to market, to market

It's market time this Saturday (2 Aug) for Meg's Threads & I'll be trying to keep warm with Sew Hum at Rose Street Market.
Come down & say hi.

my busy week

I have had such a great time over the last week. First Matt decided to get handy on the sewing machine & have a go at putting bits of material that Aunty Cookie kindly chucked our way together & sew it onto a t-shirt. I'm too tight to let him near my stash!

Then on Saturday 19 there was the pop up as part of the Melbourne International Design Festival. As I have some stuff in bamakko I got to meet with some really talented people like Sixto from do yeah media and Peter from Really Whale who did the illustration on the window, and Laura and Jem from like butter. Worth checking out their talent.

It's on again next Saturday and there is a big hamper to be won if you visit each of the 5 places in projekta_57. The prizes are really good design stuff from the shops, 1 Keec bag, 1 Cubik ottoman from Design loop, 2 lumbi kustomade cushions, 1 street graphics book, plus a bag, badge, brooch, photo frame, doll kit from Kids in Berlin with total value of $1000, PLUS runners up are also awarded yearly subscription to inside mags. All you have to do is visit:
Kids in Berlin
Design Loop
Famous When Dead

oh, and Matt has stuff in the "ebay on freeway" exhibition in Design Loop so you might see him in there so say hello to him (about making stuff out of found stuff).

On Sunday we went over to the Design made trade with the kids & a little tip to any one travelling with kids to these things - make it a game "find the business card", we found it really helpful when we got home & went through to work out which were the ones that we had found really interesting and it certainly kept the kids occupied! Great to see Nick & Ben there looking happy but tired.

Then over to look at the "bubbles" of design, then hot chocolates on the way to the Melbourne Design Market. Great Stuff - Bamakko stall looked great. Everthing was really busy by the time that we got there which was really fantastic. There was such a buzz in the air still at 4.30 in the arvo. Maybe it needs 2 days..

The poster exhibition is good as well - worth a look and a vote - pop through if you have a chance. So many things to do and so little time.....

Just updated the shop with the market bags so pop in if you wanna grab one.

links...and ludites

thanks Kate for checking out the link to PROJEKTA_57, just checkn that ya were watching...

design city

Anyone living in Melbourne has no excuse not to get to something that is focussed on design in the next 2 weeks. With 2 festivals on at the same time - there really is no excuse!
Matt and I are lucky enough to be part of PROJEKTA_57 .

So get your butt in to gear & look at good stuff from this Thursday onwards, or take part in something really cool. There is no excuse.

A taste of country

Ok, we might have left the camera at home, but we still managed to have a bunch of fun, and the images are left in our minds forever!

...and we did come home as always wondering whether living in the country would be a better life with three boys. A nice simple life - but would we miss too much of inner city Melbourne?

new friend for pete

My baby's birthday (well actually he is now five & I'm not allowed to call him a baby) and the tradition is that I make the boys something so I chopped up some old cords of mine and we have... Wheat Doggy!

I finished a whole batch of the market shopping bags and Ben at bamakko was kind enough to pop them in his shop - his stuff is really cool & worth checking out & he also sells stuff that other Melbourne people are designing and making. I am now making some more to put down in the local shops in Kensington & I will list some in Etsy too. Here's some eye candy for you before I take a weeks break at the beach.

aussie chinese food...

I'm still thinking about those bastardised chinese recipes that our mothers and grandmothers used to cook up for us & we all covered in soy sauce and called it chow mein or just chinese food. I want to put them together with the stories that go with them. What you liked about them (or not), the recipe and whose it was, did it leave a good memory in the family, does anyone still make it? My mum used to use up all the old vegies that were just about to go off in the bottom of the drawer & chuck in heap of cabbage & mince meat. I don't think that it was ever the same, and I am not sure that as kids we ever actually liked it....except for the soy sauce...

So please, please, please - send your aussie chinese recipes, the stories behind them & the memories to

New skirts in my etsy shop with some of the market shopping bags coming later this week.