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In the media..Elle Mag Gift Guide

elle magazine gift guide

Good morning all,

Yes I am back from Bali and back into action.
Lots of new projects and exciting development happening here which I will share with your very soon.

But first…..a lovely email popped into my inbox yesterday entitled ‘Well hello miss in elle magazine’ from Tessa, the owner and creator of Down that Little Lane.
Mmmm what is this all about I thought.

I also have a shop on this Australian curated online shopping site which is just filled to the brim with all kinds of lovelies. If you haven’t seen it then head straight there…right now!! Seriously. Follow this link here.

Anyway this lovely lady put forward my product to be included in the Elle magazine gift guide and obviously it was selected so that is totally exciting. Never would have thought to see something of mine in a mag like that.

You can find the cushion in question here.


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More Circus Inspiration..

I have just recently watched the movie ‘Water for Elephants’ and I just loved it. I had put off watching it because I was convinced I’d cry but despite the sadness of the hardships of the day and the animals’ treatment I was happy to see it did have a sweet ending.

So on that note, I thought I’d share a few more vintage circus nursery inspirations with you.

little gatherer circus board1

These boards can be found in my nursery inspiration board on pinterest but these particular two come from the gorgeous site the Little Gatherer. The site is a gorgeous collection of a things children. They find some amazing things and it’s well worth checking out.

little gatherer circus board 2

There is also plenty more circus inspiration on my Circus pinboard. And I do also have a couple of vintage circus inspired quilts left in my etsy shop as well as some gorgeous cushion covers with a cool circus print.

Inspiration Boards, Trend Watch, Uncategorized

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Pink Quilts..Final pics

Yay!!!!  I have finished the pink quilts , photographed them and posted pics now for everyone to see on Facebook.

Firstly there are two quilts for auction, one cloud and one elephant and they are one off..one of a kind , hand stitched applique quilts.  There is also some super cute bunting that has been donated by Perth based Bunting by Design and that is also in my auction album on Facebook.

I am having the auction on my facebook page this Thursday night 3rd Oct. (OMG is it really October already!!). Bidding starts at 8pm EST.And ends at midday on friday 4th.




I am really happy with how they turned out and I’m sure they will be right at home in a special girls nursery out there. And best of all the money goes to a great cause.


pink cloud

Please note no orders can be taken for these quilts..they are one off items till we do it again next October.



In the Media.. Down Under Quilt Mag

Hello and happy weekend,

What do you have planned?

Today is very rainy which is a bit of a change as it has been such lovely summery weather since I returned from holidays.  I am off to sydney for a close friends 40th tonight so I am looking forward to seeing everyone and dressing up for a party.

I also have some interesting news that Alphabet Monkey was included in a story about selling online in the latest edition of Down Under Quilts magazine.  I have had a great experience selling online so I was happy to be included when the editor approached me.


down under quilt feature

The story features a collection of people selling quilts online and shares their advice and tips in selling their wares on etsy and made it.

quilt mag

In my opinion there are so many opportunities for everyone with all this online selling. and it is especially great for mums, whether they create a business that suits their lifestyle or whether they use it because it saves them valuable time and avoid dragging kids to the shops.  I know for one that I always avoided taking Campbell to the shops if I could..just for my own sanity..


I have had creative business’ in the past and I wonder how different things could have been if everyone was using the internet to shop as much back then. No more needs for traipsing across the countryside attending different markets trying to get exposure. The world is your potential customer now.

Of course, it isn’t for everyone. Many new mums have a burst of creativity and long to create something where they can stay home with bub and still earn some money. Some work out and some don’t. Sometimes we just need a creative outlet..it doesn’t necessarily have to make us money or become a business. I think we all benefit from doing something creative in our life..it could be painting, decorating, gardening, cooking or making creative lunches for the kids.



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Hello..we are on the Etsy Front page…

etsy front page

Guess what??

We made the front page of Etsy this morning, in a beautiful mint coloured treasury…and as you may know..I just love this colour. Our ‘hello’ custom word cushion looks cute and it can be made up in any name or word you like.

Thanks to Kat from Chuck and Taz for letting me know.


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Alphabet Monkey Update…I’m escaping the cold for some sun

simpatico geo quilt

Sorry I have been a bit quiet here but unfortunately we all finally succumbed to illness..things were at a bit of a standstill which you may have been aware of from my facebook status updates.

Most quilts are still getting out on time which is great and today I am packing up and posting the pre order geometric quilts.

I also have some other news..we are heading off on a winter escape to the sunny tropical paradise of Bali next month. I really love to just get away from the cold so we are looking forward to it. I was there while I was pregnant with Campbell and now he is coming back with us so he is very excited to go on a big plane.

It is my 40th next month as well so I am taking the second half of the month off. So it means that anything ordered in August that needs to be made up will mostly be ready to ship in mid to late September.

I will probably allow the shop to still take orders but with an extended lead time. I will keep you updated.


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New Super Cool Cushions

custom word cushions by alphabet monkeycustom name cushion by alphabet monkey

Remember I mentioned I was getting some samples for some word and custom name cushions…well here is the first look.
I am really happy with how they turned out and think they will be a great addition to any kids room. I am going to be able to order any name or word on a cushion…and it will be about a three weeks turnaround..maybe less I will have to see. They are printed in the USA but these smaller orders seem to come a lot quicker than larger fabric orders.

I have limited the colours to start with to compliment my ranges.

What words would you like to see on a cushion??


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Just a Reminder….

simpatico mint

I have just been notified that this gorgeous fabric is back in stock so I will be placing my order next week to fulfil the pre orders that I have. I have had so many enquiries since it featured on the Babyology website.
If you were wanting one please don’t wait any longer to place your order. You can do it here

simpatico mint

I also have in stock two patchwork versions using this fabric range..it has less yellow and more of a softer mint and grey look. Mint is definitely a colour which is only going to get more popular too and it is just gorgeous for either girl or boy.

simpatico mint patchwork quilt


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SALE Time..

Good morning all.
Just a quick note to let you know my SALE is starting today..discontinued items and bits and bobs all at very reduced prices, ….I just want some space in my cupboards!!

Some cushions come filled as I used to sell them filled but no longer do and others are smaller than the standard sizes I do now.
You can find them in my Etsy shop under the SALE section.

Well whether you are going away for the long weekend or relaxing at home like me,


Monkey AV Sale


On the new sewing machine… woodlands

This week has been a busy and exciting week.

First we had a quilt included in the Etsy front page treasury and then the organic geometric wrap got a mention on the Etsy AU facebook page. Then we also got a mention with the same little wrap on the Down that Little Lane instagram feed and to top it off was approached for an interview for an Australian quilting magazine about selling quilts online.


Then I got a super duper fancy new sewing machine..well new to me anyway.  Totally excited about it but still a bit hesitant to use it..I guess it just takes a bit of time to get used to something new.  But I know my husband will be loving how much quieter it is thats for sure.

So I have my mum to thank for this generous gift (or donation to Alphabet Monkey). She upgraded her machine and so I have scored the cast off..which is about 10 steps up from the little machine I have now but which i loved cause it did the job fine.

I’m not sure if I have mentioned before that she is the behind the scenes member of my team..she is an award winning art quilter and has been sewing ever since I can remember.  She finishes off the bindings on all the quilts, helps with this and that when I get busy and also is the knowledge base in this world of sewing which I am relatively new to.

She also used to sew a lot of the quilts up for me when Cam was much smaller and need more attention.  Basically this little operation wouldn’t have come so far without her so thanks mum!!


And so I also have a sneak peek into some new designs.  This little woodland theme also has another quilt with little foxes and more blues mixed in. I just couldn’t help picking out those little toadstools and  it is actually quite gender neutral…well hubby thinks it’s too girly so it may suit some of you who are asking for girls quilts.  I probably will have enough fabric for about 3-4 quilts so it is definitely a very limited edition.

I also have some whales in blues, some adorable monsters and a circus version of the elephant quilt with a vintage fabric mixed in.

I hope to have some pictures for you soon.


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