Saturday, June 17, 2017

If you are a passionate crafter and love handmade you won't want to miss the Quilt and Craft Show. Your chance to see demonstrations, buy crafting supplies and participate in workshops over 4 days.
show is returning to the brand new and highly anticipated International Convention Centre. Darling Harbour June 22-25 from 9am - 4:30pm daily.
Drop by our stand at A23 in the first aisle and be inspired, top up on basics and new beads and learn new techniques.
This time next week we will be packing up our stand so mark your diaries now.
We look forward to seeing you, inspiring you and educating you.

click here for more info and to pre purchase your tickets
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Join us at Craft & Quilt Show Sydney June 22-25

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

  The Craft and Quilt Show is back at the highly anticipated new Sydney Convention Centre, June 22-25
It is a destination event for the dedicated craft community as well as a great place to visit for the modern crafter or those looking to try their hand at something crafty for the first time.

The Craft and Quilt Show Sydney  is all about doing what you love. Covering a great selection of crafts, this event offers the perfect mix of inspiration, learning opportunities through demonstrations and workshops, and great shopping for the latest supplies to get crafting straight away!

Come drop by at stall A23. We are located in the first aisle near the workshop room.
Chris, Ally, Cas and Nanda


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Historically the great ancient civilisations were built on rivers for agriculture and the excess goods they produced became the reason of the existence of trade routes.
In Egypt it was the Nile, in Mesopotamia (from the Greek, meaning 'between two rivers’) was an ancient region in the eastern Mediterranean, think  Iraq, mostly, but also parts of modern-day Iran, Syria and Turkey. The 'two rivers' of the name referred to the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers for example.
In northern Afghanistan little agriculture existed because of the mountainous and desert terrain, the steppes and vast area of grasslands. (Herding was most common.) However they were able to trade their natural resources of lapis lazuli, turquoise, and garnet, copper, tin, bronze and gold. All these precious metals and semi precious stones along with fur and horse were traded in the 3 millennium BC which at that time the demand by wealthy western neighbours the Greeks, Persians and Egyptians was great. In a sense luxury goods were traded from central Asia to the wealthier civilisations in the west as status symbols.
The Silk Road from China to India via Afghanistan and to the west to Egypt became the heart of the trading route where the oldest lapis mines in the world.

We may all not have had the opportunity to take the adventurous overland trip pre 1978, which many of my aunties and uncles took, (This hippie trail started from India, into Pakistan, Kabul, Iran (Persia) and all the way to Spain via Turkey.) however we can appreciate the time honoured traditions of jewellery making which thrived through these trade routes and the inspiration it gives to so many designers, of which my current jewellery collection honours.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

These charms are inspired by my love of weekend trips to the country, my cactus collection and more recently becoming a country music fan through the hit TV series Nashville.
If you are the wanderer, the dreamer and the adventurer create some unique jewels with these.

All filigree charms & motifs are brass and manufactured from original vintage patterns by predominantly hand crafted family owned companies in Germany, Czech Republic and France dating back to the early 1900s.  A few of these companies still survive today and manufacture original vintage styles like the leopard.

The cactus plant symbolises warmth, protection and endurance. The cactus flower is a symbol of maternal love because it can endure and thrive in harsh conditions and therefore symbolic of a mother's unconditional love.

The horse is a universal symbol of freedom without restraint, because riding a horse makes you feel you could be free from your own bindings. Also linked with riding horses, they are symbols of travel, movement, and desire. The horse also represents power in Native American tribes.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jewellery making (or for that matter anything handmade) is a viable business idea for hands on creative’s.
From starting on the kitchen table, many creative preneurs have come from the most humble beginnings and created
a successful brand. Creating your own brand can be as scary as it is exciting. It takes a huge amount of energy, courage, will power,
 risk and investment of your precious time and money.
Only you can create the job you want.

Dream it.
Plan it.
Do it.
Be committed.
Be passionate.
Listen to your gut.
Embrace the maker culture.
Support other creatives.
Create the life you want to live.

Only you can do it.

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The Beauty of Marrakech & Its Berber Jewellery

Thursday, March 30, 2017

moroccan enamelled silver pendants

These are made by the Nomadic Berbers who have an ancient tradition of silver work.
Many intricate processes of manufacture, all still done by hand.
Firstly circles of a thin sheet of metal are stamped out. The metal is then hammered into a spherical shape and tiny rings of silver are added for decoration. Enamel paint is then applied to each bead and fired several times. The method is very similar to Chinese cloisonne work.
Created by skilled artisans, each cloisonne bead can take up to four hours to produce. Dozens of tiny cells are soldered to the beads surface, then filled with four layers of enamel and fired after each filling. Each bead is then polished and gilded revealing intricate and beautiful designs.

I was Marrakech in 2002. "a pink frenetic city” I could have easily stayed.

Framed by the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains, by the crimson coloured walls which  allow access to the city by 8 gateways & by a thousand year old palm grove.
The great Berber metropolis is where the mountain people flock. The city is much as it was at the end of the 17th Century where poverty is evident and luxury hidden.
It is a place for those who have time to travel and a place to relax.

It was in Marrakesh in 1943 that Winston Churchill worked on the only painting  he did during the whole war. It was also there that he sought refuge and peace of mind after his defeat in the 1945 elections.

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The Psychology of Colour

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Psychology of



It's INTERNATIONAL COLOUR DAY TODAY. At Etelage we love colour and thought we would share some facts.Its not all art but science too.
Different colours evoke different emotions.

We make colour choices everyday in what we wear and what colour we decorate our homes.

Colour psychology is used in marketing and branding because of the influence consumers' emotions and perceptions.

Companies also use colour when deciding on brand logos. These logos seem to attract more customers when the colour of the brand logo matches the personality of the goods or services, such as the colour purple for Cadbury Chocolate branding.




youthful, elegant, royal


trust, calming, relaxing


restful, tranquil, growth, stability, positive, organic, go, comforting


warm, wholesome, organic, unpretentious


joy, cheerful, happy, emotional, positive,


friendly, warm, vibrant, energy, emotional, positive, organic


Passion, stimulating, love, courage, danger, stop, negative, excitement, hot


youthful, feminine, warm

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Al About Czech Glass

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1400s North Bohemia becomes a glass manufacturing centre.
1700s “Sample men” travelled globally from Africa to Tibet to trade glass beads.
1800s The Industrial Revolution!   Machines allowed mass production of moulded pressed glass beads.
1928 Czechoslovakia was the largest bead exporter in the world.
1948 The Communist government nationalised the bead industry which became a single state run monopoly.
Penal labour was used at the core of bead making production and jewellery assembly in Communist Czeckoslovakia.
The minimum quantity for individual styles & colours is:
pressed glass 10kg
seed beads 30kg

WHY WE LOVE Czech Glass beads?
(& you will too)
    •    Their diversity:
colour, shape, size
    •    Their quality
    •    Their heritage
    •    Their design possibilities:
They are perfect for both contemporary pieces & for recreating a vintage look.

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Pantone Colour of The Year: Greenery

Monday, January 30, 2017
Pantone Colour Institute has selected Greenery as the 2017 colour of the year. "Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment, satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.

With zesty yellow undertones and the raw vitality of the great outdoors, Pantone 15-0343 is certainly evocative of springtime and all of the symbolism that comes with it. New beginnings aside, Greenery certainly speaks to our society's overexposure to artifice and the slow pilgrimage back to our organic roots—both in terms of food and lifestyle. "This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle, and design choices globally," reads Pantone's announcement. "A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront—it is an omnipresent hue around the world."

Greenery is nature's neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What are your thoughts?

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How to Live Your Passion

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Hello 2017!

here’s something about a new year where we often find ourselves thinking about new ideas and lofty goals.

"If you can dream it you can do it." Walt Disney

I have always been a big goal setter and list maker. I am also an ideas person and love change but often the goal becomes hijacked because as a small biz owner there is so much stuff to do and I get distracted with the next big idea! Sound familiar? Or maybe you are the person who is paralised by what is required to get there as you are such a details driven person.

Either way, when we overreach and are unrealistic it is difficult or almost impossible to reach our goal/s. Remember we don’t need a new year to set a goal/s. Every day is the opportunity to start something!

If you fail that is okay. I have learnt that failure is just a lesson in disguise. Just take each day at a time.


“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”
F Scott Fitzgerald


You can have a wish list, fancy stationary and the best intentions but for some of us, like me, we are great starters but poor finishers. So setting goals allows you to create the life you want.

Importantly the ability to be your authentic self, have purpose, follow your passions, be persistent, persevere and achieve your goals is entirely up to you.

If you don’t know your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose which will likely to succeed at your goals!

Once you know your purpose follow these simple steps:

  • Write them down...brainstorm
  • Start with one goal...choose to work on one goal at a time
  • Set short term you will achieve it in small steps e.g each month want to do x so I have achieved Y by year end
  • Measure actions...evaluate
  • Schedule time...set aside 1 hour a day/week to achieve it...put it in your diary
  • Be accountable with a support person, coach etc

Want to learn more about goal setting or have step by step worksheets to work out your purpose and your goals?
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