Sunday, 27 December 2009
Thank you to all my customers for your orders and for supporting my business this year, you have helped to make it grow and have given me amazing opportunities.
I am so thankful to be doing what I love every day and look forward to making some new and exciting pieces in the New Year.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
I have been so crazy busy lately, I'm finding it really hard to fit everything in.
Last month I had 2 markets on, one was a Twilight market on Friday night which I really enjoyed.
Also, this Saturday will be the first Blackbird Market and I am really excited.
There is going to be a few other amazing crafters from the Made-it community and I can't wait to meet them.
I am a little anxious though, as I am trying to get through a HUGE To Do list of things to take to the market, as well as getting all my orders out, plus working on wholesale orders as well.
Oh yeah, I am now doing wholesale orders for 2 fabulous websites!
Gotta get back to my bench, so much to do!
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
I love seeing pictures of people's benches, studios, work areas etc, and just as much as I love seeing the finished pieces they've created in these areas, I love seeing the process of them being created.
So I thought, since my Blog is named 'At the Bench with Narelle' that's exactly what I'll do, I'll take you to my bench!
The above image is some of the steps in making one of my heartbeat resin rings.
1. Measuring up the ring shank so when it's soldered & hammered it will be the correct size.
2. Soldering the ring shank closed.
3. Hand forming the little hearts from bezel wire.
4. Soldering the heart bezel to flat sheet.
5. Polishing the ring.
6. Letting the resin cure.
There are a few more steps in between these, but I thought I'd just share some of them.
Plus is kinda takes twice as long to make something when you're stopping to take photo's!
Hope you enjoyed the process, I will definitely be posting some more.
Monday, 9 November 2009
6) Notify your 7 bloggers - ✓
There, all done. The hard part was choosing only 7 great Blogs I read to give the award to!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
I found out a few days ago that I was featured on a fantastic Blog; Handmade Kids - 'Unearthing funky handmade finds for kids.'
It is a fantastic site with lots of wonderful ideas for gifts for friend's kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren or even for your own little tykes.
They feature great items fresh from the creator's crafty hands and Jemma usually updates the Blog every day.
I am honoured to have had my baby/child's ID bracelet on there and will wear this badge proud!
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
I have been after a stump for my studio for a while now.
Every time I see one, by the time I go back to pick it up with someone, it's gone.
People with open fire places really have a radar for these things!
It got to the point that even my neighbours would wave hello and shout out, "Hi Narelle, any luck with a stump yet?" - I have become the crazy tree stump lady!
My friend text that she had just seen the council cutting down a tree in someone's yard.
So instead of sneaking back when it's dark and grabbing it (my style) she suggested we knock on the owner's door and politely ask (her style.) And that we did!
I am now proud owner of not one, but two stumps.
We picked the first one because it was the shape of a butterfly, ha ha!
We rolled it to the car and heaved it up........ then we saw the bigger one.
My friend said, "yeah, we can lift that." And we did.
It has made my stamping and hammering so much better and I'm sure the neighbours are much happier now too since the stumps act as a noise buffer.
I ♥ my stumps!
Friday, 25 September 2009
Their campaign 'Party for Strays' helps to create awareness in the community and raises significant funds to save the lives of animals in dire need of medical treatment and loving homes.
The lovely Leigh and Laura over at That's Noice blog wrote a post about my little party cupcake charms I am selling to raise money for Lort Smith.
They describe their blog as an Aussie-centric blog full of things considered awesome,
and I agree. They show and discuss lots of great items from toe socks to cupcakes and I am so honoured to be mentioned on their wonderful blog. Thanks ladies.
My cupcake charms can be purchased here.
They are only $20 each. 100% of sales goes to Lort Smith and postage is FREE!
It's for such a great cause so head on over, purchase a cupcake charm and Party for their lives!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
- Craft Bars: where you could learn a new project in under 30 minutes
- Reconstruction Zones: Where you could take a garment and re-fashion it on the spot
- Handmade Nation: watch a film about the DIY craft and design movement in the US
- Studios: presented by craft retailers
- Fashion Parades: Wardrobe Refashion & Burdastyle
- Inspiration: Lots of pop up displays around the show for you to be inspired by
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Over on the Made-it website forum, I organised the 2nd button swap.
Same rules as last time - 2 x crafty projects involving buttons
- 1 x bag of 30 buttons
My gorgeous parcel of goodness was sent to me by Jacqueline (zippyzippy) and you can visit her store here and her blog here.
She sent me a beautiful hand-made book cover, the sewing is perfection at its best. The fabrics she used are adorable and it's padded!
Jacqueline was also kind enough to include a visual diary inside it and it happens to be the exact type I use - double yay!
I also got a hand-made/sewn card that will be perfect for a friend's birthday that's coming up and I got 30 of some of the cutest buttons I've seen.
Even the presentation of the parcel was well thought about, all colour themed and gorgeous.
ThAnK YoU JaCqUeLiNe! I love it all.
Soon I will post what I sent my recipient.
Unfortunately I was a little tardy with my parcel but it will definately arrive on her doorstep tomorrow.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
It is wet and raining outside and as you can see by the photo, it makes my studio a fair bit darker.
Yesterday was such a gorgeous day, so sunny and cheery and full of light. Oh well, Spring is on it's way.
I have a big handful of orders I'm working on plus some side projects, plus I also have some new lines coming into fruition.
So my hands are keeping very busy indeed.
On the week-end I am heading up to Bendigo to have a look at a store that has asked to hold some of my work - Yay! So that should be fun.
Well, I'd best get back to it because no matter how tight you close your eyes and how hard you wish, pieces don't solder themselves!