Monday, October 31, 2011

ShadeOfABonsaiTree Xmas Gift Guide - THANK YOU gifts

Guest Blogger - ShadeOfABonsaiTree

Christmas is the perfect time to say THANK YOU to the fabulous people who have helped throughout the year - teachers, cleaners, babysitters, gardeners, co-workers, neighbours.

I've chosen some gorgeous handmade products which would make a perfect little gift!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

hark home Xmas Gift Guide :: Blue & Green - be seen!

Guest Blogger - hark home

The theme I've chosen is 'Blue & Green - be seen!'. I never quite understood the idea that 'blue & green should never be seen' - they are my two favourite colours and I think they are both calming colours and complement each other nicely.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Seller who Blogs :: prettyandprint

Seller who Blogs :: prettyandprint
Blog ::
Tell us a bit about yourself and what do you sell on madeit?
I am a graphic designer of more than 15 years and mum of 3 little ones, 7, 5 and 8 months. I have freelanced and worked from home for most of the past 7 years but after baby number 3 I decided that rather than continue designing for corporate and commercial clients (sometimes you don't get the chance to design the prettiest things;). I wanted to venture somewhere a little more pretty and fun. I have loved stationery and paper since I was a little girl and have always been passionate about it. So I have made the move to design my own range of DIY boutique party printables, stationery and invitations.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I starting blogging about 2 years ago as a way to showcase and chat about my design work to current and potential clients. However, Pretty and Print is a new blog that is specifically about pretty and fun stuff, parties, kids and gorgeous paper things.

Do you have any advice for other sellers who are thinking of starting a blog?
I always try to blog about what I love and am passionate about whilst including a touch of my personal and home life. I think people feel more connected when they hear about your daily life, your ups and downs, the crazy and fun things that go on always make interesting reads. Of course, any new designs and printables go up there too.

What are some of your favourite blogs and why?
I browse so many blogs through facebook links etc, I tend to go through phases where I am obsessed with specific ones for a while but I am really slack at actually following them long term.
However, one that I always end up going back to is Bloesem Kids.

When you aren't blogging or making what do you like to do?
Well, with 3 under seven there isn't a lot (if any) extra time left over after pretty and print. But I do try and make myself take a break at least once a week in the evenings so my husband and I can actually have a good conversation without my head in my laptop. But if you don't find me with laptop in hand it is probably my camera instead, harassing my kids to look at me and smile.
A glass of red, chocolate and a good movie always go down a treat too;)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mrs Monkei Xmas Gift Guide :: Christmas Baking

Guest Blogger - mrsmonkei

I love to bake cupcakes, yo-yos and other sweet treats and give them to friends, family and co-workers. This goes double for Christmas time, when I tend to go a little crazy making truffles, mini puds and other such things to give away in pretty boxes.
(Santa likes lemon curd filled cupcakes, right? I figure he'll appreciate the change!!)

You can bet I'll be pointing Mr to madeit for my presents, there are so many beautiful gifts to find!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

craftumi quick five :: denimdays

craftumi quick five :: denimdays

Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Tracey, I am 41, married with one lovely teenage daughter (I put all my eggs in one basket there, hopefully she will supply me with lots of grand children) I grew up in a handmade household, Mum and all her friends were always into some sort of craft, it was such a thrill for me to be included and make something myself. I am so lucky to be working, doing what I love. I also work in a cute toy store, a scrapbooking shop and my husband and I have a little shop in an antique centre.

How did you find about craftumi?
I have been a fan of Made it for a long time, I also have a Madeit shop I was very excited at the launch of Craftumi, and finally I have opened my own Craftumi store

What do you sell on craftumi?
I have just bought myself a lovely ‘Big Shot’ die cutting machine. I am having lots of fun making cute embellishments, too many for me to ever use, so I thought I would share. My range of paper cuts will grow as my collection of dies expands (as quickly as my wallet allows!) I also sell some great jewellery findings and cabochons. I search far and wide to find the best value and quality and use everything I sell in my own products. I am also constantly reorganising my craft room (to make more fit in!) so will quite often have some destash items at ridiculously cheap prices.

What is your favourite craft activity?
I love new ideas, so my favourite craft activity is forever changing, but if I had to pick one I would choose card making as for me that includes stamping, die cutting and colouring with copics which are all lots of fun.

What would be your perfect day?
Sleeping in!!! Then waking to a nice cooked brunch, bacon, eggs, tomato, mushrooms, coffee…. Yum! pottering around the house and garden, a spot of shopping in my favourite shops, then an evening of crafting…sigh, if only every day could be Sunday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ruby & Lo Xmas Gift Guide :: Deer Finds

Guest Blogger - Ruby & Lo

As a child, the first thing I would do on Christmas morning (apart from open presents!) was go and see if Santa and his Reindeer had enjoyed their snacks of milk, cookies, carrots and apples that I'd left out for them the night before. I would fantasize about Prancer, Dancer, Donner and Blitzen parked outside in my backyard, and Rudolph, Dasher, Vixen, Commet and Cupid taking Santa and the sleigh from house to house.

My love of deer has followed me into adulthood, and into the creative minds of many madeit sellers!

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