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Sunday Studio Visit – Valentines Day

It has been a while since my last Sunday Studio Visit – Christmas and the New Year and holidays threw me completely out of routine!! But I plan to get back on track as of now – famous last words!

During the past week I have been preparing for Valentines Day¬†– I did leave it a bit late, it seems that no sooner is Christmas marketing over than Valentines marketing has to begin – its just a bit hectic for me at times…

But I have been trying to create and list new jewellery items in my ETSY shop and have been rejigging some of my MADE IT shop items to reflect intimate Valentines dinners with unique handmade tableware. I still have more new items to add which I will continue over the next few days.

In the ETSY shop this includes lots of unisex jewellery, as well as designs specifically for her. I also have unique original art gift cards which are ideal for framing after gift giving.

And to top it all off I have a Valentines special in both of my shops – use coupon code VALENTINE at checkout to receive 10% off storewide.

So, without further ado, here are some pics of some of the handmade gorgeousness you can give this Valentines Day ūüôā



Give Handmade at Christmas : Last Minute Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching and if you live in Australia you can still place an order in my ETSY or MADEIT stores within the week and receive your gift before Christmas. if you live outside of Australia you can place an order, but won’t get it before Christmas – instead I can express post a gift card to you with details and an image of what your gift is for the person receiving which you can write a xmas message in and place under the tree.

While it is too late for custom orders, I have lots of ready to ship products available – products that people who love to give handmade unique quality, and those that love to receive the same, will love.

My MadeIt store is stocked with handmade unique tableware and my Etsy store has handmade tableware, jewellery, buttons and original art greeting cards.

Not sure what to give as a gift? I have gift certificates available in both of my stores – if you would like a different amount than I have listed simply message me and I will create a custom listing.

Below is an example of one of the pages from each of my shops …. explore, and happy shopping ūüôā

May 1st is Buy From Women Day

Haven’t heard about Buy From Women¬†Day? Maybe because this is the first year of its existence!¬†Brainchild of Hannah Diamond from UrbanGirl Office Supply, the day is about celebrating women owned businesses AND buying from them! Since its inception the concept has grown beyond the dreams of it creator with over 1000 businesses worldwide participating.

The concept calls upon people to make a united effort to shop and buy from women owned businesses on May 1st – and it is hoped this will continue into 2015 and beyond. And in the 21st century to buy from businesses anywhere in the world is SSOOO easy! To help facilitate the idea Hannah has produced a ‘directory’ listing¬†all the participating businesses, broken down into sections, such as Home, Jewellery, Art, etc – easy to locate interests.

To make shopping even easier the Urban Girl blog has a listing of shops that are offering special deals for the day – not an exhaustive list, so consult the directory – and my ETSY shop is on that list!!

To celebrate the day I am offering a 15% storewide discount in both my ETSY and MADEIT stores using the coupon code BUYFROMWOMEN at checkout – this is a fantastic deal – and for international buyers helps to cancel out the cost of shipping!! AND, it includes custom orders!

Now, while I have been sharing this all day on other social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ , I know I am now posting this at 12.04am on the 2nd May Australia time – but if you live in Australia you have all day on the 2nd May to participate because it is still May 1st in other parts of the world! (Sorry I ran out of time yesterday)

As well as my ETSY and MADEIT stores I am also offering a 15% discount on some of my PIT FIRED SCULPTURES  (Plus postage). As regular readers will know I recently participated in the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and produced pit fired sculptures in situ as part of the show.  Now is your chance to own one of these unique abstract ceramic sculptures at a very rare discount rate! (there are 14 sculptures to choose from)

So, below is a little gallery of some of the products you can find in my stores…. so visit them and browse – remember Mothers Day is next weekend – what could be better than buying your mum a gift on Buy From Women Day!!

Want to Give Handmade this Christmas?

This post may be a little late, but I have been ssooo busy creating stock for the ‘makers’ hubs I am participating in this year for Christmas!

If you are in Ballarat or surrounds, or if you feel like a country drive, you can visit me – and other makers – at two locations this week.

I am participating in the Pop Up Collective at Backspace Gallery in Alfred Deakin Place this coming weekend, Friday- Sunday, and I will also be selling tomorrow night (Thursday) 5-9 at the Makers Hub at Mitchell Harris Wines, where Sagria, gourmet pizzas and exclusive shopping will all be featured under the one roof!!

Now if you aren’t in the Ballarat area you can always visit my Etsy shop for unique handmade Christmas gifts, which if you order within the next week or so should be¬†delivered¬†before Christmas day ( hello Australia Post).¬†

Can’t decide what you would like to give as a gift?? My Etsy store also accepts Etsy gift cards, which can be redeemed for anything in store!!

If jewellery or ceramics are not your style I also have handmade sculptural paper works at the Unicorn Lane Gallery on display till the 20th December, and available for sale. These delicate works would make beautiful and unique Christmas pressies for the art lover in your family or circle of friends.

So, I hope I have cleared up some Christmas shopping dilemmas…. and below are a selection of images available in the “Makers” hubs I am participating in…. ( the faceted bowls are exclusive and are not available on Etsy)¬†

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Latest Kiln Offerings…

These bowls are the latest offerings, courtesy of the kiln god, and are destined for the Pop Up Collective event at Backspace Gallery, Ballarat running from 29th November till the 8th December.

There will be feast of handmade local goodies to buy as Christmas pressies which is great for sustainability and eco friendliness.

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I will also have my ceramic jewellery and Japanese inspired tableware available for purchase.

So if you are in or near Ballarat over the next week or so, “pop” in for some unique gifts that you will not find at Myer or Ikea or Target or well … you get the drift!! ūüôā

Melbourne Arts Centre Handmade Sunday Market

This coming Sunday will be my third week at the Melborne Arts Centre Sunday Market. I was excited to be accepted to have a stall at the market, as it is quite hard to get into, and they maintain a high quality standard. Unfortunately I could not display my jewellery, as they already have ssooo much , but going in with the tableware range is still all good!

Each week is a “work in progress”, in terms of improving the visual appeal of my stall. Sales have been slow – it is winter in Melbourne – but each week I have tweaked my stall set-up, trying ¬†to improve the overall appearance.

Week one my wares were displayed on the supplied red tablecloth (so that there is uniformity to the market) with the addition of some old wooden crates to consolidate the organic and rustic nature ofclay. I also used some hessian to break up the red tablecloth.

For the second week I diluted some white paint and whitewashed the wooden crates to give them  more distressd/shabby chick look, but also to give the wares a lighter background to sit against Рthis definitely added to customer appeal. I also found another wooden display stand and dispensed with the hessian. I made signs featuring my business name and the uniqueness of the product, and another sign suggesting usage for the tablewares Рthe power of suggestion!!

My plans for week three include laying a white tablecloth over the tabletop part of the red cloth, to give a cleaner backdrop to the tableware, and to display some Japanese rolls, wasabi, soy and pickled ginger on a three dish tapas set -pictured below. Again, the power of suggestion… and some late lunch for when the market finishes!!

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