Friday, May 1, 2009

May Featured Members and Giveaways!

This month, please give a warm welcome to Benita from Bettsy Kingston and Katie from Kitty Boo Boo, 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: Katie Bellotti – Kitty Boo Boo (featuring Machinery)

ETSY SHOP NAME: misskittybooboo

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

I have such a varied array of stuff that I like to make that I don’t think I can just settle on one item!

So I’m giving away a pair of sweet Japanese style ‘Galaxy’ Boo Boo Booties, made from 100% cotton with star print and lined with pink polka dots. They have flower shaped pink iridescent sequins as trim.

‘Galaxy’ Boo Boo Booties

Also a pair of ‘Candy Flower’ hair clips. These are made from Pink and Orange satin ribbon and hand crocheted flowers.

‘Candy Flower’ hair clips

And lastly, this gorgeous ‘Feed the Birds’ badge/button/pin is made from a recycled vintage children’s book.

‘Feed the Birds’ badge/button/pin

2. How would you describe your work?

Mish mashed. Eclectic jumble of goth, punk, rock, rockabilly, retro, vintage and colour. The stuff I make just reflects different aspects of me. Things I like, things I love, things I once was and things I am. I make stuff according to how I feel on that particular day, so one day I’m surrounded in black lace and PVC, the next it’s colourful owls and birds on baby bibs!

‘Machinery’ is a label I put most of my Medieval, Gothic, and Punk stuff under. I make accessories, slings and wraps for babies, clothing, toys and hairclips for kids, clothing, Roller Derby skirts, accessories and hairclips for women, and soon I’ll be making some shirts and capes for Men.

Just about everything is a one off. Some designs are basics but I change the fabrics and construction so that no two pieces are ever quite the same. If I make a custom order for someone, no-one else will ever get one like it without the original buyer's consent.

I love making things, and I really like that other people dig it too.

3. How did your Etsy shop come into being?

I sort of stumbled onto Etsy while I was looking for a teapot. I immediately fell in love with just about everything. I was a buyer on Etsy for a while before I started to sell there.

4. Who or What inspires you?

I’m inspired by so much around me. I carry a notebook that I scribble in and do weird interpretive drawings (that I can hardly decipher later!) I get so many ideas inspired by colours and shapes and just stuff everywhere around me that if I don’t write it down … it disappears.

I am inspired by anyone who is doing what they love because they LOVE it, and find that with my fellow crafters this is exactly why they do it.

The other BrisStylettes, the Brown Owls and some standouts are Jodie from Ric Rac, Amanda Soule from Soule Mama, Pip Lincolne from Meet me at Mike’s and Kathleen Dougherty from Grosgrain.

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

Most of the stuff I make is made from new materials. However the images for most of my badges are recycled from books and magazines. I have always been a re-fashion/up-cycler for myself in regards to clothes but lately some of the things I wear have gained some interest so I will soon be selling up-cycled and re-fashioned stuff soon.

6. Can you describe your studio / work area?

Well that’s a touchy subject around here! (Hee hee) I kind of explode all over the house. I have a lovely room downstairs where I sew which doubles as a guest room but I kind of have small work areas everywhere.

I make hairclips at the dining room table, I cut out fabric either in the dining room or lounge or downstairs on a trestle table. I have a bag of scraps stashed behind the couch so when I sit down I can make yo-yo’s or appliqué shapes. I literally have stashes everywhere.

Not everyone is as enthusiastic though. For example if I were my husband: "How can you work in here? Do you need all that stuff? What are you going to do with this? When are you going to move that pile of fabric? Can we have the dining room back soon?"

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

Oh I love it all. I seem to only make things I really like! I’m amazed most of it actually makes it into the shop! At the moment my favourites are the ‘Twenties Dames’ clips, the ‘Panther on the Loose’ skirt, the ‘Hot Rod’ Apron, the ‘Derby Skirts’ and well I better stop because I can go on and on here!

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

You can find me all over the place:

MySpace: AND
Facebook: (look for Kitty BooBoo)


Introducing BrisStyle member...

Benita McGovern

ETSY SHOP NAME: Bettsy Kingston

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

Either a ruffle pant for the girls or a pair of bloomers for the boys in the Hungry Caterpillar. I had been wanting this material for ages and finally found it at a local fabric store. I couldn't wait to make a pair for my son.

Girls' Hungry Caterpillar ruffle pants


Boys' Hungry Caterpillar Bloomers

2. How would you describe your work?

Free spirited. I like to be a little tongue in cheek as well. Some of my favourite creations: P is for Punk and Miet ruffle pants were made for fun and I didn't think they would sell, but they did.

3. How did your Etsy shop come into being?

I was on maternity leave with my second child and wanted something challenging to do. I found a very old pattern for a retro style baby pant in a charity store. The previous pattern owner was a lady by the name of Betty Kingston. They took 4 hrs to make, but I was hooked. I don't get the same level of satisfaction from making anything else. I'm completely addicted to all things Etsy.

4. Who or What inspires you?

I’m inspired by many things from old B movie posters to the latest fabric collections. I get so excited when I come up with another idea for a ruffle combination, I just can't wait to create them.

I'm now back at work full time and find it hard sometimes to juggle everything, but being a member of the BrisStyle Team is still the reason I'm here, there is such a good sense of community and talent working together, they are all very inspiring and reinforce quality in my work.

5. Can you describe your studio / work area?

I started in the lounge room and have ended up in the Laundry.

I covet crafters with open studio spaces! I have a cutting board over the sink and everything within a bookshelf.

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

Free Spirit ruffle pants. I love the polka dot ruffle with the raspberry stripe. The pink balloon material was a lucky and rare find. I have never found more and down to my last metre as I speak. It was also the material I used to make my very first pair, so I guess I'm a little sentimental about them as well.

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

My blog

Thank you Katie and Benita!

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.

Once again, the very best of luck to you all!


Me and My 4 Fellas said...

It is so nice to see Brisstyle growing with fabulous artitsts and designers.
Well done..


Jacquie said...

Fantastic giveaway! I loved the interviews - great insghts into the craftworld of two talented Etsians. I love Bettsy Kingston's cute creations. Thanks for the introduction to Kitty Boo Boo -those slippers are so gorgeous!

Morphologica said...

The hungry caterpillar ruffle pants are SO cool!! I want some for myself!! :) Hehe

I really love Kitty Boo Boo's skull corset halter- very cool.

Nicky of

Megan said...

i am a ruffle addict! i found bettsykingston the first time i went to and i have been buying up ruffles and pinnys for my daughters as fast as benita makes them! the fabric combinations are so unexpected and i adore that in childrens clothing. i love the article, it gives me a much greater appreciation for the craftmanship seeing the actual work spaces! i feel like such a brat for ordering so many at a time now! but i can't help myself! thank you for spotlighting this wonderful seller and her amazing creation, the ruffle pant! megan0609

Your Cheeky Monkey said...

Another amazing giveaway, there is so many inspiring people out there I am loving reading about local crafty girls! Well done everyone :)

Your Cheeky Monkey said...

Featured post on my blog :)

Kate said...

This is a fantastic giveaway from two fantastic Etsy sellers... thanks for a wonderful opportunity to get to know them!

Kate of

Kate said...

...and I've blogged about this great giveaway!

mjmosaics said...

Great to get to know you both, I love your ruffle pants benita and my little girl looks sooo cute in the pair I brought for her can't wait to get some $$ so I can buy some more

Ellie said...

What fantastic giveaways this month I do not know which I covet mover the bloomers or the little baby shoes.

Plllllleeeeeeeaaaaassssseeee let me win this month.

Holly said...

Some really adorable stuff. Love the bloomers, booties, and hair clips.

Gina said...

How I wish I could be in Brisbane to get to the BrisStyle markets... love a giveaway though!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

They are both such fabulous giveaways! I'm so in love with those ruffle pants and the booties! Great interviews too.

Vicki said...

Love Bettsy Kingston and all BrisStyle has to offer. Great website!

gemma @ loz and dinny said...

so lovely reading about such wonderful designers! Beautiful stuff!!

Ally in WA (USA) said...

Loved reading the interviews. Such lovely handmade treasures I'd be stoked to be a winner!

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

danielle said...

so glad i found your blog!! especially as i am a brissie girl about to take on the local markets with my wares!! now i can check out my competition hehe ; )

love the giveaways- especially those gorgeous shoes!

thanks for the chance

Carmel said...

Great interviews-love both of your craft rooms they are so much more organised than mine!!

Dawn said...

I love the ruffle pants! Not to mention the fact that they are retro with an fun twist.


secret cake said...

Thanks so much for these great interviews! It's always nice to "meet" the person behind the shop.

secretcake (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sally said...

Great giveaways, and I love that there's something cute for a boy! said...

Thanking you for your crafting inspiration blog. It makes us all want to forge onwards to behold the 'hand made really is best' outlook on life. So come on every one... GIVE HAND MADE A GO!!!! And to also have hand made giveaways on your site is pretty hard to beat.

Jessi said...

oh how i want the hungry caterpillar fabric and to win those pants too... i lobe being part of the blogging community.... yay

Anja said...

Wow fantastic giveaway!

Helen said...

Yes I know I can't enter but I just wanted to thank the gals for agreat post and fabbo interview. Thanks for sharing xox

smashstudio said...

I stumbled across Bettsy Kingston on etsy when looking for some fun things for my little girl. She is now the proud owner of a gorgeous pair of ruffle pants that she has to grow into, so I am (im)patiently waiting for some warm weather... or worm weather if I consider the fabulous hungry catapillar pants. Beautiful items ladies - thank you for creating such magic to make our little ones sparkle!

Lisa said...

Great giveaways! Gorgeous products! I love those ruffle pants - fabulous fabrics!

MooBear Designs said...

The very Hungry caterpillar has to be our favourite... and frilly bloomers are never out of fashion... great work guys and very inspiring

xo Steph

Jemma. said...

Count me in please! Lovely :)

DrCris said...

Loving those Hungry Catapillar Bloomers. Fresh and gorgeous.

Pyzahn said...

You have a really lovely blog...and OMG, you are just the most marvelously creative person. I have a stack of "projects" a mile high that have gone unattended for years. Thank goodness I found blogging so I can have a creative outlet without a lot of talent.

Thanks for visiting Prattle.

Cherie said...

wow. how awesome. they are sooo lovely :)



Suzanne said...

Oh wow, both of your creativity is amazing, well done :) I can see those little shoes on my daughters little toes. In the Melbourne weather they would be perfect :) Oh, and the ruffle pants!! My daughter has 2 Hungry Caterpillar nappies so that would look so cute over the top ;)

Suzanne said...

Here is a link to the post on my blog also ;)

Di from Max The Unicorn said...

What a fantastic giveaway, such cute products! My email address is

Bec said...

Ooooh, I SO wish I could enter. As the very proud owner of both some Bettsy Kingston ruffle pants (just to clarify, it's my daughter wearing them, not me...ahem!!) and also some gorgeous Kitty Boo Boo hair clips, I can personally testify to the loveliness and quality of the products these talented ladies create. Good luck to all who can enter :D

shana said...

I can just see my little girl Lily wearing those unique ruffle pants she'd be the coolest kid at play group. thanks for the great comp!

SuBoo said...

I love discovering more and more Australian talent - local crafters unite!

Mel said...

Oh **WOW** I just stumbled across your blog and adored reading about Benita and Katie. What two fabulously talented ladies, with a flair for individually designed boutique things :) LOVE IT! Only new to the world of sewing, its' great to be inspired by such vivid and creative work! Thanks Heaps!!!!

Mel xox

Anneliese said...

I love the ruffle pants! love love love them. I am a beginner ruffler, while on maternity leave i have rediscovered my love of craft. Oh, I found some of that pink balloon material the other month and fell in love too. I bought a little bit, there might still be some left... :)

Christina Lowry said...

Me to, I want to enter too! :)

Unknown said...

I am a big fan of the ruffle pants!! Please enter me.......

Unknown said...

Wow, great interviews. They are both very talented!
dmcalgaro at

Mrs Button said...

I would really like to see my little guys in those pants. Scrumptious pants for scrumptious bottoms. Lisa.

Jess said...

Oh la la! Those hungry caterpillar bottoms are waaay to cute! My little munchkin would look so cute waddling along in those :o)

Unknown said...

I love everything!! and wish I had an unlimited budget to buy fabulous things for my daughter :)

Amanda W said...

Oooh what a great giveaway - my fingers are crossed for a win!

Amanda W said...

Blogged about this awesome giveaway...

damocamelia said...

Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase pick me me me!
I love those giveaways!!!!

craftytammie said...

Such talented creaters! Love the bloomers especially!

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Em said...

To be part of a craft community like Brisstyle, is one of the friendliest, generous and inspiring support networks a crafty gal can have! Benita and Katie you guys are so cool:)

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