Fabric Garden

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Sue Miller is the driving force behind the online store and blog – Fabric Garden Australia. Born in Zimbabwe, she grew up in South Africa and has travelled extensively living in England, Mali (West Africa) and now Australia.

Her mother instilled a love of all things craft in her. She grew up learning how to sew (primarily dress making), knit, crochet and embroider.

Sue started her first quilt top when she was at university in South Africa. This quilt top sat in a cupboard for many years. Little did I know that I had what every quilter has – a UFO – Unfinished Object. Her mother finally couldn’t bear it any longer and stepped in ten years later and finished it off!

Many years later, Sue moved to Sydney, Australia. A friend of a friend, knowing Sue’s interest in patchwork talked her into joining a patchwork group and Sue’s love of quilting was reignited.

Working in IT full time, Sue wondered if it was possible to combine her passion for all things IT and quilting. It was then that the idea of an online store specialising in modern quilting fabric was born. Sue’s blog talks about her quilting experiences, as well as her travels and family back home in South Africa.


The Thrifty Issue

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The Thrifty Issue shares ways to save money, craft tutorials, thrifty fashion advice, recipes and tips on budgeting. The Thrifty Issue has a staff of writers from at home mums to personal stylists with no kids.

Their staff include Rachael – an avid sewer and mother of 3 under 6 based in Canberra, Jac Lambert – personal stylist based in Canberra, Rebecca – mother of 2 boys who has a more natural lifestyle, Kylie Ofiu –  mother of 2 daughters, author, speaker and award winning blogger and lastly Amy – mother of 4 who gives great product reviews!

The Thrifty Issue regularly runs giveaways and has an active Facebook following.


Tractorgirl

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Excellence in art, craft and design has been at the heart of everything on tractorgirl since its inception 3 years ago, and Julie Gibbons is at the heart of tractorgirl.

Julie studied jewellery and silversmithing at university for several years, and received her PhD in Fine Art in 2001. She loves colour, texture and pattern. Always a bower-bird, anything and everything is a never-ending source of inspiration. Her family history is littered with other artists, makers, and designers. Her mother was a highly regarded seamstress, and when Julie was little, her mother taught her to knit, crochet, and sew.

Julie started tractorgirl as a way to collect inspiration in art, design and handmade, and through her desire to promote those artists who choose to build a business out of their individual talents, has grown the blog into a respected and vibrant platform for design tutorials, small business advice and thought-provoking discussions on issues surrounding the handmade and creative industries.


AllyHolly

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Alli is a Happy, peach iced tea drinker, fair trade advocate, Muma, creative dreamer,  traveller and chocolate loving lass wanting to colour her world. With an eye for the beautiful and unique Alli has become one of Australia’s top pincers on Pinterest. She has a fast growing following from all over the world and has a flair specialising in children’s products and decor.

When not pinning or parenting Alli is working as the co-founder and designer at ‘The Little Sparrow’ (a children’s product range). She is passionate about social justice and human rights and has travelled to Zimbabwe to work with HIV/AIDS affected orphans, America to work in a Summer Camp for economically and socially disadvantaged youth, and to Bangladesh to visit groups that are addressing human exploitation. Her motto is ‘It is only impossible until it is done.’


Designer Man Cave

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Kate is a qualified interior designer and decorator in Sydney who has an understanding of her clients’ lifestyle and is able to apply the function and aesthetic of living to any space. No matter how large or small the job, she works closely with each and every client to create an original and quality interior that is unique to them.

KA packages include one-off consultations, mood boards and style guides, colour consulting, property styling advisory service and personalised interior shopping service.

Developing her website, Designer Man Cave allows her to take the opportunity to combine the inquisitiveness and interest of all things masculine and combine it with her passion for life and design. Kate’s DMC Interior Shopping Service is aimed for busy men who don’t have time to devote to updating their home. The personalised one day shopping experience is tailored for each client and the aim is to create a comfortable, stylish interior for their home (or office) to suit their style and budget in the most time effective and stress-free way. A new E-style guide offers gents all over Australia, the guidance and personalised style they need to shop for their interior.

When not designing, blogging and sourcing, Kate likes to live an active and healthy life with a ‘glass half full’ attitude. She loves any excuse to eat and drink and when the travel bug bites, it’s straight overseas to explore new places and cultures and gather inspiration.


Kate Abdou

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Kate is a qualified interior designer and decorator in Sydney who has an understanding of her clients’ lifestyle and is able to apply the function and aesthetic of living to any space. No matter how large or small the job, she works closely with each and every client to create an original and quality interior that is unique to them.

KA packages include one-off consultations, mood boards and style guides, colour consulting, property styling advisory service and personalised interior shopping service.

Developing her website, Designer Man Cave allows her to take the opportunity to combine the inquisitiveness and interest of all things masculine and combine it with her passion for life and design. Kate’s DMC Interior Shopping Service is aimed for busy men who don’t have time to devote to updating their home. The personalised one day shopping experience is tailored for each client and the aim is to create a comfortable, stylish interior for their home (or office) to suit their style and budget in the most time effective and stress-free way. A new E-style guide offers gents all over Australia, the guidance and personalised style they need to shop for their interior.

When not designing, blogging and sourcing, Kate likes to live an active and healthy life with a ‘glass half full’ attitude. She loves any excuse to eat and drink and when the travel bug bites, it’s straight overseas to explore new places and cultures and gather inspiration.


Luke Dean-Weymark

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Luke Dean-Weymark hails from Sydney, Australia and has a keen eye for anything visually creative. His passion for photography, travel and social media have combined to produce the largest men’s Pinterest profile in Australia, at around 900,000 followers!

Showcasing still images and video across categories like fashion, travel, sports, technology, homewares and much more. Luke brings striking and unique perspective on any subject he captures or shares. Luke is also a respective photographer and runs a site dedicated to displaying his professional work.


Jarrah Jungle

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Michelle started her blog, jarrahjungle, when she began renovating her house with her partner in order to keep track of what they did. What started out as a renovating, home improvement, landscaping and DIY blog soon turned into a lifestyle one – furniture, decorating ideas, kitchenware, books and travel advice were the new topics.

She has over 200 fans on social media networks that are looking forward to her next book review or her latest decorating idea. She’s become an important part of the local community after this experience and she is always trying to come up with new things to share with her friends. The giveaways held on the website have attracted a large number of people who had nothing but compliments for her and for her stories.

Comment:
“I’ve been thinking through all this too…it’s around the corner! I love seeing your processing!!! Thanks for sharing”


NZ Green Buttons

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Even if you are a full time mom with 2 children aged 4 and 7, your passions keep coming out and there’s no point in fighting them. This is what Louana from Auckland, New Zealand said to herself when she decided to start her own blog, NZ Green Buttons, in 2009.

This started out as a way for her to document her attempts and try to make others live a happier life. Now she has an impressive number of followers and her blog posts regarding sewing and up cycling clothes are an inspiration for many, making them act now and forget about the sad parts of life. Two of her tutorials, “wrist pin cushion” tutorial and “rustic bird feeder”, have reached the entire green community from NZ, something she never thought it would happen.

Louana also likes to do reviews of local products, this way spreading the word out to others in order to help them and the entire local community. She reviewed a tea from a small local manufacturer and she does this often for Baker’s Delight, as she is a big fan of baking, along with her two children.

NZ post Children’s book awards managed to get her to join their Social Media team and she had a significant contribution to the event, which made her very happy. We’re looking forward to more of the same!


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