Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rainbow Artisans Market, Northcote

Above are some of the cute finds (Funky Pants and Reversible Ladybird Wrap) we made at the Rainbow Artisans Market in Northcote on the weekend. What a great market! It was held in the Northcote Townhall which is a really beautiful building and we met lots of lovely stall holders, and found some really gorgeous, unique handmade items.

It didn't take too long to work up an appetite so I decided to try a Jerry's vegie burger from the stand out the front. The lovely lady that was working there encouraged me to try the satay, chilli sauce combination on my burger, and it was delicious!! I highly recommend trying one if you happen to see them around, we were lucky enough to meet Jerry himself and were also provided with some excellent instructions about how to eat the burger without getting satay sauce all over you (lean forward whilst eating!).

Not only did that burger taste good but it also gave us the boost of energy we needed to head back into the market and do some more browsing. We were lucky enough to meet Di Bloomfield who makes some absolutely beautiful hand crafted lampwork glass bead jewellery like these stunning emerald green with white polka dot earrings.

One of my favourite things about sourcing unique, handmade products for Robin Street Market is having the opportunity to meet people who are so passionate about what they do. Very inspiring!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Yandina, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

A lot of people might know Yandina because of the Ginger Factory which is advertised heavily on TV. The thing that I really love and remember Yandina for are the delicious falafel wraps that David and I were served at the organic cafe pictured above. I cannot explain to you in words how delicious these wraps were - something about the combination of falafel, wrap, hommus and tabouli was just a taste sensation. This isn't a photo of the exact wrap that I had the pleasure of eating (I was too busy devouring mine to bother taking a photo), but I decided to include this photo anyway, just to give you the general gist of where I am coming from, and to make you hungry :)

The other great discovery in Yandina, was this heritage house where they display arts and crafts made by locals. I managed to find some details of wonderful local artists here and spent ages browsing through the gallery, looking at the wonderful pieces they had on display.

Painting by local Queensland painter, Bela Grof.

Cute, cute, cute, bumble bee dress.

The drive back to Noosa from Yandina was also a real treat with the beautiful Maroochy River to admire along the way...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


After finishing up at the cheese factory in Kenilworth, we hit the road to Maleny. What a beautiful drive, all that gorgeous green grass, what a sight for us Melbournians who are used to looking at dry, brown grass which has been crying out for a good rain for so many years now.

Maleny is a cute little town with lots of arty, crafty shops and some cool bars as well. We met a nice lady in the street who was searching for her dog. We helped her locate the pooch (who had the funniest overbite) and then she showed us to the Maleny Bazaar (pictured below) where artists hire studios to work and display their creations. She is a painter and she had some beautiful paintings on display - we are going to be in contact with her so that we can put some of her work on Robin Street Market so stay tuned.

These are some of the groovy things we purchased while out and about in Maleny.
Brushed Metal Pendant

"Cool Chooks Read Books" Quilted Library Bag

On the way home, Lola sat in her favourite place, sandwiched between David and I on the old bench seat.

We swung past good old "Dr Fish" to pick up some fresh seafood on the way home, but alas, he was closed, very rude of him!

We had to make do with some home-made meat burgers and lentil burgers on the bbq instead, which wasn't such a bad thing because we got to use our local mustard, cheese and chilli jam purchased at the Kenilworth Cheese Factory, YUM! And we washed that all down with some of my brother-in-law's delicious home-made wine. What a lovely way to end a fantastic day.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The other day we spent a fantastic day driving through the hinterlands on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia in search of artists and crafters, their handmade goodies and some food to sustain us on our way. First stop was Kenilworth, which is about 30 mins drive West from Noosa.

We found a local craft co-op where we sourced some local crafters and bought some gorgeous kiddies aprons.

Cute handmade apron comes complete with cooking set for the little chef in the family!

By then, we were getting hungry, so we stopped at the local cheese factory to sample some cheese.

We loved the cheese so much that we bought a HUGE block of sweet chilli and coriander cheese, so YUM! We also bought some locally made yoghurt and mustard, all in all a very successful stop. And while we were filling our tummies our pooches were patiently waiting in the Holden for us....

Stay tuned for more details later this week about our next stop, beautiful Maleny.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Over the Christmas break, we headed North and temporarily relocated our nest to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. The Sunshine Coast is such a fantastic place for relaxing, exercising, spending time with family and friends, shopping for local arts and crafts, and of course, almost best of all, eating! It was a "Griswalds" drive up from Melbourne, with a convoy of 3 cars full of family, kids, bikes and dogs. We come up here a lot and one of our favourite places to spend time is The Eumundi Markets at Eumundi (bottom middle of the map below) about 15 mins drive south west of Noosa.

The Eumundi Markets are such a great place for shopping for locally made products and also for enjoying live music and eating local produce. David plays music at Eumundi regularly and the response is always so positive, people are very relaxed and happy up here!

David, myself, my brother Matt and his wife Sarah arriving at Eumundi in our old 64 EH Holden.

Cool dresses at this stall...

This was a relatively quiet day, it's always a bustling place on market day.

Anyone for a German Sausage??

There are soooo many fantastic local artists and crafters to meet at this market, it never fails to amaze me. Here are some examples of products handmade on the Sunshine Coast, which can be purchased at

Gorgeous Handmade Audrey & Rose Handbag

Art cards based on Leene Aavik's original art

Cute "strawberry" leather baby shoes by Kim Richman

After a hard morning shopping, we like to finish off our Eumundi visit with some fresh calamari from The Calamari Man, some delicious paella from The Paella Fella or any of the other delicious snacks from the yummy food stalls. What a satisfying way to spend a morning.