One of my goals for business this year was to start writing a blog and newsletter, with the idea in mind of letting my customers & interested followers get to know a bit more about me and my story behind the scenes. Here we are hurtling full speed ahead towards Christmas and the new year, and I am only writing my third blog!
I have however been busy stocking up my etsy shop, and am also currently adding stock to my Hand-Made online shop, which is for Australian sellers of handmade goods, here is the link to my store; https://www.hand-made.com.au/PoppyandBelle.
On the 'making' side of things, I have been having lots of fun! As you may know I adore and collect vintage buttons, among other things (fabrics, haberdashery, lace...), which I use in my jewellery and bag making. During my op shop travels I have admired the colours and textures of vintage knitting needles, and have also found myself being unable to resist bringing them home with me with the intention of making them into something wearable.. Yes I am a knitter, but only for pleasure, and I am not great at it! I admire and support the work of knitters & love to purchase hand-made knitted accessories. With a bit of a push from a fellow creative friend, check out her facebook page if you like cutlery jewellery & other upcycled creations ;https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alcharoma/257647517741626?ref=ts&fref=ts, i started experimenting with upcycling them into jewellery pieces, to go along side my other upcycled jewellery line that I offer for sale at markets and on etsy. I started with the bangles tutorial I found on Pinterest, and after a few tries and scolds, I got the hang of it, and love the look of them stacked together.
Then I started to get creative with big and bright twirly earrings, which are so light weight to wear and the colours are wonderful in reds, greens, yellows, soft cream and blues as well as tortoise shell which are scarcer to find. I also made some smaller tip and end earrings.
Next I got to play in my husbands shed full of machinery and tools and will be making some jewellery pieces made from old anodised metal knitting needles. I will share these with you on my Instagram feed soon enough, as although I have the design in my head, I have to wait for some silver components to complete them, fingers crossed. Some times the best ideas turn into nothing, or even something completely different to what you started doing, which is exciting.
Meanwhile, I have lots of sewing work to be getting on with to make bags and purses with the vintage and new fabrics I discovered in my stash. I have several markets coming up over the next few months, see my "markets and fairs" page on my website to see where I am trading, and I will be adding more stock to my Hand-Made & Etsy shops.
Hopefully I will fit another blog or two in at least before the year ends, but let's see what pans out. I am sure to have some new designs and products to share if I finish that "to sew" pile!