Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BrisStyle at the Stitches & Craft Show

If you're heading to the Stitches and Craft Show in Brisbane this week be sure to check out these very talented BrisStyle members.

Louise from Made by Miffy will be there with saucy aprons in tow, you can make your own at her Craft Lab at the Show or grab a pattern/kit at her stall. This one is available here.

Helen's Scooter Girls are ready to roll at the Ruby2GoGo stand. You'll know you've arrived when you see the big scooter!

Helen will also be championing the BrisStyle cause during her interview on the main stage, don't miss it! Friday 1 May, 1:15 pm and Saturday 2 May, 2 pm.

Got a Little Diva in need of a new wardrobe? Grab your own Easy Peasy Girls Skirt Pattern at the Little Diva stall (and don't forget the Snigglebottom to keep the diva distracted while you sew).

Pop over to Olivia's for some whimsical, retro, Scampsville fun. Or you can grab this cute little Bike Boy Brooch here now.

Trishalan Designs will be there in full force with trademark bright textiles, fabric dying kits and these brilliant hand painted threads. Don't miss Trish's Craft Lab on Kumihimo using Disc, a Japanese braiding technique.

Liz from Creative Artyfacts will be there with her beautiful (and delicious) handmade glass beads. You can also catch Liz on the main stage on Thursday at 1:30 pm where she will be interviewed. Plus she's having a blog giveaway at the moment but be quick entries close soon!

Finally, you can't say you've seen it all until you spot Bec and Jade's Beckybean bags strutting the runway in the Wardrobe Refashion Upcycling Parade. Grab yourself this uber chic Macchiato Shoulder Bag here.

Don't forget to keep an eye out for crafty peeps sporting BrisStyle brooches at the Show to get your 10% off discount voucher!!

BrisStylettes can be found volunteering here:

BrisStyle Stitches & Craft Show Promo

Are you going to the Brisbane Stitches & Craft Show?

The BrisStyle team are running a special offer during the show! Keep an eye out for the lovely ladies sporting a BrisStyle badge during the Stitches & Craft Show. If you spot one don't be shy, she has a 10% discount voucher for you to use in participating BrisStyle stores.

Participating BrisStyle stores are listed in the side bar to your right.

Terms and Conditions

1. Offer can only be used once per participating BrisStyle Etsy seller. So, you can use the one voucher to shop in multiple participating BrisStyle Etsy shops but only once in each shop.

2. Discount does not include Postage.

3. Discount does not include custom orders only stock listed in shops.

4. To Obtain the Discount:
Simply write the code that is listed on your voucher in the message to seller section of your sale, and when you have finished the checkout process, don't click the Payment button straight away. The seller will email you a revised PayPal invoice that will include your 10% discount, and you can simply click the PayPal button in the email to make your payment. Easy!

See you at the Show!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations Leisa Zoeller and BonTons

The random number generator decided that Leisa is the winner of the gorgeous Little Chrissy brooches;

and BonTons is the winner of the totally scrumptious Made by Miffy apron.

Could both of you please send us an email with your postal address to brisstyleteam@gmail.com and Chris and Louise will pop your items in the mail for you :)

And thank-you to everyone who entered. Don't forget, we will have another double giveaway starting on 1st May, so check back to get your entry in for that one, and enjoy reading about our featured members at the same time.

See you soon!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Featured Members and Giveaways!

This month, please give a warm welcome to Louise from Made by Miffy and Christine from Little Chrissy, as they give us a sneek peak into their fabulous worlds of crafty goodness, and give away some of their wonderful handmade items to two lucky readers. To enter is simple - simply leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. For more info (and to find out how to score an extra entry) read The Rules at the bottom of the post. Good luck everyone :)

Introducing BrisStyle member...

NAME: Christine Flatley

ETSY SHOP NAME: Little Chrissy

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

Two Little Chrissy Brooches

A yellow felt bird brooch and one of my tried and true square felt and fabric brooches. Both have been hand-stitched with love and will brighten your fave autumn jacket or bag.

2. How would you describe your work?

Colourful, fun, a little quirky, and made with love to make people smile. I am in love with felt and use it in almost everything I create. Ditto pre-loved fabrics which I find in op-shops. Oh and buttons. Sigh. I really love buttons. Until now I have predominately been making brooches, but have also been making some cute felt baby booties. Family members are currently receiving felt art to hang on their walls, so perhaps some of those might spring up in my shop soon too.

3. How did your Etsy shop come into being?

I first fell in love with Etsy as a shopper, but kept keeping all my purchases and making gifts for friends and family instead. Whoops! I finally decided to open my own shop late last year and have had very kind feedback from a lot of people.

4. Who or What inspires you?

Brisbane artists and crafters of course – we have so much talent in this city it blows me away. I use my blog to motivate myself, but also take inspiration from much-loved magazines like Frankie and Black+White. I always create each piece while thinking of one of my friends, because they are the sort of people I imagine wearing my brooches. Oh and long moonlit walks on the beach, soft kittens etc.

5. Can you describe your studio / work area?

I had managed to hog the study for myself for six months but my partner has just started his own full-time business and so gets priority. I’ve now got a small table beside his desk so we can work together sometimes (cue soppy smiles and fluttered eyelashes). Most of my materials are stuffed unceremoniously in bags in the wardrobe, and I dream one day of having my own room with everything neatly stacked and stashed. Organisation catalogues are my porn…

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

My pink doughnut brooch. It’s been there forever and I’m surprised nobody has bought it because it makes me laugh every time I look at it. I’m thinking very seriously about keeping it for myself… mmmm… pink doughnut.

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

My blog www.little-chrissy.blogspot.com. Please swing by and say hello!


Introducing BrisStyle member...

NAME: Louise Stuart

ETSY SHOP NAME: Made by Miffy

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

This is the apron that I will be teaching in the Craft Labs at the Stitches and Craft Show in Brisbane 29 April – 3 May and again later this year in Sydney. I will have fab colour combos for people to choose their own kits. Come and join in – it’ll be fun.

2. How would you describe your work?

Work…? Is this work? Are you sure? Well if it is work I would describe it as fun, all consuming (the housework is now way down the priority list!) My style is colour – lots of it. Clashing or complementing combinations that are fun to make and fun to wear. I make the coolest boys boardies, gorgeous little girl’s clothes and sassy Aprons for Mamas. I have just ventured into the world of pattern design and am in the process of publishing my first apron patterns – exciting. Now, are you sure this is work?

3. How did your Etsy shop come into being?

Seemed like fun! I love to sew – and it was getting obvious that people liked my style – as all my friend’s kids were wearing Miffy threads.

4. Who or What inspires you?

Fabric, colour, design, Dr Seuss!

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

Well I haven’t reduced the size of my fabric stash – it has taken on a life of its own – however I do repurpose items as part of my creative endeavours. On my blog there is a tutorial for a bureau redo I did last year for my daughter Darcy. It has won some blog awards and always makes me happy in a way the 80’s ugly pine chest of drawers it was formerly known as never did! I also love to find creative ways to use leftover fabric. See my tutorial for no – sew fabric flowers as one such idea!

6. Can you describe your studio / work area?

I have taken over a room in our house. It is a lovely north facing room and I love calling it my studio – much nicer than “the spare room” isn’t it? My cats hang out in the window whilst I sew. I love having the tv on whilst I work and I am now so well versed on Dr Phil that I can offer advice on almost any modern social dysfunction dilemma you may have!

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

Well – not actually in my shop – but my favourite thing is my new Saucy Apron Recipe! It is guaranteed calorie free fun in the kitchen! The pattern will be launched at the Stitches and Craft Show in Brisbane and also in my Etsy store and at Madebymiffy.com too!

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

Made by Miffy Website
Made by Miffy Blog
Miffy's World on Twitter
Louise Stuart on Facebook
Founding member of The Apron-Nation - come and join us. We are taking over the world one kitchen at a time!


Thank you Christine and Louise!

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!