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Madeit Launch Party – lots of exciting savings on Australian handmade items

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save 20% storewide, Starzyia, during party week!

save 20% storewide, Starzyia, during party week!

As you may already know, I enjoy selling my handmade jewellery on the madeit website, the premier online market for Australian handmade creations. A short time ago the website was given a massive overhaul, introducing many wonderful features to improve your shopping experience and the site looks divine! Now that the difficulties of launching the upgrade are behind us, the madeit community are celebrating with the Launch Party Week with many sellers offering amazing deals from percentages off (10%, 15%, 20%, 30%) and some with free shipping, plus every purchase made during party week gives the buyer an entry into the draw to win $100 Madeit Money (redeem in any madeit store!)

I’m excited to be offering the 20% off coupon, the code you need to use is: MadeitParty20

You are welcome to use the code in my store until party week ends July 19th 2013,

And I really encourage you to search facebook or twitter for the hashtag #madeitparty to see the offers from all participating stores.

You can also use my newsletter tab here on the Starzyia blog to join my mailing list in time for this month’s awesome mailing list giveaway Christmas in July, drawn July 25th. I’ll be showing off the prize pack very soon, it has the theme Victorian Rose Garden/Victorian Fairytales – I can hardly wait to find out who will win!

 

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!

Featured Handmade Seller: Sally Dixon, Razzle Dazzle

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For the first time I am featuring a second handmade maven in one month – meet the wonderful creative soul I could not overlook because, well, her creations are so amazingly adorable! Here is Sally Dixon in her own words…

Introduction:

Hello, my name is Sally and I’m currently living in Hope Valley, not far from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. My business is called Razzle Dazzle Creations.

Small, fiddly, intricate creations made with a touch of Razzle Dazzle – that’s what I love to make! I design and make critters and novelty items such as brooches, finger puppets, play food and more. Felt is my usual medium.

made with a touch of razzle dazzle

made with a touch of razzle dazzle

Where did your creative journey begin?

I create because creativity is built into my nature. I can’t stop! My journey began in my childhood. I went through many creative phases: cake baking, fimo modelling, and sewing. At home I was provided with encouragement and freedom to experiment and invent. I remember designing and sewing tiny felt teddy bears as a 12 year old. I ended up with an army of them, each unique in colour and outfit.

matchbox critters by razzle dazzle

matchbox critters by razzle dazzle

What kind of things inspire and excite you?

What inspires me?

Magazines and books filled with cute creations.

The internet, particularly Pinterest. It’s filled with tutorials and pretty pictures.

Listening to the success stories of other handmade business owners.

What excites me?

Meandering through craft store aisles filled with rows and rows of buttons, beads, ribbons, pretty papers, fabric and more!

Trying out a new design which began as a unique idea in my head.

Finding an email in my inbox with an order for a product. Never tire of it!

felt cats and critters by razzle dazzle

felt cats and critters by razzle dazzle

What is the biggest challenge you have had in your creative life, and how did you overcome it (or are you currently tackling it)

A big challenge to overcome is confidence. Self doubt can easily set in. I sometimes find myself thinking: Are my creations good enough to sell? Will my customer be pleased when the item arrives in the post and they see it in person? And a new one: Will my items sell in the gift shop? The key is to hold onto the encouragement you receive. Listen to the positive words about your creations, and just keep at it. The more you create, the better you get. And allow yourself to enjoy the process.

pouch key rings by razzle dazzle

pouch key rings by razzle dazzle

What dreams do you have for the future of your creative business?

Razzle Dazzle Creations began as a hobby, but it’s slowly growing. I hope to do two creative pursuits full time in the future: write books, and continue my business. I’d like to make a proper living from both pursuits. In terms of my business, I’d like to have my creations available in more stores. I’m working on that at the moment. My products are currently available in two stores, but this needs to grow! I’d like it to become more consistent online as well. At the moment it fluctuates from periods of no sales to periods of many sales! I’m also thinking of writing a craft book…we’ll see how that goes!
Support Sally & Razzle Dazzle:

Madeit: www.madeit.com.au/razzledazzle

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RazzleDazzlebySally

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RazzleDazzlebySally

Blog: http://razzledazzle7.wordpress.com/

mousy and ted in bed! by razzle dazzle

mousy and ted in bed! by razzle dazzle

Thanks so much Sally, for adding your beautiful work to the blog and sharing an insight into your creative life. Wishing you every happiness as you continue on your journey and good luck with the writing too, it’s a wonderful pursuit.

Featured Handmade Seller: Julia from Heartfelt Design Studio

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Julia from Heart Felt Design Studio

Julia from Heart Felt Design Studio

I’m very delighted to introduce you to Julia, or perhaps you already know her as the wonderful personality and creative artist who creates by hand the most amazing nuno felt scarves and garments offered by Heartfelt Design Studio. Julia is this month’s featured handmade seller and interviewee. I’m extra proud to share with you that Julia is a fellow Western Australian designer and don’t tell my Mum, but I’m secretly stalking Julia’s newest creations so I can spoil mum with something divine for Mother’s Day or her birthday this year.

I’ll let Julia introduce herself now:

Hi my name is Julia and I LOVE nuno felt.
If any of you haven’t heard of this before it is a relatively new Aussie invention based on the antique art of felting. In 1994 Polly Stirling and her partner devised a softer lighter form of felting more suitable for the climate of the Southern Hemisphere. In nuno felting wool and silk fibres are combined with any open weave fabric. My preference is silk. During the felting process the fabrics and fibres meld together to form a new and unique material. To me it’s a bit like witnessing the emergence of a butterfly and always puts a smile on my face and in my heart. I get great delight in designing and making my products which I sell from my home based business Heartfelt Design Studio and online through my etsy shop.
a look at Julia's studio

a look at Julia’s studio

Where did your creative journey begin?
A defining moment was when at age 6 I received my first pair of glasses. What an amazing experience! Colour and definition when previously there was just a bland haze.
My poor mum tells me that I told her she looked a lot prettier before I got my glasses ; )
That along with my introduction to dance at 8, my love of musical theatre and an burning desire to experience life to the fullest has lead me on an amazing journey filled with challenges and beauty.
I have had fantastic role models in my parents and grandparents who taught me from an early age to never be afraid to have a go at new and often daunting experiences and I feel even more importantly to remember that every mistake is actually a learning experience.
What kind of things excite and inspire you?
I have many inspirations and things that excite me. People who overcome adversity; art, music and dance but most of all my amazing family. I also conduct beginner classes in felting and get great delight and inspiration from the children and adults that I teach. Their joy and wonder is so contagious!
red crinkle scarf

red crinkle scarf

What is the most difficult creative challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? (or are you currently tackling it?)
What I really struggle with is the time, effort and confidence needed in promoting my product . I sometimes wish I had a fairy godmother to take over this role.
Felting has an incredible amount of variables in the process and I used to get disappointed when the end result was not quite what I had envisaged but now I am learning to enjoy felting’s “little surprises” and know some things are just meant to be.
feather and felt creation

feather and felt creation

 What dreams do you have for the future of your creative business?
I would love swathe more glorious ladies in my scarves and wraps. To have the opportunity to display them at their optimum. Although I love my little online shop there are limits to the story that can be told by a photograph. I always use the highest quality Australian superfine merino wool and silk in my designs and really wish that I could portray the feel and lightness better.
inspiration: ocean reef

inspiration: ocean reef

where would you like people to view your work or interact with you?

My home based shop is in Greenwood Perth Western Australia and I can be contacted through my facebook page. www.facebook.com/HeartfeltDesignStudio
and my online shop address is www.etsy.com/shop/juliaheartfelt

Julia, thank you so much for being part of the Starzyia blog, you are a wonderful member of the handmade community and a treasure, I wish you every happiness and a wonderful creative journey into the future.
to my readers: thank you for taking time to get to know Julia and give her your support, you’re awesome!

Handmade & Symbolic for Easter

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I thought I’d help out with some inspiration and handmade shopping opportunities to help you fill your Easter basket, decorate you home, and perhaps invite your guests or reach out to far away friends and family this year. I have NEVER featured an Easter special before so I hope this will be the beginning of a great tradition. I have to keep in mind that half of you are viewing this and preparing for a Spring Easter, and half of you, like me, will be holding Easter celebrations in Autumnal weather, so I hope I can create a nice balance.

BlingBunny by Hickety Pickety Cottage

Bling Bunny by Hickety Pickety Cottage

An Australian handmade and beautifully chic, elegant softie bunny with plenty of sparkling bling (not suitable for young children/toddlers) you can find this in the HicketyPicketyCottage on madeit

Easter Wall Hanging by one pear on madeit

Easter Wall Hanging by one pear on madeit

Gorgeous wall hanging of carrots to tempt the Easter Bunny, Australian handmade by one pear on madeit

easter basket pdf pattern by BirdsongPatterns

easter basket pdf pattern by BirdsongPatterns

Make your own gorgeous Easter baskets with this pdf pattern by BirdsongPatterns on etsy

bunny tea party card by Mulberry Muse

bunny tea party card by Mulberry Muse

Beautiful, elegant, bunny tea party card created by Mulberry Muse on madeit

Easter Onesie by NinisHandmades

Easter Onesie by NinisHandmades

Easter Onesie handmade by NinisHandmades on etsy – you can choose your colour and size.

bunny clock by SheLovesRibbons

bunny clock by SheLovesRibbons

Beautiful floral bunny clock handmade by SheLovesRibbons in my home state capital of Perth WA, yay!

chiyogami decoupage eggs by PrettyKiku

chiyogami decoupage eggs by PrettyKiku

Gorgeous tiny wren eggs decoupaged with chiyogami paper by PrettyKiku on etsy

raspberry white tea cookies by ButterBlossoms

raspberry white tea cookies by ButterBlossoms

Beautiful mini break from too much chocolate – try refreshing, melt in your mouth raspberry and white tea cookies by ButterBlossoms on etsy

duckling easter play dress by WildThings - Funky Little Dresses

duckling easter play dress by WildThings – Funky Little Dresses

This fun duckling dress is great for Easter and is handmade by WildThings on folksy

PomPom Bunny by ME

PomPom Bunny by ME

I’d like to specify that this beautiful, pompom bunny is made by ME on madeit (Not made by me, Starzyia, get it! Ah, just follow the link!)

Easter Bunny wreath by EverBloomingOriginal

Easter Bunny wreath by EverBloomingOriginal

An Easter Bunny wreath to decorate and greet your guests, handmade by EverBloomingOriginal on etsy

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Enjoy!

Found on Folksy, September 2012

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handmade, vintage ephemera guest book

 

Sew Amy on folksy has a wonderful range of handmade, vintage inspired offerings that I love.

twinkle twinkle little star, shelf block

I love the shelf blocks and wooden signs that are created by Little Chalk House

lavender and spice filled leaping grey hare

There is something so joyful and liberating about the sight of a leaping hare like those created by billowing raincoats

blue and grey ducks apron

large lilies pin cushion brooch

A sweet offering created by Wychbury

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I hope this inspires you to get out and buy some handmade loveliness!

Starzyia Stores Reopened!

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Summer Friend Necklace

I’m open for business after having taken some medical leave, both my etsy and madeit stores are open and I’m ready to serve you, and to have some fun creating more jewelry.

The Summer Friend Necklace is my newly listed handmade vintage postage stamp necklace, featuring the original 1984 Magyar Posta (Hungary) postage stamp, it is a great choice for spring and summer fashion but this beautifully illustrated pendant will look great year round.

Dharma Butterfly Wish Necklace

The Dharma Butterfly Wish Necklace is my latest offering in the Butterfly Wish series, each comes with its own colourful butterfly pendant and star charm stamped ‘i WISH’, giving you that lovely reminder to keep dreaming and wishing and never give up hope. All currently available Butterfly Wish necklaces are offered in my madeit store.

This wire wrapped turquoise pendant on beautiful vintage chain will be available soon I promise!

Thanks for being so patient with me as I took the time off that I needed, I am now so happy to be back in the saddle (so to speak).

My Creative Day…

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All is Calm, All is Bright

I woke up with a hankering to create some crystal healing jewelry, and then I had a vision, how I wanted to shoot the end products…. I ran outside, I grabbed three small pieces of kindling, a strip of bark, a dried leaf, and a daisy…. I took, oh, let’s say ten photos…. and then… (gasp)… the camera whirred to a close with the ill timed message that I needed to recharge the battery.

My little handmade pyramid/wall/arrangement was resting on a piece of scrapbooking paper, and couldn’t be left in the garden (ants! wind! pets! weather!) so I had to try and transfer it onto the table under the patio…. I was not best pleased.

I went inside, ate some chocolate, cooked a curry (to keep for tonight’s dinner) and basically willed my camera charger to speed through its chore. I am very lucky though, it turns itself off when its done, and it is always done a good hour or two sooner than the manual claims. When I see the little green light has turned off, I get so happy!

I worked on titles and descriptions for my new pieces while I waited, and when my camera was ready and seeing the light was still good, I ran out to finish shooting.

 

(Above: Autumn Jasper and Amber Earrings, yet unnamed or listed, but surely soon!)

All is Calm, All is Bright earrings, featured at top of post, are made with jade, amber, and fire agate and these combine to create an amazing sense of security, inner calm, and contentment. Jade protects from misfortune, Amber protects from bad spirits and aids happiness reach you through life’s obstacles and emotional walls. The colour combination gives healing, inspiration, aids the appetite and gives a gentle, steady energy (not a headlong rush like heavy reds and oranges unchecked by other colours). These earrings are already in my etsy store http://www.starzyia.etsy.com

These little sweeties are called Contentment Autumn Jasper Earrings and are in my madeit store http://www.madeit.com.au/starzyia I love this stone for creating gratitude and greater sensory awareness so that life’s little precious details don’t slip by unnoticed.

Now, I’m off to bake a potato and eat my curry.