Wednesday, August 26, 2009

cuff links available at Wiss Emporium...

Historic Wiss Emporium* in Kalbar now has a selection of hot toffee cuff links in store. The Wiss Emporium is heritage listed and has been lovingly restored by Kristine Markwell who won a National Trust heritage conservation award for doing so. The building itself is very impressive and stocks designer label clothing, fine arts, ceramics and more!

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday and well worth a visit!

*101 George Street, Kalbar

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Scotland Yard Antiques

We discovered Scotland Yard Antiques* late last year when my parents were staying with us for the weekend, we drove out to Esk for lunch and through Marburg on the way home. We just had to stop when we saw this shop! I've been meaning to visit again but hadn't done so until last Sunday after the New Earth Markets. This is the kind of antique shop you walk into and can't help but say 'look at that', 'look at this' and 'ooohhh look at that'. With furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, toys, ornaments, pictures, signs, is quite exciting...even the cobwebs make me happy! The shop is filled to the brim and items spill out onto the street and into another little shop 2 doors up.

*Scotland Yard Antiques - Corner Queen & Edmond Streets, Marburg. Open 7 DAYS!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I'm so excited to be stocking at the recently opened 'nook' in West End. It's filled with gorgeous handmade & eco friendly products by Australian and overseas also has lovely hemp wool, string and some kits to make yourself all sorts of goodies from tote bags to fabric baskets. I was in store yesterday chatting to lovely owner Michelle and it was like a dream seeing so many awesome products in the one place. It's great to see the work of so many local designers like Chi Designs, Jellygnite , Little Jane St and Paper Boat Press just to mention a few! I couldn't help but bring one of edward and lilly's sweet bunnies home with me. If you love handmade, are looking for a special gift or simply love shopping then pop into this little store - 19 browning st, west end (open Tues - Sat from 10am)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

felt clouds...

How sweet are these clouds? Made by a talented young lady who was selling at the New Earth Markets in Marburg. One of these is going to a friend and the other will be packed up and sent to to Japan for out nephew's 2nd birthday.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

i love the smell of new books....

The local post office staff know me by name as I visit several times a week to post orders and check my PO box for mail + supplies - today there was a lovely surprise..not a bill, not supplies...but a package wrapped in brown paper from lyssymay soon as I saw it I knew it was a copy of the new HANDMADE in MELBOURNE! Thanks Alyssa, it looks like I'll be spending the afternoon out on the day bed on the deck leafing through this gorgeous publication. Purchase your own copy here.

the handmade expo...

After popping into a few garage sales (one of my favourite ways to relax) on Saturday morning I visited the handmade expo and was so happy to find these gorgeous handmade cards by lamington drive. Also available were larger works depicting owls, bambi and gnomes - these are all ready to be framed - very tempting!

Friday, August 14, 2009

chi designs...

Visit this inspirational blog by Chi Designs to find out more about the talent behind these clutches. Also available are coin purses, bags and hair accessories. To browse head to the chi designs etsy shop or madeit store.

*free shipping to all locations within Australia between August 6 - 15
The EEE sale by the brisStyle members ends tomorrow - head here to see who's participating and what offers are available.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


How sweet is this frangipani tree brooch by littlechrissy ? Head to the littlechrissy etsy shop for more gorgeous creations like the Autumn Leaf Brooch and the Cloudland Eco-Clutch.

Visit the blog to find out more about this self described 'Lover of bright, cheery things. Drinker of tea. Sewer, brooch maker, vintage fetishist. Tree hugger, lounge room dancer, car singer of musical scores. Journo, teacher, sister, daughter, friend'

15% off store wide for the duration of the Brisbane Ekka, plus free postage Australia-wide.*

*offer ends August 15th

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Little Mary Moo

Visit Little Mary Moo's Place for a great selection on handmade purses and messenger bags which feature hand screen printed textiles by Australian designers. To read more about the inspiration and behind the scenes at Little Mary Moo's Place visit the blog here.
All stock has been already reduced by 10% and there is FREE shipping Australia wide.
offer ends August 15th.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ruby 2 Go Go

How great is this Vintage blue scooter girl necklace by Helen Berthold of Ruby 2 Go Go & ruby red studios! Visit either of Helen's etsy shops to see more of her handmade goodies and take advantage of the great offers below;

Offer 1: Get 20% off your second item (discount applies to the lesser priced item).
Offer 2: Get any 3 vintage button earrings $20.

To follow the exciting adventures of Ruby visit the blog here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Shazzabeth Creations..

These gorgeous prehnite earrings are made by Sharon Williams of Shazzabeth Creations. Sharon's work consists of beads, wire work and chainmaille - all processes which involve a good deal of time. To read more about the inspirations visit Sharon's blog here.

During this period all stock in the etsy shop is 10% off marked price
PLUS a free pair of gemstone earrings with all purchases over $100.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

lolly cube forest..

i love every process in making my lolly cube studs..this part however is my absolute favourite me they look like tiny trees huddled together...

The lolly cubes are now packed safely in the car ready for the Boutique Markets tomorrow - held at Portside Wharf in Hamilton. 8am - 1pm come and say hello :)

Twinkle Star Art..

For the sweetest prints to decorate children's rooms visit Twinkle Star Art, this etsy shop is filled with lovely prints for both boys and girls by graphic designer and illustrator Amanda Francey. Visit the Twinkle Star Art blog to read more about this talented artist.

BUY any 2 art prints and get a 3rd art print FREE!
+ FREE regular postage within Australia!

Offer ends August 15th

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hey Harriet's TtV Photos

I thought I'd feature a brisStyle member each day of the EEE sale I mentioned yesterday. Today is Tracey of Hey Harriet. I've featured Tracey's work before. Tracey takes her photos through the view finder of any camera with another camera. I love the frame this creates along with the specks and inconsistencies.

Offer Option 1: Purchase 2 prints and receive a 3rd print free

Offer Option 2: Purchase 4 or more prints and receive a free original mini art canvas peace magnet.
Visit the brisStyle blog here to find other members participating in this sale.
Head over to Hey Harriet's etsy shop here to view the full range of photos.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

short term goals...

A couple of weeks ago I attended a business catch up with some of the brisStyle members. It was really valuable hearing about other people's journeys and talking about some of the issues which come up when you run your own business. The morning was run by Sally Flynn of Flight Industries. At the end of the session we were encouraged to think of 3 short term goals and share them. In 6 months we will check in and make sure we've reached these goals. I set small goals all the time - usually at the beginning of the month I sit down and write what I'd like to achieve by the end of the month. It's a great feeling looking back and ticking off goals which have been reached so I'm looking forward to doing that with the following in the not too distant future:

one. get camera fixed or purchase a new one..

two. photograph new ranges and add to website

three. have my cards printed in limited editions

edward and lilly

This gorgeous little bunny was made by Rebecca Cason of edward and lilly. Rebecca is a member of brisStyle and is taking part in the Etsy Ekka Extravaganza sale which runs until August 15th.

edward and lilly - 10% off store-wide + FREE SHIPPING in Australia.
Take advantage of this and head over to the edward and lilly etsy store which is filled with sweet handmade goodies including embroidered brooches, lavender scented birds and gorgeous little bunnies, puppies and kitties to cuddle.

To see other members taking part in the sale visit the brisStyle blog here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

flying visit...

After school on Friday I drove straight to the airport, marked my students' spelling tests while sipping on coffee then boarded a plane bound for Melbourne. Saturday morning was spent at Life In Style which is held in the most amazing building - Royal Exhibition Building (pictured above). Monopoly, music, laughs, dinner & wine with my brother & sister in law on Saturday night. Late breakfast in a great Mexican cafe the next morning before heading back to Brisbane. Home by 7 pm Sunday with just enough time to prepare for school, eat and a deep deep sleep..

now it's time to breathe. but only for a little while before I start catching up on emails and begin preparations for the Boutique Markets this Sunday...