Monthly Archives: February 2011

Why Thankyou!

Thought we would share a little bit of AVS cyber-love…

Cara included our Heirloom Children’s Fabric Book in her nifty round-up of Spring things here on her blog:




The excitement of visiting the post office.

Hello again Friends.

We thought we would share with you the veritable frenzy of hand clapping and unstifled giggling that took place at AVS Headquaters just before Christmas. You see, we had our very first sale. And it wasn’t to our Mums. It was a real person, from the other side of the world, who saw our little Etsy shop and liked what we did so much she BOUGHT OUR PRINT!

It was a little while ago now, but someone (ahem) has only just now dumped the photos from her camera onto the computer, and is attempting – as always – to vainly sort and label them into some sort of sensible order.

Here we are wrapping up our Spring Wonder Print and photographing every little step for posterity (and as proof that it really did happen):

(I love that Ali’s outfit is perfectly coordinated 🙂 )

Thankyou Jennifer! You made two fabric-obsessed ladies very happy.

A little bit of custom wedding loveliness…

Oooh, the fun we have had creating these little ladies.

Our lovely friend Hannah thought her sister Laura would like something like this, for her impending wedding… and so the faffing about with fabric and beads began!

To achieve the requested vintage feel, we adjusted our process a little from the Miss Amelia, with fluffy layers of flutes and folds… we have also included a very sheer net, a linen, and a silky satin to add depth and interest.

We had so much fun with this, and we send a big thankyou to the girls for the opportunity. Who knows, there could be a new product line in the shop soon…



Show Me How Friday: New Products!

Morning Friends.

On today’s Show Me How Friday, I thought detour from our very practical sewing tips, to share with you the complex and deeply intellectual creative process that is our product development…

  1. Arrive at AVS Headquaters. Boil kettle, corral kids in ball pool and kick off shoes.
  2. Spend the next 45 minutes gossiping talking about everything non-sewing related.
  3. Feed fractious children.
  4. Clean down walls, floor and self.
  5. Realise it is now lunch time and a lack of food is to blame for the drop in blood sugar –  and increasing irritability with splatters of kids lunch now adorning grown up clothing.
  6. Make and eat lunch.
  7. Clean up, boil kettle and break out the choccie biscuits.
  8. Finally get down to business….

I know. We too are amazed that we get anything done.

Still, we do, and most recently we are on the brink of something rather wonderful. The product idea that started the whole ball rolling is at the end of prototype stage. Much giggling and admiring of our handiwork has been taking place, and we are about to launch into the real, actual bona fide MAKING! Sneak peeks coming soon, suffice to say at this stage it is A) for little ones and B) something big folks who love little ones will love too…

Enjoy your weekend wherever you are, see you Monday with some pictures to whet your appetites!



Ooooh! A commission!

Hello all.

Just a quick note to share some exciting news….

One of our beautiful friends suggested that AVS create the hair flowers for her sister’s wedding! Of course, we are delighted to be asked, and are just a tad giddy from happily snipping up some of our favourite fabrics from our stash.

Will show you some sneak peaks as they take shape….

Stay cool (and safe our Queensland friends)