Friday, December 17, 2010

Our New Accessories!

Market wrap up - Allie's Attic November 2010

1. our Cheeky Chickies stand - its great when we can get our tree out :)
2. La Petite Chambre
3. Mou Giddy - purchased a gorgeous pram liner for the little man
4. Bloss Dolls and Summer Blossom
5. La Maison D'Isabelle
6. Found - absolutely love how gorgeous their displays look - very talented :)

7. My favourite for the day - Cutie Patootie - and a nice pic of me and the girls with my purchases, hand croched necklace in mustard and earrings in red - I get so many compliments whenever I wear them !!
8. Angel Bug - yummy hand made and all natural body products - a great selection for babies and children
9. Laikonik - absolutely LOVE the polish folk inspired designs - gorgeous hand printed paper, cards and the stunningly gorgeous once a year keepsake albums. I grabbed some of the little gift tag packs - fantastic :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Back in October when we exhibited at The Baby and Toddler Show, a customer rolled up with a gorgeous little dress with ladybirds printed on it. The colours in the dress were a perfect match for our Hibiscus Red and Twilight Purple, so we matched a pair of Cropped Slim Fit Pants with a Cropped Cardigan over the top. The customer informed me that she had purchased the dress from another exhibitor called Danish Treasures.
Later that afternoon, just before closing, I rushed around to find this stand and here I met the gorgeous ownder Vibi Mitchell. I told her about the customer, and she later visited our stand. We were both excited about the combination of the stunning scandinavian prints, with our great range of bold colour basics, and generated ideas about the possibility of joining forces again in the future.
Well, I am now thrilled to tell you, that time has come! For two days only, across two venues in Sydney!!

So please come by and check out all the fantastic clothing - and some great specials too! I will be hosting the stall at Caringbah on 12th, whilst Vibi is at EQ, and then on the 19th you can find me at EQ Christmas Village Markets!! Check out Danish Treasures to wet your appetite!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Clearance Sale - Two Days Only!

Our Clearance Sale is on now for two days only.

Closing midnight (Aust EST) Thursday 18th November

Below are items that are available in the sale

follow this link to read more and download the order form!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Better a little trip to Hide and Seek!

Last month I ventured over to Kellyville to take part in their Hide and Seek Market. It was a pretty miserable day with rain, but a lovely venue and as usual, lots of gorgeous stall holders. I had the pleasure of working alongside the lovely Kath from Rattamatatt with her fantastic women's dresses! It was also nice to catch up with my other market friend, Mel from Skye Rocket Sews.

The outcome of the event for me was lots of Christmas shopping, and admiring that which I could not purchased due to spending all my money!
A few of my happy snaps from the event, clockwise from left top:
  1. Pollini Design Accessories - the gorgeous Polly Kwok was such a delight, and shared her scrumptious home made macaroons!
  2. Stunning artwork for children by Lisa Flanagan of Imaginart
  3. SO CUTE these Frilly Tushies from Butterfly Garden whom I purchased some gorgeous little hair clips for Amalia.
  4. Was very fond of these fisherman pants from Piccolo Baby So much so that I purchased the spotty pair for Tae

  1. Old time friend Andrea from Karimu Have always loved her bonnets, and now she is doing these ultra adorable ruffle butt bub pants - definately grabbing some of these if my sister delivers a girl :)
  2. Totally fell in LOVE with these dolls from Sew Sunshine, so much so that I purchased one for Amalia and a little boy one for Tae (these are going in the santa sacks). They have extra clothes that you can purchase to change the outfits, so I got an extra dress, a pair of shorts, and even a set of fairy wings for the dolly!
  3. Red Dress!! How much do I love Red! This is the Mamacita dress from Little Thing Unfortunately they didn't have the red in our size, but I purchased the natural one, with the gorgeous bright coloured embroidery, in a size for Amalia, and also one in my size!! This will be a special outfit at Christmas, so stay tuned for those pics :)

Now, this is when I ran out of money, but captured a few snaps of some other great stuff:
  1. Both the first pic, and the bottom left, are from Kaboodle, I was really impressed by their products, nappy wallets made from stunning fabrics, kids jewellery, but most of all i loved their craft and activity kits. How cute is the "Create your own doll's tutu"!
  2. A designer after my own heart - COLOUR!! This little purple polka dot dress is from Cloudberri Kids.

Lastly, it was nice to catch up with Lou from Smallprint, I also purchased some starry nappy pants from Cute as a Button, and wished i still had money left to purchase these quirky tees and hoodies from Toby and Nic

So, if you need to get your fix of handmade, and would love to purchase some fantastic, unique products for Christmas for your friends and family, come and say hi to me this weekend at Allie's Attic Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club 10.30-3.30 on Saturday 20th November, or Lily Pad Boutique Markets at Little Fish Play Cafe, Caringbah South on Sunday 21st November.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Love an Ugly Bug Ball!

We were all very excited when we received our invitation to our little friend Beth's 2nd Birthday - it was to be "an ugly bug ball" We already had a little LadyBug hat in the dress ups box - courtesy of Ikea and to make the rest of the outfit for Amalia, we have a Cheeky Chickies Rib Crew Neck Long Sleeve Tee and Slim Fit Pants both in Squid Ink Black, a red pettiskirt from Tu Tu Delightful, and the finishing touches made my mummy, aka Mrs Chicken, a Rosette Brooch finished with a ladybug button, and hand made ladybub wings.

Little Mr Taelan did not miss out, he was mummy's contemporary version of a bumble bee, wearing Cheeky Chickies Rib Crew Neck Long Sleeve Top, Bubble Pants, both in squid ink black, a Rib Tank in Frangipani with special applique strips, and a hand made beanie, also made by mummy (up-cycled from a spare top from the samples bucket)

The party decorations were absolutely gorgeous - styled by local Sutherland Shire party decorations business Divine Eventions, and it was a laugh to see that almost all the kids at the party were either dressed as ladybugs or bumble bees - with the exception of two spidermen.
Both my kids had an absolute ball, and Mali loved the addition of some feature face painting!

A BIG Happy 2nd Birthday to our little friend Beth - she had lots of fun, and big congrats to her talented mummy Emma on another fantastic home made birthday cake - it was very yummy!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Sister's Baby Shower - Twins!

We recently held my sister's Baby Shower. This is her first pregnancy and we look forward to welcoming two babies to the family in the coming months.

Her official due date is New Year's Eve, however we are pretty certain that the babies will be arriving by early December, if not sooner. Both bubs have been tracking along ahead of the average size, and the poor dear is suffering quite a lot.

Loren is an interior designer and has really enjoyed styling the nursery. The Baby Shower theme reflected the features of the room - and was a great joint effort between my sister, mother, Coby (Loz's best friend) and myself.

Rather than add commentary along the way, I thought i would just run the series of pics from the event - hope you enjoy!

Wallpaper and artwork from Bholu and Porter's Paints.

I purchased the Bholu Monkeys from The Infant Boutique and the beautiful, bright, unisex cotton basics are from Cheeky Chickies, of course!

Loren has chosen Stokke nursery furniture from Baby Things Kensington, Ikea storage unit and vintage Eames molded fibreglass rocker.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Baby and Toddler Show

On the October long weekend, we exhibited at The Baby and Toddler Show in Darling Harbour, Sydney. We attended the innaugural event last year, but were excited to be invlolved this year in a bigger venue. I was also very excited to be working alongside my gorgeous pal Anne, from Czarque baby shoes. They are the most stunning shoes, created and manufactured here in Sydney, so we have a bit in common!

I really enjoyed designing the stand this year, and had some help from Mr Chicken, who built our fantastic tree display. The event also saw the launch of our new Just Hatched Collection for babies sized 000-1, including our new Rib Knit Nappy Pants!

We also had our new Rib Knit Frill Sleeve Top, which features press stud opening on the shoulder, and is accompanied by a limited edition Rosette Brooch, our little Cropped Slim Fit Pants, and our ever popular Rise'n'Shine Set, all of which is available to purchase with our new retail stockists!
Also a hit was the Cushy Monsters, that is the picture on the bottom left, although I wouldn't blame you if your were confused, as Mrs Chicken is looking a little cushy at the moment too! A BIG thanks to my photographer Carissa Little from Bella Piccolo as I had forgotten my camera, and she captured these shots on her visit!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Sunny Sunday

Its a gorgeous sunny sunday here in Sydney. We made it outdoors this morning to enjoy the Cronulla Markets, where Amalia had her face painted, and i got a really cute pair of handmade nappy pants for Tae.
The kids, and Jaz, our staffy, have been enjoying the beautiful weather, and I have been capturing glimpses of it on breaks from all my Rosette making in prep for The Baby and Toddler Show at the end of the week.
Have put Mr Chicken hard to work - which I secretly think he is enjoying, as its the first chance he has had to get out in the his "man" shed in months! He is working on a custom display for the Show. So exciting!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Our New Poster!

Just in time for The Baby and Toddler Show next week at Darling Harbour, we have this fantastic new Curl Free Polypropylene Poster that will be part of our display. It spans 2m wide and 0.85m high. The boxes that are shown above will actually be blank on the real poster, so that this way, we can print individual images to suit the focus of the exhibition.
For example, at next week's Show, we are launching our Just Hatched Collection for 000-1, so this age group will be our main target market, and we will mainly have photographs of the bubbas. Then at other events we can replace these pics with new styles etc, without having to have a new poster made up each time.
We very much love our Graphic Designer Lucinda!! She's done a fabulous job. Very excited about the rest of our stand, of which I have hubby working on this weekend, after a little trip to Bunnings ..... looking forward to showing you the end result :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Allie's Attic This Saturday!

Yay! It's finally here! This Saturday is Allie's Attic Designer Handmade Spring Market!

This event is not to be missed - with a gorgeous selection of indie designers and artisans, producing a variety or fashion, accessories, gifts and homewares for women and children of all ages, live entertainment by blues singer Emma Watts, with accompanying guitarist, kids craft corner, supervised by the adorable Shire Nannies, plus facepainting and now with food and beverages on sale at the market!

Make a day of it, come with your mother's group, or be it a family gathering, and soak up the indie festival atmosphere!

I am also very excited to be launching something new myself! Seperate to Cheeky Chickies, I will have another stall with my new range of women's wear and jewellery! It's been a project in the pipeline for a while, and I can't wait to share it with you on Saturday!

Here's a taste of what you will find at Allie's Attic this Saturday (and stay tuned for my market wrap up after the event itself)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Facebook Give Away!

It took us a little while longer than initially expected but we are so thrilled to have reached 500 {Likers} on our Facebook Page

To celebrate this achievement, and thank those who have helped us to get there, we have been running a little GIVE AWAY over the past weekend.

There were three parts to this Give Away, three Prize Packs valued at over $100 each, so everyone had an opportunity to get three entries in to the prize draw!

The three questions were as follows:

1. What is your favourite piece from our Free Range Clothing collection (style and colour). If you were to choose any piece from our entire range, what would it be? There was such a fantastic variety of responses here! So nice to see that our range appeals to so many fashion styles!

2. If your were on the Cheeky Chickies design team, what would you add to the Free Range Clothing collection? A new style, a new colour, or perhaps you would just like one of our current styles in a different colour? Some fantastic ideas here! And what is really exciting is that a number of suggestions are actually things we have recently photographed for our 2011 Autumn Winter collection! One thing we will slip is that our newest addition to the colour palette for AW2011 is Barrier Reef Blue - a gorgeous bright turquoise blue!

3. We are currently in the process of marketing our Autumn Winter 2011 range to prospective retailers around Australia. If you were on the Cheeky Chickies sales team, what would your sales pitch be to the retailers to get them to stock the Cheeky Chickies Free Range Clothing - and is there are particular... store you would be pitching to - online or a boutique near you? Thanks so much for all your sales pitches too! It would be really fantastic to see our range in a store near you!

Thank you to everyone who got involved, these questions have generated some fantastic feedback, creative ideas and have shown wonderful support for our little Aussie made organic fashion label!

Right, now down to the nitty gritty!

Following is a list of every entry, and a number is allocated to each person. We have listed names in order of response, from Part 1, to Part 2 and then Part 3. Each person is entitled to one entry per question, with a total of three entries throughout the entire draw.

  1. Christina Matthewson
  2. Tanya Klerkz
  3. Suzy Draffin
  4. Helen Psaltis
  5. Juliet Van Der Heijden-Robb
  6. Laura Ruhmann
  7. Marissa McArthur
  8. Katie Alpen
  9. Claire 'Peeled' Ryder
  10. Allison Goodall
  11. Norelle Ward
  12. Melissa Smith
  13. Priscilla Fitzgerald
  14. Caprice Burrows
  15. Teresa Van Der Horst
  16. Amanda White
  17. Jennifer Glendinning
  18. Samantha Cairns
  19. Janice Smith Gisler
  20. Sabina Griffiths
  21. Alexis Stocks
  22. Rebekah Taylor
  23. Tina Grace
  24. Christina Matthewson
  25. Juliet Van Der Heijden-Robb
  26. Norell Ward
  27. Melissa Smith
  28. Tanya Klerkz
  29. Gisela Abate
  30. Caprice Burros
  31. Juliet Ranieri
  32. Katie Alpen
  33. Janice Smith Gisler
  34. Teresa van der horst
  35. Amanda White
  36. Jennifer Glendinning
  37. Suzy Draffin
  38. Sabina Griffits
  39. Rebeka Taylor
  40. Tina Grace
  41. Alexis Stocks
  42. Christina Matthewson
  43. Juliet Van Der Heijden-Robb
  44. Melissa Smith
  45. Juliet Ranieri
  46. Caprice Burrows
  47. Amanda White
  48. Teresa van der Horst
  49. Jennifer Glendinning
  50. Suzy Draffin
  51. Norelle Ward
  52. Sabina Griffits
  53. Tanya Klerkx
  54. Rebekah taylor
  55. Tina Grace

Using with interger values 1 to 55 the following numbers have been selected at random!

Prize Pack Number 1 Goes to:

Number 43

Prize Pack Number 2 Goes to:

Number 50

and lastly

Prize Pack Number 3 Goes to:

Number 22

Thank you to everyone who was involved! If the numbers above correspond with your name, please email

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Little One Design and Style

The very special Little One: Design & Style was released in August.

I felt very priveleged to have been profiled in the magazine,

alongside some fantastically talented designers.

However, I have pondered for some time as to whether I should post the pics.

Being a little bashful, I didn't want it to appear that I was "up" myself.

But then another little voice inside my head said,

"Deni, be proud of yourself, celebrate what you are achieving,

and don't hesitate to share your passion and inspiration with others!"

So, here it is

Go out and grab yourself a copy!

Some of the other designer profiles in the magazine include

my gorgeous friend Elizar, from Huggalugs

Candice from Princess Ratbag whom I met in Melbourne last year

Haidee Lindall, from Miss Haidee who i worked with at Allies Attic Hunters Hill

The beautiful ladies Alison and Susan from Agoo

and the gorgeous Corrie from Retro Mummy whom I have

also had the pleasure of working alongside at Allies Attic markets!

And a BIG SHOUT OUT to Chantelle Bliss from

Forever Bliss Photography for our fun family portrait!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

just a bit of blog babble

So, just felt like using my blog for a bit of babble. I do a lot of posts with big photographs, capturing different markets, designers and handmade products etc. Which I LOVE! And watch this space, as there are a few more to come soon :) But this evening, I just felt like a little release of information from my brain in the form of a blog post.
I have so much going on at the moment. Ha Ha, laugh those who know me, as this is a constant state of Deni being. I am very tired, and haven't slept well the last few nights, so feel a little more overwhelmed with my life than usual.
Today. For example.
I won a one month membership to Platinum Fitness First, so I decided to take it up. I haven't been regulalry exercising for some time, and have put on a few kgs over winter. I joined up yesterday and started this morning at 7.30am I came away on such a high! The gym I have joined is on Wanda beach at Cronulla, so the views are stunning. I really felt that I achied high quality ME time! I grabbed my free newspaper on the way out the door, and a couple of caps before heading home.
Just after 9am Riley-Sue arrived. She is a Year 11 student who helps me produce a 32page mini magazine for our local community. We work on it all day of the last Saturday of each month (except December) - we have submissions from members of the community, regarding what has been happening over the last month, there are local businesses who advertise, and then we also have our own articles that we write. Riley-Sue does a "Top 5" each month and then we also have feature article with colour photographs. Last month Riley-Sue wrote about a local Youth Service that held an activity day in the village through the school holidays, with a visit from Cronulla Sharks players, and this month I am doing up wrap up of the election day BBQ and Market that was held at our local public school.
9.30am I hop in the shower, then put the kids in the bath and clean the bathroom.
10am Eat cereal for breakfast.
11am popped down the road with my daughter Amalia, so she could attend her friend's 5th birthday party. I stayed for 40minutes, before apologising, and heading back home to the Riley-Sue and the Village News.
12.30 Hubby leaves to head up to Bunnings whilst Rile-Sue and I continue working, and as the car pulls out of the driveway, little man Tae wakes up crying, and very clingy. Stop for lunch.
1.15pm Mum pops by and takes Tae with her to visit Great Nan, so that work can be achieved. Riley-Sue continues working on the computer, an I start tracing stars on the fusible paper {can't think of the name of it off the top of my head} I have a few hundred or so to trace, iron on to fabric and cut out, for all our Cheeky Chickies spring summer Rise'n'Shine shorts and tanks.
1.45 Amalia is delivered home from the party - full of sugar - and starts whinging for more food and a new barbie dvd from the video store. Continue tracing stars and hubby feeds Mali more sugar to keep her quiet, after mummy has told her the only option for food is banana.
3.45pm Mum arrives back with Tae. Put him to bed, then head out to drop Riley-Sue off to meet the minister's wife and set up for Sunday School tomorrow, then continue on with Amalia in the car to pick up a dvd.
4.45 heading back home. Stop off at shopping centre for fruit, beer, and to enquire with the Pizza guys as to why they haven't paid their advdrtising bills for the Village News, as we had to pull their ad last month. Mali fallen asleep in the car.
5.00 Home. Leave Amalia in the car asleep. Hop on the computer and bring up Facebook, as have been invited to guest {spam} the FB page for the gorgeous Handmade Kids Tae awake , so feed him some dinner and then a little bike ride outside as daddy cooks the chicken on the BBQ.
Head out to the car to wake up Mali, and head inside for dinner
5.45pm early dinner. Mali having a meltdown. Settle her and manage to get a small amount of food in to her.
6.15pm another Mali meltdown. Suggest that she head to bed early tonight. teeth brushed, pj's on, which are removed shortly after lights go out, so that she can dress up in all manner of bizarre coordinates. Taeland having a meltdown now.
6.45pm Writing this post.
Still need to finish tracing stars, as they all need to be finished by Monday morning to take over the manufacturing team. Still need to finish the Village News, and get it to the printer by tomorrow night, Monday at the latest.
So. A day in the life of Deni.
Hope you have had a chance to enjoy the day ! Happy to chat, leave comments, or questions as you like :)
Thanks for reading my babble !

Saturday, August 21, 2010

a few new pics

Our Rise'n'Shine Sets with Button Up Booties

The classic Sunny Side Up Party Skirt and Tank with Button Up Booties

New accessories!
Our Double Trouble Rosette Brooch
Available in limited edition printed fabrics
and ribbons!