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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

an amazing weekend

Here's a shot the lovely Magali
from Beau Est Mien snapped for us.
(I am loving my new dress from
Petra Vanessie - thank you Petra x)
On Friday I felt like the luckiest girl in the world! I got to meet someone I truly admire - Janine Vangool of Uppercase magazine. Janine was visiting from Canada for the Perth Writers Festival, and is the publisher, editor and designer behind the gorgeous quarterly publication 'for the creative and curious'. If you don't already know of it you really must take a look - find Uppercase online at www.uppercasemagazine.com

On Friday I got to take her out to visit some of my favourite handmade shops here in Perth - Beau Est Mien, Perth Upmarket at Angove Street Collective, Future Shelter, Mr Sparrow and we finished the day at the Dumbo Feather launch at MANY 6160 in Fremantle - where I got to meet and chat with Madeline and Mele from Dumbo Feather and Kate of Kate & Abel.

There were a few 'fangirl' moments - snapping photos and asking her to sign the beautiful copy of Uppercase she gifted me. She really is the sweetest person and such an inspiration! It is a day I will treasure always!

A group of awesome designers and makers from Perth teamed up to put together this lovely 'welcome to Perth' pack to surprise Janine with...

Isn't it a lovely collection of goodies? There's... conversation coasters and a lovely letterpressed art card from fluid ink, a sweet crocheted owl from Anna Hadwin, two beautiful dresses from Petra Vanessie, delicious soap and balm from Self Organics, a surprise from Petals & Thread, yummy Cacao & Raspberry logs from O'Goodies, a sweet tooth fairy kit from Made by Niss, ceramic herb markers As You Wish Ceramics, a surprise from Sally Ridge, handprinted paper and tea towel from Ellume Life, gorgeous notebooks and greeting card from K Gets Organised & a sweet pendant kit from Huckleberry.

On Saturday lots of amazing magazine publishers were speaking at the Perth Writers Festival. I listened intently to thoughts from Janine of Uppercase, Adrian from Smith Journal, the team behind Kinfolk, Mele and Nathan from Dumbo Feather, and Luisa of Alphabet Family Journal. Each of them with their own gems of wisdom to pass on. Such an fantastic day! I have come away feeling full of inspiration and thinking about my dreams for the future of tickle.

Monday, February 9, 2015

{create} washi tape art with craft queen

Last week the lovely girls at Craft Queen sent us some washi tape to have fun with! And with valentines day coming up, I thought I would create a sweet and simple project to share.

This cute little artwork only takes about 15 minutes to create, but will fill your home with lots of love!

you will need:
+ washi tape (we've used pink oriental)
+ A3 paper (we've used lovely handmade paper with a deckle edge)
+ geometric heart template
+ scissors
+ pin
+ felt tip pen
+ frame

to make:
1. download and print out the template {download link for geometric heart template}

2. pop the template onto carpet or a mouse mat and, using a pin, create a small hole at each point the lines intersect.

3. place the template over the paper for the artwork, being sure to keep it square and in the position you would like the heart to be placed.

4. mark out the intersections using a felt tip pen through the pin holes. Hold the template in place and peek under to check the marks are visible. If not, go over each of them again.

5. using the dots and your template as a guide, stick the washi tape onto the art paper to create the geometric heart. We've created the outside lines of the heart first, then applied the internal lines.

6. use scissors to tidy overlapping washi.

7. frame your artwork and pop it in a special spot to share with your loved ones.

Special thanks to Craft Queen for supplying the washi tape for this project.

Craft Queen have over 500 washi tape designs to choose from - can you imagine that? Five hundred!

The little cutie we used for this project is called 'pink oriental'. You can find it on the Craft Queen online store here - {pink oriental pattern washi tape}.

share the love!
If you try this project we'd love to see it! Please share a pic with us at tickle facebook or instagram @tickletheimagination or #tickletheimagination. Our favourite snaps will make an appearance in upcoming issues of tickle!

If you would like to share this project on your own blog that would be awesome! Please just use a single image and direct your readers to this post - thank you x

Thursday, February 5, 2015

{explore} handmade redcliffe

Handmade Redcliffe Market is on this weekend - with new styling & setting to explore near the pretty Scarborough seaside!

This gorgeous market is the coming together of handmade artisans on the Redcliffe Peninsula to promote their works by curating markets & events with style and loads of love!

This Saturday 7 February 2015 9.00am to 3.00pm
Wedding Gardens Reid's Place 377 Scarborough Road, Scarborough QLD

Some of the gorgeous stallholders you will find there on the day (pictured above)...
1. Crochet and String - gorgeous crocheted homewares
2. The Little Lemon Co - homemade lemonade with infused flavours
3. Alexandra Ranken - artwork, ceramics
4. Mabel Jane - handmade soap
5. Nadine Sawyer Art - ceramics, linen prints, art cards, linen tea towels
6. Lorena Balea-Raitz - Romanian point lace workshop!
7. Berry Good Jam & Chutney
8. Alexandra Ranken - artwork, ceramics
9. Anise Designs - zippered hand painted clutches

+ Notely - stationery made 100% from post consumer waste
+ Mosov Mini - organic babywear and leather moccasins
+ Bliss Candles

And, there are lots of lovely things happening on the day, including...
+ Janmaree will be hosting a workshop using the Valentine's Day tickle project
+ There will be a 2 hour Romanian point lace workshop by Lorena Balea-Raitz - just $60.00 includes all materials, bookings via the Love Handmade website
+ High tea with all the trimmings (bookings via Love Handmade website)
+ Live acoustic music by Matthew Taudevin

And the latest issue of tickle will be on sale!

For more details or to book special activities, please visit www.love-handmade.com.au

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

{behind the scenes} issue 19

As you can imagine, there's quite a lot of hats to wear when putting together a magazine. One day I'm a graphic designer, the next advertising sales lady, and on another packing and sending orders...keeps me out of mischief! And over the years I have carefully constructed a seventeen week cycle for bringing each issue together - if I follow it religiously everything falls into place beautifully, there is no stress... birds sing... the world is a happy place!

Only problem is... when has any creative person ever run to a schedule? I don't know about you, but no matter how hard I try I just can't do it! It's not all bad...I know I thrive on pressure... is that a creative thing? Sometimes it's like the creativity doesn't kick in until I'm at the eleventh hour...but, despite the stress (and lack of sleep), everything always comes together and I meet deadline... are you the same?

This week 's focus is getting the layouts finalised and ready to send to print - one of my favourite bits! This will be issue 19 (wow...issue 19 - can you believe that? I certainly can't!) and it is set to be another gorgeous issue! The focus is celebrations and the title is 'inkling'. We have so many beautiful celebrations to share with you in this issue... a hens high tea...a stunning eco inspired wedding... a breathtaking Tiger Lily inspired sleep over party and four of Australia's most amazing stylists share their tips for taking an 'inkling' of an idea and turning it into a beautiful celebration...plus lots more - I can't wait to share it with you!!

Here is the sneakiest of peeks at the upcoming issue... an image from tickle craft editor, Helen from blossom and cat, who has created yet another gorgeous project for you!

Tanya x

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{business toolkit} thoughts on goal setting

by Tanya Collier

Each year I sit down and set goals for myself and for tickle. For some reason this year it felt 'clearer'. I guess a few weeks off over Christmas gave me a chance to reflect on what has been and what it is I truly want for tickle moving forward. The first few days back to work were spent putting all this thinking onto paper - and now I have three very succinct and realistic goals, along with five pages documenting how I plan to make each of these goals happen. Wish me luck!

We are now nearing the end of January, but that doesn't mean it's too late to start planning your best year yet!

Simply writing your goals down, or saying them out loud makes them feel possible. Mapping out a plan of action makes them absolutely achievable!

Here's a cute little worksheet to help you get started...and here's how I go about setting goals...

what? - this is the easy bit! Put into words what it is you would like to achieve - the more specific you can make it the better. For example - instead of 'I would like to leave my job' you want it to be more like 'I want to leave my job and work full time on my hobby business. I will need $xx per week income for this to happen'

why? what does this goal mean to you? why do you want to achieve it? Maybe it is 'to share my love of Australian handmade', or 'to be independent and work for myself', or 'to save a little extra money so we can go on holiday this year', or 'so that I can work flexible hours around my children'. Your why is really important - there will be days you ask yourself 'what on earth was I thinking?'...and on those days your 'why' will give you your answer.

when? - set a date! when do you hope to achieve this by? is this achievable? Setting a date gives you a deadline - without a deadline it is very easy to procrastinate and postpone your dream. Most creatives I know (me included!) leave everything until the very last minute. And there's nothing wrong with that, so long as you do get things done! So, set a deadline, it will make all the difference I promise x

how? - what are the steps or milestones that need to happen for this to become reality? Breaking your goal down into smaller actionable steps makes it so much more achievable.

who? - who are the key people or businesses that you feel will help you realise your dream? These could be a mentor, your business coach, a good friend to keep you on track, an employee to carry out some of the tasks, the stockist who will increase your sales... anyone who can help you carry out those steps and help you achieve your goal.

click to download your goal setting worksheet

Good luck gorgeous people!! I hope 2015 brings you everything you dream for x

feeling brave? share your worksheet below and we can all work together to keep each other accountable throughout the year x 




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