After a busy period at work I finally found time to add some new items to the shop. They all happened to be blue, and that made me realise there are quite a few items in my shop that are blue. Not surprisingly, for I love blue! Here is a selection.
Category Archives: Etsy
I thought it was high time to show you some of my recent Etsy purchases. I adore these turquoise textile earrings made by Hagar from Israel. In her shop Gilgulim she sells colourful and original fiber jewellery. Check it out!
I have quite a collection of earrings and decided I needed this lovely flower dish from Swedish shop Annabell Ceramic to keep them in!
Although I do not often wear brooches, I couldn’t resist this Quilt Block Brooch from Pannikin, an Australian shop. They are having a closing down sale now, so be quick if you want to snap up some cuteness!
And finally, I bought this adorable sock kangaroo for our new little niece in the Netherlands. It was made by Marlene from Lost Socks Home, another Australian shop, full of gorgeous sock animals.
Have you bought any handmade items lately?
More Etsy Purchases
Things here at BJ HQ (Blue Jacaranda Headquarters) are a bit quiet, as I have just started working in a new job (editor at a quilting magazine; a dream job!). I do have some more Etsy purchases to show off though – since I decided to only buy handmade presents for my loved ones from now on, I often get to shop on Etsy! I bought this gorgeous necklace from TrincarUvas as a birthday present for my BFF in the Netherlands and was happy to hear that she loved it :-).
This ACEO-sized* Giclee print mounted on wood from Flor Larios Art was a present for my sister-in-law, who celebrated her first birthday as a mother. I thought she might appreciate it and luckily she did :-).
And this was a little present for myself ;-). I’ve had my eye on it for a while and after finding a new job I decided to buy it. It is an ACEO made from copper, created by Chris Zielski from Copper Leaf Studios. I love it!
*ACEOs are art cards; 2.5 x 3.5 inch or 64 x 89 mm. Read more about them here.
Have you bought any handmade treasures lately?
More Etsy Purchases
Spending so much time on Etsy I sometimes can’t resist buying stuff… Here are my latest purchases. For a while now I have been buying handmade soap instead of those supermarket pumps, and this soap dish from Portugese shop Azulado is just what I needed to keep the soap in.
I just had to buy this Triple Circle Necklace from The Zen Muse. So simple and stylish. I like to think of what the three circles could stand for – past, present and future? My three children? The holy trinity? The virgin, the mother and the crone? 🙂
In January, my brother-in-law and his partner in the Netherlands had their first baby. I had promised to make a quilt, but wanted to send a present straightaway (I didn’t start on the quilt until the baby was born – I like to know who I am making a quilt for). I have decided to only give handmade presents this year, so I searched Etsy for an Australian animal softie – and found this adorable koala from Luna Bird Art. I had him sent to Holland, so didn’t see him myself, but my sister-in-law tells me that it is a lovely, well-made toy and that the baby is intrigued by that black and white thing in her cot!
Looking at all the softies on Etsy made me want to try and make one myself, so I bought this Platypus pattern from Funky Friends Factory, a Brisbane-based Etsy shop. The instruction were well written and easy to follow, and the first platypus I made turned out really well:
I sent it to our little niece along with the finished baby quilt. My youngest son was very sad to see it go, so I made one for him too. He chose the fabrics:
Robbie named this platypus Luke, after his hero Luke Skywalker! I entered him in the MakeMyMonday draw on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook page and was delighted to hear that i was the winner! I got to choose a pattern for free, and Robbie and I decided on the cockatoo:
Isn’t he just too cute? I hope to show my version soon!
My Etsy purchases
I don’t just sell on Etsy; I also love buying things and I thought I’d show you my latest purchases. I adore this little coin purse from Life Covers, made from gorgeous Harris tweed.
I have an earring addiction and couldn’t resist these brass bangles from Nature Look. Isabella is my teammate in the Four by Four treasury team and she makes stunning jewellery!
I bought this stylish USB stick holder as an anniversary present for my darling hubby – the perfect present for the man who has everything! And I got this one for myself, to keep my lip balm close at hand (on my keyring). Both are from Brisbane-based edward and lilly, one of my favourite shops on Etsy:
BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market
Yesterday I visited the BrisStyle Indie Market at St George Square in the Brisbane CBD together with my friend Yasmin. The square looks lovely at night, with the church dwarfed by the tall office blocks:
We really enjoyed the market. I was thrilled to discover Bec from Spun Mud there – I bought a pair of her earrings years ago at the Eumundi Markets and lost one of them. They were my favourite earrings so I was very happy to be able to buy a new pair. I love ceramic jewellery!
I have very recently joined BrisStyle Inc. and hope to be at their Indie Designers Market in Hamilton on 8th December as a seller!
New burlap item: rustic heart ornament
Now for sale here!
Today I spent most of my time writing the very first Blue Jacaranda Newsletter and setting up a mailing list. I plan to send it out once a month so as not to clog up inboxes. If you subscribe you will automatically go in the draw to win a beautiful Blue Jacaranda prize each month. This month the prize is a set of three Burlap Christmas Cards (see photo) with a text of your choice (in a language of your choice)!
In the newsletter I will tell you about what’s going on at Blue Jacaranda – including new items in the shop, where I hang out, and other things I think you might like to see.To read the first newsletter click here.You can subscribe on that page as well, or go to the Newsletter tab at the top of this page.
Handmade presents for boys
I love buying handmade presents for my loved ones – which isn’t always easy if you have sons that are not babies or toddlers anymore. My eldest son got an Nintendo 3DS for his birthday in February, and we soon discovered that it would be useful to have a case for it. Ha! Handmade opportunity! On Etsy I found Kickass Cases, a shop that sells awesome DS, PSP and Kindle cases. Seller Ki and his girlfriend live in Christchurch, New Zealand, and started their shop after losing their jobs following the devastating earthquake in February 2011. They did find new jobs eventually but the shop had become so popular that they continued to run it.
My son loves his case and it is sturdy and well made; so when my youngest son got a DS on his birthday last month, I of course bought another Kickass Case! (he loves Luigi)
His brother (yes, I have three sons) will get one on his birthday, three weeks from now! Better make sure he doesn’t see this blog before then… 😉
My new phone case
Today I received a belated birthday present from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend in the Netherlands. They asked me if there was something I would really like and I said yes, a cover for my new smartphone! I got this gorgeous felt case from Studio BIG, a Dutch Etsy shop. I love it!