Friday, October 31, 2014

In the Spotlight: The Little Green Project

Meet Jules from The Little Green Project who is a first timer at Piccadilly Market on Sunday November 9th in Williamstown.

Who doesnt love a terrarium?

Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi. I'm Jules, florist by trade,  lover of things vintage glass and creator if The Little Green Project terrariums.

How did you come up with your business name?
It was very quick actually. We knew it had to include green and a little brainstorming during a short car trip and The Little Green Project was the end result. We love it.

Tell us how your product/range came about?
So how did I come to making terrariums? Well this all began almost 5 years ago, just after my son was born. I had collected way too many vintage jars and bottles.     Filling them with little blooms was cute, but I was wanting something more unique. So I started experimenting with moss. It thrived. I loved the idea of bringing a little green inside the house other than a pot plant or flowers, so I started experimenting with other greenery in my terrariums. I felt inspired. I spent many many             months trialling plants, finding out which ones thrived and which ones didn't. Family and friends all wanted one of my creations. Let's just say birthdays and christmas were sorted that year.
So after having my second child and our little family being relocated to the other side of Australia, it felt natural to start selling my terrariums. It was the right time. I needed to meet people,  to get to know Perth and feel a sense of belonging in my new city. So The Little Green Project was born.
We have recently again moved. Returning to the east and I am excited to bring my terrariums to the lovely Melbourne folk.

How long have you been in business for?
The Little Green Project has been trading since mid 2012.

What inspires you?
I'm inspired by the colours and shapes in nature. I'm also a big fan of all things vintage, upcycled and recycled and I get very excited with my glass finds.

Have you always been ‘arty’ and/or ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
Yes I have always been a crafty...I have fond memories growing up of pom pom making, cross stitch, sketching, flower pressing (I was always picking wild flowers).    It was no surprise to my mum that at the age of 5, I told her I wanted to own a flower shop.

What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
Um...I wouldn't say that this is particularly cool, but this little 5 year old me was right...I  did end up owning my own florist. At 27. A successful one actually, in the heart of Melbourne's design district of Flinders's still running today.  That is awesome...go you!!!
If money were no object what would be your dream destination right now?
I feel like i should say somewhere more glamorous,  but I really want to go to New York. It's going to be my 40th birthday present to myself.

What book can you read over and over again?
I actually never read a novel more than once......but a kids book...well, The Gruffalo I just love and never tire of.
What is your favorite website(s) ?    
Pinterest?! I have a slight addiction I need to overcome!  Yep, I think a few people have this addiction
 Have you ever met anyone famous?
No, but my husband has! Being in the hotel industry for the past 20 years the list is long and varied. Here's just a few....he chatted to Ringo Starr while being transferred from the airport,  hung out with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, met Beyonce, and had to deal with Justin Bieber and his recent antics!  He is never one to ask for an autograph except for the time he met Ridge Forrester.....he had to get a signed photo for his mum!  Fun job

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In the Spotlight: Epona Co

Meet Colleen from Epona Co who is bringing some fabulous homewares to Piccadilly Market in Williamstown on 9 November.

Tell us a little about yourself? 
I'm a Mum of two boys and we live on the coast.  I'm an outdoor person often paddle boarding and entertaining with family and friends.

How did you come up with your business name? 
Epona co. is an established family business based in NSW whom are friends of mine hence the name was already established.

Tell us how your product/range came about?  
The product range was introduced to me through my friends whom furnished my brothers house (his house is featured in the online catalogue) with outdoor and indoor bean bags.  I then bought a Dog Lounger for my dog and fell in love with the product instantly (and so did my dog!)

How long have you been in business for?
I launched the business here in Victoria at the Torquay Cowrie Market on Sunday 21st Septemeber

What inspires you? 
Entertaining, lounging, the outdoors, pride within my home, class and sophistication.

Have you always been ‘arty’ and/or ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
I have always owned small businesses throughout my adult life, ones which allow me to socialise and express myself.  Epona co. and I have established this classy, sophisticated but yet relaxed and social relationship which is represented within the product.

What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
I love restoring furniture!

If money were no object what would be your dream destination right now?
The Caribbean!  Me too

What book can you read over and over again?
The Celestine Prophecy

What is your favorite website(s) ? 
 Pinterest and Kip & Co.

Have you ever met anyone famous?
Willam De Foe, Steve And Sarah Vizard (I was their nanny at one stage many moons ago!)

Make sure you pop by and say Hi on Sunday November 9th

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Fabulous Myer Giftorium

Part of the wonderful life of a blogger is getting invited to fab events and this one was an extra special one.

I LOVE Christmas, always have, always will and am enjoying passing my joy and excitement on to my kids.

When the invite turned up for a Secret Myer Christmas Event I was in. I took my girls out of school for the day for all sorts of Mummy/Daughter Shenanigans.

From the moment we arrived on the 6th floor of Bourke Street Myer we were whisked into Christmas land. There were magical elves, roving entertainers, face painters, magic shows, christmas carols and more.

Yep free popcorn and wizz fizz's

Love a good photo bomb

I really do love seeing the look of awe on childrens faces and my 2 girls had that look.

'Giftorium is a unique concept in Australian retailing and was developed to bring back fun and theatre to Christmas shopping. At the heart of Giftorium is the desire to provide a totally unique set of services and create a new level of engagement with Myer customers shopping for Christmas gifts, decorations and festive food ideas. '

Digging the jellybean wall

There is a frozen cave to climb into and have some time out if required.

There are activities to keep young ones happy and busy

Incredibly talented face painter (artist), this Mama bear got in on the act too.

We really enjoyed the Giftologists (gift giving experts) who were on hand and happy to help you with your gift buying.

Great for kids to go off with some money in their pocket to buy gifts for siblings, friends and parents.

Myer will also be bringing the magic of Christmas to its website with a dedicated Giftorium 
microsite to guide customers through the product offering and services including: Giftician
appointments (select stores), book a time to meet Santa (all downtown stores), Same Day Elf
Delivery service to anyone within a 2km radius (Melb, Syd, Bris and Perth), and the Gift Finder. I so wish I could get a gift delivered by an elf.

In select stores around the country, there will be demonstrations by major brands including Marvin’s
Magic, SodaStream, Mr Men and Little Miss, Plumm wine glasses, Dilmah Teas and Vista Print.

The Mr Men/Little Miss stand are doing personalised prints. LOVE LOVE this idea and think its an amazing present for young and old. Look at mine...squeal!!!

We were lucky enough to be able to take home a soda stream (how happy are we?) but even better you get to customise your own colours. We went red/yellow/red. Another awesome gift idea.

Sooooooo many amazing decorations in loads of colour themes. It is like being a kid in a candy store.

We had to follow up with some racing season hats and fascinator try ons. My girls could get used to skipping school.

Christmas Giftorium
 officially opens on the 8th November with lots of opening weekend fanfare.

So when you head up for the Myer Christmas windows make sure you visit the 6th floor Giftorium as well.

In the Spotlight: Blossom Couture

Please meet Emma from Blossom Couture who is a newcomer to Williamstown Piccadilly Market on Sunday 9th November.

Loving this Neon set

Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a mum of 2 super cute girls (11 years and 2years), a wife of a super supportive husband, I live in Moama, NSW and I love creating

How did you come up with your business name?
A quick brainstorm,  my love of florals and fashion came together to become Blossom Couture

Tell us how your product/range came about?
I started experimenting with jewellery making from the time my mum was making wooden bead necklaces in the 80s ...
Many ideas in between I finally found that my love of computers and using photoshop could combine to create awesome unique resin jewellery

How long have you been in business for?
I have been “officially” creating  jewellery for 11 years now.

What inspires you?
Honestly everything, the whole process of my business, I am continually switched on looking for great colour combinations and patterns, I love the end result, I really love my customers feedback and their love of something that I have created, each sale online and at markets is exciting to me.

Have you always been ‘arty’ and/or ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
Having grown up with a very clever mum who was always sewing, knitting, crafting I have searched my whole life for my passion and have trialled so many ideas but feel I have finally found my true passion and wish my beautiful mum was still here so I could share my successes with her.

What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
I grew up in the middle of nowhere on a cattle farm and then went to school in the middle of Toorak... two absolute extremes in my life make me feel I had the best of both worlds.

If money were no object what would be your dream destination right now?
Italy! Definitely my goal

What book can you read over and over again?
Considering I am up till the wee hours of the morning most nights pouring resin (as 2year olds and resin do not mix!) I unfortunately haven't read a whole in book in years and I used to love reading everything and anything! After the Christmas rush my goal is to go away for a whole weekend and read a really good book...I have heard "Gone Girl" should be on everyones reading list.

What is your favourite website(s) ?      
Etsy and Pinterest, many hours lost on those sites!

Have you ever met anyone famous?
A few well know household names but no one that I would faint over, haha

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My tour of Etsy HQ in New York City

Are you an Etsy addict like me? I could totally buy most of the things on there if the budget allowed. Quite a lot of my Piccadilly Market stall holders are sellers on Etsy so was pretty damn excited for the chance to take a tour of this amazing business.

Etsy is located in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn. They employ 400 people of which most are tech based and solely work on the website running like clockwork. They are a B corporation defined as voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. 

As you can imagine they are incredibly eco friendly and do everything they can to do good in the world and make it a better place.

We were so excited to visit, like kids in a candy store and said as much to Mike our fabulous tour guide, he said he feels the same way coming to work everyday. Honestly you would never want to work anywhere else. I took A LOT of photos as it is the best way to see what it is all about. My proper new camera turned out to be a lemon so had to use my phone and was so giddy with excitement that a few are blurry...ooops

This is a new installation and is a living wall entrance.

This is GRIT who is the official Etsy mascot, he gets blinged with lights at Xmas and even gets to wear a Halloween costume

Each of the meeting rooms are named after a combination of food and music. Memos are sent around office and lots of input goes into these quirky names.

Everyone at Etsy uses reusable cups with Etsy cosies on them...super cute.... if they take them to local cafes they get discounts. A good initiative.

A cool hang out room is in here, there are a lot of different hang out zones around the building you can work in and did I mention you can bring your dog to work? Yes you can, there are pooches scattered around the place on their dog beds and just having a wander. LOVE that.

No phones are used at desks, if you want to use a phone you go into a phone right!!!!

Another little lounging area

Love the Fall pumpkin display in the kitchen

They have Eatsy days twice a week where a spread of delicious food is provided for all the staff. That is my kind of workplace. Vegetarians are catered too also.

Whip up a treat for lunch in the kitchen if you choose.

bet your lunch room doesn't look like this...nice right!!

This is action stations, all these screens show how fast the website is performing and all other nerdy, geeky yet super cool stuff. The ultimate goal of the 400 staff is that you have a great experience on line.

Some random office installations

Where it all happens. These floors are super amazing, recycled timber. Every staff member gets a $100 budget to buy from Etsy to decorate their desks. 

This here is techy heaven, every type of gadget is here so the site can be tested on everything to make sure it is doing its thing.

This here is the bumping stump, when you grab a gadget you bump it on the stump and it registers that you have borrowed it. When you return it, bump it back. I love S#$% like this.

I want this in my house.

This is what Piccadilly market is all about.

Just another random installation and break out area

Farewell Grit and Etsy. You were a New York Highlight and the DUMBO area was cool to discover and then heading back over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Love New York for things just like this


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