Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Clarence Point Market Tomorrow

"Clarence Point?" I hear you say, "Where the heck is Clarence Point?!"

Basically its past Beaconsfield on the road to Greens Beach.  If you get to Kelso, you've gone too far.  About a 35 minute drive out of Launceston.  And a picturesque drive too.  If you've never been this way down the Tamar, take the scenic routes along Rosevears Drive to Exeter and then through Gravelly Beach and Deviot to the Batman Bridge then back to Beaconsfield.  You wont be disappointed!  Allow an extra 15 minutes for the scenic route.

This little market features stallholders from the Tamar Valley.  There are about 35 stalls inside and outside at the Clarence Point hall (no directions required, Clarence Point isn't that big!).

As well as yours truly with her wrap skirts, you will be able to pick up turned timber bowls, childrens' accessories, homemade cakes and bikkies, jewellery, handbags and so much more stuff I have not a clue about.

This Good Friday, head out with the family to Clarence Point and while you're there you can take in the action of the Three Peaks Race too.  A wonderful family outing!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Market Line Up for This Saturday

We are just so blessed to have these amazing handmakers come out each fortnight and share their stuff with us!

Get down and support Homespun and our fab stallholders this Saturday.

I'm sure something here will tickle your fancy:

Hoot Hoot Skirts - cotton drill wrap skirts with groovy designs on them

Lizart - beaded jewellery including swarovski crystals

BJ Creations - beautiful scarves that are delicate like spiders' webs

Blaze Mason - original art and more

Meredith - cool bags of all shapes and sizes

22 Cupcakes - mmmmm... cupcakes!

Soewnearth - original art, journals, woollen tees, silk scarves, fired clay buttons and brooches, all in warm, earthy tones

Three Little Chickens - gorgeous range of all kinds of stuff including pendants, applique baby singlets, fridge magnets - very cool and lots of new stuff this week!

Paper & Thread - bits and things including sock toys and these cute notelet sets

inner+child - cute childrens' accessories

Lydia's Kitchen - whatever Lydia decides to cook up on the day - generally the most yummy, authentic indian food

Leah - **new**

Tara & Vanessa - cute little felt rabbits - get one for easter! plus calendars etc

Love Bubbles - beautiful jewellery, original art and cards

Robin - childrens' aprons

Cheryl's Creations - freefrom knitting and crochet bits and pieces

L&L Quilts - huge range of quilts, quilted cushions, pin cushions and all kinds of textile creations

Mary & Janice - great totes, slippers, skirts all made by the talented mum and daughter

Sarah McLean - **new**

Margaret Brady - lovely, warm, knitted scarves and beanies

Rocky Gardens - yummo jams and sauces that you will die for!

Lees Orchards -  new seasons apples, free range eggs

Four Seasons Herbs - huge range of plants and herbs plus organic coffee

Tilly Boo - dresses made from vintage pillowcases plus the bebe petit sac 'the bag' to carry your nappy and wipes in!

So if there's not something in there for you, I'm sorry to say that your life must be sadly boring.  And I challenge you to get into handmade!!

See you on Saturday!

Pilgrim Hall, Paterson St, Launceston (opp. Myer carpark)

Look for the pink flags!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Great Stallholder Tips from Canberra's Upmarket

I follow Handmade Canberra's Upmarket blog.  I like it because they seem to be a really lovely market and one day I will go to Canberra and have a squiz!  In the meantime, I will follow their blog and drool over their great pictures.

Today's post included some awesome tips to stallholders.  Go and check it out now!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Saturday's market has Annie's magic scented things!

Annie of Red Bamboo Handmade Things will be at the market on Saturday!

Annie makes decadent soaps, lip balms, soy candles and melts with scents that are to die for.  She has this brilliant way with essential oils that will rock your socks and make your home and yourself smell divine!

Don't miss out!  Come and check out Annie's stall at the market on Saturday.

Pilgrim Hall, Paterson St (opp. Myer carpark)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Vintage Bebe Petit Sac

This week we're throwing vintage into the mix and having a little theme day!

We have Taritta along from Tilly Boo who makes the most divine little Pillowcase Dresses and the new Bebe Petit Sac (small baby bag) from recycled fabrics.

 Vintage Pillowcase Dress/Top

Now here is a product that tickles my fancy, probably because I have a wee little child who requires nappies and wipes.  I had this nappy bag that I dragged everywhere with the first child.  Now I have two children and it just doesn't seem right to drag another bag around, so the nappies and wipes just get thrown into my massive, bottomless pit of a handbag.

Enter the Bebe Petit Sac:

The wipes go into one side and the nappies go into the otherside and then you fold it in half.

And it looks like this:

It just slips into your handbag, protecting the nappies and keeping them clean and keeping the wipes all together.  Genius.

You can catch Taritta and her Vintage Pillowcase Dresses and Bebe Petit Sacs at the market this Saturday.

Pilgrim Hall, Paterson St (opposite Myer carpark)

Thursday, March 4, 2010


A very important-looking envelope arrived by Registered Mail today... from Launceston City Council.

Development Application approved.  YES!  Whoo-hoo!

One annoying condition, that we have to reapply again in two years.  Can't have it all our way, especially with LCC.

Watch this space as negotiations continue for a fantastic new venue...

Monday, March 1, 2010

A radio adventure

After receiving a call from local radio station ABC Northern Tasmania yesterday morning, I was at the studio yesterday afternoon chatting live about the revoluation of handmade with none other than a real Notebook Magazine writer, Francesca Newby!

What an absolute honour to a) chat about handmade on the radio and b) chat about handmade with Francesca who had researched the topic and written for Notebook Magazine!  Lucky me!!

The main focus of the discussion was about the popularity of handmade and how blogs and the internet have opened the doors to the world, taking us out of our traditional local environment and into a global local environment, opening up so many more opportunities for our crafting.

Francesca was knowledgeable and well spoken on the subject and I just added the Launceston view in relation to our market.

I am terribly sorry to have not gotten a photo of me in the studio, headphones on, chatting into the microphone...  my baby brain forgets these things until I get home...

Thanks to the ABC and Francesca Newby for a great opportunity to talk about handmade and Homespun!