Friday, August 31, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Good morning,
It is Father's Day on Sunday here in Australia, so it was the sweetest excuse for some inspiration to help making Dad's day a lovely one!

Some free Father's Day printables from papercraftsinspirations.

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How gorgeous is this vintage inspired card from Sassaby Blog ?!

Perhaps you are ready to sneak in some sewing and make Dad a nice Laptop sleeve?
Oh well...Sew, Mama, Sew has a free pattern here.

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How cool are those monogrammed Cuff Links with the Purl bee....

Happy Crafty Friday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wish You Were Here - Etsy Craft Party 2012

(wish you were here - Etsy Craft Party 2012)

Last Friday night we had the pleasure of hosting an Etsy Craft Party right alongside our BrisStyle indie Twilight Market in King George Square.  It was a fabulous night with perfect weather, a market buzz in the air and piles of crafty peeps keen to get their glue on!

(maps and old books filled to the brim with Aussie goodness!)
With the theme being 'wish you were here' we set up our crafty tables with loads of old school atlases, maps and Australiana books, not to mention stacks of travel guides too.  The crafty visitors then set about making the most amazing array of postcards you could ever imagine.

(crafters partying)
(you know what they say about couples that craft together...)

(lots of kiddies got amongst it too!)
We'd like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank-you to everyone who made our Etsy Craft Party the great success that it was so here goes.....we'd like to thank Etsy for hosting such an event with a special thank-you to Julie for helping us along the way.  Thank you so much to Michaels for sending us the most amazing array of craft goods we could ever imagine.  A special thank you goes to Hayley from ReRead for providing us with a generous stack of travel brochures, Tracey for donating all the lovely cutters, to Sandrine for being super helpful and taking such lovely photos, to Bel for being a super organiser along the way and to everyone who came along and had fun...we had loads of fun too!!

(Etsy Crafty Party 2012 - Brisbane, Australia!!)

If you came along, please fill out the Etsy Craft Party Survey to let us know what you thought and if you've got any ideas for future crafty events, please leave a comment here and let us know...we'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Treasury

Good morning,

The sun is shining over the BrisStyle creativity today!
Etsy Treasury featuring BrisStyle talent
How warm and happy little treasury it is to start your Tuesday morning!
Please feel free to give it some extra love over here too !

Happy Tuesday :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Clear Skies at Twilight!

How wonderful it was to see all the crowds and nearly 100 BrisStyle marketeers return to the square for our biggest BrisStyle indie Twilight Market for 2012! 

Many thanks to all who came out to support your favourite BrisStylette's and BrisStylers and give a big warm welcome to over 20 newbies! 

As the sun set over the market, lights from all the stalls started to twinkle, smiles beamed from customers and marketeers alike...aah to be back in our fine weather groove! 

There were smiles all round too from all those crafty peeps who descended on the Etsy Craft Party taking place at the top of the grand ramp. Postcards were artfully adorned and messages home were penned. Stay tuned for a full Craft Party wrap this week so you can soak up all the creative love.

We'll be back in King George Square from 5pm-9pm for another 
So til' then.... stay crafty!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

Good morning BrisStyle followers! Hope you're all relaxing after last night's amazing BrisStyle indie Twilight Market and Etsy Craft Party. Today we're showcasing BrisStyle Etsy stores with a grey and pink theme.


Georgeson Jones

Sybella Boutique

Hungry Designs

Kimono Reincarnate

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, August 24, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y


Paper craft it is today:)
Let's warm up for tonight Etsy Craft Party on St George Square
We will be surrounded by the beautiful lights of the BrisStyleTwillight Marketeers!

First let's make some Tissue rosettes maybe with The Idea Room.

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A balloon mobile...with Paper Matrix ?!
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Oh LOVING the map covering projects!Check out PS.I made this... for cool inspiration.

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Hope to see you there tonight for some crafty fun!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

You're invited - Etsy Craft Party 2012!!!

Hi readers...we've got some very exciting news for you so please get comfy while your plans for Friday night get sorted out!  That's right, this Friday night, BrisStyle is hosting Brisbane's very own Etsy Craft Party in King George Square right alongside our BrisStyle indie Twilight Market from 5-9pm.

Etsy Craft Parties are a time to get together with like-minded peeps and let your creative spirit run free!  Held all around the world, it really is a crafty event not to be missed!!

This years theme is 'Wish You Were Here' and so to go along with that we'll be making sweet handmade postcards from vintage maps and books all featuring Brisbane and Australia!  All crafty needs will be provided free of charge so come along and have a some crafty Friday night fun.

We'll also have our porcelain pens available so if you'd like to make a memento of the drinking/eating variety, please bring along a mug or plate and you can decorate to your creative hearts content!!

You can RSVP here and we can't wait to see you there!!!

from Sam and Bel

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday treasury

Good morning,

Today a treasury featuring Brisstyle members with a little pastel love!
You can visit this pretty collection here and you can even leave us a comment.

Soft pastels

Monday, August 20, 2012

Selling Online Wrap!

Arty instagram images of the day courtesy of @gita 
Brisbane creative's turned out in force for the Selling Online Creative Development Session on Saturday.  Due to popular demand for personalised stories, we featured four local successful online sellers to share their journey's and top tips. 

1. Each to Own 2. Epheriell 3. Jetta's Nest 4. iSewAcademy

Samantha Gilkes from Jetta's Nest, Kirsten Devitt from Each to Own and Short Cuts Laser, Louise Stewart from iSewAcademy and Jess Van Den from Epheriell and *bespoke* gave us hearfelt and humourous insights into online  selling worlds.

We also had a visit from Sharon, Akhila and Peter from Australia Post who gave some very handy shipping tips! 

Here are the TOP 10 Tips from the day:

  1. Just do it!:: Choose an online selling platform that suits your style and audience and go for it. Online selling sites make it super easy these days to get started for those with the most basic computer skills.
  2. Light's camera action :: A picture paints a thousand words so make sure your's are clear, crisp and reflect your style. Your descriptions should be informative and concise. Be whimsical if that's your style but make sure they give all the key information. (Turn your image challenges into perfection and book into our  Sept 15 Photography session here.)
  3. Talkin' 'bout an evolution :: Once you're up and running you can evolve your style. Go to your favourite sellers site and click on their sold items and take the journey back to where they started. See how their images and designs have evolved to be the successful inspiring brand that they are today. 
  4. Love thy customer :: Online selling is all about building relationships, so find ways of connecting with every customer. Social Media can give you many tools to achieve this  so whether it's facebook, twitter, instagram, pintrest or your your own personal blog or newsletter, take the time to get to know your fans and make new ones. 
  5. Share the love :: Build up a mailing list to inform, entertain and inspire. Whether it be collecting names from your market stalls or on the side bar of your blog or website, e- ewsletters are a fabulous way for keeping your customer connection strong and your online sales consistent. 
  6. Wow them every time ::  Gorgeous packaging that reflects your creative style, gifts with purchase, discounts of their next sale are all ways of building trust and custom for repeat business and loyal customers. 
  7. Ship ahoy :: Invest as much time into researching postage options as you would in finding new materials. Invest in a good set of scales and buy your post packs in bulk to save time and money.
  8. Get connected :: Follow blogs and other social media threads of those crafty peeps who inspire you. Join a craft guild, group or community who are supportive and giving to help nurture you through the early stages of your hobby and give you the confidence to see all your crafty aspirations fulfilled. 
  9. Dream on :: In this ever changing world of technology there are new and exciting ways to take your brand of creativity to the world. Louise and Belinda from iSewAcademy have launched a first with their new app and want to share the love with others to develop their own too.
  10. Love what you do :: Remember, that you are unique and to treasure your creativity at every step of the online selling process. With the world wide web being so wast you can touch the lives of millions through your creativity.  So love what you do, treasure the journey, celebrate the wins and learn from any challenges.  Craft on and prosper! 

See you all THIS Friday to share the crafty lovin' at the 
5pm -9m ( 6pm for the Craft Party) 
King George Square, Brisbane City

STOP PRESS:: Limited seats left for the Sept 15 Photography Session so pop on over now and book in! 

RAW Natural Born Artists :: GIVEAWAY!!!

RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. RAW focus on spotlighting indie underground talent to the public. Every month they hand-select and showcase approx. 20 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for a one-night creative explosion! and the Brisbane show, features our very own member Nadine from Spirit Fire Designs

WHEN: August 29th
TIME: Doors open at 7:30pm with showcase commencing at 8:30pm
WHERE: Oh Hello! 621 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchase online here.
The previous two shows sold out so please get in quick!

RAW was founded in the United States. The showcases currently run in over 50 cities in the States and launched in Australia in 2012 with the first city being Brisbane (which is super exciting for us!). RAW's mission is to provide artists with tools and resources. We want artists to fight the good fight and promote themselves independent of a gallery or agency.

Please check out the following links to learn some more about RAW:
RAW website
July Showcase video
RAW on Youtube


RAW are giving one of our lucky readers a Double Pass for this event. If you would like to win please tell us in 25 words or less who your favourite indie artist/ designer/ photographer is and why. Just leave your comment on this blog post, it's that easy! Entries close on Wednesday night (Aug 22nd) at 8pm AEST.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

It's only 6 sleeps till the next BrisStyle indie Twilight Markets - on again Friday August 24th from 5 till 9pm in Brisbane's King George Square. To add to the excitement, the Craft Party located right in the heart of the market invites you to take part in a local craft up celebrating Brisbane’s diverse creativity.

Here's a few BrisStyler's you'll see on the night...

Little Lala Shop

Lindy Longhurst

Kazuri Tribe

Shhh Accessories

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, August 17, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Today for our D.I.Y post, I will share some home studio inspiration !

Who needs some  lovely inspiration today ?! 

Let's take a sneak peek over the beautiful places we found...

Crates power...
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Loving the timber desk and the simplicity...
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What a great mood idea!
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Love, love that space!

Image source papernstitch sharing Caitlin Betsy Bell studio

Hoping you are feeling inspired!