This December issue of Novelty Brooch Friday is close to my heart. If you’re a regular reader or know me personally, you will know just how much I love where I live, the Blue Mountains as well as my passion for supporting local and independent businesses and ideas. I freaking love both. So, it should come as no surprise that I take great pride in being able to offer a stunning enamel brooch designed by local, very well known jewellery designer and maker and all round lovely lady, Alison of My Red Scooter.
Alison’s designs are simple, fresh and wearable with a nod to past eras, classic fabrics and designs. All her pieces are so wearable and I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise given that she is a busy mum to three gorgeous young children and appreciates being able to just grab something simple and sassy to liven up the day to day outfit.
One of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning is at the Glenbrook markets with a coffee in hand and a keen eye for what the stall holders have on offer this month. My Red Scooter is an institution at these markets and you very regularly see her distinct designs brightening up the outfits of market goers of all ages.
Read on for a little insight into this Blue Mountains based label that has won the hearts of locals for years, I’m sure it will quickly win yours, too.
1) How long has My Red Scooter been around for?
My Red Scooter started back in 2007. Like many, it was just something to do when at home with small children but quickly became more than a hobby. In recent times, I have decided to focus purely on women’s accessories, more specifically vintage inspired necklaces, bracelets and rings handmade from gorgeous coloured resin.
2) As a Mum of three, how do you manage to make time to get creative and crafty with MRS?
It is very difficult. I will admit that I am the first to let the housework slip and allow the folding build up in the interests of my business. Coffee, coffee and lots more coffee and I am a night owl so this helps me a lot. I do wish that I had more time during the day as I would be more productive. My list of crafty projects outside of My Red Scooter is very long and I hope to be able to spend some time just creating things “just because” over the Christmas break.
3) Do you see a resurgence in local and handmade shopping in your area? If so, it must be wonderful to be a part of that community.
Absolutely. Which is wonderful for small independent businesses. Certainly after the recent bushfires that devastated the Blue Mountains, many are more willing than ever to support small local designers. We are lucky to live in such a close knit and supportive community.
4) What are you most inspired by?
COLOUR! We are all guilty of wearing far too much black these days. I also love vintage lace, linen and fabric, enamel, chandelier crystals and old china. The simplicity of yesteryear inspires me to create comfortable, classic and affordable pieces. These days, life is busy, we are surrounded by too much stuff, technology and decisions.. Accessorising should be easy.. A collection of timeless pieces that you can wear with anything. You don’t need to dress up to wear my pieces!
5) It must be a kick to see people walking around wearing your creations. What is the most rewarding aspect of your business?
Yes, I do smile when I see others wearing my pieces. It is very uplifting to know that others like what I do and wear my pieces year after year. One of the most rewarding things is seeing many a customer wearing my pieces for years not just a season.
This month’s brooch is an amazing enamel flower! (I have one in yellow and green, I love them that much!)
Now, this month is slightly different in that the entries will be open for Friday 6th December and 13th December only! I already have this hot little brooch in my clutches so it can be sent out quick smart to the lucky brooch wearer in time for Christmas!
Claire and I began this little thing quite by accident through a mutual love of vintage and locally made brooches, so what better way to end the year than to be able to send out a locally designed brooch for Christmas!
The winner will be announced on Monday December 16th and will need to email me at eaenglish (at) gmail (dot) com to claim this darling brooch.
Before I forget, don’t forget to follow Alison and My Red Scooter on Instagram for updates on her new lines. They’re amazing! @my_red_scooter
So what are you waiting for?! Brooch up, ladies and gents!
Peace and enamel.