Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wishing you all very Merry Christmas and Safe & Happy New Year!

We hope you are enjoying the festive season and taking some time out to spend time with those dearest to you. We will be back in early January with lots of exciting news of what's in store from us in 2013!

till then happy crafting
The BrisStyle Team xx

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The first truly interactive craft app is out now...

Our lovely friends over at Cultiver: Indie Arts & Design have been super busy gals! joining forces with Tangible Media to produce Cultiver Xmas, the digital magazine. It’s for people who are interested in arts and crafts, are creatively-minded, inquisitive, and have a sense of humour.

The Christmas issue will entice readers with creative design and beautiful photography, and includes interactive elements and features that make the reading experience more tangible. The Christmas content includes craft tutorials, a recipe, movie review, poetry, an interview with a craftisan, a developing photographic storyline to unfold in future issues, along with a blend of hidden surprises.
Cultiver Xmas is out now, just in time for Christmas. Download is $0.99 and is available via the iTunes App Store HERE

We hope you enjoy Cultiver! Stay tuned in in 2013 for the the first full issue of Cultiver with a wider focus and more content.
Contact Information:
Rebecca Lewis 
Cultiver - 0488 797 844  
2/126 Brisbane Street
QLD 4305

Greg Harm
Tangible Media - 0419 024 957

Happy Reading and please let us know what you think in the comments below ;) We are loving it!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's a Wrap! BrisStyle indie Twilight {Christmas} Market

Thank you Brisbane and all the BrisStyle indie Marketeers for the magic you wove to make last Friday's BrisStyle indie Twilight {Christmas} Market such a festive, warm and community minded night for all. 

Here are some highlights from the night to ooh and ahh over and don't forget if you forgot to get that little extra special something, for that extra special someone, you can shop online with all your fave BrisStyle indie Twilight Marketeers here.

The handmade loving crowds rolled in from 4pm.....
They soon discovered the handmade undercover haven which was the deck. Many of  BrisStyle's emerging craftisans made up the Twilight indie Co-op with Rebecca from Edward and Lilly at the helm. 

The lights came on to signify that Twilight had well and truly arrived ...

...and down below the indie Marketeers, City Hall and Solar powered Tree lit up in anticipation for the Myer Christmas Panto  and Parade.
The best vantage point was nestled on the deck where shoppers took a break to watch the Panto and plan their shopping route.....

...soon enough the Myer Christmas Parade made it's way though the crowds and indie Marketeers on the  grand ramp...

During all the festivities the Market stalls were packed and it was service with a smile all round... especially extra special sweet ones from Jules and Jon from Sconnie and Jam.
Many an indie Marketeer stamped their handmade mark with product progression shots styled into their this one from the gorgeous Gosyma.

...and this innovative video presentation by the ever so popular Zillpa.

It truly was a night to celebrate a wonderful year of creativity, giving and community spirit and all the marketeers turned on their Christmas best...including each to own with her specially designed Christmas decos to adorn with.

Thank you all once again for sharing another crafty BrisStyle year and for helping to ignite creativity throughout Brisbane. Many thanks to the Brisbane City Council teams at Creative Communities and King George Square / City Hall for their ongoing support. 

Many thanks too to Brisbane Metropolitan Bands and Brisbane Marketing for their part in bringing the square to life with their soulful music and festive entertainment. 

A safe, creative and joyous Christmas to you and your families and very much look forward to making more handmade merriment with you all in 2013. 

Stay tuned over the coming weeks for news of a very exciting BrisStyle event calendar indeed. 

Happy handmade holidaying 


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Treasury

A Tuesday Treasury to celebrate 

"Brisbane's HOTtest destination for

everything Handmade under the stars"

14th December 2012 :: 5pm - 9pm

Etsy Treasury details here
Sandrine x

Sunday, December 9, 2012

:: Dec 8 BrisStyle indie Designers {Christmas} Market Wrap ::

Christmas Tea Towels ready for the giving from the gorgeous Kate at My Wooden Heart 
 Whoever said BrisStyle was the HOTtest destination for all things handmade this Christmas wasn't far off the mark! Yesterday's BrisStyle indie Designers Christmas Market at Hamilton, saw a combination of warm smiles, hot new seasons creations and searing temperatures to make for one big celebration of  handmade!

Trish welcoming the crowds
Dedicated handmade lovers descended from near and totes at the ready! One of our longest standing Market Angels Trish Goodfield welcomed everyone at the gate during her shift whilst Louise, Michelle, Karen, Julie and Jess roamed throughout the market spreading their own brand of assistance to those marketeers in need of a helping hand ( or wing ...being angels and all!)

It was smiles all round in the hall especially at the gorgeous Shelley Berelli's handmade handbag clad stall. 

Dennis from Music4You channelled Jimmy Hendrix with the BriStyle anthem of Crafty Lady (sic Foxy Lady) 

Chocolate and Coffee Heaven welcomed the crowds with their signature iced teas

Kazuri Tribe's Linda and Fifi amazed everyone with their Henna Art creations..

The Paper Tailor wowed the crowds with her amazing vintage pressed cards

Good Golly it's Molly at the ready with her super cool retro couture

Irene from Wind and Water Designs spread her own happy brand of Christmas Cheer

Jules from Sconnie and Jam in true Christmas Spirit

{Check out all the other images from the day in our facebook Album here}

 Many thanks to all those who helped make the market come to life yesterday - the dedicated handmade loving BrisStyle fans, the amazing stallholders, the generous Market Angels, Committee and family volunteers, the market crew and all those behind the scenes. Thank you for tying on the tinsel in your own ways to make the day a true celebration of all things handmade.

Rest up and get your fave shopping shoes ready
 for a night under the stars 
when we return to King George Square 
for our last indie Twilight Market of the year this Friday:

See you all there with bells on.....handmade of course!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

What's new and fresh

Lots of  new designs and creations are seeing the "twinkly"lights 
with our Christmas Market almost here!

Let's have a sneak peek :)

First our talented Gill from the label Catamation has been introducing a new range of amazing preserved Orchids into fantastic accessories.
You can read a little more of the "behind the studio" moments here.

Image Source Catamation

In Pink Ink creations

Monica is creating some new gorgeous  designs!

Tree hug Paper craft is bringing to the Brisstyle family some fantastic holiday cards.

Image Source Tree Hug paper craft

Some unique  Dr Who inspired jewellery gifts at Myclectic on Etsy.
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Sandrine x

Friday, December 7, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Good morning,

School holidays + children + Christmas = Time to look into some crafty activities for the young ones in the house!

Making your own play Dough  is so much fun, but when it is Peppermint Play Dough it is just awesome and timely!

The Idea Room has a a great tutorial including some printable labels to go with it.
 How fun is that ?!

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A pretty papier mache tree would make an adorable addition to the Christmas decorations in the home.
Check out this beautiful tree by Lolly Chessie on Crate Paper blog.

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And what about those cute paper lantern from

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Time to get busy?! :)

Sandrine x

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Owned and run by Linda Robertus, Blue Jacaranda is a wonderful small business with a big heart!  Screen printed goodies for your home have always been a weakness of mine and Blue Jacaranda's products are adorable.  I think my favourites might be their Calligram Cards, the Kookaburra one would make the perfect gift for my Scottish in-laws!  *grin*  I think you'll agree that Blue Jacaranda's work is amazing, so sit back, relax and read how Linda's business came to be. 

How would you describe your work?
I have two main product lines – the first consists of my original designs screen printed onto art cards, ACEO and t-shirts; stretched on canvas and as PDF files to print at home. The second line, which is threatening to take over my shop, consists of items made from coffee sacks, such as pillows, aprons, pencil rolls, bookmarks, cards and ornaments. I also sell a few other things such as art quilts, eyeglass cases and luggage tags. 

How did your Etsy shop come into being?
I like sewing small items such as fabric postcards and pencil rolls and at some point in 2010 decided to open a MadeIt shop to try and sell them. That went very well and in September 2011 I took the plunge and opened an Etsy shop as well. Initially the idea of an Etsy shop scared me a bit – Etsy is so big, I thought I’d drown there. But I am loving it and Blue Jacaranda is doing quite well.

Who or What inspires you?
The world around me. Birds, animals, trees, flowers, seed pods, bicycles, colour, music… The list is endless!

Do you ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ as part of your creative process?  If yes, how is your art / craft eco-friendly? 
Obviously my whole burlap (Hessian) line is about recycling. I also try to do most of my screen printing on recycled fabrics – but I still have a large stash of commercial fabrics that need to be used! I have decided not to buy any new fabric though.

Can you describe your studio / work area? 
For screen printing I use our kitchen table. I am lucky to have a sewing room studio, where I spend many happy hours. 

What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?
That would be the Burlap Pencil Roll.  I just love the combination of the plain burlap with the colourful threads.

Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work? 
Online store: Etsy and madeit 
Twitter & instagram: @lindarobertus

My burlap items can also be found in the Reverse Garbage Gift Shop (at Woolloongabba).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Treasury

BrisStyle indie {Christmas} Designer Market

8th December 2012 :: 9am - 4pm

A Tuesday Treasury filled with BIDM goodness!

Etsy Treasury details here
Sandrine x

Saturday, December 1, 2012

What's New and fresh coming up for the Christmas Markets


Don't you love finding new designs from your favourite handmade shop!?
In preparation for our Christmas Brisstyle Indie Designer Market, few of our creative members have been launching some new goodies!

Let's see...

Denthe art will be making their debut on the Brisstyle Market stage!

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Some new beautiful hair pins will be making a debut at the BIDM with Me & Holly. B

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The lovely Anna from Anna Craft has been "re igniting" her passion for Needlework for our very own delight!
Image Source Anna Craft
Now more divine new items with Marnie from The Whimsical Blossom on Etsy.
Marnie has created a new line of crocheted jewellery using waxed linen!

Image Source The Whimsical Blossom
And finally...
The Paper Tailor will be joining the Brisstyle marketeers with their divine range of stationery.
The Paper Tailor offers beautiful letterpress collections for weddings & special occasions.
What about a little teaser now :)

Image Source The Paper Tailor

So many delightful new creations!

Happy Saturday:)

Sandrine x