Monday, 13 December 2010

Get all your last minute Christmas Gifts at the Brisbane Twilight Markets this Friday Night!

If you are in Brisbane this Friday the 17th of December, be sure to stop by King George Square and have a look at all the handmade goodies on offer! The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets will be on in full force. Click on the link to see some examples of sellers attending!
What a perfect time to get those last minute Christmas Ideas and Stocking Stuffers. Miss Rockabilly and Noogal Creations will be launching a new designs, many are one-offs so be sure to get in quick and grab a bargain and unique piece of jewellery or hair accessory!
See you there!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Noogal Creations: The Collective Store

Miss Rockabilly: The Collective Store: "Some exciting news... The Collective Store in Wynnum Queensland is now stocking Noogal Creations ! The store is made up of all sorts of handma..."

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

More New Products...

I neglected Noogal Creations for quite some time while working on Miss Rockabilly and now I'm taking more time for feathers again!

Here are some latest creations - Halloween Feather Earrings and a Black and Magenta Feather Facsinator!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Back to some New Feather Designs...

Well.. I finally got around to listing 2 new feather earring designs. I really love the way they both turned out! I will be listing feather fascinators very soon too! Just in time for Melbourne Cup Day in November.

Have a look at my new listings! Which do you like better?

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Miss Pin Up Australia - I Got In!

Well as a last minute dash I got accepted into Miss Pin Up Australia - QLD Heats on this Friday night! A big stress to get all the accessories sorted but luckily I already had my outfits planned. The competition celebrates everything 50s and I have chosen a collection of day wear, evening, swim and lingerie that reflect my take on the competition. After modelling the outfits there is also a talent section and I will be performing a 50s song. It is an exciting time and also nerve-wracking! I will keep you posted with results for Marilyn McSweetie and Peaches St Claire from the evening. My outfits that will be worn have been inspired by the gorgeous Bettie Page. Two dresses are exclusive to Bettie Page Clothing.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Nautical & Purple Tiger Bows

Just added to my new etsy store! Have a quick peek!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Rockabilly Pin Up Animal Print Hair Bows

Yep... just like it says. Miss Rockabilly has launched on Etsy! 3 new designs have just been added! Don't forget to follow my new blog, tweets or facebook.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Miss Rockabilly - Brand New Business Venture!!

Hi fellow bloggers...
Just an update... I have finally launched my company name and websites. Will be uploading product over the weekend!  Very exciting times. So introducing Miss Rockabilly... 
I would love some Facebook 'Likers', Blog 'Followers' and Etsy 'Lovers'!!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Getting Close to Launch

Inspired by Pin Up and Rockabilly fashion, my new business is nearly ready to launch! This year is all about reinventing myself and where I want to be. I am starting off small with hair accessories and by the end of the year should be well on my way with clothing.
Here are some of my inspirations... (for my kitchen anyway) everything 50s.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Friday Fun Finds!

Have a look at these quirky finds on Etsy! I just love them. Click on the images to go to the items!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Sneak Peek at some new additions...

Inspired by pin up fashion.. I used my ribbon and incorporated it with my peacock feathers to make these cute peacock feather earrings! I will be listing these on Etsy soon... What do you think? It's something I haven't seen done before... so can I say I'm the first???

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Miss Pin Up Australia

Hi Readers! In the spirit of everything Pin Up... Please go vote for me for Miss Pin Up Australia!! AKA - Marilyn McSweetie

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Red Rose Flower Fascinator

I am very much inspired by the Pin Up and Rockabilly scene and will be concentrating my efforts more in that area from now on. I will also be opening a new store in Etsy very soon!

Here are a couple of things I was able to create on the weekend and also use for a Pin Up photo shoot! What do you think? The nautical bow is actually a hair accessory but can also be clipped to sailor hats!
Red Rose Flower Fascinator

Nautical Bow

Monday, 21 June 2010

A Canary Came to Visit

Treasuries are a load of fun and this is my latest. Straight after I posted it... it appeared as the first in the list of Treasuries on Etsy! Very exciting!  Feel free to check it out and leave a comment

Giveaway - Sunlight Feather Earrings. Have you entered yet?

Pop over to Epheriell Designs' Blog to enter My First Giveaway! My favourite Yellow Sunlight Triangles are up for grabs! Thanks to Jess for the lovely feature!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Tutorial Thursday - How to make a Flower Corsage Hairclip

Another crafty video tutorial to help you get inspired!
I found this wonderful tutorial for making a simple flower hair clip. This style is just using one colour, if you added multiple fabrics it would also turn out quite funky! Can't wait to try it out for myself.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Heavenly Lingerie and Accessories from Hopeless

If you are looking for a special treat for yourself or something your boy can buy for you... check out Hopeless and Hopelessly Devoted!  Gaby has a gorgeous collection of vintage inspired lingerie and hair accessories.  She has also been so kind as to share her experiences with us.
Tell us a bit about your brand and how it came about… Also, what inspired you to start your business?

I started Hopeless just under 2 years ago, a short time after I finished my TAFE course. I have been sewing my own clothes since a young age, and from pretty soon after I finished school I knew I wanted to have my own business.

The dream for the brand really just came to me in a flash late one night. I scribbled it down on a piece of paper beside my bed, and in the morning I looked at it again and just knew exactly what everything was going to like, and how I was going to get started. The vision and spirit of the brand  has pretty much stayed the same since that night.

I knew that handmade lingerie was a niche market, which suited me, as I never want to do enormous mass production, and I also love vintage styling, so it was really a marriage of my love for unique and special things with a vintage look.

I have been selling for just over 1 and a half years, and my expectations have been completely blown out of the water in that time! When I look back, it has all happened so fast, and I really am so thrilled about it all!
What is the best part about what you do and is there something you dislike doing?
I love working from home and being my own boss, and all the creative people I have come in touch with as a result has been wonderful. That is probably the best thing.

At the moment I work 7 days a week, and I must admit it is really hard to stay on top of everything. I definitely need to get better at organizing the business and accounts side of things. My strengths lie with the creative side so it is always a struggle with the less creative parts of running a business. 

Is Hopeless and Hopelessly Devoted hobbies or full time business?
I do still work on weekends to make sure I have enough money for rent and bills, but I do Hopeless and Hopelessly Devoted 5 days a week and most nights. 
Do you have any advice for other sellers that may be thinking of doing their craft full time?
Make sure you really love it. Because it will take up every second of your time and take over almost all parts of your life! Especially when you work from home, it is very hard to escape from it, and I pretty much never switch off.

It is a huge amount of work, but it is so much more fulfilling and the rewards mean so much more when you have worked so hard to get somewhere. 
If you have one tip that you could give fellow online sellers to improve their exposure or sales, what would it be? 
Just get involved! There are so many opportunities to get in touch with people online, and you need to take advantage of every avenue. You will learn as you go which work for you and which don’t. For some Facebook will generate the most traffic and sales, for others Twitter, for others blogging. There is no one recipe that will work for everyone. It depends on your business, your personality and strengths.

For me, having amazing photos has been a huge key in getting my work out there. That is obviously a lot to do with my product though too – I need that kind of package to sell what I am selling.

If you are selling supplies, or smaller items that might not need modeling, you can easily get amazing pictures with a small digital camera and a sunny afternoon. 
Where can we find you?

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Purple and Turquoise Treasure Trove!

These are my favourite colours. I hope you enjoy my latest treasury and I would love you to click through and comment! Wonderful Etsy sellers on here.

Friday, 21 May 2010

How to wire wrap a briolette - Jewelry Making

How to wire wrap a briolette. I just tried this video tutorial and love it. Simple yet effective. Have a look at some of my favourite sellers I have found on Etsy that make these.

Wire Wrapped Sapphire Earrings by Angelene on Etsy

Teardrop Necklace in Purple Berry Chalcedony by Sleepy Moon Design on Etsy

Is Your Craft a Full Time Job or Hobby?

I just opened a forum on Etsy asking fellow sellers if their craft was a full time job or hobby. The responses have been mixed so far as well as the sales that go with it!  I will be writing a full article on this when I get more responses online. I would love my blog followers to also contribute to the post if you sell on Etsy... Here is the link.

Juniper Muscle Soother by amanimoon on Etsy

Monday, 17 May 2010

Marbled Feather Earrings

I have just created my first set of earrings using hand marbled feathers. What are your thoughts? 
I sourced these from Quilln Aros and she is just delightful to work with.  Not only does she create unique marbled feathers, she also makes exquisite marbled paper stationery. She is also a great supplier for exotic feathers so have a look at her store if you are after some feather supplies! I will be adding more marbled feather creations to my store but here is my latest and the last image will be added tomorrow to Etsy!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

With Lime...

Check out my latest treasury inspired by Lime! I would love any click throughs and comments. It is currently on the first page of treasury east listings and I'm hoping it gets to the Front Page!

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Product Development - Pricing. Do You have a Formula?

Recently I have been told that I charge too much for my products and I wanted to find out your opinion on my designs... Have a look at my 'sold items' page and tell me what you would reasonably pay for an item on there...

I would love to hear your thoughts and I will post another blog about my pricing formula next...

Monday, 10 May 2010

Hot Pink & Black... Bringing back bright stripes & dots!

Check out my latest treasury on Etsy. I just love hot pink and black and hope you do too!

What Blog Articles do You Read Most?

Just a quick opinion wanted from my followers... What blog articles do you most love reading about?  I want to find out what to write more blogs about but I want to make sure it is something YOU like hearing about.  Any thoughts?

I usually post about:
*New Products
*Interviews with Sellers and
*Marketing Tips for all businesses

Is there something else that you want me to cover in my posts or a particular question you are looking to get answered?

Looking forward to your comments...

Friday, 7 May 2010

Inspiration & Product Development... Just what we all need!

I recently took part in a Craft Swap with Ember from Emberatia. The idea was to swap an item of equal value between crafters and share the love!  This was part of the Etsy DUST Team that I am a part of. This event happens quite frequently and I had a bit of spare time so decided to give it a shot.

I would highly recommend getting behind a craft swap to all sellers. It is selfless and another way to get your product out there.  Now there is always the worry that one party won't contribute but hopefully honesty does prevail for craft swaps. I would love to hear everyone's feedback about craft swaps or something similar if you have taken part.

I asked Ember what she liked in my product range and she liked 'long' earrings. So I worked with this idea and created my Be Daring Purple Feather Earrings.  I had combined these colours before with my first 'Be Daring' concept but the texture of the Emu and Peacock feathers used in the new design have really lifted the product I think.  See the comparisons below.  

Ember really liked her feather earrings so sometimes it is good to ask what style others like.  I was always worried about 'long' feather earrings because of the 'tickle' factor but sometimes it just works! Inspired by her feedback I decided to create a set to sell in my shop as well...

Be Daring (Original)

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Getting Crafty! An Interview with Crafty Pagan Designs - Special offer for blog readers!

Thanks to Rowena from Crafty Pagan Designs for providing some wonderful insights into the life of a crafter and online seller! Have a read of what she has to say...

Rowena, What do you make?
I make luxury handmade greeting cards, vintage tag sets, bookmarks, and other stationary and altered art. Anything that I can stamp on!
How long have you been creating?
I've been creative all my life but I only got started stamping and papercrafting 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my now 2 year old boy. I think it was the first real chance I'd had to really get involved with a hobby after years of working long hours in beauty spa management.

How did you come across these materials/styles of crafting?
My style is developing all the time as I discover new techniques, or become inspired by something. When I began blogging over a year ago it opened up my eyes to the wonderful types of papercrafting and the cool stamps that were available. 
Who or What inspires your work?
Whenever I'm feeling uninspired I spend an hour or so looking through other stampers blogs-the talent out there couldn't fail to inspire and spark a new idea!

Is this your full time job or hobby?
I'm a stay at home mummy and any chance I get (my sons nap time and bedtime) I work on my etsy shop and create new projects. 
Where have you been most successful selling?
I'm really only starting to see good sales from etsy in the past couple of months when I've been really concentrating on promoting it etc, before then I sold items to local shops and word of mouth. 

Do you have any advice for fellow sellers trying to get more sales that has worked for you?
The only recommendations I can make that have helped me is if you're selling on etsy or another similar environment read the business posts-take advice, begin an active member in the forums, promote as much as you can (business cards, fanpages etc, blogging) and keep creating and listing those new items. Also respond to what others say that would like to see in your shop where possible, and always take custom orders!
Are there other blogs or sellers that you love?

There are so many bloggers and etsy sellers that I love! Here are just a few:
Queen of NostalgiaShe has been a long time favourite of mine-she evokes such nostalkgic emotion in both her writing and beautiful crafted pieces.
The LaLaLa Shop - Welsh artist Leanne Ellis has a style all of her own!
I love reading Crissy's Blog - Crissy is an artist for Whimsy stamps (the stamp company I design for) and I just find her blog so inspiring-she's such a talented artist!
Would you like to offer a giveaway/discount/promotion to blog readers?
I'd love to offer anyone reading this a 10% discount off any purchase (excludes shipping)-just quote Noogal Creations blog in the message to seller and I'll refund the amount through paypal after you've paid. Valid for one month.

You can also follow Crafty Pagan's Blog, Twitter and Facebook Pages...

Would you like to be featured on Noogal Creations? Just email me to find out more 

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Release the Tiger Inside!

Thanks to the long weekend I was able to put my creative thoughts into action! Here is my latest feather earring addition. Feel free to comment! 
To all the sellers out there that are having trouble getting sales. My one major tip would be to 'think positive' it has really been working for me this year and I woke up to a sale in my Made It shop this morning!

On another note... Lest We Forget. To all the remaining veterans, we wouldn't be the country we are without you.

White anemone poppy from Tamara Designs

Friday, 23 April 2010

New Black Peacock Feather Earrings... have a peek!

Just a little plug for my new black peacock feather earrings! I love the way the colours come through the black - flecks of gold and purple can be seen. You can have a look at them in my Etsy store.

I also created a black treasury on Etsy with this item and a few lovely other finds. Feel free to click and comment!