Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Friends, Western Australian Street Team Members, Lamonster Handmade Clothing

Happy Friday readers ! Maddabling has decided to do something a little different on the blog over the next few weeks - features on wonderful handmade things for children ! This will predominantly feature creators from Western Australia - I hope you enjoy this special series as much as I do ! There is not much to report from the Maddabling household this week, it has been cold and grey in my part of the world, not particularly inspirational ! 

This week I want you to meet a new Friday Friend - the fabulous Kathy from Lamonster Handmade Clothing. Kathy is a fellow West Australian and member of the Western Australian Street Team on Etsy. 
By her own admission, Kathy of Lamonster Handmade Clothing creates modern clothing with an old fashioned twist. Kathy specialises in practical and completely gorgeous clothing, often in limited styles to ensure they really are unique. These creations really do make excellent gifts ! I really enjoyed browsing through the albums of Lamonster creations, and want to share a few of my finds with you now. Have have you ever seen a cuter outfit for the fellas - these rompers are just too sweet !  
I also love these outfits for the girls - they are still girly but in much more practical colours for the little ladies in your life !
I also want to take a moment to send a SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy who was recently featured in Frankie Magazine too - how wonderful to see West Australian Handmade on show for all to see ! 
Dear readers, time now to read The Terrific Tale of Lamonsters in the Wardrobe - wishing each and everyone of you a fabulous weekend, have fun whatever you are doing. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the photos I took for days 8-14 in the Savage Kitten 30 Day Photo Challenge  and there will be a special blog post on Sunday announcing a giveaway to celebrate the 300 Maddabling Blog Posts milestone ! 
The Terrific Tale of Lamonsters in the Wardrobe 
Who is Lamonster Handmade Clothing ?
I am Kathy Lamont, mum to a gorgeous 20 month old girl called Greer and wife to a very supportive husband who does my photography and graphic design. In February this year I created 'Lamonster' handmade clothing for children.
How and When did my handmade/artistic journey begin ?
I started sewing a few months after the birth of my first daughter - so in early 2011 .
A few months later - leading up to my daughter's first birthday I decided to make us both matching dresses - they turned out quite good and I entered a picture of us wearing them into a sewing competition and won first prize. 
I then started to focus on making cute clothing for my daughter and before long was making children's clothing for family and friends. 
What inspires me ?
Primarily its seeing children in my clothing! It makes me so happy to receive pictures from happy customers showing their child wearing their Lamonster outfit. I'm also inspired by my daughter and husband, fabric/buttons/trim, vintage patterns (such as Enid Gilchrist ), and photographer Loretta Lux. I love being part of the sewing community and seeing what different people do with the same pattern so you'll often find me browsing sewing blogs.
What kind of things do I make/create ?
I specialise in tunics with bloomers, dresses, and rompers, all made using contemporary patterns but given a vintage vibe. I make in sizes 0 - 4.
Do you have a favourite piece that you have made/created ?
Although I only make items that I would like to wear myself - I would have to say that my rompers are really cute. When my daughter wears hers  she looks so adorable and also my Peter Rabbit dresses and my Children on Parade Dress.
What are your future plans/dreams/aspirations ?
I have worked in law offices since I was 17 - so for almost 13 years. I enjoy it but after a hard day working and then devoting the early evening to my daughter my creative time is very limited. I would love to have more time to create.I have big dreams for Lamonster and eventually would love to be able to earn a living through it or some other creative job.
Since its very early days at the moment I will spend the next year building up my stock, focusing on market stalls and trying to get exposure about my brand. 

Want to see more of the darling creations made by Kathy of Lamonster Handmade Clothing? Here is how you can connect : 
Become a fan on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/LamonsterHandmadeClothing
Buy beautiful things from the Lamonster online store here: http://www.lamonstershop.com
and on Etsyhttp://www.etsy.com/shop/lamonstershop

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