Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's a Wrap.....Twilight Market

Last Friday night was the very first BrisStyle indie Twilight Market of 2012. While the heavens opened above us there was plently of 'sunshine' on the deck overlooking King George Square. The deck proved to be a protective handmade haven against Brisbane's crazy summer weather.

The rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm for the 40+ stallholders who embraced the alternate location with gusto and turned their regular stalls into stunning boutique style set-ups laden with their new 2012 designs.

Many thanks to all the stallholders who took part and to all the handmade loving fans who are always up for a bit of an adventure, rain, hail or shine!

Here's to drier skies for our April 27 Mother's Day BrisStyle indie Twilight Market...stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Images courtesy of Natalie Cotter (Rod n' Lil), Kellie Christie (Kellie Christie) and Rebecca Cason (edward & lilly).

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Treasury: Rainy Day Blues

The heavy clouds and constant rain of the past week has inspired this cloud filled blue Tuesday Treasury.....we hope these handmade items brighten your week!

Click here to view the full size treasury!
Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

The rain pounded down, but nothing could stop an awesome BrisStyle indie Twilight Market last night!!  Here's a few gorgeous items you would have missed if you were unfortunate not to make it there...

Nest In The Attic


Loves By Gio

Liddle Apples

A Touch Of Glass

You too can take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme! Post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all your fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Is getting organised in your mind my friends?
Some inspirations about getting things in order today right?!

Looks like on Craft and creativity Helena found a new whole use for those little Tic tac containers?
How clever and cute way to organise your ribbons!

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A pretty set of free printable labels from Giverslog 

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A calendar like that  on the decoratrix blog and you will never miss a deadline ?!
How clever is that!

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I Hope you start feeling inspired by now :)

Happy Friday !

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Your Creative Business: Product Photography

Polaroid Cameras Art Prints by Hey Harriet on Etsy
Taking decent product photos is an essential part of selling your crafty products online. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the trickiest things to do and one of the hardest things to perfect. You might make amazing products but if you can't capture their beauty with a great photo how are people going to know how good they are?

Below are some great articles to help you get started with product photography.....
If you have any great photography tips and tricks we'd love to know about them. Feel free to leave us a comment below!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Twilight Market: THIS FRIDAY!

The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market is a lantern lit celebration of locally crafted handmade wares!  This Friday night, February 24th, King George Square in Brisbane City will come alive with food, music, twinkling lanterns and handmade stalls.

Some highlights of the night include.....
  • Over 65 handmade market stalls.
  • Peppermint mag will be there!
  • Big Band magic from 7.30pm - Brisbane Excelsior Band have a showstopping programme designed to entertain in brilliant brass.

We'd love to see you there so come along, bring your friends and make a very special night of it!

Presented by BrisStyle Inc. and supported by the Brisbane City Council.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Treasury: Twinklin' Twilight

The very first BrisStyle market of 2012 is set to light up King George Square in Brisbane City this Friday, February 24th.  We decided to put together a treasury with a selection of the stallholders who will be showing their wares on the night.

Click here to view the full size treasury!
Happy Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you all on Friday night for a night out under the stars!

Monday, February 20, 2012

WIN! WIN! WIN! with Hopscotch

Are you in the mood for winning? Are you in the mood for an indie film? Then we've got just the giveaway for you!

The kind folk over at Hopscotch Films have kindly given us 5x COMPLIMENTARY IN SEASON DOUBLE PASSES for their soon to be released film, A Separation.

A Separation is.....

an utterly compelling and profound film that focuses on a contemporary Iranian middle-class couple who separate, and the intrigues which follow. The film received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
Nader and Simin have been married for fourteen years and live with their eleven-year-old daughter Termeh in Tehran. Not exactly out-of-love, Nader and Simin are attempting to divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. They have acquired visas to emigrate from Iran - Simin is anxious to ensure a better future for Termeh, but Nader refuses to leave his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When the judge refuses to formalise their separation, Simin departs the family home, leaving the obstinate Nader to hire a housekeeper. Razieh is a devout, impoverished woman who tends to the apartment and Nader's father. When Nader returns one day to find his father alone, it leads to an altercation that has unexpected consequences.

This film is one not to be missed. It has won a plethora of film awards with a script that explores the cultural, social and judical minefield that plagues contemporary Iran.

To win yourself one of five 5 complimentary in-season double passes all you have to do is:
  1. Subscribe to the BrisStyle E-newsletter in the right hand side blog bar OR pop over and follow us on our Facebook page.
  2. Leave us a comment with what your favourite cultural film of all time is.
  3. Don't forget to include your email address so we can contact you if you win!
  4. Entries close March 1st.
Good luck and we look forward to the film recommendations!

Inspiration Monday

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Happy Monday!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Facebook Tips & Tricks - Etsy Links

Promoting your Etsy, madeit or other online store is super easy via facebook and a great marketing tool. Choose the product that you wish to promote from you store and copy the website URL which is found at the very top of your web browser window. It will look like https://www....... You can also use the website URL for your online store instead of the one item.

Go to your facebook business page, at the top of your wall you will see ‘share’ followed by status, photo, link, video etc. Choose ‘link’. Click in the box that appears and paste your URL then click ‘attach’. You will then have the option to write something about your link for example “I have been listing some brand new stock online this morning, here is a little sneak peek”. When you are finished click ‘post’ and your link will appear on you wall.

Happy Facebooking!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

Pink is such a pretty colour. It reminds us of marshmallows, fairy floss and lipstick.

Today's 'Let's Go Shopping' theme is pink. It's so pink Molly Ringwald just might move here.

Rock Ribbons

SM Boutique

Shelley Berelli

Pretty Unique Cards

Designs of the Heart

And don't forget - if you've booked your seat for BrisStyle's first Information Session for 2012 - it's on today at St Augustine's in Hamilton from 10 till 12.

Oh, and you too can take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme! Post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all your fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Good morning lovely creative friends,

Let's bright up our day today with some deco tape decoration inspiration!

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What a cute way to organise your keys!
Tori Jayne has such a beautiful tutorial to create your own little bird house key hooks.
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Tape your stickies on the wall...
Find some instruction and inspiration for your stickie Note Calendar over at Martha Stewart blog

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Here , the American crafts Studio has this pretty tutorial on making some mixtape Flowers.

Or perhaps you would like to make your own ?
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You can check out My Poppet blog on how to make your own tape with those fabric scraps!

Wishing you a colourful and happy day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Your Creative Business: Etsy Success Stories

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Do you read the Etsy blog? One of our favourite regular features on the blog are the 'Quit Your Day Job' posts. They never fail to provide inspiration and the thought of 'if they can do it so can I'. It's amazing to read about regular people making a success of their handmade life.  We thought we would round up some of our favourite 'Quit Your Day Job' posts for a little bit of creative business inspiration.....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Trash Amour!

We've been longtime supporters of the folk over at Reverse Garbage and are excited to be promoting the opening of their upcoming exhibition 'Trash Amour'!

Reverse Garbage celebrates the traditionally loved up month of February with a handmade, junky, art exhibition with a twist! Forget traditional flowers, teddy bears and chocolates, this exhibition will showcase romantic handmade objects with a bit of attitude and edge!

“Trash Amour challenged participants to draw inspiration from dark bold colours, Victorian and Edwardian styling, steam punk, retro pin ups, Carnivale and Moulin Rouge for their artworks” says Exhibition Co-ordinator Brooke Nelson.

Featuring the work of over 20 local artists, craftworkers and designers who work with salvaged materials, there will be a diverse range of items on display including fine artworks, jewellery, sculptural items, fashion accessories, cards, gorgeous home wares and more.

What: Romantic, Handmade & Junky Art Exhibition
When: 18-29 February 2012
Opening: Saturday 18 February 2012, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Contact: or 3891 9744
Below are some of the Junky wares that will be on show from BrisStyle members.....
Moulin Rouge Diamond Choker by What's in Mum's Cupboard

Spider Brooch by What's in Mum's Cupboard
Film Noir Bracelet by Ruby 2 Go Go

BrisStyle: Coffee, Cake & Craft in Style!

We had our very first BrisStyle catch-up of 2012 a few weeks back.  It was the perfect way to spend a lazy Friday morning, winding up a rather hectic week.  The morning was full of.....

yummy things to eat.....

crafty things to make.....

and like-minded peeps to share ideas with!

L-R: Bel from Liddle Apples, Steph from Wimcee and Mel from Kimono Reincarnate

L-R: Sam from Jetta's Nest, Baby Jetta and Ali from alipink

If you are interested in becoming a BrisStyle member be sure to check out all of the info on our website!

All images courtesy of Sandrine, BrisStyle blog guru and owner of SM Boutique!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Treasury: Black is the new Black!

Our Tuesday Treasuries over the past few weeks have been a riot of colour so we thought we would tone it down this week with this 'Black is the new Black' treasury. Enjoy!

Click here to view the full size treasury!

Monday, February 13, 2012

FULLY BOOKED! March 17 :: I ♥ Craft :: BrisStyle Creative Development Session ::

STOP PRESS:: Thanks to all the people who have submitted their registration. This session is now fully booked and we will be opening the registration for the April 21 session on Pricing your Creative Work  next month - so keep an eye on the blog to ensure you nab a seat.

Smart Marketing for your Creative Business with Sarah Rossiter

An interactive workshop loaded with anecdotal experience from nationally renowned local creative marketing guru Sarah Rossiter. She's a gal who knows her crochet from her croquet and will captivate you while imparting tips & tricks on smarter ways to promote your creative business.
DATE: Saturday 17 March
TIME: 10am - 12pm
VENUE: St Augustine's Church Hall, Racecourse Rd Hamilton

So whether you are just starting out and ready to take your hobby to the next level or you have an established creative businesses looking for motivation and networking opportunities, these sessions are for you. ....and the best part, they're FREE!

 Presented by BrisStyle Inc and supported by the BrisStyle City Council