Ideas

I love to create new things but unfortunately I was never blessed with a creative mind – not enough to think up new ideas anyway.  It’s the same with anything I do – I have to follow a recipe, I need to have a pattern, I’m lost without some sort of instruction.  Thankfully there are lots of people in the world who do have creative minds and who don’t mind sharing their creations on the internet with the rest of the world.  I try not to copy exactly but at least I have a starting point.

Great places for finding ideas is so much easier these days; Google, YoTube, Pinterest etc have taken the place of all those pattern books I had to buy over the years.  I have piles of knitting, sewing and crochet books and patterns all of which I will probably never throw away but also will probably never use again either, mostly because they are out-dated now but ask my husband and he’ll tell you that I have a distinct aversion to throwing any type of book away.  The internet is so much easier because all the latest trends are there and really there is no need to even print any patterns/instructions (I usually do though), which means less space needed to store everything.

IMG_0255The down side of course is that sometimes I find a design I like and forget to save or print it then I can never remember where it was or what it was called to find it again.  These days this is where Pinterest comes in, I find stuff I like and save it to use or copy at a later date.

Of course other people’s jewellery is also a source of ideas. I find myself looking at what jewellery is being worn instead of concentrating on what is being said! Bit rude really, but I can’t seem to help myself!!

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Art Gluttony/Magic by Mac Etsy Shop

Magic by Mac is the result of  the collaboration of ideas of two generations and is an offshoot of Art Gluttony.  We very are excited to announce the opening of an Etsy store under the Art Gluttony banner – you can visit us here!

One half of the generations (the younger half) has an amazing creative talent and produces some awesome ideas which she always follows through.  Some will work better than others but you can be certain that they will ALL be done to perfection.

This has inspired the older half to dig deep and find something which could also be shared with others even though the creative talent is not as free flowing.

The original idea of Art Gluttony was to write about anything to do with ‘Art’ in all forms and is always an excellent read but it has evolved over time.  The writing in Art Gluttony hasn’t been as prolific of late but I’m sure it will make a come-back soon, you can read back posts here.

I don’t think either half of this collaboration really knows how we have got to where we are but it is a big leap of faith to open the Etsy store and we hope everyone loves (and buys) our creations as much as we love making them.

Magic by Mac - GDC Fashion & Giftware - Made to Order

 

 

 

Magic by Mac In-Store!

Well!!!! I think I am in shock ….

As you’ll probably be aware if you follow this blog or are Facebook friends with Magic by Mac, we finally uploaded some of our finished creations to our Facebook page and much to our surprise, we received our very first orders!!

Yes, we were surprised, very pleasantly surprised, but after all the work that goes into handcrafted goods, it is extremely gratifying to find out that it is taken seriously by someone other than some immediate family members (others not so much).

This was pretty exciting in itself.  Then, we were approached by GDC Fashion & Giftware who had seen some of our pieces and offered to stock some of our designs in their store!

So yesterday we delivered a collection of bracelets and earrings complete with packaging and handcrafted gift bags.  We were pretty excited to think that our creations were in a real shop so you can only imagine how we felt when the first sale was made before we even left the shop!!!!

Can you imagine our delight in seeing pieces that we have made displayed in an actual shop and knowing that people … strangers … like them enough to pay money for them.

So, if you are the type who likes to see/touch/feel before you buy, head on down to GDC Fashion and Giftware who are located at 39 Cliff Street, Glenelg East and say hello to the lovely Kiri and Steve and see our jewellery display in their gorgeous shop.

For our Facebook Fans, take your phone and show Steve and Kiri that you “like” our page and receive a Christmas Gift when you purchase anything from the Magic by Mac range!  But hurry, the “gifts with purchase” are in limited supply.

Magic by Mac - GDC Fashion & Giftware - Made to Order

And remember, we can make any of these existing designs in material and colours of your choice and we’ll be adding new designs as we create them.

Merry Christmas!

The Art of Patience

I think I’ve said before that I really like the act of creating something useful or at least something that someone else may actually like.  So to me, this business of jewellery making is perfect; I create gorgeous things that I think someone will like and wear.

Having said that, it does take time to create these items and there is only one of me (or 2 of us for some designs).  We don’t have a heap of people mass producing nor are we a factory churning out dozens of the same design.  Our designs/creations are individually handcrafted with the best components we can find and to the best standards we can achieve.

There is also the small issue of supplies – sometimes we have to wait for certain supplies to be delivered (which, as you can imagine, is frustrating when you’re experiencing a creative flow but do not have the materials to match!). So not only do we practice the art of creating beautiful jewellery but we have also had to learn the art of patience (which is easier for one of us than the other!).

Mostly we try to source our components from Australia (which usually takes about a week) but occasionally we need to get some things from the UK or the USA which can take up to 2 weeks, sometimes more depending on where it is coming from!

All this means is that when we post our newest creations on Facebook or within this blog, more than likely there will be only 1 of them already made… But others can be made to order, with components of your choice (check out our gemstone options here).  The up side of this is that you can be very certain that no-one else will have another one exactly like yours.  The down side is that you may have to wait a bit for your order.

If we already have supplies, this should only take a few days, but if we need to order, it can take a little longer.  So, should you like any of our designs and wish to purchase them, please get in early so you won’t be disappointed!