Monday, April 30, 2012

Pop Up Exhibition

If you are in the West End area on May 5th you should definitely head to Nook and check out the Pop Up Exhibition by Brisbane Artist Chrissy Foreman Cranitch. Chrissy creates colourful, abstract, mix media artworks, prints, stationary and more.

Pop Up Exhibition
Saturday May 5th
10am to 2pm

19 Browning Street, West End

You can find Chrissy's creations on Facebook.

Don't forget that Mother's Day is just around the corner and this would be the perfect opportunity to grab Mum something extra special.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

Firstly, a huge thank you to all those who braved the rain and visited our BrisStyle indie Twilight Markets last night.  Even though bad weather forecasts moved us to the deck above Groove Train (rather than King George Square), the turnout was still fantastic.  Did you enjoy the night as customer/stall holder? Please leave a comment, we'd love to know your thoughts.

Are you still wondering what to get that wonderful mum or mum in law of yours for Mother's Day? Here's a few little goodies we're sure she'd love.

Edward and Lilly

Nest in the Attic

Rock Ribbons

The Quizzical Owl

Each To Own

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, April 27, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Yes it is D.I.Y time :)
Today we need colours right?!
Let's cheer up with some quick, cute and colourful projects!
You might even want to pic some ideas for mother day?

First have a look at these sweet votives at the Fellow Fellow blog
not much is needed and a great use for those little scrappy bits of pretty fabric! 
Image source Fellow Fellow blog

To keep with the "scrappy" theme ...
Come and visit the pleated poppy blog for some colourful scrappy Lampshades inspiration.
Image Source the pleated poppy
And to finish...
much little bits of colourful cotton or wool in your stash?
Then Voila!
Image source the Yvestown shop
Hope you are feeling bright and inspired now :)! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market on TOMORROW!

Don't forget that the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market is on tomorrow night! We'd love to see you there!

“Brisbane’s HOTtest destination for everything Handmade under the stars”.

The BrisStyle indie Twilight Markets in the heart of King George Square offer a distinctive home-grown experience unique to Brisbane. These Friday night markets combine the laid-back attitude of south-east Queensland with the buzz of Brisbane’s CBD to create a lantern lit celebration of local independent art, craft and design.

Meander through the stalls of over 60 local artisans who specialise in producing soulful and stylish handmade wares with a unique Queensland twist. With a cafĂ©, restaurant and bar onsite along with the sounds of Brisbane’s premier jazz bands wowing the crowds, this is late night shopping like you’ve never experienced it!

So support the local Queensland community and shop ethically at Brisbane’s HOTtest destination for everything handmade under the stars.

King George Square, Brisbane City
Friday, April 27
5.00pm - 9.00pm

Your Creative Business: Creative Inspiration

Colourful Flowers Photograph by Hey Harriet Photography
Staying creatively inspired can be difficult when 'life' is whirling on around you. Do you have any techniques that you rely on to keep you on top of things creatively? If so, we would love to know about them.

For our 'Your Creative Business' post this week we have gathered up some great articles with lots of tips and tricks to keep you inspired creatively:
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Heart Craft: Creative Development Session - Pricing Your Work, and a Big Happy Birthday To Us!!

Photo courtesy of Sconnie and Jam

Saturday 21st April was a big day in Brisbane.

First up, we had the pleasure of Kirsteene Phelan, Etsy's Australia Representative, in our BiDM home - St Augustine's church hall.


Kirsteene was the special guest presenter on Saturday morning for our I Craft BrisStyle Creative Development Session - 'Pricing Your Work', and discussed pricing your creative products. Kirsteene then gave a lucky few a quick Etsy shop critique. What a treat!!

Photo courtesy of SM Boutique

Oh, and BrisStyle turned 4!! We ended the day with a BrisStyle birthday party, meeting lots of BrisStylers and munching on birthday cake and treats.  It's always lovely seeing BrisStylers in person, and finding out how they got into craft.  Thank you everyone for coming along, and to those who brought along treats too.  We hope you learned lots from our I Craft BrisStyle Creative Development Session - 'Pricing Your Work', and would love to hear your pricing tips and tricks too.  See you all this Friday night at the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market in King George Square!!

Happy 4th birthday BrisStylers  xo


DIALOGUE: aesthetic conversations in contemporary art photography
If you're a lover of contemporary art photography you may want to check out the current group exhibition at 'the SWICH Contemporary Art Space' in Ipswich. Show your support to BrisStyle member and Contemporary Artist, Sandra Darling, who will have her unique photographic work on display as part of the exhibition.
According to the SWICH website 'The exhibition plays on the notion of aesthetic conversation, a form of dialogue that takes place when different contributions are considered in terms of interchanging ideas'.

Contemporary artists have created small bodies of photographic work that explore the diverse sub-genres in art photography, including deadpan, digital, the document, abstraction installation and video.
It consists of small bodies of work created by contemporary artists working within the medium of photography.
Featured artists include Sandra Kane, Donna Davis, Greg Harm, Leanne Vincent, Trent Everitt and Carlie Roach.

the SWICH Contemporary Art Space
Top of Town Heritage Precinct
191 Brisbane Street
Ipswich  QLD  4305

EXHIBITION DATES: 17 April - 12 May 2012
OPENING HOURS: Tues - Fri 9-4, Sat 9-2

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Treasury: Sing Me A Rainbow

This week's 'Tuesday Treasury' is a riot of colour, an explosion of pink, blue, green, yellow and purple. 'Sing Me a Rainbow' of handmade delights by BrisStylers. Hope you enjoy the burst of colour as much as we do!

Click HERE to view the full size treasury!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 23, 2012

'Wish You Were Here' Giveaway

An international success at the Sundance Film Festival, Wish You Were Here is an intriguing psychological drama featuring stand-out performances from leads Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price, and Teresa Palmer.

Four friends - husband and wife Dave and Alice, and Alice's sister Steph with her new boyfriend Jeremy - lose themselves in the fun of a carefree South East Asian holiday. However, only three return to Australia. Dave and Alice come home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy's mysterious disappearance. When Steph returns not long after, a brutal secret is revealed about the night her boyfriend went missing - but it is only the first of many.

With a non-linear timeline used to maximum effect, and exploring notions of trust, responsibility and fear, Wish You Were Here is a searing, remarkable piece of Australian Cinema.

In Cinemas April 25
  • We have 5 complimentary in-season double passes to 'Wish You Were Here' to giveaway with special thanks to Hopscotch Films.
  • To enter, tell us in 25 words or less why you and your bestie deserve a good night out. Be sure to include your email address with your comment so we can contact you easily if you win.
  • The giveaway runs from Monday April 23rd to Thursday April 26th.
  • Those who miss out on winning a double pass can come along to the BiTM on Friday night and pick up a 2 for 1 ticket from the BrisStyle promo stand. Be sure to mention this blog post to get your ticket.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

Yikes!! This week is pretty full on in Brisbane. Today we have the I Craft BrisStyle Creative Development Session 'Pricing Your Work', featuring Etsy Australia rep Kirsteene Phelan, plus BrisStyle's 4th birthday celebrations, and then our BrisStyle indie Twilight Market NEXT FRIDAY!!

Here's just a glimpse of what you might find next Friday night at the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market in King George Square.... (don't forget Mother's Day is just around the corner ;)...

Shazzabeth Creations

Hungry Designs

Pattie Murray

Edward and Lilly

Spun Mud

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, April 20, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

It is getting slowly cooler in the evenings over here...Just enough, to want to think about getting cosy right?

So lets grab your yarn, hook...
Maybe you are not sure where to start?
You can check out some basic information here with do you mind if I knit, to get you started.

Join the fantastic world of Ravelry, learn the granny square ...

Lets start with a tutorial over You go girl blog for some pretty edging?
Image source
Getting ready for the blanket inspiration?
How gorgeous is this ordinarily extraordinary blanket tutorial by dottie angel!

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Need some slippers, dive into this well explained tutorial for some Mary-Jane slippers from good knits.
Image source

Hope you will feel the "cosiness" now!
Happy making!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Your Creative Business: Online Marketing

White Glittery Daisy Mini Tags by 3GIRLS + a goat
Most small businesses will use a combination of online tools to help market their business! You may be super savvy and utilise a blog, facebook, twitter (+more) in harmony. Or you may focus on just one or two outlets. It is important when utilising these tools that you don't constantly bombard your readers with product info. Keeping your posts interesting and varied will ensure you have a happy growing group of followers.

This week for 'Your Creative Business' we have round up a number of great articles to help you with marketing your business successfully online.
If you have any great tips for marketing your business successfully online feel free to leave us a comment below!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


We'd like to take the opportunity on this lovely Wednesday evening to introduce to you one of our latest website sponsors, FlashIssue.

FlashIssue is a new and exciting tool for anyone who wants get noticed and sell more of their handmade products. It's great for all retailers but was specifically built with DIY business owners who are strapped for time in mind.

FlashIssue makes it easy to turn your business content (product listings, blog posts, Facebook events etc.) into a polished snazzy looking email to help market your business.

FlashIssue is quick and easy-to-use and for a limited time, it is completely FREE. To sign up and start getting noticed visit the FlashIssue website HERE.

Sounds like a pretty ace tool to us!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Treasury: A Wedding With Heart

Are you planning a lovely Spring wedding to your beloved? Are you thinking of a small intimate occasion with handmade, DIY and vintage accents? Then pop online and check out our 'Wedding With Heart' Etsy treasury.....full of handmade treats to make your day extra special! Made by BrisStylers of course.

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

Monday, April 16, 2012

I Heart Craft: Creative Development Session - Wholesale & Consignment

We'd love you to join us for another

:: I ♥ Craft :: 2012 BrisStyle Creative Development Session::

If you are just starting out and ready to take your hobby to the next level or have an established creative business and are looking for motivation and networking opportunities, this session is for you. ....and the best part, it's FREE!
So with no further ado here's your invite to the next exciting session........

:: Wholesale and Consignment ::

with our panel of local crafty experts

Do you create handmade wares and want to sell them in a retail environment? Then this Q&A style session, loaded with anecdotal experience from a panel of local creative’s, will give you all the tips and tricks to take your craft to the next level.

Led by local illustrator and creator of eco treasures Sam Gilkes from Jetta's Nest, this session will provide plenty of opportunities to ask questions of the panel and network with your crafty neighbours. One not to be missed!
TIME 10 – 12pm
NEW VENUE Kenmore Library Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Road, Kenmore 4069

Bookings essential:
Book directly online HERE

We're really looking forward to kicking up our handmade heels with you all at this session. In the meantime, mark all the 2012 Creative Development Session and BrisStyle Indie Market dates in your diaries and keep up with all the other BrisStyle action, via the BrisStyle Blog, Facebook and Twitter!

Presented by BrisStyle Inc and supported by the Brisbane City Council


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

Did you have a lucky Friday 13th yesterday? We hope so.

Speaking of luck, the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market is heading back to King George Square - mark it in your diary now folks. These markets are so hot you won't want to miss out!!

Here's just a small handful of what you could score!!

Furry monster coin purse
Kiss My Patootie

 Organic cotton children's t-shirt
Love Little Muse

 Bonny Bea softie
Quill and Ink Handmade

 Bird brooch

Zombie girl plate
 Little LaLa

Are you on Facebook? Find your BrisStyle indie Twilight Market invitation here!!

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!