Wednesday, December 31, 2008

old favourites

When I first found etsy Gaea was the shop that got me there. I had been researching clay beads while I was studying a TAFE and I found her work through a website called beads of clay, a site that is home to ceramic bead artists who are interested in

working together to promote artisan ceramic beads
. Here are just two of her lovely designs.

Ladybug Queen/Goddess Necklace

and Day of the Dead Queen ceramic heart necklace

Another seller I found very early on who has inspired me is fellow Adelaidian realisationcreations. Her combination of vintage beads and high quality gems has often left me breathless.
She also makes amazing treasuries and has been very helpful to me and I'm sure many other DUST team members.

Shown here are Lilimus - vintage resin, Balinese and sterling silver earrings and (a real favourite of mine) A River Runs Through It

Friday, December 19, 2008


I promised to keep you all updated on the dreadlocking progress and well, life has been moving so fast! But here are a few pictures. They are moving along nicely, partly because Morgan takes every opportunity to work on them or to get someone else to. I caught him the other day trying to roll a dread while driving!!! We have also moved onto a much smaller crochet hook, o.75 mm.

They are still very fuzzy on the top (zoom in on the photo's and you can see what I mean!) but we are getting there. He has also started adorning them with beads and other decorations.
I think they are coming along nicely...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New feature! (YAY)

I am going to start sharing some of the beautiful handmade things I find on the internet with you every Sunday, and what better way to start than with this stunning Sweet Dreams Fairy by silverapple?
Another seller from the Adelaide Hills, silverapple's work is even softer than you can imagine! All of the wool she works with come from her five sheep, Tim, Uggboot, Mabel, Fiona and Sun, or her angora goat, Gladys. She also uses her neighbours Alpaca wool from Lucy, Daffodil, Humphrey, Margie, Gilbert, Matilda, Arthur and Lewis.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

two new drums and a custom necklace

We went on an adventure today, all the way to Goolwa to buy a drum. Morgan ended up coming home with 2 cause they were just so beautiful. The shell of the Djembe on the left is imported from Africa, but the Ashiko on the right is hand-carved by Ben of pulse-studios. The quality of these drums is just amazing. And on the way home I got to drop off a custom order necklace. We discussed the design at the Artist Market on Sunday and it was lovely to get the finished piece to her within a week. Made me feel a bit like a pro.

Wow, did we get some weather yesterday! There were places in South Australia that got nearly 90mm of rain in the last week, we got about 28mm. Just wanted to share a few photos with you. This was the view down our street at 2pm (don't think we have ever had fog in the middle of the day before.)

And these beautiful patterns were made by the rain trickling down the branches of the giant gum in our front yard. Stunning huh?


Friday, December 12, 2008

Ok, just one more post!

A friend pointed this out to me on facebook and I just had to share it!

What a week!

So much has happened lately that I don't know where to start. So I will walk backwards, picking up my thoughts as I go.
Last night, as we were leaving the house to attend the launch of an online magazine called creative change makers it started raining, and so far it hasn't stopped. It seemed some how appropriate; a cleansing start for something truly special. When we arrived and I got to talking to some of the other guests I was blown away. Here were people from such varied walks of life all working towards the same thing; to do things better, make things better. I encourage you all to check out the site, I feel I can't fully explain how important it will be.
I have spent the week learning how to make elder flower cordial from Kira, thank you, this has been a wonderful expirence and it tastes beautiful!

Our beautiful cat Red has been missing since last tuesday morning. It has been a sad week for us, he was very special and I am very glad to have had these few years to get to know him.
I have finally got my pottery wheel working, it's still a bit stubborn (I have to use a lot of force to make the peddle move!) but I have just made my first cups in nearly a year!
I know there is more, congrats on your graduation Jack!, but I guess I can't remember.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Rain rain rain!

Wow was it stormy last night! We almost got blown away and rained out. But I still managed to make a few sales, cover stall fees and a bit extra. And of course the sky was clear when we were driving away ;)
I love doing markets more than anything else for the networking. I get to meet lots of other creators, see their work and get to talk to them about their creative process. It's something very special.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Market time

Hi all, can you tell I've been busy?
I am doing a couple of market stalls over the next few days. The first one being tonight! The Mt Barker Waldorf School is having their Christmas twilight market this evening from 3:30pm till 8pm.
The other market coming up is the Adelaide Hills Artist's market, from 10am till 4pm at the Hahndorf Academy on Sunday.
So come along and say hi!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Just a quick post to share my latest items for sale.
I have made some of my beads into Christmas decorations, I will be posting a few a day in my etsy shop and my DaWanda shop over the next few days but here is a sneak peak.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Latest project

Over the next few months I will be giving my partner-in-crime dreadlocks. And the best tool for this? A 1.25mm crochet hook! Big thanks to my friend Shane for teaching me this technique, he spent about 7 hours dreading Richie's hair at common ground. And man do his fingers move fast!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'm with the band :)

So, a few months ago I mentioned the band my partner-in-crime is in with a few friends. I have finally remembered I was suppose to post a link of them drumming (my bad).
They go by the name of Grasshopper and have a LOT of gigs during the Adelaide Fringe Festival, so look out for them! That or go hunting for them around Rundle Street on a Friday or possibly Saturday night, they often go busking but rarely all three of them.

This is their facebook group, where you can get info on who they are, what they do and where to find them next.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


This song is in my head all the time...

Friday, October 10, 2008

colour, colour, colour

So, I'm just a bit hooked on staying up late making palettes and patterns on Colourlovers.

common grounded

What a beautiful weekend! Just a short post to tell you about the treasury west I made on etsy as a tribute.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Roller Derby!

So, I realised I haven't given you all an update on the final bout for the year. It was great fun, these ladies are inspiring! And they have officially launched their website, so check it out!
The match started out tight, but the Salty Dolls took home the trophy, even after Mumma Bloks came down hard and had to sit out the last 10 mins. The match ended with Ms Sheen (Salty Dolls) and Barrelhouse Bessy (Mile Die Club) falling over hugging and starting a bit of a stacks-on. Cause even though this is a competitive sport, this is about support and empowerment.
And you can catch a doco about these ladies called 'Talk Derby to Me' (Skate Rattle and Roll) as part of the Feast Festival here in Adelaide and maybe even in your town sometime in the future as part of 'I Can See Queerly Now'. It will be screening at the Mercury Cinema on the 28th of November, and hopefully all over the world soon after!

Go teams!

I am feeling very loved right now. I have just posted a raku bowl for sale on etsy, reserved for Wiccked, another member of the DUSTteam. She has been so helpful and supportive. And I have had lots of wonderful feedback the etsymudteam, my other etsy team. There has also been some very funny conversation, the mud team forum is always fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

roller derby girl broke my heart!

Well, she might.
Just getting excited cause the final Adelaidies bout for the year is on this Sunday, 3pm at the showgrounds. Will I see you there?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Saving Stormboy Country - the treasury

Well, I have a treasury on etsy by this title so please check it out. Feel free to leave a comment if you wish but certainly check out all of the beautiful items, most of them are other Australian sellers from one of my street teams, the DUST team.
And music to my eyes, aka Wiccked from etsy was nice enough to blog about it too! Thank you :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Saving Stormboy Country

I don't get on the soap box often, but this is about my homeland so I will. The Coorong is a beautiful, unique region of the world that is dying. The cause is hard to pin down because I believe it is many different things, mostly an attitude of disrespect for the environment masked as 'progress'. The way to fix it is hard to swallow for many, as it means excepting that this river system has been mismanaged and can never be treated as it has been again.
I will leave it at that, and let the following links do the rest of the talking for me.
Some photo's of this beautiful region. A CSIRO report. The Save The Murray website. The problems of letting in the sea water. And another blog dedicated to this issue.

Lastly, this is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, an ode to this unique part of the world.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

just a small plug...

Just wanted to let you know about an amazing local company that makes natural, organic skincare products.
Roseneath Organics started 9 years ago as a bit of a hobby, but they have really grown over the last few years and are definitely worth checking out.
I swear by their head lice treatment. ONLY thing that works and makes your hair actually healthier!

Monday, September 15, 2008

waiting is so hard!!!

Last year I had one of the most beautiful experiences of my life at a lovely LITTLE festival here in our pretty Adelaide Hills called common ground. And I have been waiting ever since for the next one!!! What can be better than three days of lazy hanging out with 150 jugglers, fire twirlers, beautiful, alternative and hug-filled people? Yay, only 18 more sleeps!!!
(oh, and I will be selling my jewellery there)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

hold music....

I am a bit in love with Architecture in Helsinki, but my 9 year old daughter loves them even more. This is her favourite song, hold music. She has just worked out our stereo, so this cd is playing often in our house :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

here comes spring.... wheee!

Just a short post, too much sunshine, not enough picnics :)
Here is something sweet from TummyMountain that I think sums things up beautifully at the moment...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hannah went shopping!

It was my friend Tiina's birthday a while ago and I didn't get her a present. Terrible I know but I hadn't found the 'right' thing and our friendship seems to thrive on bad timing!
Well, I found that 'right' thing. Decorette is a lovely shop on DaWanda selling self-adhesive vinyl graphics created for people who want to easily transform the look of their room space in minutes.
I also got myself a little something! And, I got a lovely surprise when I got to the mailbox yesterday.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Playing dress-ups

Ok, I admit it. I am addicted to making treasuries on etsy.
Here are my 2 efforts from this week. I started hunting around for costumes and well...
all of etsy is a stage

etsy dress up box

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I'm with the band....

Yesterday the beautiful, loud, passionate family we refer to as 'the clan' rolled back into the hills. I got a call from them just a few hours ago and my heart is still singing. I could ramble for hours about how much they mean to me, but that isn't the point of this post.
The father in this family, Currawong, another mate Kahl and my partner-in-crime are in a band. 3 guys with lots of different drums who are amazing. (Yes, I am a bit biased, but they are great) Very soon I will be able to post a link to their first youTube posting. Watch this space, I've got a feeling they are going places...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I have been slack!

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back here!
I did receive my beautiful bracelet, it's so lovely, more beautiful in real life than it is in the photo. Eva from iheartebella is a great seller, she is fantastic at communicating with the buyer to keep them in touch.
In other news I am starting to set up a shop on DaWanda as well. I'm keen to see how well this works, DaWanda is unique as the site has an English, German and French version and aims to be a venue for all of Europe.

Monday, June 9, 2008

I only have one problem with etsy, I want to buy so many things. But this was one item I couldn't go past.
mysweetmuse 'Tiny Blossoms' Bracelet

iheartebella "is a jewellery collection by Brisbane/Canberra based designer, Eva Carter.

Eva is formally trained in fashion and textile Design, accessories design and also jewellery design."

I hope to get it in the mail tomorrow, I can't wait!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Me and etsy and my teams!

So, I have had a shop on etsy for a few months now. So far nothing has sold, but I have made some great connections through my two amazing teams that I have joined.
The etsy DUST team is the street team for Australia.
The etsymudteam is a team of clay workers spanning the globe.
Both have helped me so much in finding my feet on etsy, and helping me not get too distracted in the forums! :)
So this is just a big thankyou to you.

Friday, May 16, 2008

I have been beading since I was 8. Creating is something I just have to do. I live with my husband (who is a writer/artist/percussionist) and daughter in the Adelaide Hills and as you can imagine our days are filled with colour and mess and noise.

I have an etsy shop where I sell my handmade ceramic beaded jewellery. Quite a niche, eh? I am very new to it all, but I am slowly getting the hang of it all and can't wait to sell a piece of my jewellery through this new medium. Each piece is part of a large and long process. Its all rather intuitive, the beads tend to know what they want to be, and I've got to have the right atmosphere. Music makes all the difference.

So what you see is more art than jewellery and full of heart.
If you feel inspired to see my work my shop is