Tani, the effervescent force of nature behind Blue Attic, welcomed me in with open arms, and we have been firm friends ever since. We've celebrated & sorrowed together, worked & played together. I'll never forget the night we got all togged up in fancy dress and sat in the shop, cleared of stock for the evening, waving our glasses to cheer at various passers-by who peered in though the shop windows at our merry-making. We've shared our stories of the joys & pitfalls of starting up your own business: what to do when sales are slow, how to attract a regular clientele, what's the best way to get your message out there, and just how to manage becoming a multi-skilled juggler of time and resources!
So here goes, some of my favourite local artsncrafty creative designer work featured in Blue Attic:
|How great are these cat rings? Made by Old Alan, I think they are awesome! So are the crocheted ones that you can see in the background.|
|I love these purses from Map29 - the fabric has pages from the local street directory printed on them. I'm waiting to get one with Moreland Road on it :)|
|And how cute are these little nappycover and hairband sets from Retro Kid for a splash of summer?|
|Cute knitted stuffed toys lounge next to you on the couch while you sip your cappuccino. These particular ones aren't actually for sale, but are for little people who might otherwise want to play with all the other fabulous things on offer instore :)|
|Snack on a gluten-free/vegan cupcake from either Vegan Muff or Bake Pretty. Mmm! My favourite is the Bounty Cake - chocolate and coconut. I kid you not - one day I called in there and practically inhaled that sucker.|
|I love the kooky dracula doll from Monsta.|
|These gorgeous handmade soaps by Quintessence keep you both yummy-smelling and looking delicious.|
|Tea cosies AND dragons!?!? What's not to love?!|
|These pretty corsage brooches are from Irena.|
|Petrol heads are covered with these cool retro car tees (I'd be the last one to call myself a petrol head, I know nothing at all about cars, but I think these are so cool).|
|Maxwell's laser cut jewellery using paper and wood are fabulous.|
|This fab dress is by Istana.|
Incredibly, there is so much more fabulousness in Blue Attic, but I think maybe I've shared enough with you for one day!
There might have to be a part two...
Blue Attic, 323 Lygon St East Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia, 3057