Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Discovered: Made with Love

Made with Love is another amazing store I've found while spending time at craft markets over the past year.  The Terrariums are fabulous so I invited their creator, Darsh Armstrong, to share a little of her story with us.  So grab a cuppa while you read - and don't forget to click on the links to visit her shop.

Please tell us a litte about yourself
Made with Love is my business which I run full time.  This is a fairly young business, which started up in November last year.  Art, tending to my plants and photography have always been part of my life.  I now combine all three to create and display my hand-painted terrariums.  My lovely husband and I live in Mt Wellington with our two fur babies, our cats, Cassius and Chloe.

What inspires you in your creative process?
Nature inspires me.  There is so much beauty in our world. I work with gorgeous succulents and cacti which have so much character and appeal on their own.  When I paint a terrarium, I want to add to their beauty to create something really special.  The materials I work with, like shells and stones, all have a story behind them.  I feel inspired thinking about how far the glacier stone has had to come before I choose it to use in one of my pieces.


What is your favourite thing to make?
I love to make my larger hand-painted terrariums.  In a larger piece, I am able to add more detail to the paintings.  I can also use both acrylic and glass paints to create great textures and effects.  It is so much fun creating a little world for my plants.  The painted elements allow me to add more personality to the terrarium and creates a piece of art that is unique.

What's your favourite currently in your shop?
It would have to be 'Fly with Me'.  I love the texture I can create with acrylic paint on glass to create the fluffy, soft feathers of the birds.  Painting on a rounded glass vessel is also a good challenge for me.

Fly with Me

What are your hobbies outside of crafting?
I love to travel, listen to music, read, wine and dine.  I have been loving belly dance lessons I started earlier this year. You also won't find me too far from my camera.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go back to Italy.  I absolutely love the art, food, history and culture there.  I have already been to Rome, Venice and spent some time travelling around Tuscany.  I would also love to visit South Africa, a lot of the plants I love and work with originate from there.

Thanks so much Darsh for sharing with us.  If you'd like to follow Made with Love on Social Media, click here, and also checkout all the fabulous creations on the website.  And if you'd like to meet Darsh and see her Terrariums in person, click here to see her market schedule.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Discovered: Stone Rose Soaps

One of the things I enjoy most about having stalls at Craft Markets, is that I get to spend time with other amazing & creative Artists.  And it was at one of these Markets that I first met Janine of Stone Rose Soaps. What attracted me to Janine's stall was the amazing colours of her products, so I wanted to share them with you too!   

Indian Summer

Please tell us a little about Yourself

I am the owner of my soap business and I also get to be at home to raise my children.  I am married with 3 children of my own and 3 step children.  My children are 10, 8 & 3 and they are the light of my life; they also help me with some of my projects.  My eldest daughter loves to pitch in with me and is already a mastermind of a few products of my line!

What / Who Inspires you in your Creative Process

My love affair with bathroom products began when I was much bigger - part of my short goals were to have treats that weren't food related.  I started finding food-like bathroom products and was absolutely delighted with them.  Soon after that I realized that I really needed to be making my own indulgences to my own style.  I love taking everyday items like oils and butters; and turning it into a scientific masterpiece!  Soaps and bath products don't have to be super expensive, and it's amazing how you can brighten someone's day with just a simple unique gift just for them.

What is your Favourite thing to Make / Sell

My favourite has to be the bath truffles/bath bomb cupcakes.  Behind each and every one made is a reminder that I am helping people to remember to love themselves, it's a little slice of heaven and indlugence just for yourself.  We don't take enough time for ourselves these days :) 

Cleopatra Cupcake

What's your Favourite item Currently available in your Shop

Either my Cleopatra line or my Pink Sugar line - they are my absolute fave scents!

Pink Sugar Handmade Coconut Milk Soap
What are you Hobbies outside of Crafting

I love to volunteer at my Church, I sing with the worship band and I love to spend time with my kids and my awesome family.  We all love to have time at the beach together, so we are really looking forward to summer.

If you could Travel anywhere in the World, where would you go and Why

I would love to take all my children on the Disney Cruise Liner, to see their faces all lit up would just rock my world and make me so happy!

You can find more of Janine's gorgeous products on her Facebook Page, Website and Etsy shop.   

Thanks so much for sharing with us Janine, and I hope one day that you get to take that dream trip with your children.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HandBag Accessories

Those who know me, know that I love handbags. When on holiday and visiting local markets; the first place I head to is the handbag section.  And my favourite bags are the ones that come with accessories; pretty little zip pullers or cute decorations.

I started making some cute Bag Charms for my own handbags, and am now addicted to making them!  So have decided to list some on my MaxieK Creations website.   These add such cuteness to a plain handbag, adding that little bit extra 'bling'.

Below are a sample of what's available on my Website:

Cyrstal Bead Heart

Red Beaded Bag Charm

Aren't they cute? These will also make great keychains. To see other designs, head over and visit my MaxieK Creations website.