Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

I love : my husband, my fur kids, family, music, sunshine, creating, chocolate, handmade soaps, the DUST Team, gardening, friends, Triple J Radio and photography. Comments welcome, I hope you enjoy the adventure with me.

Please respect my copyright and that the original ©photographs and ©text published on this blog remain the property of ©Maddabling (Samara). Please do not reproduce, crop or alter my original photographs.

made with love.........................maddabling xox

proud member of the down under street team

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Friends - DUSTy Divas - Domum Vindemia

Welcome to Friday dear readers, what a week it has been ! Maddabling has (almost) successfully beaten a winter lurgy and the dull day has been made a little brighter by winter sunshine streaming through the windows ! Still the whales on the coast walk here have remained distant and somewhat elusive, I am dearly hoping to get some snaps to share with you soon. This week I want you to meet a fabulous DUSTy Diva, the amazing Deb of TwoCheekyMonkeys and Domum Vindemia. I have had the pleasure of "knowing" Deb through the DUST team for a number of years now :) 

Deb makes gorgeous upcycled chic homewares from beautiful things, making old things new again. Stylish and practical, perfect for your modern yet vintage styled home. Deb makes ooak and limited edition homewares and kitchenwares. Check out some of the lovely things I found when browsing through Domum Vindemia. 
Dear Readers, I now invite you to indulge in some vintage glam homewares and to read the Domum Vindemia Diaries. Take care and have a fabulous weekend xo
The Domum Vindemia Diaries 

Who is DomumVindemia ?
Domum Vindemia is a one woman operation run in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and supported by my loyal family and friends.  The name is Latin and means "vintage home" and was chosen because I thought it was appropriate and I like names that are a little different.
How and When did your handmade/artistic journey begin ?
My mum studied a lot of art and handcrafts when she was at school and, along with my dad who was adept at sketching and fancy handwritten fonts, instilled in me a love of creating from a young age.  However, it wasn't until my own daughters were born, and I found it difficult to find part-time work, that I had the time to return to my love of creating.  My close family and friends encouraged me to try selling my handmade creations and I opened the virtual doors of my first business, Two Cheeky Monkeys, in 2009 and then opened Domum Vindemia two years later.
What inspires you ?
I am inspired by the wonderful supplies with which I work, retro and vintage designs and beautiful flower gardens. 
What mediums do you work with - do you have a favourite ?
I work with several mediums, but sewing and jewellery-making are two of my favourites. I especially love sewing, which my mum taught me to do when I was just four or five years old.

What kind of things do you make/create ?
I create homewares, such as cake stands and buntings, as well as scarves upcycled from vintage and/or orphaned pieces of linen and crockery.  
Do you have a favourite piece that you have made/created ?
I love the Eleanor cupcake stand (http://www.etsy.com/listing/102106017/eleanor-cake-stand-upcycled-vintage) for the beautiful colours and design of the vintage teaplate 
and I also love the Charity bunting (http://www.madeit.com.au/detail.asp?id=562147) because there is just something very cute about ric rac!
What are your future plans/dreams/aspirations ?
I would love to grow Domum Vindemia to the stage where I am regularly creating buntings and cupcake stands custom orders for customers to use as party favours or decorations at their celebrations.  For the near futue, I am working to have Domum Vindemia creations featured in various online and print magazines.
Dear readers - do you want to see more ? Here is how you can connect with DomumVindemia 
Buy lovely things from the online stores at Etsy http://DomumVindemia.etsy.com and 
Madeit : http://madeit.com.au/DomumVindemia
Read the DomumVindemia Blog here:http://twocheekymonkeysdesigns.blogspot.com

and become a facebook follower here:http://facebook.com/DomumVindemia

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cozy Up - Wednesday Wishes

Cold winter evenings are a good excuse to cozy up ... here are some lovely Australian handmade picks to brighten the coldest of winter days and nights xo 
Hot Water Bottle Cover - Tropical Punch by whistlefish

Owl Tea Cozy - made to order by shazzasknits

Vanilla Bean Loose Leaf Tea by PaperandPoppies

Throw quilt Lap Rag Rug pink and blue by ChampagnewithDayla

Teal upcycled slippers by TwoTiming

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Friends, Western Australian Street Team on Etsy, The Little Humbugs

Ewan and his Red Truck © The Little Humbugs
Happy Friday dear readers !What a busy week it has been. I have felt a little lost not following a photo challenge every day........So ! Maddabling has decided to create a photo challenge to be hosted on the Maddabling Blog. The 22 Day Challenge is due to commence on the 10th August and runs for 22 days. Stay tuned for further details ! 

This week it is my great pleasure to introduce the super talented Louise of The Little Humbugs ! Louise is a fellow sandgroper (West Australian) and a fellow member of the Western Australia Street Team on Etsy
The Little Humbugs feature brings to a close a special 4 part series on Handmade for Children from four talented artisans from the Western Australia Street Team on Etsy.         I have a feeling that I may have said this before but I will say it again, one of the BEST things about writing a Friday Friends series on the Maddabling Blog is that I get to have a really good look around online stores and facebook pages to see what my featured artists have to offer you the readers ! Here are a few of my personal favourites ....... please remember that these images have been supplied for this blog post with permission from ©The Little Humbugs and the copyright remains with The Little Humbugs. Please do not use or reproduce these images without Louise's written permission. 
 Stella and her Red Balloon © The Little Humbugs
Gone Fishing © The Little Humbugs
A Girl in Red © The Little Humbugs
Time dear readers, to let your imagination run wild for a little while, and return to those carefree childhood days of yesteryear, as you turn the virtual pages of a Vintage Visual Adventure with The Little Humbugs.Take care everyone and have a wonderful weekend xo
© The Little Humbugs
A Vintage Visual Adventure with The Little Humbugs
Who is the little humbugs ? 
The Little Humbugs is my own little artistic venture - I create children's wall art and party stationery. All of my illustrations begin as a pencil sketch, and are digitally coloured.  My work has a vintage, whimsical, yet innocent feel to it - I like to try and celebrate the innocence of childhood.
Captivated © The Little Humbugs
How and When did your handmade/artistic journey begin ?
I have always loved to draw, however my art took a back seat in my teens and early twenties, it wasn't until my first daughter Molly was born that I started to draw again.  After hunting for unique artwork for her bedroom, (that wasn't heavily branded) I created a series of sweet ballerinas for her wall.  I screen printed one onto a t-shirt that she wore to Kindy one day and the orders started coming in from other mothers, also looking for unique designs for their children and as gifts.  The rest is history...!
© The Little Humbugs
What inspires you ?
My three children and their innocence is my main form of inspiration.  I especially love watching how they play and interact with one another.  I am also inspired by the great children's illustrators of the last century, such as JH Dowd, Frances Tipton Hunter, Eloise Wilkin, Corinne Malvern, who all worked purely by hand and with no digital influence whatsoever.  Pure talent!  (I have a large collection of vintage children's books!)
Storytime © The Little Humbugs
What mediums do you work with - do you have a favourite ?  
My favourite medium is simply a good drawing pencil and beautiful quality paper!  But I do love watercolours when I have time, particularly prismacolor.
Pondering © The Little Humbugs
What kind of things do you make/create ?
I create children's wall art and party stationery - using my own illustrations.  
© The Little Humbugs
I also do a lot of custom work and more recently have been creating business logos for clients who are  interested in vintage inspired, whimsical images.
Miss-Mollys-Couture-Cakes                           Griffins Laundry
© The Little Humbugs
Do you have a favourite piece that you have made/created ?
Personally I love my ballerina series, however 'Friendship' and 'Archie + His Kite' are my best sellers.
© The Little Humbugs

What are your future plans/dreams/aspirations ?
Having three young children I am a little time poor!  However, next year my youngest goes to Kindy so I am hoping that having a few days to myself will give me time to further develop my business.   To begin with, I would love to create wall stickers, larger prints, more greeting cards, and spend time developing my website!
The Aviator © The Little Humbugs
Dear readers, do you want to see more of these gorgeous works ? Here is where you can connect : 
Buy lovely things on Etsy here : http://www.thelittlehumbugs.etsy.com and 
become a follower on Facebook here : http://www.facebook.com/thelittlehumbugs

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Child's Play - Wednesday Wishes

The Wednesday Wishlist today is dedicated to Childs Play; specifically toys designed for encouraging creative play time! This is a special collection of gorgeous Australian handmade wooden toys from madeit.com.au. See you all on Friday for the final edition in the four part series dedicated to Handmade Goodies for Children xo 
Large Rainbow Stacking Puzzle by rawtoys
Wooden Memory Matching Game - Robots in Space Edition by MollydagMade
Set 4 Handpainted Princesses by Twinkle Kids
 Organic, Natural wooden stacking sticks, building blocks, 25 piece toy set by organictoyco 
Spot the Hobby Horse by Nimble Fingers

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Savage Kitten 30 Day Photo Challenge - Days 22 - 30

Happy Sunday readers ! Today it is will a twinge of sadness that I post the last instalment in a series of special edition blog posts. These posts were a four part series showcasing Maddabling's contribution to the 30 Day Photo Challenge hosted by Savage Kitten. Below you will see the photographs I have taken for Days 22-30 of the Mid Month Savage Kitten 30 Day Photo Challenge.  Savage Kitten + her friend JP came up with this 30 day photo challenge. THE ONLY RULE IS - ALL photo's must be taken on the day, no holiday pics from a couple of years ago etc, the challenge is the immediacy of it and working with what you've got! 
Savage Kitten will pop them up on her blog at http://www.savagekitten.wordpress.com/ so we can all see the photos submitted. 
note : all copyright remains with individual artists.
day 22 - fabric
day 23 - industrial
day 24 - translucent
day 25 - pencil
day 26 - dark
day 27 - game
day 28 - bicycle
alternate for day 28 - bicycle 
day 29 - map
day 30 - jazz
I hope you have enjoyed the photos from the Savage Kitten 30 Day Photo Challenge! See you all on Wednesday for a new Wednesday Wishes Blog Post xo