Christmas Craft Market Greystanes Review | 2015

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So I went along to the Christmas Craft Market at OLQP parish in Greystanes over the weekend to check out the latest in handmade crafts for Christmas. This year, the event raised funds and gave its profits to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

In its 9th year, the fair had a great selection of handmade gifts for Christmas. As always, the market is run by volunteers of OLQP and featured over 30 stalls from all over Sydney. These included Christmas decorations and gifts, baby wear, home-made décor, kitchen goods, edible treats, scarves and bags, jewellery, terrariums and heaps more.

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I’ve attended this little event for the past couple of year, and it always pleases me to see so many engaged community members enjoying the market and supporting local businesses. After speaking with the organiser, she mentioned that they are looking into trying to expand the market.

_DSC1728Hands down, my favourite treat from the event has got to be these Handmade Chocolates – you have to try the Chocolate Hazelnut Crackles, they are to die for. Contact 0418748230.

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I spoke to the lovely Alison from Alison’s Busy Fingers who with her Mother, creates delightful handmade baby garments and gifts. The creative duo each have their talents and it’s great to see family producing some wonderful products.

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Alison uses acrylic wool for her designs, which means they will deal well with wear and tear

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These tiny crocheted Christmas decorations are just gorgeous

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The market was bustling with eager shoppers looking for the right gift for friends and loved ones

_DSC1749I paid a visit to The Sewing Plot who creates all sorts of lovelies including handmade dolls, adorable succulents, bunting Santa sacks and cute kids clothes.

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I was really impressed by the work of Madelynn the creator of Handmade Treasures. As you can see from the image above, Madelynn is one talented crafter. Madelynn said that a few years ago, she didn’t know if she was good enough to enter her work into the Royal Easter Show and it was her husband who told her that she should give it a go. Turns out, she’s really, really good at it and she’s won a first prize ribbon every year since she started entering. That’s an impressive effort!

Madelynn prefers to use natural fibres for her crafts and she’s she’s meticulous for detail. She won’t sell anything that doesn’t have her stamp of approval. You can tell that she really has a love and passion for her craft and it’s clear that her grand children are a big influence in her life. She shows a lot of great technique and embraces using vintage materials such as silk rayon thread to make her pieces. Some of her award winning pieces include cute baby dresses.

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Aren’t these crocheted baby sandals just adorable?

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_DSC1764These little girl hats are just so sweet. The level of detail and quality is just beautiful in person.

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I was particularly smitten by the fuzzy panda.

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Julie-Ann’s Jars and Lolly Bars provided some fun and colourful Christmas eye candy.

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How cute are these reindeer noses!

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A gorgeous menagerie of terraniums, cactuses and succulents, my fav!

_DSC1785_DSC1784I had a real soft spot for the donkey planter – in hindsight, I really should have bought it 🙂

Love, Festival Girl

 

Christmas Craft Market and Antique Valuations Event | 22 November 2014

CraftFairAntiqueEvaluation_14The Craft Market and Antique Valuations event is on again this weekend Saturday 22nd November and just in time for Christmas.

This is the 8th Craft Fair organised by volunteers of OLQP and features over 30 stalls from all over Sydney, selling quality Christmas decorations and gifts, baby wear, home-made décor, kitchen goods, edible treats, scarves and bags, jewellery, potted violets and plants and much more.

Don’t feel too bad about blowing the budget as profits go to supporting CareFlight who offer a range of services in patient care and in education and training which support their mission is to save lives, speed recovery and serve the community by providing the highest standard of rapid response critical care.

There will be devonshire tea, a BBQ from 8am and antique valuations available from 9am.

If you’re into The Voice, Belinda Adams and the Police Band will be stopping by.

Details:

From 8am until 2pm
Saturday 22nd November
OLQP Camilleri Hall 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes
More infomation

I hope to see you there.
Love, Festival Girl

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Christmas Lights Sydney List 2013

SydneyChristmaslights_24It’s that time of year again. It’s time to soak up some Christmas cheer and see the Christmas light displays that your local neighbourhood communities have worked so hard on creating.

I’ve grabbed my sources from a couple of sites, but feel free to check some of these for more information on more locations and interactive maps from here, here, here and here.

Ashbury: Second Street (Also spread to 1st, Third and Fourth Streets)
Baulkham Hills: Geraldine Ave
Baulkham Hills: Mulgray Ave
Berala:11 McDonald Street
Castle Hill:6 Gardenia Place
Cherrybrook: Lonicera Place
Chipping Norton: 12 and 14 Faversham Crescent
Drummoyne: Janet Street
Dulwich Hill: Frazer Street
Eastwood: Irene Crescent
Glebe: Broughton Street
Lidcombe: 44 Kerrs Road
Hurstville: Hodge St
Kogarah: 36 Madrers Ave
Merrylands:28 Derby Street
North Bondi:5 Waratah Street
North Ryde: Chauvel St
Quakers Hill: 76 Greendale Terrace
Roselands:124 Karne St north
Ryde: Stephen Avenue, Ryde
St Andrews: 59 Stromeferry Crescent
St Clair:12 Concorde Place
Toongabbie: 6 Vancouver Ave

By the way, if you missed it last year, it looks like the Chipping Norton ‘Gangnam Style’ lights are back. These neighbours have put their heads together to create a Christmas lights display that you don’t want to miss located at 12 & 14 Faversham Crescent, Chipping Norton.

Enjoy and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Love, Festival Girl