Toys, games, fashion and homewares

Brisbane, Australia On Etsy since 2015


Toys, games, fashion and homewares

Brisbane, Australia | 85 Sales

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Danielle Cullen

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Danielle Cullen


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On Etsy since 2015

Turning the old into new, the discarded into something beautiful - handmade,upcycled,original.

I love op-shopping. LOVE it! I am a complete addict - always on the hunt for that unearthed little piece of gold.....
I blame my family. In a good way of course! Having married young, and going on to have 4 amazing children, we weren't always flush, and I would spend hours searching for that 'perfect' piece of furniture/linen/crockery.....This lead to a lifelong appreciation of giving things a second life, of them being re-loved, and reducing waste and mindless consumption in the process!
I have always been a creative soul. It's in my blood. I come from a long line of very crafty women, and spent many a school holiday learning how to crochet, knit, sew, weave etc.! I received my very first sewing machine at 6 years old (Holly Hobbie of course!), and never looked back. I started making some items for my niece when she was very little, and after many compliments from family and friends, along with a pretty decent amount of persuasion, ONCE I WAS was born!!
I don't know what I was waiting for! It was a perfect fit - my passion for upcycling and my creative energy had come together, giving me the opportunity to indulge in something I LOVE and believe in every day!!
I am inspired by the way the materials I have at hand guide me in my creative design process. I will often come across a fabric/book/puzzle/odds and ends, and immediately know what it is going to be!! I make everything from childrens toys to dressup items, games, bags, paper goods and homewares.
All of my creations are handmade with the utmost love and care in my little home studio in Brisbane. You will often find me here at 2AM..........;)
Thank you for stopping by, and please by all means have a browse through my store!

CUSTOM and WHOLESALE orders are always welcomed.

You can also follow my creative process and get to know me a little better on Instagram and Facebook - @onceiwas

Oh! and I also have a very patient husband, a dog, a cat, chooks and goldfish......;)

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  • Danielle Cullen

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Hello! My name is Danielle Cullen, and I work from my home studio in Brisbane, Australia. Op-shops are my haven. Upcycling is my passion! I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them for you. Tread lightly Love your planet x

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Last updated on July 4, 2015
Welcome to ONCE I WAS!!
I create beautiful, functional, ORIGINAL items out of the unwanted, the discarded, the forgotten........
Upcycling is my passion. Op-shopping my addiction.
Have a browse through my store and join me in my quest for reusing, reducing and treading lightly. Love your planet x

You can also find me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM - @onceiwas

Wholesale enquiries welcomed :)

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
Should you for any reason not be satisfied with your purchase, please do not hesitate to contact me :)
I accept payments via Paypal only, please make your payment within 48 hours of purchase. You do NOT need a paypal account to use your credit card with their service.
All items sent within Australia are sent via normal Australia Post (ie. No signature and no insurance) although should you wish to pay the additional charge I am happy to organise registered postage allowing you to sign for your order.

If you have not requested registered post and a parcel goes missing I will not be held responsible, sorry.

**EXPRESS POST is available upon request** extra charges apply.