Saturday, 3 January 2009

2009: A year for new beginnings

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2009 already…where did the last few months go?! A new year means new beginnings, I have so many plans for this year, I can’t wait to share them with you all.

Hmm…well my aim to post on my blog more often has failed miserably! So much has happened since my last post, I don’t know where to start…but before anything else, I’ll go back to where I left off… 

The first Made on the Left market that was held at the Hyde Park Hotel on July 12th 2008 was a huge success, not only for me but also for everyone involved. I managed to make enough stock, working into the wee hours each night. The day ran smoothly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to my little helpers – Jo and Kendall, you guys rock! 

Since this MOTL event, there has been a second MOTL market also held at the Hyde Park Hotel on November 15, 2008 and it was even bigger and better than the first one! I was a helper for this event and manned the promo table and ran the raffle along with the lovely Jacquie from Ramsden Designs


In the time I’ve been absent from my blog, I went on an adventurous European holiday – but I’ll keep you hanging for the details of my trip and will fill you in next time! 

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Crunch Time

Well the 12th of July is nearing and at this point of the day, in 6 days time, the Made on the Left Market will be wrapping up. That leaves only 5 full days left to get everything ready! It's just after 4pm Sunday, so I still have the rest of the night to go, but that will fly by as I still have to get everything ready for work in the morning. I have a full time Monday-Friday job (other than making jewellery), which only leaves the nights free for preparation. Eek! I feel like I have so much more to make and get ready to go, I will really need to use my time wisely.

So...I shouldn't really be on the computer, but I've been neglecting my blog and have decided that I will try to post more regularly. Seeing as I'm still new to blogging, I think I'll try to start off with a weekly post, and then maybe more from there.

My aim this week, is to make at least one necklace per night, plus as many earrings as I have time to design and make. So no doubt I'll be up till the wee hours of the morning and be a zombie at work! Well, hopefully not...I'll let you know how I go, and I look forward to sharing my experience of the first Made on the Left event next week : )

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Made on the Left

The news is out! Made on the Left has been formed and is holding it's launch event on Saturday the 12th of July at the Hyde Park Hotel from 11am - 4pm (isn't the poster below just awesome?!).

This designer art and craft market is not to be missed - jam packed with all the handmade goodness you can dream of! I am super excited to be a part of this event. We hope to make Made on the Left an abundant source of information for both artists/designers as well as those searching for unique art and crafts. Check out our blog for more info.

The event (and MOTL) would not have been possible without the amazing team effort by the committee which consists of Dara Clemens of Dara Art, Sarah Gazia of Odd Girl Out, Alicia Rosam of Aussiepatches, Jacquie Ramsden of Ramsden Designs ...and then there's little old me, Rosanna Elizabeth : )

I look forward to keeping you informed on this exciting journey!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Catching Up...

Well, it has taken me a while to get on top of things after the home show on May 3rd, and I can proudly say that it was a huge success! Thanks to everyone that attended on the day and to the other artists that participated, I appreciate all your support. There ended up being 7 of us in total displaying our wares. It made for a fun day and a great way to show off our handmade delights!

Here are some pics taken on the day...

This is how I displayed my jewellery.

This was Kathy's display which included lovely pillowcases and amazing quilts.

These bags and clothes are also Kathy's. I accidentally deleted a few photos before transferring them to my computer (sorry!). But you can see Sandy's beautiful handcrafted cards in the background. On the other side of the table were Jo's gorgeous children's aprons, bags and gift boxes as well as some of Kathy's amazing dolls.

This was Ali's unique modern art and illustration setup for the day.

This was Anne Ny's amazing water colour painting setup.

This was a part of Jeff's leadlighting display, which was amazing!

I am hoping that this will become an annual or even a twice yearly event. I will keep you posted and if there are any other artists closeby who wish to participate - drop me a line!

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Bunbury Home Show - May 3rd

I'm very excited to announce that I've decided to host my own Home Show! It will be held on May 3rd, 2008 and will showcase arts and crafts from local independent designers. I'd love for you to come is your personal invitation : )

You are invited to a

Home Show

When: Saturday May 3rd, 2008
Time: 10am - 4pm
Where: Bunbury, Western Australia

Come and browse through the beautifully handcrafted pieces, created locally by independent artists.

Artists that will be exhibiting:

Sandy - Beautifully Handcrafted Cards
Ali J - Modern Fashion Illustration
Joanne - Gorgeous Children's Items
Kathy - Dressmaking & Alterations
Rosanna - Eclectic Hancrafted Jewellery

There will be door prizes, items available at clearance prices, a chance to place custom orders and to speak with the artists themselves!

Don't forget Mother's Day is just around the corner. You will find some great gift ideas on the day.

Make it a day out and bring along your family and friends. Each person that attends will receive an entry into the draw to win fabulous prizes. Don't miss this one day event!

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are in Bunbury, Western Australia, please contact me for the address details if you'd like to come along. I'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

The Handbook to Handmade

The Handbook to Handmade Volume 5, by Timothy Adams, is due to be released soon!
I am honoured to be among the other talented artists in this issue and cannot wait to display it at my upcoming show - I think I will need to purchase more than one copy to give to friends and family as well as have some to leave with shops! The Handbook to Handmade is released monthly and is superb to use as a coffee table book. It's great to use for promoting your own products at places like craft shows and directly to wholesalers.

All volumes can be purchased from Timothy Adams Etsy shop - TimothyAdamsDesigns.

You can read more about The Handbook to Handmade on the official blog.

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Blue Sea Bracelet

This is the first piece in my new series of wire wrapped bracelets. I've named it my "Blue Sea" bracelet because the beautiful mixture of blues reminds me of the sea. It features Pacific Opal, Mint Alabaster, Caribbean Blue Opal, Clear AB and White Alabaster genuine Swarovski crystals. I can't wait to show you more pieces as I create them!