Handmade Canberra

Now where has this week gone! Last week seemed to fly by, but this week… wow. The 4 day Easter break led straight into the school holidays and it’s Thursday again already.

Almost 2 weeks ago now I went to Canberra for the day to visit Handmade Market, which I’d heard great things about. It was fantastic – lots of lovely things for sale and heaps of people enjoying a beautiful autumnal day out. My camera wasn’t really playing nice that day (or perhaps it’s just that I’ve never looked at the manual for my lovely DSLR. Note to self: read the manual!!), so a lot of my photos aren’t worth showing. I met lots of lovely women selling their fabulous wares and caught up with some friends who’d driven down for the day to have a stall.

Images via: Trove and Paperklip

Lovely gals Brooke from Trove, with her stunning jewellery, and Mel from Paperklip, with paper goodies, were there.

Image on right via: Retro Mummy

I finally met the effervescent Jennie of Posie Patchwork who had a huge stall with all sorts of handmade goodies.

Corrie aka Retro Mummy makes the sweetest little girls’ dresses and sells awesome fabrics.

Image on right via: Third Bird

Sarah from Gifts Created was there with her fab softies. Sarah always has the most fantastic display including a lifesized felt tree!

And I discovered the lovely textiles of Third Bird.

Love this sweet plate by Ensparkle.

I was very tempted by these big bright necklaces from Six in a Row (no website/link).

There were many more lovely things I could easily have spent my money on – you can see a list of designers on the Handmade website. The next Handmade Market is on 5th June. Fingers crossed that my application is accepted, and I’ll be there with a stall of my own. If not, I might just make a day of it again and go shopping.

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Happy Easter

My Chalkboard Egg on the cover of a Melbourne property magazine.

Wow, this week really got away on me. I’ll be at Allie’s Attic market at Mosman – details here - tomorrow, so I’m getting things ready today. I didn’t even manage to post about last weekend in Canberra, but I will next week.

Have a safe and happy Easter.


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Inside Out :: 10th Anniversary Edition

A lovely surprise was waiting in my mailbox yesterday: the new issue of beautiful Inside Out magazine. And not just any issue, it’s the 10th Anniversary issue complete with a special edition Rob Ryan cover for subscribers, and a Rob Ryan design tea towel. Nice one!

Photographer Sharyn Cairns (I previously posted about Sharyn here) and stylist Glen Proebstel worked together to create the most lush and gorgeous images depicting the traditional anniversary gifts. Think cotton, leather, linen, wood, etc. Aren’t these shots divine! (although my photos of the magazine taken at first light this morning on my kitchen sink hardly do the images justice)

To mark their anniversary Inside Out asked a number of creatives of varied disciplines to create an artwork that represents ‘Heart & Home’. The pieces are to be auctioned for the Heartkids charity. Contributors include Akira Isogawa, Louise Olsen, Kylie Johnson, Fleur Wood, Lizzie Buckmaster Dove, Beci Orpin, and David Bromley.

The auction isn’t online yet, but I assume it will be next Wednesday when the magazine hits the news stands. There’s some awesome works and it’s a great cause. See you there. And make sure you get yourself a copy of Inside Out – for me it was worth the cover price just to drool over the divine Sharyn Cairns photos, let alone the Rob Ryan tea towel, and all the usual fab content. Oh, and there’s a peek inside Lee Mathews‘ home which has lots of vintage style… to die for.

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Puka-Puka :: Contemporary Mobiles

Drawing on her training as both architect and jeweller, Sydney designer Nina Still creates unique and contemporary works of art. Her mobiles are kinetic sculptures that are the fusion of both her background disciplines. The name Puka-Puka is perfect for Nina’s organic inspired creations – it’s Japanese for ‘an object gently floating in space’.

Nina says she was sick of working behind a desk as an architect so she started to make mobiles as a way to connect with nature. Inspired by camping tips and communing with nature both on the land and under the sea, Nina describes her creations as “meditative artwork that creates shadows, moves and sings in the space”.

Puka-Puka’s beautiful new range of Polka Dot mobiles are designed for modern nurseries… I just love those little floating felt balls and I can see them in many spaces, not just babies’ rooms. I’m thinking my office/studio might be a good place!

Images: Puka-Puka

For more beautiful mobiles, visit Nina’s website, blog and Puka-Puka on Etsy.

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I Spy :: The Little Shop of Handmade

I was just checking out the Finders Keepers blog (applications are now open for FK Brisbane), and I came across a feature on one of my lovely stockists: The Little Shop of Handmade. I haven’t been to the shop, but it looks so sweet – just like Bec the owner.

When I looked at the photos I saw some familiar faces…

I think it’s a bit like when you go out to the park you can always spot your own children a mile off!

Images; Finders Keepers

Go on over to FK to read about Bec and her great little shop and see more photos.

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