Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Winners @ SCH

Promote Here Square 150A very deep and heartfelt thanks to all who are helping us spread the word about our blog and for all the entries we received.

The 3 winners of blog sponsorship for the month of June 2011 are:

Little Muse
Mrs Fickle and the Loopy Pear
Little Blossom Quilts

Congratulations! I will contact you shortly to make arrangements.

Product Spotlight @ Taylored4Baby

Taylored$BabyNaomi from Taylored4Baby loves to make all sorts of items for little ones, wether it be clothing, hats, toys, or something to decorate their space!

Taylored4Baby has just added a new product to their range: bunting!

Naomi has a long love of bunting, and can’t believe what a difference beautiful, high quality fabrics can make to a child’s room!

Today she is releasing a boys bunting, crafted from the new Noddy range in classic blues, green, reds & yellows. There is also a stunning girls bunting available, made from the Little Menagerie range from Aussie designers Melly & Me!

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Monday, May 30, 2011

{WIN @ SCH} Want free blog sponsorship in June?

Promote Here Square 150We need lots of Aussie handmade businesses to spread the word about Shop Contemporary Handmade, and encourage people to follow along.

You could WIN blog sponsorship on the SCH blog for June 2011!
There are 3 sponsorship places to be won. Details about what Blog Sponsorship gives your business can be found HERE. And to really whet your appetite, here is a testimonial from a happy advertiser!

And if you’re not a crafty page owner but a shopper of handmade, we’d really love you to join in and encourage your friends and family. After all, this page is for you! And if you do, you can nominate your favourite Aussie handmade business to win!

To Enter
Add a comment at the bottom of this blog post, advising how you have spread the word (Facebook shout-out, Tweet, blog post, SMS friends, chatting over coffee or over the fence and more), along with your craft business/nominee name and a way I can contact you (link to your Facebook page or website, or an email address).

Good luck and thanks again! We couldn’t do it without you!

Entries open NOW and close at 8pm Tuesday 31 May 2011.
Open to Australian craft/creative/related pages only.
Pervious blog sponsorship winners are welcome to enter again.

Product Review @ Liselle's self-indulgent artsy-fartsiness

LiselleNow, as I write this I have to be careful that I do not deviate too far away from my role as reviewer and get emotional. “Emotional? Is this woman mad?” you ask. Maybe! But my purchases from Liselle {of Liselle's self-indulgent artsy-fartsiness} have been the most emotional purchases I have ever made … bar none!

When I ‘met’ Liselle it was after stumbling across her artwork on Facebook and falling in love with a piece titled ‘Caged’. This piece felt as if it was created with me in mind. It touched my soul and I had to make her mine. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase the original and she is my daily companion and takes pride of place on my desk.

Because of how unique her work is, and how much I gravitated towards it, I also commissioned Liselle to draw my family. To give me four individual pieces of art that immortalised our individuality and our spirit. What she presented me with were four images that were beyond any expectation I could ever have had. They are one of our most important belongings and they are priceless.

Liselle has this ability to hear your request and then reach within it to discover what it is you NEED. Her pieces are heartfelt and beautiful. They have healed many people for many different reasons. Hers are pieces that are so easy to get lost in and I do so daily.

Not only an artist, this woman is an absolute Lady. She is humble and a little shy. She is talented but not aware of how much so. If you are lucky enough to have a piece of Liselle’s work (or even more so to have a piece commissioned), make sure it bares her signature …. I have no doubt Liselle is going places and I for one will be able to say “I knew her when …”.

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Review written by: Angela of Yes, Dear

Product Spotlight and Special Offer @ Mabel and Daisy

Mabel and Daisy MayNew 100% Organic Cotton Hairbows by mabel & daisy.

Flair for your Hair (bows) NOW come with a dose of warm fuzzies for helping the environment.

Special Offer:
You can get them at ONLY Handmade; and be sure to like the mabel & daisy and ONLY handmade Facebook pages for 10% off your purchase.
(Use code FBLIKER10 at checkout).

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Store Spotlight @ Little Red Head: Unique, handcrafted jewellery

Little Red Head MayLooking for affordable handmade jewellery that you won't see anywhere else..? Little Red Head creates unique, hand crafted jewellery for all occasions.

My designs are limited edition and one-of-kind and I use a range of artisan beads (including handmade ceramics and glass, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and semi-precious gemstones) from around the world. I work (mostly) with beautiful quality antique brass (nickel and lead free) and also sterling silver.

You will see elements of Bohemia, vintage, retro and ethnic in my designs, but all with my own modern, feminine twist!

Please contact me if you would like a custom made design.

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Market Spotlight @ Handmade Craft Market

Handmade Craft MarketThe Handmade Craft Market is the Central Coast’s boutique market for all things handmade, hand crafted and home grown.

Shop for gorgeous handmade originals and delicious treats from local handmade designers and artists.

Located at Erina High School on the Central Coast of NSW (just an hour north of Sydney). The market is run quarterly on the 3rd Sunday of February, May, August and November.

Our next market is on Sunday 21st August and we will be celebrating our 1st Birthday. Open from 10am – 2pm, join us as we celebrate turning 1.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Store Spotlight @ MooWoo

Moo Woo MayMooWoo is a blend of rare and unique gifts from the far Kimberley region of Australia.

A fusion of artists and creators have come together to develop a style that is bound to impress.

Most of the exceptional gifts you will discover at MooWoo have close connections to the
natural environment in design, colour, aesthetics and beauty.

MooWoo loves the organic and simple nature of our business and we hope you will enjoy discovering what we have to offer. 

The creators of MooWoo trust you will get a taste of the Kimberley during your online shopping experience.

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Store Spotlight @ Natural Babycare

Natural Babycare MayNatural Babycare connects home-grown, handmade brands with mums and bubs across Australia.

Natural, organic and unique, mums can trust that each piece has been created by a WAHM with love.

The eclectic range includes: natural and organic bath & skin care, Baltic Amber teething necklaces, clothing, toys and accessories.

Give your little one the very best that Australia has to offer.

Shop on-line, find them on Facebook or at boutique markets in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

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SALE Spotlight @ Selkie’s Stash

Fabric 110% off all orders over $25

It's nearly the end of our first month and I want to thank everyone for supporting Selkie's Stash!

So until the end of May all orders over $25 will receive 10% off the total of their purchase (not including postage).

Just use this code MAY10OFF when you get to the checkout.

Free post is still available on patterns too; and it can be used in conjunction with the above discount if you spend over $25 on patterns! (No free post on purchases including fabric).

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Treasure Hunting @ SCH

Handmade Wedding

Nyjole Jewellery

All About Romance

Nyjole Jewellery: Ivory Swirl Fascinator
All About Romance: Fabric Flower Ring


Vintage Style Stickers
Candice Lee Accessories: Rosie Bracelet

Jacks Daughter

Felt So Good

Jack’s Daughter:
Wedding Dress
Felt So Good: Wedding Felt Moustache & Lips

Beckoning designs

My Sweet Prints

Beckoning Designs:
Guest Book
My Sweet Prints: Customised Wedding Scroll

SALE Spotlight @ Lilli Pilli Jewellery

Lilli Pilli Jewellery May 3The Lilli Pilli Silly Sale
Up to 30% OFF

From NOW til midnight
30 June 2011, Lilli Pilli Jewellery is having a SILLY SALE.

Reductions of up to 30% are being offered on selected items in the Lilli Pilli Jewellery Madeit store.

To find the bargains look for the SILLY SALE tags on the items in the shop.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Store Spotlight @ Sookyboo Designs

Sookyboo Designs May 3Sookyboo Designs strives to creates high quality handmade girly clothing for babies & children.

I adore designer fabrics and have an absolute passion for creating. My beautiful little girl is my source of inspiration.

Ruffled nappy covers are my speciality; but I also love to create dreamy dresses, flirty skirts & pretty fabric flower headbands.

My clothing is designed to be very versatile and worn year round; on their own in summer & layered in winter.

Sookyboo cater for sizes 0000 – 4.

Be sure to visit my Facebook page for all the latest designs.

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Store Spotlight and Special Offer @ Monkeys Over The Moon

Monkeys Over The Moon May 2My life filled with travel, love and 3 little monkeys has been a roller coaster ride which makes me smile. Monkeys Over The Moon is my answer to never quite knowing what I wanted to do when I grew up; and came from a desire to create funky and unique designs for my children to wear which made them over the moon.

My appliqué (as I have heard described) is unique, original, different, bright, funky, beautiful and one of a kind.

There is a lot happening behind the scenes, including collaboration with other Perth designers. We are launching a new line “Funk your Monkey”, featuring screen printed art on t-shirts.

Special Offer: As a launch special, Australian standard shipping has been fixed at $3 and overseas at $5.50 until the end of May.

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SALE Spotlight @ Candice Lee Accessories

Candice Lee May 2Online sale!
Receive 10% off storewide for a limited time only

Simply use the code Handmade at the checkout to receive your discount.

You can also receive a further 10% discount by liking our Facebook page and then spreading the word to your friends!

Simply suggest our page to your friends then email candicelee@hotmail.com.au to let us know; and you will receive the unique code for a total discount of 20% on any purchase store wide!

This will only last for a limited time so take a look today.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review @ Sweet Poppie Lane

Sweet Poppie LaneThere is a little pink bird that always catches my eye when I am browsing my news feed on Facebook. This little bird is what represents one of my favourite hair accessory designers ~ Sweet Poppie Lane. Those who shop at this store will take no hesitation in agreeing with me when I say that this is a logo that is immediately identified as a quality brand.

Over the last 12 months I have made a number of purchases from this lovely boutique and every time I have been extremely impressed with the quality of their products and a customer service level that exceeds all expectations.

My most recent purchase saw me take possession of the most stunning crocheted head wraps. These were intended solely for my daughter but I could not help but make one mine. The perfect accessory for these cold Tasmanian days and one that gets many a “where did you get your headband from?”.

But don’t think their designs are limited to the beautiful bows, headbands and clips… oh no, there is much more on display down Sweet Poppie Lane. I invite you to take a wander through the pages of their user friendly website. Prices, products and all sorts of pretty to get excited about!

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Review written by: Angela of Yes, Dear

Store Spotlight @ Candice Lee Accessories

Candice Lee May 1Inspired by all things pretty and vintage, our angelic pieces are designed and hand made with love and care. Perfect for weddings, special occasions or just to pretty up your day.

Our items are made from quality materials, and are all sourced within Australia, including 100% silk and cotton fabrics, Swarovski crystals, lace, pearls and many other unique pieces Candice finds in her travels.

We are excited to announce that coming soon will be a range of vintage inspired purses and handbags!

Please visit our Facebook page to stay in touch.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sale Spotlight @ The Dardy Collection

The Dardy Collection May 210% Off!
The Dardy Collection is having a sale!

Likers of
Shop Contemporary Handmade
can get 10% off storewide
at The Dardy Collection’s online store by entering the promotion code ‘dardycollection’ when you go through the checkout.

This gorgeous little store sells Ruffle Pants, Drawing Kits, Amber Teething, Headbands, Clothes, Bibs, Baby Wipes Cases, Modern Cloth Nappies and lots more; all handmade by at home Mums. And you get 10% off all of it!

Offer ends Wednesday 1 June at 9pm WST.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Product Spotlight @ Lilli Pilli Jewellery

Lilli Pili Jewellery May 4Stacking Rings

Corinne from Lilli Pilli Jewellery believes jewellery should be fun. So she designed the stacking ring range for those occasions when you feel like wearing just a little jewellery; or making a statement with lots.

The range includes gem set rings, textured rings and rings with decorations like butterfly, flower, heart and lightning bolt.

All of the rings sit neatly on the finger no matter which order you wear them. The rings are also very reasonably priced; especially as you can have them custom made too.

Corinne herself wears four of them at a time; but then there are times when one ring looks just right.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Event and Competition Spotlight @ Inspired Wish

Inspired Wish MayInspired Wish Jewellery is celebrating a brand makeover. We are sporting a new look and logo.

To celebrate, Inspired Wish is giving away a Candy Kisses resin ring to one lucky winner. Full competition detail are on the blog.

Enter before Saturday 21 May 11pm for a chance to win. Competition is open world wide.

Inspired Wish inspires women to look and feel fabulous. Make the most of your wardrobe by completing your look with colourful accessories. To change your look, you only need change your accessories!

Join in the celebrations!

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Store Spotlight and Special Offer @ Little Toot Creations

Little Toot Creations May 2Little Toot Creations is where you’ll find quality handmade clothing and accessories made with love from my home, to yours.

For me, childhood was all about running barefoot in the backyard, collecting tadpoles from the creek, enjoying special treats with Nanna and being on the water with Pop, in his boat, 'Little Toot'. A simple life with simple things.

Little Toot Creations is a reflection of all those things I loved most about my own childhood.

All of my creations are made to be practical and individual; from quality fabrics in beautiful designs.

Special Offer: For a limited time mention Shop Contemporary Handmade to receive your bonus hair accessories or mini-set of fridge magnets with every full-priced clothing order!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Store Spotlight @ Robin Street Market

RSM MayRobin Street Market is an online market where you can travel via our world map to the country of your choice, browse our market stalls which are filled with handmade and unique items, find out about the talented people who created these wonderful gifts, and also read tales about our experiences in faraway places. And every now and then you get to read a bit about food we enjoyed as well!

If you are interested in a finding something truly unique then Robin Street Market is the place for you.

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Treasure Hunting @ SCH

For the Boys

Milly Molly MandyLittle Toot Creations

Milly Molly Mandy:
Union Jack Memory Board
Little Toot Creations: Golfer Boy Pants

Totally InnocentCalamity Bolt

Totally Innocent:
Appliqué T-shirt
Calamity Bolt: Hobby Horse

Gaye AbandonKitty Hugo Kids

Gaye Abandon:
Up-cycled Jumper Hottie Cover
Kitty Hugo Kids: Draw-string Bag

Little RayAlphabet Monkey

Little Ray:
Hooded Check Shirt
Alphabet Monkey: Surfboard Quilt

Monday, May 16, 2011

Event Spotlight @ Pikelet Workshop

The Pikelet Workshop 2 May1st Birthday!

Pikelet Workshop is a having it's first birthday and to celebrate we've launched our new website and blog.

Pop over to the blog and leave a comment to enter the draw for our giveaway. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?

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Store Spotlight @ Lilli Pilli Jewellery

Lilli Pili Jewellery MayCorinne at Lilli Pilli Jewellery offers contemporary handmade designs in rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets from Sterling Silver and semi precious and precious gemstones at affordable prices and with prompt personalised service.

Lilli Pilli Jewellery is also happy to custom make to your design or to tweak an existing design so you can have a one of a kind item to keep forever. Drop in to the online store to see what is on offer and ”I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.” says Corinne.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Product Review @ Summaskye

SummaskyeSomething that excites me no end is the use of vintage fabrics and up-cycling in general! To take something that is seemingly redundant and giving it a new beginning is a talent second to none.

A handmade business I have become very fond of does this beautifully, this business is Summaskye. Skye (the styling seamstress that sits behind the name) is someone whose work I find very hard to ignore. As you look through her Facebook photo albums it is so easy to get lost in her fabric compilation and timeless designs.

Summaskye is committed to quality workmanship, exceptional service and supporting her fellow handmade businesses. With "vintage" being the new vogue in handmade it is hard for a business to set itself apart in such a competitive environment but Skye has taken her love for what she does, committed to it and her pieces in turn speak for themselves. Everything beautiful about the unique nature of up cycled fabrics can be found at Summaskye.

I encourage you to peruse the albums filled with pencil rolls intended for doodlers like me (why should the children always get the good stuff?), the dreamiest of owls (of which I am coveting), ponchos made from crochet goodness, doily bunting that would make any vintage lover swoon, dresses that are sweeter than candy ... and the list goes on.

Up-cycling, done with a vintage flair for contemporary styling ... what more could one ask for!


Review written by: Angela of Yes, Dear

Store Spotlight and Discount @ Savage Kitten

Savage KittenSavage Kitten aims to provide one of a kind or limited edition, unique, affordable, well-made, hand-made creations.

From scarves, jewellery and bows, to men’s accessories, key-rings and greeting cards. A one stop shop for the perfect gift.

All items are meticulously constructed for function and aesthetics. They are created with a little piece of Savage Kitten's heart enclosed (metaphorically speaking of course!). Each piece is made slowly by me under strict quality control.

Discount for SCH followers:
Use the code SCH25 to receive 25% off your purchase from www.savagekitten.etsy.com. Offer expires 30 June 2011.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Competition Event @ Yes, Dear

Yes, dear

WIN $100 of
handmade shopping

Angela (our voice of the shopper) is offering you the change to win $100, to spend at the handmade business of your choice!

Yes, dear. $100 to spend on handmade. Bliss.

You might like to get inspiration by visiting some of our blog sponsors and advertisers.

For full details and to enter, follow the link to Angela’s blog Yes, Dear and follow the instructions.

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Store Spotlight @ You Make Me… Me

You Make Me Me May 2You Make Me...Me is a way for our family to share our creations with others. We hope that you love them as much as we do!

Our aim is to create items that have their own character, just like you.

All of our items are of great quality, and are handmade with love and care.

You Make Me...Me specialises in sock animals, softies and accessories. Feel free to contact us for custom-made sock animals and we will endeavour to meet your request.

Make sure to check our Made It Store regularly for new items.

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Event Spotlight @ Lollipop Markets

Lollipop Markets

Sunday 22nd May 2011
10am - 3pm
The Shores Function Complex
Corner Hamra & Military Road, West Beach, South Australia

A gorgeous market in Adelaide SA showcasing some of our great talent in handmade, one of a kind, limited editions and custom made, unique & boutique items for baby bumps, babies, kids, mums & dads!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Event Spotlight @ Selkie’s Stash

Fabric 2To celebrate her birthday, Mel is offering FREE postage Australia wide on all orders over $40 on the Selkie's Stash online fabrics and patterns website.

Offer runs until midnight
14th May.

Happy Shopping!

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Store Spotlight @ Calamity Bolt

Calamity Bolt MayCalamity Bolt wares are designed and proudly slow-made in a little country cottage home, by a mum passionate about re-purposing pieces of bygone beauty.

Creating old-fashioned stick-horses for young imaginations and hair ties with wowee factor. And more to come!

Each item is one-of-a-kind or small-run due to the use of fabric and trim most often in short supply.

Gallop on over and browse the handmade lovelies in-store now. And join our Facebook page for regular updates and fun.

We are always happy to hear from you!

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Event Spotlight @ Sugar & Spice Market

Sugar and Spice market MaySunday 5 June 2011 9am – 1pm
St Ambrose Parish Hall
Corner of Anslow and Templeton Street,
Woodend, Victoria

This June sees 1 year of delivering lots of Sugar & Spice goodness.

There will be a big birthday celebration at our next market, with face painting, entertainment, 100 goodie bags for the first shoppers through the door and a HUGE raffle giveaway.

Sugar & Spice stallholders only sell new products that are handmade by themselves or from a small production line. Each stall is handpicked, to offer a diverse range of products. Our markets are a beautiful boutique shopping experience; with delicious cupcakes, good coffee and kid’s entertainment a staple of every market.

Come and join in the celebrations!

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Store Spotlight @ Pikelet Workshop

Pikelet Workshop May 2Pikelet Workshop offers a range of handmade little poppets to delight your kids.

Designs vary from pirates and superheros to mermaids and babushkas; with new characters popping up all the time.

Each pieces is designed and crafted by
Jen Moffat-Hallam in Perth, Western Australia.

There are some really exciting announcements to come in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime why not come see the poppets on our Facebook page.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Store Spotlight @ Poppy and Bea

Poppy & Bea MayPoppy & Bea is a range of handmade products made by Poppy & Bea's mum, Nicola (mostly while they sleep) in Western Australia.

Like many other work-at-home mums, Nicola’s business is small and home-based; she works around caring for young children. It has grown out of her wanting unique, good quality products for herself and her daughters, extended to making gifts for friends, then friends of friends… now her products are available to you too.

The range includes fabric-covered hair accessories for women and girls, felt hair accessories for girls and babies, felt booties and mobiles, pocket mirrors, brooches, fridge magnets and more.

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Event Spotlight @ Handmade Craft Market

HCM Final imageSunday 15 May 10am – 2pm
Erina High School
Corner Ernest St and
The Entrance Rd
Central Coast of NSW
(just an hour north of Sydney).

Shop at over 60 designer and artist stalls. Enjoy delicious treats and gorgeous handmade originals.

100 FREE Goodie Bags, FREE face painting, fairy fun and acoustic performances from MMAD.

WIN a photographic package from Felicity Thomson Photography valued at $490.

Admission: Gold coin donation to Musicians Making a Difference in May. Kids up to 16 years FREE.

No ATMS on site.

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