Friday, November 30, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y


A round up of Christmas D.I.Y is on the agenda today, I wonder why ?!:)

Have you tried making your own garland?
These twine garlands are just too cute over at a pocket full of dreams.
They could also be used for any  Parties through out the year!

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And...a super sweet and easy Advent calendar on Martha Stewart blog.

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Or this one would make the perfect first Christmas Advent Calendar for our new babies, don't you think?! :)

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Happy making!

Sandrine x

Crafty D.I.Y: fav recipes from our blog contributors


Today we have decide to share the Christmas spirit by asking our "Brisstyle behind the scene team" to share with us some favourite recipes to inspire your festive season cooking!

Belinda (behing the label Liddle apples) is sharing her Gingerbread biscuits recipe:

Samantha (behing the label Jetta's Nest) is sharing her famous Cacao Date balls!

Cacao Date Balls (or Power Balls as we like to call them)
1/2 cup cashews, 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pepitos, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup sultanas, 1 cup of fresh dates (I usually need more but one cup is a good start), 2 generous tablespoons of raw cacao powder (you can use cocoa or carob but the flavour from cacao is second to none), a drizzle of vanilla.  Whizz everything together in a food processor to form a smooth thick paste.  It will come together in a lumpy clump when it's good to go so you may need to add more dates to get the right consistency.  I whizz for a bit longer then to get my nuts and seeds quite tiny and the whole mix quite smooth.  Roll into little balls (I use my melon baller to get the right quantity, if you do this too, wet it first so the mix doesn't stick) and roll in coconut (littlest boys favourite job).  Put them in the fridge for a bit to chill and harden up then eat with coffee or hot chocolate or on their own!

Image Courtesy Jetta's Nest blog
And on my side...
I truly love baking, cooking...eating :) lol

But it seems like savoury tarts are definitely my all time favourite when the weather is beautiful and we like to go on picnics!
I also bake Gluten free so you may find it helpful if you have some diets restrictions with gluten or your guests do have some...

You can click here and find all the crunchy details of my 
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We hope we have inspired you!!

Happy Friday!

Sandrine x

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crafty Biz Carousel ~ 29/11/12

Hello lovely creatives!

Welcome to the weekly roundup of helpful and though-provoking posts about running an online business.
This week's video is from April of Blacksburg Belle - it's all about thinking about the future - what do you want your life and business to look like in 3 years time? Are you on the right path, or do things need to change?

Have an awesome week all!

Jess xx

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Treasury

Can you believe it is 1 month to CHristmas?!
Today we are sharing a Tuesday treasury filled with decor, gifts and cards all handmade in Brissie!

Etsy Treasury details here
Sandrine x

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Indie Shop news

A little bird told us that there were some great upcoming news ...
Some  gift wrapping workshop  are happening!

Where: It is in the beautiful Cultiver shop during  Saturday 8, 15 &22  December...

More details to be found here 
 you can email to make your bookings.

Enjoy your weekend!
Sandrine x

Friday, November 23, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

We are slowly and surely entering the gift giving season, aren't we?!

So let's take a peek at some handmade gift inspiration for 3 very different type of recipients:)

For him:

Stitch your own suspenders for something fun and stylish for the man in your life.

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For the "littlies":

What a cute Apple plush pillow Tutorial.

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And ...For our furry friends too, why not?!

Come and check out this homemade dog treat recipe!

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Happy making!

Sandrine x

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas filled BrisStyle indie Market - Friday Nov 23

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You're invited to a lantern lit evening of Carols, Shopping and Christmas cheer for the whole family, at the fabulous...
featuring a very special boutique twilight
THIS Friday evening 23rd November 2012
5pm - 9pm
St Augustine's Church Hall and Grounds, Racecourse Rd, Hamilton
The BrisStylettes will be turning on their most festive goodies as well as all the wonderful handmade creations they have become renowned for.

:: Here's a snapshot of all the fun ::

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We're looking forward to seeing you all there tomorrow night and then again for another Handmade fix at "Brisbane's HOTtest destinations for everything Christmas"...........

BrisStyle indie Designers "Christmas" Market

Saturday Dec 8
St Augustine's Church Hall and Grounds
Racecourse Rd, Hamilton
9am - 4pm
...and then finally for the last event of the year (and set to be our HOTtest yet!) at the....

BrisStyle indie Twilight Market

Friday Dec 14
King George Square, Brisbane CBD
5pm- 9pm
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NOW LIVE!! i ♥ craft :: Creative Development Video Sessions

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We are super excited to finally announce that our i ♥ craft :: Creative Development Sessions from 2012 can now be view via our website!
This means if you came along to a session and want a re-cap or if you missed out altogether, you can watch the highlights from the day at your own leisure (please note, highlights from each session are available only and are in no way a replacement for the full, live session experience).
To access the videos - simply visit our website and select 'video session' from the i ♥ craft tab along the top of the page.
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First time users and non BrisStyle members will be asked to complete a once only registration to view the sessions and then you will have automatic access to the page.
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To watch, simply click on the 'play' button for the video you wish to view. Each session has been broken down into easy to watch highlights making it simple for you to access the available information.
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Help Leave Your Creative stamp on our 2013 Series

We're preparing to deliver you an exciting series of sessions in 2013 and would love all your feedback so that they are tailored to your creative needs.
Being a community group, your feedback is invaluable so please take the time to fill out the survey here:

Many thanks...

We'd like to thank everyone who came to the sessions this year. It's been so wonderful seeing familiar and new faces alike, learning the skills necessary to take their crafty ventures to the next level.
Many thanks also to all the wonderful presenters who helped make the sessions come to life with their captivating experiences and valued knowledge.
A huge thank you goes to the team behind the scenes for making these sessions happen, Helen, Belinda, Sam and the rest of the BrisStyle committee, our videographer Wayne Dring from Intune Online Business Solutions for filming and editing the sessions, all the generous volunteers and of course Brisbane City Council who have supported us in making these sessions available to as many crafty peeps as we possibly can.
Wishing you all a safe, prosperous and crafty Christmas and very much look forward to seeing you at all our upcoming Christmas events and kicking our creative heels up together in the New Year.
Warmest regards
The BrisStyle Team

Crafty Biz Carousel ~ 22/11/2

Hello lovely creatives!

Welcome to the weekly roundup of helpful and though-provoking posts about running an online business.
This week's video is about self-sabotage... those negative things we tell ourselves that stop us from reaching our goals - and how to overcome them!

Have an awesome week all!

Jess xx

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Good morning,

Today what about some wrapping inspiration seasoned with some free printable, sounds good?!

So  much cuteness with those Paper Reindeer on Eat Drink Chic!
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Loving the simplicity of stamping your own paper kraft on

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How gorgeous is this Printable gift wrap on Domestifluff and it's a freebie too, Amazing!

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Happy gift wrapping!

Sandrine x

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Treasury

A Tuesday Treasury showcasing some local Brisstyle Christmas gifts.

Lovely Handmade Gifts...

All under $50  and wishing for a white Christmas :)

Etsy Treasury here for details.

Happy Tuesday!

Sandrine x

Friday, November 16, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

The school year is coming to an end soon and it might be time to plan some lovely handmade gifts.
Just to say a big thank you to our lovely teachers!

Home made Salt scrub?
The Beauty Department is having a great tutorial over here.

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Or perhaps some sweet treats?
Bakers royale has some amazing Brownie Cookies with Salted caramel filling....mmmmm!
Do I need to say more :)?!
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For another great idea...
The Monogram Mugs found on Design Mom.
You can even filled them with the biscuits above, if you like :)

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Happy making!

Sandrine x

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Treasury

Hello :)

Today we have curated an Etsy Treasury showcasing a local gift guide all under $25.

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All the links and details are over here for you to check!

Happy Tuesday!

Sandrine x

Monday, November 12, 2012

Oh what a lovely Eco Market!

The rain came down but that couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of Eco Handmade Warriors who descended on St Augustine's on Saturday to get in some pre Christmas ethical shopping.

Many thanks must go to all the stall-holders who braved the conditions outside to still bring their special brand of eco loving to their fans.

Heartfelt thanks to our community of volunteers inside and out and to our fabulous hard working market and workshop crews.

Treetomato and i spy designs

In particular, one of the busiest stands outside on the day was our friends at Reverse Garbage who soldiered on despite the deluge much to the delight of many customers who visited their site - many of whom had made the trip in especially to purchase the special handpicked range of  RG supplies.

Reverse Garbage

Our other fabulous event supporter Peppermint was inside spreading their minty love,

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along with all the other Co-op marketeers..

Treehug Papercraft , Tiny Vintage, Elle and Lou  and Wicked Child Designs

Meggy Green

Sandrine Marsh Accessories

Outside the stalls were still filled with eager shoppers...
Wind and Water Designs

Jettta's Nest and Ruby & Iris
Hattie and Ties and Whimsey
Our workshops inside and out were fully subscribed with families taking the time to lap up the make and takes with Hazel, Bel and Bec.

Community Bunting Project 

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A big thank you must go out to our dedicated market crew and all our wonderful volunteers for making the day run smoothly for all despite the adverse conditions.

For more memories of the day please check out the BiECO facebook album here.

Here's to seeing you all back in the coming weeks... next week in fact, read on and keep up the dry weather dancing!

Back at St Augustines' Racecourse Rd, Hamilton:

WHEN: Friday Nov 23rd
TIME:   5pm-9pm

WHEN: Saturday Dec 8th
TIME:    9am-4pm  {note the extended hours}

Then back into King George Square around the Lord Mayors enormous Christmas Tree!

WHEN: Friday Dec 14
TIME:   5pm-9pm

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Guest Post :Ali from Jellygnite

Hello :)

This week we are very happy to  welcome our first guest post from former founding committee member Ali of label Jellygnite.

Ali has been travelling around Europe and settled in Italie for the past few months.
 It is so nice to have some little glimpse into such a great adventure!

Please make yourself comfortable to take off for your "e- travel" to Italy with our dear Ali!

As a family, we have been living it up on the other side of the world for the past few months. We have taken six months out of our lives to experience something different. We are living in Dolianova, a little town just north of Cagliari, the capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia. I have been keeping a blog of our adventures and here is a post I wrote recently on the great street art I've discovered over here in 'our' city! 

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It seems that Cagliari’s street art culture is quite developed. It’s fun to wander around the city admiring all the street art. There are a few artists’ works I can recognise about the place – images of whales or of funny little people – and there is also street art that has taken delightful advantage of the surrounding street environment to create amusing artworks.
Lots of little faces adorn the electricity meters.
I was please to see a bit of yarn-bombing in Italy too!
I love this one!
These little men are all over the city – I think they’re having a party here.
The whales are my favourite. I always go to Cagliari armed with my camera in the hopes of spotting some new whales. My family is enthusiastically in on my adventure, often dangling the camera out of the car window or slowing in crazy 3-lane traffic (which is usually more like 6 ‘unofficial’ lanes) just to get a new whale pic!
Some are sneaking a kiss, hopelessly in love….
Some are sliding down stairs…
Some are a bit shy…
Some seem a little aloof…
Some are just too quick!
I really love the serenity that seems inherent in whales anyway. These whales of Cagliari seem to be peacefully floating their way through the city; up the walls of the old town, floating in shadows by the highway and hiding around corners. These ‘graffiti’ whales are really quite harmless and quirky. They remind me a lot of the Australian illustrator Shaun Tan’s imagery.
I hope to discover some more swimming happily through Cagliari’s streets in the coming months before we leave.
Thank you so much Ali for taking us with you in this little tour 
around the Cagliari's Street with you.
Now, If you would like to know a little more about Ali's adventures, 
go and check
Residenza Elettiva for more !

Happy weekend!
Sandrine x