Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Dog's Christmas

David and I spent Christmas day this year on the Sunshine Coast with our gorgeous dog Lola. My brother Matt and his wife Sarah joined us as well, along with their beloved dog Zoe. It was a lovely, relaxing day, it started like every other Christmas day with some present opening and the dogs waited very patiently for the proceedings to begin before Lola got stuck into opening her first present.
These lovely framed footprints were our Christmas presents from the dogs...
Once the presents had been opened it was time for a quick dip in the dam.
And then time for lunch. We are lucky that Matt is a qualified chef so he cooked up a storm and the rest of us just sat back, relaxed and feasted at the appropriate time.
Matt & I
David & Sarah
And then it was time for an afternoon nap...
And then, once the batteries were recharged, off to the lake with our lovely new present from Matt & Sarah - the Bowrider!!! This photo was taken before we all got very wet - we all need to learn the skill of rowing in the same direction!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stunning New Jewellery Added

Winter Tree Earrings
The range of unique jewellery by Eva Braunegg and Magda El-Hissi has been extremely popular at Robin Street Market, and we have just added to the range with these little delights.  Check out their artist page to have a closer look (how cute are those birdys??).
Swinging Birdy Necklace

Swinging Birdy Necklace

3 Owls Vintage Locket

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Creatures On The Sunny Coast

We are up at the Sunshine Coast for the holidays - we have friends and family up here as well and we're looking forward to a lovely, relaxing break.  David drove up 10 days ago as he had a string of gigs to play up this way and this is a turtle that he saved from the side of the road on the way up.  He named it Lucky for obvious reasons.

Not long after arriving he discovered this lovely creature hanging out on a tree at our place.
Of course, we bring the pooches with us so that they get a holiday too.  This is our dog, Lola, and her cousin, Zoe, frolicking at Marcus Beach together.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Declutter Your Bed-side!

We have just added this new groovy design of the bed-side organiser to the store, handmade by Sasha Faint from Faint Impressions.  If you are anything like me and the floor next to your bed is a clutter of phone, reading lights, magazines, books, pens etc, you will appreciate what a fantastic idea this is. 
Bedside Organiser

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our 1st Birthday!

Guess what?  Today is our 1st Birthday!  Robin Street Market went live on 15 December 2009, and it has been a HUGE 12 months at the Nest.   So, to celebrate, we have decided to give away $20 gift vouchers with every single purchase made until midnight Sunday 19th December.  All you need to do is enter the code "HAPPYBDAY" into the Promotion Code box at checkout when you make a purchase.  And then just sit back and wait for your $20 gift voucher to hit your inbox!  Here are just a few of the fantastic handmade & unique goodies you could use your gift voucher to buy.
Magnet Set
Super Sweet Apple Brooch
Gretel Ring
Lime Polka Dot Purse

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lots Of New Products Added!

We have added heaps of amazing, handmade & unique products to Robin Street Market over the last few weeks.  Here is a bit of a selection for you to admire.  If you would like to see all new products here is a link to our New To The Nest Gift Guide.

Clique Mug
We sold out of the amazing clique ceramic mugs shown above and so they are back by popular demand.  Imagine drinking your morning coffee out of a unique piece of art...

We are very excited about stocking a range of Tightology Footless Tights!  I have this pair and always feel very special when I wear them (it must be something about wearing butterflies on my legs).
"Butterflies" Footless Tights
We added a new artist to the nest during the month, Tiffany Morris-North.  We have some of her gorgeous prints (from her original artwork) available as well as a range of her cotton & linen tea-towels printed with Tiffany's original designs (more designs coming soon).  We will also be having a giveaway of some of Tiffany's products in the next few weeks so stay tuned...
"Lotus Pods" Print

Cotton Tea-Towel
Sasha Faint from Faint Impressions has been hard at work designing some stunning new clutches and bags. This tote is one of my favourites.
Rust Tote
These CUTE apple & birdie brooches handmade by Beckie Vandehoef make the best presents and I must confess to keeping one or two of them for myself. These are also back by popular demand and it's not hard to see why.
Super Sweet Apple Brooch

Super Sweet Birdie Brooch
And last but DEFINITELY not least, we added some amazing, hand-made wooden games and puzzles to the nest. This is a set of wooden vegetable play food.
Wooden Vegetable Play Set

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winner Of Our Dutch Christmas Giveaway!

We are very pleased to announce that Lickrishfairy (I'm sure that's not her real name but it's very cute!) is the lucky winner of our most recent giveway.  Congratulations! Thanks to everyone that participated, and a special thankyou to Leonie for being clever and talented enough to make the gorgeous giveaway prizes.  To check out Leonie's unique range of products (including this funky red circle canvas bag) you can visit her artist page here.
Red canvas circle bag

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Dutch Christmas Giveaway!

Red Etui Purse
One city that we adore and keep going back to is Amsterdam.  It is so beautiful with those romantic canals and gorgeous old buildings and it has such a nice vibe too, people whizzing around on their bikes, walking through charming lanes and sitting outside cafes nibbling on food, sipping on their drink and just generally being merry.  And, as we discovered on our last visit, if you're quest is to find unique and handmade gifts, there are lots of fantastic markets to wander through.  We stumbled across an amazing artisans market last time we were there and we met the gorgeous Leonie Naessens and instantly fell in love with her range of retro accessories.

We are fast approaching Christmas and we thought we would share some of the Christmas love around by giving away a range of Leonie's handmade, quirky accessories.  Included in the giveaway are the 4 unique items pictured on this blog.  All you need to do to enter is to visit Leonie's artist page and leave a comment at this blog telling us which is your favourite product.  Giveaway closes at midnight on Friday 10th December and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on this blog on Saturday 11th.  Good luck!
Reversible Retro Belt
Brown Retro Bag
Double Bracelet

Monday, December 6, 2010

Feature Market: Basar Under, Stockholm, Sweden

One of Robin Street Market's artists, Carolina Grönholm, told us about this week's Feature Market.  It's called Basar Under (Basar as in Bazaar), and it's held in a basement of a mall.  We think it sounds AMAZING and can't wait to get there to have a look for ourselves.  Thank you so much to Gabrielle and Melina (the lovely ladies who organise this unique market) for supplying us with this information and photos.

A Bit About Basar Under by Gabriella and Melina
Basar Under is an alternative market with a focus on uniqueness. The market is located in a basement of a mall on Södermalm in Stockholm and we feel like we represent everything that the mall is not. We do not believe in mass production or buying clothes made by people on the other side of the world in poor working conditions. And why would you want to look like everyone else buying things from big chains like H&M? At Basar Under you can find vintage clothes and furniture and also crafts, clothes, jewellery made by local designers, hand sewn velvet tights, russian hats, clocks and prints made by the most creative people in Stockholm. You do not need to be an established designer to sell your stuff at Basar Under. Everyone is welcome to show and sell their makings!
We also have an unestablished musician or band that plays every Saturday at 2pm and an art exhibition. There are homemade and organic cinnamon buns and chocolate balls (both a Swedish speciality), organic coffee and some couches to hang out on. It is not just a market but a place to hang out, look at art and listen to music. We also have special events every now and then like, fashion shows, stand-up comedy etc.
The market is run by Gabriella Björklund and Melina Bergström. We are full-time students at the same time as we do the market. It is a lot of work and stressful at times but it is totally worth it because we love it! We run the market with love. The most important thing is for everyone to have a nice time and have fun together, the vendors included!
The market is open every Saturday from 11am to 6pm (11:00-18:00), but in December we are open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm (11:00-18:00).  The market is open from September through to December and from March to May.  Nobody wants to be in a basement in Summer and in January and February no one wants to shop and also we need to have some time off :))

Address: Skrapan (1 floor down), Götgatan 78, Stockholm

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Robin Ravioli

David and I recently decided to cut wheat out of our diet and replace it with spelt - spelt is much easier to digest and can be a really good substitute for people with wheat intolerances.  Changing to spelt bread was relatively simple but we are pasta lovers and we haven't been able to find a really good spelt pasta.  So, we decided to take some spelt flour around to David's mum's place (who is an AMAZING cook being Italian and all) and get her to show us how to make fresh spelt ravioli filled with pumpkin and ricotta. 

And it was such a success!  Even David's mum was impressed with how well the spelt flour behaved.  The ravioli are absolutely delicious and it was so nice to spend the time making pasta with David's mum - like we're carrying on a bit of the Italian tradition.

So, of course, we took some video of our experience.  And yes, there is music involved, a nice little  Italian themed pasta ditty, written and sung by David Cosma.  If you want to give the ravioli making a go, the recipe is below.  Enjoy!


4 cups spelt flour
6 eggs at room temperature
2 pinch of salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
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Roasted pumpkin (roast until soft - normal pumpkin not butternut)
1 handful of parmesan
2 eggs
Breadcrumbs (to bind)

Knead until smooth and then rest for 1/2 an hour (or overnight if you like) - resting it makes it easier to roll out. Whilst the pasta is resting, mix all the filling ingredients together.

Roll out the pasta and then feed through the machine (on large setting) and keep feeding through until you feed it through on the thinnest setting. After it's gone through machine, double the pasta up and put flour on the inside (never on the outside).  Cut the pasta to the width of the ravioli machine (with ravioli cutter).  Feed the pasta in and then open the pasta up and feed the filling into the pasta (not too much or too close to the side).  Keep feeding the filling through, ensuring that it doesn't get to close to the edge.  Tidy up the edges with the ravioli cutter, add a bit more flour and cut into 3 dozen lots.  Freeze into 3 dozen lots, and then break them up prior to cooking them. Freezing them makes them easier to break (you need to freeze them for at least 2 hours).

Cook from frozen (approx 15-20 mins).  Serve with a napoli sauce (tomato based) and a sprinkling of fresh parmesan.

If you prefer a meat filling, here is Rosa's recipe:
Meat filling
2 small roast chickents
1/2 kilo light ham

Peel off chicken skin and mince the chicken and ham with hand mincer.  Add a handful of parmesan cheese and 4-5 eggs (depending on texture).

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Unique German Couple Move To Richmond

Unique Egg-Cups
This lovely couple, who originate from Bamberg in Germany, have just moved to Cache Designer Furniture in Richmond, Australia.  They are a one of a kind, extremely well travelled and seem very happy with their new residence.  That said, they are looking for a permanent home, so if you think they would fit in well at your place you can buy them online here, or if you live in Melbourne you can pop into Cache Designer Furniture to meet them in person and purchase them from there (and while you are there you can admire the unique, one-off pieces of furniture made from reclaimed timber).

Monday, November 29, 2010

Yarraville Markets

We hope everyone in Melbourne is in a market mood, because there is a fabulous market coming up this weekend!  The Yarraville Markets Christmas Market is on both Saturday & Sunday this weekend so you really need to get on over there and stock up on lots of hand-made, Australian made Christmas presents (as well as some lovely treats for yourself of course!).  Thanks so much to Lou Pennisi for providing this information and photos.

At the Yarraville Markets there is only handmade and/or Australian made products.  The market is held monthly over 2 days between 10am and 3pm in the Masonic Hall in the heart of the Yarraville Village (corner Willis and Canterbury St, Yarraville).  It is the sweetest little hall with fairy lights and an atmosphere all of its own.  There is free art and craft activities for the children, as well as free face painting and a monthly colouring competition with prizes for the most creative design.

There are different stallholders attending on both days, and they sell anything from photography, childrens products, honey, giftware, cushions, skincare and jewellery.  Handmade.  Australian made... Just the way we like it.

The next market is on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of December.. it's the last market for the year and the Christmas market is always the biggest and most festive for the year, so make sure you get along to check it out.  2011 dates are to be released very soon.