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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunday Workshop & Scones

The morning workshop on Sunday went well. Someone stole an hour from me somewhere along the line but I can't work out who it was.

Tania and her shiny new toiletry bag and funky Elna. Thanks for coming Tania

Even though the toiletry bag looks basic, the techniques involved can be quite tricky. Everyone found it a challenge and so were very pleased when they finished with a shiny plastic covered bag and some great skills to keep up their sleeve.

Homemade scones jam and cream were washed down with a nice cup of english breakfast tea; bringing the  day to a sweet finish.

If you missed out on this workshop, don't worry there will be more to come.
If you have a project you would like to make; please leave a comment below.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Faint Impressions & frankie Have Morning Tea

Well peeps, it's official official. I've seen it with my own eyes and the Bedside Organiser is in the current issue of frankie magazine! Page 22 to be precise.

My good friend Steph introduced me to frankie a couple of years ago.
In an instant I was buried in her polaroid treated pages and joyful in the fact that there was a magazine out there made just for me. Quirky photography, interviews with fellow makers, funny reviews and interviews with interesting people. Happy there were no stories of the latest overnight celeb going to rehab or the adoption of baby number 8 from some far off land. Even Cam likes a bit of frankie, which says a lot!

When you start a business there are certain ideas you have about what you consider to be a success.
For me, one of those was having product in a magazine.
When I first started getting serious about Faint Impressions, I dreamt of having a product or even myself featured in frankie. It seemed a far off reality and I actually thought it was unattainable. I guess I just didn't have the confidence in myself or products and that world seemed foreign to me.
So the fact that my goal has come to fruition fills my tummy with joy joy joy.

It's a big step for me, as I'm sure is anyones first magazine feature.

It actually feels like I'm making progress, yay!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Etsy Party, A New Market & A Few Nice Shops

A great night was had by all at the Etsy birthday party on Friday night, hosted by Thread Den.
In fact, we were one of the top 50, I believe the saying is "too cool for school". I only wish there had been a gathering like this when I first arrived in Melbourne. I could have been hanging out with some funky makers for the past five months.
Thread Den also has a very cool shop that's worth checking out when you're "in da hood". They have retro pleated skirts for a very reasonable price. It was nice to see not everyone prices awesome Vinnie scores like they're the latest couture release.

At last I got to meet my online buddy Kim. It's funny how you get an image in your head of how someone looks before you meet them. My image of Kim was Asian, very dark hair, short & glasses. Hmmmm I was off, just a little.

A bit of stitch & bitch


On Saturday I went on a bit of a reconnaissance mission to check out the Modish Creators Market.
I wanted to see if it's a market for my bags. It was nice to wonder around but I'm afraid I can't see the justification in the $150 stall holders fee and as you can see there weren't a great deal of people there when I went.

Modish Creators Market

After the market I dropped by Patchwork On Central Park as it was just around the corner. I didn't buy anything, shock horror surprise!!! I did see these very nice rolls of canvas though and some amazing French linens, but alas they were out of my budget. Here are some sneaky shots from my iphone.

If you do visit the Modish markets you just HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO check out this paper shop across the road. I could have spent all day in there and could easily become obsessed with scrap-booking but there is only enough room in my life for one obsession right now.
I've been planning to create a new banner for the blog using some nice paper etc, so I did allow myself to get a few little goodies. My new banner was inspired by these little birdies.

P.s The countdown is on for the release of Frankie this WEDNESDAY.

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Goodies In The Shop

Happy Friday! That came quick didn't it?

What have I been up to this week? I decided to indulge in one of the many pleasures of working from home. I finally ventured into a cafe here in Werribee to do some work on my laptop, whilst sipping on a pot of tea and nibbling some sourdough toast. I could definitely get used to it.

I've also been getting ready for next week when Frankie comes out. I have no idea what will happen or if anything will happen, but I am getting ready nonetheless.

I'm looking forward to the Etsy Party tonight at Thread Den. Not sure what I should take as my "plate" to share; any ideas are welcome.

I loaded up some new goodies in the online shop last night. Here are a couple of pics; more here.

Have a super weekend.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It's Party Time

funky vintage bunting from

It's Etsy's birthday this month and creatives all over (the world?) are having a craft party to celebrate.

I'll be hanging out with the cool creatives of Melbourne Friday night at Thread Den, Brunswick. It looks like everyone will be bringing along a plate of food and something crafty to do.
I'm VERY EXCITED as this is the first craft community gathering I will have been to since moving here nearly 5 months ago!
So if you're in Melbourne why not come along and introduce yourself.
(Kim, hope you can make it)

If you're in Sydney, you can get along to the Etsy party at Notebook magazines The Craft Room.

Party on people!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Handy Tool To Have In Your Kit

This little piece of plastic doesn't look like much but it is the pathway to reducing your swear word tally when sewing. Sadly I don't actually know what it's called or where you buy it from as my mum gave it to me.

What this little sewing buddy does is even out your surface when sewing thick fabric.
I'm sure you've all experienced the needle going up and down on the same spot and the fabric not moving forward when what you're sewing is quite thick. This is because your presser foot is tilted and not able t0 press the fabric down evenly on the feed dogs.

Change the plastic thingy to the correct thickness of your fabric by swivelling the individual rectangular pieces back or forward. Next pop it under the back of your presser foot against the fabric and away you sew, "stuck no more, you will be" (said in best Yoda preview).

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Goodies From America

I received my first online book purchase this week, "The Handmade Marketplace; how to sell your crafts locally, globally and online" by Kari Chapin.

Kari covers helpful topics such as branding your business, advertising and publicity, marketing and heaps more handy topics I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into.
My old buddy old pal Amy Butler has even written a comment for the book.

You can listen to a podcast interview about the book with the quirky Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood from here.

Through her book Kari is going to help me grow Faint Impressions into a global empire! Well, actually I would settle for a local empire; who are we kidding here, I would settle for break even at this point in time. BUT, by this time next year I'm sure I'll be laughing with Oprah about my tough climb to the top and how you too can achieve greatness just like me.
She'll be telling everyone to go out and buy my autobiography for details; it will be on her book list so will become an instant best seller and guess what, there's a free copy for everyone in the audience! (insert audience squeal here)
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