abcd social :: Sydney winter warmer

It’s time to kick off your ugg boots and get out from behind those computers/laptops/smart phones to meet other creatives face-to-face at the Sydney abcd social. Yay! … and we’ve had a re-brand! The abcd social is more than just a meet-up, we’re a social group (offline) that’s into social (online) and we love to help you get to know each other, form collaborations and make friends with like-minded folk.

abcd social images photos: milk & honey photography


We’re getting back to basics with a good old-fashioned Winter Warmer at our favourite cosy wine bar, The Three Weeds in Rozelle. Let’s embrace the opportunity to chat over a nice glass of red or whatever takes your fancy in an intimate setting before the temps really pick up and and the silly season kicks in. Steph Bond of Bondville and I will be hosting a relaxing evening of catching up and meeting new friends.

And by popular demand, we will be providing goodie bags for you to fill up with your mementos. Pop in something to help your abcd friends remember you – maybe something you have made, or baked, or something from your stash. All goodie bag participants will receive one in return.

Date   7-9pm, Wednesday 04 September 2013
Venue  The 3 Weeds Hotel (back bar), 197 Evans St, Rozelle, NSW
It’s free!  There is a bar with drinks and food available to purchase if you wish.
RSVP  Here, on Bondville by 01 September. Note “Goodie Bag” if you will be participating.

We will dedicate about 30 minutes to small group discussions around the topic “What is your dream for the next 3 years?”. You never know who in your group might be able to help your dream along. We will also have a Collaboration Board on display for you to add any upcoming projects that you might want to collaborate on. (e.g. you might be looking for a  photographer for a kids clothing editorial for your blog, or someone to help finish sewing up some products before a market, or a prop maker, or writing help.)

Our socials are always relaxed and fun – RSVP now to join us. Make sure you are on our email mailing list as we send out a run down of who’s coming before the event.

We can’t wait to catch up with you there!

PS: We’re also on Facebook


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ABCD Sydney Summer Meet-Up :: Save the Date

Sydney art, craft and design bloggers mark the evening of Thursday 21st February in your diaries to join us for our abcd summer meet-up. Steph (Bondville) and I have organised this abcd meet-up in conjunction with Life Instyle. We’ll be meeting for a glass of bubbles on the opening night of this fabulous trade-only lifestyle event. As part of the abcd meet-up we’ll have access to check out all the exhibitors’ stands and the latest products and trends. We will follow this up after the show with panel discussions featuring some of our fave Life InStyle exhibitors. If you’re curious about trade shows and wanting to take your business to the next level of wholesaling this is one not to miss. We’re excited that Life InStyle has offered our abcd meet-up access to their trade only event – usually only retail buyers, wholesale stall holders and press can attend – and we’d love you to join us.

I’ll post full details and RSVP info next week. But for now, save the date!

If you haven’t been to one of our abcd meet-ups before you check out my previous posts.

abcd summer 2013 save the date2


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abcd Sydney meet-up :: Spring

On Saturday we held our quarterly abcd meet-up for art craft and design bloggers and this time we were joined by a group from the Sydney Instagram meet-up. Steph (Bondville) and I had planned and styled the meet-up around the theme of a vintage-inspired afternoon tea in the park. Unfortunately the weather conspired against us – Saturday morning dawned and it was cool and wet. Not great conditions for the park. Then… jewellery designers and bloggers Tess and Anna of Polli came to the rescue and kindly offered their studio as a venue. And it was perfect.

About 26 of us enjoyed a lovely afternoon of chatting, laughing, sharing and eating delicious home baked treats. Sweet Jane’s Travelling Tea House was there with tea, coffee and yummy berry punch. See the photos below of the gorgeous pink polka dot caravan? That’s Sweet Jane’s. So much fun. We had some time in small groups led by the Instagram girls Jaclyn (Little Paper Trees), Jayde (Little Paper Lane) and Rebecca (Wee Birdy) to discuss how we use Instagram, privacy, micro blogging, and Instagram as a business tool.

To see and read more about our fun afternoon click on the link below.

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Sydney ABCD Meet-Up :: Let’s talk about Instagram


You may be over Facebook. Twitter is just 140 characters, and Pinterest is a bit of a solitary pursuit. But are you on Instagram? This social media platform is tailor-made for those of us who are more visual by nature – it’s about communicating with images instead of just words. Instagram is full of interesting, creative people sharing happy things. Interested to hear more, or in sharing your thoughts?

Perfect! Steph of Bondville and I have organised an Instagram-themed Sydney abcd meet-up! We’ll be meeting for a leisurely vintage inspired afternoon tea on Saturday 3rd November from 3 – 5pm in Lilyfield’s Callan Park. Bring along something sweet to share; tea and coffee will be available to purchase from Sweet Jane’s Travelling Teahouse (a gorgeous vintage caravan. Fun!) And, we’ll be joined by the Sydney Instagram Meet-up folks led by Jaclyn of Little Paper Trees and Jayde of Little Paper Lane.

There’ll be lots of interesting new people to meet from the Sydney Instagram group, and for those who are interested, we’ll dedicate about 40 minutes to small-group discussions. The aim is to share ideas and learn more about Instagram and how to use it as a personal and professional tool. Each group will be led by one of our friends from the Sydney Instagram group who’ll share their insights and expertise.

Are you in?  RSVP in the comments section of this post to join us. We’re not doing goodie bags this time, instead we’d appreciate you bringing a plate of something homemade to share for afternoon tea.

We would also love for you to provide us with some feedback on Sydney abcd meet-ups in our online survey. If you weren’t able to fill the survey out at our last meet-up, please click here to share your thoughts on how we can make abcd work best for you.

Steph and I have had fun organising this one and we hope to see you there – it’s going to be a lovely afternoon.
3 – 5pm
Saturday 3rd November 2012
Inside Gate A, Callan Park, Balmain Road (intersection of Cecily Street), Lilyfield
Map here

Parking/Transport: There is limited street parking available on Balmain Rd and the surrounding streets, as well as the Sydney College of the Arts carpark. We encourage you to use public transport (see details here on Uni of Sydney website) – there are buses that run down Balmain Rd and the Light Rail stops at Lilyfield which is 1.5km walk. Or car pooling is good too!

Edit: Since moving to the new domain name comments have been left behind. You can still RSVP here, or on the old post. Pop over to the old post to see who’s coming!

Logo and Image: Lisa Tilse for abcd

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Sydney abcd winter wrap up

Our abcd bloggers meet-up was held last week and judging from the feedback it was a huge success. I think it’s so great that all these wonderful women who blog about art, craft and design come together to meet and share. Sharing was our theme this time and we had some great and lively small group discussions where ideas, experiences and thoughts were offered and exchanged. It was really enjoyable and enriching to hear everyone’s input on the various topics.

Our goodie bags were also based on the theme of sharing for this meet-up, and the contributions were thoughtful and creative. They included some delicious recipes, gorgeous stationery and even a stamp from a thoughtful lass, lots of lists including great tips and links, fabric, and a vintage hanky with a little note saying “Do share your happy tears. Don’t share your sniffles”. So perfect for our winter ‘sharing’ meet-up!

The goodie bags are always a highlight, but the best part is making connections and creating a community amongst like minded women who we usually only know through our online lives. We had a lot of new faces at this meet up which was lovely. Unfortunately neither Steph or I managed to snap any photos of the actual event – a terrible oversight! Next time we plan to get that organised. You can see photos of our last meet-up – our Saturday Soiree - here. A big thank you as always to Steph of Bondville who spends time planning and organising with me to make the abcd meet-ups happen. Stay tuned for our next abcd meet-up in a few months.

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