Saturday, 28 April 2012

Mother's Day DIY!

Hurrah! It's Mother's Day in 2 weeks, I am looking forward to some special time with my little guys, maybe a lie-in. A nice lunch?

In the meantime I've been compiling a Pinterest Board with some very sweet and simple ideas for treats you can make for your own Mum, have a look!

And don't forget that the Lark Mother's Day Gift Guide is now online too, this year we have some gorgeous gift ideas in store, there's plenty of time to drop a few hints as to what you'd like, hee hee!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Pretty Dotty Spotty

Pretty Paper Straws are now available in our store in three sweet Mini Dot designs! You can find them HERE.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Mother's Day Gift Guide from Lark

The Lark Mother's Day Gift Guide is now online! Click HERE to see our lovely curated collection of gifts for your Mum. And don't forget - if you are a mum yourself - you can add the things you love to your wish list and email it to your kids or to your Mr!! x

Saturday, 14 April 2012

We're giving away a $100 Lark voucher!

It's all happening over on Facebook at the moment - we're loving posting several times a day with news, the latest Lark products, inspiration and special offers. Join in the fun - like us on Facebook this week to enter our draw and you could win a $100 voucher to spend at Lark! You'll find us all over here...

Friday, 13 April 2012

End of an era

This weekend the Lark House in Daylesford will host its last guests before it closes for good. On Monday we'll begin the process of moving out all of our collections and furniture before handing the keys to the new owners.

We feel kind of sad because this was our family home for five years, our boys grew from tiny pre-schoolers to big kids in this house and it holds so many memories. We turned it from an un-loved jumble of rooms into an awesome and pretty home, just as it deserved.

But life has to move on, and the little brick house we have been living in for the past year while opening up the Lark House to guests is just not very practical or loveable, so by selling the Lark House we've been able to buy a new family home in Ballarat - a larger town 30 minutes from Daylesford but still in the country and near to the bigger schools and facilities that we need these days.

The new house does not require the total renovation that the Daylesford house did but we are still planning to make it our own with new paint and a few other changes. It has 'good bones', a grand appearance, high ceilings, a giant oak tree and much loveliness. Most of all it has the space we need for our growing-up family!

So while we are sad to be leaving our Daylesford home, we are excited about being in a comfortable family home once again!

Thank you to all of the guests who stayed at the Lark House this past year, we have loved having you visit and reading your sweet comments in the visitor book.

And of course, the Lark Shop in Daylesford will remain open every weekend in Duke Street. We have just given it a makeover and filled it with the new season products so please come and visit us one weekend!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Happy Easter!

How's your Easter been? We've been pretty busy: Good Friday was spent setting up our garage sale then a fish 'n' chippy supper with our Daylesford friends. Saturday was the sale (a big success! but exhausting!) and we came home and collapsed in front of a movie with yummy food prepared by our kind friend Pat. Sunday we played a sneaky trick on the kids (heh heh), they got up early and went hunting round the garden for eggs but didn't find any. In fact, the Easter bunny had been to our new house (we move in two weeks) so we hopped over there and found a whole basketful in the garden! Later we packed a picnic and went for our annual family day out at the Bendigo Easter parade (Paul has been going since he was a tiny boy), we took our best friends along this time, and all the kids loved seeing the world's longest Chinese dragon, pretty impressive! Stopped off on the way home at our fave Mexican restaurant, so there was no need to cook. Today we are doing NOTHING! Well, we are tidying the house and starting to pack a few things for the move, but nothing that involves any major effort. Yeah! I like that. We don't even have to go to the supermarket as we are stocked up with Pat's soup and lots of chocolate. I hope you are taking some time out today too! x

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Details of the Lark Sale in Daylesford this Saturday (7 April)

OK so it's at 4a Duke St, next door to the Lark Shop in Daylesford. Behind the MS op shop. You can find a map HERE.

Parking is plentiful in Duke St itself, and also in the car park of the Rex shopping centre next door on Duke St.

The doors will open at 9am, and the sale will end when we have sold most of the stuff.

The Lark Shop will also be open from 9am-4pm with lots of great gifts and homewares in store.

The Grand Garage Sale consists of 4 sections:

1. The Lark Sample Sale (this section shown in the photo above), with new, end-of-line, sample and slightly damaged goods. You'll find stacks of stuff from 50 cents to $30 (most is around $5-$10), including party goods, Belle and Boo prints, Rabbit Night Lights, Rex kitchen goods, pretty gift wrap (for 50 cents!), Dumpling Dynasty, a pile of Cath Kidston tea towels, toys, bags, gifts, ooh, way to much to mention!

2. Our vintage goodies sale, from my personal stash and the Lark Guest House - this includes lots and lots of vintage fabrics and linens, crochet blankets, old tins, furniture and home wares, vintage toys and games, vintage school maps, giant shop signs, old children's books etc etc...

3. Bric-a-brac: the usual family bits and pieces, IKEA frames, shelves and units, craft supplies, shop fittings including mannequins, card racks, display stuff, work benches, and random guy stuff that I have no clue about.

4. The Crafty Squirrel: My friend Morgan will also be selling vintage wares, haberdashery and crafty things, and cute bric-a-brac, from her shop.

On the day, we can only take cash as there are no eftpos facilities in the sale building. There are plenty of cashpoints in Daylesford. We wont be able to hold goods for you while you go to the bank, so do bring plenty of cash just in case.

We'll be putting out more stock throughout the day, so don't feel that you need to get there as soon as it opens.

We are expecting it to be a totally awesome and fun day - there are some super bargains to be had, whether you're coming because you love Lark, vintage stuff, craft or preferably all three!!

Hopw to see you on saturday! The photos below are a small preview of the Lark sample sale section that we set up today, I will post photos of the other sections tomorrow and Friday.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

This Week: Making Easter Treats!

With the kids off school and Easter in just a few days, we are going to be doing some Easter crafting this week and making little candy bags, gifts and cards. I am using some printables found online, there are so many adorable designs out there (most of them for free, yay!), here are a couple of my favourites to share with you...

A Woodland Easter over at EllineƩ - this sweet set goes beyond bunnies to include li'l bears and foxes. Love the egg holders!

From Australian designer Mooo, this gorgeous Very Vibrant Easter printable (they have a couple of other collections too, all for free!). So pretty!

We're also making pom poms in pretty Easter colours, egg shrinks from our store and putting everything into vintage baskets that I have been squirrelling away from op shop finds the past few months.

And finally this cute garland using the plastic eggs you can pick up at Spotlight. Hurrah!

Then I plan to eat lots of chocolate.

Have a fun week! x