It was such a gorgeous day on Saturday and I decided to (finally) head down to check out the Dreamers Markets in Parramatta. I was really impressed by the craftsmanship and high level of quality that the exhibitors showed. It was really refreshing to see items that are all 100% handmade.
I think the Riverside Theatre is the perfect venue for a cosy handmade market like this, especially with this view!
Nak’s Wax Candles and Soy Melts had so many deliciously inviting candle and soy melt flavours that just urged you to pick them up and made you want to eat them all up.
Just in time for Christmas.
After lots of debating with myself, I finally settled on 4 for $10 from Nak’s Wax Candles and Soy Melts: French Pear, Japanese Honeysuckle, Strawberries and Champagne and White Tea and Berries
Christine’s Millinery’s gorgeous one of a kind fascinators and hats are sure to be the way to a girl’s heart. I was in love with the black and white polka dot in the middle.
I just adored the tiny felted animals from Woolly By Nature – what an awesome name by the way! How adorable are these baby owls made from baby alpaca wool…So cute!
And the rest of the animal gang!
From ornaments to garlands, Woolly By Nature seems like a lovely way to use natural fibres to decorate your place for the holidays.
Looking for something special for your pooch this Christmas? My Name is Kiki should be your next stop. This clever cookie has a range of adorable, handmade accessories for the superstar pup.
Look at these bow ties – the perfect gift for the hipster pet.
Jewellery by Sabine had an incredible store set up that invited you to come close and get a better look. Her pieces are unique and mostly made from unique vintages findings and makes old, new again. It’s a little hard to see, but I loved the ideal of the globe glass ring filled with sand and a tiny shell.
I thought these watch face bracelets were a great way of displaying the beauty of several watches in one go.
These typewriter brackets and accessories are so clever too.
I was looking for a special Christmas gift for a friend and was so happy to stumble on Candles & Silver by Heike’s Caramel Creme soy candle – creme caramel is her favourite.
After having a nice chat with the owner of Tic Toc Vinyl, I thought the idea of converting pre loved records into a time piece is a great gift idea for dads for Christmas. It can be hard to part with a record that you have loved to death and consequently been scratched to death. Contact Tic Toc Vinyl on 0415044711 if you’ve got some precious records that you’d like to make into a unique gift.
How adorable are Lovely Jovely’s dolls and toys. Joanne the creator’s favourite doll is the lovely strawberry blonde on the left with her super-cute lace doily apron – it’s not hard to see why.
Yum banana cup cakes from Love Mitzi! How can you say no?
I had a nice chat with the lovely creator from Squeaky Squirrel. Not only are her critters insanely cute, I love the idea of using vintage styled tea towel calendars to create brand new toys. With so many prints, it’s almost impossible to get two alike. I had a real soft spot for the flamingo decorated Hippo in the centre. I hope he finds a happy home.
I thought these owlies would make a some great and colourful Christmas tree decorations.
All in all, I had a great time at the Dreamers Markets and love that this market’s focus is on featuring only handmade. There’s a lovely quality from buying something that is handmade with love by an individual and is all the more special when you give something handmade as a gift.
Love, Festival Girl