Thursday, 30 June 2011

Day 2! New things in our sale...

Our 3-day sale continues today with lots of lovely new additions, including toadstool nightlights, BYO coffee cups, feltcraft doll kits, Rob Ryan bunting, Belle & Boo dinner sets and heaps more!

CLICK HERE to shop in the Lark sale!

(please note, multiple orders cannot be combined for shipping)

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Ridley's House of Novelties

I thought you might like to see this super new nostalgic novelties range that just arrived in our store. I adore the packaging on these and the old-school toys and games inside, like ping pong, whoopee cushions and pick-up sticks. Cute, right? I love them. And they are not just for kids, I think these would be great for a guy gift too! They are in the NEW section of our shop right here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Our sale starts at midnight tonight!

In case you haven't heard, the Lark 3-day online sale starts at midnight tonight. CLICK HERE to enter the sale (after midnight).

I'm very excited about the sale, we only ever reduce our prices twice a year in summer and winter, and this winter sale has over 500 amazing products in it. Almost all of our best designers and categories are on sale, but only for 3 days and then, on Friday night at midnight, the prices will go back to normal.

This year, I decided to let customers choose what would be in the sale, and I have been getting some great suggestions over on Facebook (there's still time, if you want to suggest something over there).

A couple of things to note about the sale... it is very popular, so if our website is running slow maybe come back later; it takes up to 2 weeks to ship sale orders due to high demand (usually we ship within 2 days); we don't offer rainchecks, so if your item sells out it will not be available at the special price should we get more stock after the sale (yes, there are people who actually ask us for that!!); so don't delay if you see something you like! There are a few more 'rules' on the sale web page, do check them out before you shop.

Here is a little preview of some of the ranges that will be on sale, there are many others that I couldn't fit in, once the sale starts they'll all be visible in the SALE section but you can also find them under the brands and categories too.

Thank you to all our lovely customers, and I hope you find lots of your favourite things! x

This week...

I have been helping two little girls to celebrate their their birthday this week! More to come on that soon. I have also been helping Morgan to set up shop at The Crafty Squirrel. It's opening this Friday (!!) at the corner of Errard and Urquhart Sts, Ballarat, come along and see how amazing it is, I will be there on the opening day to support Morgan. I have been helping to paint and renovate our office, helping my son with his maths homework and helping myself to lots of wine before I start Dry July in 2 days time (more on that also). What have you been up to?

After all that helping I am taking a night off to see Bridesmaids with my girlfriend tonight! (I wont be completely switched off though, I'll be back later with an update on our sale). x

Monday, 27 June 2011

Pssst ... heard about the Lark online sale?

Our fabulous 3 day winter sale will be starting soon online.

For just 3 days, prices will be lowered across many of our lovely ranges, by up to 70%.

If you haven't shopped at one of our very popular sales before, you are in for a treat. Held only twice a year for 3 days, the Lark sale is a 'thank you' to our lovely customers and a nice way to end the season.

When the 3 days are over, at the stroke of midnight, the prices go back to normal.

Details of the sale are in a special edition of our weekly newsletter that is coming out to resgistered customers today.

If you'd like to find out exactly when our sale is starting and see a sneak preview of what's on offer sign up to our newsletter ASAP, there's a form on the sidebar here and also on our home page.

I hope you like the products we've selected for this year's sale!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Campervans are Cool

My mind has been on cycling and camping and picnicking A LOT lately. I think I must be in denial about the grey and miserable winter weather here in Victoria. I have been obsessively filling the Lark shop with travel-related things, to the point where I have created a separate little 'On The Road' section, have a look if you are starting to think about spring and summer days.

One of my favourite things is this new book My Cool Campervan by British authors Jane Field-Lewis and Chris Haddon. When I was little my parents rented an orange Kombi to take my big sisters and I on holiday, and I have loved them ever since. This book is all about the vans, and the people who love them. Yeah!

Here is a little film to accompany the book:

The book is a kind of sequel to My Cool Caravan, the hugely successful book that has had us all inspired with by cool retro caravan images.

If you like the idea of camping but don't want to rough it, we also have a book about 'glamping'. And a cookbook for your van.

There are lots of other cool things in my On The Road store, here are just a couple of favourites... enjoy thinking of warmer days!

Dottie Angel

Sigh. Don't you just love her blog? I have posted a little film clip I found about Dottie's story on my facebook page today, do have a peek over your morning cuppa, it's lovely! x

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

I'm guest blogger at My Poppet today!

I have written a little post on My Poppet, one of my fave blogs today, how exciting! Cinti has gone off to Japan (lucky girl) and she has invited some of her blog friends to write posts while she is away. Cinti asked me to share some of my decorating tips from the Lark House, so if you are interested in how to decorate a house using your vintage stash and very little cash, click here to read my post! Thanks Cinti, hope your trip is going great!x

Frankie + Lark House

Yay! Copies of the brand new issue of Frankie arrived in my post today. Among all the usual aceness there is a feature on The Lark House (thanks Frankie ladies!) And as well as reading about it, if you are a Frankie subscriber you can also enter a competition to WIN A WEEKEND at the house in Daylesford. For yourself and 7 friends. With gift vouchers to spend at the Lark Shop too. Yes!

Although I am dying to read the rest of the mag, I am being very good and holding off till lunchtime, so I can't tell you what else in this issue, except that there's a map and it looks very pretty. It'll be in the shops in a few days so make sure you treat yourself to a copy, or even better, become a subscriber to Frankie! Yeah!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Become a Little Editor with Anorak! Or design a cover! + Giveaway

In September, Anorak, 'the happy mag for kids', will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in the UK and Europe and its 1st anniversary in Australia! As part of the celebrations the September issue is going to be written and illustrated by Anorak's happy little friends around the world.

We are very happy too, that Lark is the Australian base for Anorak, and we're inviting all our customers to take part in Anorak's birthday issue. Here's how:

1. BECOME A LITTLE EDITOR - you will be sent a special mission to write some of the content of Anorak. To do that, send an email to with your name/ your child's name and your child's age. Anorak will get in touch.

2. Enter Anorak's DRAW US A HAPPY COVER competition. Open to all kids around the world, Anorak is giving you the opportunity to come up with a happy design for the cover of the 5th anniversary issue of Anorak magazine. Click here for all the details and get drawing... I will be so proud if one of Anorak's little Aussie readers wins!

Watch this space for more birthday celebrations to come, including an interview with Cathy Olmedillas, the fab founder of Anorak, news of Anorak's new magazine PLOC (illustrated by Alain Gree!!), and a prize giveaway from Lark.

Find the latest issue of Anorak magazine here, or ask at your local Lark stockist! And look out for the July issue, coming your way next month, it's going to be a great one, this cover is certainly one of my faves so far!

Stay happy! x

PS I'm giving away back issues of Anorak to five readers this week - please leave a comment on this post telling us what makes your kids happy! Entries by 25 June please.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Dear blog,

I still love you, after almost 5 happy years together. Yes, I have heard that 'blogs are so 2008' and it was certainly a good year, but I still think blogs are quite cool in 2011.

It's just that there are so many other diversions in my life these days, like pinterest. It's just so damned addictive, pinning all my favourite images and inspirations on to little pinboards. And following other people's pinboards. It's all just so cute.

And Twitter. I use Twitter when I want to share more chatty, opinionated stuff, whereas you and I are more, well, reflective and considered.

And of course, Facebook. I tried to stay loyal to you and not give in to Facebook for a long time, but the lure of it all was just too much, and now I find Facebook just essential for telling peeps all the latest news from Lark, as well as interesting things I find on my web travels. It's just different, I guess, a bit more newsy and fast-paced.

I am sorry I don't give you as much attention as I used to. But I will always be your friend, dear blog. You were the first to expose me to the dizzy world of social media, you introduced me to so many new friends when I had just moved to a new country and was starting my business, and you have provided a lot of laughs and emotional support over the years. I'll still be sharing all my thoughts and goings-on and my happy snaps with you. Thank you!

Yours truly,

Allison x

Here I am on Pinterest


We spent the morning in a meeting with our accountant and business adviser. I know what you are thinking, 'how boring' but actually I love our monthly meetings as our guys are really awesome, we throw lots of ideas about as well as getting down to the nitty gritty. I know it is not natural for many creative people, but I think you have to learn to love finance a little if you want your business to succeed!

Afterwards I headed over to The Crafty Squirrel with a bag of veggie samosas. I got to play with Morgan's incredible stash of vintage haberdashery, but we also worked really hard on getting the shop ready, before collapsing with wine and pizzas in front of the fire. The shop is coming on, I don't want to spoil the surprise so these are just a couple of sneaky pics I took, but just wait till it is officially open in a couple of weeks. You wont believe your eyes!


Now there's a happy dog. Jim likes nothing more than a good run, except maybe a big delicious feed and a some adoration.

If you are thinking about a family dog, I would say that a golden retriever is perfect. They can grow quite big, which is a bit daunting for tiny kids, and they are quite hairy (ever noticed how many vacuum cleaner ads have goldies in them?) but they are also so gentle, loyal, funny and cuddly and smart. Every time I see a goldie in the street or in a car I smile!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Lark House Update

The Lark House has been up and running for nearly two months now - thanks so much for all the lovely feedback and shoutouts! It's so great to have the support of lovely people out there when you are starting a new venture, and I feel lucky to have both an amazing group of local friends and so many friends from the interweb too.

A special thank you to Diane, who wrote a post about the house on her pretty blog 'Notes to a Further Excuse'.

And also Rachael (oh my, just look at her little girl's Enid Blyton cake!!).

Beci Orpin was one of the first guests at the Lark House, along with her family. I was a little anxious, as Beci has notoriously ace taste, but I needn't have worried as she gave it a thumbs up - you can read about Beci's stay on her blog, where the above photos also came from. Thanks Beci!

We are currently busy tidying up the garden and doing some little repairs on the house. Some not-so-nice guests slashed the heck out of our wooden kitchen bench with a bread knife (thanks guys!), but I am pleased to say that most guests have been ever so sweet and have looked after the house for us, which was a big worry for me as it is still our home at the end of the day.

Bookings are pretty much full for June and July, there is just one spot left for the school holidays - from 3-8 July. If you are interested please book here!