Thursday, 7 August 2008
For the uninitiated, the Ekka is Brisbane's agricultural show and as you can imagine, it's an institution. It is a fun-packed 10 days of bright lights and rides, local produce, entertainment and cute animals.
We thought it would be a perfect excuse to have a sale on Etsy to promote our BrisStyle team and our talented members, as well as a chance for the Etsy community to snap up some great bargains.
The Ekka Extravaganza Sale runs from Saturday 9 August to Sunday 17 August (ending 12 midnight Etsy time). Participating shops are offering a variety of great deals; for example, percentages off, free postage or bonus gifts. I will be offering 15% off all items in my shop, apart from those already on sale.
Here is a list of the participating shops – check out the beautiful BrisStyle stores and their great deals!
Jellygnite - www.jellygnite.etsy.com - 15% off all items in store + free art card/aceo with every order over $15 (excluding postage);
HotFudge - www.HotFudge.etsy.com - 15% off all items in store, apart from items already on sale;
EmBelIsh – www.EmBelISHhairclips.etsy.com - free Owl Brooch & Gift Wrapping with purchase;
TwinkleStarArt – www.twinklestarart.etsy.com - free children's gift card with all purchases. Purchase two or more art prints, receive an additional art print, of your choice, for free;
Sharlzndollz – www.sharlzndollz.etsy.com - 10% off all items in store;
Shazzabeth – www.shazzabeth.etsy.com - 10% off all items in store + free postage on orders over $100;
Elizasart – www.ElizasArt.etsy.com - 10% off all items in store + free postage on orders over $100;
MooreTaste – www.Mooretaste.etsy.com - 15% off all items in store + a free pair of gemstone earrings on purchases over $100 after discounts;
Beckybean – www.wheresbeckybean.etsy.com - free gift pack (bookmark, felt hairclip & postcard) with any bag purchase;
Ruby2gogo - www.ruby2gogo.etsy.com - retro Brisbane gift cards with all purchases. Show Bag with purchases over $40;
Rubyredstudios – www.rubyredstudios.etsy.com - retro Brisbane gift cards with all purchases. Show Bag with purchases over $40;
Hey Harriet – www.HeyHarriet.etsy.com - free postage on all purchases.
Have you had a look? Do you see something which you just have to possess? Then hop in early on Saturday morning to swoop in on the bargains. Remember, the sale is only on for for a short period, so don't miss this rare opportunity to buy some wonderful goodies at really good prices.
On Tuesday some of my quilty friends came over for the day. There are eight of us Loose Threads and we have known each other for many years. A few of us had put our quilts into the quilt show at the Ekka and were waiting to hear if any of us had had success at the judging which had taken place the day before. About 30 minutes after they left, the phone rang and a very excited Joy (who is also president of our larger group, Schoolhouse Quilters) informed me that the Schoolhouse Quilters' raffle quilt for this year had won second prize in the group quilt section. We were over the moon, because we had seen what we were pretty sure was the winning quilt in this section and were proud that our quilt rated second behind it.
(That's my block bottom right)
Two minutes later came another phone call. This time from another Loose Thread, Muffin, who had won second prize in her section. I was so thrilled for her, because this heirloom is a hexagon quilt, completely hand stitched and hand quilted. It is one of four she is making for her four granddaughters, all hexagon quilts and all made of Liberty fabrics. The lucky girls will be given their quilts on their 18th birthdays. So if you are in Brisbane and will be spending a day at the Ekka, do go and look at the quilts. Somehow the incompetent organisers lost not only my telephone number, but also my address, as I am still waiting to hear that I have taken out the Grand Champion prize. Sob.