Saturday, 19 January 2013

Representation of made with love!

With all of the excitement this past few days with the giveaway and finishing some orders things have been rather busy and crazy here at Made with love HQ.

So I felt like taking the night off to create something for fun. I always see really nice pics other businesses post when they have sent mail to let their customers know to start stalking their posties. So I decided I wanted to make something 3D and like a diorama to use as my picture.


Throughout my schooling years (1996-2008) I always LOVED it when my teachers would give us a project to do and it was craft related. Remember this was before craft or being crafty and handmade was cool. It was considered lame by many (NOT ME!).. so I spent many a year what is known as a closet crafter... Any chance I could to make something I did and I always loved it. Would enter in craft competitions at my local show, I would spend months designing and creating something and without being too cocky I knew I would have a fair chance at winning.. And the same came to school projects. I always strived to be the best and would spend hours doing assignments and projects. Now I look back all I seemed to do was study. No wonder I wasn't a social butterfly. But I had dreams of what I wanted to become and I knew school wasn't just for socialising- I wanted to make the most of it.

One of my more memorable projects I created was a diorama or representation of the themes represented from a young Australian novel called 48 shades of brown. We were given the project to do over 10 weeks and I always started my projects the day that I got them. I remember planning my diorama straight away I wanted it to be big, and that was an understatement! I got the largest canvas I could find and immediately started scrounging around for items I could recycle. I found some beer carton boxes and other materials and started to create the house as described in the novel, I even made a veranda and internal stair case out of match sticks. I made little wooden tables and chairs and furniture inside the house. I  had so much fun. I got in so much trouble for my room being a mess but I was having fun! I went on to then represent many other aspects of the novel. I found the cutest little porcelain dolls house teaset from a discount bargain store. I never took photo's of the diorama but I had fun!

Who knew  3 years later I would turn my love for craft and paper into a business venture! And I have loved every minute of it! Starting Made with love was one of the best things I have done and cannot express how appreciative I am of the support to let me do what I love to do.

Ooops I am rambling, sorry for that.. now back to the diorama I made last night. I wanted to create a cute scene that represented all things made with love whether it be a home made with love; children are made from making love; creationists believe the world and everything around us was made with love. So I wanted to incorporate many different meanings into something that showed that made with love mail is on its way. I didnt really know how to incorporate the mail side into the diorama (was originally thinking having a postie carrying a parcel or envelope but got carried away in creating all things made with love).

I started with re using a box and cut the flaps off of each side. I then found off cuts and scraps of blue and green cardstock and began gluing pieces to form the sky and the grass.

I then started creating the trees and wanted to recreate a gum tree. Using my crumb cake card stock from stampin up! along with the use of my sizzix big shot and a tree branch metal die from Impression obsession dies I began to cut out two pieces of branches. I also had 100 pine tree leaves I had punched (using my martha stewart punch back at christmas time) that I had not made use of yet, so I decided to use these for the gum tree leaves. I started assembling the tree and leaves by getting two punched pieces and attaching to a stampin up! sticky dot in the shape of a 'v' and started layering the branches until it looked full! I created two of these.

I then attached the branches to the inside of the box to create the first layer of background. I then cut out a single brown brach die 'woodland branch' from memory box dies. I bent the first part of the branch and glued this part to the wall to create a 90' angle and positioned the branch so it looked attached to the tree in the background. Using 2 kids on a swing die cut I attached to the branch. I also added a birds house to the tree to make it feel more homely.

Here is a close up of the branch and swing to show the dimension and 3D effect.


I started working on a house out of scrap pieces and  made a stand for the back of the house so it became propped up (the weight of it kept falling back). Then I added some windows, a  chimney, some clouds and smoke, a bow on the door, some flowers in the flower box and garden. I thought the 'live laugh love' cut out was appropriate for creating a house made with love. Similar signs were always present in my house growing up.

I thought it was cute to add a little puppy watching the kids play as well as two scooters just laying around on the lawn. I lost count of the amount of times my siblings and I would be told "don' leave your bikes laying on the ground.. don't leave your scooted laying on the ground" So I thought it was appropriate. I also die cut the 'Made With Love' letters to nicely sum it all up!
So here it is my representation of all things made with love to share with you all!

Thank you for reading and hope you too like my diorama. My husband loved it!

With love,
Talya xx

Monday, 14 January 2013

iPad 4 giveaway!

Hi and thank you so much for helping celebrate the 2nd birthday of Made with love-cards and crafts. Without all of your help and support the past 2 years would not have become the success it has! I thank you so much and to show you my appreciation I have teamed up with some amazing businesses to giveaway an iPad 4 plus accessories!
As pictured above you will be entering the chance to win an iPad 4 16gb white WiFi plus accessories as shown above such as 2 belkin screen protectors, a leather and quilted luxury teal iPad cover from Typo as well as an additional 1 year of Apple Care hardware warranty and phone support on top of the 12mths manufacturers warranty. As per the terms and conditions outlined in the rafflecopter entry to enter you must be an australian citizen and over the age of 18 to enter.

Massive thank you to the following businesses for their support in sponsoring to give an iPad 4 away!

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*Please note this is for AUSTRALIAN residents only and must be over age 18. I reserve the right to request a copy of an Australian Drivers license to confirm the winner is in fact an Australian Resident. I also will not accept fake profiles as an entry as that is unfair to all involved and those who entered honestly. Please note that it will take up to 48 hours before the winner is announced on the blog as I need to check that all entries have been done correctly i.e blog post comment, shared image and that the winner is in fact an Australian Resident. So please respect that in some cases this may be the delay in announcing but I need to make sure that the rules have been followed. I appreciate you taking the time to enter and abiding by these rules. I also cannot announce the winner until the winner has been emailed and confirmed. Please respect these rules.*
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Stopping all stations to the giveaway!

Thank you for joining me on the final leg of this journey. I have had fun showcasing each of the businesses who are supporting  me for the iPad giveaway in helping me to celebrate Made with love's 2nd Birthday! I really hope you all are enjoying finding and meeting each of the pages involved. Massive thank you again to all of your support.

We will be stopping by 6 gorgeous businesses which I bet you will LOVE!

Our first stop will be by a beautiful handmade business by the name of 'Little Bella Designs' designed and created by Marie! Little Bella Designs creates the most gorgeous handmade items for your little Bell and Beau, Your little Princess and Prince. Her vast and gorgeous range includes hand embellished beanies, hats, headbands, clips, onsies, jewellery, sun hats and socks. Her gorgeous range of items are perfect for every occasion! You will love the gorgeousness to be found at her business. View her range of items HERE!
How stunningly and breathtaking is this hat! Perfect for a christening as well!
 Now that my hair is getting longer I love looking for gorgeous pieces to wear and make me feel all pretty! So the next stop we will be heading over to My Darling Daughter with gorgeous creations by Jess. Soon as you stop by her business you are will fall head over heels straight away! No matter what your style or colour Jess can create these for you! I abolsoutley love all of her range and I know you will too! I wont be describing it because once you see the items you will realise how breathtakingly beautiful her work is. I will have to start shopping myself, so go ahead and check out her page HERE! while I shop some more. Don't worry the train won't leave without you!
How gorgeous are these! Too hard to choose just one!
*breathing heavily whilist I catch my breath* That was a close call the train almost left without me! Never had to run so quick in my life. I really didn't want to miss the last few businesses. Quick checks wallet, okay I still have plenty to go shopping with....

After a brief ride between the stations we stopped at a gorgeous jewellery page called "Gorgeous Jewellery by Carly" and her pieces are just that! They are beautiful and gorgeous! Carly creates the most stunning pieces from hand painted porcelain beads with meticulous attention to detail, you will fall in love with her work just as much as I had! I first met Carly at a local market we both held a stall at, she was ever so lovely and I was ever so nervous. Since then we chatted and started following each others pages and she has been so supportive and always liking or commenting on new products I have made. Carly has some amazing things happening this year she is expecting the arrival of her first baby, and she looks amazing with this pregnant belly! I cannot wait to see her gorgeous bub and see the amazing products she has in store for us all! You really want to head over to her page now.Here is the page link! What are you waiting for head over, I will be here waiting! While you are there tell her how amazing she looks!
Her stunning work! Isn't it just beautiful!
Now for all of you gorgeous mums with little boys the next business has the perfect solution for you! Kids Agenda by Danielle specialises in high quality and gorgeous handmade clothing for boys. After Danielle found there was a massive gap in the handmade market with boys clothes she decided she would provide and create high quality items. With a beautiful range of bibs, shorts, nappy covers and shirts you can't go past the quality and designs found HERE!
How cute is this navy and blue chevron set!
Another beautiful business you won't want to miss on this journey is none other then Kolbee Rae Designs, by Beck. Kolbee Rae has the most exquisite range of hair accessories for your little princess inculding a gorgeous range of hair accessories and baby bonnets. You will be amazed and in awe of how beautiful her products are. I really really love the  baby bonnets and they are defiantely something on my to buy list! Make sure you check out the beautiful and devine range for yourself! Beck is lovely to deal with and you won't be dissapointed! You can find her items Here!
How gorgeous and devine are these creations! I love the bonnets so unique and elegant!

Before we depart for our last stop I would love to thank you all for your support and for joining in on today's train ride while we visited and met each of the businesses! There truly is some incredible talent out there!

Now last but not least is a gorgeous boutique named Ami Kay boutique, by Sherie. Previously Sherie was creating under It's a girl thing but has changed and is creating under the name of two people who inspire and she loves being her mum and her daughter. Ami Kay boutique specialises in a gorgeous range of hair accessories for not only a baby and a child but caters for adult sizes! I already have my eyes on some pieces.  But head on over and create your own wishlist as well! While you are there stop by and congratulate Sherie on her new page, the link is HERE! You won't want to miss her beautiful work!
I love a rainbow and Don't you just LOVE this headband!

On a warm summers evening, on a train bound to...

Yes I did start this post with the starting lyrics from "The Gambler" I absoloutley LOVE that song and the best memories of sitting around with my dad he was playing the guitar and singing, I was singing along. This song always reminds me of precious times spent together. But another thing I LOVE is handmade and gorgeousness so we will be resuming our journey through the remaining beautiful pages, on this warm summers evening.

So with the train fuelled, passengers have filed in, tickets have been checked, we are all systems go! Conductor announces over the train PA "Welcome aboard the Made with love express, stopping all stations for an amazing shopping experience. My name is Talya, and I will be your driver for this evening. So please sit back and enjoy the scenery as I take you through more of the beautiful handmade pages".

The first stop on this short but beautiful journey will be at a page known as "Pretty Little Piper" which is created by Kelsie. You will find the most amazing ONE OF A KIND pieces crafted by Kelsie. You will find the unique necklaces and OOAK designs that will take you on a reminiscing journey through the love of many popular movies and tv shows. Kelsie also makes the most gorgeous little creations from Ginger Melon patterns. With the amount of love and attention to detail in each of her work truly makes each creation come to life. It is amazing what something that is Made With Love can offer. If you wish to look at her amazing work and to keep posted on new products and specials be sure to check out her page HERE!.
How beautiful and devine is this creation!
We will now jump right on over to 'Jumpin' Jellybeanz' by Miriam. Here you will find top quality and handmade items in a vast range. Some of her items include these fantastic toy bags perfect for those boys who love playing with match box cars. Simply create your own roads with movable felt pieces then when your done pull on the chords and you have a tidy bag! No mess to clean up and you can take it ANYWHERE! How great is that! She creates many stunning and practical pieces! You must check out her work, you can find her page HERE!
The fantastic toy bag!
We will now be stopping at a business that is owned, created and designed by three loving sisters Jesika, Leanne and Bec who are the love and creative souls behind 'Mullins Designs'. I am truly inspired and in awe of the bond these three sisters share in creating a business together. The aim to provide top quality and practical handmade items and have a vast range including but not limited to covered nappy cases and wallets,  OOAK handmade sandlettes (barefoot sandles) which are just beautiful, burp cloths, sleep over bag, most devine range of hair accessories as well as many other great items. I wont list them all because I really want you to head over and check their page out for yourselves. You can find Mullins Designs on facebook by clicking HERE!
Large ivory chiffon heart on lace! Just devine!
Our next stop on the Made with love express will be at a gorgeous page you will not forget called 'JuneBug' which has beautiful and the most gorgeously created items by one talented and amazing Jess! You should see her work! Her quality and attention to detail is beautiful as well as her eye for finding exquisite and devine fabrics. Her short sets are so damn cute! Along with the most gorgeous heart rompers I have never seen anything like it! Seriously what are you waiting for head over and view her range for yourself! I cannot wait to dress my little one in JuneBug range. Jess you should be immensely proud of the beautiful and boutique brand you have created! Her page and range can be found HERE!
The beautiful heart romper and Oh Baby clips! GORGEOUS!
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Our next and final stop on this short journey will be a beautiful pottery known to many as 'Wonky Pot Pottery'. Vicki and her husband David creates the most stunning, devine and beautiful range of functional home wares that YOU must have in your home! Some of their work ranges from beautifully hand crafted platters, bowls, canisters, tea pots, ornaments, garlic pots, mugs and more! Did you know that Elizabeth from I.Love.Milly.Mu is their talented daughter! Talk about creative genes. You seriously need to head over and check out Wonkey Pot Potter! You can find them HERE!
Beautiful handcrafted garlic pot!



 
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