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Hello and Welcome

For those who might not know, Squnches Craft Network started out as a niggling little idea. Every time I would search for Australian craft businesses or suppliers, I would have to search for half the day to find what I was looking for, or, I would end up going to places like Sporlight or Lincraft (sorry!). I saw a need for Australian handmade craft businesses and also suppliers to have their own little niche in the wide world of internet. A place where anyone can find them and see what these fantastic businesses create and supply, somewhere easy to find where everything is right at your fingertips without having to search the internet for half the day.

Not only that, it had to be affordable, not all businesses starting out have bags and bags of money I understand that completely, so listing prices had to be fair, and honestly I do think the ones on here are fair, especially when you take into consideration there are other directories which I have stumbled across that offer nothing more than what I am offering yet feel they can charge upwards of $250 per year! Highway robbery if you ask me, you all work hard on your businesses and you work hard to get your business name out there. So in return we offer affordable listing prices with all the perks, all you need to ask yourself is, how long would you like to list your business?

If you really think about it, what we offer is time, we’ll advertise your business not just on our website but on other social media sites as well. We take a lot of the advertising off your hands and in return, you get more time with your family and friends and to work on your wonderful creations. But it doesn’t stop there, we also offer a place where you can easily find what markets are coming up and where, and also upcoming showcases and it’s all so easy to find and check back on. PLUS, markets, events and showcases are all listed FREE. Why, you might ask, we list them all for free because we understand that some showcases are held to raise money for charities, same with some markets and events, not only that but organising a market and event takes not only time but money too and we feel that is better in your pocket so that you can continue to hold these wonderful events and markets which not only help promote businesses but bring a little something to the community.

If you are wondering, yes this is an all Australian made and run business/website, I am a real person, not just a computer screen and I do enjoy getting my craft on when I get a chance, I also like dropping into markets and meeting some of the lovely people behind the businesses and purchasing a few of your creations. So keep an eye out for me when you are next at a market, I might just be there having a look around.

If there is anything you would like added to the website, please feel free to send us an email at squnchescn@gmail.com would love to hear from you.

Cheers

xx

Sarah.F

Founding Director

Squnches Craft Network http://www.squnchescraftnetwork.com.au

Exciting times ahead

With my course completed and a determined look on my face, I’m putting together a website for all the creative, arty and crafty people. Targeting Australian business for now, but don’t let that stop you, if there is enough interest then I will be expanding overseas 🙂

Squnches Craft Network is more than just a directory, it brings together the whole of the craft community. Whether you paint with brushes or airbrush, sketch, create bead work, make candles or beautiful cakes, everyone is welcome at Squnches Craft Network.

Everything your little heart desires, in terms of art and craft, can be found on this page. It will take awhile to add businesses but until then the community is welcome to come and be a part of it, share their own creations, let people know what businesses have what stock in store and so on.

The Squnches Craft Network is on track to be online on November 1st this year, so exciting! Craft is a passion of mine and I have dabbled in a few from sketching to knitting, patchwork quilting, beadwork and also crochet 🙂 Anyone is welcome to come along and register to use the site, its free. Businesses can have a look at the business listing deals we have going. We do ask that people don’t advertise to sell their products on this page, if you wish to sell then you need to be a registered business and list your business on the site 🙂

Meanwhile, in my spare time away from working on the website, I have been busily working on this crochet blanket, the patchwork quilt has taken a back seat for the moment but will still be completed for Christmas. I’m a little more excited about the blanket at the moment with all the colours, that and it is a lot easier to work on while relaxing on the couch and watching T.V 🙂

So far I have 50 of the squares made and another 5 of the little rounds completed, already it is looking like it will need more wool.

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50 squares and 5 rounds

The challenge for me has been keeping the center of the rounds nice and small, some of these easily fit on my little finger like a ring haha.

http://www.squnchescraftnetwork.com.au – Coming Soon!!

Gem Stone Necklace With Focal Butterfly Bead

Colourful and creative piece of work 🙂

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mums_necklace_29july13_01I made this necklace and earring set for my mum, as it’s her birthday in August.

mums_necklace_29july13_04I believe the disc / coin, stripy gems are jasper but I cannot remember what type of gems the orange and white beads are…? There’s also a couple of solid copper beads near the focal butterfly bead – and also real copper beads on the matching earrings.

mums_necklace_29july13_02I co-ordinated the colours in the beads – the orange, white, red and green – to the colours in the butterfly.

It’s so satisfying making your own designer jewellery, especially when the items are gifts to loved ones 🙂

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Copyright SteffNouveau 2013

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Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Give up the day today life and relax in a ‘cosy’ country house with maybe 15 bedrooms, a couple of pools and a grand entrance of course. This would quite possibly be the type of dream many of us share in some form or another, maybe not 15 bedrooms though.

There are some people out there who have actually achieved that great desire which many of us strive towards, owning our own home. Some have gone perhaps a little overboard with the design or decorations but each is stunning in its own way.

Rags to Riches – Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Malaysia.

Cheong Fatt Tze himself left China as a penniless teenager and ended up as the ‘Rockerfella of the East’. In 1880 he created his wonderful mansion which boasts 38 rooms and a whopping 220 windows.

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The wonderful thing about his mansion is the balance of Eastern and Western designs throughout, with louvred windows, art nouveau stained glass and stunning floor tiles, not to mention a rare example of the eclectic architectural style that was preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese of the time.

Don’t go feeling that this is just a place to walk through and look at on tour, you can actually stay in this exclusive hotel, simply go to http://www.cheongfatttzemansion.com

The Grand Gold Rush – Werribee Mansion, Australia

During the gold rush in the 19th century Melbourne was the richest city in the world! This is certainly evident with the Werribee Mansion, it has got to be the grandest of the grand. Behind the Werribee Mansion, in a separate wing you’ll find the Mansion Hotel and Spa, thats right, you can stay at this wonderful five star mansion with day spa and restaurant.

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Werribee Mansion

This lovely mansion was completed in 1877 in the Italianate style by the Chirnside family, who were Sheep farmers. Surrounded by charming formal gardens which include a lake, glasshouses a grotto and even a sculpture walk. You can also find the Victoria State Rose Garden within walking distance which displays a whopping 5000 roses to perfection.

Chateau, Palace or Castle? – Chateau De Chambord, France

Francois the first had this 16th century chateau built so he could hunt deer and hang out with his mistress, like a “man’s shed” only on a larger scale. It boasts the famous double-helix staircase, the two helixes ascent three stories without ever meeting. Another amazing feature is the Italianate roofing terrace, be prepared to feel as though you are in a village with all the towers, chimneys, cupolas and domes.

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Chateau De Chambord

So it was built by royalty, doesn’t mean you can’t have one just like it, maybe on a slightly smaller scale though, perhaps with less towers and chimneys. I feel that if I stood up there with all those chimneys, I would be half expecting a chimney sweep to appear and the music ‘Chim Chimney’ to start playing from out of nowhere.

But, if it is on your list of places to see, have a look here at what other people have said and more information on this impressive chateau.

The Bold and the Beautiful, Monoliths

Those who love nature will love this post. Ever been to Uluru (previously known as Ayers Rock) or perhaps the Rock of Gibraltar? If you have then you my friend have seen a monolith. These are perhaps the two best known monoliths out there, so lets see what others are out there in the world to see.

Ben Amera, what a name to give a monolith, this one is located in Mauritania in North Africa. Almost the same size as Uluru, this monolith sits plonked in the middle of a barren desert all by itself some 5km from the nearest town, which happens to be Tmeimichat.

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Another monolith to see is El Capitan, located in California, USA. This monolith is made from beautiful grey granite and was formed over 500 million years ago. Though I’m sure you’ll agree with me that its the erosion that has taken place over the years which has made it such a sight to see.

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El Capitan

This next one would best be described as breathtaking, it is Roraima which is found in Venezuela. Some of the oldest geological formations on the earth and rather stunning ones at that. A near vertical rock waterfall towering 2810m and on certain days, well above the clouds. A surprise awaits you if you get the chance to go up to the top, a whole ecosystem of its own, isolated from the rest of the world.

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Roraima

Not a Good Samaritan, a WONDERFUL Samaritan

Not often do you hear or read a good story in the news, especially one involving a shop owner yelling out “Stop thief!” before a good Samaritan takes off in hot pursuit of this so called thief, only in Hollywood right?

A write up from SA Police News was just that and I would love to share it with you all 🙂

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Like a scene from the movies, a Good Samaritan chased a suspected jewellery thief through the streets around the Central Market this morning – not even giving up when the robber jumped into a taxi!

At about 11:30am today, the suspect pinched a gold chain, valued at over $6,000 from a jewellery shop in the Central Market.

The shop owner gave chase yelling “Stop thief!”. A passer-by saw the commotion and joined in the chase, managing to corner the suspect. The jewellery thief handed over the gold chain to the member of the public and then ran off down Morphett Street and jumped into a taxi.

But our Good Samaritan didn’t give up there! He handed the gold chain back to the victim, who had just caught up, and took off after the taxi! He caught up with the taxi in traffic, back in Gouger Street. The taxi driver pulled over, the suspect jumped out of the cab and the foot pursuit was back on.

The witness phoned the police while chasing the suspect through various streets. Police patrols converged on the area and found the exhausted suspect back on Morphett Street. Thanks to the tenacity of the Good Samaritan, the 30-year old man from no fixed place was arrested, charged with robbery and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court tomorrow.

http://www.sapolicenews.com.au/more-news/13916-hollywood-action-in-adelaide-streets.html

Super Sweet Blogging Award

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I have been nominated for the Super Sweet Award for bloggers!

My new friend Susan at http://ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com/ nominated me.

To accept the award I have to do five things:

1. Thank Susan for nominating me.

2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.

3. Include the Super Sweet logo in this post. You see it above.

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen other bloggers for this award.

5. Notify my nominees on their blogs.

Here are the Super Sweet questions:

1. Cookies or Cake??? Cake, the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity with them.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate of course, who could resist.

3. Favorite Sweet Treat? My home made Rocky Road

4. When Do You Crave Sweets?  While watching tv in the evenings.

5.  Sweet Nickname? Chickadee

Now for my nominees:

1. http://toemail.wordpress.com

2. http://athousandquiltedcranes.wordpress.com

3. http://talinorfali.wordpress.com

4. http://ahundredyearsago.com

5. http://dreamingofwh.wordpress.com

6. http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com

7. http://fortheknitofit.wordpress.com

8. http://textiletraditions.wordpress.com

9. http://www.perisspiceladle.com

10. http://funlovingliving.com

11. http://gegallas.wordpress.com

12. http://happylittlekiwi.com

13. http://thefamilykalamazoo.wordpress.com

Visit these Super Sweet bloggers. you won’t be sorry 🙂

Tags: Sweet, Friends, Craft, Art, Photography, Design

Modern day angels renew my faith in humanity

I saw a wonderful sight today, I’d just dropped my partner off at work (he is an interstate truck driver) and on my way home, with him following behind me in his truck for part of the way. We encountered the usual traffic and traffic lights, everyone wanting to get home after work etc.

We were stopped at this big intersection waiting for the lights to change in our favour, it was going to be awhile, about 5 roads meet at this intersection. Anyway, what caught my eye was this young little boy happily pushing his mum across the road in her wheelchair on the other side of the intersection. Nothing unusual there until I looked away at the cars in the car yard, dreaming of one day owning a nice new car when I looked back to the little boy and found him by the empty wheelchair on the other side of the road. They had crossed the road safely but the boy had trouble pushing his mum up the little ramp onto the sidewalk so they could continue on along the sidewalk.

Looking closer I saw his mum had fallen out of the wheelchair, half on the little ramp and half on the sidewalk, thankfully not on the road, with the boy standing by her helplessly. In that moment, in the blink of an eye, two guys from different cars waiting at the lights closest to them, rushed out of their cars, raced across the road which was 3 lanes of traffic and helped get the boy’s mum back in her wheelchair and back onto the sidewalk.

They managed this and still got back to their own cars a moment after the lights had changed to keep the traffic flowing. How amazing is that? This wonderfully kind gesture and helping hand has really restored my faith in humanity, that there are nice people out there who help those in need even if they are a complete stranger.