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

Etsy Craft Party Canberra

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.

Etsy Craft Party Canberra Kaleidoscope

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!

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.


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!


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!

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


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!



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!




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.




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.


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.

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.


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!


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.

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.

Hope you all have a fantastic Easter and enjoy your time off work (if you are lucky enough to have a break!)

I will be spending a lot of time with the family and eating lots of Easter eggs :)

Please visit the starfly creations Etsy shop for more information.

I love this gorgeous shawl and what I love about it the most is that it looks thin enough to wear in summer as an accessory and warm enough to wear in winter. During summer you can just wrap it around your neck just once like shown in the picture below, and during the colder months you can wrap it around a few times to keep your neck covered and keep you warm. I love it!

Please visit the Jurgita Mi Etsy shop for more information.

I have been so busy in the last few days that I haven’t had time to post anything L. But today despite feeling tired and sleepy I decided I should get out of bed early and write a post. Today I felt inspired by this lovely fridge magnet that reflects my life perfectly at the moment.

The magnet reads: ‘Busy bee, there’s always time for a… cup of tea or coffee!’ I guess you can read it either way depending on your favourite drink. I feel I could substitute it with: ‘Busy bee, there’s always time for blogging’!

Please visit the Ginger Bred Etsy shop for more information. 

I love this baby lollipop idea and the creative packaging makes all the difference!


The lollipops are made up of a burp cloth, a pair of socks and a colorful baby feeding spoon, all wrapped in clear cello with a beautiful ribbon.

The lollipops are available in bright colors for a boy, girl or gender neutral.

Please visit the Twosies Baby Boutique Etsy shop for more information.

This hat reminds me of Rapunzel and for that I love it!

Please visit the Yokoo Etsy shop for more information.

There’s always that time of the month when I feel constantly hungry. I simply cannot get enough food and the minute I’m done eating suddenly I’m thinking of my next little something. I really dislike the feeling of never being satisfied as the next thing I eat is guaranteed not to satisfy me. This week has been one of those weeks. At work I like to keep nuts and other snacks and in one day I ate all my reserves! Sometimes I really wonder how on earth I’m still thin…

For more information about this beautiful plate, please visit the Jimbob Art Etsy shop.

I don’t think this particular item will help in this cold Canberra winter but it would definitely look cool.

A great accessory for summer as well

This Cambridge Chain is made out of an 80 percent acrylic and 20 percent wool blend. Its shape is quite unusual and I think that’s what I like about it the most so be prepared for all the attention and enjoy!

Please visit the Yokoo Etsy shop for more information.

I came across this wonderful gift idea a few weeks ago and I thought it was fantastic! It’s called baby bouquet, which is as you can see by the photo below a wonderful collection of baby goodies wrapped beautifully like a bouquet of flowers.

The baby bouquet is filled with washcloths, blankets, socks, and other baby items. The bouquets are available in bright colors for a boy, girl, or gender neutral.

Please visit the Twosies Baby Boutique Etsy shop for more information.

I love some of Julio Iglesias songs as they remind me of my childhood and my mum listening to his music.

A great bowl for all kinds of household items, keys, coins you name it! Love it!

Please visit the Birds Eye Photography Etsy shop for more information.

There’s always a moment during the day that I think: I’m going to blog about this! I thought this pinback button would suit just about any blogger that feels on a daily basis the urge to blog about something!

Please visit the Vickinator Geekery Etsy shop for more information.

Have you ever been glad of losing something? I have. The other thing I managed to do during my photographic trip was to lose my sunglasses and I have to say I’m glad I did! I really can’t wait to buy a new pair now!

We were at the beach taking photos and I had my sunglasses clipped to my hoodie (kind of like this onesie below) which I never do but this time it seemed like a good idea. At some point I got a little hot and decided to take off my hoodie and with it went my sunglasses! A little while later when I wanted to put my sunglasses on again I realised that they were gone but I did not care to go back and get them. I was happy they were gone! Too bad I was squinting for the rest of the day :(

This lovely onesie reminded me of my long gone (thankfully) sunglasses.  

Please visit the Nate Farro Etsy shop for more information.

These earrings are not only beautiful but they are also recycled. They have a double hoop base, with soldered resistors in various matching colours and sizes. Wonderful! 

All the components are welded together and then thoroughly polished. The earrings are about 2.36 inch (6 cm) in diameter.

Please visit the Aula46 Etsy shop for more information.

Summer is definitely over in this part of the world and I’ve just put away all my summer clothes, and to my amazement I have almost nothing left in my closet! As you might know by now, I lived in Brisbane for the last few years and just about everything in my closet was either a dress or a singlet, and now that I’m in Canberra any such garments would be highly inappropriate attire for this kind of weather. In fact, that kind of clothes would leave me shivering to death. I guess all this means is that it’s time for me to do some serious shopping!

Right now I feel like the cover of this card, so I will shop till I drop!

Please visit the Storey Shop on Etsy for more information.

There are times when music brings such enormous joy and I’m lost in the melody that I have wondered, if it would be possible to be re-incarnated into a musical note?  

This music note was made from stained glass.

Please visit the Glass Gallery Girls Etsy shop for more information.

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I started this blog. This last year has gone so fast and I’ve greatly enjoyed putting together the blog. When I first started blogging I wondered whether I would have enough things blog about on a daily basis, and now I’ve realised that if I don’t blog more often is not because I have nothing to blog about, but rather, because I haven’t got time to blog as much as I would like!

Exactly on the 25 of April 2010 I did my first post and I’m still loving it! I hope I can continue to do this for a very long time :)

I think I should get a necklace like this as an anniversary gift for myself.

This is 45.7cm sterling silver bead necklace with a 1.3cm sterling silver disc hand stamped with “iBlog”. It also has a sterling silver computer mouse charm. You can also get the disc stamped with the name of your blog, cool isn’t it?

Please visit the Kristy Lynn Jewelry Etsy shop for more information.

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