Monday, June 29, 2009

Not afraid of romance...

Romeo and Juliet had it down pat. Cathy and Heathcliffe did it with gusto, and Edward and Bella left us all swooning. Yes folks, we're talking romance.

Bella fluer - TWILIGHT Series Inspired Necklet

By Ruby 2 GoGo
(catch Helen this weekend at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market)

And what better way to warm up a Winter's night, than with a little romantic inspiration from a few of our talented BrisStylettes. So get out your rose coloured glasses, and enjoy these romantic offerings...

(catch Ali this weekend at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market)

Garden Party picture hat

By Maudie's Millinary
(catch Christine this weekend at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market)

BrisStyle on Channel 7's The Great South East

Well BrisStyle has finally got its first 15 minutes of fame! OK, maybe not quite 15 minutes, in fact, more like 2mins 40sec.....roughly :)

For those who missed seeing us on Channel 7's The Great South East last night, here is the BrisStyle feature, for your viewing pleasure!

Or if you have any issues with directly streaming, you can download the clip and then run it on your computer - here.

The feature was a great plug for our upcoming market this weekend, and already we are seeing the buzz on Twitter, Facebook, and of course, the bloggersphere, as the excitement builds!!!

For more information on the 'behind the scenes' shooting of this feature, check out the following posts from:

Ruby2GoGo - BrisStylettes star on Channel 7's The Great South East
Little Diva - A busy couple of days
Histoire De Soie - Such a buzz

Histoire De Soie - It's Tuesday and I can't wait
Hot Fudge - It's official...the droughts over

You can also read about our story on The Great South East website.

Happy viewing :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

June Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations Julianne and May.

The random number generator decided that Julianne is the winner of the gorgeous Strat Designs cherry felt ball drop pendant and earrings.

In her comment, Julianne said "As usual, some gorgeous goodies from talented brissy chicks : )"

And May is the winner of Raspberry Pink's Socrates the Sheep phone charm.

May said "I love the sheep, I am a sheep lover, I collect sheep! and this sheep is so adorable and irresistible! Very creative and I hope I am the lucky one!"

Julianne and May, could both of you please send us an email with your postal address to and Sophie and Lauren 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 July, with gorgeous giveaway items from the lovely Michelle from Pedrosprout and Samantha from Jetta's Nest. So check back to get your entry in for that one, and enjoy reading about our featured members at the same time.


BrisStyle Weekly Round Up

Tune in to Channel 7's The Great South East this Sunday 28 June at 5.30pm to catch some of our fabulous BrisStylettes in action!!!

The Great South East filmed a special segment about BrisStyle and the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market a few weeks ago and it will be airing on Sunday!

Gorgeous BrisStylettes with Sophie Formica filming for The Great South East

The BrisStyle Indie Designers Market was also featured in this week's issue of BMag including an image of one of Sophie's from Strat Designs necklaces. Sophie will have a gorgeous selection of her jewellery at the market.

A big BrisStyle welcome to our new member Melissa from Taybian. Melissa makes a fabulous range of bags handcrafted for aesthetic and comfort. You will also be able to see these gorgeous bags for yourself at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market.

Gaynor from Create and Be Happy will be exhibiting at The Handmade Expo this Saturday 27 June in Ipswich. Gaynor will also have a stall at our very own BrisStyle Indie Designers Market on 4 July at St Augustine's Church Hall, Racecourse Road, Hamilton.

Spring Thing Necklace from Create and Be Happy

Sally from Flight Industries is currently in an exhibition Threefold: an enduring history showing at Childers Regional Art Gallery until 28 June. You can read more about Sally's work for the exhibition on her blog and you can meet her in person on her stand at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market.

Sally's prints installed at Childers Regional Art Gallery

Sandrine from SMBoutique is at it again, this time with handfelted dotty brooches. If you're at the BrisStyle Indie Designer Market next Saturday pop by Sandrine's stall and lose yourself in her fuzzy felty wonderland.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BrisStyle Indie Designers Market Guide

With less than two weeks till the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market we'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest from the market stall holders, organisers and more! With 50 market stalls, gourmet cupcakes, hot coffee and acoustic music, this is a day of indulgence not to be missed!

The BrisStyle Indie Designers Market has moved to a new venue this year at St Augustine's Church Hall in the heart of the uber chic Racecourse Road, Hamilton on Saturday 4 July, 9am - 2pm.

We're kicking off the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market Guide with the big list of fabulous BrisStylettes who have been working hard to provide you with a handmade shopping experience not to be missed!

Your BrisStyle Indie Designers Market Retail Therapy List

*** Hot Market Tip: compile a little shopping list for yourself by clicking through the links to check out the BrisStylettes' products before the market***

Made by Maisie
edward and lilly
RE-read Design
little chrissy
Flight Industries
Prettyhead Designs
Raspberry Pink
SM Boutique
Shelley Berelli
Designs of the Heart
My Girl
Creative Arty Facts
Little Diva
Hot Fudge
Why Not Street
Blossom Child
Elvin Hair
Create and be Happy
Shazzabeth Creations
Hot Toffee
Denim Days
Up in Annie's Room
Kitty Boo Boo
Little Jellygnite
The Seamstress and The Daughters
Ruby Red
Ruby 2 Go Go
Strat Designs
Lemon Ink
Jetta's Nest
MJ Mosaics
Willows Heirlooms
Vintage Visions
Wicked Child Designs
Red Seed Studio

Stay tuned for the next installment of the BrisStyle Indie Designer Market Guide.

Got a question about the Market or Stallholders? Leave a comment and we'll do our best to answer it in the next post.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Feeling a bit dotty!

Did you know that polka dots are ancient? They first became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in Britain, when polka music was extremely popular.

Disco Dot Ruffle Pants
By Bettsy Kingston

Apparently (according to Wikipedia!), the name was also applied to the pattern, despite no real connection between them.

And while the polka fad has all but disappeared in most circles, the polka dot pattern has remained popular, and its name left intact over the years!

Also interesting to note, is that this happiest of patterns rarely appears in formal contexts, and is generally confined to more playful pursuits.

So get your giggles on, and lighten up with a bit of happy dottiness.

Because lets face it. Sometimes it's fun to be a little bit dotty :P

Thursday, June 18, 2009

BrisStyle Weekly Round Up

A huge welcome to three new BrisStyle members this week! Introducing...

Clutches from Chi Designs

Chi from Chi Designs makes cute little clutches, bags and accessories.

My Little Sunshine bag from Nosovich

Megan from Nosovich creates eye-catching clutches, bags and clothing using quality fabrics from Australia, Japan and North America.

and Ali from alipink whips up gorgeous totes, gift cards and more with beautiful vintage and retro fabric.

BrisStyle member Liz from Creative Arty Facts has some new slumped glass cabochons in her shop. Perfect for seed beading projects. Available in various sizes, colour and shape. And, if you prefer to have it all done for you, there are some gorgeous cabochons with silver style bails strung on black neoprene cord up for grabs too!

** BrisStyle Member Giveaways **

Sharon from Shazzabeth is having a blog giveaway. For your chance to win one of her Chainmaille Bracelets pop over here.

Miriam from Bubbachenille is celebrating 100 blog posts by having a giveaway on her blog. Congratulations Miriam! Bubbachenille goodies can now also be found at Handmade Heaven, the fabulous new store in Ipswich opened on Tuesday.

Lauren from Raspberry Pink is having a giveaway timed perfectly for the BrisStyle Indie Designer Market. All you have to do is come up with a new colour combination for Lauren's funky barrettes and if she chooses your combo you can pick up your very own barrette from Lauren at the BrisStyle Indie Designer Market on Saturday 4 July at St Augustine's, Hamilton. Non-Brisbanites can enter too! To enter pop over to Lauren's blog.

Plus if you haven't already entered the BrisStyle monthly giveaway leave a comment on this post for your chance to win!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Queensland - Beautiful one day...

...perfect the next!

OK, not sure if this is still the official slogan of Queensland, but it is certainly the one most remembered. I guess because it is so true. Sun drenched beaches, golden sands and tropical palms are but a few of our iconic Queensland images....besides The Big Pineapple of course!!

SURFER GIRL art print
By Twinkle Star Art

And in celebration of the glorious outdoor lifestyle we all enjoy in sunny Brissy we have put together a few items by our talented BrisStyle members, that embrace our sunshiny culture. So grab a pina colada and take the chill off with these Queensland inspired creations!

Diva Dress
By Little Diva

Palm Trees
By Hey Harriet

Vintage chenille kiddies hat
By Bubba Chenille

Baggy Shorts - Carp Fish
By Hot Fudge

Blue Sea Pendant
By Creative Artyfacts

Thursday, June 11, 2009

BrisStyle Weekly Round Up

Word is spreading quickly about the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market including a special feature on MixTape blog this week. Thanks for your support Justine and for all the Brisbanites out there be sure to mark 4 July in your diary and we'll see you at St Augustine's Church Hall, Racecourse Road, Hamilton for a huge day of shopping!

BrisStyle was the featured etsy team this week on The Australian Etsy Blog. Pop over to read a fabulous interview with Chris and featured wares from Little Chrissy, Beckybean, edward and lilly, PretaPawte, Hey Harriet and Hot Fudge.

Liesa from The Handmade Expo has taken the retail plunge and is opening Handmade Heaven, a shop selling handmade items in Ipswich. Handmade Heaven can be found at Shop #11, The Old Flour Mill, 231 Brisbane Street, Ipswich.

Handmade Heaven will be stocking the wares of BrisStylettes Christine from whynotstreet and Miriam from Bubbachenille.

Pedrosprout's Ruby Red Dottie Baby Booties were featured in Etsy's Eco friendly gift guide this week. Not only are Pedrosprout booties super cute but they're also made from Kunin Eco-fi felt, a high quality polyester fibre made from 100% certified recycled plastic bottles. You've gotta love retail therapy that's good for the environment!

Edward and Lilly was featured in Sarah's Favourites this week on the new Sewn website. Created by Sarah Fielke Sewn is an "online website revolving around the quilting and sewing community in Australasia with a strong focus on providing a forum to connect designers, suppliers, shops and customers."

*** BrisStyle Giveaways ***

Each week Hayley from RE-read gives away one of her cute little brooches. Pop over to Hayley's blog for your chance to win. Giveaways are drawn each Thursday and all you need to do is leave a comment.

Benita from Bettsy Kingston is giving away these oh so fabulous Leopard Ruffle Pants. For your chance to win check out the Bettsy Kingston blog.

Amanda from Twinkle Star Art is giving away one of her Matryoshka art prints to celebrate her latest creative triumph and re-opening of her etsy store. Head over to the Twinkle Star Art blog to enter. Congratulations Amanda!

Plus don't forget our very own BrisStyle giveaway! Scroll down or click here to enter.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Go Go Green!!

Kermit thought it wasn't an easy colour to be, and I dare say the Wicked Witch of the West (and Shrek for that matter) probably agreed with him. However, the owl and the pussycat found it to be the perfect hue for a romantic ocean cruise, and 'Sam-I-am' thought it was good enough to eat - even if the meal in question did involve processed meat. Yes folks, this week we're talkin' green!

By Edward and Lilly

In honor of the fourth colour on the spectrum of visible light, our BrisStyle members have put forth a verdant selection of handmade items so zesty fresh they are almost good enough to eat. Now, where's my runcible spoon...?

Paper Ephemera Earrings Lambsy
By Jellygnite

Girl's Bird Skirt
By Ogekko

50s Daydream - fabric covered button RING
By Ruby Red Studios

Vintage green floral top with doily - size 2-3 years
By Jetta's Nest

Lime Green Dream Clutch No.1
By Shelly Berelli

Thursday, June 4, 2009

BrisStyle Weekly Round Up

BrisStyle now has a Facebook page! Head on over and become a fan for updates on all the latest news and giveaway announcements!

Congratulations Elaina from The Sharp Needle, you are the lucky winner of Christine's hatbox full of goodies. Please email us at with your postal address and Christine will pop it in the post for you.

Calling all polymer clay enthusiasts! Lauren from Raspberry Pink has opened a polymer clay online shop. She has a huge range of colours available including glow in the dark!

Sandrine from SM Boutique was featured on the Boutique Markets blog this week with her gorgeous felted hats and accessories.

It's Queensland week over at MixTape with two BrisStylettes featured this week including Bec and Jade from Beckybean and an apron giveaway from Louise of Made by Miffy.

If you're looking to do some shoppng this Sunday 7 June get yourself down to the Young Designers Market at Southbank, Brisbane where you'll find loads of goodies from BrisStylettes Hot Toffee, Kitty Boo Boo, My Girl, Up in Annie's Room, Pret a Pawte, REread, Ruby Red Studios, Ruby2GoGo, Shazzabeth Creations and Strat Designs.

Plus BrisStyle gals Hot Toffee, My Girl, SM Boutique, Shazzabeth Creations, Raspberry Pink and Little Diva will be selling their wares at the Boutique Markets at the new market venue at Portside on Sunday 14 June and every second Sunday after that.

***BrisStyle Giveaways***

Scroll down or click here for the monthly BrisStyle Giveaway for your chance to win gorgeous red felt jewellery from Strat Designs or cute little polymer clay sheep from Raspberry Pink.