Feature – The Stitches and Craft Show Brisbane!

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Wow! Now, grab a cuppa, sit back and let me take you on a crafty journey..

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What a fantastic space! I’ve never seen so much crafty goodness in one place!

The first thing I did was mosey over to the Peppermint stand. The night before the show I responded to a tweet from Peppermint, snatching myself the last giveaway goodie bag! I met the wonderful Ben, who gave me my goodies…

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And then, the lovely Kelley…

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Peppermint is an eco-conscious fashion and lifestyle magazine based in Brisbane, and Issue 2 is selling out fast! I’m looking forward to getting Issue 3 in my mailbox!

Next, as much as I wanted to keep browsing, it was time for a free Studio presentation by the inspirational Bianca from Ink & Spindle. For those just starting out, it was filled with great tips on photography, marketing, why blogging is so important, and – perhaps most crucially for me at least – pricing.

Bianca gave us the following formula that she and the I&S team use for their pricing, which I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing here.

Product Cost + Labour Cost = Cost Price

Cost Price + 100% = Wholesale Price

Wholesale Price + 100% = Retail Price

I found this really useful, as my pricing so far has been a bit of an esoteric process! I’m hoping to spend some time sitting down and working on this over the next few weeks. One more point on this – she mentioned that she’d gotten advice once that you should charge what the market will pay – so if your formula gives you a price that’s way below what the market will accept – increase it!

It was a great talk, so thank you for sharing, Bianca!

Here’s what the Ink & Spindle stall looked like…

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Sigh. Fabrics like that make me want to learn to sew! I did have a little attempt at one of the ‘Craft Bars’ – free spaces where you could sit down and make a little project (you can see one in the second photo in this post).

I decided to try sewing, and made a little birdie… (the button eye was my crazy addition – everyone else was embroidering eyes… I was being non-conformist!)

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Stop laughing! Yes, I’m talking to you. This is why I don’t sew!

My favourite place at the show so far was the ‘Incubator’ stalls – where I found my crafty peeps from BrisStyle!

Firstly, I met Christine, from Little Diva – who recognised me from this blog!! That was a freaky moment – in a good way 🙂 Christine designs and makes gorgeous toys, clothes and accessories for littlies – her stall was adorable!

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Next, I wandered up to Ruby2Go Go – and met Helen, one of our wonderful BrisStyle Committee members – she coordinates our Markets, the next one of which is in July… and I’m hoping to attend with a stall… wait and see!

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Helen makes cute jewellery and accessories from up-cycled buttons and more.. here’s the cute pair of earrings I bought from her  stall!

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Finally, I met Bec from BeckyBean, who was helping out at the DearFii stall.

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It was an absolute joy to meet some of the BrisStyle team, and check out all their crafty goodness in person!

Finally, I also met Justine from MixTape – a zine about craft, eco-cool and pop-culture kitsch! We had a great chat, and I bought myself the latest Mixtape, which has some awesome articles. The one that intruiged me the most was the story of RollerDerby here in Aus… sounds like the kind of sport I’d like to get into!

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Phew! What a day! I also bought a few other bits and pieces, including this fab earring stand…

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So, there you have it! An awesome day at the Stitches & Craft Show Brissie! A big thank-you to all of those who (reluctantly) let me take their photos for this feature – I hope you all had a wonderful show!

I know I did :)d

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