To market to market…..
One of my goals this year was to have a little stall at a craft market.
when I spotted Ishtar’s wonderful blog post about the ‘Renegade Craft Fair’ in London, over at Décor8 blog,
I felt a little sad that I haven’t participated in one yet….
Sallyand I have talked it about it as we’d like to share a stall sometime but its almost October and I still don’t feel ready to plan or book one yet.
There are new markets springing up all over the place and with warmer weather coming up outdoor markets get really popular.
A great way to find out about markets or craft fairs that suit your handmade creations is keep your ears open on social sites like Facebook, blogs and twitter for some great local markets near you.
Ask around – some people love to share their experience so find out who had a stall there (search the markets blog or FB page) and ask them what they thought.
I guess the main thing for your stall is to have plenty of stock and choice – this is my main problem, I find it hard to build up stock as most of my cards and tags are one-off items so I think I need to tackle my range differently – some brain storming needed before I book a market, that’s for sure!
One thing I do love when visiting markets is a seller with a friendly smile and products displayed in a creative and beautiful way…that draws me near and tempts me for sure!
I think that’s why the Finders Keepers markets here on the east coast – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, are so successful, all the items on offer are exquisite and top quality. Made and presented with love!
I’ll definitely be starting off at a much smaller market – baby steps all the way
but in the mean time here are some great links for anyone thinking of trying out a Craft Market
There is so much great advice, search around on the Craft blogs and be motivated and inspired! *images
Top – CountYourBlessings blog Middle – Ishtar Olivera via Decor8 blog Bottom – Jillian Leiboff via Finders Keepers blog
I love making meat pie for dinner - its a real hit with my boys and its filling in the tummy and delicious too!
The other night I tried out 'Meat Pie with Mushy Peas and Gravy ' a recipe I found in Martyna's
e-cookbook, 'My Whole food Philosophy' it was so tasty, so fast to prepare and
I cant wait to try out more of Martyna's recipes!
Her e-cookbook is so affordable and a great start to help you and your family eat less processed and more healthy wholesome food!
At the moment Martyna has a great offer - get 30% off the retail price, just use promo code: nomorejunk Check it out!
Time just flies….
Its Thursday already – this week has flown by so fast for me…has it been the same for you too?
I am really looking forward to tomorrow, a day off for me and an early start to the weekend but I’m off to see my allergy specialist in the morning,
Ive been suffering from hay fever so badly but I still love Spring and the
sunshine, it makes me feel good!
Whilst I’m in town tomorrow I’m going to do some window shopping and mentally plan some Summer outfits.
Then I’ll stop for a healthy lunch - the wonderful thing about warmer weather is craving delicious salads and yummy light meals.
… on the way home I plant to pop into the new Laduree Patisserie and buy myself a sweet treat for the train ride home – it would be dreamy to visit their Parisian store one day, I love their packaging!!... but for now their Sydney shop will be just fine, although I heard people are lining up to buy their Macarons so wish me luck!
*Images of lovely rooms with a fresh, feminine touch!
From my Pinterest ‘ For The Home’ board.
Etsy picks of the week - Puppy Love
Its been a while since I've done an 'Etsy picks of the week' post and so when I saw this adorable image by photographer Hugh Stewart, I knew a Dog themed post would be perfect! Etsy is a perfect site for everybody, even our furry friends!
From the Recipe files: a sticky mess
So I asked my boys what kind of cake should I make?
Strawberry Cream cake or Chocolate cake?
I guess I shouldn't have asked as I knew they would say 'Chocolate'.
Off I went to make my cake.
I found a great recipe in this lovely book and it turned out perfectly (if I should say so myself ...) but then I had to go and decorate it didn't I?
I cut the cake in half and it crumbled and broke a little so I added whipped cream and raspberry jam thinking it would help seal the bottom piece and top piece plus all the cracks back together when I realised I hadn't put it on the serving plate yet... Oops!
so I tried to move it, it was heavy and broke even more...darn!
Next messy step was making the chocolate ganache frosting, I added too much cream to the chocolate chips and it ended up chocolate syrup instead...a runny mess!
So I did my best to hide it all with some fresh strawberries and you know what?....it was a hit with everyone!! Yayy!!
A Girl called ilona Its time to meet another Creative girl! This month I'd love for you too all meet Ilona, a talented fashion & lifestyle stylist. Ilona started her creative career working for 'Marie Claire' magazine and is now a freelance stylist producing beautiful stories for magazines!
Welcome Ilona! Can you tell us what is
currently inspiring you?
The summer! When
the sun is shining, Holland is at it's best.
Especially after a
bit of rain when everything is green and sparkling. Ilove my morning walks with our new member of
the family 'Mees' our JackRussel.
We live in a small
village, just outside Amsterdam, so enough space towander and explore.
Name 3 things you couldn't live without right now?
My family (dog
& cat included), summer holidays and a tall latte in the morning Can you define
to us your personal style? My personal style
is more like "aqua & sapone', simple & pure. I lovemy blue/white Breton stripe shirt - I have
lots of them. A friend ofmine, who
designs for a new Dutch label called 'Ruby Tuesday' even named a
striped shirt after me :-). I love my denim shorts andflip flops in the summer, but I do love my
boots, jeans and chunkyknits for
upcoming winter as well.
Do you have a favourite colour (or colour combinations)?
I love all the grays. I love all shades of blue, I love all the greens. Actually, I also love bright colors, but only for my stories and styling work. I wouldnever wear them or style them in my own home.
What about fragrance, do you have a favourite Smell?
I wish I could catch that smell of sun & salt on your skin after a longsunny day on the beach, in a bottle...perfect! What do you love
about your City/Town?
Most of all I'm a
city girl. Born and raised in Amsterdam. About five yearsago I needed more space to breath and to live. I do love the villagewhere we now live, it's small and quiet. I love my garden but sometimes Ireally need to escape to the big city. Having
a coffee atKrull, myfavorite cafe near
Sarphatipark, or buying fruit & flowers at Albert CuypMarket. Infact, I just got back ;-)
Do you have a favourite quote you would like to share with us?
The first day of Spring and the Sun was present all day, a lovely day!
.. but it's still chilly outside ...the transition from Winter to Summer always leaves me confused in how to dress, but its always exciting knowing whats to come...
Warmer weather and long days....
Blooming flowers, Thin t-Shirts and cotton skirts, outdoor activities and chilled drinks...
Fathers Day in Australia and we're planning a picnic outdoors!