Canberra Etsy craft party 2015

Are you coming to the Etsy craft party? I hope you are!

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The Makers’ Hub is hosting 5 craft party sessions and you can bring along anything paper related to fit the “Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape” theme. There’s space for 15 people in each session and they go on for 2 hours.

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All Etsy craft party participants will take home a goodie bag from The Makers’ Collective and Etsy. I will actually be adding a little something in the goodie bag:)

There’s only a few free spots left so make sure you book now!

Craft party sessions times:
– Friday 5th June: 2pm and 5pm
– Saturday 6th June: 11am, 2pm and 5pm.

The Makers’ Hub is located in Wiseman Street, Macquarie ACT 2614. Hope to see you there!

My first RAW show experience

So my first RAW show was Friday 30th January 2015. I’ve finally had a few spare minutes to share about my experience on the blog and show you some photos.

First of all, I have to say that I loved the experience! I loved that I was able to show my work to a large group of people and talk to them about what I do and get feedback.

To prepare for the show I had a small set up in a corner of the house with everything that I was going to be showing on the night. It was very useful and it was great practice to help me work out how I would display all my work.

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Here’s my wonderful assistant for the day. She helped me with the set up and with all kinds of things on the lead up to the show. If you are doing the show, make sure you have someone help you with the set up on the day. It took us around 2 hours to set it up for the night!

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Busy setting up for the show. You know what I love the most about this photo is that I’m surrounded by bright colours and patterns. This is exactly how I have imagined my life and this is exactly how I want to spend the rest of my life!

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Here I am, happy and a little nervous, as the doors of the venue were about to be open to the public!

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The dress I’m wearing is also my own design :)

Another thing you’ll probably need for the show is a big car. I had a relatively large set up and I also had large pieces of furniture. I drive a small car (it’s a little Honda Jazz) and crazy me thought I could fit my entire booth in my car… Well… That was never going to happen! I could barely fit all my things in my husband’s car and he has a twice as much storage space in his car! I should have taken a photo of our fully packed car so you’ll just have to imagine a car fully packed to the roof! I could not see a single thing through the rear view mirror! And my sister’s face, who was sitting on the passenger seat next to me, was right up against the front windscreen!

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And this, the most dreaded part of the show. Getting onstage! It wasn’t that bad, just a few simple questions but for someone who isn’t used to public speaking it’s a little nerve wrecking!

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I also included a number of little tags with a short description about the work I was presenting. I wanted to give my display a more personal feel and I wanted to make sure that people knew that I’m designing each and every single one of these pieces.

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At the show I was exhibiting some of my latest collection of work which included silk eco-friendly scarves, ring binders, folders, pencil cases, coasters, three quarter leggings, journals, mugs, clipboards, wrapping paper and cushions.

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There’s just one problem now. Now all I can think of is which show or market will I do now? There are a few local options that I need explore and I’m certain that in the next few weeks I’ll be doing a show somewhere :)

All of these designs are now on my brand new Etsy shop.

New Year Etsy sale

I thought I should start the New Year with a sale so here’s a 25% off coupon that you can use at my Venerate Etsy shop.

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Simply use this coupon code to get a discount on your order: happynewyear

The coupon will be valid for the next 7 days (until 12 January 2013) so make the most of it while you can!

Enjoy!

Orange earrings

One of the most unique things I bought on my recent holiday to Chile was this beautiful pair of orange earrings. The earrings are actually made out of slices of oranges.

Aren’t they cute?

Every time I put them on I get a lot of comments from strangers asking questions. They are a bit of conversation starter and I love them:)

If you are interested in getting something like this for yourself go to the Real Fruit Jewelry Etsy shop.  There’s a big variety of beautiful fruit jewelry including pendants and rings made out of all kinds of fruits. I didn’t get my earrings from this shop but since I don’t think you’ll be travelling to Chile any time soon, this shop offers the same type of jewelry.

Love my tripod

A few weeks ago I bought a tripod and just last weekend I had the opportunity to really test it out. I took photos of my cards as the photos I previously had were really horrible and I felt it was time to take better pictures as my photographic skills have improved a little since the last time I attempted to take some product photos. Anyway, these are some of the photos I took:

All these cards are available at my Venerate Etsy shop.