My box of sample goodies! I thought I'd take you along with me on my supply and production process for the next couple of months. As you know, I've had some complications with my overseas suppliers and now have a very limited number of products that I can sell to you. So while I go down the very long road of developing a new supplier relationship overseas I have decided to produce a little range of Australian homemade pillowcases, cushions and throws. I have a pile of organic cotton (pill free!) heading my way, rolls and rolls of organic lace rolling in from Japan and an assortment of the prettiest coloured linens either lined up against walls in my homestead or being woven as we speak. Oh and the prettiest custom button covers you ever did see!
Melbourne printers extraordinaires Print Ink are working their magic on creating screens ready for hand screen printing onto the cotton and linens. New labels are being printed with a proud Handmade in Australia statement and my mum has been bribed with 'grandchild time' to come down and help with mountains of sewing (not that it took much bribing mind you!).
So all the many many separate elements have been nailed down and now it's a bit of a waiting game as I wait for it to all come together, hopefully in the way I have planned and ready to show you in time for the lead up to Christmas.
It takes a lot of organisation and problem solving to put together new products ready for release but it's one of the parts of Oh Mabel that I enjoy the most. I love the creating, and researching and finding new fabrics and supplies. And I am especially excited about creating Oh Mabel products with my very own hands. While I will continue to have a strong partnership with small businesses overseas (to continue the promotion of fair trade and sustainable practices on a global level) I feel a new wind of opportunities are blowing. A wind that allows Mabel and I to create limited lines of beautiful products with our very own hands to become treasured heirlooms in your homes. We're a bit excited!