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I Believe In Unicorns - The Making Of

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We wanted to share with you some divine images of our customers wearing our 'I Believe In Unicorns' maxi dress. This dress is very special to us! Each dress is a labour of love and is made purely by hand. Every embroidered flower is hand-cut by one of our very talented craftspeople on the Island of Bali. The dress takes around 10 days to make with several steps and many kilometres of travel! First, we dye the fabric using natural organic fabric dye. This is a cold-water process, not requiring any heating or fuel. The fabric is then hung out to dry in the sun, sometimes causing slight colour differences between fabric batches, adding to the uniquenss of your truly, individual Fillyboo garment.  Second, we cut the fabric in our Fillyboo factory in Canggu, Bali. The embroidery design is then traced by hand onto the fabric in chalk. The cut pieces are then transported by motorbike to several family villages in the mountains of Bali, where the embroidery takes place. Many family members share the job, working when they are able, in between their duties of maintaining their rice fields or the many other artisan jobs they perform to support their large families. When the embroidery is complete, the pieces are transported back to the Fillyboo factory where our staff then sew the pieces together and apply the fabric covered buttons and loops as well as little tassels and other cute hand-touched finishes. Finally, the dress is washed by hand in a bucket of soapy water and then hung out to dry in the shade. Bali is a tropical climate, and the dress can sometimes takes a few days to dry due to the humidity and intermittent (often very unexpected and quite dramatic!) rainfall. Prior to sending your dress to you, we do some final checks to make sure all of the embroidery screen chalk is removed and that the dress is as dry as possible. A light and cool iron and then the dress is packed into a small plastic bag with a silicone gel pack to remove the moisture during transit. Our Balinese Fillyboo staff are our extended family and we look after them the best we can. We love our blended cultures and being inspired creatively and personally by our team everyday. We definitely laugh together at times, as we are learning the best ways to do things that suit all of us, and of course things sometimes still do get lost in translation! The Australian Fillyboo management and design staff speak fluent traditional Bahasa and therefore we are able to communicate and work together to provide a safe, financially secure, understanding, and happy working and learning enviornment. We hope you enjoyed this short 'behind-the-scenes' of our company. We are so grateful for your continued support of our family business.  Our trade ethics and sustainablity are so important to us, and we couldn't continue to grow and sustain our Balinese workers and our young family without our amazing customers. We will continue to strive towards our long term goals concerning ethics, sustainability and corporate responsibility and aim to provide our customers with as much information about our company as possible. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to grow with your amazing support. With much love, Pippa and the Fillyboo team. xxx Sophie Vine @sophie_vine Between These Walls @betweenthesewalls Elle from Harry & The Frog / Elle Rampling Photography @harryandthefrog Bazaar Mumma @bazaarmumma Tayler Gunn @taylergolden Tia from @king_raja_organics

Inspiration // Dimity & Mikes Baby BBQ

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  Words by Dimity Sienkiewics @_dimity_ I am going through this amazing journey with my husband by my side and wanted to celebrate it together with all our loved ones. We also wanted to have the BBBQ in our own home. We wanted to show everyone her new nursery and celebrate in the environment that she will grow up in.   I did all the decorations myself and all the amazing ladies in my life made all the delicious food/drinks. My husband Mike is an amazing man and did everything from the BBQ to making flower arrangements! I wanted everything to be homemade with love. The laser cut teepee invitations that I made for the BBBQ, have been the main inspiration for our little girls nursery styling. As soon as we found out we were having a little girl I knew she would be my little wild flower. Her nursery is a mix of boho, native and vintage elements. It is a soft calming space filled with lots of whites, lace, crochet, dreamcatchers, teepees, mini cactus, feathers, vintage deers and wild flowers. Every element in her nursery has been picked/hand-made with love. I want our little girl to be surrounded with natural colours and textures that I have always been in love with. Mike and I had an amazing ‘BabyMoon’ in Byron bay a couple months ago and I bought lots of her nursery décor and clothes from local Byron Bay designers. • Crochet lamp from Shikoba • Crochet cushions/dream catcher/Aztec rug/bull cushion from Spell. • Lace cushion/feathers from Hope & May • Porcelain Deer knobs from Liberty Trading Co (next door to Spell) • Lots of beautiful toys/clothes from local designs: Children of the Tribe, Arnhem, Bandikoot Byron, Nami etc I seriously cant get over the fact that there is a little baby girl growing inside my belly and that we will get to hold her so very soon! From the first day we found out I was pregnant we have been so excited. Not a day goes by that we do not think about our little girl and imagine how amazing our lives are going to be as a family. I absolutely love being pregnant and watching my belly grow. The best part of my pregnancy has been the look in my husbands eyes – I never thought that it was possible to feel any more loved by him but every day that we get closer to holding out little girl, I feel that love grow. Dimity.   We discovered Dimity's instagram account via the Spell Designs blog and fell instantly in love with her excitement for her pregnancy and her intoxicating creative spirit. So much love and natural beauty surrounds this gorgeous couple from Sydney's Northern Beaches, it is hard not to be swept up in their exciting journey..not to mention fighting the urge to try and re-create Dimity's baby shower and nursery in every minute detail! It is so hard to pick favourites amongst the array of beautiful objects, however we are smitten with the combination of vintage throwbacks and navajo inspired pieces. The vintage 'Little Golden Books' and 'Bambi' touches took us on a mesmorizing trip down memory lane as well as the Kewpi dolls and crochet trimmings. Below is a list of suggestions on where you can find similar bits and pieces from Dimity's nursery and Baby BBQ. If you have any suggestions on where you can find anything not listed, please comment below. (USA + UK girls...please give us some local tips!) Thank you Dimity for sharing your gorgeous baby shower and nursery with us, we are so excited to follow your instagram account and watch beautiful Azaelia grow. xxPip + the Fillyboo girls  ~ Dimity wears crochet dress from Spell Designs ~ (similar) Roundie Towel (in garden) from The Beach People ~ (similar) Kewpie Dolls (in nursery) from Cradle Rock ~ (similar) Moroccan Wedding Blanket (in nursery) from Table Tonic ~ Gaia Baby Essentials (in nursery) from Gaia Skin Naturals ~ (similar) TeePee (in nursery) from Joyjoie   
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