Saturday, November 28, 2009

the white shirt they all want to buy

This photo was taken at handmade market nov '09. The shirt I use to display brooches and necklaces everymarket and I get so many people wanting to buy the shirt. Its linen and so stylish.

Dont you just love the look of the woolshed they have so much character, a perfect back drop for handmade items. Cant wait for the next market in March '10.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

christmas handmade market '09

As I sit here in a jumper it is hard to believe that on the market weekend 3 days ago it was a scorching 39 degrees! A busy market it was. New and Old customers dropped by and many friends waved in the distance as some could not get close to the stall. I still have a few orders to meet so I am ploughing through ribbon and fabric for the next few weeks. And loving every moment.

Don't forget you can contact me for purchases, if you missed the market, by writing a comment on my blog then I can email you back, just mention you would like to purchase something. Otherwise don't forget that MissChief Maker at Rodney's Nursery , Pialligo stocks my products and has lovely children's clothes. Take a peek at these gorgeous outfits. One raw edge brooch is on the denium hat and a one off hair accessory is on the lovely brunette.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Doilie to brooch

Having a fiddle as you do, the doilie edging went from this......

to this.

I then tried a linen edge of a placemat.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

bluebirds of happiness

These two necklaces were snapped up by the National Gallery of Australia at the VIP night at the last market. Since then I have been talking with the Gallery shop and we are working on pieces for an up coming exhibition. I just love making these necklaces using embroidered doilies, ribbon, beads and crochet table clothes.
So I am making plenty more of these for the next Handmade market. Which is 20/21 November '09.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Out of control

The Handmade Market was again perfect! Lots of enthusastic shoppers, compliments from customers and this time I didnt sell out of everything. I also made contact with new stockists.

Ive just enjoyed a week in Adelaide Holidaying I feel refreshed and ready to get creating again.

This is what I have come up with so far.......

Coloured doilies softens a modern decor. I am in Love.....
Unitl next time

Thursday, September 10, 2009

O to feel famous!

Amongst the busy weeks I have had leading up to Handmade market ( which starts tomorrow.... Yippee) I wrote a little piece for the blog of INSIDE OUT magazine . And today it became a feature..! I am one happy girl.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Knitted Mohair becomes spring necklaces

Today was a day of putting these together, remnants of wool leftover from the felted floral brooches. The remnants were too good to throw. I'm loving this spring weather.

Another job done today was dying the 'tablecloth' scarves they are drying on line. Purple, orange and red. Very happy with the colors.
With the market only days away it is a relief to tick these jobs off.
My sister from Melbourne is coming up again to help...O but she will shop..... it is quite funny really as prior to the Handmade Markets I had always flown to Melb to shop and get items I couldn't find here in Canberra. Its a very special time for us.
Cant wait
Brooch Lady x

Monday, August 31, 2009

Doilies for petals

It is so busy and exciting around here at the moment. We are in the middle of 4 birthdays in 4 weeks in our little family (2 to go) always a busy time. Let alone less than 2 weeks for the 'Handmade in Bloom' market. I really think I work best with all this going on as these brooches are truly spectacular. They are one offs. Have a list a mile long to do before Fri 11th Sept.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The coat became a flower brooch!

This is the fabric that I couldn't leave on the inside of a coat. The coat I found at the op shop sale on Friday. It is so gorgeous. This has started the vintage range of brooches a new style that I will only use vintage fabrics and doilies.
It wasn't until I got home that I even noticed the buttons (5) on the coat.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Which one do you like?

The antique scarves are coming along nicely this one is its original color but I am going to dye some purple, some orange and a few red. They are the perfect weight for spring and summer.
Who can say 'no' to red and white gingham its so fresh. I see this looking great with jeans and white linen.

This one looks luxurious don't you think. A bit of glam for daytime. Wear with a plain white tee and still look glamorous.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Picturesque Pialligo

How stunning does this look!
Taken just before the first sitting at MissChief Makers High Tea where throughout the afternoon 150 well dressed people ( you could see everyone was treating this as a special occasion) were served the most delicious afternoon tea with all the trimmings like jam and cream.
There was much chatter and shopping amongst the guests. Questions like: When is the next High Tea Event?, could just be heard over the cello.

Brooch Lady and MissChief Maker

Friday, June 26, 2009

Ready and Waiting

Tomorrow is MissChief Makers High Tea Event and I am ready with these.
Made with love are these brooches. My mum (for love) handknits up the Mohair swatches for me and then I felt them and cut them, add a divine button and you have these soft cuddly brooches to adorn woollen knits, jackets and bags.
I have already begged Mum to knit some more for 'Handmade in Bloom' in September......Floriade here I come.
Brooch Babe

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I have been busy

This week I met with the buyer for the Gift Shop at the National Gallery of Australia. I showed him my brooches, in particular the Zip brooch which compliments their current exhibition 'Reinventions: sculpture+assemblage'. Well, he loved them and at this very moment the zipper brooches are for sale there. What a lovely souvenir after visiting the exhibition!

Also this week I have a confirmed booking for the next Handmade Market, 'Handmade in Bloom'. The market is being held on Friday 11 Sept 6-9pm and Saturday 12 Sept 10-4pm at Albert Hall. Take a look at the other designers who are taking part on You wont be disappointed. The brooch above will be the new design to be showcased at the 'Handmade in Bloom'!

Life is good!

Brooch Babe

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

next showing High Tea MissChief Maker ,Rodneys, Pialligo, ACT

It has been a day at the Periodontist with Elwyn he has a stray tooth in his gum so today they placed a chain on the end of this tooth (which is up in his gum) and they will try and gradually pull it down to the space that is waiting. Yes not nice. He seems ok.

Not alot got done today as I also went to lunch.

But I do have these awaiting the next showing of my brooches at MissChief Maker's High Tea Event at Rodney's Pialligo, 27 June 09. If your interested in coming let Kate know. RSVP is essential. See more about this on MissChief Maker's website.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Back to making

Its been 2 weeks since I almost sold out of all my goodies at the Canberra handmade markets . So after a bit of a breather I have started to make some more brooches today.

Somehow I think the wintery day played a part in the fabric colors I chose today....chocolate/purple/cream...yum.

The Style Emporium and MissChiefMaker are nicely stocked as well with a range of brooches.

I am busy getting ready for the next major showing of my accessories. Details soon :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

My first post

Okay, I have been googling over a few craft blogs and wanting to be part of all this fun, so (with the help of my 16 year old son) here I am. Will my blog interest anyone? maybe. I have a huge passion for craft, gardening, cooking and of course my family. I need to learn to add photos ( this is where my 14 year old son may come in handy). So I will ponder this all over a cuppa and get back to this tomorrow!