Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

I love : my husband, my fur kids, family, music, sunshine, creating, chocolate, handmade soaps, the DUST Team, gardening, friends, Triple J Radio and photography. Comments welcome, I hope you enjoy the adventure with me.

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made with love.........................maddabling xox




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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Friends - Local Makers - Concrete Crush

Happy Long Weekend to my Australian Maddabling blog readers. Do you have any plans for the weekend? It's Triple J's Hottest 100, if the sun stays out beach time and a bbq with friends. Good times! This week it is my great pleasure to introduce two new Friday Friends and local creatives AND their brand new venture - meet Meleah and Tam of Concrete Crush.
Meleah and Tam combine their love of texture and succulents to make concrete vessels and succulent planters. So much fun colour for any space.
Without further ado, I will now hand over the blogging reigns so Meleah and Tam can share their new adventure with you all. Have the most wonderful weekend, whatever you are doing xo♥
The Concrete Crush Chronicles
Meleah Farrell Abstract Photographer and Tamara Robertson Textiles have worked together combining their love of texture, colour and plants to work on their concrete crush. We met as creative makers at local markets and just kept running into each other so our friendship formed. We recently have both been involved in establishing a Local Artist Collective, called Make A Scene Artist Collective. Through this process we have been working closely together and formed a great team..
So how did our Concrete Crush come about... Well one day Meleah mentioned the large amount of cement left over from a decking project and Tam got excited and suggested that with our powers combined, we could make some really cool concrete pots !!!
So that very next weekend we played under the trees as the sun set on Meleah's Torbay property, measuring, pouring and hands caked with wet cement...we were both in our element... and then the wait until they set... finally we cracked the first batch out of there moulds we were both hooked.. The texture, the hands on process, choosing colours and planting up with our favourite little succulents, we love it all.
We also love picking, and often together we go on the search for old and disused vessels that we can give a new life and purpose to. We turn them into centrepiece planters, some pieces we have converted are a grain sampler sieve from the CBH, vintage bakers tins, old cake tins, and some stunning wooden boxes.
We have also been making larger bowl shaped concrete crushes that when planted look like a Mini Succulent Jungle, packed full of texture and colour of as many different plants as we can fit.
The future for Concrete Crush looks grey, but don't be worried, for that's the best base to the beautiful colours that we use. We are being featured for the month of February by Kate and her store Green Couture as her local creative:
http://www.greencouture.com.au/about-gc/  
There is also a opportunity in March to learn how to make your own concrete crush pots with Tam as part of the Seasonal Creative Workshop retreat, to be hosted by Meleah and Leanne Fry. This is a day of creative workshops, good company, amazing food in the magical bush setting of Meleahs Torbay property. 
https://www.facebook.com/seasonalcreative
As our time for the Pop-Up Artist collective to close it doors (until the next project) then we will run our crush sales and product updates through our Face book page 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aussie Handmade - Wednesday Wishes

A little snippet of Australian handmade goodness to celebrate Australia Day, enjoy xo
Echidna magnet - Aussie animal - cute fridge magnet - from onehappyleaf
Medium Knitting Tote Bag - Australian Flora from HalfBaked
Australia Day Bunting from BuntingBird
Square Embroidered Pin Cushion Australian Native Flower Pink Heath from WombatsPicnic
The Periodic Table of Beer Styles - Australian Version from LecindaWard

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Friends - DUSTy Divas - Secret Jewellz

Hello there Friday! The weekend is almost very nearly here. 
The weatherman assures me it is going to be a sunshiny sort of weekend, which is something to really look forward too. 
Today it is my very great pleasure to re-introduce a Friday Friend, DUSTy Diva and Australian Maker; meet sweet Kathy of Secret Jewellz!
For that unusual piece with a vintage feel, you can't go past these creations. For example, the luscious Sea Dragon Necklace with Blue Swarovski Sapphire Crystal;
these gorgeous Art Deco Swarovski Crystal Antique Silver Heart Earrings; 
or a personalised Large Vintage Brass Locket Keepsake with a secret message ♥
Readers, I would love to share with you now The Secret Jewellz Scoop. Have a simply wonderful weekend everyone x 
The Secret Jewellz Scoop.
"Putting meaning back into jewellery, from times past to modern inspirations"

Who is Secret Jewellz? Secret Jewellz is one girl on a quest to bring inspirational and meaningful jewellery to the world, utilizing the past and bringing to life timeless keepsakes to treasure and to hold.
What has Secret Jewellz been up too? It’s been nearly two years since being featured on Fridays Friends on Maddabling blog. Thanks so much Samara for having me back.

On that occasion I had wrote I wanted to try pmc clay.  Since then I have acquired a second hand kiln and tools over a period of a year and a half to get me started. It’s been a slow process, but a worthwhile one. 
I chose pmc clay because the possibilities are endless just like I said with brass filigree stampings. Once fired pmc clay is .999 pure fine silver. Since my interest always seems to lie in the past I was very interested in wax seals. Especially seals from the Georgian, Victorian and 19th century along with new seal styles.
Each wax seal is unique just like our signature is unique.  There is much symbolism and meaning in wax seals.   The joy, hope, courage, inspiration, strength and love are but a few of the meanings behind a seal. 

This is what i would love to bring to life in the form of a piece of jewellery giving the wearer a token of meaning to last a lifetime or passed onto a family member or loved one. 

One of my favourites is two hearts tied together with a ribbon and the word forever engraved under it. \For*ev"er\-  for an endless time, for all time, eternity. I imagine letters being sent back and forth with that lovely seal all binding and a testament to true romance, love and friendship. 
I also wish to use more gemstones this year and into the future.  One particular necklace that I love at the moment is this beautiful small piece of amethyst that I’ve put inside a 1960’s steel cage on sterling silver chain.   
I still make brass filigree but I know that I will always be evolving and changing never settling on one medium but forever learning new techniques or reading up on history.  

There never seems to be enough hours in the day for all that I want to do and achieve.

Dear readers, would you like to see more? Here is how you can connect: 

Buy lovely things on Etsy here: 
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SecretJewellz
Be inspired on Flickr here: 
and on Instagram here: 
http://instagram.com/secretjewellz/

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gosh Garnet - Wednesday Wishes

Garnet is the birthstone for January, the inspiration for todays Wednesday Wishes
"Gosh Garnet"
Enjoy xo♥
Watch Me Walk Away Dress - A-Line Shift in Garnet from Parsimony
Small Gemstone Jewelry Pendant Garnet and Topaz in Nickel Free Hypoallergenic Sterling Silver, light pendant from Graceanchor
Garnet Quartz Crystal Soap - Choose your Scent from RockHoundSoap
Vintage Miniature Rich Garnet Ruby Deep Red Hand Blown Delicate Art Glass Vase from Iguanafindit
Wire Wrapped Garnet Red Hairstick Copper Glass Beaded Pin Gothic Jewelry Hair Accessory fork from bytheoakArt

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Friends - Local Artists - Ria di Cola Art

Hello lovely Maddabling readers, what did your collective weeks hold? I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend after a most hectic week. All I hope for is a good book and some sunshine :) 
Today it is my great pleasure to introduce to you all to a new Friday Friend, local artist and very talented creative, meet Ria di Cola Art. 
I happened upon the works of Ria through social media and I want to share a few pieces that caught my attention. I love the strong women in her works, the vibrant colour and the portrayal of the female form. 

Readers, I invite you now to make a cup of tea perhaps and settle in to read The Wrap on Ria di Cola Art. Have a wonderful weekend, see you all on Wednesday for the new edition of Wednesday Wishes xo 
The Wrap on Ria di Cola Art
Hi my name is Ria di Cola, I recently moved from Perth and have settled in Albany (born and raised in Katanning).  For the first time ever I have a lovely light studio all to myself, along with looking after my 4 children (7 combined). I am working at making art my life and getting involved with the art scene in Albany.
I am a part of The Proud Love project (Make A Scene), a pop up gallery /shop. We are a group of emerging artists from Albany who create handmade, high quality, original artworks. 
Our mutual vision is to create our own hub in a shared retail gallery space, for both creative and community development. It is through this amazing collective that I have gained more confidence in my art.

I have always drawn. When everyone else was doing their maths in school I was drawing and being told off! From very young when asked what do you want to be when you grow up? It was a no brainer. An Artist! I have always viewed life and art as one inseparable whole. 
It was when I saw an exhibition by Salvador Dali in Naples Italy when I was 13,I witnessed the reaction of people and realized that by creating a piece of art I could evoke emotion in a complete stranger…this fascinated me. On finishing high school (where art was the only reason to go). I was accepted into Claremont School of Art and Design which further thrust me into the world of art. Seeing and being involved with art daily was a dream come true.
I love stories. Everyone has a story. I want my art to be more than just decoration. I have always been inspired by my children, and they feature heavily in my art…and especially now so as recently my 8 year old Jonty was diagnosed with Autism…this journey we are on, with Autism is a ride that I feel I will document through my art.
The mediums I like to use are pencil, pen, wash and oils. I find that as I am developing I am moving towards exploring mixed media. I no longer believe that only one medium should be used at a time. My influences at the moment are Margaret Woodward and Alex Powers. I like the movement and speed, by which they tell their stories.
One of my favourite pieces I have created was “Maudlin”. It got highly commended at the 2013 Great Southern Art Award. “Maudlin” was a self-portrait which I painted during the breakdown and end of my marriage. It sold straight away and I take pleasure in the fact that it now resides on a wall in Peru! It was only just by chance I met the lady who bought the painting and heard her story and realised that I had now touched someone through my art.

Dear readers, this is how you can connect with Ria di Cola Art. 

Follow her facebook page here: 
or buy lovely pieces from the Make a Scene Pop Up Store here: 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday Friends - Local Makers - Little Shed Studio

Welcome lovely Maddabling readers to the very first Friday Friend edition for 2015. I do hope you had a merry and bright Festive season. We had lots of special time with family which is always nice. Today it is my great pleasure to introduce to you a local maker and treasure, meet sweet Justine of Little Shed Studio. 
Little Shed Studio is Justines space, in her backyard, a place where she creates and up cycles goodies for pop up shops, market stalls and Etsy. Let me share some of these creations with you now. Firstly, this up-cycled Blue Baby Singlet with Hand Printed Owl Design. Too cute! 
If you love brooches, this Set of Three Up-cycled Hand Printed and Hand Sewn Flower Brooches could be just what you are looking for! 
And if you are like me, you never have a card handy for that unexpected occasion, why not stock up on a Set of Four Beautiful Scenery Themed Photographic Greeting Cards? There are lots of other themes to choose from too :) 
Ok readers, it's time for me to hand over the blogging reigns to Justine and you can take some you time to sit and read, to ponder, muse over The Story of Little Shed Studio. I found it a fantastic read and I hope you do too! Have a wonderful weekend x 
The Story of Little Shed Studio 
My name is Justine Gamblin and as of 2014 I have been trading as Little Shed Studio. I have a part time ‘day job’ and spend the rest of my working week in my Little Shed Studio in our backyard, usually repeat printing on fabric. I work on various projects but my main focus and that which has kept me busy in the studio in the past four years has been my involvement in group exhibitions as part of the annual Bendigo Bank Southern Art and Craft Trail, in the Walpole region.
I have had some fun reflecting on my artistic journey and how I got to this point and as you will see have gotten slightly carried away and written a short biography: I have always had artistic tendencies and began drawing and making crafts from a very early age. When I was six I started my first shop, situated on my bedroom door, where I hung turtles made from walnut shells and charged 20 cents each. Needless to say the custom was limited after my family had all purchased one a piece. My parents took me to visit a local elderly landscape painter and encouraged my interest and I spent most of my spare time either drawing or reading. 
I was excited then, when older, to receive a Special Art Scholarship at Applecross Senior High School in Perth and travelled on the bus every Saturday during term time to attend additional art classes with tutors who were real artists. This had a great influence on me as I was allowed to pursue many and varied ideas and techniques to my hearts’ content. I therefore had a comprehensive portfolio prepared when I applied to study Fine Art at Curtin University of Technology. In first year we studied a unit of each different discipline and then chose our major and minor for second year. I majored in Fibre/Textiles with a complimentary minor in Printmaking and enjoyed it all.
After university I continued to practice art at home, keeping visual diaries to document my ideas when I didn’t have time to actually make or draw, and entered the workforce and the so called ‘real world’. My natural tendency to create led me to a career in museums and galleries, beginning at the Western Australian Museum where I began by volunteering in the Exhibition and Design Department and graduated to paid work on various large scale permanent exhibitions including the Discovery Centre. I made supports and displays from Perspex, learned how to handle museum objects correctly and assisted with adding detail to large sculpted models and back-ground scenery for dioramas. It was a great couple of years where I made lifelong friends and also met my husband. 
From there the husband to be and I moved to the Northern Territory, south of Darwin and I ended up commuting into Darwin to work at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. I had various roles in display and conservation but my organisational streak led me into Collection Management. This was another great period of my life but when the long daily commute became too much I applied for a Collection Management position at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu in New Zealand and moved there for two years. I was born in Christchurch and was keen to return as an adult and reconnect with the place. The CAG had just moved into a new custom made building with an impressive glass fa├žade and it was a very exciting time. To cut a long story short we returned to Perth after I became pregnant with our oldest daughter, to be nearer family.
We moved to Walpole in 2009 and I took the opportunity of being out of the workforce with two young children to renew my simmering artistic leanings. Through all the years of working and moving I had kept a record of ideas for things that I wanted to make or draw and knew that I would one day get back to. Certain ideas were recurring and one of the main things that came to the fore was the desire to print on fabric. I wanted to expand on the ideas I had begun to explore as far back as high school and university. A major source of inspiration for me has always been the natural environment. 
My husband is a Zoologist and spent quite a few years working as a zookeeper and native fauna and flora are a shared interest of ours. Since moving to Walpole I’ve been particularly impressed by the local flora, in particular their diversity, delicacy and beauty. Every time I walk in the bush or even just on our local path into town I see flowers and leaf shapes that lend themselves to print designs. I take a lot of photos to catalogue these ideas and have plenty of material for future work. The longer I live here the more I’m becoming in tune with the seasons and what is flowering and changing when.
In 2011 I was lucky enough to collaborate with Nornalup artist Leanne Fry to put together an exhibition for the Bendigo Bank Southern Art and Craft Trail in a small retail space in Walpole. It was a big leap for me to make the commitment because my kids were still quite young and dependant but Leanne took me under her wing and was kind enough to take on the bulk of the organisational duties, something she is very good at. I set up a trestle table in the very rustic garage and began printing lengths of calico with designs based on local flora including a Red Flowering Gum leaf that I still use now. At one point we were having a deck built on the front of our house and I returned home one day to find that the builder had had to move into the garage due to rain and had left a coating of pine sawdust all over my half-finished fabric that was laid out. 
Despite this obstacle I managed to finish enough pieces to fill my share of the space and the exhibition was a great success in terms of interest, positive feedback, attendance and sales. I realised that I worked well to a deadline and that it was a good way to get motivated to produce work even if it was sometimes stressful. Working with Leanne happened very naturally and easily even though we didn’t know each other very well at that stage, mainly because our kids are different ages. In the years following we invited other local artists to join us on the Art Trail including at the Tree Top Walk and in Nornalup and I began on a steep learning curve of exhibiting and having market stalls and pop-up shops.
Most of my work since moving to Walpole has been variations on the repeat printed textiles but I’m ready now to return to some other mediums that I’ve always enjoyed such as drawing and printing on paper. When I was at university my desire to make art of some sort overwhelmed my capacity to articulate and produce the ideas behind the work. Now that I have some life experience behind me I’ve accumulated more than enough ideas and am just now beginning to find the time to begin working through the creation of them. In 2011 I realised fairly quickly that repeat lino printing by hand was a very labour intensive method and not really viable to produce cloth for sale by the meter. I was also worried about getting RSI in my wrists. Now I have adopted a process of printing small lengths for items such as cushions and then using the excess and off-cuts to patchwork together, re-print, embroider, dye and create one-off pictures. 
I have a strong environmental ethic and like to recycle and print on second hand fabrics and I also enjoy the unexpected combinations that can be created when using already patterned materials. I’ve recently started up-cycling t-shirts by printing on the front and adding a label that reads ‘Up-cycled in Walpole’. These have sold well at the Walpole Markets and at my latest collaborative pop-up shop ‘Pop Skip Jump’ with Liz Edmonds and Sarah Walker. This is running over summer in The Big Hair Shop in Walpole on selective dates when the hairdresser is taking a break and we have had a lot of positive feedback so far.
A couple of months ago I registered my new name Little Shed Studio to encompass the business side of my art practice and am planning on expanding my t-shirt range to also include new t-shirts. I also recently opened an Etsy shop online and will be expanding that in the coming months. Though I won’t give up my day job just yet, I feel like I’m at a turning point now and that through perseverance and hard work I can make my dream of being an ‘artist’ become a reality. Years ago I could never have foreseen the opportunities and flexibility that on-line selling and pop-up shops can give people like myself but I’m very grateful for these exciting developments that allow me to maintain a great small town lifestyle.
Readers, would you like to see more? Here is how you can connect. 
Keep up to date with all of the Little Shed Studio happenings on Facebook here: 
and you can check out the current range available online in the Little Shed Studio Etsy store here: