Wednesday, March 31, 2010

mum who makes :: Here We Go Loopy Lou

mum who makes :: Here We Go Loopy Lou

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Melinda and I live in Melbourne. I am Mum to two little boys aged 4 and 2, and I have another baby due in April! I am also a social worker. Like all Mums, my days are jam packed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way right now!

Can you explain your craft/art and the materials you like to use?
I make and sell fabric greeting cards. I would say that I have a slight addiction to fabric! I am always amazed at all the wonderful designs, patterns and colours available and the endless possibilities fabric creates. I love how a beautiful fabric can transform a greeting card into something so unique and worthy of being a keepsake.

How long have you been creating and how did you get into making handmade goodies?
I have enjoyed creating things since I was a child. Here We Go Loopy Lou started about one year ago after I became frustrated trying to find Birthday Cards for little ones that weren’t mass produced or covered in licensed products. I decided to experiment with some of the beautiful fabrics I had in my stash, and my business has just grown from there. I am always inspired and motivated by the encouraging comments I receive from my wonderful family, friends and customers. I love introducing new designs into the store and I still get excited by every single sale!

How do you juggle motherhood & crafting/managing your business?

Some days are better than others!! I adore spending time with my boys – going to the park, the Zoo, the library, playgroup, etc. However, Here We Go Loopy Lou is my “me” time. It is my creative outlet, my time to engage my passion for designing and creating. That being said, the business is mostly fitted in around the kids, naps and kindy runs. I probably do most of my work at night when the house is quiet! This is working well for now, but I would love to grow the business to a point where I need dedicated business days! We all need goals!

Do you have any advice to other Mothers who are wanting to start creating handmade goodies?
Never think you cannot do it because you can. Find something that you love doing and pursue it. I think it is great for Mums to have a passion that is all their own. We all need our “me” time. You can start small and build from there. You don’t need to build a creative empire overnight. Made It is a great place to sell online. There is so much work going into promoting the site and therefore your own handmade goods. There is a really fabulous online supportive community through the forums. Just do it, you won’t look back!

Monday, March 29, 2010

new seller quick five :: Sarah's House

New seller :: Sarah's House

How did you find out about madeit?
I was thinking about selling online for a while, and I found made it purely by chance whilst surfing the net! I really loved the idea of an Australian site selling handmade I excitedly opened my store.

Explain your style.
For me this is a tough question because I have only recently discovered craft as an outlet for my creative side (that I never knew existed until last age 38..argh) I have always had eclectic taste in homewares and I love lots of colour in my house. I also believe that recycling/upcycling is an important part of current day life. SO, I would say that my style is colourful, eclectic and eco conscious.

What makes you happy?
My "morning cuddle" from my little 5 year old makes me happy and gives me a warm feeling to carry me through the day. I also must say that colour in my surroundings makes me happy...

What makes you sad?
I am saddened by others distress or unhappiness and by wastefulness.

What cant you live without?
I cannot live without coffee, colour, cuddles or almost obsessive visit to the local op shops!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Perth Market this Sunday!

Perth Upmarket is Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 100 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. The market showcases high quality wares such as handcrafted clothing, jewellery, skin care products, handbags, wall and paper art, wood products, toys, cupcakes plus lots more. Parking and entry are free and the venue is easily accessible.

Next Market:
When: Sunday 28th March 2010
Where: University of Western Australia
Time: 10am-4pm
Entry: Free
Future Market Dates: Sunday 27th June, Sunday 12th September and Sunday 28th November.
This event proudly supports the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Visit website

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Canberra market this Sunday!

Next Market:
When: Sunday 28th March 2010
Where: Kamberra Wine Company
Time: 10am-4pm
Entry: Free, Parking Free
Future Market Dates: Saturday 5th June, Saturday 11 September, Saturday 4th December

Handmade - Canberra's quarterly Upmarket brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all at one destination. It is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the quality, handcrafted and locally designed.

Established in 2008, Handmade market has quickly established itself as Canberra's Premier Quarterly market for handcrafted wares. Due its popularity, in 2010 Handmade will move from the Yarralumla Woolshed to the beautiful Kamberra Wine Company.

The new venue offers more room for customers as well as easy access and free parking.

Handmade is also about to launch the fabulous Shop Handmade, A place to browse beautiful handmade goods. Our gorgeous shop will be full of Handmade designs. Shop Handmade will open on Friday April 16 2010. Shop Handmade is an extension of the very popular Handmade Market established in 2008.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

mum who makes :: apooki

Mum who makes :: apooki

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Ange and I can be found in the Northern part of Tassie in a town called Launceston. My days are spent juggling my day job (in Printer Consumables) my night job (my craft) and my full time job (mum to my beautiful 10 month old son Oscar). I have 3 great loves in life (apart from friends and family) CUPCAKES, CRAFT & CURRIES!

Can you explain your craft/art and the materials you like to use?
I make all kinds of fabric covered button goodness, from earrings to hairslides. I’ve just started venturing into the world of appliqu├ęd onesies, and have many other crafty project ideas swirling around in my head. I love fabric, I called fold and re-arrange and gaze at my fabric adoringly all day long.

How long have you been creating and how did you get into making handmade goodies?
I have been creating on and off for over 7 years now, starting with beaded jewellery. I had a break for a few years and only really got back into it last year. Apooki was born last year just after I had my baby, I was on maternity leave and things were going swimmingly, I had such a good little sleeper that I found myself with all this time on my hands while he slept, so I started making fabric button earrings, and I haven’t looked back since.

How do you juggle motherhood & crafting/managing your business?
I’m slowly getting into the groove of juggling crafting and parenting, I also work part time as well so it’s a matter of getting as much done on my days off and after Oscars gone to bed. I have an extremely supportive husband which helps greatly, he’s even been known to make a fabric covered button or two!! The key for me is organisation, and to make time for all the important things in life, weekends are family time for us, so most of my craft work is done in the evenings, which means late nights. I have a goal, which is to eventually quit my day job and make a living from my craft business, having that goal at the back of mind constantly, makes all of the late nights worth it.

Do you have any advice to other Mothers who are wanting to start creating handmade goodies?
Nike says it best – JUST DO IT!! No seriously get out there and give it a go, I have made some great friends through crafting and have found so much support from the other MadeIt sellers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New seller quick five :: Bedros Designs

New seller :: Bedros Designs

How did you find about madeit?

Through my good friend Ebony (Off The Peg). We both share a love for creating beautiful handmade products and wanted a way to share our creations with other handmade lovers and the world. Madeit is just the perfect place for that.

Explain your style?
I would describe my style as Vintage Chic, accessories that would not be outdated by fashion trends. I am mostly inspired by the materials I source and I try not to limit my creativity as I am always keen to explore new things.

What makes you happy?
The freedom to create beautiful hand made products for my customers and when I make a sale on Madeit....Oh and how can I forget coffee 1st thing in the morning.

What makes you sad?
Loosing my dog Benji last year on Boxing day and human trafficking, especially of young children.

What can't you live without?
My beautiful family and their encouragement, my Bamboo Pen Tablet (cannot do my computer graphics without it)....oh and did I mention coffee?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Websites we ♥ :: Handmade Cooperative

Tell us a little bit about your website?
Our Handmade Cooperative blog is all about promoting strictly Australian handmade items for kids to as many people as possible. We have two blog posts per week: i) a themed shopping guide where we showcase 10 items, and ii) either a Clever Crafter interview and giveaway, or “The Sensational Six” which promotes kids items around a common theme from crafters not necessarily within the Coop.

When/why did you open your website?
Our blog is almost one month old and already we have close to 400 fans on Facebook and almost 100 followers to our blog. We started our blog because we were disappointed in the outrageous advertising rates large corporate style guides were charging work at home mums and other small businesses – we certainly could not afford these rates and knew that a lot of other people were in the same boat. The blog was born because we wanted to provide crafters with a cooperative environment where people could contribute to blog posts and could have their logos and links permanently on the website and be “Members”. In return we ask that they promote the blog posts to all of their own business’s customers, fans and followers. We believe “word of mouth” and a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” approach are powerful tools.

What is the favourite part about running your website?
Getting a sneak peek at all of the fantastic kids items created by our clever crafters before they get uploaded to the shopping guides, and conversing with such a great team of people. We also love meeting lots of lovely crafters and building a strong and supportive network of like minded people.

Why do you love handmade so much?
We love the passion behind what people make. You will find that most handmade products are made by women (wives and mums) who use crafting as their personal release. They do it for themselves because it makes them happy and it gives them a sense of satisfaction and personal worth. The best thing though is that customers can share in this passion by purchasing and enjoying the wonderful items created.

Name 5 reasons why your visitors keep coming back to your website?
Team-work, word-of-mouth, quality products, supportive environment, promotional opportunities

Visit for your daily dose of Australian Handmade Kids wear and goodies!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Vote for madeit seller Susannah Tucker's polaroid!

Lovely madeit seller Susannah Tucker from Susannah Tucker Photography has been chosen to be a part of the The Best
Polaroid Photo Competition
by Blur Magazine.

To vote simply click here and give Susannah's polaroid a score
out of 10...

You will find Susannah butterfly photo "She Wore Butterflies in
her Hair" on the 4th row, last on the right.

To see more of Susannah work visit her madeit store here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

mum who makes :: michvanetta

Mum who makes :: michvanetta

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Michelle or Mich for short. I'm a stay at home mum to two gorgeous little girls aged 6 and 3. I have a wonderful and supportive husband. We live in a beautiful outer suburb of Melbourne that has an artistic and creative community. It's filled with native Australian wildlife and a short distance to the city which is perfect for our little growing family.

Can you explain your craft/art and the materials you like to use?
I love taking beads and metals and transforming them into wearable pieces and other such pretties. I find great pleasure in seeking out rare and different beads, from vintage to the more organic feel of natural gems for my jewellery. You will see me using alot of Sterling Silver and Vintaj Natural Brass, I especially love to use different metals in the same piece.

How long have you been creating and how did you get into making handmade goodies?
My sisters and I have been creating for as long as I can remember. My mum, her sisters and my grandmother were/are all very crafty too. When my first daughter was born I began a collection of beautiful beads, jewellery making evolved in that time. Soon after I discovered online selling venues, which I found a great way to converse and show my creations whilst sitting in my pj's looking after our little one.

How do you juggle motherhood & crafting/managing your business?
I create at night whilst my girls are in bed and I now have an iphone which is fabulous for checking orders, emails etc at those times in between doing other things outside the house. I'm thrilled that I have girls who love to create and do puzzles, so if I ever need a bit of extra time to put orders together they'll be creating at the same table with me or doing a big puzzle.

Do you have any advice to other Mothers who are wanting to start creating handmade goodies?
There's alot of us mums out there doing it and we're very supportive of one another, find a great (online) group or team of crafters for support and a laugh. Have fun and enjoyment in what you create. Go for it!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St Patricks Day!!

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Visit for more handmade goodies

Monday, March 15, 2010

new seller quick five :: SmallTown

New seller :: SmallTown

How did you find about madeit?

I stumbled across madeit in my quest for colourful clothes for my little ones. This discovery, plus an encouraging nudge from my friend Bec (LittleShopOf) has inspired me to start creating colourful clothes for little ones.

Explain your style?
Playful, eclectic and global. My family is a melting pot of different nationalities so I draw inspiration from different cultures.

What makes you happy?
Collaborating with my gorgeous husband to create Small Town, motherhood, sunny park days, and creating fabulous feasts.

What makes you sad?
Bullies, wastefulness.

What can't you live without?
My camera for capturing all those extraordinary little moments of everyday beauty.

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