Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Texture Tuesday

I havebeen looking at some pix I took on a hike recently. The country has wonderful - dry, hard, beautiful. It brings to mind the requirement for water, the changes on the environment, the need for change. It flows through to my art - a new paper doll made from a topology map of the Pacific sea floor. A vision of a world without water.

Monday, October 5, 2009

So Brown the Weather

After finishing de-dustifying everything today after the dust storm of the 23 September, I decided to check out the pix I took during the storm. Yuck! No wonder there was so much reddy brown water when I was finished

I'm even seeing brownish when I'm creating - these new badges seem to be affected by the muted tones. Well, at least they look like they should be that colour.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pelican Friday at Redcliffe

Today we went to the pelican feeding at Pelican Park Redcliffe. The Redcliffe council do the feeding every day of the year at 10:00 am and it's great to watch. The bird are so tame and they are amazing and HUGE up that close.
We had a great time watching them and then checked out the bat colony in the botanical gardens at Redcliffe, and finally watched a man walk his pet pig in the park! What a place for wildlife.

I also collected some rocks that are just right for my pictures with my new brooches.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wonderful Surprise from Handmade Magazine

I just opened a package I received from Handmade magazine, and what a treat it is. I emailed them a letter late last year about a slightly scary cooking experience and then forgot all about it. What a surprise to find my letter is their star letter in Handmade Vol 26 No 12 and I won a fantastic prize pack. Its got two papercraft books, some lovely textured papers, stickers, rub on's, super sized brads, and patterns too! So perfect for me. I can't wait to get playing.

Meanwhile just finished some Twilight inspired bookmarks.... love that toothy experience!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I Spy a Spider -Giveaway on Sarah Jo Sews

I found a link to this fantastic givaway on Sarah Jo sews - some slightly scary and yet rather cute spider fabric. Also you will love badges - I am in a badge mood at the moment.

This suits the Twilighty zone I am creating in at present.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Twilight Delight

I have bowed to public pressure and have just about finished reading the Twilight books. And they are as wonderful as I had been told. Like all readers I fell for the charms of the dazzling Edward and felt the need to create a bookmark to match the reading experience. I sketched up Edward and got a lovely stamp made up. Today I finished the collages for the bookmarks - due soon in my Etsy shop, along with some ACEO sizes. I am most pleased - now I can go a read the final 40 pages!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stamp Duty

A while ago I thought about creating some art stamps. I had some drawings I had done about 20 years ago that I thought might look good as stamp images (these ink pixel drawing took ages - its lucky I loved Blake's Seven enough to spend the time doing the pix). I went to Argee Stamps Brisbane and they created some brilliant art stamps for me at a very comparable price to the usual cost of art stamps and within a week. They were wonderful. Now I just now have to work out how to use the new images.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Craft tutorial - Upcycled Denim Market Apron

At the last Brisstyle designers market I was very jealous of a number of the market aprons other girls had. I was resolved to make one, and I wanted it to be as low impact as possible.

Yesterday I whipped up this apron and I have to say I am pleased with the result. The apron consists of the front panel of an old pair of jeans I had previously used the back of for another project. The jeans front is simply slit and rejoined flat and then a small insert of additional denim from further down the pants leg is added. Edges are left unseamed and will fray over time nicely (just a line of stitching is added).

The additional pockets came from an old men's op-shop shirt I had used part of for something else and are just right with their tab tops. The apron ties at the back come from the cuff bottoms of two jeans legs inserted into the gaps at the waistband. Total cost = $o. Total time around 1 hour (including forraging through overstuffed boxes to find the bits in my work room). Not a bad use of a Sunday morning and I can even attach my keys to the belt keepers on the apron. I can't wait to use it now!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The BrisStyle Ekka Extravaganza Etsy is on Again!!

The Brisstyle Team (including me) is having our Etsy EEE (EKKA Extravaganza Etsy) Sale on again.
The Ekka Extravaganza Sale runs from Thursday 6th August to Saturday 15th August (ending 12 midnight etsy time). Participating shops are offering a variety of great deals like percentages off, free postage and bonus gifts.

Here is a list of the participating shops – check out the beautiful BrisStyle stores and their great deals!
Beckybean - 10% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
Bettsy Kingston - 15% off store-wide
Bubbachenille - Buy one item and get the second item half price
Chi Designs - Free postage in Australia
Chicuff - Free gift with every purchase
Create and be Happy - 10% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
Designs of the Heart - 15% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
Edward and Lilly - 10% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
EmBelIsh - 15% off store-wide (excluding postage)
Hey Harriet - Offer 1: Purchase 2 prints and receive a 3rd print free. Offer 2: Purchase 4 prints and receive a free small-scale original artwork.
Jellygnite - Free postage in Australia plus free set of gift cards with purchases over $25 (excl. postage)
Jetta's Nest - Free set of 4 cards with every purchase plus free postage in Australia
Little Chrissy - 15% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
Little Jellygnite
- Free postage in Australia plus free set of gift cards with purchases over $25 (excl. postage)
Little Mary Moo - 10% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
Love Janie Lou - Free postage in Australia
Made by Maisie - Free postage in Australia on all Maisie dolls
Nosovich - 10% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
Not Sew Shabby - 10% off store-wide
PretaPawte - Free postage in Australia
Raspberry Pink - Free gift with purchase over $10 from
Raspberry Pink and free instructions and assorted findings with the purchase of three or more blocks of clay from Metallic Silver
Ruby 2 Go Go and Ruby Red Studios - Both offers apply to any purchases across both "Ruby" stores. Offer 1: Get 20% off your second item (discount applies to the lesser priced item). Offer 2: Get any 3 vintage button earrings $20.
Sharlzndollz - Buy one paper doll set and get a free bookmark
Shazzabeth - 10% off store-wide plus free gem stone earrings with all purchases over $100
SMBoutique - Free postage in Australia
Twinkle Star Art - Buy 2 get 1 free plus free postage in Australia
Up in Annie's Room - 15% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia
Wicked Child Designs - 15% off store-wide plus free postage in Australia

The sale is because of the ‘Ekka’ - the annual agricultural show held in Brisbane, Australia. It is a fun-packed 10 days of bright lights and rides, local produce, entertainment and cute animals! We thought it would be a perfect excuse to have a sale on etsy to promote our BrisStyle team and our talented members, as well as a chance for lovers of handmade goods to snap up some great bargains!

With so much great stuff on offer I think it might be time for early Christmas shopping.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sunday Stuff

After half a week at work it's nice to look back and reflect on the stuff you did on the weekend - lazy coffee breaks in the sunshine, a spot of gardening, some bargain op-shopping, some time to play with the family,and a touch of craft!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Why Am I Still Doing Homework!

The weekend comes and you want to get into your craft. I want to be making my new bookmarks. They are fun and I like the way they are coming together. But then I get the note from school. Can the parents for next week (this is Friday afternoon we get the notes):
1. Press some flowers and leaves,
2. collect items from around the house to be used for wind-chime making,
3. find something orange for show and tell,
4. get your child to do their reading, their writing practice and their math homework, and
5. Go take some photos for various line, texture, colour and shape examples, print them out, and get your child to bring them in for a presentation. And this is only grade 1!

So below see my homework pics.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

BIDM Saturday Fun

Well, yesterday was fantastic at the BIDM (Brisstyle Indie Designers Market) at Hamilton. This was a wonderful event with a magnificent attendance and so many great artisans with their wares on show. It was inspiring, exciting, great fun meeting so many peaople, and a bit (really a lot) exhausting. I was so grateful for the feedback from those that visited my store. I have lots of ideas for the future and now I want to get into more crafting - after a short rest of course!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saturday is BrisStyle Indie Designers Market Day

The BrisStyle Indie Designers Market is on this Saturday!

With 50 market stalls, gourmet cupcakes, hot coffee and acoustic music, this is a day of indulgence not to be missed!The BrisStyle Indie Designers Market has moved to a new venue this year at St Augustine's Church Hall in the heart of the uber chic Racecourse Road, Hamilton on Saturday 4 July, 9am - 2pm.

I am so very excited to be participating in this market with all the other super talented BrisStylettes and so very many of them have been working super hard on making this a sensational market.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Brisstyle Gets Featured on Great South East program (Channel 7)

I was watching the Great South East on the weekend and voila Brisstyle was featured on the show. Coming so soon before the Brissstyle Indie market this Saturday at St Augustine's Church at Hamilton, it seems as if Brisstyle is everywhere. Check out the feature at : Brisstyle.blogspot.com.

Market Mayhem!!!

The Brisstyle Indie Designers market is on Saturday at St Augustines Church, Racecourse Road, Hamilton and I am in the last stages of preparing my stall for it. As you can see I have had to share my set up space in the living room with my daughter's toys and the furniture, but at last the stall is coming together, including a neat new banner and some new stock - Venus book marks and Sunbonnet Doll magnets.

The day should be fantastic with over40 participating stalls from various Brisstylers with lots of different independant wares. My big problem is putting away the wallet so I don't spend all my proceeds on other participant's fab makes.

Just now I hoping for super fine weather and a clear blue sky for Saturday. Call by and see the market on Saturday!

Monday, June 15, 2009

What I have Been Sewing This Week

This week I have finished off a new boiled wool jacket in time for the cold snap. Its from a Vogue art pattern and was nice and quick to make. Boiled wool is so great to sew. It does not involve finishing on the edges and so I have gone with a zig zag edge around the jacket. I have gone with a Kilt pin for closing instead of a button to increase the ways it can be worn.

Oh, and I am still making Venus bookmarks. They are so much fun!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Travelling Time

This is a photo montage of my new paper doll collection, based on Art Nouveau fashions. The collection is created from collaged images from recycled sources combined to create delicious dresses. I have them packaged in an Art Nouveau inspired vellum envelope. Coming soon to my ETSY shop in two sets....