Monday, 28 November 2011

My First BrisStyle Market

Friday night, the 25th November was the Racecourse Road Community Christmas Party. And, BrisStyle organised some market stalls as part of the festivities. There were also carols, readings, a band, a sausage sizzle (I missed these while in the UK, I tell you!), and crafty activities for the kids.

What a night! There were lots of people, families, out enjoying the beginning of the festive season. There's no denying that Christmas is almost upon us.

I became a member of BrisStyle a month or so ago. They have been nothing but kind, professional, helpful and knowledgeable. A seriously crafty, awesome bunch of ladies (there are no boys in BrisStyle - I'm sure they'd love to have some though!). It is such a pleasure to turn up at an event that is well run and well attended.

I'll be at the next two BrisStyle markets. On the 10th of December there is the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market. And then on the 16th of December, I'll be at the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market in King George Square.

See you there!

The crowds watching the carols and dancing about to the music
The gorgeous lanterns out the front of St Augustine's Church

Busy busy at The Quizzical Owl!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Collective Store

On Friday I went out to the Collective Store at Wynnum and set up my pod of jewellery. The Collective Store brings Australia’s independent artists, designers and craftspeople a fresh, contemporary boutique where they can exhibit and sell their work; whilst offering customers a unique shopping experience by providing high-quality handmade articles directly from talented, original makers.

The store is in the main street of Wynnum, in Brisbane's east. It's a couple of blocks from Moreton Bay. Wynnum has a lovely breezy, calm feeling about it. There are crafty shops and op shops intermixed with restaurants, banks, etc. The Collective Store fits right in.

These are the photos of the display that I built.


Friday, 18 November 2011

Christmas is Coming!!

As the title of this blog post suggests Christmas is not very far away. In fact it is only 37 days away. This Saturday is the first market in the lead up to Christmas and it will be a busy period. We will be at quite a few markets and the list is available from our website. This will be updated with any other markets that The Quizzical Owl will be at.

Two of the markets that I am doing are twilight markets and have bought some fairy lights and Chinese style lanterns for the stall. I will experiment with these lights to see if they will be bright enough.

Today I got some very useful tips on taking product photos as product photos are very different from other types of photography. I have also built my own lightbox which I am very proud of and will be using this to take stock photos over the next few days.

I made some gorgeous bunting to go on the stall for The Bothered Owl and I am very pleased to say that one of my achievements this week has been to make some more for The Quizzical Owl stall. I like bunting and think it is an excellent way to add some colour to a market stall.

Tomorrow I will be dropping some stock off for sale at the Collective Store in Wynnum. This is the first shop that our stock will be displayed and sold in which I am very excited about. This is a very eclectic boutique with lots of local artists and designers selling their items in the store.

The work on the website is continuing. There are now a number of keyrings uploaded which allowed me to get used to uploading stock and using the stock management features of the site. I have also decided to test the Facebook shop function of Create which they released today. If you go onto our Facebook page you will see an icon that says shop and you can buy straight from the Create shop.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Supanova Brisbane 2011

Wow, what a weekend!

I headed over to the RNA Showgrounds on Friday morning to set up my table. Everyone had to wear high visibility fluorescent vests for set up and pack up. Very fetching!

We had a great spot in Artist's Alley - we were on a corner, so we had a great view of the other stalls, and of course a great view of the convention-goers! I love people-watching. I always have. Maybe that's why I studied anthropology at uni? Anyway, Supanova is a great place for people watching! Not everybody dressed up of course, but it didn't matter what people were wearing. Everyone I saw or spoke to had a smile on their face or seemed genuinely happy to be at the event. 

By the end of the weekend my helpers and I were utterly exhausted. But, it was such a fabulous weekend! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the stall, to the customers who bought from us, took business cards, and chatted with us. Thank you to those who explained their costumes when I asked who they were, to those who posed for photos, and to those customers who kept us entertained.

I'll leave you with some of the photos I took over the weekend. Looking forward to the next comic con already!

The Quizzical Owl's stall in Artist's Alley

A Storm Trooper holding one of my Storm Trooper keyrings. Awesome!
The Four Horseman Necklace

The crowds outside waiting to come in on Friday


Captain America

The dude from the movie The Hangover

A man in a suit of cupcakes!

This is the fabulous Rebecca, dressed as Dr Horrible. She kept us laughing on her visits to the stall