Saturday, February 27, 2010

BiDM Busy-ness!

In a week, I will be soaking up the markety vibe, listening to some guitar tunes, chatting with customers and generally enjoying myself at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market.

I only hope that next Saturday is not as wet and soggy as today! Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying the misty rain, light breeze and occaisional snatches of sunlight, but not the best weather for Happy Market Days next weekend, me thinks!

Sunny Day at the last BiDM

I have made all the stock I'm going to make (I could always make more, but keeping my sanity is rather more important!) and printed out all the prices and bits and pieces. So I'm feeling pretty good - roll on Saturday!

What I do have left to do is make a pretty new dress for market day! It's green (suprise!) and cream spots and I'm making a mod-style summer dress. My gorgeous little girl bought the fabric for me for Christmas (love her style!)

Details for the first BiDM of the year are on the BrisStyle website as well as a list of BiDM marketeers - go write your shopping lists now! (well, I'm going to anyway!!)

See you next Saturday!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Art of Letter Writing

Ever since I was a small girl I have loved receiving mail. I love the postage stamps, the canceling
post office stamps, the dog-eared envelopes, the anticipation of what's inside...

I have a 'pen-friend' in Italy; we have been writing to each other for just shy of 20 years (oh my!). We are dear friends and although we mostly email each other now, it is most exciting when a parcel comes in the mail all the way from Italy!

I love sending mail too! I love making and decorating envelopes and putting little, funny and sometimes trivial notes inside or long big essays of thoughts and happenings. It truly is a beautiful art, this letter writing!

I have just finished some new products for my jellygnite Etsy shop. A year or so ago I made my mum an 'Art Deco Ladies' note paper set, she commissioned me for a couple more for her friends and now I've finally nutted out a whole range.

It features gorgeous ladies from the 20th century in their varied, but always so stylish and glamourous fashions. There's 'Deco Retro', 'Wartime Retro', 'Rock n Roll Retro', 'Mod Retro' and 'Woodstock Retro'. I had considered including the 80s decade of fashion too .... but those fluro rah-rah skirts, leg warmers and big hair have left a permanant scar on my memory!

I'm looking forward to the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market (in TWO weeks!) where I can bring my 'Retro Ladies' note paper sets out and encourage others back into the love of letter writing!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

an apple for the teacher

I've just come back from a great BrisStyle Committee meet (they are such a fantastic bunch of super dedicated BrisStylers!) and am feeling really positive about all the 'good things' . And it's well and truly time for another blog post .... now that Christmas, summer holidays and 'back to school' are out of the way it may be time to get back to the blog ... even though life continues on in it's crazy, frantic fashion.

Today, the (very) lovely Helen from Ruby2GoGo gave me this gorgeous brooch for my birthday - 'an apple for the teacher'. Isn't it lovely? It's made of camphour laurel wood (mmm smells good!) by Sam from Jetta's Nest. I love these wooden brooches - I hope she has more for sale at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market!

Speaking of BiDM, it's the first of the year and it's in 3 short weeks! I'm quite excited making new little gift tags, 'Little Loxies' and eco- envelopes. I'll be in the same spot as last year; next to Little Chrissy. Yay!