Dreamers Markets – Spring 2013 Review

Dreamers-Markets-16It 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.

Dreamers-Markets-1I think the Riverside Theatre is the perfect venue for a cosy handmade market like this, especially with this view!

Dreamers-Markets-5Nak’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.

Dreamers-Markets-4Just in time for Christmas.

Dreamers-Markets-3Dreamers-Markets-24After 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

Dreamers-Markets--15 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.

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Dreamers-Markets-10I 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!

Dreamers-Markets-11And the rest of the animal gang!

Dreamers-Markets-20From ornaments to garlands, Woolly By Nature seems like a lovely way to use natural fibres to decorate your place for the holidays.

Dreamers-Markets-12Walnut babies!

Dreamers-Markets-8 Dreamers-Markets-9Looking 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.

Dreamers-Markets-18Look at these bow ties – the perfect gift for the hipster pet.

Dreamers-Markets-6Jewellery 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.

Dreamers-Markets-17I thought these watch face bracelets were a great way of displaying the beauty of several watches in one go.

Dreamers-Markets-7These typewriter brackets and accessories are so clever too.

Dreamers-Markets-22aI 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.

Dreamers-Markets-13After 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.

Dreamers-Markets-21How 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.

Dreamers-Markets-19Yum banana cup cakes from Love Mitzi! How can you say no?

Dreamers-Markets-14 Dreamers-Markets-23I 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.

Dreamers-Markets-23aI 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.

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Love, Festival Girl

Parramatta Lanes 2013 Festival Review

ParramattaLanes2013_1So this week I went along to the Parramatta Lanes Festival with my boy and my bestie. I had a ball at the last Parramatta Lanes I visited so I was excited to find out what was in store for this year’s. So what is on the table for this unique festival of food and art? Pop-up bars, live music, art installations and delicious food will have you settling your curiosities and discovering the alleys of Parramatta.

This is probably one of my favourite foodie fests in Parramatta and I think it’s a great opportunity to give the spotlight to the little guys and also a chance to feature the local favourites.

ParramattaLanes2013_BWhat’s great about this event is that it lines up two of my most favourite things: food and art! Guerilla crochet – chai tea filled lane ways and a vertical herb garden ladder, what more could you want?

ParramattaLanes2013_5I loved the life-size chess that had every man (even boys) trying to challenge their minds before they challenge their bellies.

ParramattaLanes2013_4Townhall Lane – I heart this bike. For those of you who don’t know, I only recently started to learn how to ride a bike…yes…for the first time. As a kid, I basically cried and screamed any time I went near the damn thing, so I never really learnt. Let me tell you, I really wish I had just broke through the wall then, so I didn’t have to face the humiliation of having six-year olds being able to ride laps around me. Maybe a pretty bike like this might be able to improve my riding skills…

ParramattaLanes2013_3Bahahaha The Brassholes – get it?! They had me at the moment that they started playing the theme from Game of Thrones…

ParramattaLanes2013_2The gorgeously chic, french pop-up La’Toosh had some yummy french inspired desserts.

ParramattaLanes2013_11Connection Arcade – Let me tell you, I was probably a little too excited for my own good but who wouldn’t be with the foodies extravaganza we had lined up.

We took a short stroll to Sweet Street Bakery, Shop 17, 162-172 Church St, Parramatta, where we were welcomed by Loukty the puppet. This is my new favourite bakery by the way. I don’t know what was more fabulous? The shabby chic decor with an assortment of oh-so-hot-right-now blackboards, books and fresh flowers or the AH-MA-ZING fancy pants desserts on offer. We devoured the strawberry tart, chocolate mousse cones and chocolate raspberry tarts. All I could say was ‘get in my belly!’ My favourite was the mousse cone. Yum!

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ParramattaLanes2013_9Townhall Lane – Hands down my favourite meal of the evening, some serious subs from The Nighthawk Diner. This American style diner make all their magic in a silver bullet caravan. I don’t know what was more delicious, the Cuban or the Philly Cheese. If you head here, don’t even bother choosing, just get both!

ParramattaLanes2013_10I would have loved to have included a pic…but embarassingly, we just shoved it down our gobs and then thought to take a picture…DAMMIT!

ParramattaLanes2013_CLovers embrace while a talented opera singer had people mesmerised.

ParramattaLanes-2013-1Cafe Sotto had so many delicious Italian treats on offer. We couldn’t go past the arancini balls and the meat ball paninis.

ParramattaLanes-2013-2We got some arancini balls on a bed of rocket. Yum!

ParramattaLanes-2013-8And of course, some tasty mason jar cocktails to celebrate. Whoo!

ParramattaLanes-2013-3Roxy Carpark – Just sit back and enjoy the tunes as you dine on some tasty Asian delights.

ParramattaLanes-2013-6Erby Place – Our final stop at the Beer and Cider Bar featuring craft beers from local brewers Riverside Brewing. What an amazing way to finish the night…

ParramattaLanes-2013-4Bottoms up!

ParramattaLanes-2013-5And finally the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Smoked, slow roasted BBQ pork with slaw from Smokey O’s BBQ..Yum!

ParramattaLanes-2013-7OMG I forgot to mention that I saw Chocolate Suze! I was too shy to say hi and must admit I was a bit star struck – I’m such a geek! Anyway, I had a great time this year and might see if I can sneak back some time next week and chow down on some more of those amazing subs!

Parramatta Lanes
When: 24 & 25 October
Time: 4:30-9:30pm
See more info here

Love, Festival Girl.

Doll, Bear and Craft Fair 2013 – Wollongong

BBearsLove dolls, bears and craft and looking for something fun to do today? Why not soak up the gorgeous spring weather and head down to Wollongong for the 30th Annual Doll, Bear and Craft Fair.

There will be trading tables, displays, dolls and bears, old and new, miniatures, and all related items. Take part in kids craft, dolls hospital consultations, and get doll and bear valuations. Raffles will also be running.

Details:
Sunday 20 October
Wollongong Town Hall
9.30am – 4pm
Find more info here and here

Love, Festival Girl