Carlingford Gem Show Review

I went along to the Carlingford Gem Show Show at Roselea Community Centre Carlingford last weekend and I wanted to show you some of my finds.

I also bought some loose stones and this awesome chunk (I’m sure that is not the correct terminology) of Pyrite – which really makes me think if a Transformer, gold and a Rock could somehow have a baby, it would look like this!

I love these kinds of events because if you don’t really know anything about lapidary, you will when you leave. A couple of men were sitting around this drill like machine working on polishing some stones. I also noticed a number of stones were sitting in containers of water. The men explained that essentially when the stones are being shaped and cut, some have to be placed in water to avoid cracking and splitting when the drill does its thing.

With so many precious stones, rough cuts, finished jewellery, fossils, minerals for collectors, opals, jewellery settings, tools and beautiful handmade pieces, it was certainly an interesting experience and I maybe looking around for the next lapidary show soon…

For more info about events like this check this out and this

Love, Festival Girl

Uruguayan Independence Day Festival 2012

So I went to the Uruguayan Independence Day celebration at Fairfield showground over the weekend. You might remember my post on last year’s festival but this year it happened to fall on my actual birthday. Hooray!

So what’s it all about. In a nutshell, it’s about remembering the importance of culture and passing it on to younger generations. It’s about learning about where you come from and celebrating a sense of community…And of course, its about the food!

This stall was selling mate cups which is traditionally made of silver and decorated in leather. Mate is a popular South American infused drink that is made up of yerba (like tea leaves) and hot water. Rather than be strained, the tea is drunk through a bombilla (metal straw) that acts as a straw and a sieve.

Some delicious Dulce De Leche desserts

And the motherload… Asado as far as the eye can see. Vegetarians look away now…

These community members volunteer their time and efforts to feed the thousands that walk through the gates.

I spoke to the creator of the the recreation of the miniature of Uruguay’s iconic ‘Parque Rodo’.


This is a project that he and his wife do together and he mentions, “we don’t really watch too much tv or movies so this helps pass the time. I use recycled objects, toys, plastic bottles to make everything you see.”  You can see the looks on people’s faces, the sense of wonder that a display like this creates and it’s truly just magical.

This is a new edition to this year’s display. As is the Mini Zoo below.

He is such a gentle man and it made me smile when he said, “people say that I just play with toys all day and that I should do something else with my time…but I love it.”

The gentleman has an exercise book that he puts in front of the display and when they get home, the husband and wife sit down and read all the lovely comments together. I asked my mum what she thought about the display and she said, “it really just takes me back to the wonderful memories I had a as child.”

So of course there was lots of cultural displays such as dancers from El Salavador, Uruguay, Peru and of course the deafening drums of the Candombe group.

The Candombe group performs using their loud drumming to announce that the parade is about to begin.
Here are some of the highlights of this exhilarating experience – It’s certainly about being loud and proud!


It’s really a thrilling experience hearing and seeing the parade. If you get in the front row like I was, you can feel the energy of the crowd. With the parade so close, I had to hang back to avoid being smacked in the face with a drum, ostrich feather or over sized waving flag.

Of course it’s the beautiful girls that draws in the crowd, but when the Candombe group pass you, the feeling is very invigorating and really makes your heart beat faster. The deafening sound and rhythm of the drums is completely overwhelming and almost too quickly fleeting as the parade moves on.

Until next year…

Love, Festival Girl


Sydney Style Markets Review

I’ve been a little sick over the last week so apologies for the delay in getting this one up! So I went to the Sydney Style Markets at Leichhardt last weekend with a couple of friends. It was the exciting launch event for the Sydney Style Markets and was I surprised by the outcome. Not only did the weather decide to show off, I was quite impressed by the level of quality that the store holders offered and the appeal of the products to their ideal customers: women and mommys!

Although I’m not a mommy myself, I did find myself coo-ing and cah-ing over some super adorable knit-ware. I even bought an adorable beanie from Ju Ju Creations for my boyfriend’s one year old niece.

On sale for just $15, I thought it was a bargain!

Looking good Lil Cherubs

When in Rome…

Can you see those oh so hot right now tissue paper pom poms – amazing right. I mean these puffy delights are everywhere on the craftosphere. Don’t you even think of having a party without some kind of pom pom-age!

What is lovely about Mrs Pom Pom and her adorable pom pom wonderland is not only does she have an awesome colour range available for purchase, she can also cater to pretty much every colour in the rainbow.

I couldn’t help buying one of these embellished woolen half beanies for $25 from Erin Louise for one of my girlfriend’s upcoming birthday.

..and then I stumbled on this beautiful stall – Trove Designs… with so many beautiful pieces of bounty, I couldn’t help buying myself this perdy pair of aqua marine earrings.

I am so obsessed with this colour right now!

I heart this aqua treasure trove chest!

If you are bummed you missed out on this one, never fear the Sydney Style markets will be happening next month on the 16th of September. Sounds like a perfect spring day outing to me!

You can find out more info here

Love, Festival Girl