A wonderful review on a Boo Bear

Reviews and feedback in any shape or form are an essential element to selling products online. They help the buyers choose whether the items are worth buying and it also helps the makers to make adjustments/improvements to have that quality in their work and it also gives them a sense of worth in their work. Thats right we all like a bit of credit for what we do and we also like to know that what we are creating is special.

I have been given the opportunity to have a review done by a great childrens website Kid Independent on one of my Boo Bears. Always a relief in gettin postive feedback, phew!

Designer of the Week

Head on over and take a squiz. It may also give you a little insight into what Mellebug is all about.

On another Boo Bear note I am having a MARKET NIGHT over on my FB page this Sunday 24th June 2012 7.30pm WST (Perth, Australia). I am releasing the last 8 bears (4 of each) of the season at special FB prices as there are no listing fees. I will also have other winter stock reduced to make way for the next wave of Mellebug Hats. I will be adding the bears as I make them.

A great chance to pick up a bargain.


Winter is upon us

Oh lordy hasnt it been awhile since my last post. There does not seem enough hours in the day to get everything done on my list. Once I answer emails, send out invoices, facebook and more facebook I am totally over the computer. Today I think I have spent a good three hours photographing and listing items into my madeit store. In saying this now I will be posting more here as the social networking on FB for handmade businesses is coming to an end. An end only if you dont want to pay $5 to $10 to promote your chosen posts. There has been much talk going around and I am not going to go on about it here. Pull up socks and move onto another medium to help get my Mellebugness out there.

So what has been going on in my little sewing nook. Well I can tell you it is mainly sewing, suprised, not really. As the seasons change so do my

Winter, it is here and I am feeling the chill. It is the perfect weather for my Lupin Heatpacks and most recently my newsboy hats. These are made using recylced and new fabrics.

The little fella calls this his ‘Dude’ hat. He is such a dude wearing it, love it.

Now on the lupin front. Boo Bears, Boo Bears everywhere. A little slow start to the season but this time round the boy bears have been flying out the door. This time round I decided to coordinate my fabrics more by purchasing fat quarter packs ensuring that the colours match. Before I was in turmoil guessing to which fabric matched that fabric and so on. Less stress better outcome. Here is one of the bears I have made that comes with its very own baby bear.

Super cute felt bear that takes roughly 2 hours to hand stitch together. Worth it thou as this little combo is just too cute.

Here is another Boo Bear, Sleepy Ray. Racing buddy for the boys.

To anyone new to Mellebug these cuties are Lupin Heatpacks that you pop into the microwave for a minute and they become a warm buddy to snuggle or to help soothe an upset tummy.

This season I have coordinated some of the Boo Bears with cold packs, an all round perfect gift to a child. These cold packs are a great size that fit into a childs hand, are cold enough without having to wrap up and the outside is removable, perfect for any little bloody bonk that happens a little too often in my household.

So my madeit store is stocked with loads of mellebugness some for adults and loads for the wee ones in our lives. Head on over for more of a look at what I have to offer.

Caring for your Boo Bear/Lupin products.

Last winter I introduced the Boo Bear Lupin Heatpacks. Cute bears that are perfect to keep warm with at night or to soothe a sore tummy. They are all handmade with double stitching to prevent leakage and are made using 100% Western Australian Lupins.

 Lupins are a wonderful alternative to using wheat or rice in heat or cold packs.


  • Can be quickly heated in the microwave
  • Can be placed in the freezer to be used as a cold pack.
  • Very little odour.
  • 30% lighter than wheat heat bags / packs..
  • Less allergenic than its counterpart wheat (* exception for those allergic to peanuts).
  • Not treated with chemicals or fungicides.
  • Heat is Longer lasting that traditional wheat bags.
  • Lastly it is more resistant to moisture then wheat allowing it to be cleaned more readily.

* Lupins come from the same family as the peanut and is advised not to be used by those suffering from peanut allergies.

How to keep your Lupin Heat/Cold pack clean.

If your Heatpack is slightly soiled then a quick sponge with  luke warm water to remove and then to hang up to dry as soon as possible. When cover is dry, rub lupin bag briskly between your hands to ensure grains are dry.

If your heatpack is in need of really good clean then you can immerse the pack in warm soapy water and scrub gently with your hands. Rinse and then squeeze out excess water or alternatively put it in a spin cycle of your washing machine. Then immediately put out into the sun (make sure that its a hot day).

I place my bears on the shadecloth out the back and every now and then turn it over and rustle the beans around to ensure that is all gets dry.

An alternative to hanging outside is too place in a conventional oven on very low temp with the door ajar.

To finish I think it is important to note not to overheat your packs especially when used by a child. Please check the temperature before giving it to your child to ensure no burns.

A little something from me to you.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”          Winston Churchill

I am very fortunate to have a lovely family, friends and ability to make things that put smiles upon our wee ones faces. The lauch of the Boo Bears this winter has been a huge success for Mellebug with so many happy  kiddies waiting to have their warm bears heated before they climb into their beds for the night.

From My Documents

In essence its the small things that make a difference in any form that they are given. For this reason I have decided to spread a little warmth during these dreary cold days and offer a little something from me to you.

3 Vouchers will be given away allowing you to purchase what ever you desire from my Mellebug range. The first prize will be worth $30, 2nd prize $20 and third prize $10.

So what do you have to do to be in the running to win a little something??? Easy.

1st: Answer the two questions below and write it in the comments below along with your name and email contact.

Question1: Visit my FB page and find which of the Sleepy Boo Bears have pink spotty legs?

Question 2: How many years have I been writing this blog? (hint: About Me)

The competion is open till 12th July 2011 8pm WST Australia. It is only open to Australain Residents. The three winners will be randomly picked and notified by email. They will have 6 months to redeem their voucher. The winners can choose from any of my wares available in my ‘For Sale’ album on my FB page

The wee giveaway is closed. Congrats to S. Amies, A. Murray and K. Hogan.

A big thankyou to all that entered.

From mellebug1

More Boo Boo Bear heat packs

Here are the next installment of BOO BOO bears (note: there were more but this seems to be the birthday season for Amelias friends and some have already made their way into a little childs arms)

Childrens Heat and Cold packs made from 100% Australian Lupin. Just heat them up in the microwave for 1 minute and you have a snuggle buddy for an unwell child or to be used simply to keep warm.

I also made my little mellebug her very own bear.

From these photos you can see that she was very pleased. Also the fact that she is a poser (is that how you spell it??)

These are all available now from MILLARUBY Designs for $25. Each bear is approx 20cm in length and weighs just under 500grams. A perfect unique present for birthdays and christmas, get in quick they wont last long.