Wow Wow Wow, is all I kept hearing all day from customers at the market, wow at the fantastic new venue Kamberra Wine Company, wow at the amazing shopping and wow from the new stallholders who simply couldn’t believe that Canberra can bring out 10 thousand people to a market event, not to mention how many people who traveled from Melbourne Sydney, Brisbane, Perth – (I Know!!) these are just some of the people I talked to!
The Handmade Market is seriously not just any ordinary market, it takes months to organize, the variety and the quality of stallholders is a delicate balance and one that Julie and her team work very hard on. I think the results speak for themselves.
I was there promoting Shop Handmade and was thrilled to find that soooo many people already knew about us and were seriously excited by our new venture. The shop of course will have the Handmade Market presence, in that some of your favorites will be in store! But we have heaps of new amazing talent from clever people who simply are unable to travel to be part of the market or simply can not produce the sheer volume to accommodate the thousands of customers that attend this amazing event!
The Shop is starting to take shape,.. I’m off to Sydney today to pick up some furniture and will post up some progress shots of the shop later this week.
Massive thanks to Tania McCartney for the wonderful support and beautiful photo’s she took, here are some for you to look at. Check out her beautiful blog for more!
Super busy, super excited getting ready for the Handmade Market this weekend. Little Angel Little Devil will not be making an appearance this time around; instead I will be having a Shop Handmade stall. So please stop by and say hi and feel free to ask me any questions about our new shop! Only a little over 2 weeks before we open! Cheers Rach
My husband thinks I’m a little strange, I love packaging!! I know its no good for the environment so I reign myself in and only allow myself to submit to paper…. I have been known to buy something from a shop simply because the paper bag in comes in or the gift wrapping is so divine.
That said, opening a shop and having a world of ribbon, paper, bags and cards etc is a dream come true! I’ve had to be sensible!!!! And start with a few basics which arrived on Friday of course I couldn’t wait to start playing around with it all…so here is a sneak preview.
Wow the response from the Canberra Times article (Monday the 8th) has been huge, our inbox has had quite the workout!! There are soooo many clever people around! The shop is going to be filled with so many things made with real love!
I’m super lucky to have a fantastic arsenal of wonderful friends who are lending their support! Steve and Genie have been playing around with our Shopgirl and here are a couple of ideas…
I've had 4 mornings this week, where I have woken up at 4am -PING!! wide awake unable to sleep with my mind racing. The response to the Shop has been amazing, applications are simply streaming in!! in fact 2 arrived withing 12 mins of sending out the application form! So busy busy busy!!! The shop now has a lovely new ceiling and lighting...we've had our first media stint with the Canberra Times...not sure how the photo's going to look as it's been a while since I was in front of a camera! Anyhoo, must run lots to do. Wish me luck!! xx Rach
Ok so Julie from the awesome Handmade Market and Shop Handmade and my lovely friend Jennie from Posie patchwork both tagged me to do this list..... Frankly I stuggle with these lists how can I possibly have 25 interesting things to say about myself?? Anyhow I gave it a good shot...
1. I have a wonderful husband who was my first real boyfriend 2. My husband and I have been together since I was 19 3. I have the most amazing children (don't all mother's think so?) 4. I'm about to open a shop with the fabulous Julie Nichols called Shop Handmade...sooo excited! 5. I used to be a really good gymnast, but had to retire due to a spinal injury 6. I HATE cockroaches!!! I saw creepshow when I was way to young I think. 7. I started sewing when I was 15 because I couldn't find a formal dress to fit my super muscly gymnast body. 8. I'm really inspired by people who are creative, open minded and generally just happy. 9. I'm make children's clothing under the name Little Angel Little Devil 10. I'm frustrated by people who think the world owes them a favour and who are not happy for other peoples success's! 11. I used to live in Sydney and loved it. 12. But am happy to be able to raise my children in a home that has a big back yard...not possible in Sydney unless we had squillions... 13. Sadly I am really into the whole vampire thing, that said I'd never dress myself or my daughter like a vampire trashy die hard...what is about little girls clothes at the moment?? ohh yeah that's why I make Ruby's clothes! 14. I have only ever been to Fiji and hope to travel more one day! 15. I'm addicted to shoes, handbags and jewellery. 16. I have no family here in Canberra and sometimes feel realllly lonely because I love them all stacks and yes we are all really good friends! 17. That said I do have some amazing friends here in Canberra...no fr-enemy's anymore!!! 18. I love to wash clothes but HATE putting them away!! 19. I used to be a dedicated smoker, maybe that's why I always have to do things with my hands.... 20. I don't watch sports like football in any capacity but become an expert in all sports when the Olympics are on..or so I like to think. 21. I have the ability to change radio stations with my mind! creepy yes, electronics and I don't mix. 22. I'm naturally blonde but prefer myself with dark hair. 23. I hate hate hate it if my feet are dirty! my hands also but they are easier to wash a thousand times a day! 24. My perfect night is and has always been... a lovely meal with a glass of wine with wonderful friends...no nightclubs for me, that's my idea of a horrible night! 25. This is first time I have ever done a list like this and it took me ages...hope you learnt something new. XX Rach
Hi there, I'm a mum with two beautiful children I adore.Little Angel Little Devil was developed because I love to sew! I hand cut & make reversible skirts & dresses, with comfy elastic waist pants (great for toilet training), cot & bassinet linen. And so much more!!
I buy small runs of fabric that I love (100% cotton), to help ensure that virtually every garment is completely unique.
2010 brings a massive new venture for me, I'm collaborating with the fabulous Julie Nichols - mastermind behind the Handmade Market, to open a shop. The shop is an extension of the market and will house delighful goodies handmade by clever people right here in Australia!
Shop Handmade is a dream come true for me in so many ways, come and check us out if your in Canberra or visit our blog.. http://shophandmadecanberra.blogspot.com