Little Treasures is now available to post within the USA & Canada…
Posted in little treasures: made by hand March 20th, 2014 by pia

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I little something rather wonderful… a limited number of copies of Little Treasures: Made by Hand are now available to PURCHASE AND POST within the USA! I’m thrilled to finally be able to offer you guys the book without the hefty shipping from Australia. So that means you can buy yourself a copy for the normal shipping price of $5 (making the book cost total of $29.95), and to Canada it’s just $11.50 per book ($36.45 in total).

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Also if you have a boutique in the USA or Canada and would like to purchase wholesale copies that is also possible, just email us to let us know where you are and how many copies you’d like, and we can email you a quote with the shipping cost from within the US.

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To refresh your memory on this very special book, click here to view past posts about it, along with page spread samples. And here to visit my online book shop, with updated shipping costs for USA and Canada sales of Little Treasures.

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I would absolutely love to have Little Treasures: Made by Hand distributed in France since it’s written in French as well, so if anyone knows someone in this area and can help make this happen, please let me know.

Thanks guys. As I mentioned, there are only a limited number of copies available so if you have been wanting a copy but haven’t wanted to pay the shipping from Australia, don’t hesitate to grab a copy now. Merci beaucoup!

xx

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Posted in little treasures: made by hand, personal August 26th, 2013 by pia

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Has it been almost three months since I last spent some time here in the (blog)house?

To think that a year or so ago I started dreaming and thinking obsessively about the possibility of creating a book of little handmade treasures. In the dark hours while feeding Laly, the idea bloomed in my mind, and now, after a lot of work and wonderful support from you, my latest book, Little Treasures: Made by Hand is complete.

Through all the making and doing, I’ve wondered to myself whether it was completely outrageous to have launched such a huge project so soon after giving birth, and in so many ways it was. I forgot that making a book in itself is a birth: I think I figured that because I’d made three before, that this ‘little one’ would be a walk in the park. But each book holds a large part of my creative being and so each has come with its own steep learning curve. The self-publishing aspect of this one, combined with my new life as a mum, certainly took hold of me like none of the others have.

With that said, I can say without hesitation that I am delighted to have this special little bound treasure in my body of work, an everlasting keepsake of Laly’s first moments of life shared in the form of a visual story of incredible handmade pieces given to her by creative souls around the world.

And the beautiful truth that there is no way this book could have been born without your support.  Not just from those of you who pledged but also those who have ceaselessly cheered me on from the sidelines, helping me get to the finish line.

The project is now finalised as we have finished the mailout of all the books and packages from the crowd-funding campaign.  That means that if you ordered a book or package back in February from the campaign then you should have received it no matter where you are in the world. If you haven’t then please email us at [email protected] and we will resolve it for you as soon as possible.

I’m also really excited to announce that the book is now available for sale in my online book boutique and we can post worldwide!

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Also we are now at the stage where we can take wholesale orders around the world so if you would like to stock Little Treasures: Made by Hand in your own boutique then please email [email protected] with your order request and location and we can send you more information.

Thank you for your belief and encouragement of this midnight dream of mine.  I don’t know how I made it through the past year but I was comforted during many an early morning hour with the knowledge that so many of you were cheering me on from afar.

I’m incredibly happy to be able to spend some more time here in the (blog)house. I’ve missed you.

xx

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WE DID IT!!
Posted in little treasures: made by hand February 12th, 2013 by pia

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With 52 hours to go, this morning, it happened. We reached the goal. We did it you guys!!

I can’t believe it.

Around this time last week we were not even half way there, and I honestly thought there was no way it would happen. I felt utterly hopeless by last Thursday, and while blubbering through a conversation with Fran on the phone that day I told her that we should forget about it, that she should call the printer and say there will be no book to print. Being the beautiful, sensible friend and manager she is, she listened, sympathised, and then said, “let’s talk some more tomorrow”.

Knowing how I was feeling, you guys started rallying support like I’d never imagined. You wrote incredible instagram messages, emailed all your friends, facebooked, tweeted, pinned and blogged! You wrote from your hearts and let the world know how much you wanted Little Treasures: Made by Hand to be published.

I woke up the next day and found your letters and messages of support. Once again you gave my heart wings, and gave me the energy to keep on trucking. And because of YOU, we made it happen.

I had no idea we’d still have hours to spare, and today I planned to share with you the amazing items that will be in the $400 package! I’m smitten with this collection, and even though we’ve reached the goal I do hope some of you will still pledge for this exclusive package, not just because I’ve spent the last 2 days pulling it together and photographing it, but because this is so special and you won’t find something like this again!

Initially in the package I mentioned there would be 4 treasures. But now there will actually be 9 handmade treasures in total! And all made by talented artisans across the globe.  Take a look…

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Although this is Laly’s collection pictured above, each $400 package will be tailored to YOU  – all you do is let us know if your items are for a boy or girl (or you!), and we will pick the colours suitable, and then you can tell us the name you would like for the garland, and which tea you’d like (there will be a choice of three – chai, french earl grey or mother nurture).

And of course you will also receive a personally signed and wrapped copy of Little Treasures: Made by Hand, so that’s 10 treasures altogether!

There are only 7 of these packages available, and only 40 hours left to make your pledge!

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There are also some fabulous people on a waiting list, wanting to do a day wander together here in Sydney so if you like this idea then email us and we’ll organise the five we need, then you can each pledge separately.

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And about the shipping, for those who haven’t had a chance to update your orders, we’ll send you a simple paypal invoice for the amount, so don’t worry about updating your pledges at this stage.

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Thank you again, you amazing, beautiful creatures!

I have just one more thing that I’d like to say:

VIVENT LES ARTISTES!!*

xx

* (Long live artists!!!)

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Posted in little treasures: made by hand February 8th, 2013 by pia

LTMBH_internals_diaryentry_2.1a diary entry and page from Little Treasures: Made by Hand

Well there are less than six days to go. Will we reach the target? Will I make it to the last day of the campaign without becoming an anxious, emotional wreck? Who knows. All I know is this crowd-funding stuff gets your heart pounding. And self-publishing tops my chart of risk-taking adventures (why must I do something so “brave” each year?!).

We’ve had a number of requests scattered around various social media networks asking if shop owners can purchase copies of Little Treasures: Made by Hand. The answer is YES PLEASE. So, to gather your requests in one place, could you email us at info(at)piajanebijkerk(dot)com with how many books you’d like, your shop name and address, and we will send you a wholesale quote followed by an invoice.

Thank you so much for your pledges and for getting the word out. We need to sell 1000 books to be able to make the target, so please keep those pledges coming!

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Here are the package stats:

$25 books sold: 272
$45 paper wallflower kits sold: 41, 59 available!
$65 flower presses sold: 10, 140 available!
$85 paper boat press package sold: ALL SOLD OUT
$125 skype session sold: 3, 7 available!
$250 2 hour styling session sold: 4, 36 available!
$400 little treasures package sold: 1, 9 available!
$1500 day of wandering sold: 1, 4 available!

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If you are interested in the day of wandering but haven’t been able to gather 5 friends, send me an email at info(at)piajanebijkerk(dot)com and with every 5 requests I will create groups, let you know and you can pledge your $250 without a reward – I will instead send you an email confirmation and receipt. I’d love to do these wandering days so I hope there are a few of you who’d like to too, it will be a lot of fun!

xx

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Posted in handmade, little treasures: made by hand February 4th, 2013 by pia

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“wallflower: a type of loner. seemingly shy folks who no one really knows. often some of the most interesting people if one actually talks to them.”  urban dictionary.

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So as I mentioned in my last post, during the last days of the Little Treasures: Made by Hand campaign I will be featuring some of the packages available exclusively for the campaign – that means you can only buy these packages now through my pozible book page.

One of my favourite packages is the giant paper wallflower kit that I created just for this campaign! It’s one of the projects I made for Laly’s room and it is featured in Little Treasures: Made by Hand. I’ve made a number of kits for you guys, it is one of the most fun craft projects I’ve created as it’s so simple but makes such a statement in any room.

In the kit you’ll receive everything you need to create your own giant paper wallflower. All you need to do is open the brown paper envelope and follow the 10 simple instructions…

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It will take you only about 20 minutes to make the flower, isn’t that amazing?

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Maybe half an hour if you really want to spend some time fanning and fluffing out your paper petals to make them just so. Like magic, the contents of one brown envelope will go from this (what you see above) to this…

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Voilà! Here is the photograph which features in Little Treasures: Made by Hand. I have hung Laly’s paper wallflower above the day bed in her room…

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To buy your giant paper wallflower kit as well as receive a signed copy of the book, click on the $45+ reward on my pozible book page then add the shipping of either $15 if you live in Australia, or $25 if you live in NZ, the USA or UK (so that’s a total pledge of $60 for AUS or $70 for NZ, USA, UK) and follow the instructions to make your pledge!

Thank you! Only 10 days to go! Far out!!

XX

PS if you’ve forgotten to add your shipping in your earlier pledges no sweat, you can update your order now. You can also order more than one package! Don’t forget about your friends. And mum. And that lovely neighbour down the road who just had a baby… x

 

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