handmadecanberra We were totally honoured at being asked to pose for the lovely Karen Green for her Archibald Prize entry. A stunning painting indeed. We loved the green and gold, shape of Australia and touches of blue, red and white all a nod to Australia. #amazing #archibaldprize #honoured 22h

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handmadecanberra Our front window ladies are looking fine! #shophandmade #handmade 2d

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handmadecanberra Oh my goodness look what we have just received at shop Handmade. Made by Crafternoon Delight they are cute as a button! #shophandmade #handmade 2d

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handmadecanberra It's very cold & wet but the sun is trying its best! #morning #murrumbateman #cbr 2d

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handmadecanberra There has been some serious Canberra love at shop Handmade today! #cbr #shophandmade #handmade 3d

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handmadecanberra Here is the sun trying to make an appearance. #cbr #morning #murrumbateman 3d

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handmadecanberra Grey, cold and wet. That is all 3d

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handmadecanberra We have just received these awesome watches at shop Handmade. Cool hey? #shophandmade #handmade 3d
  •   handmadecanberra Why the ? @melarmstrong ? 3d
  •   melarmstrong They just look very much like some machined watches I saw at a wholesaler, are the bands hand made? Or is the whole watch hand assembled with the bands being machine pressed? 3d
  •   rose_and_fleur I have to admit, I'm curious about the whole 'handmade' factor for some items as well. Is there a requirement or percentage of work that makes an item handmade? How can we as consumers learn to tell the difference? Especially as everything looks of such high quality. :) 3d
  •   rose_and_fleur Oops, pls don't get me wrong either...I think it's wonderful that people do indeed make such high quality products. :) 3d
  •   handmadecanberra Hi @melarmstrong and @rose_and_fleur it's tricky I admit. We deal with this every day. With Australia being so small and not having a lot of manufactures it gets even harder. We have devised some rules, just for us, that help usable the right decisions. 1. The designer designers the item. 2. The designer assembles the item. 3. All of the above is done in Aus. What we do allow is for components or materials to be purchased O/S. This is the same for sewers buying their fabric, jewellers buying their beads, printers buying blanks etc. what makes it tricky is that some times items will look manufactured, sometimes due to the quality and sometimes due to the exposure and availability. (As in this case) does that make sense? What r your thoughts? X 3d
  •   rose_and_fleur Thank you for your thoughtful response @handmadecanberra , it does make sense. :) 3d
  •   handmadecanberra Thanks @rose_and_fleur I think I might start a conversation about just this on Facebook tonight. Cheers 3d
  •   melarmstrong Thanks @handmadecanberra it definitely makes sense. As a designer I sympathize with you, I imagine it would be near impossible to screen In a full proof manner, especially when people can buy items an assemble them separately, as I'm assuming would be the case with the watches pictured, I'm imagining they purchase the face and bands separately. I guess it depends to what level you want to limit, personally when I think handmade I like to see items which appear hand made, rather than hand assembled, because I feel that involves a higher manner of creativity or craftsmanship, I hope that makes sense. 3d

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handmadecanberra It's a frozen morning. #morning #frost #cbr 4d

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handmadecanberra Monday Morning looking good! #morning #murrumbateman #cbr #monday 6d

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handmadecanberra How divine are these felt tea sets by Red Stitch Designs? Find them at shop Handmade. #shophandmade #handmade #cbr 7d

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handmadecanberra Don't fight it! 1w

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handmadecanberra Looking for something for the office? Check out shop Handmade today, open until 2pm. #shophandmade 1w

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handmadecanberra The morning after the night before! #morning #murrumbateman #cbr 1w

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handmadecanberra Telstra Awards 2014, Whoo hoo! 1w

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handmadecanberra It's a very chilly -3 this morning. #morning #murrumbateman #cbr 1w

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handmadecanberra shop Handmade has just received the most beautiful collection of bags, wallets, briefcases, iPad covers etc from local designer Van Dutch. #shophandmade #handmade #australianmade 1w

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