Wednesday, December 14, 2011

small city stitches

Tiny stitches on black 

I've been making more teeny tiny stitches this week, white on black for new pendants. They'll be available this Friday night at the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market in King George Square from 5-9pm and then in my shop.

 New embroidered pendants will be at the BrisStyle market in King George Square on Friday night 

I'm thinking about adding some more colours to the mix, maybe red, navy blue or an olive green, what do you think?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

my creative space

New pendants for the GoMA market on Saturday

Working on some new pendants for the Gallery Store Designers Market at GoMA this Saturday, would love to see you there if you can make it along. It's from 9am-4pm at the forecourt out the front of the gallery store :)

For more spaces or to show off your own head here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

gettin' crafty: more fun diy projects

Everything you need to know about using bleach pens to design your own fabric or to pretty up already existing linen, clothing, anything.

I'm totally in love with the pants bowl, just waiting around for my pants to get holes in them so I can whip up some of these!

The DIY Globe Garland from Poppytalk has made it to my little Brown Owls Project Options list over at Pinterest as the perfect paper craft project.

Hopefully we can get someone fabulous to run a Brown Owls screen printing craft along project for 2012 but if not there's always this fab tutorial to fall back on.

And a shower cap to pop on over all those super delicious Summer salads? Yes please! Check out Allyson Hill's eco travel lid, they'd make perfect stocking stuffers too.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

jillian tamaki: penguin threads

Classic stories illustrated with colourful stitches,

what a dream to illustrate such beautiful tales with needle and thread.

Jillian Tamaki for the new Penguin threads series, what more could a girl want :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

5 crafty diy projects for summer

I'm really looking forward to the Christmas break when (fingers and toes) I will have a little time to do the type of crafting that's just for me, oh and preparing the type of crafting that's just for 2012 Brisbane Brown Owls ;)

I'm planning on spending a lot of time with the ocean over my break so Resurrection Fern's little urchin crochet covered sea stone tutorial for The Purl Bee above is perfect beach crafting :)

The cutest softie-making project: Jodie's turtles on whipup, they're so sweet and look so easy (and earth-friendly if you make them with eco felt!!)

Got a hula hoop? And some old t-shirts? My little and somewhat bare unit could definitely do with one of these hula hoop rugs but could I do without my hula hoop while making it?

Sweetest paper craft project for origami lovers, I'd opt for some colourful old magazines or junk mail making these Japanese Kusudama flowers.

And for some Summer fun I love these jersey knit bracelets by V and Co. I imagine you could whip up some pretty cool ones with old t-shirts too.

That's five crafty projects I love and if you're on Pinterest or Twitter you can watch my little list grow. Check out the Brown Owls Project Options Pinterest Board or follow me on Twitter.

Got a favourite crafty diy? Leave me a comment, I'd love to check it out :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

my creative space

Tagging and packing for the Reverse Garbage Christmas exhibition

Lots of tagging and packing going on this morning for the Reverse Garbage Christmas exhibition. Looking forward to doing some serious  Christmas shopping at this one!

See you there?

For more spaces or to show off your own head here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

my creative space

vintage fabric tissue holders for @BrisStyle eco market on Saturday 
new :: limited edition vintage fabric tissue holders will be at BiECO

I've been gearing up for my next market this Saturday, the BrisStyle indie Eco Market. This is by far my most favourite BrisStyle market, there's always loads of eco inspired shopping to be done as well as a tonne of vintage finds on offer (in particular I'm looking froward to Sam's vintage fabric de-stash!).

 Fun with vintage fabric 
 tempted to keep one of these cuties for myself

There's lots of crafty stuff to do there too including a Rags to Roses eco workshop with Steph, eco origami with Gill and a cactus pin cushion workshop with Teneale.
Working on some owly signage for the @brisstyle market on Saturday, hoot! 
working on some signage for the Brown Owls marquee
And we'll be having a Brown Owls meet up there! We'll have two marquees dedicated to a crochet circle with Kate (learn crochet and check out her hand dyed yarn) and an interactive knitting installation with Chrys (check the program here). Plus Sam and I will be on hand to help out with anything else crafty. Anyone can pop in and craft away the day with us :)

BrisStyle indie Eco Market and Brown Owls meet up
This Saturday 12 November, 9am-2pm
St Augustine's Church Hall and Grounds
Racecourse Road

If you can't make it or you're too far away you can live through it vicariously on my twitter feed ;)

For more creative spaces or to join in the fun head here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

brisbane handmade pre-christmas markets

Just in case you missed my newsletter tonight there are four fabulous markets left for the year I will be participating in. Pop by, say hi and get in early for some local handmade Christmas shopping.

BrisStyle Indie Eco Market
Saturday 12 November, 9 am-2 pm
St Augustine's Church, Racecourse Road, Hamilton
This market will be loads of fun, there'll be crafty things to buy and crafty things to make! I'll have some new stock in the co-op and will also be hanging out with the fabulous Brisbane Brown Owls group. Pop by, say hi and craft along with us!

Gallery of Modern Art Christmas Designers Market
Saturday 26 November, 9am-4pm
Gallery of Modern Art forecourt, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane
The GoMA market is always full of stunning handmade wares and this one will be no exception. Held on the same day as GoMA's 5th birthday celebrations, it's set to be a fun-filled day for all!
BrisStyle Indie Designers Market
Saturday 10 December, 9am-2pm
St Augustine's Church Hall and Grounds, Racecourse Road, Hamilton
BrisStyle's last market at Hamilton for the year is set to be a glorious one. I rarely go home from a BrisStyle market empty-handed, there's so many talented local crafters who embrace everything I love about handmade.

BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market
Friday 16 December, 5-9 pm
King George Square, Brisbane City
The Christmas Twilight Market will be bigger and better than ever with loads of local stallholders and fantastic entertainment.

My little stall at the @BrisStyle indie mother & child market today :)

See you there!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


 hand-embroidered brooches

Just re-stocked some sweet stuff at Cultiver in Ipswich.

 embroidered zipper pouches

embroidered tissue holders

red christmas birds - lavender scented

I don't really do wholesale anymore as my priorities have shifted slightly over the last year to focus more on this fabulous organisation and this sweet group so my time working on my own practice is a little more limited.

Having said that I couldn't resist taking up the opportunity to stock with Cultiver. I love Bec and Kyla's ethos and the crafty community they have developed in Ipswich so it was a nice fit for where I'm at with my own priorities of supporting handmade.

Not only a fabulous outlet for handmade, Cultiver also hosts a really exciting program of workshops, 'Craft your own Christmas' as well as regular demos and events. It's becoming quite the hub for the creative community of Ipswich and beyond.

Well done Kyla and Bec, I'm full of warm fuzzy feelings after sending these goodies your way ;)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

my creative space

Lots of late night sewing this week...

And the notes I write myself to keep on track

For more creative spaces (and ones that are far prettier than mine this week) head here.

Monday, October 31, 2011

to market to market

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my little stall at the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market on Friday night and what a busy little night it was! 
If you missed out on Friday night you can find a selection of my wares this weekend on the blue caravan stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane.

Really looking forward to popping over and checking out the full line up at Finders Keepers after Jess' BrisStyle social networking session. See you there?

Friday, October 28, 2011

new hand-embroidered brooches


New brooches will be available at the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market tonight from 5-9pm at King George Square, Brisbane CBD.
To see the work in progress of these little pretties check out the original sketches in this post and the embroidery in this post.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

a bit about where paths lead

Continuation of the tiny stitches

Some people are really good at gettin' personal on their blog, me not so much. Last year was one of my most life-changing years to date but from the outside looking in you might not know it. Fortunately I put enough good energy out into the universe which led me to the one I like to call 'the most beautiful person in the world' aka country boy. That means that I get to run away to a little tree house every once in a while and stare at this.

good morning

It also means I'm more settled and more inspired to create tiny stitches about my city/country life like these.

I feel a bit like Jerry Seinfeld in that way, there's ups and downs and lots of funny bits along the way but by the end of the episode everything balances out (as opposed to George who always ends up a little worse for wear).

If you want to see what the tiny stitches end up as in person pop along to the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market on Friday night, details here. If you're not in Brisbane you can watch the process on facebook, twitter, flickr or instagram (look for edwardandlilly) over the next few days.

And to check out more creative spaces head over here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

talkin' bout online communities in indie craft

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) I'll be talking at this awesome event about online communities in indie craft, in particular about the largest online indie craft community in Qld, BrisStyle. So, if you're creative and you want to come along and network in real time head here:

:: Creative Spotlight Event - 26th October ::
Location: Sherwood Neighborhood Centre – 38 Thallon Street, Sherwood
Date: Wed 26th October 2011
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

You'll need to register here.

If you're not in Brisbane you can watch it via the webcast here.

See you there!

Friday, October 21, 2011

eco toy stuffing

"I'm full of corn!" shouts puppy.

I did a little research recently on eco toy stuffing and thought I'd pass on a couple of posts I found. I'm using corn stuffing at the moment which if you check out this excellent post you'll find out that it's 100% corn derived, has very low flammability and is non-allergenic (yay!! screams my inner hayfever/asthma/eczema self - although since I gave up dairy that's no longer an issue but it sure is nice to use a product that I know won't aggravate allergies in little ones).

Here's two excellent posts to ponder if you're thinking of giving up that petroleum-based plastic polyfil:

Oh My Green :: Eco-friendly toy stuffing
Funky Friends Factory :: Toy stuffing

And if you're using an eco toy stuffing or have some stuffing tips leave a comment, would love to know your thoughts!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

my creative space

teeny tiny stitches, originally uploaded by edwardandlilly.

Stitching into the wee hours of the night in preparation for 6 pre-Christmas markets.

Check out more spaces or show off your own here.