Sunday, November 17, 2013

Made From Love - Shop With Joy

Made From Love-Shop With Joy which is a new shopping event to not only support handmade but to help promote these incredible businesses.

A number of hand-made businesses are taking part in this event which will take part on the18th November 2013.

Ally Bee Designs
50% Custom Deers,
25% off Bean Bags (from stock)
and 25% off ALL Custom Tea Sets!

Handcrafted by Julie 
25% discount on the day plus if a customer buys 2 or more items they will receive a free $5.00 gift certificate to go towards they're next purchase.
Owl in a bubble
$5-$15 off all ready made items (excluding Xmas stock)
Free gift for orders over $30
Free postage for orders over $50.00 
Free postage on all orders placed for Birth Sampler and Family Tree Frame
Wall Covers
$5 - $10 off a selected range of their wall art (exact designs will be released closer to the day). FREE personalising on a design of their choosing will also be offered to three lucky people throughout the day (normally $12). FREE shipping

Soiree Belle
20% Off Store wide. Extra spot specials for facebook fans.

Money Hugs
25% off

Debs Dolls Clothes 
Buy 2 or more outfits and receive 25% discount plus free postage.

Jacsprat Creations
40% off 
Pretty Awesome Designs
30% off store wide and our $5 capped shipping
Ma and Me
Free postage on all ready made items, plus 10-20% off storewide at
T&C – Discount applies only to purchases made through Free postage is within Australia only and applies to both store and Facebook purchases.

Named In Style
15% off all ready made stock. 
Radge Design
*OFFER ONE - Free Shipping on all orders using the code "SHOPLOVE"
*OFFER TWO - 30% off all pre-made Name Plates in stock, with free 
*OFFER THREE - Spot specials throughout the day which will be announced 
on my FB page 
My Pampered Little Princess
Fairy Dust Star Wishes Necklace was $15 now $10 
Kats Kids Bitz
10% off all available stock and purchases over $50 will have free post AUS wide 
MW Handmade Designs
free shipping for non-locals and $5 off for locals for the day. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Winner of the singer 160 Limited edition is....

Sam Gibson from Monkey Hugs!

Congratulations Sam.. I will be sending you an email very shortly :)

Monday, September 23, 2013


On the 30th September turns 2! It has been 2 fabulous years, not without it's up's and down's (as with all businesses) but I have to say its been an amazing ride!

Of course, as we roll out the birthday cake, and prepare to blow out those candles, it means it is time to celebrate in style. And when it comes to style, we couldn't go past the Singer 160 Limited Edition (pictured below) as one classy prize!


First a few details about this gorgeous machine!
The Singer 160 Limited Edition has:
  • Quickview Stitch Setting & simple Stitch Adjustment
  • Onetouch™ Stitch Selector
  • Extra-large Sewing Space (374mm)
  • Drop & Sew™ Bobbin System
  • Presser Foot Sensor
  • 3 Staybright™ LED Lights
  • Swiftsmart™ Threading System With Automatic Needle Threader

So just how do you enter??? Well that's easy!

1. Like the facebook page
2. Be an active (have items listed for sale) selling member of
3. Have at least three items for sale on

Each person will be given one entry for every five items they have listed, for sale, on, up to a maximum of five entries. See the points below:

• 3-5 active items = 1 entry
• 6-10 active items = 2 entries
• 11-15 active items = 3 entries
• 16-20 active items = 4 entries
• 21+ active items = 5 entries

Not a member of Hand-Made? You can register here to get started. You may also like to check out our help section along the way, which you can find here.
The competition will be open for entries from September 23 2013, at 8am AEST, and will close off at 5pm on October 12 2013 AEDST. And drawn via at 7pm on 12th October 2013 and announced via the Handmade Blog, facebook and emailed directly. 

Happy creating and goodluck!

Terms and Conditions...

You must be over 18 years of age to enter this competition
To be considered for the draw, you need to have met the following criteria:
1. Liked the facebook page
2. Be a member of
3. Have at least three items for sale on
The competition will be open for entries from September 23, at 8am AEST, and will close off at 5pm on October 12
 Each person will be given one entry for every five items they have listed, for sale, on, up to a maximum of five entries. See the points below:
• 0-2 active items = no entries
• 3-5 active items = 1 entry
• 6-10 active items = 2 entries
• 11-15 active items = 3 entries
• 16-20 active items = 4 entries
• 21+ active items = 5 entries

Items must be active in during the promotional period
Open to residents of Australia only
The competition will be drawn using on October 12 at 7pm (19:00) AEDST.
The winner will be notified by email, and through our facebook page, immediately after the drawn has been completed.
The lucky winner will have their prize couriered out to them within two weeks of the draw being completed

No redeemable for cash

Licence Number:LTPS-13-07662

Monday, August 26, 2013

Introducing Carolina's

What inspired you to start your business?
After leaving a desk job that I had been at for several years, and having two young boys, one just about to start school, I decided that I would like to try and start a small WAHM (Work at home Mum) business that would give me the flexibility to work my own hours, do something I enjoy and still be able to contribute the the household budget on have time for the kids. Carolina's was founded in May 2012 and started with basic sewing handmade designs. In August 2013, I purchased an embroidery machine and started to create and design new and original embroidered products to add to Carolina's.

What is your handmade business all about?
There are many business that do embroidered products. I wanted Carolina's to have some unique and original designs so I learnt to digitize my own embroidery designs to create something special and different to stand out from the crowd. For example. Carolina's 'Sew My Memories' product takes your child's treasured hand drawing and embroiders it onto a tea towel to use as a keepsake for years to come. I create many handmade products including, personalised Monogrammed Towel Sets, Birth Samplers, Family Tree Frame Mounts and Blankets, Embroidery Tea Towels, Free Standing Lace Bookmarks and Coasters, Personalised Baby Bibs and Blankets plus many other products. I am also happy to create an original design to suit your requirements.

What do you enjoy most about your business?
I love all things lace. My Mum being from Nottingham and having visited there myself back in 1998, I fell in love with the stunning and beautiful handmade Nottingham Lace, it is just divine. So creating Carolina's Free Standing Lace Bookmarks and Coasters is a passion. I also love creating original pieces of handmade artwork, so Carolina's 'Sew My Memories' is a close second.

What is your favourite product to make?
Anything NEW. I love to create and design custom handmade embroidery that suits the individual's needs and wants in colours to match their home decor. At present, Carolina's 'Our Family Tree' is my favourite and most popular design.

How did you learn your craft? 
My Mum use to be a seamstress when she worked as a young girl in Nottingham England before she came to Australia, so I learnt from her at an early age to do basic sewing and mending. I have always been creative and built my knowledge and skills as I grew up.

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?
Be patient. Just like anything, it takes time and experience to succeed. Network with other businesses, get ideas, listen to suggestions and be perseverant and enjoy.

What plans do you have for your business in the next year?
I will continue to increase my customer base, create new and original designs and look for new avenues to increase Carolina's exposure in the local community and beyond.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Intorducing Annie’s Lane Couture

What inspired you to start your business?
Having 2 autistic little girls who I couldn’t find the ‘right’ things for with their sensory needs inspired me to start Annie’s Lane Couture.

What is your handmade business all about?
I make Weighted Soft Toys. They’re used in conjunction with other therapies by children with special needs. They help them calm & then they’re able to concentrate on things & enjoy family time & other activities as they’re not fidgeting or shuffling around constantly. Imagine having a heavy blanket on your lap (or pet).
I also make Sensory Drawstring Backpacks (reversible) for special needs children to keep their needed items in.

What do you enjoy most about your business?
It allows me to do something productive & help other families with making a connection with their child. The feedback from a parent that their child was able to watch a TV program or laughed with them for the first time after getting a weighted soft toy is the most rewarding feeling you can get as a hand-made person.

What is your favourite product to make?
My Weighted Soft Toys. They bring such a terrific feeling to me when they’re completed.


How did you learn your craft?
I’m self taught after my Mother-In-Law gave me her old sewing machine & deciding I can do this, persevered until I could.

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?
Don’t give up, choose your target audience & make something that you know you enjoy making that
doesn’t feel like a chore to make & brings enjoyment to the end buyer.

What plans do you have for your business in the next year?
To actually roll back to just my Weighted Soft Toys & occasionally making a limited run of bags. The Weighted Soft Toys bring me much more reward & therefore I feel need more attention.

Visit Annie's Lane Couture on Hand-Made 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Facebook changes to business pages

"Likers" now have more control
Likers now have more control over the number of facebook status updates they receive from your page.  Previously the options available were limited to 'Showing in newsfeed' or not selecting this. Facebook has now introduced 3 different settings: 'All updates'; 'Most updates' and 'Only important updates'.

Heres how:
Hover over (or click on mobile devices) the "Like/d" button and select 'Settings' from the dropdown

 And select the level of updates you would like to receive


Facebook introduces #hashtags

For those of you who are twitter and instagram users you will be familiar with the hashtag and what it is used for. The hashtag enables users to follow specific topics of interest and conversation. While this is usually reserved for 'real time' content, I can certinally see the benefits for businesses to use hashtags to extend their reach beyond their current level(s).

So just what are hashtags?
By typing a '#' in front of a word or phrase (eg #hand-made) it turns this into a link that users can click on to find public posts, about that topic, where people have also entered the #hand-made as a part of the poast.

For more information on using facebook hashtags go here

Ability to post an image as a comment

I think this new feature, on facebook, is the one I am most excited about. Gone are the days of having to include links to images in posts, and comments, for people to show us images! Yippee!! Facebook has introduced the ability to post an image as a comment under status updates; not only that but they have also made it available on mobile devices. How do I do it? Well just click on that little camera icon  and upload. Easy Peasy!

**please note facebook is still rolling this feature out and may not yet be available to all users at this point in time.


Mobile device changes

Popping in with some important info for all of you who have facebook pages. It has come to our attention that the newest layout on mobile devices can make it extremely difficult for fans to navigate through your page's photographs. First and foremost.......make sure you have your shop link in your description.

You might need to edit it a few times, and double check on your phone or tablet, to make sure that your customers can see it clearly with the new layout. I'm sure you have all noticed the many changes and upgrades that go on constantly. I know for me, it feels like I'm just getting comfortable with each new layout before the next new change occurs! Over the past few months there have been a number of changes that haven't made your job any easier. For example.....the number of Likers who are viewing your posts based on whether you are sharing other pages items, posting links, using photos etc. Also the ability to schedule your posts in advance ( leaving you more time to create ) was fantastic to begin with......but now if you use it, it means that less of your fans will actually see the post in their news-feed. Ok I'm waffling on now....... back to the photo and albums problem. 
If you like to have photos of all your items in albums with the links to your listings then YIPPEE!!! That's awesome :) If you don't have links to your listings under each photo, then that's definitely something you should do! As you know, you don't always get notified of comments on photos so you could be potentially missing out on sales, which is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve.

Once again, please make sure you have your shop link in your description. This is extremely important!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Kid On The Block

Yes thats right! Your eyes have not deceived you and the title is correct, there's a new kid on the block and it's New Zealand! Hand-made is coming to the land of the long white cloud in July, which means we also have a new team member! When discussing who we wanted to approach to be the 'face' of NZ there was only one lady that came to mind, 'the lady that blogs'.

Welcome Angela!!!

A thirty something mother of two and wife to one, Angela first discovered a passion for quality handmade
five years ago. It began with a search for clothing to fit her tall, young daughter.  The discovery of quality workmanship and unique design was a match made in heaven, compelling Angela to move away from mass produced items and searching for handmade alternatives became the norm.

From purchaser to promoter

 It was a natural progression for Angela to use her blogging platform as a voice for creatives and celebrating Australian and New Zealand handmade is something she is now well known and respected for.  This is a badge that 'the lady that blogs' wears proudly in the form of her eclectic collection of handmade brooches and Angela is widely recognised with a mention as one of Kidspot's top 50 Australian Bloggers, 2012.

Since returning to her homeland of New Zealand in December, Angela can still be found talking all things handmade, but now it's no longer from her personal blog.
Instead, she is fighting the ongoing battle of the lady stache, upholding her war on Crocs and promoting handmade on both sides of the ditch via Give & Take Handmade. 'G & T', as it is affectionately known, is a gift swap initiative with big ambitions, wrapped up in washi tape and a whole lot of fun!

Being given the opportunity to join the Hand-Made team has Angela excited!

"To be a part of making quality handmade 'world famous in New Zealand', and to have NZ handmade recognised on the world stage, is an honour indeed".


Thursday, May 23, 2013

*bespoke* magazine

For those who haven’t yet stumbled across , it is an
 independently published magazine dedicated to promoting, showcasing and inspiring the handmade and creative industry of Australia and New Zealand.
*bespoke* magazine

The publication is designed to delight and inspire its readers with stories of artists and creatives in Australia and New Zealand, inspirational articles about handmade business, DIY craft tutorials, handmade must-have’s and some tips on running and growing your own creative business.

This creative magazine is published and edited by lovers of handmade, Elle and Robyn of Studio Exsto, based in North Queensland. These ladies have a strong belief in the power of small business, and combined with their knowledge of sustainable creative business and passion for handmade, you couldn’t ask for a better editorial team to bring you *bespoke*.

*bespoke* magazine is coming up to their 10th issue!

To celebrate, the *bespoke* team are currently running a campaign to double the size of the magazine to 100 pages. That is twice as much handmade goodness and creative inspiration --- for the same price.

Help them create more handmade and creative goodness by pre-ordering a copy of the winter edition, securing a 2013 subscription, or booking advertising (currently 20% OFF) before May 31.

To find out more about their campaign to double the size of the next edition or to find out more about the team behind *bespoke*, head over to the website where they also publish a wonderful blog full of handmade finds and creative stories and inspiring people from around the world.

Find out more about *bespoke*

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lolli poppits - Handmade Toys and Games

What inspired you to start your business?

I’ve never been one to sit still long! Even with three young children, I was always working on something else and usually taking on too much! I’ve always been a crafty person and when my youngest was around 6 months; my sons kinder announced they were planning a Kids Market. I had done my fair share of studying so I thought this sounded like my next new challenge.

After 3 months of careful planning and creating, my Facebook page was created. The market came along which was an overwhelming success within my local community, and so from that, I decided to givethis new venture a decent go.

What is your handmade business all about?
I wanted to create something unique. There are so many gorgeous handmade businesses out there that make the most beautiful clothing and baby wares so I decided to put my educational background to use and create children’s toys and games.
I always try to keep products practical, what can I say, I’m a practical person! From thinking about easy product storage and convenience from a parent’s point of view, to making sure they are fun and engaging from a child’s point of view. And as much as possible, extend the game so my customers get value for money. For example, I spent many long hours designing my I Spy Bag cards to include images and text (for younger children), plus also lots of extra challenges to appeal to older children. When every I Spy Bag is different, this adds considerably to the manufacturing time but it’s definitely worth the extra effort!

What do you enjoy most about your business?
First and foremost, this has to be being able to work whilst being a stay at home mum for my three young children. I feel so blessed to be able to do this!
I love my wide range of products and the variation of crafts I use. I work with many different materials: fabric, wood, paper, ribbons so it’s always fun to jump from product to product. Although, the down side of this is I have so many product ideas that I want to get to, and a lot of work in progress!
I have my Facebook page; my hand-made shop; attend quite a few local markets; as well as selling through two physical shop outlets. This keeps the selling part fun too. I have wonderful loyal customers through each of these avenues and having a variety of outlets means I never tire of just the one selling point.

What is your favourite product to make?
Hmmm, this is a hard one! I don’t think I can choose just one as I’m so proud of all my products. With so much variety, all the different processes required allows me to move between them to keep it interesting. One day I’ll be polishing with beeswax for my dancing rings, laminating cards for my travel games, creating cards for I Spy bags, printing stationery, cutting fabric or ribbons for a range of things, ironing, sewing, overlocking or working on new designs. I even have some paper products on the way. Like I said earlier, I don’t sit still long!

How did you learn your craft?
Like a lot of handmade lovers, I inherited my love of craft from my Mum. She is extremely talented in sewing, drawing, knitting, card making and painting. I’ve learnt handy tips from her along the way but otherwise I’m a self-taught sewer. Before starting Lolli Poppits, in terms of fabric, I had only made some basic items: simple drawstring bags for my son’s toys, some tracksuit pants, reusable cloth wipes and a lot of padded bibs for my daughter who was a terrible dribbler. So I think I have come a long way in 2 years! I also loved working with paper and card, and have created albums and canvas collages, which are crafts which haven’t yet found their way into Lolli Poppits. Well not yet anyway!

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?
I find it a little funny answering this as I still see myself as “starting up”! But what I would say is definitely do your research. Firstly into the products you are thinking of making, and whether many other businesses already are making them. Especially consider local businesses if you are going to attend the same markets. Keep yourself unique and true to what you love to make. Also research into finding great suppliers, as well as methods of selling and online and local business support groups. You will find that people that are your competitors can also be your greatest assets!
Be prepared to spend money to make money, particularly when starting out, even though it’s a risk to take when you don’t know how your products will be received.
And lastly I would say, work hard but make sure you remember to take some time out and don’t forget the other things that are important!

What plans do you have for your business in the next year?
My short-term plan is to keep doing what I’m doing: keeping stocks up of my popular products for my online store and local markets, and occasionally getting a chance to introduce one of the numerous new product ideas I come up with. I’m happy with my workload at the moment as I still have 2 of my 3 children at home. I have busy periods and quiet periods, which are great for family time and for building up stock. I’m loving that my business is growing at a steady pace but I’m excited to see how it can develop further when I get some child-free days!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wishsong Design

What inspired you to start your business?
I've had so many people over the years encouraging me in my artwork and telling me that I should sell them, and I never thought much of it until I discovered the world of online selling! I used to paint realistic wildlife paintings and pet portraits and used to sell a few of those but it wasn't until my boss at the time told me about an online marketplace that I really got excited about the possibility of making a real go at selling my artwork. I also took a storybook illustration short course a few years ago (which was a complete waste of money!) but one thing it did do was it gave me the confidence to actually step out and start creating pictures from my own imagination, and hence a love for children's illustration was born.

What is your handmade business all about?
I love so many different art forms, I tend to make a lot of things as well as my artwork such as jewellery, felt toys, baby blocks and
more recently sculpture! But mostly my business is about making
 children happy by providing whimsical and colourful paintings and
prints that both children and adults enjoy!

What do you enjoy most about your business?
It's so fun to do! As a creative person it's just so satisfying to create something and put so much energy into it, and then to have someone buy it and truly appreciate it, is such a wonderful thing!

What is your favourite product to make?
Ooh this is a tough one! I love making so many things, but I guess my true passion is painting children's illustrations, though making felt toys comes in as a close second!

How did you learn your craft?
I'm self taught, having drawn since I was little as I had a passion for it so just kept practicing! Plus it helps that my mother and grandmother are also very good at painting, I guess it's in the genes!

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?
Energy and persistence to continually promote you shop and products! Online selling can be very rewarding but you are also competing with a lot of other shops, you need to be proactive in getting your name out there to bring shoppers in! You can't just list your items and sit back and wait for the sales to come to you! Also patience, sales can be very up and down at times and you just need to have patience and don't get discouraged, the sales will come!

What plans do you have for your business in the next year?
Lots of new children's illustrations and I am also really hoping to continue with my polymer clay sculptures which are based on my little girl characters from my paintings!

Visit Wishsong Design's Shop on Hand-Made.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Introducing Monkey Hugs

What inspired you to start your business?
I actually started my business as a bit of a fluke. I have always loved handmade. My Nana has been a knitter, painter and quilter (and now also jewellery maker) for as long as I can remember and my mum was always a bit crafty as well, so it’s probably in the blood somewhere. I started making clothes for my middle daughter when she was a baby and made a few soft toys and things too, but it was only in my “spare” time as I was working full time as well (in my past life I was a lawyer). Then when my son was born in 2011 I decided that I wanted to take “extended” maternity leave and finally spend some time with the kids, which also meant more time for sewing. I had been following and buying from a number of handmade pages on facebook for quite a while before then and one of them was holding a charity auction for a cause that touched my heart, so I asked if I could donate something, even though I wasn’t a “business” and was accepted. I got such amazing feedback and my items sold for MUCH more than I would ever have dreamed (some very generous bidders!) and I had a number of people asking, pushing, prodding me to start my own page… so I did.

What is your handmade business all about?
Creating gorgeous things to (hopefully) be loved by little and big kids alike.

What do you enjoy most about your business? 
I love that I get to spend all day, every day, with my two little monkeys and that I am constantly learning from and being inspired by all of the wonderful fellow handmaidens that I have met on my journey.

What is your favourite product to make? 
I think anyone who follows my page will see that I have a VERY soft spot for making “Wonderland” dolls. I am a bit of an Alice addict  But in general, I love making my dolls. I still enjoy the softies and clothing, but I always feel like my dolls have more of “me” in them.

How did you learn your craft?

I did a little bit of sewing with my mum as a young teenager, but never really    anything too technical, so basically I am self taught. I have read a number of books and often find them useful to teach myself new techniques, but I am also one of those people that finds it really hard to follow a pattern. Not because I can’t, just because I constantly think I have a better/quicker way to do it.

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?
Make friends. I know it sounds silly, but having friends who are also in the business is not just fantastic for the moral support, they are there to bounce creative ideas off of and will help you get your business out there. People on the outside often see the competitive side of handmade, but under the surface you might just be lucky enough to stumble across those people that will support you even though they may be in competition with you. I have been extremely lucky to stumble upon a number of them from all over the world and while I haven’t met many of them, I am proud to call them my friends.

What plans do you have for your business in the next year?
New patterns, the return of some old favourites and getting as much done between now and July when we’ll have a new baby in the house and my sewing time will be cut shorter than it already is!

Monkey Hugs is celebrating being on the blog with a 20% off sale in store NOW until the 21st April 2013
 Visit Monkey Hugs on