Saturday, December 31, 2011

Let's Go Shopping

Happy New Year!!  

Get your frock and bling sorted out with the help of our BrisStylers and dance the night away!!

Noogal Creations


Rock Ribbons

Kitty Boo Boo Design

Each To Own

To take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme, post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all the fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Crafty D.I.Y

Hoping that you all had a fabulous Christmas. 
Not long to go...and we will have a complete New Year in our lil' crafty hands...

Today in our D.I.Y love, let's share on the "organise me" subject.

*On a recycle/reuse theme, this gorgeous Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal,
from the very talented Design Sponge.

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Also,for some more cuteness...
This free owl make my own Calendar from 
My owl barn
*Super sweet designs donated by kind and clever designers
*Super Easy to make and print!
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In need of some organisation now?
Here is a clever daily pages (to print) from life's a journal.
What a great way to keep on track!
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Wishing you a great start 
fabulous New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Let's Go Shopping

It's never too late to get Christmas presents on Etsy.  Skip the queues and get something unique by buying from one of our BrisStyle members stores - open 24/7.

Ruby 2 GoGo


Little Chrissy

Brilliant Trees Collective

Jettas Nest

To take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme, post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all the fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Crafty D.I.Y

Ohhh Ohhh !
Only two sleeps to go!

Are you... 
wrapping gifts today?
baking some sweets?
Planning some decoration?

In need of some ideas...

Making some cute Scandinavian decoration with
How cute and perfect for all those unwanted cardboard boxes!
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Baking something like those...
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Candy cane Truffles from Hungry girls por vida delicious blog, YUM!!!!

Or perhaps?

Fluffing up some Napkins to make a pretty table...
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Clever and cute pompom idea from the

In any case...
Wishing you all a 
Happy and Safe Crafty Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Summer Holiday Bambino Bazaar course in Kenmore

Hi Bambino-preneurs and Bambino-buddies!

Bambino Bazaar has a brand new business course starting on Tue 3rd January for junior creative entrepreneurs! With so much positive feedback their previous courses, we would like help spread the word for them far and wide.

Please follow this LINK to go to the application form for January Kenmore course and complete a form to apply for a place in the course. This gives you some detailed information about the course and lets Kerryanne and her team know about each child's interests and skills. As there are limited places and the course is being offered free of charge and held in the Kenmore Library thanks to a partnership with Brisbane City Council, applications are necessary to ensure they have the most committed participants and a variety of craft mediums represented.

For more information about the course please visit:
If you missed Channel Seven's Great South East segment on Bambino Bazaar you can view it HER
Merry Christmas Kerryanne and all the Bambinos!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Merry Market Thank You!

Creative spirits soared last Friday night higher than the enormous Christmas Tree in King George square as the crowds swelled throughout the market stalls at it's base.

Many thanks to all who came out to make theirs a handmade Christmas and of course to all the shining marketeers for bringing it all to life with their amazing wares and welcoming smiles

Keep an eye on the BrisStyle facebook page when we release all the amazing images from both the Christmas Designers and Twilight Markets. There will also be some very exciting announcements coming through in the new year about how you can join in all the BrisStyle fun more closely. 

In the meantime get your new 2012 diaries out and mark to dates for next years events so we can all kick our handmade heels up together again in the new year.

To all who made Brisbane sparkle with creative goodness this year Thank You!

Faith makes all things possible,
Hope makes all things work,
Love makes all things beautiful, 
May you have all the three for this Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

2011 has been a huge year for BrisStyle! We have hosted markets, creative business information sessions and a number of other crafty events to help support independent artists/crafters in South East Queensland.  2012 is set to be an even bigger year as our membership base steadily grows and we continue to support the indie craft movement in Brisbane and beyond. If you would like to stay in the loop about all things BrisStyle in 2012 be sure to sign up to our e-newsletter in the menu bar on the right.

White Christmas Lavender Sachet Bird by edward & lilly
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and followers for their support in 2011! BrisStyle wouldn't be the group it has become without your continued support and love.  Also, a big thank-you to our supporters and all the gorgeous indie Shops who heartily embrace handmade and add that little bit of extra something to all of our events.

We wish all of our members, followers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a crafty and prosperous New Year! x

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shop Indie: Fabric Fusion

We always shriek with delight when we hear of a new handmade retail outlet opening in crafty Brisbane.  This week we were so thrilled to catch up with Sasha, owner of Fabric Fusion to discuss all things fabric, craft and handmade.

Tell us a little about your background and what path led you to open Fabric Fusion?

I have loved fabrics and creating for as long as I can remember, and when I did a ‘learn to quilt’ class in my early 20’s, the obsession was revived.  When Brad and I started our little family, I couldn’t make my career as a lawyer work with how we wanted to raise our kids, so I became a stay at home mum.  That led to lots of playing with fabric, starting an Etsy shop, buying fabrics in larger quantities, and the rest is history!  Fabric Fusion opened as an online fabric shop in September 2009, and we opened our shopfront retail store in North Queensland, in July 2010.  Since then a transfer has brought us (and all the fabrics and craftiness) to Brisbane, which we love J

Tell us what Fabric Fusion is all about?

I wanted to start a craft and handmade shop that didn’t feel like a shop – it should feel like you are coming to visit me in my craft room, can sit down, have a cuppa and a chat and stay as long as you like.  We aim to support Australian fabric designers and handmade artisans, and try to feature as much local product in store, both by way of supplies and handmade items, as possible.

Where did the name Fabric Fusion come from?

Brad and I tossed around names for weeks, but I kept coming back to Fabric Fusion.  It really feels like the right fit for our concept – fresh, interesting, different, a mix of old and new – not your average craft and handmade shop!

How does Fabric Fusion support independent artists and crafters and/or the handmade community?
From the start of our retail store journey, we have always had space in the shop for local artisans to display and sell their beautiful handmade items.  As a maker and designer myself, I know how difficult it can be to bring your product to your target market – we aim to provide an avenue for creators to bring their items to an audience of people who are passionate about handmade.  We have display space for rent, and also do wholesale orders with some fabulous handmade artisans around the country J
How can local designers and crafters get involved with Fabric Fusion?
In so many ways! 
We have display space for rent, to showcase local handmade artists.  This includes in-store and window front feature spaces.  We love to have a little written ‘blurb’ about the creator and their inspiration, to display with the items, to help buyers know the time and expertise that goes into each piece.
As relative newbies in town, we are also seeking anyone who would be interested in conducting classes and workshops in our little crafty space.  
You can sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, Sew Inspirational, at our website for regular updates.  Or just to chat with me about handmade in general, you can always call Sasha on 0431 178 678!
Does Fabric Fusion have any exciting upcoming events?
2012 is going to be a big year for us – in the pipeline are:
  •  ideas for workshops and classes;
  • we are starting a Crafty Mums Group, where Mums are welcome to bring along their kids for an organised activity while you get some crafting done (Wednesdays at 10.00am);
  • 'meet the artisans' in-store sessions, with local handmade creators;
  • and perhaps a Grand Opening in the New Year - any excuse for a glass of champagne.
What does a typical day at work involve for you?
With 2 young children, there is usually one little ‘helper’ at the shop with me!  We open at 9.30am, and between chatting and serving customers, displaying new items that arrive, and some more chatting, I create and fill orders for my own design label, Buster Boo, making fabric baby shoes and kids sun hats.  Cutting, ironing, sewing, labelling etc.  Some games of hide and seek and pushing trucks around in our back area with Mr 2, then back to work!  Close up at 5.00pm and go home to the usual family life!
How do you promote Fabric Fusion?
We have a Facebook page and a monthly e-newsletter that currenlty goes out to over 500 subscribers. We feature a handmade artisan in each newsletter, as well as what's new in store, upcoming classes etc.
We also do local and inter-suburb advertising, and are looking at local newspaper advertising.
What is your favourite item in the shop at the moment?
I just received a delivery of beautiful items from the lovely Rachel of Miss Isa. The paper flowers are my absolute favourite at the moment. Closely followed by the owl softie that my 4 year old daughter filled with fiber-fill today!
All images courtesy of Fabric Fusion
What’s in store for Fabric Fusion in 2011 and beyond?
Crafting world domination! No, seriously, we would like to consolidate our place as a niche market for beautiful crafting supplies, Australian fabric designers and handmade artisans, in Brisbane.  I want to meet as many local creators as possible - hearing people's stories and learning from them is such a rich opportunity.
I already have my eye on where the next outlet of Fabric Fusion will open up - hopefully in 2014!
Business-wise, the website will be expanded and freshened, to provide creators an online retail outlet for their items as well as the in-person retail store.
And a whole lot more fabric!
Fabric Fusion
19B Samford Road, Alderley, QLD, 4051
Tel: 3352 7997 or 0431 178 678

Monday, December 19, 2011

Etsy Christmas Craft Party

Last Thursday many Brisstyle members attended the Etsy Christmas Craft Party hosted at Piece Together in Wooloongabba. It was a fantastic night where everyone bought along a plate, teapot, mug or other ceramic find to decorate with Pebeo's range of porcelain markers. Whenever we get together the crafty ideas flow freely and some amazing designs were created. Here are some photos from the night.

Thank you to all who attended. A extra special THANKS to Tammy from Piece Together for hosting the party and to Kristeene from EtsyAU for creating this event.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Let's Go Shopping

Did you miss the BrisStyle Christmas Indie Twilight Market last night? Panicking like mad because you left the Christmas shopping till the last minute?  Here's a few treats to save the day.


Raw Ceramics

SM Boutique

Marcello Neckwear

Bettsy Kingston

To take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme, post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all the fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Crafty D.I.Y

Is cooking/baking in your mind by now?
A sweet way to finish the year is to make some little edible gifts
to treat family and friends...
So Today, lets look at some delicious inspiration on the D.I.Y side!
First these Hot cocoa Krispies Reindeer from cute as a fox blog are just too cute !
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Now something cute and "chocolaty" with their own gorgeous labels :)
Easy Oreo Truffle Recipe + Printable label and recipe card from the Tomkat Studio 
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Or perhaps...
Some Toffee Blondies in a pretty jar from Baked Bree?
You can choose to bake or let someone else do it,with their pretty recipe cards.
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You might be a little hungry by now? :)
Happy baking, printing and sharing!

Pssssst:Wishing you a lovely time, if you come and visit
 our very last Market of the year tonight!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market: FRIDAY!

Are you shopping 'handmade' this Christmas? Then come along to the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market this Friday night and start stuffing those Santa sacks with special treats handmade with love!

With over 80 stalls featuring the work of emerging and established local artisans there will be something for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. If your in for a marathon night of shopping you will be happy to know that the folk from Black Star Cold Pressed Coffee will be onsite serving their delicious chilled coffee to get you through the night!

The sounds of Brisbane's best jazz musicians will provide the perfect festive soundtrack to a Christmas shopping night like you've never experienced! The Big Band Swing & Jazz will be playing from 6pm with a host of Brisbane's best musicians also performing throughout the night including the fantabulous Barb Fordham, BSB Swing and Annie Lee (of The Kransky Sisters).

So support the local Queensland community and shop ethically this Christmas at Brisbane's HOTtest destination for everything handmade under the stars.

BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market
Friday, 16th December
5.00pm - 9.00pm
King George Square, Brisbane City
The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market is proudly supported by peppermint and the Brisbane City Council. We thank them for their continued support during 2011!