Thursday, February 25, 2010

Missing Japan....

Ahhh Japan. It's been six months or so and I'm having withdrawals. I am pining for the cherry blossoms, temples, fashion, quirky gifts, even the subway!  I figured it might make me feel better to browse through some of the Japanese goodies that we found for the nest. Feeling better now. I hope looking at these little gems gives you a little well-earned Japanese fix as well...
Handpainted Wooden Japanese Bookmark
Ceramic Japanese Sake Mugs &Bamboo Coasters

Stamp Holder & Stamp
Wood Block Print

Monday, February 22, 2010

Competition Entry: Shirt & Skirt Market At Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia

Well, it's that time of the week again...  Thanks to all of you who entered our Worldwide Market Guide Competition in the last week, we are having heaps of fun reading all of the entries.  This week, our pick of the entries is from Sara Silvester from Kew, Melbourne, congratulations Sara!  We love the Shirt and Skirt Market too. 

There are only a few weeks until our Worldwide Market Guide Competition closes so keep sending in those entries to give yourself a chance of winning a $150 gift voucher which you can spend on our range of unique and handmade gifts from around the world.

Here's Sara's entry:

I love spending a lazy Sunday afternoon browsing the stalls at the Shirt & Skirt Market at Abbostford Convent which is held on the third Sunday of every month.

With the beautiful Abbotsford Convent in the backdrop there is just something very peaceful about wandering around the market, even if the market is packed with people.
There are so many fantastic things to buy, from gorgeous clothes, cute kids clothes and accessories, jewellery, hats, and heaps more.  And everything is so unique and original, it's very inspiring to know that we have so many local artists and designers right here in Melbourne.
Lucky for me the market is held on a Sunday which means that I can get back to work on Monday to earn some more money to top up the bank account after I've emptied it out on Sunday!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Skirts, skirts, skirts...

We are SO excited about these gorgeous skirts that we found for the nest!  We have gone a bit skirt crazy at Robin Street Market recently.
These skirts are made by Serena Bridges of Ena Designs and they are very, very special.  Not only do they look sensational and are very comfy with that nice wide band at the top, but they are all made from low impact, environmentally friendly materials including upholstery off cuts, recycled, reclaimed and vintage fabrics. So, gorgeous, one off, handmade, unique AND environmentally friendly.  What more could a girl want from a skirt...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Our First Competition Entry: Salamanca Market, Hobart, Australia

Thanks to all of you who entered our Worldwide Market Guide Competition during the week. Congratulations to Jenny Parsons from Melbourne for sending in our favourite entry for the week. Jenny is now in the draw to win a $150 gift voucher, lucky girl!  If you would like to find out more about our competition, click this link. We would love to hear all about your favourite market. Here is Jenny's entry:

I LOVE the Salamanca Market in Hobart.  It is an outdoor market that runs between 8am and 3pm every Saturday.  Here is a map of the market.

Every time I have visited the Salamanca Markets there have been SO many people there!  It has such a great vibe and there is so much to see.

I love all the locally grown, organic produce that is for sale, you can just tell that it has been freshly plucked out of the ground! There is also heaps of local Tasmanian art and crafts for sale and you can meet the artists as well.  There are plenty of food stalls to choose from if you feeling a bit peckish, so once you have finished shopping, you can grab something to eat and laze on the grass in the sun (at least that is what I did!).  I highly recommend a trip to the Salamanca Markets if you get a chance.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Worldwide Market Guide Competition"

We have some very exciting news. We are very pleased to announce the launch of our "Worldwide Market Guide Competition" which runs through until 15 March 2010.

To enter all you need to do is send an email to with the subject line "COMPETITION ENTRY" and in 500 words or less tell us all about your favourite market located anywhere in the world. Send your entry with any images or maps you think will help us all experience the wonder of this market, just as you did when you were there.

We will review entries at the end of each week and our chosen entry for the week will be uploaded to feature on our Monday morning blog, and will then form part of our Robin Street Market Guide. The first Monday morning blog entry will be uploaded on Monday 15th February.

Food At Market Stalls

Map of Camden Lock Market

There is a prize of a $150 Robin Street Market Gift Voucher for the lucky person that sends in our favourite entry, and the winner will be announced on 22 March 2010.

So, send in those entries, we can't wait get reading!! Click here for terms and conditions.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Coolum, Queensland, Australia

While we were up on the Sunshine Coast, we decided to combine seeing some local sights with a physical challenge and what better way to do so than to climb Mount Coolum, which is an isolated volcanic dome 208 metres high. It is quite a tough climb to the top of Mount Coolum so wear good walking shoes and leave early if you are going to do it, but the views are definitely worth the expended energy. From the top you are treated to a spectacular 360 degree view of the Sunshine Coast, from coastline and beaches to cane fields and wetlands. Doing the climb is also a fantastic way to get yourself really fired up about going to the beach by getting all hot and sweaty and in need of a cool down, so as soon as we reached the bottom we headed straight to Coolum beach.

That evening the Coolum Twilight Markets were on and so I headed along to meet some local artists and crafters - it is a lovely market set on a park right on the beach.

There were plenty of things to see and people to meet, and and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Leah from Lime Zest and Wendy from Gladragz.

Micro-mini by Wendy from Gladragz

Reversible Top by Leah from Lime Zest

After an fun filled a day of climbing, beaching and shopping, we decided to welcome the evening by sitting on the deck, playing uno, while sipping on our "drink of the moment" which is "Rosso Antico" mixed with lemonade and finished off with a couple of ice cubes and a slice of lemon - the perfect way to end a day of exercising, beaching and shopping...