as well as life here in Hamburg. Continue reading “Taking Stock : June 2014”

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Studio Life : Process


Gus and Ollie, handmade in Hamburg, Germany. Happy socksThe other day, a friend of mine (an IT expert) said ‘A client of mine recently questioned me charging my minimum 50€ for one hour, because he saw it only took me a few minutes to fix a bug on his website. So I explained, that 1 hour was the minimum charge, because even though it only took me a few minutes….it actually took a university degree + 15 years experience + those few minutes, to be able to fix those bugs effectively and efficiently.’

Which got me thinking, putting a price on one’s process, journey or experience is really difficult. Continue reading “Studio Life : Process”

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Studio Life : Newbies in (almost) Spring

Hot off the Monkey Press – meet the new members of the Gus & Ollie Family

I am very excited to share with you three brand new Gus and Ollie Mini Monkies, that have joined our family this week! Aren’t they sweet. A very warm welcome to Brady, Flossie & Vincent, available now (simply email me or write to me via my FB page)

Gus & Ollie: Atelier E-37
A Spring window to brighten you day!

Continue reading “Studio Life : Newbies in (almost) Spring”

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Travel : Happy New Year

Coming into this New Year, I am reminded how lucky I am to be able to call two amazing cities home. On average, I spend 10 months a year in Hamburg, Germany and 2 months a year mainly in Melbourne, Australia – during Summer.

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Summer holidays for these lucky monkies.

Hamburgers ( mostly Germans in general) dream about going to Australia – although can not fathom a flight soooooo long! While most Australians often spend many years saving their pennies – and their holidays, in order to visit Europe – never once mentioning how long the flight will be! Continue reading “Travel : Happy New Year”

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Travel : Merry Christmas

Gus and Ollie Christmas 2013

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from the extended Gus and Ollie family and I.

Thank you all for making 2013 a wonderful year – which included raising much needed funds for the Australian Red Cross – aiding the Tasmanian Bush Fire Appeal earlier this year & another donation coming up in January – to support the relief effort in the Philippines and surrounding areas, after Typhoon Haiyan.

Further sales until December 31st, 2013, will be added to that total.

It’s been so lovely meeting so many new friends and customers both online and at markets. I just love hearing from you and trying to fulfil your every wish.

If you’re travelling over this holiday season, stay safe.

See you all in 2014!!