Monday, August 31, 2009

Goodbye Winter. Hello Spring!

The scent of jasmine fills the air. Frangipani buds begin to swell on dry twiggy stems. Mozzies and midges descend at twilight to feast upon tasty bared skin. And parents of small children sigh with resignation as they are woken earlier and earlier each day. Yes folks, it can only mean one thing. Soon the streets will be lined with a purple carpet of jacaranda petals and kookaburras will be waking us up at 4.30am. Welcome to Springtime in Brisbane, where Winter has already been well and truly elbowed aside by the sprightly season of frivolity.

Of course, nothing says Spring like flowers and butterflies - so harness your inner Wordsworth and enjoy a frolic through this gorgeous garden of Springtime goodies :)

By Jetta's Nest

Thursday, August 27, 2009

BrisStyle Weekly Round Up

** BrisStyle Member News **

Sandrine from SMBoutique will be participating in the Women Expo at Kawana Community Centre on Saturday 29 August, 9:30 am–4 pm. Door entry $25. The day will include workshops and stalls about Women's Health, Business Women, Social Issues, Health and Fitness, The Arts and a spot of Retail Therapy. For more info check out Sandrine's blog post.

Megan from Nosovich has some gorgeous new items in store including this sweet Pink Pig Mini Purse. Check out her blog for the low down on new products including a sneak peek of her beautiful fabric from Japan. Can't wait to see what you whip up with those Megan!

BettsyKingston's Little Moo Moo Ruffle Pants were the talk of the town this week following a special feature on Bondville. Check out the post here and nab a pair of ruffle pants for your little one here.

There's now two great reasons to invest in a PretaPawte collar for your furry friend; one, your little one will look fabulicious; and two, for every cat collar sold through their etsy shop PretaPawte will donate $1 to the Cat Protection Society. Meeeeow!!!

Inspired by Fashion Week, Chi has a new range of clutches in store including this tres chic Fashion Week Black Clutch. The cute clutch also comes in Fashion Week White, Love and Snip Snip available now at Chi Designs.

Sam from Jetta's Nest's very cool Toodlepips Applique T-Shirt was featured on Handmade Kids this week. Check out the post here or to get your own Toodlepips head over here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations Cath and Stick 'n ' Giggle.

The random number generator decided that Cath from SquiggleMum is the winner of the beautiful Spanish Cedar pen by Eliza from Elvenhair.

Cath said "I just love Eliza's work a the pen is gorgeous! The writer in me would love to win that..."

And Stick 'n' Giggle is the winner of the enchanting FairyTale Images paper dolls set by Sharlene from Sharlzndollz.

Stick 'n' Giggle said "i love love love those cute paper dolls! how cool are they!"

Cath and Stick 'n' Giggle, could both of you please send us an email with your postal address to and Eliza and Sharlene 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 September, with gorgeous giveaway items from the lovely Therese from Little Mary Moo and Teneale from Wicked Child Designs. So check back to get your entry in for that one, and enjoy reading about our featured members at the same time.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pretty in Pink

In honor of legendary 80s filmmaker John Hughes (who sadly passed away recently) we are this week paying tribute to what is possibly one of the best known films of the 1980s - Pretty in Pink. But before I leave you drooling over this gorgeous selection of pinky prettiness, I'll leave you with a little quote from the movie. Hands up those who remember this scene.

"We don't have none of this stuff in the boys room! Wait a minute! We don't got none of this... we don't got doors on the stalls in the boys room, we don't have, what is this? What's this? We don't have a candy machine in the boys room! "
Duckie (from the movie, Pretty in Pink)

Organic Pink Bird Purse
By Little Mary Moo

Pretty in Pink ruffle pants
By Bettsy Kingston

Thursday, August 20, 2009

BrisStyle Weekly Round Up

** New BrisStylettes **

Please welcome Vanessa from Mrs Smiley who creates beautiful one of a kind lockets (such as the 'Maids in the Mirror' locket pictured above) made with gorgeous vintage and contemporary postage stamps. Vanessa sources stamps from all over the world and is more than happy to do custom requests. In addition to vintage lockets, Vanessa also makes gorgeous brooches, hair clips and pins as well as baby and toddler hair clips. And coming soon is mother daughter matching sterling silver bracelets, so stay tuned for those!

Another new BrisStyle member to welcome is Sally from Happily Ever Artist, who creates beautiful glass art, including beads (like the gorgeous White Tiger Lilly Focal Bead pictured above), rings and also other jewellery that features her beads. You can also find Sally at her website

** BrisStyle Member News **

Etsy is currently running a Favourite Fashion for Pets poll, and Alison from Preta Pawte has a wonderful cat collar that is up as one of the nominated finalists. So head on over to the Etsy Voter and vote for Alison, while checking out all the wonderful pet fashion on offer!

Alison is also giving away one of her fabulous pet collars on her Facebook page. To enter is easy. First check out her Etsy shop. Then become a Preta Pawte fan on Facebook, choose your favourite collar, write about it on Alison's wall and if you win it's yours. Winner drawn monday 24th August. Find out more info at Alison's blog.

Christine from Little Diva and Usew2 found her Easy Peasy Girls Skirt - DIY Kit - (for beginners) on the front page of Etsy this week. Congratulations Christine!!!

MixTape maga(ZINE) is a zine about making time for the little things - a collision of craft, eco-cool and pop culture kitsch, and the current issue features an article by BrisStyle member Bec from Beckybean. MixTape zines are for sale at BrisStyle markets, or you can buy them online at

Trish and Alan from TrishAlan Designs now have another stockist for their gorgeous fabric and threads. Country Quilt Co at Ipswich is now selling a select range of TrishAlan Hand Dyed Fabric and Threads. Congrats!!!

Benita from Bettsy Kingston (and Bettsy Kingston MYO) is currently involved in two giveaways, so if you fancy winning either the pattern for her gorgeous baby ruffle pants, or a ready-made pair, then check out these great opportunities! First, Funky Fabrix are giving away two Bettsy Kingston MYO patterns from their store. All you have to do is take a picture of something you have made with their fabric and send it to Competition closes Friday 28th of August!

And to celebrate her patterns being sold at the Sydney Stitches and Craft show, Benita is giving away a ruffle pant sample on her own blog (size 6 - 12 months only). Competition closes end of August! Enter here.

Em and Bel from EmBelISH are giving away one of their new products (either a magnet or push pin set) made from recycled keyboards. Hurry over to their blog to enter as this giveaway ends today!!!

Hayley from REread is giving away one of her gorgeous bunny broaches. Visit her blog to enter!

To celebrate the launch of the new Tikkiboo Kids website Kathryn is giving away two brand new TikiBoo Birdie signature singlets (pictured above)! All you need to do is make sure you are following the Tikkiboo blog, and leave a comment on the giveaway post.

The Beckybean double bag giveaway is still open. Visit Bec's blog to win a market tote featuring an Ink and Spindle fabric panel, then visit Jade's blog to enter the draw for another market tote featuring a vintage tie. Giveaway ends on 24th August.

And don't forget to leave a comment on the BrisStyle August Giveaway here - only four more days until it closes!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BrisStyle Weekly Round Up

** New BrisStylettes **

A big BrisStyle welcome to Kerri from Lamp & Motor who creates one-off bags and clutches from recycled and found vintage and kitsch fabric like this fabulous Trippy Green Clutch Purse.

** BrisStyle Member News **

Handmade shopping in Brisbane has never been better with the opening of Michelle from Pedrosprout's new shop Nook in West End. Nook stocks wares from BrisStylettes Beckybean, Chi Designs, edward and lilly, hot toffee, Jellygnite, Pedrosprout and Scampsville. Nook is open Tuesday - Saturday at 19 Browning Street, West End.

And while you're in West End pop over to Reverse Garbage and check out the latest exhibition Resonance featuring the fabulous wares of Ruby2GoGo. Resonance is an exhibition of local artists using salvaged materials to reflect sound, movement, energy and community resonance.

Inspired by old school tattoos, Sam from Jetta's Nest has a new range of Bloomin' Buttonhead Brooches in store now!

Megan from Nosovich has a new product line of gorgeous clutches. You can read more about them here and check out the Nosovich shop here.

Check out the current issue of Living Creatively online featuring an article by BrisStylette Trish from TrishAlan Designs on Teaching Craft at Craft Shows.

Angelene was featured on Etsy Stalker this week, check out the interview here plus you could have a chance to win a $50USD voucher to spend in Angelene's shop!

Congratulations Sandrine of SMBoutique who was featured with her fabulous hats in Friday's MX.

Gaynor from Create and Be Happy will be at The Handmade Expo at Ipswich Turf Club this Saturday 15 August from 8am - 2pm.

Maudie is having a red hot sale with some fabulous bargains for lovers of red hats!

** BrisStyle Member Giveaways **

Too good to be true, there's a double Beckybean giveaway going on this week! The dynamic duo Jade and Bec are giving away two market totes, both using recycled fabrics and featuring a one-of-a-kind wooden button handmade by their Dad. To win this one featuring a men's tie pop over to Jade's blog and leave a comment, and...

to win this fabulous tote featuring a panel of hand screen printed fabric by Hollabee head over to Bec's blog and leave a comment.

Hayley from RE-read is giving away a sweet heart brooch this week. Check out the post here and leave a comment for your chance to win!

Shelley from Shelleyberelli is giving away this cute polka wristlet to a BrisStyle fan who leaves a comment on the giveaway post.

Emma from Up in Annie's Room is having another giveaway! This time you could win these gorgeous Spring Garden Earrings simply by leaving a comment on Emma's blog post here.
And don't forget to leave a comment on the BrisStyle August Giveaway here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

When you're smilin'

"When you're smilin', keep on smilin'

Toodlepips - Monster Applique T-shirt with Art Face
By Jetta's Nest

The whole world smiles with you

The Snigglebottom family softies
By Little Diva Crafts

And when you're laughin', keep on laughin'

Noahs Ark ANIMAL FUN ART nursery art print
By Twinkle Start Art

The sun comes shinin' through

Avatar Necklace - Mulit Flora
By Strat Designs

But when you're cryin', you bring on the rain

By Edward and Lilly

So stop your frownin', be happy again

Made to order Red beret
By SMboutique

Cause when you're smilin', keep on smilin'

Minnie Polka Dots Clutch
By Chi Designs

The whole world smiles with you...."

Big Belly Buddha
By Hey Harriet

Do you know this song (written originally by Shay / Fisher / Goodwin) was recorded by at least 27 different artists?

Paper Ephemera Brooch Carousel
By Jellygnite

I'm sure there's something in that for all of us.

Happy Tuesday Everyone.
Keep Smilin'