Tuesday, August 31, 2010

To Market, To Market

After a two-month, self-imposed hiatus, I have kicked of my re-entry into the world of markets in a big way:

First up was the Christmas in Winter edition of the Barn Market.
This was run over two days (Friday night and Saturday). Despite the hideous weather on the Friday night, the market was pumping: Santa Claus, Christmas carols, mulled wine, and tipsy visits to the Party Booth were highlights.

(pic borrowed from here).

I made a ton of sales and had to work into the night restocking some items for the main event on Saturday. 
 Saturday brought glorious weather (how typically Tasmanian) and more eager shoppers. We were entertained by travelling minstrels, children's storytellers and the ever-popular makers demonstrations.
All-in-all, a very successful and enjoyable market.
(A special thanks to Helen and Mirri and their super-helpful hubbys too!)
Next on the agenda was the highly anticipated Niche Market in Launceston. This was a lovely market, full of handmade designer goodness, friendly faces, and good vibes.

Again, this market was run over two days - Friday and Saturday. Friday was a tad slow, traffic-wise, but I still managed to have a very satisfactory day. The Saturday was quite a bit busier, and I met lots of punters and made a great many sales.

These little felt flower broches were especially popular!

as were their crocheted cousins!

Thank you to St Giles (and esp to Selena) for organising this great opportunity to explore the northern design scene and donate to a most worthy cause (20% of all stalholders takings were donated to St Giles).

The real highlight of my weekend though had to be spending some quality time with my auntie who put me up, fed me, dyed my hair (greys: be gone!), helped out on my stall, and provided wonderful company and giggles. thanks fuff x
This weekend sees the third event in my market marathon: the ever-wonderful The Market at the Masonic Temple in Hobart.

For those who have left it all to the last minute, I will have some super-funky cufflinks for sale for a perfect Father's Day gift (pop on and grab some @ $25 a pair on your way to lunch with pa x)

phew... might take a little breather now...next post will cover exciting new stockists for WKDN


Wedding Belle

A couple of weeks ago I was tickled pink to be asked by a good friend (aka Miss S) to design some jewellery for her to wear on her wedding day. The wedding was to be a super-casual affair (absolutely no meringue dresses and penguin suits to be had) with a red, black and white theme.

 The brief was that it had to "fabulous" and "not too girly".

Miss S and I spent a chatty couple of hours one Sunday afternnoon browsing through my (extensive) fabric collection picking from a shortlist of designs. We finally decided on a lovely piece from Robert Kaufman's Night and Day series.

The carefully chosen fabric segments were placed under glass domes amd set into silver ring and pendant bezel settings.

Here are the finished products:

Miss Mrs S was much-pleased with the end result. She looked amazing on the night, and had many lovely comments about her pretty bling.

The reception was a riotous affair with a great many chuckles and cackles and a generous sprinkling of bubbles and daggy dancing.