Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas shopping day wrap up!

Wow! What a day! There was a wonderful festive feel all day at Making Spaces yesterday. You came, you shopped and shopped and shopped some more! We're so pleased that your Christmas list was full of lovely handmade things from the shop. 

We're also pleased that you got to go into the draw to win 1 of 14 incredible prizes donated to the event by our generous designers. All winners have been contacted and are listed below. A very big THANK YOU to our designers, our customers and our helpers for making our Christmas Shopping Day such a wonderfully successful event!

First Prize 
(approx $200.00 value)
 A Phoebe Lamps lamp of customer's choice
+ Making Spaces $25 store voucher
+ store hamper
WON BY: Emily P.

Second Prizes 
(approx $50.00 value each)
RMD Jewellery  :: sterling silver and resin set pendant and matching drop earrings
WON BY: Susan Z.

Billy Mac Clothing :: 2 short-sleeve tees - winners choice of size, colour & design
WON BY: Mrs C.

Jenna Appleton :: stunning sterling silver designer jewellery
WON BY: Suzanne H.

Muzz :: a red MDF Christmas tree and 3 mirrored swallows
WON BY: Martina Y.

SuzARTeCreations :: beautiful framed image and 2 cards
WON BY: Christina C.

ApplecartCo :: handmade dress and coordinating hairclips
WON BY: Mel R.

Third Prizes 
(approx $25.00-$35.00 value each)
Mumma’s Hugs :: $25 gift card to be used to purchase Mumma's Hugs in store
WON BY: Jade D.

The Twin Thing :: a handmade bean bag counting toy set
WON BY: Tim P.

Georgia’s Closet :: a handmade skirt in Christmas fabric
WON BY: Bernie B.

Gift packs 
(approx $20.00 value each)
Gift pack 1 :: a pretty little Jenna Appleton piece + Naks Wax candle
WON BY: Lynnette S.

Gift pack 2 :: Naks Wax candle + Hilltop Jewellery earrings
WON BY: Lynette A.

Gift pack 3 :: Gitane Jewellery kids jewellery pack
WON BY: Sabrina J.

Gift pack 4 :: Curious Empire earrings + frankie magazine
WON BY: Tess C.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Your Christmas shopping needs covered

We've been working hard to make Christmas shopping easier for you! So, as well as our amazing Christmas shopping day, we've developed a gift guide to get you started.

We will have printed copies of the guide available in store soon but for those who need a little time to get their ideas together for the shopping day, you can download a PDF version of the guide right here! Just click the pic:

Making Spaces is pleased to support :: Mountain Makers

This Saturday, Mountain Makers is on - A designer and artisan market held at Springwood, in the mid Blue Mountains. We know that many of our customers are mountain locals, so do stop by if you are in town. Be sure to look out for our designers Needle vs Thread, planettreasures and Indigo Elephant too!

Discover who's trading and location details here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Designer in Focus :: Jenna Appleton

We love pretty shiny things and Jenna Appleton's jewellery is that and so much more! In her own words "Jewellery satisfies both my need to learn and my need to create objects with my hands. I try to bring an ‘engineered’ perspective to much of what I do, because that’s how my head works… I’m a problem solver first and an artist second."

The engineered approach is evident in the beautiful, precise and simple lines, infused with stunning textures and splashes of colour.

 View the range in store or online.

Monday, October 3, 2011

*bespoke* giveaway

A little treat for you!

Go into the draw to win a copy of *bespoke* zine by leaving a comment here. Simply state which issue you'd love to own (this is a perfectly acceptable case of judging a book by its gorgeous hand illustrated cover!) and cross your fingers until 19th October when we'll draw 3 lucky winners.

 issue #4

  issue #3

  issue #2

 *bespoke* is a quarterly independently created Australian zine all about handmade, vintage, photography, art, micro-business, eco-friendly goodness and much more – all in a sweet little A5 sized package that you can take anywhere! Professionally printed in full-colour, brimming with crafty goodness! Only 1000 units are produced of each issue and Making Spaces is a proud stockist of this delightful little zine.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Making Spaces Grand Opening :: cancellation

We have some news regarding our planned Grand Opening – Centre Management have advised Parramatta Council (who were hosting the event) that we (Council/Making Spaces/African Hub) are not permitted to hold a function in the plaza on Thursday 6th October due to public liability concerns. If you have forwarded an invite to anyone, please do let them know.

Whilst this is disappointing news and we were very much looking forward to celebrating, we are absolutely not letting this veto get us down. In lieu of an official opening, we will be hosting a Christmas Shopping Event with lots of wonderful plans, including complimentary seasonal gift wrapping and lucky door prizes. Mark Thursday 1st December in your diary! More details to come closer to the date.

Thanks for your understanding, and thank you again for your commitment to indie design, small self representing businesses and Making Spaces.

Yours in handmade
Kirrily and Kirsten

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Designer in Focus :: Muzz

Designer Leanne of Muzz makes these incredible timber pieces in her home studio. They truly are a delight, super good looking and her swallows keep walking out of Making Spaces faster than she can create them! Not pictured, but just as stunning, are personalised acrylic Christmas decorations - a perfect gift! Muzz also offers custom laser cutting for small businesses, so be sure to contact them if you need any short run acrylic or timber jobs completed.
View the range in store or online

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Designer in Focus :: Creative Wishes

We love love love these! Felt play food and toys, made by hand, by the lovely Melinda of Creative Wishes. The detail is amazing - pie with a blob of sauce, cupcakes with frosting, fairy bread and even liquorice all-sorts! A favourite is the sweet fishing set, complete with magnetic fish that are easy for toddlers to "catch".

View the range in store or online

Friday, September 9, 2011

Designer in Focus :: Phoebe Lamps

These are quite something... And we can't put it any better than the designers themselves
The Phoebe lamp is unlike any lamp you have seen before! It’s unique design allows you to effortlessly change the appearance of the lamp. The idea being that you can tailor its look to suit the user or setting. The decorative part of the lamp, typically a piece of paper or fabric, is independent of the lamp itself. When purchased the lamp comes with an insert, however when the appropriate time comes to change the look of the lamp, there is a world of possibilities awaiting. Almost anything you can imagine will work in a Phoebe lamp, from fabrics and wall papers to wrapping paper and even original artworks.

We think these would make a wonderful gift! View the range in store or online

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Design in Focus :: ApplecartCo

ApplecartCo is a family business run by Jodie and her mum Maureen. They proudly come from a long line of crafty and creative women and create all of ApplecartCo's beautiful pieces between them.

Find ApplecartCo instore or online.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Designer in Focus :: Inner Earth Soaps

Inner Earth Soaps specialises in making traditional cold process soaps, with a wide selection of styles, scents and colours to suit every taste, as well as some delectable lotions and lip balms.

If you're looking for a great Father's Day gift, we've got some of Erin's Bloke Soap and Shaving Soap too!

Find Inner Earth Soaps in Making Spaces and online.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Designer in Focus :: Elm Design

Elm Design is the work of Blue Mountains ceramic artist Peta Misbrener. Elm Design came about through her love of design, porcelain ..... and getting her hands dirty.

 Find a selection of Elm Design in Making Spaces and online.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Designer in Focus :: RMD Jewellery

RMD Jewellery is the creative label of Rachel Moore, a Silversmith in Sydney who creates a range of simple modern jewellery using metalworking techniques together with a range of kiln fired enamel jewellery for a splash of colour.

 Find a selection of RMD Jewellery in Making spaces and online

A peek at some of the designers in Making Spaces for August

benconservato : elm design : needle vs thread : christine's millinery : muzz
xavier & me : tanya carter : naks wax candles : RMD jewellery
new flag outside the shop
paper ivy : red elephant creative : RMD jewellery : christine's millinery : elm design
maria's mosaics
red elephant creative
tika bear
inner earth soap

Monday, August 1, 2011

Who's Talking About Making Spaces?

If you follow us on Twitter or are a Facebook fan then you’d know we’ve had a little media coverage lately – most exciting. If you've not already seen the Made It interview published last week be sure to take a look. Thank you for your wonderful support!

But that's not all - this week, look out for an interview with Kirrily and Kirsten in The Parramatta Advertiser! It will be in print and online from tomorrow. 

Remember, you can help promote Making Spaces too. If you're a featured designer, be sure to let your customers know they can buy your wares in store by using the blog button and code to your right -->

We're two weeks into our creative venture and having a ball. The response from customers and designers has been overwhelmingly positive - we love that you love what we're doing! We are heading towards our second month now and looking forward to more of the same. If you are a current designer we will be contacting you shortly regarding your cluster space and securing you for another month. If you've been thinking about applying to join Making Spaces now is a great time to get your application in as we'll be allocating retail spaces and market showcases for August/Sept very soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Opening Day!

With special thanks to Jodie of ApplecartCo for not only taking these amazing shop photos, but also for being Making Spaces very first customer.

We had a wonderful first day - thank you to all who stopped by to say hello and browse our store of lovely handmade goodness!