Friday, October 29, 2010

Robin Street Market & Cache Designer Furniture

We are very excited to announce that you can now see, touch (and of course buy!) some of our unique Robin Street Market products & art from a gorgeous new Melbourne location, Cache Designer Furniture in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia.  Cache was set up in 2010 by talented furniture designer and maker, Dain Fewings, and his partner Niki.   

Most of you will know by now how much we love unique, one-off products and as such we adore the Cache philosophy - Dain is passionate about making unique, one-off pieces, using carefully selected recycled timber and traditional joinery techniques such as hand-cut dovetails. 

The philosophy behind Cache is simple - it's about returning to basics, to the simplicity and satisfaction of commissioning a local craftsman, rather than having to resort to anonymously-produced factory pieces from an assembly line.  We love the stunning pieces of furniture that Dain creates and we are sure you will too.

So, next time you are in Richmond, drop in to say hi to Dain and Niki and chat to them about their lovely furniture and while you are there you can check out our range of handmade and unique products.  Here is a link to the Cache website.  Also, here are some photos of some Robin Street Market products and some of the lovely Cache furniture (photos taken at Cache Designer Furniture, 369 Burnley St, Richmond).






Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Robins On The Loose 2009: Nashville, USA

Well, those Robins have been at it again - this time they have been gallivanting around Nashville, USA.  On their quest to find the makers of unique and handmade items for Robin Street Market, they decided to have a little stopover in Nashville to quench David's thirst for all things music related.   They were lucky enough to stay with some lovely locals (the Feasters) and had a fabulous time sampling all that Nashville had to offer.  And they are chomping at the bit (or maybe flapping at the wings?) to get back there some time soon (hopefully very soon!).

Enjoy the Robin's Nashville adventure, and if you do enjoy it, pop over and have a squiz at their time in Japan and Canada.  The song is written and performed by David Cosma (and is an absolute beauty in my opinion).  Let us know what you think by commenting below, we'd love to hear from you.

Sharon

Monday, October 25, 2010

Unique Stationery & Prints Added To The Nest!

We recently added some gorgeous new stationery products and prints to Robin Street Market, all designed and made in Tasmania by the very talented Narelle Badalassi.  Narelle is obviously passionate about her work and you can read all about what inspires her and other interesting tidbits here (like the fact that she has an Italian chef for a husband, lucky, lucky lady).   Here are a few of the fantastic, unique items that have been added, to view the full range of Narelle's products, click here.
Teacups Print
Japanese Teapot Print
Pack of 5 Christmas Tags

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Winner Of Liz Disler Giveaway

Well, the random generator has spoken and chosen lucky number 11 as the winner of the Liz Disler Giveaway!!  Congratulations Susie Walding!!!

Thanks to everyone that participated, this was our first ever giveaway and because we are new to this, there were a few glitches initially which we managed to sort out.  We will be holding giveaways at our blog every few weeks in the future, so you will have lots more opportunities to win some lovely, handmade, unique goodies so make sure you keep popping past to keep up with what's new at Robin Street Market.

Sally Long-sleeved Top by Liz Disler
Thanks so much to Liz for participating in the giveaway - be sure to check out her current range if you haven't done so already.  And keep your eyes out for the new range that she is working on which will be released in a few months and is sure to be a little slice of organic, luxurious, fashion heaven.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Liz Disler "Intimate Pack" Giveaway

We were very excited to welcome Liz Disler to our nest a few months ago because we absolutely adore her range of luxurious, organic clothing.  Her last range of clothing has been extremely popular and is selling out fast with only limited sizes still available so be sure to check out the range soon if you haven't already done so.  Liz is working hard on a brand new range to be released in a few months so keep your eyes out for that as it's sure to be gorgeous!

Liz has been kind enough to offer a lovely giveaway of an "intimate pack" from her current range valued at $78 to one lucky reader of this blog!  The pack includes 1 small size cream ruby shorts, and 1 small size cream jane singlet.  If you ask me, this is the perfect outfit to gallivant around the house in on those hot, summer nights that are heading our way Down Under. 


So, to enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling us one small fact about Liz and her products before midnight tonight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) - please leave your email address too so I can contact you if you are the winner.  To assist you, here is a link to Liz's artist page - when you click on any of her products you will find a little interview that we did with Liz when she joined the nest - we discussed her favourite food, favourite travel destination and lots more, so happy reading!  A winner will be drawn at random and announced on this blog tomorrow - good luck!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Winner Of The Last Feedback Friday

It was the last Feedback Friday on Friday and we had heaps of entries to choose from, thanks to everyone that entered.  Of course, there can only be one winner, and that person is Jess Brown, thanks Jess for your detailed feedback about Robin Street Market, we really appreciate it.  Jess has chosen this groovy belt as her prize. 
Reversible Belt
Feedback Friday has been a wonderful way of us finding out what you like about Robin Street Market and we have taken note of all the feedback that has been emailed in to us, so a BIG thankyou to all of you that have made the effort.  Even though Feedback Friday has officially ended, we are still very keen to hear from you at any stage so feel free to keep the emails coming!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Robins On The Loose: Canada 2009

The Robins have been on the loose again, this time in Canada!  This is the second video in the "Robins On The Loose" series.  You can check out the first video (Japan) here

The soundtrack to this video is called "New Day" and is an original song written and performed by David Cosma, a very busy (and talented) little Robin.   He happens to also be strangely obsessed with Canadian wildlife and frozen rivers (as you will witness in the video).

We hope you enjoy Canada as much as we did.  If you do, please leave a comment below, we'd love to hear from you.

Sharon

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Slow Cooked Lamb Stew


This slow cooked lamb stew recipe produces a stew that is rustic and hearty and the recipe apparently originates from Puglia in Italy (which just makes me feel warm and fuzzy when cooking it for some reason). It is extremely easy to prepare and once the prep is done you just cook the bejeezus out of it to produce the "melt in the mouth" lamb.  And, the best part is that it tastes even better the next day so it's great for leftovers! 

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • A good lug of olive oil
  • 1 kg of diced lamb (trimmed of fat)
  • flour seasoned with cayenne pepper (for dredging) [I like things spicy (hence the cayenne pepper) but if you prefer your food a little on the calmer side you can season with freshly ground black pepper].
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • Salt to season
  • 6 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 handful of green beans
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 130 degrees celcius (if you only have a couple of hours to cook the stew then crank the oven up to 180 degrees and cook for 2 hours instead of 4). Chop up the garlic, heat some of the oil in a casserole dish and add the garlic and rosemary to the oil.  Cook over medium heat until garlic is golden.
  2. Dredge the lamb in the flour.  Add the lamb to the garlic and rosemary and cook until the lamb is brown on the outside. 
  3. Add the wine, raise the heat and bring to the boil.  Season with salt.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and the stock and stir well.  
  5. Cover the casserole dish and put the dish in the oven.  Bake for 3-4 hours.  Put in some chopped potatoes 30 mins before you finish cooking, and add some chopped carrots and beans 15 mins before you finish cooking.
  6. Serve with either steamed rice or polenta, it is delicious with both.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Winner Of Feedback Friday

Handmade Envelope Clutch
Well, a large influx of entries for Feedback Friday last week, thanks everyone!  It was really hard to choose a winner this week, but after much deliberation, we have chosen Alex Geyer as our winner, (mainly because we couldn't help but laugh out loud at her suggestions about the Robin characters - thanks for the chuckle Alex!).  Alex has chosen this gorgeous clutch above as her free gift - we have one more left of these so if you like it follow the link above to purchase.

This Friday is our last Feedback Friday!  So, get your entries in to win.  More details here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Strawberry Dumplings

This recipe is provided by one of Robin Street Market's artist, Linda Vydra.  Thanks Linda!! Check out Linda's artist page, she makes the most amazing, unique & beautiful millinery using recycled music records.
via zoomyummy
Ingredients
250 grams continental flour
1 egg
200 grams cottage cheese
1 cup of milk
30 grams butter
Pinch of salt
4 punnets of strawberries
3 tablespoons of icing sugar

Directions:
Wash strawberries. Prepare 3 punnets of strawberries by chopping off the leaves and root then cut them into halves.  Mix continental flour, egg, cottage cheese, butter, salt and gradually add milk until you get a dough texture. Use your hands to knead the mixture.

On a clean table, sprinkle some continental flour and roll out the dough mixture. Using the top of a glass, make circles into your dough and pull away the excess dough. Put a strawberry inside and roll into the shape of a ball.

Continue doing so until you have used all of your dough. Add dumplings to boiling water until they float (4-6mins). Take them out as soon as they are floating.

Strawberry sauce
Wash 1 punnet of strawberries. Put them in a blender, add 3 tablespoons of icing sugar, a touch of whip cream if you desire and blend to create the sauce.  Heat up the sauce in the microwave.

Serve 3-6 dumplings per person, pour hot strawberry sauce over the top and add icing sugar on top to finish it off.
via zoomyummy

Monday, October 4, 2010

Winner Of Feedback Friday

We are excited to announce that Andrea McDonell is the winner of Feedback Friday this week!  Congratulations Andrea, we appreciate the time you obviously spent looking around Robin Street Market to come up with such a lovely list of things that you love, as well as ideas about things that we can add to the site. 

Andrea has chosen this lovely cushion cover as her free gift:
Vintage Blossoms by Urvi Agrawal
Only 2 more Fridays left to email your feedback into us and give yourself the opportunity to win a $30 gift of your choice from Robin Street Market.  More details here.