For the past few days I've been trawling through Flickr and through blogs looking for inspiration on how to display my journals at Poppyseed Markets. I was particularly drawn to these homely and inviting market stalls and was inspired by the creative use of space, including props, signage and price tags. And HOW CUTE are those mini suitcases!
Nothing Sketchy is going to have a stall at the Poppyseed Markets on Sunday the 11th July! It will be held at:
St George PCYC
9 Ador Ave, Rockdale NSW
The Poppyseed Markets is a fairly recent venture - their first market was held last week and the July market will be their second - but it is already flourishing and gotten a wonderful response. The stalls specialise in "showcasing shabby, vintage, retro, chic looks which are affordable" and the majority are handmade/hand crafted goods.
I'm so excited to be a part of it - I've been visiting a few markets in Sydney for a bit a research to figure out which would be the most suitable for Nothing Sketchy, and the Poppyseed Markets is just perfect. I also can't wait to meet the other stallholders and just people who are passionate about crafty/handmade things in general!
I discovered children's illustrator Little Mo & Friends through Twitter and instantly fell in love. Helena Tay is behind these beautifully detailed and fun illustrations which are inspired by her love of trees, bedtime stories and animals. And even better - she has her own stationery range featuring Mo and her cute furry woodland friends! You can buy her paper goods - which are all printed on 100% recycled paper using green printing processes - at her Etsy Store.
A new paper boutique has just opened up in Mona Vale, Sydney - Little Paper Lane. They stock "beautiful products from around the world and from our very own backyard! We stock, notebooks, wrapping paper, ribbon, gift cards, invitations, and lots of little gifts!"
I haven't had a chance to visit yet, but the store looks fantastic in the photos! Like a cosy little treasure trove. What an amazing job owner Jayde has done...congrats!
Today I got an email from Style Collective, an online urban living, fashion and design magazine, telling me that they featured Nothing Sketchy on their website! What a wonderful surprise! The article is under their Urban Living section.
So I've gone an made a Facebook Page for Nothing Sketchy. I've had a few people asking if I had one so I thought it might be a good way to both promote Nothing Sketchy and connect with other crafty businesses/individuals (provided I utilise it properly of course!). Do you have a Facebook fan page for your business? Do you think it's a good method of promotion?
Amanda at Calico & Co has a great feature called Monday's Spotlight, where she interviews indepedant Aussie designers and crafters. This Monday Nothing Sketchy has kindly been featured! Yay! There is a special offer for readers of the interview.
Amanda from Calico & Co suggested that I offer email subscription to blog readers some time ago - I have finally gotten around to doing it! If you would like to recieve an email when the Nothing Sketchy blog is updated, type your email into the little box on the right and follow the prompts - easy! This is especially handy if you don't have an account with Blogger.
The Contemporary Handmade Alliance is a Facebook community created by Tania of Chicken Ink Creative which "provides the Australian contemporary crafting community a space through which is shared high quality information, to assist and support members in their crafting endeavours; including the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, packaging and selling of their products, as well as networking opportunities".
It has only been up for a day, but it is already thriving! It is a really positive environment where independant crafters or designers can share their business experiences and give each other advice and support. The are opportunities to promote your business, get involved in discussions, learn about handy online tools or new suppliers...the list goes on! An extremely valuable resource for a newbie like me.
Nothing Sketchy is now available at Handmade Heaven, store run by Liesa in Ipswich, Queensland! Each 'handmadie' gets their own little cubicle or shelf space. I wish there were more stores like this in Sydney - does anyone know of any?
I have recently fallen in love with Nonpareil Magazine, an online magazine filled with wedding inspiration and DIY projects. I won't be getting married anytime soon but that doesn't stop me from drooling over the beautifully designed pages, interesting tutorials and lovely photography!
All pages sourced from Issue 3 of Nonpareil Magazine.
I've been meaning to blog about Blue Caravan for a while now, basically because I love the concept and what they do.
Blue Caravan is a website where you can buy and sell contemporary handmade, environmentally friendly and ethical products directly from the designer/maker. All the products sold there fall under one or more of these categories: one-off, limited run, handmade, upcycled, sustainable, locally made and sweat-free certified, and ethical trade or fair trade certified.
This weekend I visited the Bondi, Surry Hills and Glebe Markets (phew!) to do some recon work before taking the plunge of holding a market stall. It was interesting to see how other stallholders present their goods and represent their brand in a market environment. One of the stalls I found particularly inspiring was Summer Blossom, who make handmade hair accessories. There was so much attention to detail - everything was colour coordinated, there were lanterns hanging from above, grass (fake but very effective) covering the ground - I felt transported to a different place! And she had some very creative ways of displaying her headbands and hairclips. Just gorgeous.