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I Spiked the Punch

Sangria. It’s all fun and games until you wake up the next morning. This collection is full of lovely shapes, lines and blends. Even better, she promises to leave you hangover free.

LISTENING TO:

Australian True Crime. There’s a definite trend here, I’m not super into light and happy when it comes to Podcasts, apparently.

WATCHING:

GLOW was on in the background during the colour mixing stage for this one.

LOOKING AT:

Jasmine Dowling. You really are.

Smack Bang Designs.

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Crisis Averted

EEP! That was CLOSE.

Always the optimist. For when things don’t go to plan. Everything will be alright in the end. And if they’re not alright, it’s not the end.

LISTENING TO:

Dead Blondes series from You Must Remember This. Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Grace Kelly, women who are usually only remembered for either their beauty or tragic ends. Instead, Karina tells the stories of who these women were beyond those two things. The common thread? They were all incredibly intelligent and suffered greatly at the hands of those who took advantage of them.

WATCHING:

Ozark. That was not a crisis averted.

LOOKING AT:

Various Keytags.

Romana Lilic.

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I Heart Ken Done

I HEART KEN DONE!

This canvas is like the 80s, Australiana, a gum tree and Ken Done had a baby. A far, far far far less talented baby, obviously.

LISTENING TO:

S-Town. Incredibly, and oddly, engaging and intriguing. Brian Reed’s lilting voice is rather soothing giving the subject matter.

WATCHING:

GLOW. Clearly the colour inspo for this one. The attention to detail in the sets and costumes is incredible.

LOOKING AT:

Studio Mucci. So. Much. Colour. All the time.

Ken Done. Obvs.

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Buenos Dias

GOOD MORNING, FRIEND! This little fella is really freaking happy. About everything. All the time. He’s either really good company if you need a little cheering up OR if you are the one that is always happy about everything all the time too.

handmade clutch bag

small cosmetic bag

lined makeup bag

LISTENING TO:

The Faraway Tree audio book with/for the Tiny Humans of the household. It’s read by Kate Winslet and she is TOO delightful.

WATCHING:

Jane The Virgin. I had no intention of actually watching it. I was just going to watch 5 minutes and then tell Netflix to stop suggesting it. It’s ridiculous yet addictive. It’s like Bold and the Beautiful crossed with Desperate Housewives. Not sure I could sit down and watch it for the sake of watching it, but it makes for delightful, non distracting ear fairy floss while I’m painting or cutting or sewing.

LOOKING AT:

Plants on Pink, it’s exactly what it sounds like. And it’ll make you happy, I swear.

Say Hola. Bold. Bright.

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Messy Bags – An origin story

The Messy Bags come from very humble beginnings.

I had been making and selling versions of the Messy Bag in another corner of the inter webs for years. When I launched a Kickstarter campaign in August of 2015, I quickly realised I was going to need something other than just the clothes to offer as a reward. Given the whole point of the Kickstarter was to raise the capital needed to start manufacturing the clothing line, it had to be something I offer without spending extra cash.

So I started where I was, used what I had, and did what I could.

I had a roll of organic cotton canvas that had been sitting around for forever with the vague idea of one day making bags, and tiny little pots of screen printing ink that was too thick to flood a screen. It felt wasteful to just wash the ink away, even if it WAS eco friendly, non toxic and water based, so it sat on a shelf waiting for a purpose.

I pulled out the canvas, gathered all the tiny pots of ink, nicked a paintbrush off my husband and I started cutting and painting. There were 8 options to choose from for your bag.

After making WAY more of these than I could even dream of during the Kickstarter, I was pretty done with painting the same thing. The Messy Bags were shelved for a little while as I focused on manufacturing and production.

Mid 2016, I dragged out the last piece of canvas and the ink that was left. None of the colours went together and I wasn’t even sure there was enough to cover the whole canvas. I didn’t have enough of any of them to mix together to make new colours. I used an old spatula to scrap as much of the ink out of the pot as I could and a screen printing squeegee to spread it as far as possible. Once the canvas was covered and I was out of ink, I cut the panel into pieces to make the bags.

Each bag was one of a kind and never to be repeated and I was hooked on the process. Those bags sold out within the hour.

And so began the Messy Bags as you see them today. A tiny piece of a whole. A one of kind piece, cut from a canvas. Each bag in a collection feels like it’s brothers and sisters, but every one is unique.

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Inkling, and The Smallest Tribe, have always been about childhood. I wanted clothes that were comfy for your tiny kiddo, that let them play and explore their surroundings with ease. The Messy Bags are a natural extension of that desire to make childhood easy to experience. Their waterproof lining means they’re a practical solution to just about any kid mess you can encounter in your day. Mums, especially in those early years, are often last in the list of priorities. Sure, you might be dealing with a toddler who just wore their baby cino or ‘accidentally’ fell into the water at the beach, but at least you can do it with something that one of a kind and gorgeous to look at. A Messy Bag isn’t going to solve all of your problems…. but it’ll definitely help.

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The biggest ever release of Messy Bags is coming soon. Stay tuned for all the details!

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