Monday, December 22, 2008

My Bag in Homespun Magazine

I have just been exploring and found one of my bags has been made an honourable mention in the Australian Homespun Magazine Create a Bag Competition. It's the one on the bottom left of the screen. Cool!

Check out the link to: and follw the prompt for the bag competition winners.

The Long Thread - Check out this Handmade Haven

I have just followed a link in the lastest Australian Homspune magazine (vol 9,12) to a wonderful blog called There you will find fantastic handmade craft and patterns. I loved this site! Check it out.

Introducing the Paper Bubz

I have been working on a new range of paper dolls and I want to introduce the first of the Bubz. The Paper Bubz are inspired by my recent reading of the Anne of Green Gables books. The design is about free hair, fun clothes and bare feet running through pastures. I have made the Bubz so that the legs can be turned in or out, the shift dress reversed for a wardrobe change and of course the parts can be reversed. The faces are slightly different as she is more about childhood and innocence. I hope you like her.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Why I Love Softies Central - What a Wonderful Blog

I have been a fan of Softies Central for more than a year now and with the wonderful and wacky world on display there who can blame me. Check them out:

And the Winner of the Christmas Paper Doll Giveaway is ...

Well, what an busy week it's been building up to Christmas. All the last minute shopping, menu planning, planning visits for Chrissy day, oh and of course a winner of my first ever giveaway. I loved reading all the comments and possible names. There are so many creative people out there who can express it through names and ideas. But I've put all the name's in the barrel and drawn a winner. Its Hot Fudge! I'd like to thank everyone who entered and hope you all a have a wonderful Christmas. And keep watching for new doll experiences in the new year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mighty Market Roundup

At last after a hectic couple of days I have the time to consider the simply sensational Christmas market I participated in as part of the Brisstyle team at Hamilton Town Hall on Saturday the 13 December.

I was blown away by the number of people that came along and their appreciation of handmade items. We had a marvelous turnout of stall holders selling bags, dolls, jewellery, designer baby wear and baby goods, retro ephemera, OOAC art works and prints, fun stuff, food, and so much more. Our team is so talented with all the work being of great quality and diversity and all at the cutting edge of the nouvelle craft scene. The patrons really saw the value in it and it made me feel really proud as a creater of craft items to see appreciation from my audience.

We had a wonderful atmosphere, with people milling about in the courtyard chatting and comparing purchases. there was music, kids playing, and great eats. Even in the sweltering Brisbane summer the vibe was still fantastic.

As for my stall, I was so pleased and humbled to sell so much of my work. My paper doll selection is now sadly (or not sadly) depleted as I sold many of my lovely ladies to new hopefully happy homes. I also got some great and useful feedback that will help me develop my range further and take packaging and the whole concept to the next level. I was very pleased with my stall layout and position and it was so wonderful to be so near to people to be able to engage them even if they were just browsing.

As for the Brisstyle team, it was fantastic to put faces to the names after talking online for so long. It turns out everyone is as nice in real life as they appear in print and by having so many supportive people around me it was possible to handle the days length and heat and still be smiling at the end. It was also great to be able to buy from sellers whose work you have admired for a long time and to also see how their work is developing.

In all this is by far the best and most fun market I have ever been involved in.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lovely Article About Moi - Makes me feel so Proud!

I am so excited. Trish from has just finished a wonder ful article about me. She makes me sound sooooo good! Please go and read and while you are there check out ther wonderful wraps. BTW while you are here, please go and enter my competition for a free Paper Doll Giveaway just below.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I am getting into the full Christmas mode. I have been shopping madly for last minute gifts, wrapping gifts like sticky tape is going out of fashion, and of course preparing for the awesome Brisstyle Christmas Market at Hamilton Town Hall 13 December.

And while getting into the final preparations I realised I needed Christmas Dolls, and so here is the first.
She is the next generation of Paper Gals All Dressed Up. She is wearing a fun reversible shift and is in the groove for Christmas.

Now all she needs is a name and home... and so for Christmas I want to do a Giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is help me name this Gal and tell me where she will fit in your life. I will pick a winner at random on the 19th of December just in time for Christmas.

Good luck and go with the Christmas cheer!

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Age Barbie Man Grooming

"Before my brave new hair implant"
"The new groomed me"
"Am I Hot or What!"
"You look so good let me have a go"

I have just finished trying out rerooting (ie replacing) doll hair on two of my daughters sad preloved Ken Dolls. The results I think are great! The tools and hair were from, and I've got to say that they were easy and quite fast to do. Sue at rerootdoll was very helpful and she provided useful instructions. I also checked out the tutorials that the ABC doll club site had links to. In all this is a successful process and much fun (although long hair is much easier to style than short I have to say). Next time the problem may be narrowing down from the many colours of hair to use. If you have sad preloved dolls in need of stunning new hair, give it a go.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Coming Soon on

I have decided to list on and have been busy creating a shop presence. Hopefully, I can list some items soon...

I have also been crazy rerooting barbie doll hair and they are looking pretty good. I will be bringing photos soon. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sweet SMS stuff

I have been exploring on SMS and have seen some lovely, lovely things to share. Here are some: (a gorgeous bird Chrissy decoration) (a fantastic softie) (some cool wristlets)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I am becoming Modern (slightly)

I have just found a fantastic online sewing forum. There is so much to explore here.... I cannot wait to start.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Brisstyle Hamilton Market Saturday 13 December 2008 9am-4pm

As part of the highly talented Brisstyle ETSY Street Team, I am pleased to announce our first ever Market Stall.

If you are a budding ethical consumer who is looking for gifts that are unique, well-made, with a little soul, and a lotta style, then The 2008 BrisStyle Christmas Market in Hamilton is the place to Shop.

Find a magnificent selection of handmade goods at the BrisStyle Christmas Market.
The Historic Town Hall in Hamilton creates the perfect environment for this boutique event. Ample Street parking & easy access via the Rivercat, the hall has wheelchair and pram access as well as plenty of shade.The gourmet food stall in the leafy courtyard is catering for the Brisbane summer with cool drinks and traditional Christmas treats.
Meander through the stalls of the distinctive and the fresh, chat to the makers and learn about them, and their wares, while the soothing sounds of the acoustic entertainment kindles your Christmas Spirit.You’ll find something very different here.

Like most sellers on, the BrisStyle designers take great pride in adding that little extra for their customers. Whether it’s beautiful packaging, personal gift wrapping, little cards, or extra gifts, it’s sure to be something that touches the heart.This Christmas the artists and designers of BrisStyle will also give their support to various charities with the hope that through your gift giving, you and they can make even a small difference to someone’s life.

So embrace the BrisStyle enthusiasm, support your local community and shop ethically this Christmas.Location: Hamilton Town Hall, Cnr Rossiterand Racecourse Rd, Hamilton, BrisbaneDate: Saturday 13th December 2008Time: 9am – 4pm


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Market stall reviewed

Well, I turned up at 7:00 on a sunny Brisbane morning at North Pine Country Markets. The other casual stall holders were queued in their cars and we all were lead to our spots.

I set up next to a lovely American selling her handmade jewellery, and a family running a scented candle stall. The American was only there at North Pine for her second market at that location, but was a seasoned marketeer of 15 years experience. The Family running the candle stall were permanent stall holders in their regular Sunday spot. These two people taught me a lot over the day.

They shared two valuable pieces of information - put your work as close to the customer as possible. You may have a whole tent space but people are not comfortable walking in. You need to draw them in and the window of opportunity to catch their attention is only seconds. So have your work at the very front of your stall looking as good as possible. The other tip for people who want to do markets is that you need to earn the trust of the area of you market so you need to go back several times and get known before you get any real sales. Both these pieces of advice a rock solid.

My stock was good and well priced and when I got people to look at it there was interest and sales but I did not have my work set up well (you had to come in). I will remember this next time. The candle store was super well done. They had a well developed product range in fabulous packaging with easy to read pricing. The colour scheme was lovely white tablecloths and pink highlights with a pink and white uniform worn by the owner. They used personalised packaging and had loyalty reward cards. They attracted people with more than one sense (visual, smell, and tactical) and had the best pack up system ever.
The American jewellery seller was different. She also set up very well and had discounts available for multiple purchases. She was very warm and engaged people so they stopped and chattered. This gave them time to look at the stock and to upsell - what a gift for conversation.

While at the market I met the marvellous Trish from Trishalan Designs. She is so bright and engaging. She was very good to share secrets and stories with and we compared notes about how glad we both are that we are part of the brilliant BrisStyle team and the excellent support and effort they give to we members.

In all the market was very worthwhile for learning and now that I have got the stall ready, I can use when I want. The day was fun, the people and location really special, but oh god NEVER in that heat again!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Birth of a Market Stall

I have been working away madly and I finally am ready to run my first market stall. Weather permitting, I am off to Old Petrie Town (the North Pine Country Markets) Dayboro Road, Petrie this Sunday for a day of meeting, greeting, selling and fun! Here is some of the items I have lined up. If you look closely you can check out some of my fab op shop buys reborn into signage (the Sharlzndollz sign is an old whiteboard hung on a clothes airer), display stands (cup stands, toast racks, and spice racks), and even stock as in the recycled contaciners below (bikkie and Eclipse mint boxes).

Recycled Art Containers - the old holds the new

Paper dolls for sale

Keep in touch with the Wristlet Display

Sharlzndollz Store Sign- hang in there

Pixie Pockets on display

Paper Dolls in their toasty toast rack homes

Cups be gone on these stands for owls and reindeers

Dolls and Bags Display

Cards Display

Loose the spices and get spicy cards

Bag Sign good sign

Bags on display stand

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Love My New Camera

At last I have updated my fossilised digi camera for a new model - and its brilliant! I can finally take those closeup pictures I've been craving and have enough pixels to get a great image.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rescue Barbie Hair

I have been recently combing charity stores and my daughter has been accompanying me. I have been looking for items to use for my market stall while she is expanding her collection of pre-loved Barbie dolls (about 15 to date). We love the atmosphere and the thrill of never knowing what treasure you will find. But I have got one bug bear that I must share - the number of Barbies with bad haircuts. It seems a tragedy to me that these dolls end up with matted thatches or crew cuts. I prefer to rescue the Barbies and reinstate their lovely locks. My treatment works. After a thorough body clean and sponge off of the hair (not immersing the hair in water) I apply leave in hair moisteriser (my favourite is Pantene Pro-V Leave In Hair Moisteriser) from tip to root and brush using a dolly brush (not people brush) again from tip to root. The result is lovely refreshed hair full of shine and knot free. I have tried it on Barbies' as old as 35 years and it works a treat. Just check out the pictures of Princess Jasmine (not a Barbie I know but her hair was so bad - it even had the original plastic crown matted into the heair and broken down by UV) I have included two before and two after pictures.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


These bubbles from Australian Geographic shop are so good and almost foolproof.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Support your local school

I have been hard at work putting together some Christmas stocking for my daughter's schools craft stall. I have gone for a non-traditional approach to the stocking - a Victorian-era style female boot and a cowboy boot. I have made 12 so far.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Bees Nest

I have just had a bunch of native Australia bees move into a piece of artwork in my front yard. Who says that art has no function???