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About

Please come and visit me at http://thehappynest.blogspot.com.au/
to see what's going on in the happy nest at the moment
- I'd love to say hello!
 
If you would like to order an item which is not currently listed,
feel free to contact me for a custom order!
You can also view my 'sold' items for an idea of the other products I make.
 
About me:
My name is Amy and I live in Launceston, Tasmania.  I am a Christian, stay-at-home mum of two fabulous, crazy boys.  I love colours, and combining bright and happy fabrics into gorgeous toys and clothing is my favourite way to play with them.  I have been sewing since I was little, and I love the way I can combine it with being a wife and mum.
About the happy nest:
the happy nest began life in 2008 as heartfelt creations.  Despite the name change, the business has not altered - my aim is still to provide you with quality handmade children's toys and clothing.
The new name is taken from a couple of sweet and comforting verses in Psalm 84 - 'Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God.'  I hope that both my home and the things I create in it can reflect these verses - a sense of sweetness, of comfort and of joy.
About the toys and clothing:
All items in the happy nest are sewn (either by hand or on my sewing machine) by me.  Each item is unique - even if I make several of one design, I will usually only make one in each colourway.  Each item is checked carefully to ensure seams are strong (I often double or triple stitch seams to strengthen them) and loose threads are tied and clipped.  I use both new and quality vintage fabrics in my toys and clothing.  The fabric is gently prewashed (using only natural cleansers) to minimise shrinkage and colour runs, and air dried.  Our home is smoke free.
 
I recommend hand washing most of my items, especially toys.  Fill a sink or tub with cold water (cold water will prevent colour runs - even though I pre-wash all my fabrics, using warm or hot water can still cause colour runs occasionally).  You can add a mild detergent if you like (I wash using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar as it's natural and non-irritating).  Immerse the item and gentle squeeze the water through it.  To dry, gently press the water from the item and lay it flat in the shade.  However, bibs and reversible pants can be gently machine washed in cold water with similar coloured items.
 
Thank you for understanding that a lot of work goes into each of my unique handmade items.  My work is protected by copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without the permission of Amy Kamphuis 2008-2013.