Monday, December 12, 2011

At the market

On Saturday we took part in Craft Victoria's Craft Hatch Market at 1000 Pound Bend. We have taken part in the market once before well over a year ago so I was looking forward to this market at the new location.

Our new card displays are going well and we have worked out how to tetris them into the car really well by slotting our card boxes between them in our boot. I want to note we have a very small car (and that it was also my dream card as an 11 year old!)

1000 Pound Bend was a great space for the market, not too big and a cafe to bring me tea and eats whenever I needed it. Perfect for the disorganised carny like me who don't have anything for breakfast before leaving the house.

My neighbour was Andrea from Stämpel who had macrame plant holders and lovely faceted wooden vases.

I loved her colourful details at the top of the macrame flower holders that contrast so well with the jute. You can buy them from her Big Cartel shop.

Moite are a design studio and they had greeting cards, hand bound sketchbooks and beautiful delicate bowls with gold, black and pastel interiors. They don't have an online shop but they are available at Paperpoint in South Melbourne and Richmond.

These hanging fruit baskets from Made by Dane are pretty great and a great KK gift at only $15 plus shipping.  You could also use them for other things but I think having a hanging fruit basket would be perfect for freeing up more bench space. We never seems to have enough!

These terrariums from Greenscape Creations are pretty amazing. I'm a sucker for anything plant related and the added bonus of a pretty glass jar makes these pretty special.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Craft Hatch

It is well and truly market season here in Melbourne and Gareth and I are both suffering from Marketisis. This Saturday we will be at Craft Hatch at 1000 Pound Bend from 11am - 4pm and also at Rose Street on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 5pm. A relatively quiet weekend compared to last weekends make or break showdown. While the markets are always great fun it is the behind the scenes work, packing and unpacking of our tiny car (tetris is an important game to play as a child) and getting stock ready so you can be in three places at once that really makes even a type A personality feel chills. I a writing this while sitting at Revolver Market while Gareth is across town at the Northcote Kris Kringle Market. It is called market multi tasking!!

Back to Craft Hatch here are the details:
Saturday 10 December
At 1000 £ Bend
361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne City


Christmas Design Pop Up

If you're in Melbourne over the next three days we will be taking part in a design pop up store in the Nicholas Building in the city. Located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Lane the building houses loads of cools shops like Alice Euphemia as well as many many artist studios. We will be on the second floor across from Buttonmania and will be open 10am - 6pm today and tomorrow and 10am - 3pm on Saturday.

Dawn designed the poster with the lovely Christmas Pudding to get you feeling all Christmassy. And unlike most shopping centers we wont be playing carols! Come along and say hi and meet some of the other lovely makers. More details are over on the facebook event invite.

Designer’s Websites:
Emily Green
Madeleine Stamer
Rebecca Argent Millinery
Dawn Tan
Kick and Screen
Shara Lambeth

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

4 years our of work...

Four years ago I quit my teaching job to work on my own business. I went from being able to function in a busy office to not being able to have anyone in the office as I get too distracted. Coworkers are a funny species as you can often spend so much time with them they become like a second family. A coworker once told me you could tell if someone would be good to work with if they dropped the f-bomb. I am sure some people will disagree but it rang true to me when she said it. We made this card a few months back and it was fun times coming up with silly present ideas people might give someone leaving a workplace. It is available on Etsy as well as our weekly markets, which have quadrupled in the last few weeks:

Every Wednesday
From 16th November -29 February
When: 5.30pm-10pm
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne.
Enter via Queen, Therry or Peel Streets

Every Thursdays
from 24th November - 15th December
When: 5.30pm - 10pm
Where: Northcote Town Hall
High Street Nothcote 

Every Saturday and Sunday
11am - 5pm
60 Rose Street, Fitzroy