Monday, 29 August 2011

Win $1000 of Lark goodies! Hurrah!

Gulp! I am very excited about this - until the end of September we are inviting all our lovely customers to tell your friends about Lark, and you could both be in with a chance to win $1000 to spend in our store on whatever you choose! Just imagine - you could buy all your Christmas presents and something special for yourself too!

All you have to do is CLICK HERE and join our weekly mailing list, then refer as many friends as you can. If you already receive our newsletters you can still refer your friends to win, of course.

And if you mention this exciting contest on your own blog, facebook or twitter (with a link to please let me know, as you'll get an extra entry into the draw!

Time to start a shopping list. What would you spend your $1000 on? I'd love to know!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Father's Day Ideas from Lark #4: Foodie Dad

Father's Day is on Sunday 4 September. This year we've got loads of great finds for the Dads in your life, starting under $10.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Father's Day Ideas from Lark #3: Outdoor Dad

Father's Day is on Sunday 4 September. This year we've got loads of great finds for the Dads in your life, starting under $10.

Father's Day Ideas from Lark #2: Groovy Dad

Frame his favourite vinyl!

Father's Day is on Sunday 4 September. This year we've got loads of great finds for the Dads in your life, starting under $10.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Father's Day Ideas #1: Stylish Dad

Smith Journal arrives 5 September!

Father's Day is on Sunday 4 September. This year we've got loads of great finds for the Dads in your life, starting under $10.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Send us photos of your party and win a gift voucher!

Did you include some Lark lovelies at your party? Cute cakestands, pretty paper cups or gorgeous goodie bags? We want to see! Send us a link to your post about your party and you could win $100 to spend at Lark!! Entries close 12 September. Hurrah!

PS Have you seen the new paper straws in MANY colours on our WHAT'S NEW page?

What's going on?

Gosh, I have not blogged for a whole week, I think that is the first time ever, since I started my blog 6 years ago. I would love to say it's because I have been busy doing something pretty and relaxing, but in reality I have been working so hard, dealing with some health issues among family and friends, looking after kids, battling winter chills and the usual stuff we all have to deal with. This has been a long, hard winter.

On the bright side, I am preparing for a lovely family holiday and an exciting business trip, spring flowers are peeping out in my garden, our shop is looking lovely, I spent an excellent day with my dear friend and her baby girl in Bendigo (the Wedding Dress exhibition was ace!!), and I am tres excited by all the loveliness that I have found for Lark's new season. These giant round balloons are just a part of it, I'm going to post some sneak previews later today (if I get time!).

I am going to catch up on some serious blog reading now and find out what you have been up to this week!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

You know my number!

from here

It was my son's 8th birthday this week and the night before the big day we filled his room with colourful helium balloons (you can buy a kit at Spotlight) and one of these GIANT number balloons that we just started stocking at Lark. He was so excited when he woke up, it was gorgeous! I do love these giant number balloons, they are really easy to use and they make a big impact. You can find them HERE (in gold or silver) in our party shop.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Wedding Dresses, Trams and Bob

I can't wait to head over to Bendigo for the The White Wedding Dress exhibition from the V&A with my girlfriend.

If you are planning to go to the exhibition, don't forget to visit Bob Boutique, which is the 'nanna' of cute crafty shops in regional Victoria, having been set up by my dear friend Sonia Tavener 7 years ago, in the days before craft blogs and Etsy. It has a very loyal following of devoted customers. Bob is sweet and quirky, and Sonia has been a huge inspiration and source of advice for me in starting my own little shop in Daylesford. As well as many of her own designs, Sonia supports Australian makers and artists (part of the shop is an exhibition space), and you will find many things in Bob that you haven't seen before, hurrah!

Sonia's mum Gail Taverner is a photographer, and the Bob gallery is currently showing a series of photographs taken while she was pregnant with Sonia in the 1970s, capturing the last days of the tram passanger service through Bendigo streets. I am definitely going to be checking this out, I love photos from this period. Also my children are 'half Bendigo' as their lovely dad is from there, so it will be especially interesting for us - we are hoping to spot Paul as a toddler in one of the photos!

Bendigo is a really good place for a family day trip or weekend, and I must report that is has some of the best op shops I have ever found. But if you can't make it over, you can also shop at Bob Boutique online.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The new season starts here!

What lovely sunny weather we are enjoying in Daylesford at the moment! It is very timely as this week marks the start of the spring/summer gift season here at Lark.

This week I am preparing for Life in Style, where we'll be showing our lovely stockists all the new goodies from the designers we are lucky enough to represent in Australia. I am so excited, as we have some simply gorgeous new things from Belle & Boo, the prettiest kitchen and home gifts from Rex, and some adorable new collections from Talking Tables and Dumpling Dynasty. New, summery paper animals from Mibo, oh and so much more! We have over 400 new products to show this week. They will be in your local shops and online over the next few days, weeks and months.

I'll be posting live from the show from tomorrow over on Facebook, so please follow over there if you'd like lots of sneaky peaks of what you'll find at Lark this season!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Meeting Maxabella

It is always a little daunting when you meet someone who's blog you admire - in person! Last week I got to meet Bronwyn from Maxabella Loves, whose ace blog is one of my daily reads. I needn't have worried as we instantly got on like a house on fire and had a great natter over a cuppa in the Lark shop. I could have chatted all day!

Bron has written a really lovely post about her visit to Lark, you can read it HERE (and add Maxabella to your blog list, for some thought-provoking discussions and great eye-candy too).