PlayNation Teepee

Teepee made to inspire play

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I was commissioned to make a family size teepee for the Bluebird Foundations Playnation, Lets Play events in Geelong. With Geelong close to my heart (the place where I was born and grew up) I was supper excited to be able to make a teepee for this great program that encourages children and families to get away from technology. The teepee was decorated by an artist and is now a visual inspiration for people participating at the events.

Unwrap Etsy

Unwrap a Joyjoie teepee on Christmas morning

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A rare opportunity in so many ways, the Unwrap Etsy at David Jones event coming up in December is super exciting and I am thrilled to be involved.

The lineup of Etsyians invited to be part of the event is inspiring, and I am hoping to get all my Christmas shopping done at their stalls in those few days. After all I have no time to waste now as I am busy making special OOAK and limited edition teepees, teepee accessories and other home decor items especially for the event.

Here is what Etsy have to say about the event “Drop by On Seven at David Jones while doing your Christmas shopping, and discover unexpected art, homewares, and gifts from over 40 Australian Etsy makers. Book in for a hands-on creative workshop, watch Etsy sellers create their goods at the live making demonstrations or just stop by for a drink and bite while soaking up the artful atmosphere. Free entry. Register today to guarantee access.”

More details on my shopping page or on the official website.

Girl in Teepee Mint

Mint Teepee with snow capped mountain design

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Introducing the new Mountain style teepee to the range of handmade play tents at Joyjoie.

In this first edition of the Mountain style teepee it is made in a cool mint and features a snowy capped mountain created with minkee fabric which adds a lovely textural element to the tent.

Released just in time for Christmas this teepee could be a great Tree alternative, why not set it up on Christmas Eve and hide all the presents inside for a delightful surprise on Christmas morning.

Mountain Teepee

CRAFTHOLIC Cuddle Buddies as photographed now also available through Joyjoie, contact me for this lovely addition to your teepee or as a stocking stuffer this festive season.

Standing in the Forest Teepee

Secret Forest Teepee now in Family Size

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This really was a labour of love but making the Secret Forest tepee Family sized was so worth it just to see my little creative director stare a giraffe in the eye.

Family Size Forest Teepee

Made only by special request these family sized (1.4 x 1.4m square base) secret hideaway tepees are so much fun to be in, why not commission one for the family this Christmas?

Teepee Talk

Fun times in the tepee with our Sloths (& monkey)

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Ari and I decided to welcome the new mega Sloth (affectionally known as Zloth) and Monkey (called Cute) to our family with a photoshoot in one of the Family sized tents.

We had a lot of fun as you can see from the pictures…

Teepee with Cuddle Buddies

Sloth in Tent

Organising Toys

The creative director is looking to expand her role in Joyjoie, now it appears she is also chief stylist, art director and vying for a role as photographer. She did such a good job I had to include a very rare picture of me…

Face of  Joyjoie

Why not bring a little or a lot of joy into your home this festive season with a Joyjoie childrens teepee? Contact me for details on Australian handmade teepees or Craftholic Cuddlie Buddies as seen here.

Sloth in teepee

Joyjoie a Craftholic Stockist

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I am very excited to announce that I have added a new product range to my offer at Joyjoie, the wonderful CRAFTHOLIC Cuddle Buddies!!!

Buying in products to sell is new for me as I love to create the items I sell. These Cuddle Buddies are a rare exception as they complement my range of teepees so beautifully.  It all began when I started using the creative directors much loved sloth in teepee photoshoots and he looked so adorable in there with or without her.

To sleep, snuggle or play, CRAFTHOLIC Cuddle Buddies are available in four loveable characters called CRAFT’s -RAB (The Rabbit), SLOTH (The Bear), LORIS (The Monkey) and KORAT (The Cat).

Created by renowned Japanese artist, Ikuko Yamamoto, CRAFTHOLIC has taken the world by storm.

With the power to make everyone fall in love with just one cuddle, become a ‘CRAFTHOLIC’ and Get Addicted!

I have a selection of my favourites to sell initially and will expand the available range in time (or by request). After Ari claimed the Loris monkey on sight (I really should have seen that coming) here is what I have available now …

CRAFTHOLIC Original SLOTH is a bit bashful, shy and totally loveable with his gentle grey and white stripes. He’s the best ever friend.


Large - 45cm x 95cm

$59.95 plus shipping


Mini - 20cm x 39cm

$29.95 plus shipping

CRAFTHOLIC Original KORAT is a fashionista with a cool sense of style – in fact KORAT is the coolest cat in town with her muted beige polka dots.


Large - 40cm x 93cm

$59.95 plus shipping

CRAFTHOLIC’s Surf SLOTH is the ultimate sailor with his nautical blue and white stripes. He is the Captain of cuddles.


Large – 45cm x 95cm

$59.95 plus shipping

CRAFTHOLIC Original RAB is famous for his playful sense of fun with his gorgeous bright happy spots. There’s always a skip in his hop.


Large – 40cm x 112cm

$59.95 plus shipping

CRAFTHOLIC 1st Collection RAB is full of fun with his bright coloured stars on a bold white background – he really is a fun-loving, playful super-star.


Mini – 17cm x 45cm

$29.95 plus shipping


Please email me on to get one of your very own CRAFTHOLIC Cuddle Buddies, I can even make you a teepee to coordinate.

Cushion floor mat

A new type of floor mat

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A recent request for an organic floor mat instigated a flurry of activity and result is a cotton cushion cover in compartments. Each compartment can be filled with a standard pillow of the type preferred in your home be it feather, polyfill or some other materials.

Inside or outside a teepee this floor play mat is a soft and comfy place for reclining and sitting while you play, read or relax. Children and parents can enjoy the comfort of this one too!

The creative director has given the cushion floor mat her seal of approval and has taken up semi-permanent residence on the prototype.

Available in the regular size, family size or in a custom size and a variety of colours.

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OFB Decorations

One Fine Baby wrap-up

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Its been a while since the One Fine Baby event in Sydney and I finally have a moment to look over the photos from the weekend.

Here is how it all looked just before the shoppers arrived…

OFB Teepee setup

OFB Cushions
OFB Arrows
Secret Myths Teepee

Secret Myths Teepees new to Joyjoie

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I have always liked dragons, not scary mean ones of computer games but instead the gentle and intelligent creatures I wished were real after reading the Anne McCaffreys “Dragonriders of Pern” books many years ago.

Now I have created a dragon to fit with the one I imagine as I read and he is cute with a big belly and droplet wings. He is also the star feature of the newest joyjoie kids teepee in the secret fairytale range, Secret Myths.

This first teepee has been made with Ninja fabric for the trees and red and black dragons and I cannot wait to make it again for fellow dragon lovers.

Dragon Teepee