Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales from the Sydney Etsy Team!

This weekend (26th-29th November), you can find some great deals from the Sydney Etsy Team members listed below!

Discounts or special offers will apply to the items pictured and details will be given on the individual product pages across the sale period.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2011 Inspiration for Sydney Etsy Team Part 1

Today I am going to start the ball rolling on inspiration for next year! While I admit that this is my own inspiration for the Penelope Red Autumn 2011 Collection, I hope to include other Sydney Etsy Team member's inspirations in the following weeks.

There is nothing like seeing the real copy of a famous artwork in real life! I was lucky to visit the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, where they have the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings, and I truly fell in love with these amazing and inspiring artworks. My journey to Europe was starting to make me realise I had a thing for "Over The Top!"

Ever since I was in high school, I have been intrigued by the mythical and cultural aspects of Ancient History; Egypt in particular. I love their Hieroglyphics (and I still wish I could read them), I love the ancient stories, and the mystery of this foreign and ancient culture.

I will fuse the idea of Egyptian costume, with the beautiful paintings of Gustav Klimt!

Ancient Egypt has a certain mystery and regal beauty about it, and to me the two influences suit each other well.

I plan to use the colours of gold, brown, olive green, yellow, silver, purple, blue and contrast these with white, cream and black. I will include lots of beautiful textures and prints, draping, pleating, metallic trims, and the list goes on!

And of course, as I was researching Egyptian costume, I couldn't go past the costumes and styling used in Elizabeth Taylor's, "Cleopatra". They are not exactly historically accurate, but I think they are a perfect of example of how a modern interpretation of costume can be achieved.

I am really looking forward to starting this collection! I have been collecting fabrics and trims for a while now, and they are just dying to be used! It will be a fun and challenging exercise, and I can't wait to see how the designs translate in the photo shoot too!

written by Penelope Red.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's a Vintage Soiree Affair!

This is my first post for this blog, and I thought I should get some inspiration from my fellow Sydney Etsy Team members.

The beautiful invitation above from divinebydesign11
had me thinking of Hyacinth Bucket (that's "Bu- kay" darling) from "Keeping up Appearances" straight away...So... a little Vintage Soiree is on the cards for today!

a little more inspiration from homeofpaperdoll with this lovely hand-stitched paper doll.

Add some stunning flowers to your table from flowersbythevase.

Enjoy an after dinner drink in style with a decanter from thefoxandthespoon.

And ladies, put on your finest jewellery, which could include this lovely handmade pendant from Haycreations.

Written by Penelope Red.