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~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Monday, June 29, 2015

dkshopgirl ... featured online and on radio ... wow

On rare occasions it really feels like the planets are aligned and EVERYTHING seems to be going right ... {and I mean RARE occasions ...}

It's been a pretty exciting month ... firstly I've opened a new online store on the crafting website Zibbet and was their FEATURED SELLER !!!!   eek ! MEGA exciting and fabulous exposure for my store ...

Thank you Jonathon Peacock ... {CEO Zibbet} for noticing my work  and giving me this amazing opportunity!

eek ... that's ME at the bottom of the Zibbet Front Page !!


THEN  ... I got an email from a reporter at ABC Radio asking if I would do an interview about my mosaics ...  I think I was in shock for the first hour after I read that!  I'm getting better at marketing myself online, but talking about myself ON AIR ???  gee ... I just really didn't know if I could do that...

About 2 weeks later, after I had spoken to my mum, sister and a couple of other close friends, I decided to take the plunge and do the interview ...

click to hear my interview


Hearing the sound of your own voice is strange at the best of times, but to hear it on the radio was completely bizarre ...   On the bright side, my husband, family and friends have been very supportive about how it went, so I feel glad that I took the opportunity to give my work a bit of exposure.  

While my business is definitely still 'micro' I feel like this might have been another small step to gaining a bit more recognition.  Who KNOWS where I'll pop up one day !

the Guggenheim - NYC .. yes as you can see I'm dreaming BIG ... 

So as a word of encouragement to anyone out there who is given an opportunity like this ... TAKE IT !!!  The world needs more creative souls and who doesn't LOVE hearing art stories?


~  Art = Happiness~



Sunday, June 28, 2015

DIY project ~ How to ... transfer paper napkins/serviettes onto wood

OMG ... I just found this tutorial on Pinterest ... it's insanely gorgeous ... i MUST share ... and have a go when I get 2 minutes spare ...

click here for the tutorial


amazing results huh?  ♥♥

~  art = happiness ~

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Taking dkshopgirl to the Richmond Field Days ...

Markets ... I love going to them ... but never imagined one day I'd be actually AT one with my OWN stall !!!   Last weekend was the Richmond Field Days and I had been asked earlier this year,  if I would take my pots and pieces and have a stall there ...  Ooh .. um .... well ... not sure ... I was a bit nervous about how my work would be received, but after some encouragement decided I would give it a go ...

did I really agree to this ??? how much STUFF am I taking ???

ok ... car is finally packed ... sorry kids, you'll have to get a lift with Dad ... (who is taking my tables for me !)

After one hour of driving, Lilly and I came to  the tiny town of Nelia ... the family of Brolgas by the amazing Sue Tilley...



Another hour later, I'm here and VERY much appreciate the fabulous spot I was allocated ... concrete floor AND a roof !!! thank you Richmond Field Days Committee ...
got my big table set up ...

detail ... 

more detail ...


Mosaic pots and fine art ...
ooh ... and my FRONT table .. all the cutest bits ♥  LOVE my banner ... thank you Vista Print !!


close up ...

... and my mosaic chair out to the left  -  which sold by the way !!! wahoo !!

detail of main table ...
and again ... LOVING my birdcage ... great way to display my pendants !


... opposite end of the BIG table ...

rings and things ... 

my signs ... sold a few of these which was great !

more details ... 

it was lots of fun setting up ... 
.. fine art table at the back ... with pots ... 
 

close up ...

... and again ... 

sold some rings ... 

... and a few of these too !  

sign detail ... 

Guestroom now has a new home !


... and bathroom is gone too !  

little old me doing my 'shopgirl' thing ... loving the chance to wear my pretty apron ♥♥
the drive home .. 


yep ... drought is in full swing ... 

the tiniest bit of rain made some new 'tracks' on the road ...

the stones you can see on this road - (which is a road from Nelia to our place) are actually cobble stones from the original road that the Cobb and Co mail coaches used to run the mail back in the late 1800's ... so there's some history for you ... 

... and these rocks to the side of the road (in the same place) are all that remains of an old pub that used to be the Kabibe Mail change (where they used to change the horses over for the mail coach)...

pretty amazing ... 

... part of our road ... big sky ... 

the kids call these 'Toy Story' clouds ('cos they look like the clouds in the movie)  ... we love them ... 

almost there ... my welcoming committee side of the road ... and the telephone tower in the distance ... the kids call it our Eiffel Tower ... ♥♥

beating the traffic ... 

Home Sweet Home ... time to unpack !




I now have a new-found respect for anyone who's ever done a market before ... there is a LOT of work and organizing that goes into getting things ready to sell...  I was really happy with what I sold which included my mosaic chair, a few signs, 2 of my pots and various other goodies ... Thank you to everyone who popped in and said hello ♥♥

~ a lovely weekend spent catching up with friends a great chance to give my store some more exposure ~



~ find my latest items for sale here 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Selling on Zibbet ... a great idea

Just the other day I started a new Online Store on Zibbet.  As you know I've been selling on Etsy - and still have some of my items on there, but in the future most of my pieces will be listed on Zibbet instead.

It's a fantastic website for sellers and the fast, personal responses I've received from queries have been amazing!  and there's more !  Just this week, Jonathon Peacock - the CEO at Zibbet emailed me to let me know I'm their featured seller !!!  Wahoooooo!!!!  FRONT PAGE BABY !!!!!  (Which is every artist/crafters dream when you sell on one of these websites)

What a fantastic opportunity!  I really appreciate the kind gesture and am thrilled to be part of the Zibbet community ♥  Hope you pop in sometime and check out my new store.

I'll be away at the Richmond Field Days for a few days with my little *dkshopgirl* store, but as soon as I get back I'll be listing more and more on Zibbet so stay tuned !!

... some of my items currently in my Zibbet store ... if you have any queries, feel free to send me an email ... deborah@rgkeats.com ~






























~   art = happiness  ~
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