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My Favourite Handmade… a look at the goodies that landed in my shopping cart

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night light bySAGEdesign

little girl night light bySAGEdesign

I’ve been fortunate enough to have acquired some very fine handmade items in recent weeks, and so I thought I’d share a look at some of my absolute favourites.

You might remember I featured Kylie Findlay the artist responsible for the gorgeous offerings at bySAGEdesign here on the blog in May and you can see above the nightlight I bought featuring her beautiful design of a little girl at play. Each side of the nightlight has its own special scene, and the lid easily lifts off to operate the light which takes three batteries making it safe and highly portable – I like that I can place the light on any shelf or position in my home and there are no electrical cords in sight. More of Kylie’s work can be seen (or purchased) here: www.bysagedesign.com

another view of my nightlight bySAGEdesign

another view of my nightlight bySAGEdesign

'dream' inspiration decor by Studio Astratta

‘dream’ inspiration decor by Studio Astratta

At the start of this year I began a very slow process of making over my studio/office space which recently received an exciting boost thanks to Belinda Davison of Studio Astratta who held a giveaway of her inspirational word decor ‘dream’ for her newsletter subscribers – quite fortunately I was the excited winner. As soon as I knew I had won I knew where the word had to be placed – right above my whiteboard, where you can see I already had the section marked ‘Dreams’ which is a short list of goals I want to achieve with my business Starzyia this year. You can see Belinda’s gorgeous work in her madeit store and I recommend visiting her facebook page and signing up for the newsletter (maybe you will win one of her future giveaways!) I will also be featuring Belinda here on the blog in August.

eyewear purse handmade by Eleven Roosters

eyewear purse handmade by Eleven Roosters

For my Mum’s birthday – last week on July 4th – I chose a really beautiful eyewear purse designed and handmade in Australia by Tanja of Eleven Roosters. Mum is absolutely loving it and I will definitely be returning to the Eleven Roosters store on madeit to purchase one for me (when I’m good first and save a bit of money for Fizzy’s vet fund)

Mum's eyewear purse on our illustrated copy of The Secret Garden

Mum’s eyewear purse on our illustrated copy of The Secret Garden

And last but definitely not least, I finally got to try some of my etsy friend, Kaz’s handmade soap when she had her Super Soapy Sale on facebook. Kaz, who operates New Earth Soaps makes heavenly scented all natural soaps that take care of you body and soul. LOVE my soaps!!!!

some of my soaps created by New Earth Soaps

some of my soaps created by New Earth Soaps

Since I’m now needing to ‘take a rest’ from shopping for myself (and my family) I am keeping busy pinning fabulous handmade finds on pinterest. I pin personally here and on behalf of DUST (Down Under Street Team on etsy) here and I’d love to see you there.

Don’t forget you can let me know what kind of handmade things you’d like to see featured here on the Starzyia blog, I might even create a special gift guide just for you!

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featured handmade seller interview: Kylie Findlay from bySAGEdesign

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Hi, time for me to introduce another wonderful handmade artisan – this time its someone I have been online store ogling for a couple of years so I’m extra excited – Kylie from SAGEdesign a talented designer and creator based in Australia. I find Kylie’s work is beautifully detailed, yet at the same time captures simple pleasurable moments to create and keep happiness with you always.
bird lights by bySAGEdesign

bird lights by bySAGEdesign

Introduction:
My name is Kylie Findlay and I design and make decorative homewares products for bySAGEdesign.
Where did your creative journey begin?
When I was born I think! I have always enjoyed being creative in varying degrees – as a child, in school and as an adult. There have been significant points in the journey though and going to uni to study Visual Art a few years ago was one of them as it became the starting point for bySAGEdesign.
girl on a swing

girl on a swing

What kind of things excite and inspire you?
I get very excited by other people’s artwork.
I am also inspired by life and memory… people and our connections with each other and other living things. Interaction, emotion, expression, love, hope and human refection in nature.
I am drawn to simple design and things that look pretty. I am one of those people that judges a book by the cover and chooses a bottle of wine because I like the label!
earring tree bySAGEdesign

earring tree bySAGEdesign

What is the most difficult creative challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? (or are you currently tackling it?)
I think being creative and making artwork is all about overcoming challenges. So there are constant challenges! One challenge I am faced with in my business is limited time. It takes time to create work… time to experiment, to reflect, to absorb… it is hard for me in business to allow myself this kind of time without feeling frustrated that I am wasting time. I am constantly reminding myself that this is a necessary part of my creative process.
little boy nightlight

little boy nightlight

What dreams do you have for the future of your creative business?
Wow… what dreams don’t I have ha ha!? I have lots! I guess the basic one is to continue to create, grow and evolve, be inspired and hopefully also to inspire others.
Find more about bySAGEdesign here…. and Kylie has generously offered 15% off coupon code: STARRY (valid until the end of July 2013)
Thank you Kylie, it has been a pleasure “meeting” you after being a fan of your work for so long, I wish you every happiness and success on your creative journey!
ornament bySAGEdesign

ornament bySAGEdesign