Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Market Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the market this weekend. I hope you feel so overwhelmed that you must come along on Saturday!

This week we have:

Kathleen Ritson - beautiful, beautiful Egyptian Cotton sheet sets, handy back and neck support cushions, printed cards with hand-drawn botanical scenes and Creative Memories solutions - such a talented lady!

inner+child - Cath and Rach are profiled on our site this week and bring their usual offering of cool kid's stuff to the market.

SoewnEarth - hand-dyed products in earthy tones, silk scarves, breath-taking raw silk woven and dyed accessories and new merino wool tops.

Chocolates in Bloom - a great alternative to a bunch of flowers - a bunch of chocolates! New products this week include gorgeous baby shower gifts.

Samspiration - hand knitted and then felted creations. Cute little handbags, childrens toys and accessories plus Margot's new range of beautiful brooches.

hoot hoot horray! - cotton drill wrap skirts with motif pictures on them. we have a change room with a full length mirror, so don't be shy about trying one on!

Tam & Friends - denim bibs with a difference. seriously cool bibs for seriously cool kids.

Kylane Creations - beaded jewellery plus Kylie's very special scrapbooked photo albums. Kylie will make to order, so if you have a special occasion coming up and want a special album made, see Kylie and she will organise a memorable gift for your loved one...

Rocky Gardens - the jams and sauces from Pat's kitchen are divine and that's all you need to know. If you leave the market without a jar, you're a mug mate!

Tamar Valley Gourmet Foods - I've been told from reliable sources that the banana cake is to die for... Tanya also offers chocolate coated raspberries, a good range of yummy gluten-free biscuits and new this week, marinated feta!

Meg & Rainie - beaded and button jewellery plus these great wooden spoons that have a slit in them so that they sit on the side of your pot and not on the bench making a mess...

Mary Curran - hand-sewn treats including lovely quality skirts

Thomas Ryan Photography - Thomas has taken a range of stunning photographs in and around Launceston which he has for sale at the market. You must stop and have a good look at the work of this great artist.

Cathryn Gibson - Cathryn fashions headbands in a wonderful array of fabrics specialising in Fred Bare fabric. If you're a Fred Bare fan, come and chat to Cathryn, she knows everything about this brand!

Sarah & Carley - cute little children's hair accessories, warm wraps and gorgeous ballerina tutus for little girls. Also, pick up a calendar for Grandma for Christmas that you can add your own family photos for a personal touch.

Shaz & Mary - our talented knitters who have shown us that knitted stuff is not only for winter! last time they had outstanding knitted bracelets with a cute flower that I just had to have and am very impressed with! Of course, they have the usual hats and gloves and stuff too in lovely colours.

So if you're not going away this long weekend, there's no need to be depressed!

Perk yourself up and head into Pilgrim Hall on Saturday between 10am and 3pm!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stallholder Profile - inner+child

One of our regular stallholders is inner+child.

Stallholders Rachael and Cath share this stall with their individual little treats of children's homewear and accessories.

Rach sews lovely cushions and cute kid-size aprons.

Cath makes very gorgeous felt accessories. Hairclips, brooches, rings, headbands and mobiles in birds, flowers, apples and mushrooms.

Cath's latest product is the most gorgeous little fairy wings for darling little girls. The wings are sewn onto a t-shirt and can be worn as a very cute every-day kind of top or as a dress up - whatever you feel is appropriate. My own little H-bomb (2 years old) owns one and it generally doesn't make to it the cupboard. It's either on her or in the wash! She loves it. I let her wear it as a top and she is an absolute darling in it :) I am a little biased!

If you have a little girl you simply must check out the very gorgeous, easily washable and easy wearable fairy tops.

See inner+child at the market every week.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

beautiful day, gorgeous photos

what a beautiful day yesterday!

check out the gorgeous photos taken by talented hobart photographer lisa kuilenburg.

all i know about photography is that you press the button, the camera goes click and hopefully the moment has been caught.

in the click of her button, lisa has managed to capture and record the atmosphere of our little market to a tea!

thanks so much, lisa!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Three words: weekly from saturday!

Our second season is oh so close! Just 6 days to the kick off. We are gathering a following and they are making the Homespun Market a must do on their calendar! "Who will be there this weekend?" "What new stalls are there?" "Did you see the [thingo] on [that] stall?"

So here is the line up:

Rebecca Roth - yes, you read it right! Rebecca is back with her amazing resin jewellery, don't miss her this weekend!

Tamar Valley Gourmet Foods - **new** delicious homemade cakes, biscuits and the most delectable choc coated raspberries - a gluten free specialist too!

Cheryl's Creations - made by our own Aunty Cheryl, hand knitted and crocheted bits and bobs, freeform cardis, cards

inner+child - gorgeous little felt hairclips and brooches, child size aprons, homeware and wearables for little tots

Kylane Creations - beaded jewellery and detailed photo albums made from timber and scrapbooked into wonderful creations

hoot hoot - **new** cotton wrap skirts that are easy to wear and look great

Isis Made - **new** gorgeous hand bound journals and books, a must see!

Meg Thompson - casual beaded and button jewellery that is great on the eye and functional too

Kathleen Ritson - **new** Egyptian cotton sheet sets for all size beds including cot size, travel pillows, greeting cards featuring Kathleen's talent for wonderful botanical drawings plus Creative Memories solutions for diy scrapbooking

Samspiration - beautiful felted toys, brooches and bits

Sewnearth - delicate, hand-dyed, silk scarves and accessories in warm earthy tones

Thomas Ryan Photography - photo art by Thomas which will inspire you

Mary Curran - **new** all things textile from purses and handbags to skirts plus knitted slippers, hats and scarves

Village Hot Bread Shop - a large range of fresh breads that are yummo!

Tina Pinkard - hand sewn homewares and accessories

Robin Cochrane - elegant beaded jewellery including gorgeous freshwater pearls

Shaz & Mary - passionate knitters who have all kinds of soft, warm, colourful and groovy knits

Emma Kimpton - Emma's stunningly detailed hand-drawn art will melt your heart - ooh that rhymes!

Bare Studio - a large range of head bands for even the most discerning child, Fred Bare fabrics a specialty

Rocky Gardens - jams, relishes, sauces, fruit cakes, that taste like they were made in your Grandma's kitchen. Yum, yum, yum!

Four Seasons Herbs - a huge range of potted herbs, plus organic coffee beans too

Tasmanian Incense - **new** Kelly's own range of handmade incense sticks that smell divine

Baindu Tamba - african hair braiding and handmade clothing and jewellery african-style

Rare - very groovy bags made from recycled and reclaimed fabrics

And in the all new Homespun Gallery we have John Calvin School with an exhibition of artwork recently displayed at the Launceston Show.

This is an event not to be missed this Saturday, because it will all be different again next week!

Join us at Pilgrim Hall, Paterson St (opposite Myer carpark) from 10am to 3pm.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

eco savvy, marketing savvy or both...?

so i had an idea ages ago. what's new? i have so many ideas locked up in my little head that they're bottled necked and only trickle to fruition. that's the romantic way of saying: lots of talk and little action! mostly just no time though.

well this idea was to have eco friendly shopping bags to give away as part of a promotion and to use at the market.

a few weeks ago i received a phone call from an organisation asking me to advertise and provide an offer. well, i thought, jump in the deep end and do it!

long story short, i found some cheaper bags (they are soooo expensive!!) that were on special as a last one kind of thing and bought 500 of them. i looked into getting them printed with my logo at the same time and it was $2 extra - per bag!!!

so i got my diy=save money hat on and googled.

i found some transfer paper at an online site that you can print yourself from your home printer and then iron onto your thingo. i bought some calico at my least favourite, most potential shop, spotlight and wacko, i set myself a task and saved around $1.30 per bag.

so here they are. 11 down, 489 to go.

btw: did anyone see and keep their coupon from the excerpt in the sunday examiner last week?