Saturday, October 31, 2009

love markets?

Brisbane is an exciting city to be in this weekend with the mathilda's market at Brisbane City Hall tomorrow from 9am - 1pm. Across the river at Southbank Young Designers Market is where hot toffee will be from 10 am - 4pm. Last but certainly not least and possibly the most exciting at the beautiful Old Museum the finders keepers markets are on for the first time in Brisbane. I've just come home from visiting and they are fantastic - such an amazing line up of talent! They are on until 9pm tonight and again tomorrow from 10 am - 5 pm. Now all you have to do is choose which one you'll visit or google Queensland Rail to start working out the best way to visit them all!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

choose & WIN!

Limited edition tote bags will be available at the brisStyle Christmas market. Some of our members have designed totes and now it is time to decide which one will be featured on the bag. All you need to do is head here to view the final four and leave a comment on the brisStyle blog indicating your favourite design for a chance to win one of the totes!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

when I need to focus....

...I head to Craft Sanity and listen to Jennifer interview all kinds of crafty folk. I've listened to many of her podcasts several times. It's so interesting to listen to others talk about their inspirations. When I really need to get a lot of glass cut and ready for firing, listening to Craft Sanity podcasts is about the only thing that helps me get straight into it and then I can stay focused for hours and hours. I think it's because it's so comforting to hear others talk about the ups and downs of running a business that I don't even think about getting up and getting distracted by something else looming in my studio or home that needs to be done. How do you stay focused?

Saturday, October 17, 2009


.... for the lucky peeps who live in Melbourne - Lyssy May is having an open studio today until 2pm. Drop in to score some fabric remnants, odds and ends from when Alyssa had her shop or treat yourself to one of Alyssa's gorgeous handbags!

Studio 1, Ironside Studios - 4 Chelmsford St, Kensington

... if you have time please visit The Sunshine Studio blog to read an interview I did recently and for the chance to win a pair of hot toffee studs!

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

interview and giveaway...

I was contacted recently by Lory of The Sunshine Studio and asked if I'd like to take part in the Hall of Fame feature on her blog - of course I said YES! So to read the interview head over here - there is a chance to win a pair of studs too - don't be shy - go enter!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

are you in Brisbane?

...then head over to Portside Wharf in Hamilton tomorrow Sunday 11th October for the Boutique Markets. We will be there along with some amazing local designers, artists and makers including Sandrine Marsh, Taybian, Peg and Kate, Cute as Buttons and We are messengers just to name a few.

8am - 1pm...come and say hi.

are you in Melbourne?

...then head over to the Lyssy May open studio now! Open until 2pm today (apologies for the late notice!) Alyssa has fabric remnants for sale, goodies from her shop days and of course her beautiful handbags and vintage wallpaper wallets!

Ironside Studios - 4 Chelmsford St, Kensington

If you can't make it today don't worry as Alyssa will be holding open studios for the next 2 Saturdays as well - yay! The perfect place to start Christmas shopping!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

new stockist...

I am so excited to announce that hot toffee is now available at cocoon in Launceston, Tasmania! I have had some really lovely conversations with owner Suzanne over the last couple of weeks. She is an avid supporter of handmade and is so passionate about stocking Australian designers - yay! A quick peek inside her gorgeous store through photographs already has me wanting to see more and checking flight prices to Tasmania...