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.