Sunday, 30 November 2008

New Things in My Web Shop #5: Dandy Star

I've been a fan of Dandy Star's t-shirts for years and finally couldn't resist having them for sale in my shop.

Charlotte Day and Rose Bamford met while studying art in London. Several years and kids later they started Dandy Star together.

Their gorgeous range now features dozens of designs screenprinted onto the finest cotton, in hand-dyed colours.

What I love about these t-shirts is the simplicity of the images, the slim, 1970s cut of the t-shirts and the use of colour including faded reds, smokey greys and pale greens.

Many of the designs are unisex, which is great for mums like me who have boys but don't want everything to be about superheroes or soccer.

My kids are going to be wearing nothing but Dandy Star this summer holidays, and when winter comes I think they will still look cool over a long-sleeved skivvy. I am starting with three designs in the shop: Toadstool, Shine and Magic. In various sizes. Please snap them up so that I can order some more Dandy Star and feed my addiction!

Lovely Sunday!

Our first Maker's Market in Daylesford was a great success.

The weather was fine, lots of people came, and there was a really nice atmosphere, with local folk musicians, face-painting and to-ing and fro-ing from the bric-a-brac market next door. Lots of customers came in from Melbourne, Bendigo and even Mildura! And many people commented on the high quality of the stalls.

Here are a few photos from various stalls around the market, please visit my Flickr page for lots more. We will be holding another market after Christmas sometime, when we get our lives back! If you are interested in having a stall please get in touch!

A special hello to the many blog readers who visited, thank you SO much for your support and it was lovely to meet you!

Deep breath - off to Magnolia Square on Thursday!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Here is another little thing I have been making for tomorrow's market.

The painted wooden toadstools come pinned onto fake grass. The grass idea came from Steph - at her recent birthday party she covered her kitchen table with fake grass and we made a hundred toadstool cupcakes! I think we have gone toadstool mad around here lately...

Busy sewing...

Here is the banner I have been sewing for my Christmas markets. I have wanted to make a patchwork banner for ages and was inspired to finally do it by Leslie's recent banner. Mine is a bit less professional-looking and a lot more colourful and chaotic, a bit like my life!

I've also used up lots of my fabric stash to make Market Bags, which I'll be selling for $10 at the Daylesford Makers' Market tomorrow - I think it's nice to have a nice, thrifty bag to carry your new purchases in, don't you? Many of the bags are made from old sheets and linens and they all have big, mis-matched buttons.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Gasp - Michi Girl featured our little market today! No pressure to make it a great market, then!!

PS click on the image to read the details...

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Fame at last!

Kate and Steph and I were in the local paper today, along with Beck and her daughter, to promote the new Makers Market. Kate forgot to bring anything so she is holding some 'market bags' I have made up from thrifted fabrics and odd buttons. Beck and I both brought toy rabbits along, so the pic is full of bunnies! Kate is an artist and she makes the most gorgeous children's clothes incorporating vintage fabrics. You can't see Steph's creations in the photo but she has made 'Tea Time Totes' from vintage embroidered aprons as well as her signature doily craft packs and doily cushions.

I am getting excited about the market now, it's going to be really nice to have a market stall close to home for a change. I have been making a patchwork banner for my stall, I hope to post some pictures tomorrow, it is coming along rather nicely, I think!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Just look at these pretty flowers the boys picked from our garden for the table in their 'play-cafe' today.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Growing our own!

This week we've had a bit of sunshine and a lot of rain, which is perfect for our blooming veggie garden! We have eaten the first of our 'crops' - lettuce and strawberries, and how good they taste fresh from the ground! We are looking forward to courgettes, carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, spring onions, bok choy and lots of herbs over the summer. Rain permitting...

Thursday, 20 November 2008

A Visit from Koko Koala

We were walking back from school this afternoon, about to reach our driveway, when we saw a koala bear casually walking up the garden path, strolling towards our gum tree. We froze on the spot, in surprise. I mean, we do live in the country, but our house is in the centre of town, in a proper street and on the corner of a main road. Hardly a bush existence!

I have only ever seen koalas in wildlife parks before, high up in the trees and stoned on gum leaves, so it was pretty amazing to see one so close-up and actually moving. He hopped up the tree and tried out several positions, munching on leaves, before settling himself on a tiny branch right at the top, where he has been for a few hours now. I tried to take some photos of his ascent but it wasn't easy. It's incredible how this big-bottomed creature can snooze on such a delicate branch without falling off! And to think, if we had arrived thirty seconds later we would probably never have even known he was there. Maybe he's a regular visitor?

My youngest son was especially excited. From about age two, when we came to live in Australia, he has had an imaginary koala friend called Koko Koala - he makes up all kinds of stories about him. Just yesterday, when he 'slept in' till nearly 8 am (very late for him) he told me it was because Koko was visiting. So to have a real koala visit was just the bees knees for him!

Stop Press: I just went out to peep again and he has woken up and climbed down the tree a little. We had a good gawp at each other! Here he is...

We rang the wildlife rescue hotline to see if we should do anything to help the koala, but apparently there is nothing to be done - if he were to be rescued and taken back to a safe place he would probably just come back again, as koalas are very stubborn. The wildlife guy said that he has never heard of a koala in our town before, so it's very strange. I hope he will be ok.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

It's that time of year...

... when some gorgeous new craft and design books come into the shops. Here are some that I've treated myself to this month, and they are all highly recommended.

I wish my book club would cover books like these. This month for some reason we're reading 'Long Way Round' by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman. I mean, really? How am I going to read about blokes and their bikes when I have these gorgeous books on my bedside table? Wouldn't it be awesome to start a craft book club? x
Please tell everyone you know! The first-ever Daylesford Makers' Market will be held on Sunday 30 November!

9am-1pm next to the Daylesford Bric-a-Brac Market.

Featuring gorgeous wares from local designers including Dandelion Toys, Alice's Glassworks, Lark, Overwrought, Doily and many more.

Come along to find unique Christmas gifts for your friends, kids and home.

And enjoy a lovely day out in the country, visiting the Wombat forest, mineral spas, vintage shops, foodie haunts and pretty lake with ducks!

Hope to see you there...

Allison xx