Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Perth Upmarket this Sunday!

Perth Upmarket is Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 150 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. Incorporating a dedicated Junior Upmarket and Gourmet section.

When: Sunday 2nd October 2011
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall, Stirling Hwy Crawley
Parking and entry are free and the venue is easily accessible.Two ATMs onsite.

Click here to check out the Perth Upmarket experience.
For more information visit


Below: madeit sellers who will be selling at Perth Upmarket this weekend. Click on the items to view their madeit store.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Our blog will be offline this week

Our blog will be offline this week as our lovely sister-law Shanean passed away from cancer on the weekend. Shanean was the loveliest person we had meet and we will sadly miss her and she will be forever in our hearts.

Love Bec, Jayc & Tian

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Magazines we love :: tickle the imagination

Tell us a little bit about your magazine?

tickle the imagination is a new online magazine celebrating the handmade and creative industry in Australia. Released quarterly, it aims to inspire creativity - showcasing talented artists, crafters and designers, discovering emerging talent and sharing real-life stories and diy projects. Each issue will be the collaborative work of many gorgeous, creative people!

Our first issue was released on the 1st of Sep, and we have had an overwhelmingly positive response! If you would like to take a look, you'll find it here, better yet if you subscribe (it's free!) you'll be notified each time a new issue is released!

We are currently working on our special 'a handmade Christmas' issue due to be released Nov 1, and our summer issue, to be released Dec 1!

When/Why did you start your magazine?

Creating a magazine is something I have always dreamed of, and back in May this year the concept for 'tickle the imagination' popped into my head! It brings all of my favourite things together into one magazine...gorgeous handmade creations, beautifully styled photo shoots, stories of talented creatives, details of upcoming handmade markets and workshops and practical business tips.

What is the favourite part about running your magazine?
Experiencing the generosity and passion of people in the handmade and creative community.

Why do you love handmade so much?

Growing up my parents were both really creative, so my love of handmade was nurtured from a very young age. The act of creating something with my own hands makes me smile and brings with it a sense of achievement.

Name 5 feelings that your customers will feel after they finish reading your magazine.

inspired, creative, motivated, desire, joyful

Check out the tickle the imagination website


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Market we Love :: The Wollongong Art & Design Market

Tell us a little bit about your market?
The Wollongong Art & Design Market is unlike any other in Wollongong as it provides both emerging and established independent Australian artists and designers an opportunity to showcase and sell their handmade work in the Illawarra at a professional yet fun market. The next market is on Sunday 18th September 2011 at Pioneer Hall (84 Church St Wollongong - on MacCabe Park) from 11am - 4pm. We will also be holding another market on Sunday 27th November 2011.

When/why did you start your market?
We started this market in December last year - just before Christmas as a special event. We both were frustrated with the lack of options for us - and other creative people - to sell our handmade work locally. We also felt that Wollongong deserved a lovely event that promoted the talents of Australian designers. We suspected there would be a lot of people in the Illawarra who would be keen to attend and support the event - and so far we have been right!

What is the favourite part about running your market?
Meeting so many wonderful people. The handmade community is really a special thing to be a part of and we always get a warm feeling inside from the support and enthusiasm offered by the makers and our customers.

Why do you love handmade?
We love handmade so much because it has a soul, it has heart and it always has a story behind it. We love that handmade pieces have quirks, sometimes resulting from happy accidents and will often be a one-off thing. It's all about individuality and supporting creativity.

Name 5 reason why your visitors should attend your market?
Inspiration, fun, individuality, gifts, community

Next market: Sunday 18th September
Visit for more details.

Monday, September 12, 2011

madeit new seller quick five :: Sugarbird

madeit new seller quick five :: Sugarbird

How did you find about madeit?
I find an advert for madeit in the back of a magazine. I cut the ad out to look at later and then lost it for 3 months. It was rediscovered in my huge yearly clean up.

Explain your style
Swirly and decorative with a touch of whimsy.

What makes you happy?
A clean house and a happy and healthy family. Time to sit on the lounge and draw. A phone call from my Mum and Dad.

What makes you sad?
Rude people, paying bills and when my kids are upset

What can't you live without?
Coffee, chocolate and a hug from my husband.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

craftumi seller quick five :: created designs by rina

craftumi seller quick five :: created designs by rina

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Rina, I live on the Central Coast in NSW, I have a supportive husband, and have three children, the greatest gift of all, and about to be a first time grandma. I am so so so excited.
I have loved craft, and anything to do with it, since a young age. Each year I exhibit in our local craft fair, which I have been doing now for many years.

How did you find about craftumi?
I heard about your site on your big sister site, madeit and I also sell things on and I am totally addicted to both sites. The first thing i do is log onto both sites, after making a coffee every morning. I thankyou for allowing me to be part of this.

What do you sell on craftumi?
I sell lots of different things on craftium - buttons, vintage buttons, books, stamps, charms, and more. I am only new at this and am always finding things to list on craftium.

What is your favourite craft activity?
I have many favourite craft activities, collecting buttons, making cards, jewellery, and i also love to paint.

What would be your perfect day?
My perfect day would be not having to go to work, going to handmade markets, country fairs and spend many hours browsing the op shops, this is also one of the relaxing things i like to do. It is amazing, the things you find in these places.

Monday, September 5, 2011

madeit new seller quick five :: Red Elephant Creative


madeit new seller quick five :: Red Elephant

How did you find about madeit?

Initially I came across madeit by accident many years ago when I was dreaming of turning my creative urge into something everyone can enjoy. A very special friend (and former shop owner) further supported madeit in advice to turning the dream into reality.

Explain your style
A little bit kooky, a little bit fun.
Colourful paper art. Designs to make you smile.

What makes you happy?
The sound of my little boy laughing, sunshine and of course sitting in my studio making designs ... that make me smile ;)

What makes you sad?
Sad clips about children on the news.

What can't you live without?
My family & friends, my daily grind (coffee) and at the moment ....chocolate (I am 8 months pregnant)!

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