Monday, 7 April 2014

The Creative Labs : Pretty Poms Workshop


Whilst I love working from home and connecting to so many of you through an amazing online community, there is always a little bit of me that misses connecting with people in the real world – the chit chat, the shared cake, the endless cups of tea and coffee. So when I got asked by TheCreative Journal to spend a Sunday full of colour, cake and lots of creatives in a light filled Melbourne studio – well I may have just done a little happy dance.

It was such a joy to be able to teach my Pretty Poms workshop, the first Creative Lab – a series of ‘creative day outs’ full of good company, good food (insert always lots of cake) in a picturesque location. Part of the joy of ‘handmade’ for me is the capacity to share and watch others learn and absorb the joy that I get out of creating.

The day began with a little colour therapy (as I like to call it) picking and choosing colour combinations for the day – I love watching everyone’s unique choices and regardless of how many I see, Im yet to see one I dislike.

And then the sharing began – from my how to tie a ‘fat knot’ tricks (you’ll have to come to one of my workshops to understand!!) to the folding, the sewing and the schuzzing (you’ll probably need to see that one in action too) and before you know it everyone was pomming up a storm.



The Creative Labs are far from the creative grind, so we were treated to a beautiful antipasto spread for lunch from Rosas Table before getting stuck into the hot glue gun and making a bit of a foliage frenzy.


Everyone left with their version of a pretty pom (actually lots of them!) and beautiful wreaths, chandeliers and floral crowns. Big thanks to Carly & Amanda of The Creative Journal for having me at their firth Creative Lab – make sure you head to their website for the next Creative Lab details ‘Hey there cupcake’ (and if you want to win a ticket – pop over to my facebook page for details!)




To see all the beauty the day entailed, head over to my (new and updated!) portfolio page and have a look at the 'pretty poms' tab (Huge thanks to Suzie from Lovely Day Films for the beautiful pics) 


I look forward to hopefully creating more opportunities this year to connect in the real world over a creation and cup of tea


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Creative Exchange - Round 2

[ The creative exchange I received in round 1 from the lovely @_deborahbrandon_ ] 

The Creative Exchange began in January 2014 as a little idea that I initially flagged as ‘crazy’. I wanted a way to take the instagram ‘family’ of creative that I had met and connect through more than just inspiring images. I wanted to be able to share tactile creative inspiration and thought what a better way to do so than through the gift of giving!

The Creative Exchange is a way of celebrating our little online creative community… in the real world! It is a chance to connect with your fellow Instragrammers through little parcels of creative endeavour and to get to know the people behind the profiles a little better too! 

[ Creative Exchange kits from round 1: curated by @simi_downing (photo by @thecinnamonfox), @paperedthoughts, @onesweetchickcookiesandcakes (photo by @petrinaturnerdesign), @tracey0502 (photo by @lepetitpaperie) ] 

The first round of The Creative Exchange has blown me away with creativity and generosity   and has sparked the interest for a second round. So if you loved it the first time or missed out on joining in, here is your chance to get involved. I'm thrilled to have teamed up with the creatives behind Alex Mae & Dailylike Australia who will be sponsoring this round of the exchange. 





You’ll be partnered up with a fellow creative to ‘insta-stalk’ and based on what you learn about their creative passions you’ll put together a ‘creative exchange’ gift for them. It will contain up to 8 items to inspire them to get creative! (We suggest no less than 4)
It might be supplies to complete a project or inspire a project (or projects!)… think fabrics and threads for a sewer, cookie cutters for a baker or a collection of ‘treasures’ to inspire a vignette. Maybe even something completely new for them to try. Think creative!  And while you are pulling all of this together for someone, another creative out there is doing the same for you!

Once you’ve received your exchange – get creative! Share an image of what you received and what you’ve created with the entire creative exchange family with the hashtag #thecreativeexchange




1.     Sign up to The Creative Exchange by the 8th April 2014 via the link here:  Sign ups have now closed for round 2
2.     On the 11th April you’ll be sent an email with your assigned ‘creative exchange-ee’, their instagram name and postal address
3.     Begin insta-stalking and get to know what they’re creative about. Follow their IG feed, blog, pinterest boards – wherever they post about their creative outlet (Make sure you pop the links to your blog ext in your IG profile so it makes it easy for your partner to get to know you!)
4.     Put together your ‘creative exchange’ – up to 7 supplies to inspire a project (or projects!) (we suggest no less than 4)
5.     Give the gift of gorgeous gift wrap and post a picture of your wrapped creative exchange with the hashtag #thecreativeexchange and tag @dunnewithstyle
6.     Pop it in the post by 2nd May and then begin to hover around your post box as someone has been insta-stalking you and a creative exchange is coming your way too!
7.     Once you receive your gift we want to see it. Use the hashtag #thecreativeexchange so we can choose our favourite creative exchange kit
8.     Then get creative! Your supplies might be enough to complete a single project, or inspire and start a few projects, so get started and keep sharing your finished projects with the hashtag #thecreativeexchange
9. The Creative Exchange round 2 (April edition) is sponsored by Dailylike, Alex Mae and Dunne with Style ~ we will be judging and gifting prizes for our favourite gift wrap, favourite exchange kit and favourite creative project on 15th June so make sure all of your images are shared by then  AND make sure you have shared what you receive so that the lovely person that curated your kit is in the running too.


1.     This round of The Creative Exchange is open to residents in Australia, NZ, USA and UK – you will be assigned a creative exchange-ee who is within your country (so international participants – it does rely on there being at least 2 participants from your country to go ahead!) This ensures that the postage rates and time frames remain reasonable
2.     Your instagram account must be public. If your account is private your partner cant secretly stalk you and we want to be able to see your creative exchanges!
3.     Creative Exchange parcels must be sent by 2nd May 2014
4.     Judging for Favourite Creative Exchange kit, Favourite Finished Product & Best Gift Wrapping will take place on 15th June 2014 so please ensure you have posted all images by then with the hastag #thecreativeexchange
5.     In order to be considered, images must have the hashtag #thecreativeexchange, otherwise we can’t find you!


6.     Now for the really boring bit….Please keep this fair for everyone involved and only sign up if you are committed.  We don’t want anyone without parcels!



Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Creative Labs - Pretty Poms Workshop



The Creative Journal has launched their first new venture for 2014 The Creative Labs; a series of workshops bringing together local artists in inspiring studio spaces to share their tips, tricks and skills and a day of creating. I'm thrilled to have been asked to join them in hosting the first Creative Lab ~ The Pretty Poms Workshop. 

Join me in L1 Studios, one of the most picturesque studios in Melbourne where we will spend the day crafting up a storm of beauty. I'll share with you all my tips and tricks to master the prettiness that is 'The Lola Pom' and show you how to turn them into bundles of blooms, crowns for your hair, wreaths for your home, just to name a few. We'll then feast on lunch provided by Rosa's table and then spend the afternoon with your poms and some foraged foliage from my garden to create a pom chandelier. 
You'll go home laden with poms, a full belly and many a good memory. 

Spaces are limited so head to www.thecreativejournal.com.au to book in. 





Friday, 31 January 2014

The Lost and Found Parts of January

Dear 2014, 
I have big plans for you, but it would be nice if you could arrange for your remaining 11 months to proceed a little slower than January.
With thanks,
Sam 


I love January's, but its always the month that slips away. This year, as with each year January was full of beach days and holiday mode whilst Mr. Dunne with Style enjoys his only annual holiday from the work and football routine. But in what seems like a blink another January comes to a close, the routine returns and I feel like I've achieved little but a suntan. This year though with Miss Eloise old enough to truly begin to enjoy the blessings of a summers holiday (insert endless gelato) and spending our first summer as a family of 4, I realised its time cherished and not wasted. 
Those slow simple moments of icy poles melting down little arms, searching rock pools for the chance of a crab and the moments of looking out onto an endless sea are the ones that are most important, and the memories that I'll relish of the remainder of the year. 


After our treasured summer holidays came to a close, instead of sluggishly returning to the table I feel revived and ready to take on an adventure this year. 2014 is my far to allow myself to dream a little bigger and then turn those dreams into some serious realities. I've spent nearly 2 years now bringing Dunne with Style to life and feel that now I finally have a vision of where I am meant to take it. 

2014 will see a new look online shop front for Dunne with Style (opening March). I want to make shopping with Dunne with Style a simpler process and have developed a 'Classics' range of stock that will be available in a ready made format and constantly in stock. Throughout the year I will release limited edition 'Signature' ranges which will showcase some new and specialty products. And the newest addition to Dunne with Style will be the launch of kits - yes, for all the creatives and DIY'ers you'll be able to make a little Dunne with Style at home. 

Yet my most exciting venture for 2014 comes thanks to the collaboration with 2 of my favourite creatives, Amanda & Carly of The Creative Journal and will be an opportunity to meet more of you in person via The Creative Labs. Watch the blog this week for the launch of 2 workshops that I'll be taking hosted by The Creative Journal {insert HUGE happy dance! And because I can hardly wait, here's a little sneak peek of whats coming}



So it seems January has been the perfect blend of calm and chaos - let the rest of 2014 unfold.


Monday, 20 January 2014

The Creative Exchange


My instagram ‘family’ has connected me to a world of some seriously talented creatives and I look forward to the array of crafting, baking, vignetting and styling talents on a daily basis. But what if…. instead of just connecting through images we could connect with more?   What if we could share tactile creative inspiration through the gift of giving and the old fashioned joys of snail mail? –Intrigued? Interested? Yes?! Well, lets talk about  ‘The Creative Exchange’.
       


The Creative Exchange is a way of celebrating our little online creative community… in the real world! It is a chance to connect with your fellow Instragrammers through little parcels of creative endeavour and to get to know the people behind the profiles a little better too!



You’ll be partnered up with a fellow creative to ‘insta-stalk’ and based on what you learn about their creative passions you’ll put together a ‘creative exchange’ gift for them. It will contain up to 8 items to inspire them to get creative! (We suggest no less than 4)
It might be supplies to complete a project or inspire a project (or projects!)… think fabrics and threads for a sewer, cookie cutters for a baker or a collection of ‘treasures’ to inspire a vignette. Maybe even something completely new for them to try. Think creative!  And while you are pulling all of this together for someone, another creative out there is doing the same for you!

Once you’ve received your exchange – get creative! Share an image of what you received and what you’ve created with the entire creative exchange family with the hashtag #thecreativeexchange

And just to ramp up the ‘gifting’ I’ve invited two talented creatives, Carly & Amanda from The Creative Journal to join me as guest judges – we’ll be gifting prizes along the way for our favourite wrapping of your creative exchanges, our favourite creative exchange kit and for our favourite finished project. 




1.     Sign up to The Creative Exchange by the 31st January 2014 by sending an email to info@dunnewithstyle.com with your name, postal address and instagram name
2.     On the 3rd February you’ll be sent an email with your assigned ‘creative exchange-ee’, their instagram name and postal address
3.     Begin insta-stalking and get to know what they’re creative about. Follow their IG feed, blog, pinterest boards – wherever they post about their creative outlet (Make sure you pop the links to your blog ext in your IG profile so it makes it easy for your partner to get to know you!)
4.     Put together your ‘creative exchange’ – up to 7 supplies to inspire a project (or projects!) (we suggest no less than 4)
5.     Give the gift of gorgeous gift wrap and post a picture of your wrapped creative exchange with the hashtag #thecreativeexchange and tag @dunnewithstyle and @thecreativejnl.
Don’t forget to get creative with your wrapping because Carly & Amanda of The Creative Journal will be joining me as guest judges and awarding a prize for our favourite wrapping
6.     Pop it in the post by 24th February and then begin to hover around your post box as someone has been insta-stalking you and a creative exchange is coming your way too!
7.     Once you receive your gift we want to see it. Use the hashtag #thecreativeexchange so we can choose our favourite creative exchange kit
8.     Then get creative! Your supplies might be enough to complete a single project, or inspire and start a few projects, so get started and keep sharing your finished projects with the hashtag #thecreativeexchange


1.     Aus residents only – sorry to all of our OS friends, but the postage rates and timeframes make it a little difficult to make it fair for everyone
2.     Your instagram account must be public. If your account is private your partner cant secretly stalk you and we want to be able to see your creative exchanges!
3.     Creative Exchange parcels must be sent by 24th February 2014
4.     Judging for Favourite Creative Exchange kit, Favourite Finished Product & Best Gift Wrapping will take place on 28th March 2014 so please ensure you have posted all images by then with the hastag #thecreativeexchange
5.     In order to be considered, images must have the hashtag #thecreativeexchange, otherwise we can’t find you!
7. Whilst Carly, Amanda & I can participate in the exchange our images are exempt from judging 
7.     Now for the really boring bit….Please keep this fair for everyone involved and only sign up if you are committed.  We don’t want anyone without parcels!



I hope you'll join me on this creative endevour and I look forward to seeing your creative exchanges