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Gift Ideas: Shop Local Australia with Kathreen of Whip Up handmade and vintage goods

Kathreen is the editor of, a website that is all about making. It is a web portal which features cool links to tutorials, makers, books, exhibitions and events, with occasional essay contributions from readers. Whipup’s manifesto says it best. Here is an excerpt:

“Whip up is for experimentation, innovation, self expression and the sharing of information and ideas.

Whipup is about taking time out of your hectic schedule to make. To make something by hand. And by making something by hand instead of buying it, you achieve personal satisfaction, then by teaching yourself and others new skills you will enjoy life more fully.”

This holiday season, we’re continuing our Shop Local series. Buying handmade, locally produced or vintage gifts is a way to give back to your creative neighbors and shrink your carbon footprint.  Without further ado, here’s Kathreen to kick off this 2008 edition!

I love the idea of Shopping Local – and while I love discovering new talented people from all over the world for and have bought
things on Etsy from maker as far afield as Mexico, Canada and Switzerland, I am really keen on finding out what is available in my
own backyard. Yep, that’s right — I am from Australia and there are tons of talented makers over here. So using the Etsy Shop Local tool I have found some amazing goodies.

Mizu is an Australian / Japanese printmaker who makes the most gorgeous woodblock prints, giclee prints and original drawings.

Original Tree of Life Woodblock Print
, $15. Find more woodblock prints on Etsy.

Mingus is a designer from Melbourne, who makes these very cool bags from organic cloth. She even screenprints the fabric herself.

Origami Plane Organic Purse
, $15. Find more screenprinted purses on Etsy.

is two sisters, Brigitte and Janine, from Melbourne, who crochet gorgeous colourful jewellery.

Dotti Crochet Polka Dot Pendant
, $36. Find more crochet jewelry on Etsy.


Simone Walsh is a jewellery maker from Sydney, she makes exquisite pieces using techniques such as etching and casting in silver and gold.

Text Cuff Links
, $58. Find more cufflinks.


Pamela Tang, another Australian designer, makes beautiful housewares as well as clothing. I particular love the simplicity of design with beautiful little details.

Girl’s Linen Dress
, $59. Find more linen items for children.


Australian designer, Lulu Carter, makes children’s toys, beautifully hand sewn. I love this sausage dog with its adorable little quilted jacket.

Sausage Puppy
, $74. Find dog-themed toys.


Onono is a Melbourne based business making soaps. These cold-pressed soaps are completely handmade using only natural ingredients.

Red Rice – Handmade Soaps
, $6. Find more soaps.


Adelaide crafter Fede makes kid’s toys, like these unique babies first hammer – fun and colourful.

First Hammer (Baby Rattle)
, $20. Find more baby rattles.

Pedrospout is a Brisbane based shop who makes cute-as-pie baby booties from ecospun felt, 100% recycled plastic bottles. As well as being eco friendly, they are beautifully made.

Leafy Baby Booties
, $22. Find more eco baby booties on Etsy.

Further Resources:
(my website)
purl bee
– great resource
– how-to videos
decor8poppytalk – great ideas
– knitting patterns
– magazine for crafty folk
– handmade finds
Georgie Love
– Aussie handmade goodies shopping blog
indie art and design site – for Australian designers
mix tape zine – making inspiration blog


Please let Etsy’s blog know about your favorite local Etsy artists. Pitch your town, state, country or region and let us know which sellers will fill their holiday-shopper-neighbors with glee (we’re talking catalog-quality photos, 100% feedback, and top-notch items at a variety of price points); include a screenshot of your Poster Sketched picks and a link to a pretty photo of yourself in your neighborhood. Tell us why you love where you live and why these sellers are distinctive. We can’t wait to hear from you!

You can find folks in your area by using Etsy’s Shop Local site feature. Find out more about how Shop Local works. Make sure to update your geo info in your public profile!

Join us in the Virtual Labs at 7pm EST on Thursday, November 13, 2008 for a virtual trunk show. We’ll be going around the world — this Thursday we’re picking highlights from North America. Please comment below if you’d like to host a Virtual Lab representing your local area!

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead says:

    Some gorgeous pieces here. Love that baby hammer.

    6 years ago

  • ZestyB

    ZestyB says:

    I like to use ShopLocal when I travel too!

    6 years ago

  • alibli

    alibli says:

    I totally agree with fernfiddlehead, the baby hammer is great! thanks for the hints, whipup

    6 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    Great items! We love to Shop Local.

    6 years ago

  • littlebrownsparrow

    littlebrownsparrow says:

    Australia is a fantastic country, I feel very lucky to live here. :) Great article!

    6 years ago

  • JustFeltHungry

    JustFeltHungry says:

    Funny, I knew a lot of these shops separately, and had never noticed they were all Australian! Lovely stuff!

    6 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    amazing items!! Love the tree woodblock print

    6 years ago

  • jameliadesigns

    jameliadesigns says:

    WOW! We are a creative lot aren't we? I am proud to be Australian. I particularly love the felted baby shoes, almost tempts me to have more (well not really) :)

    6 years ago

  • softmelody

    softmelody says:

    Oh so lovely and inspirational! My grandmother is Australian..So I have a sort of connection. :)

    6 years ago

  • Thinkoutsidethebox

    Thinkoutsidethebox says:

    Sausage puppy by lulucarter is divine! I find everything in pedorsprout's shop to be almost, almost, makes me long for the days when the kids were young!

    6 years ago

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl says:

    Yay! Go Australia! Many talented Aussies here. I also love microcosm's gorgeous sculptures:

    6 years ago

  • thesundayproject

    thesundayproject says:

    I was so happy to come across this article! As an Australian living in NZ but returning home shortly, it made me a little homesick but also very proud! I look forward to joining such a talented bunch.

    6 years ago

  • baboom

    baboom says:

    Great article! just want to suggest we have a wonderful Down Under Street Team (DUST) here on Etsy, so if you want to see more from talented aussies search for "dust team"!

    6 years ago

  • blackmustard

    blackmustard says:

    So many talented artists here! I love the tree of life print and Pedrosprout booties are the cutest things ever!

    6 years ago

  • poppylane

    poppylane says:

    I'm a proud Australian too, and so happy to be amongst such talent! Great article.

    6 years ago

  • MariesVintage

    MariesVintage says:

    Fabulous stuff, I love mizu's prints!

    6 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    great to see an article about australia! great finds :)

    6 years ago

  • getfunked

    getfunked says:

    Australian Sellers are Awesome! See: *All of the stores are featured from the amazing etsy Australian team - DUST (Down Under Street Team). Fellow Aussies come and join in the fun - this is a list including all of the links to the DUST members stores.

    6 years ago

  • neverenoughhours

    neverenoughhours says:

    Great to see an article about Australian sellers!

    6 years ago

  • ShadeOfABonsai

    ShadeOfABonsai says:

    Great article. Go Aussie Crafters!

    6 years ago

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi says:

    Fabulous Article :) I'm so proud to be Australian Selling on Etsy :)

    6 years ago

  • hamble

    hamble says:

    Thankyou so much for this article! I just went on a huge adventure, travelling through and beyond the great links you posted. It was great to explore and discover the amazing talent shared by my compatriots!

    6 years ago

  • LittleMaryMoo

    LittleMaryMoo says:

    Wonderful article. So many beautiful items. Makes you a little proud doesn't it! Thank you for popping my bag in too!

    6 years ago

  • hannahfaerie

    hannahfaerie says:

    Nice to see the Aussies! And so glad some of you have mentioned the DUST team as many of the featured sellers are DUSTers! Check out the website for HEAPS of amazing stuff!

    6 years ago

  • vintageitville

    vintageitville says:

    "I love a sunburnt country.... a land a sweeping plains" I grew up in Australia and miss it terribly at times. Very lovely items.

    6 years ago

  • LegendaryTigerHero

    LegendaryTigerHero says:


    6 years ago

  • mck254

    mck254 says:

    Great article! Kathreen and Whip-Up are the best!

    6 years ago

  • jellibat

    jellibat says:

    go aussies! yes go check out out our DUST team for more wonderful crafts from 'down under'

    6 years ago

  • ShinyThingsAustralia

    ShinyThingsAustralia says:


    6 years ago

  • robruhn

    robruhn says:

    Glad to see Australia get a mention, it's so hard to get noticed down under. Maybe it's our time difference that we don't get seen by so many. Thanks for your efforts.

    6 years ago

  • pradomarin

    pradomarin says:

    warm and fuzzy feelings! Great to see other Australian makers represented online.

    6 years ago

  • brassbullet

    brassbullet says:

    Nice, very nice ideas! a gift is a invaluable thing. Gifts can be simple or extravagant, and last for only a brief while (a flower picked in the yard from your child) or a lifetime (a piece of jewelry) like a Bullet having a name of your friend/beloved/Mom/Dad/any one, whom you want to present a gift will be a exclusive way to show your affection and Love.

    6 years ago