Zobelle Designs – Hand-Made Items

*Please note – I am not getting paid for any of these ‘reviews’. They are merely articles to share the love and support small Australian hand-made businesses/hobbies.*

Zobelle Designs

From the creative and craft-y mind of Charmaine Riccio comes Zobelle Designs.

12314220_1025566357508137_3818045576427325002_o

With a stock list that includes hats, necklaces, and home decor, you can find everything you will need for gifts, and yourself! When not proudly displayed at local markets, Zobelle Designs is selling through Facebook, making it easy to shop from the convenience of your own home, while ensuring you are getting quality hand-made items.

What’s even better, is that Charmaine also ‘up-cycles’ items.

UP-CYCLE: to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original

But like all other hand-made and independent businesses, there is a story behind it all.

“I come from a family of crafters – Nanna sewed on her Singer treadle machine, teaching me how to make doll clothes; and mum tried every craft imaginable, eventually settling on pottery and now running her own shop in Perth. “

She continues, “Zobelle Designs was an idea a few years in the making. Just over a year ago, when all four of my children were in school full-time, I felt confident enough to give it a go. Up-cycling and re-fashioning my own clothes is something I’ve done since I started sewing with grand plans of being a fashion designer.”

Though the comfort and style of her items is her first priority, she has adapted to the ever-changing market, supplying something for those with an eye for recycling.

“These days, in the current environmental climate, it is more important than ever to try and live a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. Combining my passions – sewing, op-shopping, and a sustainable way of life for my family – into a business and something I can share with others, is the ultimate dream for me.”

You can also find Zobelle Designs on Instagram.

Advertisements

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5, HERE, and Day 6 HERE.

DAY 7. A photo day, share some Christmas pictures past or present

Wow who knew posting a picture would be so hard for me?

Here are a couple of snaps from this year.
The first one is our Christmas tree. Mum and I decorated it together, and, as you can see, it’s got a fan in front of it because our air conditioner broke and it was incredibly hot!
20151203_015225
And here is the group photo of me with some other volunteers from a school and church Christmas Carols evening the other day.
12308180_431763087012186_724325068881697920_o
(Please excuse my fat face, I was eating a chocolate cupcake!)

Feel like sharing some of your Christmas photos? Share them below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

christmas4.jpg

Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: All my new followers on Instagram!

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE.

DAY 2. Favourite Christmas tradition new or old

For as long as I can remember, we have done the same thing every Christmas, and I love it.

  • (When we were younger) When us kids went to bed on Christmas Eve night, mum would put the presents under the tree. We wouldn’t get to see presents under the tree until we were all together on Christmas morning.
  • Morning church service. Nothing revitalises you more than church; especially on Christmas. There is lots of singing, praying, and coming together.
  • Breakfast and chat at a local cafe. Usually Gloria Jeans.
  • Back to the house for opening presents. We open one at a time and go in a round (usually oldest to youngest).
  • Buffet lunch. For many years we had lunch at Sizzler (not cooking and cleaning!) but this year we’re going somewhere else because they renovated and it didn’t feel too nice last time.
  • Back home where Grandma opens her Christmas presents.
  • Hanging out, playing games, and watching TV.

The rest of the night is just normal.

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas tradition new or old? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

christmas4.jpg

Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: Affyyia, HunterGame1216, and Elissa Lynch.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Christmas is almost here!

I’m sure a lot of people reading that will roll their eyes or groan, as they wish they had more time to buy presents, organise Christmas lunch, and decorate the house with a tree and lights. Sorry, but I’m excited.

I’ve always loved Christmas. I’m not talking about the materialistic parts, I’m talking about the TRUE reason for the season. Jesus may not have been born on December 25, but it is a beautiful thing for (most of) the world to set aside a day to celebrate our Lord and Saviour coming to Earth to exist as a human, to teach us, and show us who He is.

So, for the next 12 days, I will be participating in the Blogging Challenge. The rules are as follows:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

christmas4.jpg

Picture by ScaleSimple

Let’s get started.

DAY 1. List your favourite things about Christmas

There are so many things to list here, but I’ll try.

  • Church in the morning. A great way to start the day.
  • Setting up the Christmas tree – a month-long reminder that the special day is coming.
  • Family spending time together.
  • Lunch (not having to cook or clean up)
  • Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces when they open their presents (not quantity or cost, just something that lets them know they were thought of).
  • All chilling out at home with Grandma (she’s 93 years old!) and playing games and watching TV.
  • Christmas carols (Christian, not really the ones about Santa, etc.)

I’m sure there are many more, and I might come back and add to the list later on, but for the most part this sums up my favourite things about Christmas.

I nominate Melanie Toye, Grace Musing, and Darly Darly.

Quilling By Kath – Hand-Made Items

*Please note – I am not getting paid for any of these ‘reviews’. They are merely articles to share the love and support small Australian hand-made businesses/hobbies.*

Quilling By Kath

I’ve told you about Australian hand-made businesses that sell candles, frames, and assorted homewares – all of which I love – but Quilling by Kath’s stock definitely stands out from the crowd.

I heard about Katherine Wigraft through a Facebook group for Australian Hand-made and Local Products (HALP), and thought I would check out what she had to offer.

12004918_1082012515150168_78758458664546171_n.jpg

Look close enough, and you will see that what makes up her designs are small, carefully folded, pieces of paper. Called ‘quilling’ Kath gives her customers unique and beautiful wall-art pieces.

Having never heard of the term ‘quilling’ before, I spoke with Kath to hear more about it, and about the story behind the business.

“I’ve always been a bit arty farty,”she said in good humour, “and have done lots of different crafts over the years. I’ve done jewellery making, mosaics, and then I found paper quilling.”

She continued. “I absolutely love it. It is my outlet; my time when I just switch off from everything and go into a zone.”

Her business started like many others before her, making pieces for family and friends. Before she knew it, she was getting requests from everywhere.

“I mainly do it at night (after my 4 1/2 year old daughter is in bed) and a lot on the weekends.”

Just looking on her Facebook page, I couldn’t believe the designs that could be made. Kath felt the same, saying: “You can do pretty much anything with paper quilling, from simple designs to very intricate ones.” I, personally, found even the simple ones to be incredibly beautiful.

“All of my work is made to order, so that the customer gets exactly what they want. I’m based in Croydon North Victoria, and have posted a lot of pieces all over Australia, with some customers then sending pieces overseas for gifts.”

If you would like to check out Quilling by Kath, you can find her Facebook page HERE.