30 May 2010

Should We Add Them To The Shop??

MooBeeGran has been crocheting up a storm lately.  This is what happens when you leave my mother alone with some yarn and a rogue crochet hook - you get the cutest animals ever!!

Whilst we will be sharing these little creatures with everyone at our upcoming markets, I'd be interested in your thoughts on whether we should put them in our Etsy and MadeIt shops.  Do you think there is an online market for these guys - or are there enough out there already (the big ones are around 20cm/8" tall)?

We value your opinions so please let us know by completing our quick survey  (look right) :)


29 May 2010

We Have A New Look!

Well, it's taken a few goes and lot's of making my mind up, but I'm finally happy with my new MooBeeTees image :)  The lovely Helen from CraftyGraphics has designed all of the images and I am absolutely delighted with the end result. Helen has been endlessly patient with me and I know as she finalises my banner artwork (because I, of course, want it to be vertical rather than horizontal!) she will deserve a very large block of chocolate!

I hope that you all like it too - let me know what you think :)

28 May 2010

Coming Soon: MooBeeView #9 with LittleMoandFriends!

I'm pleased to announce that June's MooBeeView will be with the fabulous Helena, the creative force behind Little Mo and Friends.  Helena's artwork is captivating and brings with it a sense of whimsy which appeals to young and old alike.  

MooBeeTees are also hopeful that we will be able to bring you a giveaway in conjunction with this MooBeeView, so don't forget to 'follow' so you don't miss out!

We look forward to sharing Helena's work with you :)

25 May 2010

Is Being Random Wrong?

RANDOM – adjective: proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern.

Most of my life has been fairly orderly.  I have pretty much always done things in the 'correct' order.  I haven't often strayed off lifes path to explore what lies in the haze either side.  In fact, I am well known for being organised and everything having a purpose, goal or aim.

Recently I was asked in a market application if I considered my creative process and indeed my items to be part of a 'range' or was I 'random'?  My immediate response was 'Of course I have a range - there has to be order or my business won't grow'.  Then I started to ponder my answer.  Was I as organised as I thought I was?  Was this a business I was trying to build or was I fanning a passion?  Was I actually RANDOM?

I took stock of my life to try and see if I had perhaps had past moments of randomness.  Were there times when the ability to be random had slipped in.  I reveiewed my life and this is what I found (green = random):

1) Born
2) Started and completed Primary School (same school for 7 years)
3) Started and completed High School (same school for 6 yars, occasional award, happy camper)
4) Commenced first full time job before finishing HSC exams
5) Awarded HSC
6) Retrenched (1)
7) Commenced Traineeship
8) Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
9) Started working for Bank
10) Fell in love at first sight with fellow Bank Officer
11) Got engaged
12) Moved out with Fiance
13) Got married
14) Bought house
15) Retrenched (2)
16) Baby one born
17) Sold house, bought renovation project in nicer street
18) Retrenched (3)
19) Baby 2 born
20) Back to work
21) Became ill
22) Retrenched (4) (nothing to do with 21)
23) Stopped wearing watch, stopped writing lists, stopped worrying quite so much, started to sew, started to smile, started to get fit, started to enjoy family...

24) Who knows!!!!!!!!!!

I realised that being random had certainly visited me on the odd occasion, but it wasn't until number 23 that I took resposibility for being random.  I now glory in my ability to change my mind at a moment's notice, to not have to have all of the washing put away by 5:30pm Sunday afternoon.  It doesn't matter if I don't do everything as quickly as I originally wanted or the way in which I oringinally wanted.  Life has become fun.

For the first time in 42 years I have stopped wearing a watch - can I tell you how liberating that is?  I still have to know when to pick the kids up from school - but even if I'm a couple of minutes late, now they know I'm just caught up in my sewing - I'm not caught up in traffic.

Am I RANDOM - yes I am.  Am  I without purpose - no I'm not.  I now just enjoy living the time I have with the family I love, in whatever way is best (no lists!).

So what are you?  Do you allow yourself to be RANDOM?


21 May 2010


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Congratulations to the lovely Leanne who shared her choice of 'Floyd' with us here at MooBeeTees.  Floyd will now feature prominently in our shop and be available to all who desire him :)
Thank you also to our other lovely Facebook Fans who took the time to have some fun with this Giveaway.  MooBeeViews and Giveaways will return in June, so keep checking back with us.


18 May 2010

Terrific Tuesday Tidbits!

It's time for the Tidbits again!  Whilst fossicking through my favourites, here are a couple I found that I thought might warm your day (or inspire you to create!).






16 May 2010

My Day at the Modish Market

I had an absolute blast at the Modish Market last Saturday (08/05) at the Malvern Town Hall.  It was the launch of this new Creators Market and it was a fabulous learning experience as well as an opportunity to explore what type of reaction we were going to get to MooBeeTees.  I was a bit worried that we wouldn't be 'good enough', but it turned out I had nothing to worry about - I even sold a few items!

The Modish Creators Market is the creation of two very talented cousins and crafters - Kylie and Kelly - all of the items are handmade and there is a fabulous cross section of items.  I'm looking forward to being involved in future markets and recommend you pop the dates in your diaries :)

Here are a couple of photos of the market (keep in mind what I lack in photographic ability I make up for in sewing talent!):

Some of the feedback MooBeeGran and I received from customers was great.  MooBeeGran makes a series of little crocheted creatures that we turn into 'bag tags' for kids to put on their school bag.  One of our customers suggested that we make bigger versions of them as they were so cute and would make great soft toys - so MooBeeGran popped her thinking cap on and came up with 'Big Pig':

Big Pig stands around 20cm tall and is as cute as a button - he's holding court on my sewing table here, but I'm sure we can find him a better home.  Keep your eye out for Big Pig in MooBeeTees and I'm sure that he will have some friends to keep hime company soon.  

Big thanks to everyone who helped me get MooBeeTees to our first big market, in particular Craig, Michelle and MooBeeGran. To those of you who stopped by and said hello - thanks :)  I look forward to catching up with you at my next Modish outing :)


10 May 2010

Giveaway Time...

Check out the Giveaway tab - it's new and it's easy.  Go on take a peek...

01 May 2010

And the Voodoo Rabbit Winner is...


The lovely Vickie is the April Voodoo Rabbit Giveaway winner.  Her favourite item from Voodoo Rabbit's shop is the 'Gingham Invaded' monochrome fabric.  Vickie suggested that she would give it to her younger sister to make pullip (doll) clothes with. Or maybe she'd keep it to make herself an awesome satchel :) 

For those of you who like to see the random number generator used to select the winner - here it is:

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Giveaway and a big thankyou to the fabulous Cloud and Ky from Voodoo Rabbit for offering the prize.

The May Giveaway will be coming soon - but you need to be a MooBeeTees Facebook Fan to enter this one!  So if you're not already a fan sign up now and don't miss out on the fun!