Friday, 25 November 2011

Christmas is coming......

and so is the C3 Church Christmas Market!

What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than by coming along to C3 Bridgeman Downs on Sunday 4 December ~ join in one of the morning services at 8am or 10am and afterwards meander through our market, with an array of Christmas crafts, jewellery, children's clothes, gifts. Entertain the children on the rides and amusements, join in the Christmas games and treat yourself to something yummy from the food market!
There is something for everyone!
See the events page for location and times!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Spring Runway Show......amazing!

What an incredible evening! I was privileged to be a part of this very professional evening ~ so many people came and had an amazing experience! Well done to everyone at C3 Bridgeman Downs who played a part in making this an awesome event!


stall after set-up - looked even better after dark with twinkling lights!

old favourites and new designs.....

Friday, 4 November 2011

Spring 2011 Runway Show tonight........

It's Friday and all systems are go for the Spring 2011 Runway Show at C3 Church Bridgeman Downs!
I am just finishing packing up all my stock and getting excited already for what promises to be a spectacular event tonight! Dress rehearsals were amazing last night and I can't wait for the real thing!





Come along and you will not only experience a very professional fashion show with local and interstate designers, a host of talented models, some incredible music from our awesome C3 musos, you will also have the opportunity to grab a great coffee from the cafe and peruse the fashion market after the show. What better way to spend your Fiday night and kick start the weekend! The show starts at 7pm ~ hope to see you there!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Getting ready.......

for the Spring Runway Show 2011 at C3 Church Bridgeman Downs! Had a busy day today finishing stock in preparation for the fashion market which is part of the amazing fashion show this coming Friday 4 Nov at 7pm. This is a free event so come along and bring some friends - it will be an awesome night!


I have new designs for Summer 2011/2012 which I will give a little sneak peek of throughout this week.
So if something takes your fancy head along to C3 on Friday - details on events tab.

Monday, 24 October 2011

At last........

the drought is broken!


I have had, for many and varied reasons, a tough couple of months in getting creative! Life and all its ups, downs and highs and lows has construed to prevent my creative juices from flowing..... but spurred on by upcoming events and a lack of stock for the Christmas season I have finally got stuck in and had a very productive and fruitful few days! Hallelujah!
I have been experimenting too and have a few new ideas in the pipeline so watch this space!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Now at The Collective Store!

I am very excited to announce that you can now find my designs at The Collective Store in Wynnum! If you haven't yet discovered this treasure trove of handmade goodness make sure you make a date in your diary for a visit!


The first couple of weeks have been very encouraging and I am busy working on new items to replenish my display! The 'HOPE' cross pendant above is one of a host of new items available there soon.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Take heart..........


There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails



So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again
In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails



All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome
All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome



All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome
All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome



All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome
All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome





God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome
God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome


These beautiful words from a worship song by
 Hillsong United have really spoken to my heart today, 
they have uplifted my soul.......
My prayer is that it will do the same for you.


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Monday New Finds.......

Just sharing today how excited  was yesterday to be included in Made It's Monday New Finds  ! I always look forward to receiving my newsletter and checking out all sorts of interesting handmade goodies and it was so cool to have my Shabby Heart Art Block featured!
Even more fantastic - it sold last night and is presently winging its way to it's new home........
There are other similar designs available and more being added to my Made It Shop daily....... so have a look and see what you think!


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Leap fearlessly.........



UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT. 

EMBRACE YOUR TRUTH. LET IT GO. 

UNLEASH YOUR JOY. EMBRACE VULNERABILITY. 

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE. 

ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED. MANIFEST COURAGE. 

FIND BEAUTY IN THE SMALL THINGS. 

QUIET THE INNER CRITIC. WEAR MORE SKIRTS. 

OWN YOUR TALENT. SPEAK OF YOUR GRATITUDE. 

LEAP FEARLESSLY. 

DO THE THING YOU NEVER 

THOUGHT YOU COULD DO.




Saturday, 23 July 2011

To market, to market.........

Phew..... busy week and a busy start to the weekend finishing new designs and products ready for the Boutique Market tomorrow! Very weary now, but also very satisfied!check out the photos below for a preview of some of the new items and head on down to Portside Wharf, Hamilton tomorrow between 8am and 1pm to say hi!


Monday, 18 July 2011

We have a winner.......

A great big thank you to everyone who took part in the giveaway to celebrate Cross your Heart's debut at BrisStyle Indie Designers Market! It has been exciting to see so many new faces and visitors to the blog, Facebook and Twitter.


We randomly drew the winner this evening and have great pleasure in announcing that K Symons from Auckland is the recipient of the $50 voucher, well done!

Blessings and thanks to all who participated......



Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Giveaway update.......

Hey everyone.....
It is exciting to see all the new visitors to my blog, facebook page and twitter....... thanks to all of you who have signed up - wishing you all the best with the draw!
It's not to late to join in the fun and get yourself a chance to win a $50aud Cross your Heart voucher, spread the news! Remember the giveaway is open until midnight on 16/07/11 all the details are on my blog post dated Friday 8 July. Winner will be announced on Monday 18 July.

A great BrisStyle day.......

I had a wonderful day at the BrisStyle indie Designers Market last Saturday...... it was a beautiful sunny day, (with a chilly wind) and handmade lovers were out in force enjoying the sunshine and the diverse selection of craft. I had lovely neighbours and I was very pleased with the reaction to my new goodies....  a big thank you to all my new customers!



I met some amazing people and can't wait 
for the next market! 
Thanks to everyone involved in organizing 
this wonderful event!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Giveaway time...........

celebrate 
Cross your Heart’s 
debut

@ BrisStyle indie Designers Market!

i decided to do a giveaway this week to mark this very exciting occasion!

you could be in to win 
a $50  Cross your Heart  voucher
by simply liking  my  facebook  page
or commenting here!
other ways to enter are to 
follow my blog, my twitter
or signing up here for 
my email newsletter....... 
so easy!

links to all can be found on sidebar

you must do one or more of these between 9/7/11 & 16/7/11 in order to be entered into the draw to win - do all 5 and you get 5 entries! winning entry will be randomly selected and posted here on 18/7/11
voucher must be claimed by 31/7/11 and is valid for two months

what are you waiting for...... ?

Sharing the love.........

Feel very honoured to wake this morning to find my new work in two beautiful treasuries!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTUwNDM5NzV8NDIxMzM2NDcw/dont-be-someone-elses-marionette
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTExOTc0NzZ8NDIwNDY4MDky/i-have-something-to-tell-you

Why not pop along and check them out!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Words To Live By..........

I have a little sneak peek today of some new goodies I will be taking along to The BrisStyle Indie Designers Market this Saturday, (by the way..... I am sooooo excited as this will be my debut at this very cool market)!

Recently I have been thinking about how I am very encouraged and inspired by words, and sometimes seeing a particular word can be just what you need. I was also wondering how to come up with something that may appeal also to the men in our lives - I played around and came up with these shabby, rustic style word blocks and also some rustic crosses.  I think they will look great on your desk, grouped on a bookshelf, or even on the window sill by the kitchen sink!






Another bonus is their affordability.........
so there are no excuses not to treat yourself or to encourage someone special! 
I think they would make great little Father's Day gifts as well.....
You can purchase online at my Etsy or Made It stores.



If you have a special word or saying you would like I will happily custom make them for you.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Proverbs 31 Woman Jewellery Range Part 6

This simple yet striking cross conveys again verses 16-18 from Proverbs 31.
Each of us can be a Daughter of the King!
Remind yourself of how precious you are to Him with the pearl and Princess crown charms....



She considers a field and buys it; 
from her profits she plants a vineyard. 
She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. 
She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Proverbs 31 Woman Jewellery Range Part 5

This heart pendant with its adornments of a pearl and an angel wing charm feels so romantic and feminine. The verses depicted on the heart are Proverbs 31:16-18.

She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard. 
She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. 
She perceives that her merchandise is good, 
and her lamp does not go out by night. 

Monday, 23 May 2011

Proverbs 31 Woman Jewellery Range Part 4

This cross pendant is one of my favourite new items in the current range. It has the feel of a very old piece with a patina that exudes vintage style!

She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. 
She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. 
She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, 
and a portion for her maidservants. 

Monday, 16 May 2011

Proverbs 31 Woman Jewellery Range Part 3

Today's heart pendant is inspired by Proverbs 31:13-15.

She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. 
She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. 
She also rises while it is yet night, 
and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants. 

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Proverbs 31 Woman Jewellery Range Part 2

Here is the next item in the new range - also based on verses 10, 11 and 12.


Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. 
The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. 

Friday, 6 May 2011

Proverbs 31 Woman Jewellery Range

At long last, my new range of jewellery inspired by Proverbs 31 is complete and I am excited to be launching it this weekend at the special Mother's Day Boutique Market at Portside Wharf, Hamilton this Sunday 8th May from 8am -1pm. I will profile a piece every day here on the blog.

Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. 



Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Easter thoughts......

With Easter just around the corner I find myself thinking of the 'The Passion of the Christ' as I so often do now at  this time of year. It was a movie that touched me like none other ever has. I would have to say that it is the movie that has impacted me more than any other, it is not one I would watch over and over, but I will never forget the emotions it stirred in me and the overpowering sense of gratitude I felt. My children will tell you that 'mum always cries in movies!' and yes I did cry, huge uncontrollable sobs, I wept a mother's tears. The moment that brings me to tears even now whenever I think of it is when Mary sees Jesus stumble under the weight of the cross, and she has a memory of running to help him when he fell over as a small child. A mother's love..... what greater love? Only God's love for us...... he gave his one and only Son so that we might have life!

So my inspiration for creating at Easter time has come from these thoughts..... maybe not what is expected but coming from a mother's perspective. I hope you find this thought provoking............

Friday, 8 April 2011

Springtime in Paris

I had an enjoyable hour or so last night seeking out gorgeous goods for this tres shabby chic Treasury - I hope you enjoy pondering it as much as I did!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d9dc83df9a66d91796205a7/springtime-in-paris?ref=pr_treasury


The Proverbs 31 Woman

My new series of work will be based on a passage of scripture which has influenced me for many years. I have some pieces in progress at the moment so keep an eye open for the finished pieces!




....... for her price is far above rubies.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Inspiration Contest


Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;

Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

My entry for the Etsy CAST team Inspiration Contest is my altered art wall cross 
entitled 'Love Divine'
Who could not be inspired with these words by Charles Wesley......

Monday, 28 March 2011

Consider this.....

'It isn't that I breathe life into art ~ it's that art breathes life into me.'
This quote by Susan Ure resonates with my soul.... I can completely identify with her words.....creating is what makes me feel alive.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Imprinted Images.........

I often get inspired to create a piece of art or an item of jewelery by something I read that stirs something in my soul. A few years ago I came across an old yellowed paperback book in a second hand book store called 'Inspiring Poems'. It has on many occasions sparked an idea and got me started on a new creation. One of my favourite poems found in this little treasury is 'Imprinted Images' by an unknown author.

     Walk in the starlight long enough
          And the silver will touch your hair,
     For the stars will lean from heaven
          And be reflected there.

     Talk with the angels long enough
          And your very face will shine,
     For the peace of God will touch your eyes
          With radiance divine.

     Only give God and the angels time
          To burnish what once was dim,
     And the glory may rest on all of us,
           For was it not so with Him?

I have long had an interest in angels and the part they play in God's plan and in our lives (hence my obsession with photographing them!) Below is a wall heart which uses one of my photographs and extracts of the poem.

I hope you are inspired and uplifted by this too.......