Saturday, February 28, 2009

March Featured Members and Giveaways!

Due to the overwhelming response to the first monthly BrisStyle blog member feature and giveaway, we will now be offering twice the fun each month, with two featured members and TWO giveaways to be won. This month it is Miriam from Bubba Chenille and Christine from Little Diva Crafts who have agreed to give us an insight into their crafty lives, and who are giving away some fabulous goodies as well. Don't forget to leave us a comment to go in the draw for these two wonderful giveaways!


Introducing BrisStyle member...

NAME: Christine Poole

ETSY SHOP NAME: Little Diva Crafts

1. Can you please describe the items you are giving away to one of our readers?

Little Girl’s Craft Apron

Every little girl needs somewhere to keep her pencils and scissors etc when she’s being creative, so why not in her very own frilly apron!

Coin/Card Purse

This funky little purse measures 10cm x 9cm and is big enough to keep your money, license, credit cards etc in your back pocket on a night out. Or if like me, you have kids and rarely get a night out, any little girl would love this purse to play with. The fabric is Amy Butler French Wallpaper in Duck Egg with the lining in Red and White stripe.

2. How would you describe your work?

Unique, varied and funky.

3. How did your Etsy shop come into being?

I bought the fabulous book “Softies” and started making lots of them for my kids and as presents. Then I thought I’d design my own softies, who are now known as The Imbi Family. My sister had previously introduced me to Etsy and I thought that would be a fantastic place to start selling my “family” and many other creations.

4. Who or What inspires you?

Most of my inspiration comes from fabric. There are so many beautiful fabrics out there with the most delicious colour combinations and patterns that I really have to stop myself buying them all.

I also get inspiration and ideas from my children and the things they love and need.

5. Can you describe your studio / work area?

I would love my work area to be beautiful, organized and inspirational but unfortunately it’s not! (yet anyway). I currently use my computer desk, sewing board and dining table and keep all of my things in the study.

6. What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?

My Diva Dresses – I’ve got more on the way too as I’ve recently received more beautiful fabrics.

7. Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work?

Little Diva Blog
Markets Online (Australian online selling place)
Facebook "Little Diva" - Beautiful handmade gifts for your little girl (mostly...)

I will also have my own website up and running soon with links to my online stores, details of upcoming markets etc. It will be


Introducing BrisStyle member...

NAME: Miriam

ETSY SHOP NAME: Bubba Chenille

1. Can you please describe the item you are giving away to one of our readers?

Pink and brown chenille zip pouch

This is my new creation especially for this givaway, hope you like it... I have a few of these as they are soooo handy. Here are some uses: camera, small bag (will hold lippy, mirror, cards, cash, tissue and keys) make up bag, small sewing project, really the list is endless. It measures 8.5" x 5.5" or for the young ones 22cm x 14cm. The lining is the same as the third fabric from the top, all are 100% cotton.

2. How would you describe your work?

Spur of the moment! I get an idea and I go for it. It also has to be "quick" or I lose interest.

3. How did your Etsy shop come into being?

I wanted to try and sell my items amongst other handmade sellers and to "get out there" this is the best online store. I sell at markets also, mainly The Handmade Expo, a relatively new market for handmade only.

4. Who or What inspires you?

Clever crafters and sewers and there are trillions of them!

5. Do you ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ as part of your creative process? If yes, how is your art / craft eco-friendly?

Anything that has chenille incorporated in it has come from pre-loved chenille, I am now a self confessed chenille-a-holic! I try to use chenille in all of my items, somtimes though I fall for fabric that I simply don't have the chenille to match but I still need to make the item... oh well!!

6. Can you describe your studio / work area?

My "design studio" is the third bedroom, no you can't look (a fabric bomb has gone off in there!) No bed of course, just sewing table, cupboards, shelves and storage boxes and not much floor!!!

7. What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?

The pink striped tote. I had a brain snap, and is made from a Mercer and Reid teatowel, with hot pink chenille trim. I'd rather be making bags than doing the dishes...

8. Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work?

Madeit (Australian online selling place)
Bubba Chenille Blog

Thank you Christine and Miriam

The rules:

Simply leave a comment on this post to be in the running to win one of these two fabulous giveaways. Be sure to leave a way for us to contact you. If you don’t have a blog, please include your email address. Only one entry per person. You may enter twice if you mention this giveaway on your blog. If you choose to do this, please pop back after posting to your blog and include the url address to the post it was mentioned on here in the comments. This will count as your second entry. International folk are welcome to enter. BrisStyle members and their immediate families (ie: husbands/partners, dependent children, and their computer savvy pets) are excluded from entering all BrisStyle giveaways. A name will be randomly drawn on the 25th of this month and the winner will be announced on the blog on that same day.

The very best of luck to you all!


Kay said...

How wonderful to have this giveaway and what talented etsy members. I must say I have a very soft spot for vintage chenille. I think it takes me back to my childhood.

Chrisy said...

Another wonderful giveaway...

Unknown said...

Ah, so many clever women! I love it.

Hey Harriet said...

Great post! I enjoyed learning more about our talented BrisStyle members. Thanks Miriam & Christine for sharing! They're lovely items that you are both giving away. I only wish I could enter :(

Good luck to all those who can enter!!!

demmi said...

please enter me in the wonderful giveaways con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

bubbachenille said...
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bubbachenille said...

OOOOH I wish I could enter too!

Me and My 4 Fellas said...

Please pick me, pick me.

Anonymous said...

Oh me, me, I want to win... LOL - what fantastic creations to giveaway - lovely work ladies.


littlechrissy said...

Oh I wish I could enter! These giveaway items are fabulous.

melanie said...

these are gorgeous!!

and I love that fruity dress :)

Anonymous said...

A wonderful giveaway with gorgeous items. So many talented women! I love the apron - I think big girls would love one like this as well!!! :-)

PretaPawte said...

I love the first little sun dress it is sooo cool.

Debbie said...

What talented women. Thanks for the chance to win.

debbie peysen

Gary said...

What a nice blog!

My wife and i enjoyed the articles and comments.

We are grandparents to three granddaughters, ages one to five years.

Our oldest would be thrilled with the items shown.

I invite you to visit my site at

A pleasure to browse your site.

All the best,


Anonymous said...

What wonderful creative people you all are! I love visiting. It is my mantra for destressing!

Trish Goodfield said...

I love the tea towel bag.

planettreasures said...

I love bubba's little purse -it's unique and funky!

Mrs Robot said...

At last, other Brisbane crafters! Nice to find people online speaking my (local) language.

Karin said...

Great stuff! This is my first entry, will blog later!

Mrs Button said...

I hope I'm one of the lucky ones!It makes the insomnia worthwhile.

ittybittyandpretty said...

i would like the chance to win but more importantly i would like to become a memeber. will have a look around. now that i follow you do i have the chance of being a featured blogger and give away person? that would be a hoot.
%*_*% rosey

Anonymous said...

ohhh i would love that pouch....please?????

Le said...

hello there - great crafty arty girls again - are we not spoilt for choice in Bris Vegas !! my best to all le

Danielle said...

I am absolutley in love with them both. what gorgeous products. I am loving learning a bit more about all the creators. Such a great insite into their minds.

Milika said...

what great items.
I think I'm going to be favourite auntie this month.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful work, ladies! Have bookmarked your sites! :)

Ellie said...

Again another great giveaway.

I look forward to this each month now.

LittleYellowBirdBoutique said...

Wow! What a cool group! Definitely some neat items up for grabs!

Katy said...

Count me in !

Amanda W said...

They say you have got to be in it to win it and well with prizes like this on offer I would be silly not to leave a comment ;-)

Amanda W said...

I have commented on my blog...

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading about these two wonderful shops- Great giveaways!

Elaine R

Crystal Adkins said...

Gosh! You both are so talented! I love the Bubba Chenille bag! I don't have a little girl to wear the apron :( but it is still super cute!
crystal adkins

Ann Niddrie said...

I think I need an apron like that for myself! I am always losing my scissors! Super cute and functional too. I love it.