Thursday, November 22, 2012

Back to back

Sometime on Monday afternoon I realised this coming weekend was a back to back market weekend.
And both of them usually quite busy ones.
I took a good hard look at my stock, and took a deep breath!
There's been a flurry of shirt, skirt and vintage tea towel bag making. 
And a bakers dozen of tees as well!
On Saturday you'll find me at the most delightful Maribyrnong Makers Market.
I'm in the park for the bumper Christmas market, you'll find me next to my friends and enjoying what promises to be a glorious day of sunshine and warm weather.

And then on Sunday, the last Piccadilly Market for this year.
I always enjoy being in Geelong, and love this market too!

In the middle of my sewing frenzy the Geelong Advertiser called.
And I'm lucky enough to be in this great story about some of the regional designers and makers that'll be at Piccadilly on Sunday as well!

See you on the weekend!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunny outlook

It's a sunny Monday morning, and a trip to Melbourne via Fyansford via Lorne on the weekend did me good.
Lovely weather, the company of friends, a visit to Flying Fishes with a stock top up, a little party at A Piece of Cloth studio, and a day out at Shirt & Skirt has put me in a sunny frame of mind today.

Jen's new studio and shop space is an absolute gem hidden away in an historic bluestone building in Fyansford, Geelong.
Make the effort to follow the map and find her.
There's a great write up on the Oh! Hello Geelong blog.
I was lucky enough to join in the studio warming on Saturday - also Jen's birthday.
Of course I came away with some special vintage fabric too!

And another little handstitched sweet lavender smelling fox heatpack as a gift for my Melbourne hostess from the lovely Rachel Hine. Rachel has her studio tucked away in the A Piece of Cloth space. A match made in heaven.
I'm such a fan of her beautiful work.

And then on Sunday I had a hoot at Shirt & Skirt with my pal Fiona from Squirtbaby.
More lovely weather and a fair bit of frivolity.
I'm ready for the week!

Friday, November 16, 2012

This weekend

The year is fast running away from me, probably for you too.
And, it's incredibly been a whole month since I've been up to town.
Am I sounding like a broken record? I suspect that I am!
Anyway, you'll find me this Sunday at Shirt & Skirt Market at the Abbotsford Convent.
This time I'll be hanging out in the sunshine (hopefully sunshine!) with the fabulous Squirt Baby.
Fiona will have her rack full of covetable clothes for smaller people, and I can kit you ladies out in some nice things for the warmer weather now that it's finally arrived.
A family early Christmas lunch organised for next month means that this will be my last market at the Convent for this year, so do come and say hello - if you can get a word in between Fiona and myself that is!

Shirt & Skirt Market
Sunday November 18
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
10am - 4pm

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ups and downs

It's been an up and down few days.
On Sunday night we lost our beloved Frankie puss quite suddenly and totally out of the blue.
We're missing her dreadfully, and I keep seeing her out of the corner of my eye around the house, like she's not quite ready to leave me yet.
My lovely Aunt, who always has the right words, reminded me that I would remember her fondly every time I sew on a Frankie & Ray label.
So true, and so she will be with me in that little way every day.

A lovely big pile of Liberty fabrics arrived to help me through, and there is solace in some sewing.
Vale Frankie.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How was it you ask?

I've climbed down off my cloud finally after an amazing debut market last Sunday.
I can only thank all of the wonderful craftspeople, community groups, and fine food makers that took a punt on us and agreed to come along and be part of the very first The Bay and Beyond Market.
Also, the crowds of people that came along!
The day dawned with great weather, Apollo Bay was buzzing with holiday crowds, and we were run off our feet for a good 3 hours from opening.
Too busy to photograph the busy! 
But we've got some gorgeous pics of the market over on our facebook page.
Here are just a few of my favourites!

Amazing roses from our fantastic cafe mistress Jayne's garden.

Truly lovely and rare vintage fabric that I didn't get a chance to look at from Cloth & Co.

A mini emporium of loveliness from Wendy June.

All manner of great cards and paper goods from Victor Fox.

I did get an opportunity to add another little piece of Luce Handmade to my wardrobe!

The beautiful work from the hands of Rachel Hine Textile Treasure. Her stitching is an artform.
A lavender fox heatpack has made her way home with me!

A glimpse of the food on offer in the cafe. Oh, those tarts!
Thanks to Wendy June for the photo.

And my partner in bunting hanging and market organising, my friend Sally Forrester!
You're the best, Sal.
Thanks everyone!