Tuesday, February 22, 2011

People who inspire: Dannielle Cresp

This my second installment about people who inspire me, I hope it inspires you too!

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Okay I admit it, I have a blog crush on Dannielle Cresp of With2ns Designs and Dannielle Cresp and her amazing self titled blog www.danniellecresp.com.

In Dannielle's company Information on Facebook she notes that she is “Creating a handmade friendly world from mindful living” and that her daily blog “discusses handmade, mindful living, inspiration, small business and has interviews and guest posts.”

I’m not sure how I stumbled across Dannielle, probably through one of the DUST Team Members, all I know is that I became a fan a little while ago and I have been reading her blog posts via Facebook or Google Reader ever since. 

What I love about Dannielle’s posts is the fact that I can hear her voice shine through the words as I read them; she’s frank, honest and positive about the crafting community.  Her post titled ‘Stop Asking for Free’  really made me think.  To be honest it actually stayed with me for a few days, my little brain kept going back over the post.  In the end I realised that she had summed up what I always felt about supplying Freebies but could never articulate. Thank you.

After exploring her actual blog (rather than reading the posts by Google Reader) I  discovered that Dannielle has started the exciting Handmade Friendly World, she also offers designs and consulting services too!

Thank you Dannielle for a great blog, I read it every morning with my coffee.

Monday, February 14, 2011


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Original heart shaped doily by C Percy Designs

Friday, February 11, 2011

La Petite Paperie - Seven Questions in Seven Minutes

Name: Tamara Sirl

Company Name: La Petite Paperie 


Online storefront/s: COMING SOON!

Blog: http://tamarasirldesign.blogspot.com

1. What is your favourite Colour? Be specific. 
My favourite colour of all time is chocolate, as designer I use it a lot.  I feel it’s a nicer alternative to black; it also happens to be my fave food!
2. What is your favourite font?
Ohh lord, now you’ve done, where would you like me to begin! LOL
A lot of my favourites fonts come from Suditpos. At the moment I’m in love with the new Piel Script.  I’m just dying to design a uber girly invitation range so I can use it!
3. Who would you like to be stuck next to on a long haul plane trip?
I actually haven’t flown a lot so I still get nervous in the air, but if I had to be stuck next to someone on a long trip, then it would hands down have to be my husband. Just because he makes me laugh & I love traveling with him!

4. Who taught you the basics of your craft?
I’m actually a self taught designer.
5. What is your favourite item in your range? Why?
As La Petite Paperie is still only a new business & the range is still being designed. But if I had to chose one of the items I have done so far it would have to be the “Out of this World” invitation range.
6. What is your best seller?
I don’t have one as yet, but I’m hoping they all become just as equally popular as each other!

7. If there was an academy award for handmade and you won it, to whom would you thank?
I would like to thank my husband firstly for proposing to me! Because if he hadn’t I would never have gotten the passion to design beautiful invitations & stationery!

Secondly my family for putting up with my ongoing addiction to the internet that has me up to all hours of the night,

Lastly to the people who follow my work, without you I would have no one to design for!

I met Tamara through her work with the creation of the Handmade Cooperative blog.  I am always amazed by her cute, creative and original designs. She is the creative talent behind the C Percy Designs logo.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

W is for Winkipedia

ALPHABET FLURO GREEN tint acrylic necklace by Sculley Design
I was reading Wikipedia's article on Crochet today (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crochet) and I started to think about my family history.

Even though I'm a 5th generation Australian, my family's ties to Ireland are still there - my maiden name is McInerney and I have red hair.  My ancestors came to Australia during the Potato Famine that hit Ireland in the late 1840s.  During this time Crochet became very popular in Ireland, many women and children made beautiful crochet lace which was shipped all over Europe and America.

I remember my Nanna telling me about how her Granny making her a special dress for St Patrick's day Mass when she was  a little girl.  The dress was white and green and had shamrock ribbon on it.   I realised this morning that this Granny would of been a first generation Australian, her parents would of been Irish and that the skills my Mother passed on to me would of originated from these Irish ancestors. 

How cool is that!