Saturday, January 30, 2010

Market Saturday...again!

Oh yes, another Apollo Bay market day today!
I won't be taking a break for another couple of weeks, when for a change of scenery I'll be making my first trek up to Melbourne since before Christmas for Shirt & Skirt.
It was very relaxed today, and the weather turned it on for the nicest morning we've had on a Saturday for a while. So it was a morning of time to chat and nip across the road to the cafe for a take away coffee.
Pia and I have a market theory....known to us as Murphy's Law of Market Manufacture.
It dictates that whatever you make especially to take to market (usually the day, or even the night before) will always come home with you.
And so it was with these new tea towel cushions. None in my stock after a big few weeks. Made up yesterday. Home again with me this afternoon.
Never mind. As my friend Beth says, they won't go off!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What I'm craving...

Ah, January is nearly over.
A big month of busy markets and lots of lovely visitors has left me feeling a little bit, well, tired.
I've had a couple of catch up days in my workroom and made some more orders to fill the gaps in my stock.
Our new bed arrived yesterday, and I got up this morning without a back ache for the first time in months. Looks like the cats have given it their seal of approval too!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Summer weekends

Sunday lunch with friends, children and dogs.
Bocce and badminton on the lawn in the sunshine.
Summer life is good.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Apollo Bay loveliness

I've been shop girl today up at the Church Hall Indoor Market.
I've spent the whole day surrounded by all this loveliness, I thought I'd share some of it with you! Oh, we'll be there 10am - 4pm every day until Tuesday, January 26.
(and at the foreshore market on Saturday morning too...)

Pendants from Sally Forrester

Local photography from Sherryn McDonald

Fabric hair ties from Clare of Seventh Sister Designs

Silver earrings from Beth of Silk'n'Silver

Can I give myself a plug? Why not!
Fabric belts and recycled jumper and cotton scarves by Frankie & Ray.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Same, but different

Another January Saturday, and the Apollo Bay market marathon continues!
Week 4 today (if you count Boxing Day), and I finally got my order for a no wind morning. What a relief.
I'm in the swing of it now, and managed to speak to 3 people at once, have my mirror pointing in all directions, and keep the stock topped up.
We've had visitors for most of the week, and that's been lovely. More friends are coming next week for the Australia Day (kind of) long weekend, and I'm looking forward to that too. I'll be needing a little sit down and a cuppa in February I think...
My long awaited red summer t-shirts arrived yesterday, so I managed to get some whipped up for the market this morning. Glad I did, they are nice aren't they?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Love at first sight

Oh, soft grey ruffle, I am smitten.
I want you to come and live with me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stomach turning

I've just stopped by the GeorgieLove blog, and been saddened and disheartened, not to mention sickened by the corporate greed and dishonesty that is Topshop.
The talented girls, and fellow GeorgieLove artists, Made by White, have had one of their fabulous designs completely ripped off.
Not even a token attempt at making a change.
Read about it here.
Spread the word readers.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Just call me Mary

Image found here
Ok, that's 2 weeks in a row I've had to deal with pretty windy conditions at the Apollo Bay market. I'm putting in an order for no wind next week.
Lovely morning though, lots of fabulous visitors to my stall. Lots of tea towel, skirt, t-shirt and tea cosy love coming my way.
A small world experience that began with the question 'do you sell at Magnolia Square?'.
It seems that Frankie & Ray denim skirts have quite a following. That makes me happy indeed.
Not a breath of wind out there now. Of course.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


The beginning of January seems an odd time to be fiddling around with wool and needles. But now is the time I can play around a little with some new knitting ideas.
I bought this beautiful yarn on impulse because of the colour and the way it's both thick and thin.
Then I had to work out what to do with it.
I've had a couple of false starts working out the best needle size and stitch, and now I think I'm on my way!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I'll be heading round to Lorne tomorrow with a bag of goodies for Liz at Flying Fishes.
She called today to say things are crazy busy, more stock!
She asked if I had any white t-shirts, and turns out I had some left over blank stock from a Summer ago. I fished around in my fabric tub and found some of this lovely fabric in my stash.
It's an old favourite, and it looks quite good on the white shirts.
Sometimes it's good not to think too hard about something!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sometimes it is hard work

I love my market life. I really do.
Just sometimes though it can really be a slog.
Today was the first really big, busy Apollo Bay market of the tourist season.
I'd kind of forgotten about the wall of people all trying to get a look at my goods all at once.
I'd also forgotten about the ones that talk about my stuff as if I weren't there at all.
And the ones that don't make eye contact or respond when I smile and say good morning.
Just as well that for every one of those, there's ten that are really enthusiastic and complimentary. Bless you, you make it all worthwhile.
Not helped by drizzle when I arrived, then gusty wind for the rest of the morning....there I was hanging onto my umbrella pole like Mary Poppins about to take flight.
I'm about to take to the couch with a beer.