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Friday, March 20, 2015

happy happiness day!

It's international happiness day!!
And I wanted to share a little printable to help celebrate!
You might remember this little cutie from the cover of issue 11 of tickle the imagination magazine?
I hope you have a super happy day!!
ps the adorable mushroom print to the left is by the very clever Miss Minzy xx

Monday, March 9, 2015

issue 19 launch party

Special thanks to the ladies who came along to the issue 19 launch party on Friday, we had such a lovely time!

 Held in the gorgeous, light-filled studio above Beau Est Mien in Northbridge, we sat down to each create our own little artwork inspired by the 'spots and stripes' project featured in issue 19 by Helen of blossom & cat.
And here's the finished pieces...from left to right - Vanessa, Janet, Amanda and Meredith. I love how everyone's is so different!!
Thank you ladies for a lovely afternoon xx

You will find the 'spots and stripes' project in issue 19 of tickle the imagination - out this Thursday in all awesome newsagencies and available to order online today at www.tickletheimagination.com.au!!

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




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