Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Holidays

What are your plans for celebrating Easter?

My Easter celebrations started this morning I woke up before the sun was up to get to my weekly Boot Camp by the lake. I will have to take my camera down there some time as the reflection of the sunrise on the lake is one of the most breathtaking things I've ever seen. I really think that is the motivation for me to get up in the mornings now that it is starting to get cooler. Anyways, I digress - the point to this part of the story was that in the spirit of Easter, our Trainer organised an Easter egg hunt for us after our grueling session. It was so much fun! I haven't participated in an Easter egg hunt since I was a kit.

When I got to work I found my desk littered (maybe the wrong word) with eggs and bunnies!! I don't think this was the best week do decide to try and cut my addiction to chocolate. Mega Fail.
Tomorrow I am heading to Barrington Tops and the Hunter Valley to enjoy some camping and hiking plus wine country!

I would love hear what you are all up to!
Happy Easter Everyone!

xoxo Amelia

Monday, March 29, 2010

March Giveaway - Beautiful Canary Floral Cuff

To celebrate the month of March, I'm pleased to announce another giveaway! I will be doing a giveaway at the end of each month.
Each Millicent Russell giveaway piece will arrive to you beautifully giftwrapped and tagged.

The giveaway for March/April is beautiful chunky gold canary yellow flower cuff. This was featured in Bride to Be Magazine last year. Only two ever made!


You can enter in the following ways:
  • Follow my Blog - leave a comment and tell me what you'd like to see more of.
  • Follow my Facebook - leave a comment and tell me what you'd like to see more of.
  • Follow me on Twitter - leave a comment and let me know what you'd like to see more of.
 Everyone from around the world is invited to enter this competition!

** The March giveaway is open from now until 9 April 2010. Enter as many times as you'd like.
Good Luck! xoxo Amelia

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Successfull Market Day!

Wow am I exhausted - The Canberra Handmade Markets were held on Sunday 28 March and Millicent Russell had a stall for the first time.

On Saturday I spent all day and into the wee hours of the morning getting ready for the big day.

Set up before the day

I showed up in the early morning to see a beautiful array of coloured marqees being set up outside the venue. The first thought that came to my mind was - what a beautiful day for a market! Oh, and what a beautiful venue! The lawns were filled with people eating lunch and enjoying the sunshine - just wonderful!

I found my spot inside and started to set up. As 10am came around the corne - so did thousands of shoppers. I was so taken aback by how many people came to the markets! It was incredible. The only time it was a little bit quiet, I had a chance to sneak out and get myself a refreshment.

My wonderful helper on the day - Larissa :)

A lot of my friends came to support me and I met a lot of lovely people on the day. It couldn't have been done without the support of the wonderful canberra Handmade Market organisers as well as my lovely helpers on the day (and behind the scenes)

It was a fabulously successfull day and now I've got a bit of a break before my next one in September. I now have a lot of good ideas for spicing up my stand on the day and making pieces which people loved!

Passers by

~ Apologies on the poor quality of my picutres - I had no time to really take good shots as it was contsantly busy all day!

I'll be posting the March giveaway in the next couple of days - so keep your eyes pealed!

xoxo Amelia

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Make Your Market Day Bliss

I've been very busy getting ready for the Canberra Handmade Markets on Sunday, hence my absence on here.

I have done a lot of thinking about how I would like my stall to be set up on the day and seeing as it's my first market in my hometown I'd love to make it extra special.

I would love to hear your ideas if you have and suggestions as to how I could set my stall up to make it look different and unique :)

Setting up a stall so that it is enticing to those market goers is essential and I've gotten some inspiration from these wonderful blogs!

Meylah - How to set up a craft booth that customers can't resist

Canberra Handmade Markets - Tips for Market Stall Holders

Konstant Kaos - Displaying your Market Stall

Here are some fantastic photos on a fliker group:
Show me your booths!

I'll be posting pics from the Canberra Handmade Markets this Sunday so stay tuned. I'm a little bit nervous!

xoxo Amelia

Friday, March 12, 2010

Winner of the February Giveaway

Firstly a very big thank you to everyone who entered the February giveaway and thanks for the wonderful comments - it really means a lot! And the winner is......


Kimberly Marquez

Please stay tuned as I'll be posting my March giveaway in a couple of weeks.

xoxo Amelia

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Up in the Air

My inner child screamed out today - what a wonderful day!

I was on my way home from boot camp in the very early morning and the streets were blocked and the traffic was a little bit crazy. This got me wondering what was happening by the lake that morning. Just as I turned the corner my question was answered - it was the Canberra Festival's Balloon Spectacular!

Hundreds (well maybe a little exaggeration) of hot air balloons were being blown up to fly the sky of Canberra that morning and I was lucky enough to get a few snapshots.

This was definitely my favorite - a Kookaburra!
On the drive home - you can't see them well but there were so many!
From the back yard - we had one land just over the fence last year
Artistic shot...... haha well sort of

It was such a wonderful and perfect day for a balloon festival and having just done a pretty brutal workout on the lawns of Parliament House, it really made my day and I just wanted to share it with you :)

xoxo Amelia

PS - Thank you to everyone who entered the February giveaway. I'll be announcing the winner on Friday - stay tuned!

Friday, March 5, 2010

A few more articles...

Millicent Russell has been featured in a few more blogs recently along side some other fantastic designers - it's been a very exciting year so far :) Check out some of the other upcoming designers in Australia.
Next week I'll be sharing some of my most favourite blogs with you and sharing some of my favourite artists out there across the world.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. xoxo Amelia

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pretty Vintage Arrivals

I'm very excited having just received a large number of packages in the mail!

Here is a sneak peak of what I've received so far and there's much more to come :)

These are some of the pretty things I'll be making exclusive pieces out of over the next few weeks in the lead up to the Handmade Markets.

xoxo Amelia