Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Wedding Story - Official Photos

For more info & photos on each piece please search for my fan page on FaceBook or email me - Items will be posted on Etsy soon! A big thank you to Rin Nelson photography for your amazing work =)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Weekend roaming

On our way to Freo =)

lanterns @ the markets

Love the colours!

'ahh i'll only be a few minutes babes' epic fail!

Was stopped by so many people asking about my flower necklace =)

Although the weather was warm i couldn't resist stopping at San Churros for some hot chocolate with icecream.

My spoils of the day =) Note the little cake topper snow man was given to me by a lovely lady who stopped me in a store to talk about my necklace. Yay freebies!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Wedding Story

This is one of my favourite shots from the photo shoot in Freo. It was a beautiful day, with people everywhere but we managed to find this little alley way where we were perfectly secluded and undisturbed. Photography by Rin Nelson (amazing photographer - check out her fanpage on FB) and did i mention she's my sister hahaha score!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Creativity overload

Next month is going to be crazy busy for me. I will be participating in 2 markets Made On The Left and Upmarket. Getting into Upmarket actually really surprised me as i had applied for the September spot however i didn't get through, so you can imagine my shock when i received an email inviting me to participate in the Xmas market which always draws in the big crowds.
Since the photo shoot (which i will be posting up a teaser pic later tonight *wink*) i've been trying to make as much stock as possible not including completing customer orders and replying emails, blogging etc
I find since creating a calender/schedule on spread sheet i've been good in keeping organised and although i was suppose to be making felt brooches today i couldn't help but take time out and create something a little more 'new' olive farm as well.
I've been seeing all these amazing bib necklaces on etsy for a while now and this is my version of one =)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Amore No. 9 - Tord Boontje

When i first saw this lamp in a magazine a few years back my heart felt like it jumped up from a somber sleep and started doing cartwheels as the girlest 'sq
ueel' escaped my mouth. That is when Tord Boontje first entered my life.
Soon after my bestie was asking me if i would help her make her own version for her upcoming exhibition and of course i said a big whopping YES! However after trying to recreate the original we discovered that cutting outlines of flowers, leaves and other bits & pieces from paper is not easy which only made me love Tord's work even more.
For those who don't know who he is (tho i don't know how t
hat's possible because his work is everywhere!) Tord is a designer from the Netherlands who worked in different parts of Europe before opening Studio Tord Boontje in 1996. His work expands from light installations, homewares, fabric, to stick on tattoos. This guy is seriously a genius & i love his design philosophy ~
The Studio's work draw from a belief that modernism does not mean minimalism, that contemporary does not forsake tradition, and that technology does not abandon people and sense.

I want you!

Field of flowers *sigh*

Boontje's design on a classic egg chair.

Awesome Chair!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

My love... you are awesome!

At kudeta in Bali on our honeymoon =)

Gosh i love my husband! Yes, i know we ALL love our husbands (well most of us hehe) but i just love saying how much i love him!

After reading this article i was convinced that i needed more space to move my business to the next level. The plan was to ask ed if he didn't mind me switching my Olive Farm set up in the study with the master bedroom. The other room was just too small to house all my equipment and ideas =) Also aside from sleeping we spent the least amount of time in our bedroom. His response after i explained my reasons for the bigger room was 'well, i was already thinking about that'. Gold!

I jumped up and down for about 5 minutes all excited and then got to work moving things around, this was at 9pm one night btw. He even tore himself from the tv to help me move the furniture and didn't mind helping me vacuum the carpet. Did i mention how much i love my husband?

Thrilled, ecstatic, over the moon doesn't even come close to describing how i feel about having space to be creative. I will post photos soon but this is just a post to say thank you to my baby =)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Uber gorgeous Mashita, Photography by Rin Nelson

Last weekend the team for the photo shoot came together to take some trial shots and do a fitting. Some of them turned out better than we expected =) yay! i can't wait to see how things go on Sunday when we plan to go into Fremantle to do some location shots. Say hello if you happen to see us hehe

Monday, October 12, 2009

Amore No 8. - More room equals more stuff, right?

If we ever own a warehouse apartment it could easily look like this if my hubby didn't step in hehe More on this place from ----> HERE

Oh how i love bead work!

Beauty is in the details, don't you think?
Another piece I'm working on =)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dress me pretty

So light and airy for spring =)
From ---> HERE

Amore No.7 - Sweet Petula

Perfect wrapping for Halloween. For more info visit ---> HERE

Everyone knows i'm a sucker for packaging. I believe it's the first thing that draws me to any product. Hubby gets very wary when i enter new stores with awesome window displays or if we see something at the markets which has 'livvy' written all over it. What can i say? If you make it look good, i'll want it!

As you can imagine i've had to reallllyyyyy restrain myself when it comes to browsing through etsy but this store can not be ignored! Sweet Petula... even
the name makes the little girl in me scream in excitement haha

Created in 1995, Sweet Petula is a luxury bath, body & home brand that started by selling products at craft fairs and markets. They now operate from their retail store located in Seattle, Washington in the Pioneer Square District. Oh i can't wait to get my hands on one of these babies!

Ohhh something for the hubby i think haha Visit ---> HERE

A year's worth of soap! can you really resist? Go ---> HERE

She even does custom soaps to promote your business!
Something definitely worth looking into =) Go ---> HERE

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Chia's day out!

Occasionally when I least expect it hubby surprises me by planning an outing for us. We got up early this morning to go to the Kalamunda Markets, first stopping at Little Miss Cupcake to pick up some treats & having the compulsory morning coffee at Coffee by Day. The markets were PACKED probably due to the lovely weather =)

Waiting for our coffee

Oh so girly Little Miss Cupcake store. Get in early coz they usually sell out!

Busy markets & waiting for eddee to order his Turkish pizza thingy which was realllllyyyyy disappointing =( The smell was great and it looked delicious but lacked any sort of flavour!

Devonshire Tea

Just when i thought it was all over Ed then takes me to Heritage Rose where we had devonshire tea surrounded by gorgeous scenery.

They had a massive koi pond and when it came to feeding time they went crazy!
Kinda freaky if you ask me.

Thanks for a great day baby, you're the best =)

Friday, October 2, 2009

On your marks! Get Set! Gooooooo!

Tomorrow night my sis and I are attending a special formal dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan. There will be over 100 people coming along making it a WONDERFUL opportunity to show off some of the Olive Farm collection. I already made a special piece for myself and considered making one for my sis if time permitted, well it didn't and when i went to tell her how busy my schedule has been of late she "convinced" me i was making a major mistake not putting something on her since she's been asked to be the official photographer for the night. Yiiiiikkkkeeesss! So with adrenalin pumping and mind eager to be creative i pushed out this peacock number which matches her outfit and now i'm kinda jealous & wanna have it for myself! hahaha

I'm actually really pleased with this piece and I'm considering making a similar one for the wedding range, except i'll make the bloom BIGGER =)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Olive Farm Update

Anyone who regularly visits my etsy site knows i haven't been uploading new products lately and there's a reason why - I'm too busy from my orders on FB! Seriously!

Ever since i made my fan page and word has gone out i've been bombarded with orders, requests or just messages of encouragement from friends who didn't realise i actually do this for a living haha It's funny coz it was only at the beginning of this year a friend mentioned i should advertise on FB and i was like 'nahhhh, no one would care' and lo and behold... TA DA!! (thanks maryam!)

I'm currently in the works of making pieces for my wedding range and preparing for an upcoming photo shoot. I've also applied for a market in Nov *crossed fingers* which will focus more on the current Olive Farm products however eventually i'm going to start weeding it out. I've found something which i truly love doing and i believe it shows in my work, so time to get your dance shoes on coz it's out with the old and in with the new =)