Saturday, November 28, 2009

Black Friday to Cyber Monday SALE on Etsy!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! The Kooky Tea Party Etsy Store is offering 20% off ALL items for the weekend - including Cyber Monday. So far, the sale has been going really well with lots of people taking advantage of the 20% off bargains and the offer of only paying shipping on ONE item - the rest are posted for FREE! It's a great opportunity to stock up for Xmas!

Speaking of Xmas - I still haven't managed to get much Xmas shopping done at all! Fortunately, I now have my Mum & my Mother-In-Law here to go shopping with me. I can't wait! I love shopping at Christmas time. As long as I'm not rushed. I also can't wait to get Ari's photo with Santa this year. Last year she was only 8 weeks old and while it was her first Xmas, I felt she was a little bit young for a photo with Santa. This year I'm definately getting one though - whether she's howling or not! (What a mean mother!)

It's sweltering hot here in Brisbane. HOT HOT HOT. I feel sticky as I'm typing this. Why don't I have air conditioning? We even hopped in the car this afternoon to hunt down Mr. Whippy. We could hear him in the distance, and eventually we found him! We ordered our ice-creams, (I got a choc-dipped soft serve with nuts on top)...and I got Mum a chocolate nut sundae to take home. Well! By the time we got to the car (about 3 metres away) our ice-creams were melting and by the time we got home I had ice-cream down both arms and Mum's sundae was now a milkshake. Disaster!

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend =)


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Early Starts....

For the fourth morning in a row I am awake before 6am! Thanks to Ariella...I'm not sure what this new routine is about, but my body clock is certainly not used to it. She used to sleep past 8am most mornings...

Anyway, I guess I am grateful because it means I can get an early start on jewellery orders and such. Yesterday I got the chance to list a heap of earrings in the new Kooky Tea Party MadeIt Store. MadeIt is an Australian website that it much like Etsy - all handmade items - and it's fantastic! Some time today I will continue to list more items in there.

My Byron Bay weekend is now off due to Schoolies. I forgot that NSW Schoolies week starts a week later than QLD, and therefore accommodation is very expensive that weekend, and there will be a million 17 year olds running a muck down there! Best not to be a toolie and leave the partying up to them I think. =)

Last night I started reading Pro Hart's biography, written by his son David Hart. It's opened my eyes up to the dedication he had to his art and I've found it to be very inspiring so far. I'll keep you posted...


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

To Do List

We're half way through November already! I feel like the end of this year is just slipping through my fingers. Wait 2009! Wait! There's a few more things I want to get in before this year is through...

1) Get Kooky Tea Party off to a cracking start...

This is already underway with a few website visits and lots of sales already through the Etsy store! I hope to open a Kooky Tea Party eBay Store later on this week...

2) Visit Byron Bay.

This will be happening the weekend after next, when we drive down to meet Nanna Neeny on her way to Bris! I have yet to organise accommodation for it.

3) See "New Moon" - the 2nd installment in the "Twilight" saga.

Yes, I know, it's a bit sad isn't it? I couldn't help but get in on the hype and I've read all 4 books *cringe*. Even if it's not a great movie, I have 2 words that sum up a reason to see it - Robert Pattinson.

4) Organise Christmas Day.
I have yet to figure out what we are doing on Dec 25th and I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet...


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Free Postage For Xmas!

Here is a voucher exclusively for anyone who follows my Blog, Twitter or Website. Free postage ANYWHERE in the World until Christmas (25/12/09).



Sunday Arvo Jibber Jabber

It's 12:55pm Sunday and I've had a fabulous weekend so far. Yesterday was L-A-Z-Y! We sat around and watched countless episodes of "Mythbusters" and I slept on and off (thanks to some medication I'm taking at the moment which makes me VERY tired!). Then last night I had dinner at Montezumas with 3 of my bestest friends, followed by dessert at Pancake Manor in the City with Wade, Ari, Craig (a collegue of Wade's) and Lis! I felt like a bad mother with my 1 year old awake at 10pm scoffing ice-cream, maple syrup & strawberries into her mouth and all over herself! But hey - it was a one off and she had slept a lot through the day also...

This afternoon I'm expecting to catch up on some Kooky Tea Party orders.

What have you been up to this weekend?


P.S. I bought Bon Jovi's new album "The Circle" and I'm really impressed! Loving it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Well. Things have been super busy lately! Very exciting though....

I've been selling both my art and jewellery online for years under the "Art By Jaz" name. It's worked well that way, because I was mainly selling my artwork and a little bit of jewellery here and there which I also consider as my "art" in a way, so they sold easily in the same shop together side by side.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderful customers over the past couple of years, and my jewellery seems to be taking off more than ever, so I feel it's time to create an entirely seperate identity for my jewels!

Hence...Kooky Tea Party!

Oh the names I went through to come up with this! I'll explain the entire process in a later post...

So far I've only opened an Etsy store for Kooky Tea Party. My 'old' Etsy store will continue to sell whatever jewellery is in there until the listings expire, and from there on that store will be dedicated to selling my artwork only. I'm still in the process of creating my market stall too! I'm hoping to get to the markets some time before Xmas! Time is running out! I can't believe we're in November already! eeeek!

Thank you SO much to all of my fantastic customers who have made it possible for me to continue to expand my jewellery empire! Much love to you all,