Tuesday, November 30, 2010

handmade living Blog Tour - Lark

Just take a look at these gorgeous profiles of three of handmade living's amazing designers... as featured on the Lark Blog today. Click on each picture to read more about Emma Kidson of Kidson Jewellery, Wynona Leach of Ivy Designs and artist Kate Ward.

Thank you Allison! Enjoy this wonderful insight into some real Australian talent on the beautiful Lark Blog.

Are you keeping up with this amazing tour? Click here for the full schedule!

Monday, November 29, 2010

handmade living Blog Tour - The Happy Home

Huge thanks to Handmade Canberra friend all-round gorgeous girl Belinda from The Happy Home for this sensational blog tour article, featuring the talented Rachel Bilal of Ricochet Art! Don't miss it.

handmade living Blog Tour - Australian Women Online

Well, just look at handmade living on Australian Women Online! This article - handmade is the new black - reveals to readers all over the country how special handmade living and its content is... and also features comments from designers Stephanie Lee of Stelloberry Designs, Polly Stokes of Polbymade and Lyn Hellewell of Pinnigan. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

handmade living Blog Tour - Tiny Concept

Day Two of our beautiful blog tour and we have stopped off at the blog of handmade living illustrator Tina Snerling of Tiny Concept! As you will see when you look at the book, Tina does things with such whimsical style... enjoy her beautiful blog post - and a sneak peek at her illustrations in the book!

handmade living Blog Tour - Thea and Sami

Exclusive! As part of the handmade living BLOG TOUR, the divine Ms Thea from Thea and Sami has posted some sneak peek photos of our beautiful book - along with a very exclusive interview with author Tania on the making of the book. Check out this stunning post now!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

handmade living Blog Tour - Posie Patchwork

The handmade living BLOG TOUR kicked off with a sensational conversation between book author Tania McCartney and main book contributor Jennie McClelland of Posie Patchwork. Don't miss this glorious post, and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of the book!

Update: Want to win over $150 worth of designer fabric! If Posie's article reaches 100 comments, the winner will also receive this stunning fabric stash with their copy of the book!!

Look Who's Following us on Twitter!

*Cough cough*. Told you this was going to be big.

Friday, November 26, 2010

What people are saying about handmade living!

She's almost here... Handmade Canberra's stunning inaugural publication - handmade living: a designer collective. It has certainly been a labour of love - from the initial designer call out... to the myriad of cover options (can you now see how hard it was to choose the final cover!?)... and on 4 December, you can all see this magnificent book for yourself at Handmade Market and Shop Handmade, and Australia-wide from 6 December.

When you've snaffled your copy and pored over it with your creative heart in your throat, do drop us a line and tell us what you think!

The media have their review copies and are asking for interviews and excerpts (stay tuned for more info on that!), wholesaling designers are getting their copies, and the word is spreading - this book is like nothing Australia has ever seen before. Handmade designers rejoice... this is going to be big.

Here's just some of the comments we're receiving, and the book hasn't even hit the shelves yet...

The book is a real credit to you, Julie, Tina and all those involved. Just gorgeous! - Julie Samaras, Editor, Canberra Weekly

The quality of the book and presentation exceeded my expectations - it is just lovely and a credit to you and the team. I was also really impressed with the originality and cleverness of many of the projects - I think this will make it stand out in the marketplace. I'm thrilled to be a part of it. - Nic from Yardage Design

Congratulations on the book, it’s really something to be amazingly proud of, well done you!! - Jennie from Posie Patchwork

I have got to say the book has exceeded my wildest expectations. You must be so proud of yourself, the book is truly amazing. I have NEVER seen anything quite like it. I have quite a few craft books but they are nothing in comparison and it is truly inspirational! - Ali from Park Eden

The books arrived this morning... words almost fail me. You must be thrilled with the final product. Well done - it is truly stunning. It’s such an honour to be featured in this publication alongside my creative contemporaries. - Kirsten of Paper by Forget Me Not

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! So beautiful, I am drooling over the pages right now!! LOVE! - Emma of Kidson Jewellery

The book is a winner....congrats. - Liz of Betty Jo Designs

Your beautiful book arrived today and it is amazing! It has so many inspiring projects – the hard part will be deciding which project to make first. It truly is a visual feast. {My daughter} has already identified some projects that she wants to make – I can see it will get a lot of use during the school holidays. I especially love the broad range of projects, as we love to dabble in lots of different crafts. With most craft books you may find one or two projects of interest but yours is full to the brim of lovely, inspiring ideas. - Lisa of A Spoonful of Sugar

Lou and I held our breath this afternoon and opened the box that held our copies of handmade living. The book is exquisite. I was expecting something great, but it is even better than I thought it would be. I am so thrilled and proud to have been part of something so wonderful. - Michelle of Poppy Bean & Bloss

My books arrived in the post on Thursday and I was so delighted with them, I have ordered 5 more for Christmas presents! - Amy of Happy as Larry Designs

I just finished looking through my copy of the book and I can honestly tell you that it's the most beautiful craft book that I have ever seen. I am so proud that it is Australian and all Aussie craft lovers need to buy this book! It's truly fabulous. Congratulations to all involved! I so want to be part of the next book. – Thea from Thea & Sami {Ed: and we want you to be part of it!}

If you would like to stock handmade living in your shop or online, contact Janet at Dennis Jones and Associates. Did I say this was going to be big?

Friday, November 19, 2010

handmade living in The Canberra Weekly!

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Eternal thanks to the lovely Julie Samaras for this fantastic profile on handmade living in the Canberra Weekly! Readers can win one of three sensational packs - which include the book and a gorgeous handmade sewing kit by our own Jennie McClelland of Posie Patchwork!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

how to apply for A Handmade Christmas.

Applications for Handmade Canberra's second book will be out some time in 2011. Watch this blog for more information.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

handmade living Blog Tour Schedule

handmade living is on tour!
Handmade Canberra is thrilled to announce its handmade living Book Launch Blog Tour! The tour will commence Saturday 27 November and run until the book launch on Saturday 4 December.

We will be ‘touring’ a stunning line-up of blogs – and you can follow it right along. It’s going to be a lot of fun! and we hope to see you there, sharing a glass of virtual bubbles! Enjoy every glorious handmade moment.

Saturday 27 November
Posie Patchwork
What is handmade living?

Sunday 28 November
Thea and Sami
How handmade living Was Produced

Sunday 28 November
Tiny Concept
Illustrating handmade living

Monday 29 November
Australian Women Online
Handmade Is the New Black & book giveaway!

Monday 29 November
The Happy Home
Designer Interview

Tuesday 30 November
Designer Profiles - Kate Ward, Kidson Jewellery, Ivy Designs

Tuesday 30 November
Tania McCartney
Sneak Peek!

Wednesday 1 December
A Spoonful of Sugar
Handmade Christmas gifts

Wednesday 1 December
Perth Upmarket
Western Australian Designers

Thursday 2 December
made it
Book Profile

Thursday 2 December
Life and Other Crises
handmade living Choc-Fest

Friday 3 December
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Combining a Cottage Business with Raising a Family

Friday 3 December
Find Make Do
Designer Profile

Saturday 4 December
Fat Mum Slim
Project Recreation

Saturday 4 December
Handmade Canberra
Book Giveaways

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Handmade Living Launch Schedule

Wow! Just take a peek at the amazing line up of events we have scheduled for the launch of handmade living!

Saturday 27 Novemberhandmade living. blog tour online - the tour schedule coming soon - wait til you see who we're visiting!!

Saturday 4 Decemberhandmade living. launch at Handmade Christmas Market

Friday 10 Decemberhandmade living. launch party at Shop Handmade

Saturday 11 Decemberhandmade living. book stall at the Canberra Centre

Sunday 12 Decemberhandmade living. high tea, book signing and mini designer expo at Dalton’s Bookstore, Canberra

Sunday 12 Decemberhandmade living. book signing and book giveaways at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka

Stay tuned - lots more info soon!