Friday, 28 October 2011

Belle & Boo's Christmassy Goodies

Well, the little Belle & Boo Christmas tins I wrote about last week have just about sold out already, but don't worry if you're hoping to add a little Belle & Boo sweetness to your Christmas this year, because Mandy's smashing paper goods range has just come in. It's full of lovely tape, wrapping kits and tags, paper chains and the sweetest cards ever. here are a few little peaks, but you can now visit the Belle & Boo Christmas Shop at Lark to see the full range as well as some classic Belle & Boo gift ideas! Hooray!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Lark Christmas Shop is Open!

Our Christmas Shop is now open online!

We have LOTS more gorgeous goodies coming in over the next few weeks, but for those of you who like to get organised early, you can now browse and buy straight away!

I am really excited about our Christmas collection this year, it is just SO good and the best ever, I've picked out some gift suggestions eg Pretty Gifts, Gifts Under $30 to help you if you get stuck. As we add more items to the collection I'll post updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Don't forget that lots of our ranges are limited, and we may not re-stock them before Christmas. this is especially true of Christmassy decorations, cards, wrap and party goods, so please don't miss out!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Sneaky Christmas Peek...

Those of you following our chit chat on Facebook will know that I have promised to finish and launch the Lark Christmas catalogue in the next week (eek!) but I couldn't wait until then to give you a sneak peek of these adorable little tins from Belle & Boo that have just arrived...

In five sizes, from a tiny treasure tin to a square tin that would be perfect for a small batch of home baked cookies, and all just waiting to be filled with treats or wrapped up under the tree for someone special!

Each tin has a different Belle & Boo adventure. Aww!

From only $4.95, I think these would be lovely as kris kringle or teacher gifts! You can find the whole set HERE in our shop.

Fave shop find: RE

One the first part of our trip (see below), I re-visited a lot of my old favourite shops, but there was one place I visited for the first time after wanting to go there for many years: RE in Corbridge, Northumberland. My goodness, this shop is very much off the beaten track, it is near Hadrian's Wall, way up in the North of England. But is is most definitely worth the long drive!

Re is a huge converted workshop building (a bit like the Lark building) and it sells everything that you didn't know until now that you absolutely need in your life - like British Isles biscuit cutters, string bobbin winders, phrenology tea towels and plaster saints. I spent about an hour in there wishing I could ship everything back to Australia with me, and I did come out with a bag of lovely things, like a mini brush and shovel for my office in painted pink metal and a Great Britain souvenir tea towel.

Lots of the products are repurposed or rediscovered, and the overall shop design is inspired by old shops and department stores with old shop signs, vintage haberdashery cabinets etc. Love!

Simon Young and Jenny Vaughan started RE eight years ago, and it is very much their personal vision, like the best independent shops always are, it's clearly run with passion and integrity!

The shop has a lovely, laid-back vibe, the staff re nice and were happy for me to take photos (what's with shops that don't let you take photos? At our shop you are WELCOME to snap away, no need to skulk in the corner with your phone, pretending you are checking your text messages!).

RE also has a jolly good website, although it is expensive to ship to Aussie, so I definitely recommend that you go there in person to really experience this most amazing shop!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Our Trip part 1: North of England

We visited nanna and giggled with favourite cousins; explored the new Museum of Liverpool which is so much fun, it has everything from the old rocking horse I used to play on in Blacklers department store, to a Beatles karaoke booth, the architecture is stunning too; shopped at Cath Kidston’s Liverpool store (my fave of all their branches); went to visit Quarry Bank Mill, an incredible old fabric mill museum; ate retro lollies; bought my son his first LFC soccer kit (his grandad would have been proud!); headed ‘up North’ to Penrith in the Lake District where we stayed in a very nice hotel indeed, found dozens of incredible op shops, explored the lakes on a boat and ate the most delicious chips and mushy peas; across country on a very high and winding track (with one child vomiting) to Corbridge to visit the famous RE shop (more later) and on to Newcastle, the place where Paul and I met as students, to relive our youth a little; loved the Baltic Art Gallery and the quayside, ate curry, visited Wallace and Gromit’s house of inventions with the kids; then down to York where we all learnt about Vikings, saw lots of bones, made mosaic tiles and visited the National Railway Museum (which I went to on a school trip age 10 and have always loved, it was nice to take my kids there); ate the best meal of our whole trip at this Turkish restaurant; went to lots of cute little shops, one I loved called Joy with the prettiest clothes, and of course Cath Kidston, and Ness; had fun at the Museum of York, especially the new 1960s room and the old prison; then down to Wilmslow for a delicious ye olde pub meal at The Honey Bee before flying out to Sweden the following day…

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Le weekend

What have you got on for the weekend? Our plans are: footy, house hunting, a shopping party at my friend's house, sorting out our travel photos, homework, baking, take the dogs down to the beach, movie time, tidy house, read magazines. That sounds like a lot, but it isn't. Mostly it's just relaxing, hanging out with my guys! I hope you have a fun weekend ahead!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Feeling snacky? Enjoy our daily treat!

If you are a snacky kinda Jackie
A home should have a cookie jar
For when it's half past three
And children hurry home from school
As hungry as can be!

This is the most wonderful cookie jar ever, with embossed detailing and golden trim. Hurrah!

Height 185 mm; diameter 115 mm. A good size for storing lots of cookies.

And for today only it is just $15 (usually $24.95). It's here.

Have you been following our 'Today's Treat' on Facebook? Every weekday this month we are offering a very special deal on just one of our products, for just one day. It's been very popular, and customers can even suggest products to include in the daily treat. Don't miss out on the fun, you fave Lark product could be on offer tomorrow! Click here to join in.

Personal Christmas Shopping at Lark when you stay at the Lark House this Spring!

From now until 18 December, when you book a midweek stay at the Lark House you can arrange a personal shopping session at the Lark shop in Daylesford!

The shop (normally only open at weekends) will be open especially for you to do all your Christmas gift shopping in peace (with a seasonal glass of bubbly), and you'll receive 10% discount on your purchases.

We'll even gift wrap your goodies and ship them home for you if you wish!

Couldn't you just do with a pre-Christmas break? Imagine: a spa treatment or two, a break from the kids, a special night out or a girly afternoon tea, and get all your Christmas shopping done without visiting a single mall or department store. Ahhh!

Midweek stays are a great value way to experience the Lark House and all that Daylesford has to offer this Spring, with prices from $65 per person per night (for a group of 8 guests staying for 2 nights). Everything is provided at the house, from fluffy towels to yummy local provisions!

To book this very special treat please arrange your midweek stay at the Lark House through DayGet Retreats, and then contact Lark to arrange your shopping session. We look forward to welcoming you!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Welcome Jessie Steele!

I've been searching for the perfect range of kitchen aprons for Lark and at last here it is! From Jessie Steele in the US, the most perfectly pretty and feminine aprons ever. L-O-V-E them! I decided to start with three polka dot prints, a vintage floral and a Parisianne print, in two styles of apron (Courtney and Josephine). But I am hoping to feature more designs over time (including some FAB Christmas prints). Hurrah!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Cups, cups, cups...

The new batch of melamine cups from Rice has arrived and is now online, these ace cups are always so popular, they sell like hotcakes! I am loving these four new colours this season!! We have 16 different colours altogether now. You can find them HERE!

Monday, 3 October 2011

New season Rice is here!

The new Spring/Summer range from Rice has just arrived at Lark, and I am super-excited. Of all the lovely ranges that we stock in our shop, Rice is probably the one that I can least resist taking home with me. My kitchen is bursting with colourful Rice things, and I also have a cupboard full of Rice picnic and party wares.

I met with the Rice team in Paris recently and I was really inspired by how passionate they are about great design and ethical manufacture. If you haven't yet tried some Rice for yourself, then this season you simply must - as well as the iconic melamine cups and colourful kitchen storage, we have added lots of other items that will really appeal to anyone who loves to have cute, vintage design in their home. Here are a few of my top picks (don't hang around, some of these will sell out very quickly and wont be back before the Christmas break)...

Birdhouse kitchen timers - awww!

A cake mould for making a whole village of little cottages

Posh thermos flasks in pretty colours

Velvety coin purses with a crochet bottom and flower

Sweet, sweet salad servers

Candle holders - I want!!
Gorgeous storage bowls, too nice to hide away

Oh these paring knives, just made for picnic lunches

Colourful sandwich boxes

Fabby retro cushions

Lots or pretty bread baskets, also good for storing craft supplies!

Cute picture frames and mirrors in new designs this season
Laptop sleeves!

There is even a melamine tea set for dollies now too, hurrah!

Ok, all of the lovely new Rice things are now available online and we'll have a good selection in the Daylesford shop from Saturday.

I'm off right now to choose some things for myself...


Congratulations to Stephanie Moore of Victoria, who won our 'refer a friend' draw! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for more draws and giveaways soon.