Monday, February 1, 2016

Malvern Cancellation

It is with much disappointment that I have decided to cancel Malvern Market for March 6th and all future dates.

The first market went so well but the 2nd really fell short of expectations and has meant a lack of support from businesses.

I am devastated but think Melbourne is just over saturated with markets and I am better to stick with fabulous Geelong that never disappoints. 

Our next Geelong event is on Sunday March 20th.


Friday, January 22, 2016

A magical Brae dining experience

Bucket list item - check.

I am a self confessed foodie and have been lucky enough to dine in a lot of special places around Australia and the world. There is eating to eat and then there is eating as an art form where it becomes an experience. Brae did just that. 

The setting is beautiful and remote and 1 hour from Geelong / 90 mins from Melbourne. I went with 3 of my fabulous foodie friends and we had a private driver for the evening so we could all enjoy the matching wine list. Next month some onsite B&B accommodation will be opening, a great reason for me to return :) 



You need to book quite some time in advance which certainly adds to the excitement of the event.  We were greeted by the amazing staff who really made the whole experience incredible. Nothing was too much trouble and their knowledge of the food and wine and all the accompanying descriptions was top class.

The dining room is open and airy with views out to the countryside where we witnesses a sensational sunset. My only complaint would be the sun shining directly into my eyes requiring sunglasses for most of the meal which felt odd indoors.



The man at the helm is Dan Hunter who was the former executive chef at Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel. Dan is all about using local and fresh ingredients that are in season.

Brae has a d├ęgustation-only policy which means you will be having 10 courses and eating a broad range of interesting ingredients. The kitchen is however used to catering for many food requests.One of my fellow diners is a vegetarian and was very happy with her substitutes. The full menu is at the end of this post. Here a few pictures of the dishes. The iced oyster challenged my head and my taste buds and I loved it. Sweet yet savoury, cold and dense with an ice cream texture.








The food presentation was pure art and one thing I noticed was that I never had the need to season as everything was the perfect balance. I am a a self confessed salt lover but needed nothing. Big tick of approval from me.  Being invited to the kitchen to meet and chat with Dan after our meal was also a lovely touch to personalise the experience. We will all be back for a lunch sitting next time so we can see the amazing setting.






4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra, Victoria
03 5236 2226

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Piccadilly Market $50 plus LUXE Christmas Gift ideas

Our final post is for the $50 plus gift range. For someone special and maybe even a gift for ourselves


1. Tea Obsession pack by Organics for Lily. $60
Obession Tea Pack with 12 small jars of your favourite Organics for lily tea plus a stainless steel infuser

2. Serving dish by ElaLen. $120
ElaLen - A gift for the Christmas and BBQ season: gorgeous serving dish with handles, 37cm (45cm with handles) x 28cm x 7.4cm; volume 3.5 litres. Genuine Boleslawiec stoneware. 

3. Limited Edition Linocut by Bridget Farmer. $55
Spotted Pardalote, from the series ‘Birds in my Garden’ by Bridget Farmer.
This is a limited edition linocut, hand coloured with watercolours

4.Geelong and Surfcoast Cushion by Mabel and Me on the Road. $65

5. Mohawk Sling by Stacey Inq $180
Made from super soft premium leather.Features a large zipper zone inside, additional zipper pocket, open pocket and iPhone space

6. Bean Bags by Yin & Yarn. $50

7. Leather Bag Set by Gypsy & Co. $295
This 3 in 1 leather bag is a bag inside a bag inside a bag.

It's your complete go to piece, both stylish and functional.
Excellent for everyday use, travel, business or motherhood, wherever life takes you. 

The 3 pieces complement each other and can work as one bag, or just unclip the middle bag, add the strap and you have a stylish cross body bag.
You also have a small clutch purse as your third option, to use as a purse or take separately as a clutch for a night out 


8. Dolls by Playful Child. $50+
Playful Child Dolls are ready for fun and adventure!
These lovely dolls have recaptured their inner child. Their re-painted faces reflect their joyous spirits and sense of fun, and their new handmade clothes are as unique as the dolls themselves.


9. Christmas Style Pack by Zippy Skirts. $129.90 ($129.90 values – Save $50)

1 Versatile Skirt - classic black stretch skirt in your selected size; wear as a skirt or strapless top!
1  Christmas red zip-on panel (zips to Versatile skirt at hidden waistband zip)

You can download our super cute Christmas wish list here










Sunday, November 29, 2015

Piccadilly Market $25 - 50 Christmas Gift Ideas

Post number 3 is Piccadilly Market's $25-50 Christmas gift ideas.


1. Stoneware Mug by ElaLen. $30
Lovely stoneware mug in cream and blue dots, from the famous 'pottery town' of Boleslawiec in Poland. A perfect gift for anyone who works in an office -- add a touch of luxury to their tea break and help beautify their everyday work environment.

2.  Tea lovers Pack by Organics for lily. $38
6 jars of your favourite Organics for lily blends with a stainless steel tea infuser.

3. Christmas Puddings by Mandi’s Kitchen. $27 - $45
There's no
better time than now to spoil your friends & family with a decadent dessert from Mandi's Kitchen Puddings.  Come & taste all thedelicious flavours.

4. Kids Wall Prints by Fizzy Pop Designs. From $29.95
For a bright and creative gift idea check our Fizzy Pop Designs range of kids wall prints.  With lots of fun designs to choose there is sure to be a design your little one will love.  

5.Nautical Zip Playsuit by Li’l Zippers
Stylish playsuit with a detachable hoody can be easily removed while baby sleeps. Soft & stretchy cotton keeps them comfy all day.
Features  Li’l Zippers signature chin-to-bum zip design for quick nappy changes.

6. Mountain Print by Yin and Yarn $30

7. Necklace by Simply By KT. $30
This is a classic pink necklace comprised of handmade polymer clay beads strung on braided leather. Its length is 70cm with a silver clasp to compliment the fine silver beads that finish the look.. 

8. Hand Dyed Socks by Goomo. $29
These magnificent Terry Lined socks are Australian made from selected superfine Australian Merino Wool.  We individually hand dye each pair using plants and metals from the Geelong area.

9. The Menagerie Flight cardboard jigsaw puzzle by Jenny Laidlaw. $30
This 100 piece puzzle will entertain, challenge and intrinsically offer the opportunity for learning. It is made from quality materials and comes with a full size poster of the my fun, vibrant and whimsical illustration.
This puzzle will engage and delight your child. Suitable for ages 3 and up. There are 6 puzzle varieties in my cardboard range (100 and 200 pieces) and 4 in the wooden range (48 and 96 pieces)

You can download and print our cute Christmas wish list here








Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Piccadilly Christmas Gifts $15 - 25

Time for our fabulous $15 - 25 price range of Christmas gifts






1. Red Pebble Embossed Earrings on Mother of Pearl Shell by Miss Moi. $20 pair

2. Gift Pack by I’m Not Charlie. $25
Includes three 300g jars of I'm Not Charlie pickles or relish of your choice, presented in a gift box. 

3. Hand Printed Tea Towel by Femke Textiles. $24
Hand printed in Melbourne 100% linen tea towel. Measures 50cm x 70cm approx.

4. Handmade Clay Necklaces by 2 BeadingMummas. $16 - $25 each

5. Personalised Santa Sacks by the bj experiment. $25

Various designs available, so Santa knows who's sack belongs to who!


6.Sauces by Sticky Balsamic -$16 each.

7. Jewellery Pack by That Phat Bird - $18

9. Hand Painted Earrings by Bashka Design Studio. $20.

You can download the super cute Christmas gift list here






Monday, November 23, 2015

Piccadilly Gift Giving Gnomes

On both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December there will be 2 gold gnomes hiding somewhere waiting to be found.

They could be on a stall holders table, in a plant, in the cafe or anywhere else they can think of hiding.

If you find a gnome please take him to the Piccadilly desk at the bottom of the stairs and collect one of these four packs.  The one you get will be a surprise.






Have fun!!!!








Thursday, November 19, 2015

Piccadilly Market $15 and under Christmas Gifts

Christmas is coming and Piccadilly market has some amazing gifts on offer. Here is a small selection of $15 and under. Perfect for teacher gifts.



1. Lip Balm by Bellalu. $10 each
    Lip Balms available in 10 homemade mouth-watering flavours


2. Organic Cotton Bowknot Headrap by Le Petit Bouton. $14.95 


3. A range of meringue options by  Little Miss Meringue -  $4 - $12
We have our 'Oh so Pretty' cellophane bags of 3 meringue kisses for $4 and bags of 5 for $6; and for those who would like to try a selection of our flavours we have our popular tin tie bags of 10 meringue kisses for $12. 
 

4. Bandana Bib by Pikanini. $14.95
    Bandana Bibs are reversible dribble bibs suitable for babies from 2 months to     2 years


5. Artisan Preserves by Crisp. $10
   Crisp Produce and Preserves uses mostly home grown fruit and vegetables to      create incredibly delicious sweet and savoury preserves in small batches, in a   wide range of traditional and innovative varieties. At just $10 each, and              presented in a pretty, tissue lined bag, a jar or two makes for a lovely gift at      Christmas.

6. Where From Now – Christmas Rope Ball Decorations $12 each. 3 for $30

7. Children’s Apron by Love You This Much. $11.95

8. Touch and Feel Felt Board by Little Big Wren - $12

9. Necklace by Run Wild Horses. $15

You can download our super cute Christmas gift list here 






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