Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spring Is In The Air

At long last, Winter is coming to an end here in Melbourne.  I have never been so excited to be woken up by sneezing 10 times in a row, ahh, hayfever, the first sign of Spring.  The gorgeous Flowering Plum tree in our front yard is just about to blossom after looking so naked for the last few months, and suddenly, the ride to work on my Vespa each morning becomes more interesting (and possibly more dangerous) as I get to admire the lovely blossom trees lining the streets of Melbourne suburbs.  I love this time of year as the weather starts warming up, the gardens start looking their best, the music festivals start, lovely spring dresses start hitting the stores, and we turn the corner and head straight toward the end of year break.  Goodness, it seems I'm getting a bit carried away.  To help you get carried away, here is a range of our blossom-themed, unique, handmade goodies, made with love by artists & crafters in Japan, Australia, Thailand and Sweden!
Cherry Blossom Painting
Grey Cherry Blossom Purse
Glass Cherry Blossom Pendant
Pink Cherry Blossom Purse
Peg Magnets
Print "A Flowery Dance"
Fabric Coasters

Monday, August 30, 2010

Father's Day Gifts

Handmade Father's Day Card

Well, it's less than a week until we celebrate our wonderful Dad's, so if you have a Dad who will appreciate a gift with a difference, here are some unique and handmade gifts plucked straight from our Father's Day Gift Guide.  If you are located in Australia and you order from us before 5pm on Wednesday, we can guarantee that you will have your special gift by Friday, in time for you to hand it over to your Dad on Sunday!  Just let us know in the comment box at checkout that you need your order for Father's Day and we'll take care of the rest.

Tell us which of these are your favourites by commenting below, we love to hear from you!!
"Wound Up" Gold Cufflinks

Melbourne City Print
Leather & Plaid iPad Pouch

Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy Days On The Sunshine Coast

Moments "up north" captured through the lens of my favourite new iPhone app:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Free As A Bird

Well, most people know that we love birds here at Robin Street Market, but we have even more love than usual for this particular bird.  How amazing is this photo??  Taken by our good friend Richard (who together with his beautiful wife Tomoko treated us to an amazing traditional dinner in Tokyo last year) - you can check out more of his photos at these links:


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Old Travel Bug

The travel bug has been playing with my mind today and so I thought it might be a good idea to travel the world in this blog, explore some of our favourite places and the unique and handmade items that we found there and just get a bit of a travel fix.  Starting in brilliant Japan:

Above is the ridiculously, amazing shop where we found this gorgeous, handmade children's chopstick set:

Our favourite laneway in Kyoto.
And the food, YUM!
Then off to Canada:
Among the tulips in Vancouver (sigh).
This handcrafted wooden pendant was found in Granville Island, Vancouver.
 Where we also met Jack The Bear...
And later when we were in Jasper, we found this beautiful, original painting on slate
Even though David was prepared for bears... (yes, we find interesting ways to amuse ourselves while we are travelling)...
...we still got extremely excited when a big, brown bear crossed the road in front of our car (no photos of this bear because by the time we had got over our excitement the bear had disappeared into the woods!). 
From Canada, it's only a hop, skip and a jump from Canada to the USA.
Chillin' on the banks of the Cumberland in Nashville.
I fell head over heels in love with this unique, handpainted bag (painted by the talented Cindy Wunsch) which we found in the lovely, arty, neighborhood of Hillsboro Village in Nashville.  We also found this cool painted wood block in a local Nashville gallery:
And later I had to drag David away from Studio B where Elvis recorded so many of his songs.  This is one of Presley's favourite pianos that he used in the studio:
The local Mexican restaurant...

Where we enjoyed dinner with the lovely Feasters.

Well, that has taken care of the travel bug for the moment.  So many fantastic memories. Next time, we'll take a tour through Europe to continue the trip down memory lane.