Friday, 26 October 2012

new to the cultiverse...

Blossom and Cat - earrings $10 - $35
Blossom and Cat - wooden and clay bead necklaces $30 - $42
Sybella - large clutches - $45
Cultiver - Christmas Cards (I know it's early but I'm really excited by this lovely surprise
from Kyla -  Greg's gorgeous photos of my miniatures printed on cards.
She really is the best person to have a shop with) - $4

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Christmas (and new years) workshops...

Leading up to Christmas we're running a few workshops:

At Cultiver, Kyla will be hosting Gift Wrapping Workshops. BYO three small presents and she'll teach you some simple and creative ways to wrap your presents using new,  recycled and UPcycled materials.

And in conjunction with Ipswich City Council's Kids Go Wild program we are hosting two free workshop series - Happy Handmade Christmas - UPcycled Christmas Gift Workshops and UPcycle, personalise and organise - Back to School Workshops. Here's all the details:


Transform everyday objects, old toys and discarded paper into all manner of fun and quirky presents for someone special this Christmas. Each workshop will conclude with gift-wrapping so freshly made pressies can go straight under the tree!

Thursday 20 December 2012
9.00am – 11.00am (Ages 4 to 7)
12.00pm – 2.00pm (Ages 8 to 12)

BACK TO SCHOOL workshops
Thursday 24 January 2013
9.00am – 11.00am (Ages 7 to 10)
12.00pm – 2.00pm (Ages 10 to 14)
Must bring: school exercise books

Students can start the school year with their very own UPcycled goodies for school and home. Lower primary students will be UPcycling with style, printing a tote bag* with recycled materials for library, sports gear and extra school materials. Plus, students can cover their school exercise books with collages. Upper primary students (Year 5-7), will use recycled materials to help organise their homework space with a pen/pencil holder and inspiration board from discarded materials.
*Fair Trade tote bags supplied.

LOCATION: Queens Park Environmental Education Centre

Please note children are to be supervised at all times. Participants should arrive 15 minutes prior to start time for all sessions.

Places are limited and bookings are essential. To book visit or phone (07) 3810 6666.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

new to the cultiverse...

Noogal Creations - feather earrings $10- $16
Art by Belinda Stanton - ceramic plates and bowls - $30 - $70
Bonnie's Mum - ceramic star ornaments - $10
Septembre Vintage - ceramic gift tags/decorations - $16
Bonnie Beyond Pluto - 'Claustrophobia' - $650

Our window reno - in pictures

Two days, seven sheets of ply, one tin of paint and three awesome cultiver grandparents is all it took to get our lovely new window box (there may be a purchase of several bottles of wine for payment). Thanks fam xxx

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The unveiling of the Ipswich Beanie

Our Ipswich Beanie will be unveiled today, which is rather exciting (and a wee bit scary). Our pal Greg from Tangible Media took these incredible photos. As it is off to live in an Art Gallery we had to write a rather official description which we thought we would share with you too:

As the beanie is off to live in an Art Gallery we had to write a rather official description which we thought we would share with you too:

locally produced homespun wool
locally sourced miniature railway figurines
8 ply merino wool
wool roving
florists wire

The predominant theme garnered from the community suggestions was Ipswich's blue collar roots - mining, the railway and the railway workshops. We used this as our underlying motif in the benie and having both grown up in Ipswich there were a couple of other aspects we felt it was important to showcase namely family and the natural environment.

We felt it was imperative to the integrity of the project to source our materials either from Ipswich or from our own craft stashes. Locally spun and dyed wool was used to build the basic beanie shape, the varying colours representing the geological striation that underlies Ipswich. A miners lamp, worked in merino wool finishes off the base of the beanie and is a direct reference to our mining past. Tucked into the brim is a crocheted sprig of Plunkett Mallee - Ipswich's floral emblem.

The environment theme is continued on top of the beanie with a miniature needle felted parkland, created from a personal hoard of wool roving and figurines from local model makers shop Vogler's. A family poses for a portrait under a Jacaranda, an elderly couple sit on a park bench beneath the pines and take in the view and an 'our of towner' rests against a gum tree while his wife takes his photo. The scene is completed with a cheeky reference to Ipswich's love of fast cars and an homage to 'knock-off time' at the railway workshops.

New to the Cultiverse...

a bunch of new goodies have been delivered this last week:
comic book bracelets - My Eclectic
spring fascinators - Ginger Avenue Millinery
map coasters - Amelie's World 
UPcycled necklaces - Kate Kreative 
mounted sugar skull on vintage fabric - Cultiver
All this handmade loveliness is available in store now.