Sunday, 20 April 2014

Destashing my fabric *cough* collection

We have been busy here at Konstant Kaos sorting out some fabric to destash. Most of them are cut into Fat Quarters, but if you are interested in yardage, then please email me!


Most of these prints have been used in my business in one form or another. At the moment, I just don't have the time to do large scale sewing required to keep up with the market pace.

So it is time to destash. Keep an eye on my Etsy Shop, as I am adding things every day!

Keep Sewing!

Margaret

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

More Car Badges, Posters and Memoribilia

Just think of my excitement when I came across the Logo Design Love post on Car Manufacturer Logo Designs:


They have done a feature blog post on Car Manufacturer Logo Designs. Right up my alley!

A bit more searching and I came across Car Type which has a section on car badges and hood ornaments and their evolution.


There is a great section on car posters and advertising, however their collection leans more towards the modern day cars rather than the vintage or classic cars that I am interested in. A quick search on Flickr might give you more rewards in this area.

Designer Daily had a great article on the evolution of the car badges, so interesting to see what happened to them during the war years.

Now all I need to do is work out how to integrate this into my love or patchwork and quilting ...





Friday, 28 February 2014

A collection of #vintagecar badge photographs

I love to photograph old cars. To imagine their stories, where they have come from, where have they driven. And I love to capture their badges, which seem to be much more complex than the modern car badges (and attached via screw and bolt).

Here are a few pics that I have taken over the last year or so.



















I love how the culture of the time shines through on the badges. The ones that were created in the 20s and 30s, and then the 50s and 60s.

If you are interested in keeping track of my car pictures, head on over to either my facebook page or instagram.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

My wee man turned 3 this week

Can't believe how fast three years passes you by when you have kids.


I can't believe how slowly 3 months goes by when you have a son on the spectrum.


He is non-verbal, but finds his voice (noise) when he doesn't like what he is doing or how you are doing it. Routines are king, and colours play an important part in his life.


He generally only has two speeds, running and sleeping. 
So keeping him still for all sorts of things is a challenge.


New textures are a challenge for him, but he seemed to cope well yesterday with mucky hands when we went to the farm


And he didn't freak out when the "Robert the Goat" wanted some food.

He was so exhausted and hungry after two hours of running around the farm that he sat and ate lunch, and for a moment I forgot that he was diagnosed last year as being on the spectrum.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Skeletal Fabric and a Spoonflower Giveaway

I finally got around to ordering some fabric through Spoonflower, excited to see how my design ideas translate into realistic pattern design.

My Spoonflower account has told me that it has been printed and shipped, so it is only a matter of days now!! Squee!! I have ordered samples in some of the colours that I have used in my society6 designs.






It should be interesting to compare the colour saturation between the Spoonflower products and the Society6 products.

Of course part of the whole Spoonflower experience is checking out their blog and it seems that they have a give away. A Skirt-a-day book is up for grabs. So head on down and enter!

You have to be in it to win it!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Morse Code Tree

I came across this poster while looking for code posters for my classroom.

via Zazzle


As some of you might know, I teach Information Technology, mostly to upper school students Years 10-12. I like the idea of this decision making tree as it makes kids think about how to categorise information.

I like this one as well, focusing on process.



Friday, 10 January 2014

Society6 Artist Promotion Free Postage*

Society 6 have free postage* if you order from Konstant Kaos. Offer expires January 12th, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time. 

So here are some ideas for you ...

Totes to carry your precious things in ... from $18.00US


Stationary cards 10 for $20 US



Most of my designs are available in Art Prints, Pillows, Totes, Stationary Cards, Mugs, Mobile Phone covers .. knock yourself out!

*Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Vlad wishes you a Very Merry Christmas

A tsunami of organisation and emotion comes crashing down on Christmas Day. We were hoping that 2013 would be the last year renting, but given the challenges with council, it looks like we will be here for a bit longer.



It has been a tumultuous year for us. 

The most major thing being that Nicholas was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). He is turning 3 in February, and he is basically developmentally behind. No words. Great understanding and inquisitiveness, but lack of communication means plenty of tantrums. Activities need to be carefully planned and moved into rather than shifted into. We are getting there slowly, but the next three years before he goes to school will be hard work.

Tori has finished her first year at school and I am dumbfounded at the growth that she has displayed this year. Her inquisitiveness and ability to just absorb what is around her is phenomenal. In the last few months she has shot up in height, reaching my shoulders. Lucky her she will undoubtably be taller than me!

I have one year left on my study journey to get my M. Ed (Teacher Librarianship). It has been a hard slog, especially with the baggage associated with Nicholas' diagnosis, but I am still plugging away. 

Craft and my small business has taken a beating this year. Despite attempting some markets, the time and effort required has been in short supply. At the moment, it is important that I just focus on Nicholas. Here and there I pick up some custom handbag or baby wear jobs, but the dream of a sustainable small business is far from my mind at the moment.

Mishka has been a welcomed addition to our family this year. Despite her health worries early on, she has integrated well into our house and is certainly a personality to be reckoned with!

If you are reading this, I wish you all the best for the festive season. Take some time to relax, rejuvenate and recharge for the year ahead.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

BMC Grand Day Out 2013

It has been far too long between car shows for me (and blog posts). So when a friend told me about the "Grand Day Out", my Dad and I decided to go. 

Oh the bliss! Just me and my camera for a few hours (no kids). The weather was great, not too hot and slightly overcast and of course the cars were wonderful. It was just a shame that neither Dad or myself were in a position to take our Morris Minors with us. But there were plenty of Morries there to swoon over!

Here is my Top 5 pics of the day.

This Austin stood grand and proud and not too many badges on the front. Paint work was lovely and the touch of yellow badge and lights nicely set off the chrome work.



Little did I know that my Dad had a thing for the Morris 8 motorcar. The things that you learn!


Took loads of pics of this Mini engine bay. The owner had lovingly chromed everything that they could and it was lovely and shiny!


I could just imagine Bond arriving in this immaculate Austin Healy ..


The original 1964 Mini Countryman. A bit different to the monstrosity that was my 2012 Mini Countryman (someone else's words not mine) . The owner had one of those suitcases with speakers in them on the back seat, not sure if it was a Jukecase, but looked like it.


150 photo's later and lots of interesting shots of the inside of cars, badges and shiny rocker covers. A good day overall.

Thank-you Victorian Mini Club for running the event and allowing me to park my "Maxi" JCW Countryman in amongst the other shiny mini's ....

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Frivolous Treats

One of these days we will start building our new house. I can't wait to decorate my kids bedrooms with frivolous yet functional pieces of goodness!

I am drawn to heirloom products like the beautiful Hudson Bay Blanket or the gorgeous Vintage Model Propellers


Items that will stay with them as they grow up, perhaps move into storage during their teens and then they might come out again as they get older.

Please enjoy the treasury that I have put together.