Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kangas & Thongs on Christmas Cards!!!

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a Kangaroo on a card??  We have added a unique range of Christmas Cards to our Nest, and there is still heaps of time to order before the big day is upon us, so pop on over and check them out - you can see them all at this link.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lots Of New Music To Celebrate!!

Everyone knows that Robins love music...  We have added some fabulous new albums to our Music Gift Guide over the last month - these albums include wonderful, authentic, original music created and performed by some fantastic Melbourne singer/songwriters. 

Here's a little snapshot of some of our new delights:

"Smoke In The City" by Maddy Hay

"Only Jesus Knows" by David Cosma

"I Thought I'd Be Someone By Now" by Damon Smith

Monday, October 10, 2011

Crafternoon Tea Craft Market, Auckland, NZ

Fancy a spot of Crafternoon tea? Auckland's newest craft market has hit town! Miss the Aotea markets and other crafty stalls that have disappeared from the city? Then check out Auckland's newest, funkiest craft event, in the upbeat suburb of Kingsland.

This isn't your Nana's knitting we're talking about! Craft has evolved over the years, and the Crafternoon Tea craft market aims to showcase the diverse range of talented designers and crafters in Auckland.  You'll find jewellery, homeware, children's clothes, artwork, kitchenware, printed t-shirts and hoodies, cupcakes (yum!), sock monkeys, prints, art mounted blocks, photo prints, tea cup bird feeders, bunting, vintage jewellery, upcycled books, bags, handbags, paper goods, softies and much, much more!

The next Crafternoon-Tea Market will be held on the 15th of October 10-2pm at the Trinity Methodist Church Hall. Corner of Sandringham and New North Roads in Crafty Kingsland, Auckland City. 

For more details, check out their lovely blog.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Melbourne City Features In Print Week

Well, if we are going to have Print Week, we can't possibly pass up the opportunity to promote our lovely city, Melbourne.  With this unique print of Melbourne City, a map has been used as an inspiration to create something beautiful.  The labor intensive, original, hand cut map art was created by the very talented artist Karen O'Leary

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Another Fabulous Print

Another wonderful print to celebrate during Print Week.  We love teapots.  And we love anything Japan related.  So, we don't have to tell you how we feel about this gorgeous print.  By the very talented Narelle Badalassi.

Japanese Teapot Print

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Print Week Continued!

Print week continues at Robin Street Market and today we are celebrating the fantastic work of Caroline Gronholm from Sweden.

Here is one of our favourite prints from Caroline's range, Sunday Morning Walk.  Too cute for words.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Print Week!

It's print week over at Robin Street Market! To celebrate some of our wonderful artists and their fantastic work we are going to be sharing some of our favourite prints here on our blog.  First up is one by our featured artist of the week Michele Maule

Meet "Little Green Typewriter". 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Owls Join Robins At The Nest!

Diamond 'Lil
We are very excited to welcome some lovely new friends to our nest! These gorgeous owls are made from recycled materials and have loads of personality.  They are now for sale over at our Focus On Art artist page.  Pop on over to say hello.
Fussy Fran

Serve It Up


Monday, September 12, 2011

Make Your Own Clock...

Pip Lincolne's fabulous book, 'Meet me at Mike's' is full of fantastic crafty projects at various levels of difficulty. I'm sure you are all aware that Pip also has a wonderful blog which you can check out here.  One of my favourite craft projects in the book is the Fabric Clock.
I have made several of them now, and given them as gifts. People love them as you can choose a fabric, or paper, that suits individual style and colour selections.
I made this one recently for my friend Tara. She has some orange cushions on her couch and other splashes of orange in her living room, so I thought this fabric would be just right. And she loved it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Healthy Oat and Fruit Muffins

This muffin recipe is really easy and quick, and you can alter it to your taste. It is great to have for a healthy snack in your lunch or with a nice cup of tea.

3 cups of rolled oats
4 eggs
1 cup of apple sauce
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 -1 cup of fruit of your choice
sugar (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla essence and apple sauce. In a big bowl, mix this in with the oats, cinnamon and baking powder.
If you want to add sugar to sweeten your mixture, put it in now. I put about 1/2 a cup of brown sugar into this recipe. I prefer to go the sweet option, but if you want a really healthy option, then try it without.

Choose up to two different types of fruit to add to the mixture. For this batch, I cut up about 3/4 of a cup of dates. I have also tried apple and sultanas together which was delicious.

Stir in the fruit with the mixture. It should be quite a moist mixture. Grease a muffin tray and spoon the mixture evenly into the tray. It should make 12.

Bake the muffins in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the tops turn golden brown. Allow them to cool a little before taking them out of the tray, but make sure you eat one when they're still warm - just to check they taste ok, of course!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Oh Deer Favourites Just Added

After being out of stock of these lovely items below for a little while now, we are very happy to announce that they are now available again. Pop on over to Robin Street Market to check out the Oh Deer range.

Little Acorn Necklace

Teal Sparrow On A Branch Necklace

Silver Mod Bird Charm Earrings

Antique Brass Filigree Locket

Silver Leaves Lariat Necklace

Monday, September 5, 2011

Get the Antique Look with some Painting and Sanding!

We are always inspired by the amazing talents of all of the artists who contribute to Robin Street Market, and sometimes like to dabble in craft projects ourselves. My lovely sister-in-law Sarah spent some time on this project below just recently.  Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Guest Post by Sarah

After recently wandering around the Camberwell Market on a cold Sunday morning in Melbourne and admiring some of the antique furniture, I was keen to 'up-cycle' an ordinary bookcase I had at home. So I took to youtube for some handy hints, and got stuck into the project.

From the local hardware store, I bought:
  • 1 sheet of 250 grit sandpaper
  • 1 sheet of 100 grit sandpaper
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 litre tin of water-based semi-gloss paint (this was too much paint - I could have used half this amount!)
Here's what I did...
Sand the bookcase with the 250 grit sandpaper

Clean using a rag after sanding with warm water and a splash of Methylated Spirits.

Wait for it to dry, then paint. You don't have to be too fussy with the painting, so if you don't get full coverage with one coat, don't worry - it adds to the distressed look!

Leave for a few hours to dry, then use the 100 grit sandpaper to give it the distressed, antique look, concentrating on edges and decorative carvings in the wood.

I have to say that I am very happy with the finished product, and was very surprised at how easy it was. Just allow a few hours on a sunny day, and turn a daggy old piece of furniture you have at home into something special!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Father's Day!

BBQ Father's Day Card
It's Father's Day this Sunday and we have created a Father's Day Gift Guide full of unique and handmade gifts for your special Dad.  If you are located in Australia and place your order before midnight Wednesday 31st August, we will commit to express posting your order to you on Thursday to ensure you receive it in plenty of time for Father's Day.

Happy Shopping!
Golf Father's Day Card

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Winner of Elroy Ink Giveaway!

Bird Is The Word
Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to enter the Elroy Ink Giveaway.  The random generator has chosen Josie as the winner of this stunning print (pictured above) so congratulations!!  For those of you who would like to view the entire range of Elroy Ink prints, you can pop over to Elroy Ink Artist Page.

Happy Weekend!
Soviet Coffee Bar

Monday, August 22, 2011

Elroy Ink Giveaway!

We are extremely excited to welcome a fabulous new artist to Robin Street Market.  You can check out our new range of striking "Elroy Ink" prints over at the Elroy Ink Artist Page.  While you are there just click on one of the stunning prints and scroll down to the "Artist Story" section to read a bit more about Elroy and what makes him tick.

To celebrate Elroy joining our nest we are giving away this fantastic print titled "Bird Is The Word" (RRP is $59).  All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to pop on over to our Elroy Ink Artist Page, have a good look around at the unique range of prints and then leave a comment at this blog. The giveaway closes at midnight on Friday 26th August 2011 and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on this blog on Saturday 27th August 2011.

Best of luck and have an amazing week!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Nick's Pear Tart

Our good friend Nick came and stayed with us on the Sunshine Coast where he and David played a string of gigs together.  It's always a cook fest when Nick's around and this trip he impressed us all with his version of a Pear Tart.  Nick wanted me to mention the fact that this is actually a recipe that his friend Jean Pierre gave to him - Jean Pierre is a lovely Frenchman, and we are very grateful to him for sharing this yummy recipe.

  • 10 Beurre Bosc pears (the brown ones)
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 200g plain, sifted flour
  • 300 butter 
  • 1 egg
  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celcius
  • Core and peel the pears and cut them in half
  • Melt 150g butter and combine the brown sugar on low heat
  • Stack the pears neatly in the pan on top of the butter (as shown below)
  • Simmer on gentle heat for 20 mins (or until the pears are slightly caramelised) 
  • While that's simmering, to make the pastry, rub 150g butter into flour, add the egg, knead the pastry and then roll out to the size of the fry-pan
  • Once the pears are done, put the pastry on top of the pears and then put the whole thing in the oven for approx 35 mins (until the pastry starts turning golden brown).
    Finally, turn it onto a plate (pastry side down) and serve with either ice-cream or cream (or even both!!).  Delicious!  Thanks Nick!!
    David and Nick playing at Nambour Originals

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Brisbane City Print Just Added

    We have just added the wonderful city of Brisbane, Australia to our range of City Prints by Karen O'Leary.  With this incredible piece of art, a map has been used as an inspiration to create something beautiful. Karen's original pieces are hand drawn and hand cut, no two pieces are alike which is why people are drawn to them - because of that uniqueness and the amount of time that is required in the process. Pop over to Karen's artist page to check out the full range of City Prints.
    Brisbane City Print

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Lizzie Mac Range On Sale!

    We are excited to announce that our Market Sale Gift Guide currently includes our entire range of hand-made Lizzie Mac products - this fantastic sale is running for the month of August.  Sale items include:

    Hostess Aprons marked down from $65 to $35.
    Hostess Apron
    Shopper Bags marked down from $75 to $45:
    Shopper Bag
    Tote Bags marked down from $70 to $35:
    Tote Bag
    And finally, we have just added these brilliant Towelling Turbans to the store.  They will usually be priced at $20 however as an introductory offer they are currently $15:
    Towelling Turban
    So, pop on over to our Lizzie Mac artist page and check out her range of fabulous aprons & accessories!


    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Feature Category: Cushion Covers

    Hand-crafted Cushion Cover

    Hello all, hope you had a fabulous weekend!  This week our feature category is our fantastic range of hand-made cushion covers.  We are offering 25% off our cushion covers this week - just enter the word "cushions" in the promo code box at the checkout by midnight 31st July to receive your discount. We have so many gorgeous cushion covers to choose from, pop on over to the Nest to check them out here.