Christmas Craft Market Greystanes Review | 2015


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.


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.


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.


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


These tiny crocheted Christmas decorations are just gorgeous

_DSC1736Hey everybunny…



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.



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.


Aren’t these crocheted baby sandals just adorable?

_DSC1763 _DSC1762 _DSC1767Look at the adorable Advark. When she creates her crafts, Madelynn takes special care to think of the little ones and often crochets details instead of adding buttons and accessories.

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


I was particularly smitten by the fuzzy panda.


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


How cute are these reindeer noses!


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


Newtown Festival | 8 November 2015

NewtownFestival_3One of Sydney’s most beloved events, the Newtown Festival is on again and this year, it’s bigger than ever. After humble beginnings 37 years ago, the Newtown Festival has become a neighbourhood icon as it encapsulates the spirit of Sydney’s most vibrant creative community.

So what should you expect from the Newtown Festival this year? The theme this year is ‘Newtopia’ and it’s all about keeping things local. The festival will highlight some of the amazing people, businesses, artists and organisations that the neighbourhood has to offer.

For the first time ever, Newtown’s lords of liquor, Mary’s and Young Henrys will commandeer the bars. We will see the return of the ‘Newtown Locals’ food-fusion zone and as well as that, the best up-and-coming performers, artists and creatives in the neighbourhood will grace the stage. Also at the festival, there will be hundreds of markets stalls, the Live Art Hub, the ever popular Dog Show and if writing is your thing, the Writers’ Tent brings together some of the best local and national writing in the county. The Kids Zone will keep the little ones more than occupied.

NewtownFestival_1One of the Newtown Festival’s greatest features is its emphasis on the sustainable and maintaining sound environmental practices. *Cue Captain Planet theme song* You can check out the wide range of sustainable festival initiatives here.

Funds raised by the Festival go towards providing community support services at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and will help a huge range of community members including disadvantaged groups such as the aged, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, people with mental illness, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people on low incomes. Go humans!

The event is free to attend, but there are donation buckets that are hungry for any loose change you might have, so dig deep.



Location: The Festival is held at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown.
Entrances: There are six entrance gates at the Festival. Gates 1 and 3 – Lennox Street, Gate 5 – Australia Street, Gates 6 and 8 – Federation Road, Gate 9 – Church Street
Top Tip: Gate 3 is by far the most congested so plan your arrival, and check out the Festival map beforehand so you know where the entrances are. If there is a long line, head to another gate.
Bike: City of Sydney provide FREE valet bike parking on the day! This is located in the park, along the Bike Boulevard (access from Australia Street).
Water: Bring your own water bottle (no plastic bottles yo)

Check here and here for info about the event including more on how to get there.

Images courtesy of the organiser.


Festival Girl

SciFi Film Festival | Saturday 31 October 2015

SciFiFilmFestival-IsissLooking to get more SciFi into your weekend? Why not head down to the 2015 SciFi Film Festival at Parramatta this Saturday 31 October.

There’s a lot going on in one day. There will be screenings of feature films, animation and short films in adjacent theatres so if you’re looking to veg out and watch SciFi films all day, be sure to check the feature films and short films program.

SciFi Con celebrates all things SciFi, fantasy and pop culture. The convention showcases comics, cosplay, illustrators, artists and authors, craftspeople, anime, toys, books, collectibles and memorabilia, computer and board games.


Presented by SciFi Film Festival, SciFi Con is designed to bring together enthusiasts, nerds, families, friends and professionals under the one roof. For the ultimate fans, there will be panels, seminars and workshops with comic book and film industry professionals as well as educational and software demonstrations.

Cosplayers are encouraged to dress up and come along. For all your efforts, there will be a cosplay parade and competition if you feel like joining in.

SciFiFilmFestival-CosplayersLocated in Parramatta, the international SciFi Film Festival is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the science fiction and fantasy genres, their films and pop culture. SciFi Film Festival is a not for profit creative enterprise administered by Screen My Shorts Inc.

Personally, I think one of this festival’s most admirable feature is that it represents and celebrates diversity and promotes the cultivation of freedom of thought, cultural and creative expression, regardless of age, abilities, gender or LGBTI. Go all humans!


Date: 31 October 2015
Venue: SciFi Film Festival and SciFi Con are located at Riverside Theatres on the corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
Where: See map and location
Tickets are available at the Box Office centrally located in the Foyer and is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Images from here

Love, Festival Girl