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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Quick Tutorial: Mat your Prints or Photographs

You can create professional mat frames for your prints or photographs. They make great gifts!

What you need:
Mat borders cut to size (any picture framer can cut these for you)
Backing Foam Board cut to size
Double sided tape

Backing Foam Board and Mat Frames to fit 10" x 13" Prints

Place your backing foam board on a flat table surface. Stick your print with double sided tape evenly in the centre of the foam board. To help make sure it is placed straight, you can pencil an outline around the print before sticking down.

Place double sided tape on the outside edges of the back of your mat board frame. Stick down firmly over your print so the mat border creates a nice frame around your print.

Mat Board fitted around my 10" x 13" Art Print
Finished Result - Mat Board Art Prints wrapped with Cellophane


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wild Design

My gorgeous younger sister finished her Graphic Design degree last year, and she is extremely talented.  She has always been an amazing illustrator and great at drawing. Her blog is http://wilddesignharriet.blogspot.co.nz/ I just wanted to share some of her fantastic work:

http://wilddesignharriet.blogspot.co.nz by Harrie St George

'Music is my Freedom' by Harrie St George

Harrie's Business Card she designed

Harrie is moving to Melbourne, Australia in a month and will be looking for Graphic Design positions once she arrives :) Aren't these great!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Knitted Designs

While doing my weekly market stall, I have the most lovely couple next to me who sell beautiful hand-knitted scarves and hats. The style and design looks modern and is cozy warm. I couldn't resist buying my two favourite which are picture below:




Their lovely stall is called 'Knitted Designs' and they are located at the Fortitude Valley markets every Saturday on Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

I just love my new hats!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lemon Birthday Cake

Yesterday I celebrated my 26th birthday, and my lovely fiancé baked me this delicious lemon drizzle cake with a lemon butter icing. The best cake I have tasted for a long time! He got the recipe from the popular New Zealand Edmonds Cookbook. Their recipes are fantastic!



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blog Feature - Bax Cat & Co

I am a huge cat lover, so this week I am excited to be featuring the lovely Kelly from Bax Cat & Co. Kelly designs, sews and sells adorable little catnip toys and cat mats in her Etsy store www.BaxCatandCo.etsy.com which she opened in January this year.


In her spare time Kelly enjoys working on new ideas, going to art museums, hiking in the woods and hanging out with her husband and three cats.

Red Heart Catnip Toy http://www.etsy.com

When creating Kelly looks up to designers who go for what they believe in, and whose aesthetic can be appreciated by others. Kate Spade in particular worked hard, learnt a lot along the way during the beginning of her career, and now reaches out to people through her designs.


Her cats are her role models too! "They work hard - at sleeping, they play hard and are always willing to learn about new things - they investigate everything!." Her cats also remind her daily to keep her sense of humor, simplicity, creativity, and to let this show through the items she makes.

Leopard Print Cat Bed http://www.etsy.com

"Do or do not. There is no try." This motto said by Yoda, Kelly relates to most. Especially since opening Bax Cat & Co. For example, if she has an idea for a new cat toy or mat she will run with it; if it doesn't turn out how she wanted, at least she knows she has tried, and can work to fix it or move on to a new or altered design that will work better.


She also tells herself to "put one paw in front of the other".  Breaking down the process of running a shop into smaller pieces makes it much easier, instead of conquering everything all at once!


Cat Birthday Cupcake Toy http://www.etsy.com

If you are just starting out your crafting online business, Kelly advice in her words: "As an Etsy seller, I was given three very important tips: be patient, list list list, and stay active!  I would tell this to a new seller on or off Etsy.


It is very easy to become impatient when waiting for sales as a new seller.  By staying patient, you can be more focused and work on other aspects of your shop.  I remind myself that watching grass grow will not make it grow faster, so I need to stop watching the grass grow and go plant some flowers in the meantime!  The grass will grow, and you will have a good chance of making sales if you keep working hard at every aspect of your shop.
Regularly listing items in your shop is important, too. Listing will give more visibility to your shop, and will get more people interested in your products.



Thanks Kelly! You product is so lovely, I know my cats would love them!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Growing Grass for my Cats

Ever since moving house about 5 weeks ago, I have been buying a few nice little house plants here and there to brighten up the living room and make it feel more natural. Both of my parents are huge about gardening and plants but I never got that gene. I mean I do love plants, but everything I try to grow or look after dies on me. So I found this cute little tray of cat grass to grow, which looks easy enough. Apparently cats love it and it is good for their digestion, so I will give it a try.

Soil goes into the tray and watered until moist

Seeds sprinkled on top, then cover over 3mm with more soil

All done, now just stays in a warm place and watered regularly. Easy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Old Girl

My precious cat is getting old. It makes me really sad to know she doesn't have much time left, but I am so glad I have be able to give her the best life possible. I got her when she was 4 years old, in 2004 from New Zealand where I am originally from. When I moved over to Australia in 2006 she came with me, in her little cat carrier cage. She didn't like that too much!

Now she is 12 years old (nearly 13) which doesn't seem too old for a cat, but she is showing major signs of old age. I hope we still have many more months to spend together. I love her so much and hope she will always remember me when she passes and goes to Kitty Cat Heaven.

My gorgeous girl 'Kitty' today

Kitty in 2010, having a nap outside

Kitty in 2006, watching TV :)
I love you so much Kitty xoxoxo

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Portrait Series

I have been painting a 'Beach Series' now for the past year and have decided I want to start a new 'Portrait Series'. So I just wanted to share my very first painting to start the series off. I have named this piece 'Seduction', please let mw know what you think :)

I find portraits much more difficult and time consuming to paint, but once you get that magical look in the eyes its all worth it!

'Seduction' by Ellie St George

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tutorial: Make your own Photos or Art into Cards!

This is how I make my own Art Greeting Cards which I sell at markets and online via Etsy. Here's how you can have a go yourself!

What you need:
4" x 6" photographs
A4 Gloss or Matte Card Stock 250gsm
Spare piece of A4 Gloss or Matte Card Stock 250gsm
Fine Black Artline Pen
Stanley Knife
Ordinary Ruler
Flat Metal Ruler
HB Pencil
Double sided tape
Computer and Printer with Microsoft Word
Craft Cutting Board

Step 1(Optional): Using your craft cutting board trim your photographs down a little to a nice size, using a ruler and Stanley Knife to cut straight and steady.


Step 2: Make up a template via Microsoft Word. Close to the bottom of an A4 page insert a small logo or message for the back your card. Then print copies using your A4 Card Stock.

Step 3: With your spare piece of Card Stock, measure 10" x 7" and draw a rectangle. Cut this out using your Stanley Knife and ruler keeping it perfectly straight and even. Fold your template perfectly in half creating a 5" x 7"card size. This is your card template. Write the words "TEMPLATE" over it so you don't confuse it with your other Card Stock.


Step 4: Using your template, steadily draw around onto the inside of your Card Stock.

Step 5: Cut around these lines straight and steady using your ruler and Stanley Knife.

Step 6: Using your template, measure and mark halfway down the Card Stock to create your fold points.

Step 7: Place your flat metal ruler against the small marks and gently fold one side of the card over to meet the other, against the ruler.


Step 8: Stick your double sided tape on the back of your photographs covering all sides and corners.

Step 9: Gently place your photograph in the centre of the front of your card.

Step 10: Sign your beautiful card in the bottom right hand corner directly under your photograph using a fine Artline pen. Then write your message inside!!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Market Success

In the past couple of weeks I have just started holding a stall at some local markets, selling my original paintings, prints and greeting cards. It is going really well and I have received so many wonderful comments about my art. It makes me feel so humbled and thankful. To top it off I sold a painting at my second market! Here is some photos of my stall:

It was a rainy day, so the tablecloths are soaking wet!

Greeting Card Stand and Small sized Prints

Large Print Stand

Hanging Paintings

Friday, June 1, 2012

Blog Feature - Talie Bagley Art



To start this month off, I would like to welcome my Blog Feature Talie Bagley from Talie Bagley Art. Talie paints acrylic abstract and realism paintings, as well as making bow holders, painted wood letters, refurbishing furniture and other small decor. She has had her Etsy store for around 6 months, which you can check out here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TalieBagleyArt. And she has been actively blogging on her blog for the past year: http://taliebagleyart.blogspot.com.

'Los Angeles Skyline' 16"x20" http://www.etsy.com

Talie mentions "When I'm not painting, I'm spending time with my husband and two dogs, out taking photographs of whatever strikes my fancy, or geeking it out playing video games or messing around with different kinds of computer projects."


She lives her life by the motto - "Don't waste life trying to make a living. Live to make a life." I love this motto, and can strongly relate to it.


Acrylic Horse Abstract 20" x 24" http://www.etsy.com


Talie also has some great advice for new artists trying to follow their dreams - "Don't ever ever ever compare yourself to another artist. You can use them as inspiration to grow your artistry, but never compare your work to theirs. You can't compare Michelangelo to Picasso. They are as different in their works as can be, yet they both created masterpieces. Your style is as unique as your fingerprints. Find yourself in your art and then share that part of you with the world." 


Amazing words and artworks Talie! Thank you!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Home, New Beginnings

I previously mentioned I was moving house. Well all the moving is over and done with, thank goodness! I forgot how much work moving really is! Now finally I can relax and get back into the daily routine :) Also I just love my new home and can't wait to decorate it with a few more artworks and photographs.



Monday, May 21, 2012

First Market Stall

This coming Friday night I am holding my very first market stall. I have already done a mock setup of my stall to prepare and it looks great! So I am looking forward to Friday! The market is held by a local Brisbane craft group I joined called BrisStyle. They hold different markets, craft demonstrations, developments sessions and more throughout the Brisbane Area and are a great way to get involved with your local community.

If you are in the Brisbane Area, please come and check out the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets on Friday the 25th of May. They are located at King George Square in Brisbane City and run from 5pm until 9pm. You will find many beautiful wares made by local Brisbane Crafters. Come and support your community!


See above for upcoming 2012 BrisStyle markets. See you there :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blog Feature: Over the Fence Art

I would like to introduce this weeks blog feature Amy Wright from Over the Fence Art. Amy makes original handmade art and fine photograph greeting cards with a light hearted nature and animal theme. She started her Etsy shop in November 2010 - http://www.etsy.com/shop/overthefenceart In the near future Amy will be branching out into  selling larger matted photographic prints and pendants/necklaces which will also feature her art and photography.

Happiness is Spring! Greeting Card http://www.etsy.com

When Amy isn't creating she enjoys riding my horses, running with my labrador, gardening, cooking new vegan recipes, updating my farm house and of course taking more photographs! She is the mother of two teens, and in her words "they are becoming amazing adults and I am proud to be their mother. They bring so much joy and love to my life."

Miniature Donkey Mother and Baby Photo Card http://www.etsy.com


During her daily life Amy looks up to her parents, brothers, children and dear friends as her most treasured role models. "I am grateful for their guidance and support every day" she says. She lives her life by the inspiring motto, "Have the heart to follow your heart and intuition". As well as Steve Jobs words "They somehow already know what you truly want to become".

'Bee Mine' Greeting Art Card http://www.etsy.com

If you are new to Etsy or selling your artwork online, Amy has some great advice to help. She recommends that first of all you need to do research. Research prices,(Shipping and merchandise), tags, treasuries, chats on Etsy and take advantage of the free advice on the live Etsy live feeds and Etsy help sites. Join and get involved with teams that have the same items for sale in their shops. They are a great source for advice and inspiration. There are a lot of discussions within the individual teams that can help answer many of your questions.


Thank you so much Amy! Your artwork and photographs are beautiful!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I Won this Blog Giveaway!


I recently won this beautiful 4 x 6 photograph via a blog giveaway competition on 'The Ugly Barn Farm Blog' theuglybarnfarm.blogspot.com It is an absolutely beautiful photograph, and will look lovely once I get it framed and hang it up in my new home I will be moving into next week. Many thanks to Aaron from Quinn Imagery. You can view his Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/QuinnImagery

'Water Magnet' by Aaron Q Houston http://www.etsy.com

Thank you Aaron! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hot Yoga

Over the past two years I have been religiously practicing yoga. I originally started to help my back pain which was caused from sitting in front of a computer all day. About two weeks ago I discovered Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga) and it is amazing! Hot or Bikram Yoga is a class of 26 yoga poses practiced in a heated room around 30 to 37 degrees.


My first week of classes was extremely difficult, the heat just seemed to drain all energy out of my body and was have never sweated so much! But slowly I am getting used to the humid heat, and after every class I have felt fantastic!


I am more energised, feel fitter, healthier and more flexible. The great thing about Hot Yoga is most classes are suitable for a range of skill levels from beginners to advanced, so anyone is capable of trying it. I hope yoga can do the same for you as it has for me! Namaste.


Monday, April 30, 2012

Blog Feature: Idestudiet

I would like to welcome my very first blog feature handmade artist Pia Barksdale from Idestudiet. I found Pia's amazing art via her Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/idestudiet

Pia designs and makes sculptures, greeting cards, typographical paintings/collages and writes. Being creative is a natural part of who she is, which is why she have chose her business name Idestudiet, by using the two words idea and studio. Her wire sculptures take most of her time and she really enjoys making them. Her inspiration comes from nature and it's also important to her that her art is eco-friendly so she mainly uses recycled materials. Reclaimed wire looks absolutely beautiful!


'Bride and Groom' http://www.etsy.com

'Life Isn't About Waiting for the Storm' http://www.etsy.com
When Pia isn't creating and designing she spends her time going to art shows, reading, travelling or simply enjoying living by the ocean. She lives her life by this lovely meaningful quote "Live simply, embrace diversity, laugh often and love deeply."


'A Mothers Love' http://www.etsy.com 
I asked Pia what her advice would be to others artists or crafters just starting out:


"My advice is to keep at it if you really love what you are doing. I believe that when an artist puts their heart and soul into their art it will be beautiful and eventually someone will see that and buy it. Also, remember – not everyone will love your particular stile and that's ok too. Art has to do with feelings so stick to what makes you feel great and the rest will follow with hard work."


To see more of Pia's beautiful wire sculptures and artworks visit her website http://www.idestudiet.dk/
And you can follow her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Idestudiet


Thanks Pia! I am proud to be able to share your amazing artwork :)

















Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photography

I absolutely love beautiful photos and my fiance is a keen photographer. It works well for me because he kindly takes many lovely photos I can paint for my online store. So I just wanted to share a few of his photos. I keep suggesting to him he should open up an online store, as he is very talented! 

Cullen Bay, Darwin NT by Andrew Richardson ©2012

Kakadu National Park, NT by Andrew Richardson ©2012   


Jabiru, Darwin NT by Andrew Richardson ©2012