Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sewing in Circles

Welcome to Sewing in Circles! We make gifts for girls including headbands, clips, hair ties, handbags, purses and more. 

I have always loved fabric and creating special gifts for the people in my life. I am lucky enough to have 2 special little girls who love the things I make - and I hope that the special girls in your life enjoy them too!

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Bridal Bling

For over 20 years I have specialised in Hair & Makeup for Brides.... As I Love being involved in the wedding industry & being apart of a Brides Special day, it was a natural progression for me to offer Brides....
♥ Personalised Coat Hangers for Brides, (Babies AND Anyone Special )
♥ Mrs Name garters
♥ Personalised Hankies
♥ Memory charms for bridal bouquet
♥ Hand-painted bridal shoes
♥ I DO shoe stickers for Brides & Grooms
♥ Rhinestone Iron on transfers for Brides

AND just Because I'm a Netball mum & pretty much live in a NETBALL family...
I also offer....
♥ NETBALL BLING - rhinestone iron on transfers for Netballers

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blue Wren Cottage

Blue Wren Cottage is situated in the Hunter Valley of NSW. Our garden is filled with the sounds and antics of delightful little blue wrens. The little blue wren above, is one of those I photographed. 

My name is Robyn, and I simply have a love for creativity.

My mother taught me from an early age the love of sewing and embroidery, and she taught me to be creative. We spent many memorable evenings sewing together and working on craft projects.

Since then I learnt the finer skills of embroidery at College, and now have an embroidery machine, enabling me to produce beautiful projects, which would have been difficult by hand, and now can incorporate lovely designs into patchwork and other lovely pieces for the home and family. 

I have also an interest in jewelry making. I enjoy working with pearls and gemstones, and have produced some really lovely necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I also enjoy porcelain painting, and have developed a style of miniatures.

I commenced my small cottage business, more than 10 years ago, and have participated in local craft markets.

I am now very pleased to be able to make pieces to treasure for you and your loved ones, which you can see here on my Hand-Made store.

Special Gifts for Special People.

Visit Blue Wren Cottage on Hand-Made

Pretty Awesome Designs

Pretty Awesome Designs :: Unique, fun and quirky designs that express your personality!

Pretty Awesome Designs is an accessory store with a difference. Full of quirky and fun designs that express your personality.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Featured Seller :: Radge Design

Radge Design®
graphic design : art : jewellery : quirky eye-catching design

I'm Louise (aka Radge) mother to two little monsters who keep me on my toes. I am passionate about art, design and all things creative. I enjoy thinking outside the square and pushing the boundaries with my designs, I have a Diploma in Commercial Arts (Graphic Design).

Graphic Design : I love logo design, working on branding for small business and illustrating. I incorporate hand drawn elements into logos where possible to ensure they are truly unique and representative of your business.

Jewellery : Creating statement pieces of handmade silver jewellery to be worn, loved and shown off every day is what I love doing, ‘no two pieces are the same’ as all pieces are handmade by myself, all wire used is 100% recycled Sterling Silver. Designs can be based on the same idea but no two will be identical as the wire has a mind of its own. Polymer clay creations are all hand blended and rolled, in batches that are all limited editions so although similar each bead has its own character they vary slightly in size/shape.

Artwork : Drawing, painting and printing when I get the time is yet another way that I express myself, I love organic forms and an inspired by the works of the impressionists and surrealists although I feel I have my own style.

Favourite materials
I love working with sterling silver wire, it has a mind of its own and beautiful beads in my jewellery creations, drawing, painting and printing are my favorite art mediums with pencils, pastels and acrylics most commonly used. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lolly a Dawn Pointon Creation

What do you love about running your own hand-made business?  
It's all mine!!  Being in control of creating from my own ideas and receiving the loveliest personal comments about my work.

What is your favourite product to make?
I started with my aprons and must admit I still love creating them.

How did you learn your craft? 
Both my parents were tailors.  My father owned a manufacturing business as well as being a tailor.  My mother had her own business making for society ladies in 1930's or 40's Brisbane.  My mother taught me to sew and wouldn't accept less than the best from my work.

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?
Believe in yourself and your abilities.  Follow your dream.  Start with a small range and test its success.

What plans do you have for your business in the next year? 
I have many ideas in my head, but at this stage my aprons are still taking precedence. 

Whats one thing you cannot live without in your hand-made biz?
I guess my sewing machine would be the practical part but it is nothing without my own inspiration taking a very important role.

Visit Lolly a Dawn Pointon Creation on Hand-Made

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Frankensteins Fabrics

What do you love about running your own hand-made business?
The one thing I love most about running my own hand-made business is seeing what customers make from the supplies they purchase from me Whether its adding a tiny piece to a doll's dress or making a whole quilt from scratch I love seeing my customer's creativity. It inspires me and gives me insight into the styles and themes that they are after - enabling me to purchase with more focus for future fabric ranges.
Piece of Cake - magazine commission

What is your favourite product to make?
Lap quilts are by far my favourite item to make - either for magazine commissions or as custom orders. They are the perfect size to design as the maths needed is fairly straightforward (always a plus!) and they are a good size to teach as well. I love lap quilts because they are a staple item in my house now. There's always one on the lounge in case someone gets cold - in winter especially. I saved money last year on my electricity bill by having a lap quilt on the lounge as we didn't need to have the heater on much at all. 
How did you learn your craft?
I mainly taught myself, learned a few techniques here and there from friends, classes and online tutorials. I am always striving to add to my skill set, always pushing the boundaries with my designs and how to achieve them. I don't consider myself a 'modern quilter ' or a 'traditional quilter', I just quilt what I like, when I like. I do follow the rules however to achieve the accuracy that is needed in this craft.
Little Red Riding Hood - magazine commission
What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?
Have a plan, some goals and set yourself some schedules. Organising your time is key but also learn to take advantage of your feelings and motivations - I am a night owl and work better between 8pm and 3am - so even though I work during the day I use those times to do things that require my best thinking - website updates, writing and designing. Sewing quilts is like breathing to me - second nature - so piecing something doesn't take much of my mental capacity. 
What plans do you have for your business in the next year?
Blue Winterfly - custom order
I'd like to see more quilts go to good homes this year and next. I will undertake more training (have to keep some of it secret until it's done!) and I will be expanding more into custom quilt work - currently I'm only doing edge-2-edge quilting with pantographs. Custom quilting will allow me more creativity in my designs and be able to bring more texture to customer's quilts. I'll be looking more at teaching - whether it's in a physical or virtual classroom I'm not sure yet and I'll also be working on more of my patterns with the goal of eventually writing my own book. 
Whats one thing you cannot live without in your hand-made biz?
Besides my crafting tools, mail order stuff and stock it would have to be a 
notepad and pen. I am always writing notes, jotting down ideas, drawing sketches and taking orders. I write lists like mad and always have at least 3 going at one time. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Introducing Lindabears Handmade

What do you love about running your own hand-made business?

I love creating I find it very calming and I love to make things for other people who want something specific, there is nothing like the feeling of giving a gift that you have created yourself.

What is your favourite product to make?
I love making Hobo Shoulder bags, there so much lovely fabric around.

How did you learn your craft?
I got given a sewing machine when I was 18 from my Mum as a birthday present, and she taught me the basics I didn’t really use it to start with, I mainly loved doing cross-stitch and tapestry, and I have done many designs for family and friends.
My mother in law taught me most of what I know and I was always looking through her craft magazines. I commented on this wall hanging quilt one day and ended up getting the project for Christmas. I learn a lot more if I have to do it myself.
I started to make upcycled denim bags, in my spare time; I then progressed into making Shoulder Bags and purses.

What’s one thing you cannot live without in your hand-made biz?
My overlocker, I can't believe how easy it has made things for me.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Introducing BoonlellBags

What do you love about running your own hand-made business? 

Being able to be creative and doing something I love. I find creating my bags very therapeutic and it is my way of relaxing! I work as a casual teacher so it's great that I have the time to put into my business by creating items regularly for my store.

What is your favourite product to make?
At the moment my favourite product is the hobo bag. It's a popular bag and very versatile.
I love choosing the different fabric colours and themes and having something that appeals to all.

How did you learn your craft? 
I have been playing around on the sewing machine since I was in primary school when I started sewing dolls clothes for my cabbage patch kids!
That then evolved over the years into making myself clothes, curtains, doggie coats and other crafty bits and pieces such as cushions and door stops.
About a year ago I discovered bags. I first made them for myself to use, then as gifts, and then decided to start up a little business so everyone can enjoy them!

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business?

Never give up! Keep creating and making new products regularly, especially if you have a little online shop. Read, learn and research as much as you can about online craft businesses and eventually you will start seeing progress. It takes time and patience though.

What plans do you have for your business in the next year? 
To develop growth through more sales and regular new products and to expand and improve my range.

Whats one thing you cannot live without in your hand-made biz? 
Definitely my trusty sewing machine!

Visit BoonlellBag's hand-made shop

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Carolinas Creations

What do you love about running your own hand-made business?
I am my own boss and that certainly makes life easier. I am a WAHM with 2 young boys so the flexibility to work my own hours is a must. You know when you buy handmade that you are buying something that someone has but their heart and soul into creating, that makes it extra special.

What is your favourite product to make?
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.

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. Being a WAHM was a great option for me with the 2 children and this is something I love to do, so it's a hobby as well as a job.

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?
To grow and develop new products. I love to create so coming up with original designs is high on the list.

Whats one thing you cannot live without in your hand-made biz?
My Scissors, all 12 pairs LOL :)

Find Carolinas Creations here on

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DIY Light Tent

Building your own light tent
(1) What you need
- a cardbaord box larger than 30cm in size (square is better)
- white tissue paper
- tape
- pencil/pen and ruler
- knife or scissors
- large sheet of white cardboard

(2) On the top of the box, use your ruler and pen to mark a line approx 1inch from the side of the box and cut this out.

(3) repeat this for two of the sides so all together you have 3 sides removed. Also remove any top 'flaps'

(4) Get one sheet of tissue paper and sticky tape it as tight as possible (without ripping) across the opening you have made it in the roof of the box. Trim off any excess

(5) Repeat this for the other 2 sides.

(6) Take your peice of cardboard and lay it across the opening of the box (touching the side of the box) so you can figure out how wide your cardboard needs to be and put a line. Measure this and cut your cardboard to size. Sticky tape the top of the cardboard to the top back corner of your box. Now you have a continuous background!

Grab some nice white lamps and your ready to have a go!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

{Valentines giveaway} Win a personalised GLAMOUR hanger (bling or faux Pearl) from Bridal Bling

Kelly from Bridal Bling has been kind enough to let us give away one of her Personalised Glamour hangers!

I am so excited to give you the chance to win one of these gorgeous hangers for Valentines Day.

It is pretty simple to enter
Pop over to our facebook page and simply answer this question below the post about this giveaway!

"What is your prefect Valentines Day Date"

The most creative answer wins! Simple as that!
Open to residents of Australia only. 
Open 8pm 9th Feb and ends at 8pm 13th Feb AEDST.
Winner will be announced 15th Feb

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Celebrating 2014

Hello 2014!

I thought it might be nice to kick off 2014 with a little giveaway!
We have up for grabs a $25 gift voucher from Spotlight!

A great big thank you to spotlight for the voucher :)

So what do you have to do to win the voucher? Simple... Guess how many buttons are in this jar!!!
See the last image for some size references of the jar

The Competition will run from 5:25pm 1st Jan 2014 until midnight 4th Jan 2014. If the exact number is not mentioned the person who guessed closet without going over will be crowned the winner.
Please visit the post here on facebook and pop your guesstimate under the photo.

Terms and Conditions
* Open to Australian Residents only
** Time are in local Sydney time
*** Winner will be announced  via the blog and facebook page on Sunday evening at 8pm
**** This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook