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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Best Dressed Stall Award ...

Congratulations to Strawberries & Ginger for their ultra cute stall display.  How could it not be, with all those delicious ruffles in such an array of colours & patterns!





There were just so many beautifully dressed stalls on the day.  Congratulations all!

Did you have a favourite on the day?  Would love to hear from you.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Support Handmade this Christmas ...

It's oh so easy to choose to give handmade-only gifts this Christmas when you see what's on offer by our fabulous stall holders! So many goodies to choose from - home decor, clothing for the whole family, toys, bedding, fashion accessories, artwork, candles/melts, garden products ... not to mention the scrumptious food on offer.

Please help us spread the word to get the whole Central Coast buzzing about visiting these talented designers tomorrow at Erina High School from 10am to 2pm.  You won't be disappointed!



Clockwise from top left: Forever Cupcakes, Blue Ripple Designs, Summaskye, Bling for Bubz, Rachelle rachelle, Blissful Brush.



Clockwise from top left: The Hare & the Tortoise, Scorpion Foods, Sew Darn Ezy, Strawberries & Ginger, Ree's Trees.

See you tomorrow!

Suzan
(Little Tee Tee)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With the countdown well and truly on to Christmas, this coming Sunday's market couldn't be better timed. I have about 20 people to shop for & have only bought a mere 1 present!  BUT with over 65 stallholders at the Handcraft Market I am sure to cross a fair few off the list!

Here are but a few goodies to entice you to visit the markets this weekend ...


From top left, clockwise:
Stampin' Up; Milly Molly Mandy, Addison Avenue, Just Like Katie, Little Tee Tee, Smallprint.

There is seriously something for everyone!  Don't believe me?  How about tees for men, jewellery or scented candles/soaps for her, clothes & toys for kids, clocks for ... well, anyone! 



From top left:
Alison's Soy Wax Candles, Hey Tol!, Distant Travellers, Distant Travellers, Princess Allure Jewellery & Accessories, Handmade tutus.

So get writing those Santa lists & we'll see you on Sunday at the Erina High school - 10am to 2pm.

x

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In the Spotlight - Missy Doo

The gorgeous sisters that make up 'Missy Doo' are back this market with their range of gifts for babies.

Rachael and Crystal specialise in nappy cakes - an extremely practical gift which can be made of all sorts of handy items like nappies, lotions, wraps, powders, & little toys. They can  customise and personalise your special gift.



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

In the Spotlight - Blue Ripple

I loooove stationary so I'm so glad to see the next stallholder.  Blue Ripple designer describes who designs as being reminiscent of whimsical days at the beach, chasing dandelions with my kids and the beauty I find in my day to day life as a mum. Using my drawing and illustrating talent I transfer my drawings graphically to my range of stationery products. My designs are all about celebrating life, living in the moment and reaching out to the people we love.

Visit Blue Ripple on facebook here then be sure to meet them in person on November 20, 2011!
 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

In the Spotlight - Frankenstein's Fabrics

Another new store will be debuting at our next market.  Frankenstein’s Fabrics is run by Marni Franks who has worked in the textile industry pretty much her entire working life. Upholstery with her dad, a stint at Lincraft, a patchwork shop & even working for Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine. 

About 7 years ago Marni was working in a craft shop and something hit her – all she ever wanted was to run and her own patchwork and quilting shop. That (nearly) decade long dream has recently been achieved, with the aid of her family and friends, with the opening of a store in Birru Road, Gosford.


 
 


The shop is improving all the time with more and more stock arriving almost every day. Classes are getting there with mainly basics being taught at the moment – basic quilting techniques such as cutting and calculating (always important!) There is also a service that we provide where you can rent out our classroom for a small hourly fee to baste your quilts, work on a project etc. 

You can find Frankenstein's Fabrics at our November markets. In the meantime, please drop by their facebook page HERE or say hi in person at the shop in Birru Road, Gosford.
At the moment I am only on Facebook as I endeavor to get my website, blog, shopping cart and phone set up at the shop. I am available on

Thursday, October 20, 2011

In the Spotlight - Divine Signs

Carla Norman is the creator of Divine Signs, is mum to a 22 month old little boy & is a local of Wyoming.  She is inspired by all things pretty, vintage, girly and whimsical, which is clearly shown in her wooden, hand-painted signs.

Divine Signs is all about signs that not only look great but that are full of sentimental meaning. A wedding sign can be placed in your home after the big day, and remain there for years to come. Similarly, Carla can make a sign for your home or family which are made with complete love and care. 

The signs are painted in a crackled, distressed white, with black font, they are coated with a varnish and are all reasonably priced. 

Carla started Divine Signs at the beginning of 2011 & is inspired, supported & encouraged daily by her husband, sone and parents. In her ‘pre-craftiness life’, Carla worked in several offices in Marketing and Sales Manager roles. She adores being creative and sharing her products with others. 

You can find Divine Signs at the Nov 20 market & at these locations - Facebook or madeit

 






Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In the Spotlight - Rhi Designs

Let the excitment begin! Our next market is Nov 20th - perfect for pre-Christmas shopping!
 
The even more exciting news is that we have so many fantastic stallholders lined up, both returning vendors & new ones!
 
Being launched at the markets is new brand Rhi Designs by Rhiannon Gray
Rhi Designs - a unique womenswear label offering one of kind luxury apparel including swimwear, resort wear and funky accessories. I love the playful colours and pattern combinations in this range! All pieces are designed and made by Rhiannon with some of the fabric she uses being her own design which is digitally printed in Australia. The fabric she designs is all inspired by various fabric dyeing techniques making them unique and exclusive.  
 
 



Rhiannon Gray is a local up-and-coming young designer, with a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles. Her new and exciting eclectic label 'Rhi Designs' is being launched in the local markets this Spring/Summer 2011.
 
We can't wait to see the one-of-a-kind bikinis, luxury silk and mesh Kaftans, funky accessories and beach bags.
 
If you'd like to follow Rhiannon's journey, visit her here: http://rhiannongray.blogspot.com/
 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

In the Spotlight - variety special!

With only 1 sleep to go things are heating up in the houses of all our stall holders. So much goes into market preparation that it is quiet common for designers to have only a few hours sleep the night/s before.  Right now, in houses across the coast (& some beyond), sewing machines are getting a last minute workout, paint is being willed to dry, irons are frantically being used on stock & table cloths, printers are spewing out labels, & cars are groaning under the weight of many a treasure!

So whilst browsing through a snapshot of items that our stallholders have lovingly made for this weekends market, spare a thought for our little stress-bunnies & be sure to appreciate your nights sleep!  And then, have some fun in the morning by taking a silent poll of which designer has the sleepiest looking eyes!

See you tomorrow!!!!

(Disclaimer: I've based the above on my personal stallholder experience. Possibly not all stallholders leave things to the last minute! Feel free to greet my weary eyes tomorrow for validation of my views!  Suzan - Little Tee Tee)
 
 

 

Friday, August 12, 2011

In the Spotlight - Mrs Fickle & the Loopy Pear

With a mere 9 days to go before our huge birthday celebrations we'd like to introduce you to another business who is making their debut this month.
Mrs Fickle and the Loopy Pear design and make custom hand stamped jewellery pieces. And oh-so-gorgeous they are!  Items are available in solid sterling silver, solid 9ct yellow and rose gold - something to suit anyone.
We LOVE the fact that you can add the names of your loved ones or a special date or phrase and Mrs Fickle and the Loopy Pear will create your own personal keepsake you can wear every day.
Start drooling over their luscious range HERE on madeit OR drop by facebook to say hello HERE. And of course, stop by their store on Sunday 21st Aug 2011 to meet the designer in person & discuss your perfect piece.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In the Spotlight - Eve's Soy Candles

There's nothing like a beautiful aroma to jog the memory & take you back to another time or place - or is that just me?!? I have a bit of a travel 'thing' where I buy a new scented body lotion or perfume to be lathered on during the trip. I find that when I smell this scent in the years to come it triggers memories of my trip. Eg Shea butter reminds me of Singapore, Creme Brulee reminds me of NZ, Ylang Ylang reminds me of Ireland. Weird?

Elvine of
EVE's Soy Candles shares my love of gorgeous scents & has created a boutique candle making business located on the Central Coast. It grew out of a love for scented soy candles and wanting to share this with others by helping them create a beautiful ambience in their home or office with high quality, handmade scented soy candles, melts, reed diffusers & accessories at a reasonable price.

The list of scents in
EVE's Soy Candles is long. 'Little Black Dress' (sexy blood orange & carnation with sandalwood, black rose, smoky wood & patchouli. Egyptian musk to finish) intrigues me, but I think 'Tropical Delight' (luscious blend of juicy lemon & lime with creamy coconut, rounded out with vanilla & sandalwood) will be my first pick. Choose your favourites HERE & then stock up at our next market!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

In the Spotlight - Say My Name Canvases

This week is a little late on the Thursday spotlight but I'll sneak it in now - sorry!

I love this next stall holder because she is all about making our little cherub's bedrooms uber-cute & specific to their personality. Not only does 'Say My Name Canvases' design & hand paint unique canvases for children but they can also custom-make canvases for pets & special occasions. Now there's a great idea!

Swing by Say My Name Canvases stall on the day to discuss a piece of artwork tailored to your needs. In the meantime, be sure to pop over to their facebook page to say hi! HERE


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

In the Spotlight - PawPrint Images

We've showcased some absolutely talented photographers in the past so here's one with a little twist! PawPrint Images has been the vision of Sharon Stokes for many years now. Sharon has been a passionate photographer for 20+ years and received many awards for her images.

"My two passions in life have always been animals and photography, I have finally combined the two into a business that makes me happy. I worked for 15 years as a veterinary nurse in both small and large animal practices. I have spent time as a puppy preschool facilitator and an Arabian show horse trainer."

As well as having been a devoted pet owner for much of her life, Sharon is now also a mum to two young human kids.

We look forward to seeing PawPrint Images at the next markets!