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Etsy purchases


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?

Take care,


Burlap Quilt


You have seen my Burlap Pencil Rolls, Burlap Cards and Burlap Pincushion, but did you know I also made a Burlap Quilt? (read more about it here and here) It was juried into the State of the Art Quilt 13 exhibition which opened today at Gallery 159, The Gap, here in Brisbane.

The nicely matching bag is from Made by Nanna, a Dutch Etsy shop. I love it!

Take care,



Things are very quiet at BJ HQ, as my new job is taking up a lot of my time and most of my energy! Add to that the fact that this is the second week of the Easter holidays and you will understand that not much creativeness is happening here.

So I thought I’d show you my lovely new necklace – made by Kirrily of Moppety. She upcycles old t-shirts to create these beauties, how clever is that? This one was custom made in my favourite colours; aqua and blue.

Thanks to my eldest son for taking the pic. If I look a bit tired you know why!

Take care,

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?

Take care,

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:

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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!

Take care,

BrisStyle Indie Eco Market

Today I visited the BrisStyle Indie Eco Market in Hamilton – I will be selling at the Designers Market in December here, so it was good to see how it is set up. There are a number of stalls inside and some marquees outside, under the Poinciana trees (I will be inside in December).

Reverse Garbage was at the market! – of course I couldn’t resist buying some stuff: a coffee sack, a few zips, fabric and a bag ful of corks.

Green Me Up Granny was selling these lovely bars of soap:

I had to buy this Juicy Tutti Fruitti Soap (really, it was begging me):

The coffee sack I bought – love the two-colour print:

I also bought a pile of doilies from Myclectic. This gorgeous doily was only 50 cents!

I had a lovely time and am looking forward to being a seller here on the 8th of December!

Take care,

The Finders Keepers Market

Today I picked up my eldest son from his gymnastics training and together we went to The Finders Keepers Market. It was in The Old Museum (close to his gym), one of Brisbane’s older buidings (built in 1891). On the other side of the street is this appropriate traffic signal box:

I had a browse at the market…

… while my son was happy to wait for me outside 😉

One of my favourite stalls was the one of Rebound Books:

I couldn’t resist a 2013 diary made from a Little Golden Book:

Heidi was one of my favourite books when I was a child…

I captured this old piano:

And I was lucky to get a free Etsy shop critique with Jennie! (my son took the photo – the battery of his DS had gone flat)

Outside was this gorgeous coffee van…

… and on the veranda a fairy floss machine!

The Finders Keepers photographer took a photo of my son with his fairy floss 😉

We had a lovely afternoon!

Take care,