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Sunday Studio Visit – outside the studio!

Happy Sunday!! Since making, firing and installing my exhibition in ContainArt last week I have not been in the studio much. We finally have some consistent nice weather here in Ballarat, after a miserable Winter, so the plan is to finally finish the deck – a year later!! The delay has been a combination of aforementioned weather and also some ongoing health problems I have been having over the Winter and into Spring…. I am finally starting to come good, but have the occasional relapse for a couple of days. So annoying!

Anyway, I have spent the weekend oiling slats for the deck railing and hubby has been putting them up (under supervision – lol). So, it looks like we will have our deck finished this summer – yay!!

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Apart from that i will take this opportunity to remind you that Valentines Day is only one month away – February 14th. And, of course, I have lots of gift ideas in my ETSY shop for both him and her – jewellery, homewares, and of course custom orders are always welcome 🙂

I’ll leave you with some gift inspiration – have a great week 🙂

 

 

Sunday Studio Visit: Bits & Pieces

I am a little late for this Sunday’s post – my son and his girlfriend came to visit (& are still visiting). I took pics of what I was working on on Sunday and began my draft post, but didn’t get it finished – so here it is 🙂

Today I am finished off more custom orders for ceramic yarn bowls! I just can’t seem to make them fast enough! I have never managed to list one in either my ETSY or MADEIT stores because they sell before I can get that far. Whenever I have a custom order I always make a couple of extras – but they sell before I can get them in the shops!

I think they are popular because they are larger than what is currently available online. The custom orders always come through as wanting to fit the large balls of wool in them, so the extras I make go like hotcakes too!

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I have also been playing with product photography today. My product photography to date has been on plain white backgrounds. This occurred because Etsy used to have front page treasuries, and to be featured on the front page was great publicity and helped drive traffic to your store. Treasuries with consistent backgrounds were often chosen for the front page, so most shops created their images using plain light backgrounds to increase their chances of being featured. But, Etsy no longer have front pages, so I have decided to experiment with introducing some styling to my images, to make then – hopefully – more appealing.

So, thats about it for this Sunday …. have a great week 🙂

By the way I also have a couple of specials in my shop:

Use coupon VALENTINE at checkout in my MADEIT store for 10% off storewide till February 15th.

Use coupon WANDARRAHSFRIEND at checkout in my ETSY for 15% off storewide till the end of February.

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 🙂

 

 

Valentine Jewellery AND I’m Getting MARRIED!

In my last post (which was my first for a while) I explained that I had been a bit busy lately besides the usual Christmas/New Year stuff, and had fallen behind in visiting the blogs that I follow. I also said that the reasons for this would be revealed!! And as you may have noticed from the title of this post – I’m getting married!!

Yes, crazy as it may seem I am getting hitched to my long term partner Strobe, whose blog you can visit here.  The big day is happening on February 8th at Mount Buninyong Winery , a week before Valentines Day which is not far away…. yikes!!

So, what better theme than to let you all know that I have lots of romantic Valentine gifts in my Etsy shop for both girls and guys…. handmade, and therefore unique, rings, earrings and necklaces, all of which are packaged in a handmade felt jewellery pouch.

I am in Australia, so if you would like to give handmade this Valentines Day order as soon as possible 🙂

Here are some pics:

Valentines Day is Just Around the Corner

I know… it seems Christmas and New Year have just passed and suddenly Valentine’s Day is upon us!

Goodness knows what’s happening to celebrate this day in Verona, Italy – the home of Romeo and Juliet AND romance – and where I just came from…

Me… I’m not a huge Valentine person… as an Australian I see it as a bit of an American thing, a bit like Halloween (sorry, putting myself ‘out’ there), BUT exchanging romantic gifts can be great fun… so why not make it handmade!

SO… getting to the point… I, of course, have lots of handmade romantic gifts in my Etsy store, suitable for both girls and guys.

Here are some examples:

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And if you have made it to this far into the post you deserve a Valentine discount – simply use the coupon code WORDPRESS10  at the Etsy checkout to receive a 10% discount on anything in my Etsy shop.

Happy Valentines Day 🙂

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