Canberra Creatives

Canberra Creatives

Oh hi *waves* I am blogging! I told myself to go to my tumblr and blog about something that I’ve already taken photos of, and what do you know, I have a tonne of pics from my new creative business that I’m pretty sure I haven’t talked about here yet! (pretty sure)
Mikaela Canberra Craft Creatives
So here we go, strap yourselves in ladies and gents, it’s exciting stuff (it really is!).
Mikaela Canberra Craft Creatives
In March I started teaching classes at the Handmade Shop in civic, and it didn’t take me long to realise, I really enjoyed doing it. It all makes sense, I’m a trained teacher, and I’m a crafty person, so of course I would love to teach people crafty projects! I had already hosted a couple of Crafternoons at home with friends, and once my brain had recovered a bit more after having quite a bit of time off work already, it went into overdrive. And Canberra Creatives was born!
Mikaela Canberra Craft Creatives
I teach resin workshops at the Shop, but also offer Crafternoons in people’s homes, where I bring all the materials, supplies and safety gear to you, and you bring your friends, and we whip up some awesome stuff! The resin workshop is by far the most popular at the moment, but the Glass Etching and Fabric Printing workshops are really fun too. I’m currently developing some kids parties and a “Martha Stewart Mega Party”, which will be amazing. Down the track I’m looking at doing a conference style something something, but that’s not quite formed properly in my brain yet, so we’ll just leave it at that.
Mikaela Canberra Craft Creatives
One exciting thing that is on the horizon for Canberra Creatives is expanding the “products” section of the website, I’m just waiting to confirm some details with suppliers and soon I’ll have an awesome range for Canberra crafters to buy locally and support small business! Double win ;)

If you have taken any of my classes, make sure you take a photo of what you made and post it on my facebook page! =)

Handmade Fashion Market Wrap-up

Handmade Fashion Market Wrap-up

I attended the inaugural Fashion Only Handmade Market event last weekend, as a stallholder with my jewellery and accessories, it was really great! This time I was inside the main hall (as it is a slightly smaller market than the regular big Handmade Market) on a corner stall, and I had a lot of fun setting up my tables. I’m starting to get used to the mad rushed panic of setting up, and I have a system of packing away a previous market that allows me to unpack and setup fairly quickly. Now if only I could get out the door half an hour earlier like I always plan to and I’d have heaps of time!
Mikaela Handmade Fashion Market
I spent a lot of time working working working glueing glueing glueing in the week leading up to the market so I would have lots on offer for everyone.
Mikaela Handmade Fashion Market
As always, I had lots of help all day, and lots of visitors. So a big thank you to my awesome husband and baby for being amazing (Raf had a little sleep on the floor before going home with daddy), and JA’s mom for staying with me at the stall all day, allowing for tea and loo breaks! And thank you to everyone who came by and said hello! =)
Mikaela Handmade Fashion Market
Starting from the next market (June Canberra long weekend) I’m going to have a market girl, yay! JA’s sister Katie has a really strong retail and customer service background, so she is going to be manning the stall for a few hours for me during the day, I hope you can all make her feel as loved as you make me feel each market day!
Mikaela Handmade Fashion Market
So the count-down is now on for the June market, it’s going to be my biggest market ever, I am going to have SO. MUCH. STOCK. for you all, as well as lots of specials, a giveaway and some new surprises! So I hope to see you there =)
Mikaela Handmade Fashion Market

Working on: Zine Design

Working on: Zine Design

Here is a little sneak peek of the zine I’m designing for Jess of Epheriell Designs. It’s called *bespoke* and it’s going to be be absolutely drool worthy, such amazing content, I’m telling you! So keep your eyes peeled for it’s release!
bespoke zine

You can see I used my little birdy in the Twitter feature below =)
bespoke zine

Getting life sorted out

Getting life sorted out

The title is a bit misleading… What I’m actually doing is getting my digital life sorted, which is no mean feat. I spend approximately, hm, lets say 5 hours a day on the computer. About 8 on a “design work” day. Which for some people is probably not much, but that’s outside of my day job, so it’s actually quite a lot. I’ve had my iMac for just over a year, and for the past couple weeks it’s been yelling at me to clean it up (eg, “scratch disks are full!” in Photoshop), because out of a possible 297gb hard drive space, I only had 20mb free. eep.

So the massive cleanout has begun!

I haven’t been using Time Machine properly (where the entire HD is backed up regularly onto an external drive) because I’ve been manually backing up to my external HD and also have lots of old files still on there that have needed to be sorted for about a million years. I’ve also got all my client folders in one directory, meaning I have to scroll through over 100 folders to find the current one I’m working on… I’ve just finished sorting them into ‘current’ and ‘archived’, and am now burning off the archived folders.

Oh gosh. The whole process is taking several hours so far… I’m trawling through the external HD, sorting, trashing and moving files around, and then transferring the ones I need to keep to the Mac HD. Once I’ve finished doing that I can format the external and set it up to be my backup in Time Machine. And my digital brain will be free from clutter and much easier to navigate =)

Mac HD is up to 57 gigs free!

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