Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

I love : my husband, my fur kids, family, music, sunshine, creating, chocolate, handmade soaps, the DUST Team, gardening, friends, Triple J Radio and photography. Comments welcome, I hope you enjoy the adventure with me.

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made with love.........................maddabling xox

proud member of the down under street team

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Attitude - Wednesday Wishlist

at·ti·tude   [at-i-tood, -tyood] –noun
1. manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.
2. position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.: a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.
3. Aeronautics - the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc.
4. Ballet - a pose in which the dancer stands on one leg, the other bent behind.


It's all about the attitude. Enjoy !

Ink'd Babushka Dolls by bobobabushka

Trollop altered vintage teacup by trixiedelicious

SLING big eye pirate school girl brat with sling shot GICLEE PRINT by NINA FRIDAY

ATTITUDE Reversible Scrabble Bracelet by SquareWear

Drama Queen SHOWER CURTAIN by CustomShowerCurtains

AN ATTITUDE IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE pendant NECKLACE altered art by TickleMePinkBoutique

Who took the Pistachio out of my Spumoni by dollproject

Meh - Hand Stamped Copper Necklace by blackrockdesign

Tea Towel with aTTiTude - Ria by kaytk

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Friends - Australian ETSY Seller - TRASHGLAM

Welcome dear readers to a new edition of Friday Friends.

What a week it has been. I celebrated my 13th Wedding Anniversary with my lovely hubby. We planted a beautiful native plant garden instead of exchanging gifts this year. Awww !

And sad news, Elizabeth Taylor, last of the true Glamour Stars from the golden Hollywood era, passed away this week, at the age of 79.
The girl with the violet eyes was married 8 times and had an amazing film career that spanned 5 decades. boasting two Academy Awards, for playing a call girl in Butterfield 8 and a shrewish professor's wife opposite Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She also received Oscar nominations for three other films. Elizabeth Taylor became an activist in her later years to raise funds to for the fight against AIDS/HIV, following the death of her friend Rock Hudson died in 1985.

Elizabeth Taylor told the Associated Press at an AIDS clinic dedication in 2005: "Acting is, to me now, artificial, seeing people suffer is real."

Elizabeth Taylor received the Legion of Honor, France's most prestigious award, in 1987, for her efforts to support AIDS research. In May 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made Taylor a dame - the female equivalent of a knight - for her services to the entertainment industry and to charity.

In 1993, she won a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute; in 1999, an institute survey of screen legends ranked her No 7 among actresses. Farewell Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the world is a richer place for having had you in it.

I apologise - I digress. This week I am proud to introduce a sublime Sydney based Alternative Fashion designer. Meet seductive seamstress extraordinaire Hexy

of Trashglam !

How uber cool are these creations ? It is all about the product. A whirlwind of colour and textures and shape. I am captivated by the fantastical fashion photo imagery too - here are some of my favourite creations.........

I heart this Emilie Autumn Inspired red striped tea party dolly Dress
this sublime STEAMPUNK victorian GOTHIC RUFFLED TULLE black lace wrist CUFF
and this wicked Trash Queen avant garde Draped striped spandex zipper parachute skirt would be sure to turn some heads with these fabulous bold stripes !

I also adore these images, there are some exceptionally talented photographers out there

Tea Party in Wonderland


Derby Duels

Dear readers, indulge yourself for a while, sit back and be drawn into the world of alternative fashion, let your imagination run a little wild. I hope you enjoy this fabulous Friday Friends Feature.

NOTE : Some of the images below contain ADULT CONTENT/THEMES

The Terrific Tale of Trashglam

Trashglam : Handmade limited edition clothing & accessories. Express your individuality as life’s too short to be one dimensional.

Baby pink and all things sweet or leather & whips for the ultimate bitch! Taking existing subcultures; morphing the alternative & mainstream into a style of its own.

Inspired by couture/avant garde glamour & sexy burlesque attire, Japanese culture & the amplified colours of the raver scene. Morphed into wearable Art for the vixen on the prowl in the dead of night.

Suffocated in spandex & caressed with iridescent feathers, layered with luscious lace & trashed unlike nothing you have seen before. My canvas is my clothing & I paint desirous portraits. My inspirations come from personal experience and life journeys. I illustrate my series, hatred, joy, playfulness, fantasies, transcending emotions into my designs.

Hey I'm Hexy. Business woman, seamstress & designer for the label Trashglam.
I work every single moment I can towards reaching my ultimate goal which can entail 14 hours a day at times. I do many shows, events & photo shoots and have a blast with all the wonderful people I meet.

It all started out when I couldn't find anything that combined all my life experiences & passion into something wearable. I am heavily influenced by the Japanese alternative scene & fantasy which are the solid aesthetics behind most of my constructions.

So I combined my love for punk 80s subculture with my love for Avant Garde/couture wear, thus the birth of my label Trashglam.

I am inspired by fictional characters, art & Powerful, dominant women. People who are not afraid to be themselves! Color, emotions, history and most importantly fun filled adventures! All these things have had a deep impact on all of my designs. I am not your traditional Fashion designer & it’s refreshing.

So what makes me any different then other designers?? i have no desire to make set collections 4 times a year to suit winter/summer etc and stick to basic fundamentals behind creating a cohesive collection. I prefer limited editions, one off creations.... the freedom to promote individuality in clothing is just as important as ones personality.
I truly believe you do not have to belong to any set subculture to be successful. The point is to create the things that you love & it's the best feeling in the world when you get praised for it too.

The basic principal I adhere to when designing anything is simply this; let your imagination run wild & do not be afraid to do the wrong thing. My designs are truly random & they cross all the fashion spectrum borders!

I generally start with color, as opposed to a set pattern. Most designers begin the process with an idea of what the piece would be, yet I choose to keep each piece as individual as I possibly can by not having a pre-conceived idea.

I keep adding to a garment til I believe its complete and is a character of its own. I have been working from home for the past year, making custom made formal/costume wear. I am endlessly networking, promoting my label through many different online and social mediums.

I am really excited about my latest collection which premiered at the L’Oreal Circa Nocturna fashion show. It’s inspired by superheroes, girl power & villains.

It was a phenomenal show and a huge success. It’s all handmade by me & customized to fit any shape or size. I allow my customers to choose their colors and trims. It adds a touch of uniqueness to each design. I am proud that I do it all & yes, at times its draining and requires more time than I can imagine, but I wouldn't have it any other way..... if only the house could clean itself lol !

Want to see more ? I know I do !

You can Buy these amazing creations at :

Ebay :

Etsy :


Visit the Website :


Or connect through

Myspace :


Facebook :


See all of the wonderful photographers who worked with Hexy at this link :


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday Wishlist - Happy Together

Personalized Love Letter Box, Wedding Card Box, Love Bird Box, Treasure Chest Keepsake Box by NanaMontana

We celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary earlier this week

and instead of gifts, we went native plant shopping and created a special garden to be a living memory of our wedding anniversary. We can watch the garden grow and bloom, just as a relationship does. The hardest part about the plant shopping was agreeing on which ones to buy - Australia has some truly gorgeous plant varieties.

I have worked on a theme of "Happy Together" for this weeks blogpost - I hope you love it.

Let's Plant Our Dreams in this Garden - Fine Art Print (Medium)by FreyaArt

The Kiss Fine Print - 8X12 by JulienDenoyer

Romantic French Antiqued Brass Pendant Necklace I love you more than yesterday by amradesigns

Aphrodisi Massage Oil in Gift Bottle by Tinderbox

Hearts Abound framed art by PaperPolaroid

Long Stem Red Leather Rose, Wedding/Anniversary Gift by leatherblossoms

custom heart - tree print pillow cover - personalized with your names or initials by cozyblue

Red Currant Pomegranate Heart Pillar by Earthly Essentials

Happily Ever After banner by CowCountryCreations

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Friends - West Australian Artisans - Glass Candy

Hello there - Happy Friday to all of my lovely blogging friends and followers. I have found myself incredibly saddened at the scale of the unfolding aftermath in Japan this week......Japan, sending my love to you and your people, my thoughts are with you.

I am looking forward to a week off next week and will be celebrating my 13th wedding anniversary with my lovely hubby - our intention is to create a section of native garden where we have dug out Hydrangeas and Agapanthus. This will be a growing memory of our anniversary each year. Awwwww ! Anyway back to the business of my Friday Friend feature.

I have a wonderful West Australian Artisan to introduce this week - meet the exceptionally creative Rebecca

from Glass Candy
Rebecca states on her website

Glass Candy offers unique, handmade, lampwork jewellery to those who wish to express themselves and their attitudes through the adornment of wearable art, enhancing their sense of self and reinforcing their sense of individuality ~ Making a Statement.

Intrigued ? Yes, so was I ! Put anything pretty and shiny in front of me and watch the inner Magpie emerge *wink*

I really love Rebecca's range and have made two purchases as gifts for loved ones from Glass Candy - this beautiful pink lampwork focal bead necklace

and this funky bracelet in oranges and purple

I so want this necklace in beautiful blues

These stunning Canary Soda Pop Earrings are sure to brighten your day

and I am loving the Playground Bracelet in Pink - isn't this gorgeous ?

Lastly, I want you to check out the amazing detail in this gorgeous pendant Peek A Boo Daisy - Wow !

Lovely readers, put aside your chores for just a few moments and lose yourself in browsing the pretty glass beads and jewellery that Rebecca makes, and read her captivating story ! I am sure it will strike a chord with many artisans out there.

The Glassy Goodness of Glass Candy

My Husband once said

“They look like lollies....”

and hence Glass Candywas born.......

Glass Candy is my lampwork bead and jewellery design studio located in Guildford, Western Australia and this is a brief story of the evolution of my art and the struggle of finding my way forward.........

I used to dabble in making my own jewellery while the husband was away to keep myself occupied and tame that creative gremlin that resides in all of us arty farts. I think nearly every woman I know has tried her hand at making jewellery at some stage or another, some potter away purely for the pleasure of wearing something they made themselves, for themselves, others, like me, like to share their creativity and love for the art of jewellery design with the retail world (and I could never possibly wear ALL those pieces in the cupboard!)

I’m also a Lampworker (no nothing to do with lamps!) and handmake my own glass beads using rods of coloured glass (sourced mainly from Italy) and a gas fuelled torch. I guess you could say I got a little sick of seeing the same old beads in the bead shop and could never find anything REALLY different to make my pieces expressive. So when I met a Lampworker in early 2007, I got myself some books, a torch and a few rods of glass and set to “trying to burn the house down” as the husband put it.

“A lampwork bead in creation in the flame of my dual fuel Carlisle Mini CC Torch”

It’s not an easy art to learn, while I feel I have a natural ability for the technique and have, on occasion, surprised myself with the skill in which some designs come out, I am by no means an expert and am continually learning new things every day. Glass Candy screams personality. I want my pieces to be an extension of the person who is wearing them. It’s all about making a statement, self expression and being who you want to be, not what you’ve been taught to be. The piece needs to “fit you”, not fit society.

“I’m keeping this one!”

It's hard work, running a home business and looking after two wretched little sausage dogs (who are so desperate for a pool they’ve started excavating the yard for me) and the past 2 years has seen me at markets nearly every weekend getting my work out there and exposing Glass Candy to the people of Western Australia as best I can.

Sometimes you stop and think “Do they have any idea how much work goes into a market day?” 3.30am starts, setting up, dealing with people who think you’re selling cheap mass produced imports or whisper that its that fake Pandora or fake Murano glass and look at you sceptically when you tell them, no I handmake the lot, beads and all.
It’s insulting and some days I really wonder why I do it.

Then I‘ll sit at my torch, and make cute little froggies or dragonflies or bright and gaudy baubles, and I realise why I do it, for the love of molten glass and for the pleasure I see on people’s faces when they take home a piece that is ‘just perfect’ to them.

It’s like they’ve found a piece in the jigsaw puzzle of their life.

This year is a year for change. I came to this realisation early in the New Year when I discovered I had lost my focus. Lost my direction and had no clue where to find that road back to creativity and glorious glass fulfilment.

I had all but given up and decided to throw the lot in and go work a ‘normal job’ for the rest of my life and take pills to quell my creative gremlin. I am sure, also, that most arty farts go through this at some stage or another....... don’t you? Then I had a chat with a girlfriend at the Kalamunda Market earlier this month and everything just clicked and has subsequently, fallen into place.

I am opening a shop. Yes. A shop. My very own permanent market stall that I can make all pretty and sell all of my lovely pieces from for the next 3 months. All in the one place, no setting up and no taking down every day. No lugging around marquees and trolleys and plastic tubs filled with....STUFF, and no getting wet or blown away during the winter season.

And you know what? My gremlin is working overtime. My inspiration has returned and I am firing on all 8 cylinders (my husband argues I only have 4, but he’s never seen me in action). THIS is the change that I am meant to be making this year and I am LOVING it! I feel like I have a purpose again.

My Grand Opening will be the weekend of the 15th, 16th & 17th of April (my birthday weekend! How about that for fate?) And my shop is located in the E Shed Markets on the Fremantle Harbour, #134 (Look for the purple & cream balloons if you’re coming to visit!)

A big THANKYOU to Samara of Maddabling for inviting me to chat about Glass Candy, if you’d like to learn a little more about me, or even meet me in person, hop onto my website www.glasscandy.com.au and follow the links from there!

Here are some links for you to explore :

The Glass Candy Website :


The Glass Candy Online Shop :


Glass Candy on Facebook