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christmas wishlist : oye modern

Our Christmas Wishlist series of guest blog posts now takes us into an online world of gorgeous jewellery. Oye Modern stocks everything your bejewelled heart could desire, from clever, contemporary designs to fun & playful pieces, as well as the classic and elegant... Jeni shares with us her top 3!

Red crochet granny necklace by Vic Mason from Oye Modern

Red crochet granny necklace by Vic Mason from Oye Modern

1  Red crochet granny necklace by Vic Mason
why?  This necklace is a result of the collaboration of two talented ladies, jewellery designer Vic Mason and her crafty friend Kirsty. This gorgeous little silver version of the traditional crocheted granny square is so much fun but evocative, too—reminding me of my own grandmother's knitting.

"We just celebrated Oye Modern's third
birthday and I cannot wait for the next three years! I carefully choose all the jewellery we stock and I get a real buzz from finding new designers with amazing products. When Oye Modern started, we stocked jewellery mostly by local designers, but now our jewellery comes from designers all over the world and is sold internationally.

Here are a few of our local favourites that’ll make a perfect gift this Christmas.

Creel earrings by in-sync design from Oye Modern

Creel earrings by in-sync design (AUD $80) from Oye Modern

2  Creel earrings by in-sync design
why?  The free-form, hand-drawn appearance of the Creel earrings, by in-sync design, is really appealing. They're made from stainless steel so they're light and really comfortable to wear.

Pink pearl jellyfish earrings by Nicola Bannerman from Oye Modern

Pink pearl jellyfish earrings by Nicola Bannerman (AUD $200) from Oye Modern

3  Pink pearl jellyfish earrings by Nicola Bannerman
why?  These pink pearl jellyfish earrings are a stunning design. The small misshapen pearls dazzle with their high lustre and shifting colours. Together with long silvery tentacles, they are just dreamy.

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Posted by Carolyn Price on Friday, December 17, 2010.

christmas wishlist : bluecaravan

Three more sweet Christmas wishes from the lovely Jen from Blue Caravan - an Australian online design market which launched earlier this year. Many indie designers have their products listed on the site - and you can browse by production method! Ie. One-offs, Limited Runs, Handmade, Recycled/Upcycled, Organic, Eco/Sustainable, Locally Made or Sweat-free Certified, Ethical Trade or Fairtrade Certified.

Snowfawn Love Birds Clock from Bluecaravan

Snowfawn Love Birds Clock (AUD $95) from Bluecaravan

1  Snowfawn; Love Birds Clock
why?  This gorgeous clock is unbearably pretty. Telling the time never looked so lovely...


"Bluecaravan is an online [ethical]

design market, hosting a rapidly growing army of ethical producers. We love handmade, sweat-free & fairtrade products made by independent designers, artists and artisans - and we work with the philosophy that ethically produced goods simply have a quality like no other.

With thousands of products already on Bluecaravan you can find anything from recycled silver jewellery & fair trade t-shirts to organic skincare & one-off handmade pieces – directly from the designer themselves.

All our sellers are hand-picked, not only to ensure they fit into our ethical culture, but to make sure their products also meet our design aesthetic. Every product on Bluecaravan is gorgeous and can stand up in its own right with or without out the ethics tags. The idea is to provide a place to people to buy the things they love, to know the story behind their purchase and to feel good about what they are buying.

We are all about repackaging 'ethical' as a beautiful, quirky, contemporary & design based concept. No guilt-tripping and no loose hemp fashions!

It was almost impossible to pick three favorites off the site - but here it is!"

Paper Tree Design; 10 Vintage Magnets; $10 from Bluecaravan

Paper Tree Design; 10 Vintage Magnets; (AUD $10) from Bluecaravan

2  Paper Tree Design; 10 Vintage Magnets
why?  The font of our fridge is always a moving changing testament to what is happening at any moment in our family life. These divine little vintage magnets beg for us to make order of our chaos and do their beauty justice!

The Unfurling Sneak; 'into the distance' bubble brooch; $28 from Bluecaravan

The Unfurling Sneak; 'into the distance' bubble brooch (AUD $28) from Bluecaravan

3  The Unfurling Sneak; 'into the distance' bubble brooch
why?  This brooch has been one of my favorites since the day it was listed. A quirky little way to remind yourself of the possibilities that lay ahead - you just have to look!

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Posted by Carolyn Price on Thursday, December 16, 2010.

KIDS christmas gift guide 2010

shop indie - the indie art & design KIDS Christmas Gift Guide 2010

This is the final instalment of our Christmas Gift Guides for 2010 - this time, a selection of sweet ideas for babies & kids! All sorts of accessories, artworks, toys and jewellery along with some unique ideas such as rabbit wall decals or DIY illustrated bunting which will provide hours of fun & creativity! Every product featured here can be purchased online with ease... Happy shopping!

AU $55
Hop To It! - Brighten up your kids walls in minutes with these wall decals available in 19 colours to suit any room! From Elly Nelly

AU $35
This cute penguin is hand stitched with love from soft hand dyed felt, pretty organic fabric and will be an adorable gift for a baby.
From madeit

AU $15
Snow Globe - Giftware from Marie Larkin's original artwork

AU $20
Coin Purse - Giftware from Marie Larkin's original artwork

AU $20-35
DIY Illustrated Bunting - This is a do it yourself bunting kit with style. Cut out the artwork, colour it in, and then put it up on your wall. It is perfect for all ages and skill levels
From Ali J

AU $24
A sleepy little puppy to cuddle at night. 8.5 inches (22cm) tall from tip of ears to bottom, handmade by Edward and Lilly

AU $126
ZM925 ♥ KAREENA Charms
A collaboration bringing kareena's curious and whimsical creatures to life. Limited edition sterling silver charm with coloured enamel stripes from Olive and Willow

AU $44
Resin, fabric and oak disk pendant with antique gold bird charm by Shonah

AU $30
Two Degrees High Plains Landscape Kids Stamp Set. Set of 7 stamps in a handmade bag. Illustrated by local Australian designers featuring local landscapes, creating ever-changing scenes. From Blue Caravan

AU $18
Red Rabbit Brooch - Red acrylic rabbit brooch aproximately 48mm x 27mm. Available in black, red and ivory acrylic and walnut timber veneer. From a skulk of foxes

US $35
Betty Babushka is a pretty little Russian doll made from vintage linoleum, pre-loved buttons and doilies. She is approx. 7cm (3in) tall and comes packaged on a old playing card. From Betty Jo

US $35
It's the treat you can wear! A yummy gelato brooch in three flavours. Approx. 8cm tall and 5cm wide, packaged on a cute swapcard by Betty Jo

AU $14
Owl & Pussycat Set of 4 Badges in Tin Gorgeous illustrations of the classic nursery rhyme by Bob Boutique.
From indie art & design store

AU $15
Alice Tote Bag - Pretty Alice and bunny are as sweet as can be and up for an adventure! Hand screen printed by Bob Boutique.
From indie art & design store

AU $60
Amy the Panda - cute felt softie handmade by Herbert & Friends.
From indie art & design store

AU $35
A sweet orange elephant handmade using felt and patterned cotton for his ears and tail by Two Little Banshees.
From indie art & design store

AU $29
"Love Nest" - Owls, love hearts and a pretty birdcage in a print from an original illustration by Schmooks.
From indie art & design store

AU $25
Super sweet "Under The Tree" print from an original artwork featuring a girl and her bunny rabbit by Nikki Catalano.
From indie art & design store

AU $15
A wonderful colouring book full of cheeky characters with big grins, by benconservato.
From indie art & design store

AU $24.20
This sweet, small standing purse features a small herd of deer with patterned coats for Christmas cheer!
From indie art & design store

AU $12.95
A black and white picture book designed especially for newborns by Katey Love.
From indie art & design store

AU $24.00
This little hare has been 'captured' within a decoratively-shaped frame for you to wear as a brooch.
From indie art & design store

Thank you to all the labels and boutiques who accepted our invitation to support the indie art & design Kids Christmas Gift Guide 2010.

The second half of gifts featured here are available to purchase right here, from the indie art & design online store!

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Posted by Carolyn Price on Thursday, December 09, 2010.

christmas wishlist : ruck rover

The next instalment of our Christmas Wishlist series of guest blog posts comes from Claire and Isabelle of Ruck Rover - one of our favourite boutiques/design stores. They stock an impressive range of edgy indie labels from Australia and abroad. For us, they've chosen three products from local labels they love...

Sniffle Co H.B.F.F. Pin from Ruck Rover

Sniffle Co H.B.F.F. Pin from Ruck Rover (AUD $31) from Ruck Rover

"We are sisters (and best friends)
Claire and Isabelle. We own a little store in Mt Lawley selling menswear, womenswear, accessories, stationary, Polaroid cameras and film, baby clothes and some homewares too. We just try to fill our store with all kinds of things that we love, that are made by other small businesses, and that aren't overly available in other shops.

1  Sniffle Co H.B.F.F. Pin
why?  Who doesn't need a happy pencil brooch to adorn an outfit!? These are designed by John Patterson of The Grates. He's one talented guy!

Notions Chrysanthemum Hair Slides from Ruck Rover

Notions Chrysanthemum Hair Slides (AUD $16) from Ruck Rover

2  Notions Chrysanthemum Hair Slides
why?  These hair slides are so pretty! The hardest part is choosing which colour we each want. They are made with love in Tasmania.

Frankie 2011 Calendar from Ruck Rover

Frankie 2011 Calendar from Ruck Rover (AUD $29.95) from Ruck Rover

3  Frankie 2011 Calendar
why?  Last year we both missed out on grabbing a Frankie calendar for ourselves because they sold so fast! This year we have ordered extra so we get to enjoy these beautiful artworks all year. The beautiful works are on good quality paper, and you can cut them out and hang them as prints after the year is over!

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Posted by Carolyn Price on Tuesday, December 07, 2010.

MENS christmas gift guide 2010

shop indie - the indie art & design Christmas Gift Guide 2010

We hope you loved our Women's Christmas Gift Guide last week, and now we bring you the Men's Edition! There are some clever ideas for "something different" included below, as well as unique and beautifully crafted reinterpretations of some classics... Every product featured here can be purchased online with ease... Happy shopping this holiday season!!

AU $85
Ding ding, tickets please! Take a nostalgic tram ride without leaving your couch with this W Class Cushion, from madeit

AU $50
Get A Grip - These wall decals are easily applied to any smooth surface and are available in 19 colours, by Elly Nelly

AU $76
Striking damask patterned cufflinks made entirely in sterling silver with a dense damask-style pattern which has been blackened, and finished with swivelling sterling silver cufflink findings,
by Simone Walsh

AU $169
Referencing the classic French cheese board, these are hand-crafted in Annandale, Sydney from select kauri pine, and are the ultimate - a balance of design, weight, function and patina...
by BICKERTONSMITH

AU $60/set
Sunday Morning Designs Treehouse & Rabbit Pillowcase Set. Soft, jersey pillowcases featuring new whimsical artwork from Dylan Martorell.
From Ruck Rover

AU $60
Navy and Red iPad Sleeve by Ambette. Beautiful and practical, made from coloured canvas with layers of heavy woven interfacing and fusible wadding for added protection and durability. Fully lined with a lightweight contrasting cotton. From Georgie Love

AU $100/pair
"Classic" sterling siver cufflinks, perfect for men who appreciate fun, stylish design, by Cuff Off

AU $100/pair
"Fish" sterling silver cufflinks, for the modern satorialist who doesn’t take himself too seriously, by Cuff Off

AU $220
3D Fox Pendant - Sterling silver Fox head W23mm x H30mm x D30mm (approx.) 80cm Sterling silver ball chain. Matte brushed finish. Presented in wooden black box.
From a skulk of foxes

AU $18
Red Rabbit Brooch - Red acrylic rabbit brooch aproximately 48mm x 27mm. Available in black, red and ivory acrylic and walnut timber veneer. From a skulk of foxes

AU $79.95
Universal Knife Block by Ute, made from carbonized bamboo.
From indie art & design store

AU $69.95
Bowlboard by Ute featuring four food prep bowls inlaid flush to the surface of the carbonized bamboo board.
From indie art & design store

AU $12
Field Notes A5 Notebook by Sunday Morning Designs featuring artwork by Dylan Martorell.
From indie art & design store

AU $60
Horse Chess Mens T-Shirt by Pocket Designs. Available in Sand or Purple.
From indie art & design store

AU $25
Mini Monster #43 ACEO original artwork by benconservato.
From indie art & design store

AU $20
Last Book Print by benconservato.
From indie art & design store

AU $39
Elk artwork blockmounted onto wood by me and amber.
From indie art & design store

AU $39
Scooter artwork blockmounted onto wood by me and amber.
From indie art & design store

Thank you to all the labels and boutiques who accepted our invitation to support the indie art & design Men's Christmas Gift Guide 2010.

The second half of gifts featured here are available to purchase right here, from the indie art & design online store - if you see something which has sold out, drop us a line & we can most likely order in more. We're adding new products to the store every day, and stay posted for our final Christmas Gift Guide - next week's Gift Guide for Kids!!

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Posted by Carolyn Price on Friday, December 03, 2010.

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