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Saturday, October 18, 2014

subscribe for your chance to win!

birdynumnumDesign are giving new (and renewing) tickle subscribers the chance to win one of 10 gorgeous dreamers, valued at $59 each!

To enter the draw, simply subscribe to tickle the imagination magazine between now and 30 November, 2014 and, in 25 words or less, tell us your dream for 2015!

terms and conditions:
1. This competition is open to Australian residents only aged 18 years and over.
2. To make a valid entry, entrants are required to:
  • purchase a new subscription or subscription renewal for tickle the imagination magazine between 08:00 AEST October 15, 2014 and 17:00 AEST November 30, 2014
  • in 25 words or less, tell us your dream for 2015 in the comments section below
  • visit the birdynumnumDesign website (www.birdynumnum.com.au) and let us know which colour dreamer you would choose if you win!
3. tickle the imagination reserves the right to approve or reject any or all entries at their discretion and to remove content or material that it deems inappropriate.
4. On December 1, 2014 tickle the imagination and birdynumnumDesign teams will review each approved entry and choose the ten (10) most creative and original entries. Each winner will be awarded with a birdynumnumDesign dreamer valued at $59. The winners will be notified by tickle the imagination via the comment section below and via the email address included with their magazine subscription signup. The winner will be asked to confirm their postal address, and the prize will be sent to said address. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. The prize is not exchangeable or transferable for cash.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ride to work day!

Tomorrow is Ride2Work day! Ride2Work Day is the largest celebration of commuter riding in Australia. Held annually in October, this year's day is Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Registration is free and each registration is a vote for making it easier for people to ride to work. The day celebrates the benefits of riding to work and the community that supports it. Find out more here.
I haven't ridden a bike in years! But I do love to look at them!! Here's a collection of lovely bicycle inspired creations by Australian designers and makers.

1. bike chain cufflinks by tread and pedals
2. bicycle wrapping paper by the paper drawer
3. pillow cover by linnea
4. illustrated tote bag 'biking' by gretel girl draws
5. life is like a bicycle by designer honey
6. wheel reflector by cyclesign
7. upcycled bicycle spoke bangle by tread and pedals
8. MiniRax Bikerax by bikerax

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

world heart day

It's World Heart Day! And while I realise this is not quite what they mean...here's a lovely collection of heart inspired creations!

1. love heart polkadot print - coco ella designs

2. make a sweetheart applique - diy project - molly and mama

3. felt coin purses - Happy as Larry Designs

4. cross my heart and hope you dry tea towel by ink & weave

5. 'Love is all around' ipad case from Babee & Me

6. heart zips - Boo Designs

7. heart on a string - diy project by Tania McCartney - find it in issue 04 of tickle

8. felt heart ornaments and hessian heart bombonieres/ornaments - The Mayflower Suitcase

9. red daffodil heart greeting card - Spot of Yellow

Thursday, September 25, 2014

{this weekend} Perth Upmarket

My idea of heaven is strolling through a handmade market, soaking up the atmosphere and inspiration. One of my favourite handmade markets in the world is Perth Upmarket, and it's on this Sunday!

Held against the stunning backdrop of the University of Western Australia, Perth Upmarket is a beautifully curated collection of local designers and makers.

Sunday promises to be a lovely, sunny 18 degrees here in Perth, so perfect for a day out. And the sprawling lawns of UWA are ideal for a spot of lunch and play between serious shopping.

You will discover over 150 artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets - the perfect spot to get started on your Christmas shopping! Visit the Perth Upmarket website for a complete list of designers and makers that will be at the September event - http://www.perthupmarket.com.au/galleries/september-2014-retailers-gallery/.
It does get super busy, so if you are not a fan of crowds I would suggest planning your visit around opening at 10am or after 2pm in the afternoon.
tickle will be there too! You can find us upstairs in Winthrop Hall - please pop by to say hello!! 
Perth Upmarket
Sunday 28th September
10am to 4pm
UWA Winthrop Hall
Stirling Hwy, Crawley


Friday, September 19, 2014

{favourite things} pirates

Arrghh, it be talk like a pirate day! Here's our favourite pirate finds from Australian designers and  makers!

1. milk baby bandana by three little kisses
2. black pirate ring by fifth heaven
3. pirate owl beanie by down grapevine lane
4. hand knitted pirate bunny by sam and charlie designs
5. personalised pirate pendant by groovy goose
6. pirate dress up set by Sparrow and B
7. pirate cookies by one sweet chick
8. little pirate boy illustration by shiva illustrations
9. pirates and vikings - pdf doll pattern by ric rac

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sneak Peek at Stunning New Picture Book – Tottie and Dot

words by Tania McCartney

Tottie and Dot is a picture book about the complications that can arise from trying to outdo each other. The book didn’t start out with such an intense ‘message’. As the author, I can tell you it was written for pure entertainment purposes—with stacks of drama, colour and chaos—and no direct messaging in mind. As two neighbours continue to try to make their house the best one on the street, it becomes apparent, in a seamless, natural way, that cramming our house with ‘too much’, making things outlandish and complicated, is a fast-track to disaster. It’s also a barrier to friendship.

The book was illustrated by my good friend Tina Snerling, and she did an amazing job of showing each girl—Tottie and Dot—as they scrabble to bring more more more to their adorable houses. In the images below you’ll see two beautifully-appointed homes, with two girls living peacefully side-by-side.


As the book progresses, however, the girls’ obsession with outdoing each other reaches epic proportions, as seen in the double page spread below. And things only get worse—until an unmitigated disaster wipes out all their hard work—and their out-of-control egos, to boot.

Can Tottie and Dot repair their homes and their friendship after everything has gone so disastrously wrong?

This book was so much fun to work on and the imagery is an eyefest extraordinaire. We’re hoping it’s first enjoyed for its fun storyline and kaleidoscope of colour, and secondarily for its premise that love and friendship is all that matters. Oh—and the odd pink flamingo on the lawn.

Tottie and Dot
(Sep 2014, EK Books, $24.99, hard cover, 9781921966491)
Tottie and Dot live side by side. They drink marshmallow tea in the morning. Side-by-side. They water blooms in the afternoon garden. Side-by-side. They make speckled eggs for tea. Side-by-side. All is calm and peaceful until, one day, things change between Tottie and Dot. Who can create the prettiest house? And at what cost? A fresh, fun and strikingly-illustrated book that will delight both adults and children. After their bestselling An Aussie Year, this is the second title from this dynamic new picture book duo.

Find Tottie and Dot at www.tottieanddot.com


This post is just one small part of the super fun Tottie and Dot blog blast!

Please click the poster to the right for lots more reviews, interviews, sneek peaks, cretive processes, drawing competitions and giveaways!!

It's all happening today! Sunday 7th September 2014!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{win!} two double passes to the Stitches & Craft Show up for grabs!

One of the nation’s most loved travelling craft shows, The Stitches & Craft Show, is heading to Newcastle for a huge event complete with inspiring exhibitors, hands-on workshops, fashion parades, textile exhibitions, the latest products, DIY ideas and much more - and we have two double passes to give away!!

Debuting in Newcastle for the first time at the show will be an international textile exhibition featuring 50 incredible art quilts. Made using a wide variety of styles, techniques and fibres, the quilts have been created by renowned quilters such as Diane Firth (Aust), Hsin-Chen Lin (Taiwan), Alicia Merrett (England) and Cynthia St Charles (USA).

After receiving critical acclaim during its recent tour of France, The Sentinelles Exhibition: A Display of Embroidered Textile Art will feature at the event and showcase stunning embroidered textile panels by highly talented quilters and textile artists from France, England, the USA and Australia.

 Joining the show as the special guest artist is Janelle Wind who has been a pattern designer in the patchwork industry for over 15 years, a teacher and author of the book, Pieces of Me. Janelle will be showcasing her latest works, sharing her designs through paper patterns and signing copies of her book.

The Stitches & Craft Show will also feature the 5000 Poppies Project in which handcrafted poppies are being created and combined into a ‘field’ for Federation Square on Anzac Day 2015. This phenomenal project, which was started by Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, has already seen over 26,000 poppies created to date. Show attendees will have the opportunity to take part by bringing along their poppies for inclusion on a wall at the show, before being collected by the Hunter Group of the Knitters Guild of NSW and put towards the Project.

Throughout each day of the show, activities sure to draw a crowd will be the spring fashion parades with designer Monica Poole, live demonstrations by the Western Sydney Woodturners Association and a modern quilt display by the Central Coast Modern Quilt Guild.

 The Stitches & Craft Show also offers many fantastic opportunities to learn from the experts at tutorials and hands-on workshops. Classes include beaded jewellery, quilt making, hand dyeing, scrapbooking, card making, embroidery and much more.

 With something for every craft lover, The Stitches & Craft Show will be sure to delight and inspire audiences both young and old!

WHAT: The Stitches & Craft Show
WHEN: Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 September 2014
TIMES: 10am to 4.30pm
WHERE: Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow
TICKETS: Available via www.craftevents.com.au or on the door
TICKET PRICE (VIP and multi-day tickets also available:
  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors Card Holders: $14
  • Children: (5 to 16 years): $7
We have two double passes to The Stitches and Craft Show - Newcastle to give away to two lucky tickle readers!! To enter the draw, simply visit The Stitches and Craft Show website here, then return to this blog post to tell us which of the activities or workshops you would most like to take part in! Please include an email address so we can contact you if you win!!
Entries close Saturday 6th September 2014. A winner will be drawn at random!
terms and conditions:
1. The event takes place in Newcastle , from the 11th-14th September - so you will need to be able to make it there to make best use of this prize.
2. Prize is not exchangeable for cash
3. Entries close 12 midnight (EST) on Saturday 6th September 2014
4. The winner will be contacted by email and will need to respond within 48 hours to allow time for postage of tickets.




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