Friday, 17 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
It will be huge, there will designs from my popular Steampunk collection for sale at discounted prices, and most other jewellery pieces will be at wholesale prices or less!!!!!. They will be plenty of funky new homeware, handmade baby and kids items made by my wonderfully telented sister Jodie, plus studio samples at give-away prices.
The sale will also include vintage fabric, craft items, jewellery making supplies, assorted vintage wares, vintage clothing, plus a slection of "standard" garage sale item.
Don't miss out - the sale runs from 9am-5pm this Sunday the 19th only (please no early birds!!)
Friday, 10 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
It’s the 1st of December and time again to welcome in another season - summer; oh how i love you summer. My readers and all those that know me already know of my love of the summer season (and just as correct, my hatred of colder months). So i thought i would write a little of why this season fills me with so much joy.
The beach – the sand, the ocean sounds, the smell, days out on my dad’s boat and being able to participate in some of my favourite sports like swimming and snorkelling.
Balmy Nights – being able to take a walk late at night and feel the warn wind kiss your skin, it’s so worth the extremely hot days just to have night like that.
The heat – i don’t like being cold, and i suffer arthritis which acts up badly in winter.
BBQ’s – my family is prone to holding random BBQ’s, usually my parents would hold them on birthdays (there’s 4 in our family over the summer months) but more often they would bring out the barbie spontaneously on evenings when we’re all together.
Holiday Road Trips–It’s really the only time of the year now when i can take some time away from the studio.
Christmas (no need to extended explanations it speaks for itself).
The New Year – not so much for the party but for the chance to make everything new again.
Watermelon (which i also love) seems to taste so much better in the warmer weather
My birthday falls in the last month of summer, but i must say although i love birthday parties i don’t very much like getting older (eek!!)
Summer sports – Cricket and the Australian Open tennis i find are just wonderful days out with friends which i look forward too every year.
Music festivals – there are so many these days you’re sure to find one that suits your tastes
Lazy afternoons spent reading in the park
Water fights, hose wars and other childish nonsense which you can get away with on hot days
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Wow i can't believe it's less than one month until Christmas. As of this week i'm starting a series of gift guides to make Christmas shopping a little eaiser this year.
First off to tempt you is a brand new range of statement necklaces, these beautifully ornate pieces are truely works of wearable art. Each are made from a special selection of vintage and repourposed brooches, earrings, pendants and charms. Many of the componants have been resurfaced, repainted or hand enameled so the resulting designs are often One-of-a-kind's. In recents months perviously sold works have been seen in a number of magazines and newspapers and were also featured in a recent exhibition this past July.
Here is a collection of designs currently avaliable, but be warned most pieces sell-out very quickly and due to the nature of the materials used; cannot be reproduced once sold out.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
The 10 Dollar Store is a special place for you to shop for wonderful handmade items for yourself or as a gift. We've set us this store just in time for Christmas, we know times are a little tough right now but we still wanted to be able to supply our wonderful pieces at prices anyone can afford. All items in the store are only $10 (excluding shipping costs) and many of the designs are limited runs for 1 or 2 pieces. The designs featured in this store are very similar to the designs sold in out other store, or in the shops we stock throughout Australia and thw World and the designs featured in magazines such as Frankie, Peppermint and Yen. The lowered sale price is in no way a reflection of the items quality, this is just our way of giving something back this Christmas to our community.
shop now at: www.madeit.com.au/10DollarStore
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Recently i purchased a new Canon EOS digital SLR camera. I studied photography when i was in High School using the old style film SLR and have been dying to get my hands on a good quality digital SLR but they have been a liitle out of my price range until now.
I take the camera with me everywhere i go, happily snapping pictures of inspiring sights and colours. Here's some of my favs so far.
Friday, 12 November 2010
A new baby in.cube8r Gallery has been born today, this one's in Sydney, and we're so happy to be a part of it. The store is run by the lovely Susanne and is located at Shop 7, 3-5 Myahgah Mews, Mosman.
Here's a sneek peak at all my lovely new steampunk goodies that can now be purchased instore from today.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
The origins of Halloween date back to Celtic times, some 2000 years ago. It's believed to link back to pagan festival of "Samhaim" which marked the end of summer and the begining of "the dark times". On this day the Celts believed that the spirits of all those who had passed the pervious year would rise during Samhaim to search for bodies of the living to possess for the next 12 months. To avoid possession the towns folk would make their homes and themselves as uninviting as possible by wearing drab old clothing and extingishing the fires in their homes to make them cold and dark. They would parade in the streets yelling in an attempt to ward off the evil spirits.
Over the years this Celtic festival mergaed with others such as the Roman festival of Pomona which celebrates the goddess of fruits and seeds - this is believed to be to orgins of our modern candy apples and "apple bobbing", a game tradionally linked with Halloween.
The term Halloween doesn't make an appearence until the 16th century, it's derived from the Old English name "All Hallows' Even" (or "All Hallows' Eve (ning)") A Catholic religious observance the night before All Saint's Day on the 1st of November.
In modern times Halloween has come to represent an evening of parties, dress-ups, pumpkin carving, games and trick-or-treating. Mostly a Northern Hemisphere tradition Halloween has in recent years become increasingly more popular in Australia, with small town such as Korumbarra in South Gippsland, Victoria holding huge Halloween theme events on the the 31st of October at the local historical park, an evening enjoyed by hundards each year (including myself). Happy Halloween everyone.