Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Talk enough...

..and I may actually talk myself into doing something...

For many a month I've said I was going to apply to sell through two wonderful indie/handmade websites. One of which is the wonderful Georgie Love, to which I was accepted amidst much screaming happiness, and the other is kick-arse indie-blog-turned-store, modamuse. And this evening, I finally completed my challenge. I sent off my submission to modamuse and now hope to greet my acceptance with as much screaming and jumping as I did when Sal emailed me. (Dork? Why, yes, I am.)

As with any indie site, my mouth started watering almost immediately with the brilliant array of amazing goodies.

I particularly love these ceramic bookends from NZ designer Chan Andreassend. Modern, textured, a bit sexy. Very nice.

I also have started my application process for the upcoming Hope Street Markets being held in Sydney on 16th and 17th May. I still have a bit to do between now and before getting my application in (namely more branding materials) so I need to get my butt into gear.

Actually, I need to get my butt into bed.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Done and dusted...

My pep-up worked!! I just packaged up my orders, ready for the post orifice tomorrow, tidied up (a little) and replied to all my wholesale inquiries. Yay, me!!

The crapness of the situation being that it's now 12.15am and I start work at 7am...

The upside being that I just made my first sale to Canada - my most favourite country in the world (apart from Australia, of course). A pair of my Theatre Earrings are on their way to BC. Ah, Canada, how I miss thee...

This is where Sparky and I worked. Pretty sweet office, huh?

Monday-itis, on a Tuesday??


Short weeks always go so slowly, don't they?? Only three days left of the working week, but it really feels more like 267.

And again, here I am, after my late finish, avoiding doing all the things I need to do before I go to bed. Packaging, invoicing, tidying...

I need to reinvent myself as a go-getter I think. Go get 'em, BMC!!


Monday, March 24, 2008

Phew... What a weekend!!

I had such a crazy, busy, fun Easter long weekend. And to make matters better, I ate very little chocolate!! Now, that IS amazing!!

I spent all of Good Friday cutting, gluing, cutting and pouring while Sparky played in a lawn bowls tournament (yes, I married a lawn bowler) and then spent half of Saturday pouring. As a result, I will soon have (once drilling has been completed) a grand total of 200 new pieces - around 50 new designs plus some wicked one-offs. That was certainly one heck of a Mammoth Pour!!

A brand-spanker is the Horizon D'or (Gold Horizon) Necklace, a vertically challenged version of my Naboo. A customer asked for a piece like this and I must say, I really rather like it.

Keep an eye out for these new pieces, as they'll be hitting my Etsy store over the next few days.

I'm also working on a new range of silhouette acrylic/resin pieces (necklaces, brooches, bobbie pins) which are fun, fun, FUN! Think ponies, bunnies, frogs and puppies. Cute factor of 200+

I'm also starting production of a range of cufflinks, in response to a HUGE number of requests. So, please, if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Before going, here is my newest favourite, the Life Aquatic Necklace. Yay, Steve Zissou!!


Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Somedays I feel like my world is one huge list!!

I like journals and when I get overwhelmed, I really feel the need write everything down. That's probably why I've taken to blogging like Sammy Davis Jr Jr taking to the act of masticating her tail. (Everything is Illuminated again, I tells ya, it's in my head!) AAANYway, my life is currently just sheafs of random paper and I feel that I could benefit from a good journalisation. I do love this journal from staceyhandmade but needed a fix right NOW. So I just bought a $2 lined office notebook from the local newsagents and I feel better already. Now to just use it.

One such sheaf of paper that has been the bane of my life lately has just been plucked from my messy, messy handbag and I will now divulge the (mostly nonsensical to anyone not me) items on this list.

- Post Office
- Buy zuchini (x3) and yoghurt
- Organise money (HAH!)
- Pack for weekend
- Cut remaining S
- Reply to:
* Gail
* Pearl
* Shez
* Brooke
- Photos
- Glue
- Pour coloureds
- Cut paper
- Seal glued and paper
- Pour
- List required stock
- Washing
- Clean bathroom/kitchen

Now to stop procrastinating and start doing...


I'm trying to guess which of the newly listed Etsy items will sell first and I think I've decided that my money is on my Minami Cocktail Ring. I'm not entirely sure why, just a feeling.

OK, I really had better go now. May not be in over the Easter Weekend, so I hope all those you love stay safe and well and that happiness abounds.


Another Day...

..another night of minimal sleep.

I really dislike the nights I work night shift, because I get home and have so much I need to get done and before I know it, it's 1am, my shoulder's seized up from sitting at a computer that's in the world's most annoying position and my eyelids feel as though they're made of sandpaper. But, to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't want it any other way because I am one of those sickening people who loves what I do!

I've just started fattening up my store again and here are some of the highlights, for mine:

I am so freaking tired I don't even have the energy to link these right now, but I will...later...I promise. Right now I still have my Flickr account to update.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Days like these...

..will take a toll on my mental stability, I swear!

I had so much to do today, and got only about half accomplished before I had to go to work, so instead of manufacturing the Z's (I'm reading 'Everything is Illuminated' at the moment, so excuse me if I slip into some Ukrainian-tinged English now and then) right now, I'm doing everything I should have done this morning. Packaging, polishing, writing, cutting... BAH!!

On the upside I just relisted one of my favourite pairs of earrings - these Eden Earrings and I'm always happy when I get some of my faves back in stock after a dry patch. I hope to get a heap of new stock on over the next couple of days.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

New stockist across the ditch!

Anyone who lives or will be visiting the South Island of New Zealand, namely Invercargill, keep an eye out for local store, found my way. Trove will be stocked here within the coming weeks and I couldn't be more excited!! The store stocks a great range of labels, local, handmade, independent and just plain awesome! I'm so excited to be onboard and can't wait to see what my first Kiwi retailer brings.

This week is shaping up to be hecTIC! Tomorrow, I've got a few custom orders to finish, a morning of solid shipping (Georgie Love, found my way and Nectar Boutique) and Enormous Acrylic Cutting Sesh. I'm exhausted thinking about it!

Tuesday is Monstrous Pour (larger than aforementioned Mammoth Pour) and OPERATION: CUYG day. Ahh, I can't wait...

The rest of the afternoon has been set aside for ironing and eating.

Gold is good

Today I sold a LOT of stock and all because of one little symbol on the periodical chart - Au - gold. My Aunty G ordered a heap of gold pieces at Christmas and today, finally, I was able to get them to her. She loved them and now wants me to provide pieces for a Christmas fundraiser and to provide stock for her jewellery party-planning friend. Definitely worse days.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Choose Your Own Adventure

(Or birthday present) Despite Sparky's determination to choose something for my birthday from Etsy, he has revealed the, in fact, no, he did not buy me anything from my faves list and would prefer me to choose for myself. Now, Sparky has very, very good taste (he married me, after all, AND bought me Lindt choccies for my birthday) but this news has made me very, very happy because I can't actually remember the last time I bought anything for myself. After MUCH thought I have decided on two things (may as well get as much out of it as I can).

This kick-arse knitted hat from foxy New Yorker dahliasoleil. It makes me wish I was back in Canada (where Sparky and I lived for the better part of a year... Ah, the life of a liftie... How sweet it was.) But I'm sure we'll have a few chilly days in the not-too-distant future.

The other purchase being a mineral make-up starter kit with both mineral concealer and foundation, from Etsy's Mineral Makeup. I've heard very good things about them, and considering I have NO (none, not one drop or crumb) of foundation left, I guess I should have ordered it yesterday. I shall let you know how it goes.

Needless to say, I'm very excited!!

I have a ridiculous amount of work to do now, so I'll be off. Enjoy your Friday arvo, all.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Loverly, loverly.

Yesterday was my birthday and I had such a lovely day. (This in spite of the fact that I had to work). Sparky woke me up with a little gift session. Vampire Weekend's album and a HEAP of Lindt dark chocolates. Argh! Yumminess overload!!! I got through a workday with little to no bother (I wish every day as a TV captioner was as easy as a day of captioned 'Days of our Lives'! So freakin' easy!!) and then Sparky took me out for dinner at MillioRe Korean restaurant. I'd never had Korean before and I can now officially say that Bibimbap is my new favourite dish. Ever!!

I've also been working on my new pieces, ready for debut over the next few days, as well as a tonne of custom orders - it is wicked to have such a large family!! The new resin and my new papers are just amazing. I can't believe the change in my drive since I changed products...

Stay tuned for new bits and bobs soon...

Monday, March 10, 2008


OPERATION: CUYG (see below) is continuing at a rate of very slow knots. We had a spare hour over the weekend, so got so far as to throw out a bunch of crap and clear the floor to a point you can see carpet. SEE! CARPET! Si, carpet.

Next on the agenda is storage solutions. A long workbench stretching across the window wall and around the corner. Bookshelves, hanging racks for all my papers and wire drawers to keep things organised. Oh, and a filing cabinet.

Yesterday, I found some more WONDERFUL paper and a local plating company, so it was a good day all round.

I can't wait to get some of this pretty lilac and aqua paper in action. I had a pretty big session yesterday and this morning I'm ready for (Not Quite) Mammoth Pour #2. I'm loving this new resin too. Finally, I don't feel apprehensive as to how much I'll lose. Amazing!

Off to finish my consignment order for Georgie Love and new stock for my Etsy store. Keep your eyes peeled!


Saturday, March 8, 2008

So inspired.

So, so inspired. So tired too. But so inspired.

Our suburb is wicked and tonight we had an open-air screening of a film called 'Erskineville Stories'. It. Was. Amazing.

It gave such an insight into the stories that surround us. Stories that go untold. Stories that can change the way you view the world. Stories that are real.

I will write more tomoz, and I know this makes no sense, but I'm all aflutter.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

So it's my birthday in a few days and Sparky has asked for some gift suggestions to add to the things he's already bought be (bless him...) Now, while this sounds like the strapped-for-cash woman's dream, I admit I'm finding it quite difficult to choose. I've looked through my Etsy favourites and found a few, but cannot narrow it down. Help, please??

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


I've cracked it!!

For as long as I have been making jewellery using resin, I have suffered a loss of approx 20 - 40% of each production run due to due this ridiculously mysterious bubbling in my products - particularly my Still Life range, but all were afflicted to some extent.

Obviously, this was INCREDIBLY frustrating and I just assumed it was par for the course when working with resin. It was disheartening though, particularly when working on custom orders or large runs. Sometimes I had no choice but to bin all of a run (upwards of 60 pieces).

But the aforementioned Mammoth Pour has cracked it!! Not one bubble. Not one loss. I am stupidly happy. I was using a new product and I think I've found my pouring Nirvana.

A shout out to kick-arse Aussie Etsian, estasketch for the use of her Ideas Book. I bought three of her Super Heroes pieces for Sparky's birthday last year. We love them. Alot.

My dinner is smelling delicious and I have a glass of semillon and the promise of Underbelly on TV. One of the best Australian dramas in...forever.

I'm sure I'll be awake gleefully drilling my perfect pour until the wee hours.

Monday, March 3, 2008

OPERATION: Clean Up, You Grub.

My name is Brooke MC and I am a messy schmuck.

I have a multiple choice quiz for you. We moved into the Sparky MC lovenest almost a year ago, and our spare bedroom was:

A) A spare bedroom
B) A dumping ground for those wedding presents we weren't quite sure what to do with.
C) Extra storage space
D) All of the above

Ding, ding, ding! The answer is D, all of the above!! All well and good. So recently we got rid of the spare bed and tried to have a clean up in order to convert the spare room into a studio/office. The above image is what we've ended up with. Hideous, isn't it?

So I'm still working at our dining room table. (My husband loves me.)

It is my hope, nay, my QUEST to turn our hovel into a well-organised, creative workspace. I'm thinking bookshelves, long workbench along the wall, computer desk, filing cabinet...

The rest of our home (except the dining table for the moment) is really very neat and lovely. We have some reno's to do, but we love our home. It's just this room and the ensuing creative spread that shits us both to tears.

So I will keep you updated on OPERATION: Clean Up, You Grub.

On the upside, Mammoth Pour has been successfully completed.

I can't wait to get my Dremel into these little resin suckers. They won't know what hit them.


Trunkt Trove

So a while back I was chuffed to have been accepted into Trunkt, an online showcase of independent designers. I had previously tried for it but was knocked back, so I dusted myself off, made improvements and went hurtling back towards them head-first. And voila! The brick pillar disappeared and I found myself at Platform 9 3/4. (Sorry)

I've not only had a spike of increase as far as wholesale/consignment orders go, but I've also discovered some amazing artists through Trunkt.

baby Hepburn by Kcolinebaby Hepburn

This designer, Kcoline is freaking amazing! These clothes make me feel all New York chic. Kind of like I live in an-oh-so-hip quarter of the Village and work at an edgy fashion magazine.

Not that I'm projecting my dreams or anything...

Sparky may one day have the opportunity to work abroad (most likely New York or London) so I have a running fantasy of doing just that. It gets me through those days of doing the groceries in my tracksuit pants and feeling as though a burger at the pub (across the road) is a "night out".

But it would almost certainly put an end to my other dream of opening a retail store/studio/gallery/creative space here in our little suburb. So we shall see. I've had absolutely NO success in choosing where life will take me (except with Sparky, that was a foregone conclusion the first time we saw each other) so why would I start getting it right now!

Ask me 10 years ago and I would be working in the film industry. Ask me three years ago and I would be running my own commercial florist. Ask me two years ago and I would have been working in events. Now I'm a TV captioner and working my butt off to get my jewellery business off the ground. I wonder where I'll be in 2 years...

Sunday, March 2, 2008


I love my life, but sometimes I feel like there is too, too, too much to do. Lordy knows what it will be like when we have little Sparky MC's.

Hrumpf, off to work with a 6ft long list of unticked to-do's. Maybe I'll forgo some sleep tonight.


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Done and dusted

We had such a lovely weekend visiting Leap Year Boy up the coast. It was so re-energising to sit around with good company and just laugh till your stomach hurts. That, plus eating chocolate brownies, drinking wine and toasting marshmallows around the hottest campfire I've ever come across. LYB is an extremely talented musician and sang us a few tunes. My particular favourite was "Be My Rich Shampoo, and I'll be Your Intensive Conditioner". I feel exhausted but fresh.

A big week awaits, so I was glad to have had the break. Tomorrow brings grocery shopping, cleaning the house, the much-anticipated Mammoth Pour and packaging up a few orders. Then I go to work.

For now, it's a beer, some pizza and watching the cricket.