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Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Friends - Australian Artists - SimmoneStar

Pretty eye pirate smile dolly

Hello dear readers - welcome to another edition of Friday Friends. I hope the week has been kind to you, I have been preparing for a Christmas Market and I am enjoying some time at home. The vege garden is picking up growth quickly with a good blend of mild to warm weather and refreshing Spring Rains.

This weeks I have any exciting new Australian Artist to feature -meet the lovely Simmone from SimmoneStar on MadeIt.
I stumbled across Simmone's work in a MadeIt Email Newsletter and instantly fell in love with her divine dollies. I may have mentioned before that I completely adore Hand Made Dolls and these creations are no exception.

For example, I present  the Custom Made Best Friends Girl Dolly - doesn't she have the sweetest face and coolest clothes ....  
My best friends girl dolly - Custom Made
or the Stylish Little Bun Dolly who is "Cuddly and cosy, joyful and sweet, just a few words that spring to mind when in Little Bun's company. Handmade from designer corduroy, cotton, lace and felt with a hand embroidered face."

And not to forget the boys, these cheeky Pirate Boy Dolls described as "corageous and cuddly, mysterious and smart, just a few words that spring to mind when in a Pirate Boy's company "

I think any child (or grown up for that matter) would be thrilled to find one of these treasures in their Christmas Stocking - what a perfect gift ! Simmone also makes lovely childrens clothing too, you simply must check out her Madeit store for yourself.

Dear readers, I invite you now to take some time out of your hectic schedules, perhaps enjoy a cuppa and indulge in The Sweet Story of Simmone Star.

The Sweet Story of  SimmoneStar

Hi - I'm Simmone - the face behind SimmoneStar. I enjoy many different roles, I'm a professional make up artist, librarian, children's entertainer (clown/face painter), mother, wife, creative artist, just to name a few.

Vintage Pillow Dollies
I grew up in Northern NSW on a ram shackle property with no electricity, my Mum would create amazing clothing and home wares using her treadle singer machine. I guess somewhere her skills unconsciously rubbed off on me! I moved to the Dandenong Mountains 3 years ago, from bustling St. Kilda, where I spent the past 25 years. I have a 2 and 3 year old,  a wonderful supportive partner, 2 chickens and an epic rambling yard.

Little Bella dolly, felt face, designer fabrics, soft and cuddly
My fave things include, sewing, gardening, makeup artistry, face-painting, books, looks, kids, chooks, paper dolls, tea parties and tunes... Whenever I can, I put my foot on the pedal and go,go,go. There as so many possibility's ! I spend any spare moments, which are hard to come by, sewing funny little toys, kids clothes, doona covers and more.

Christmas decorations made by SimmoneStar

I enjoy op-shopping, off on my own little treasure hunt! I collect doily's, embroidery, buttons, fabric and  lace.  I  love to sew one off garments, perfectly imperfect. Flowers and babushka's make me smile.

Lavender Babushka Ladies
Want to see more ? Or perhaps do a spot of Christmas Shopping ? You can connect with SimmoneStar here :

The SimmoneStar Blog :  http://simmonestar.blogspot.com/

Buy lovely things on MadeIt  here : http://www.madeit.com.au/SimmoneStar

and see what inspires SimmoneStar on Pinterest here : 



  1. Oh what a totes awesome feature on me!! Thank you so much for putting together this piece so beautifully.
    Happy starry nights,
    Simmone Star xo

  2. It's a awesome every baby dall and her clothes, fashion and styles is amazing, A Vintage Pillow Dollies photo in little doggy is very cute.

  3. I now have another favourite shop - love your work simmone - so adorable