I had a great time at both the Brisbane Mathilda's Market and The Finders Keepers market, trawling for new designers, catching up with friends and checking out the gorgeous new wares on show. If only my SLR hadn't died and gone to camera-heaven this week. I'm sure you can use your imagination...
I started the day at Mathilda's Market at City Hall which was packed with familes, children, prams, babies in carriers and protruding tummies. Some special highlights:
* Seeing the incredible Momie et Enfant pieces for girls up-close. Divine! See the Bondville profile on Momie et Enfant here.
* Scoring a half price pettiskirt (don't tell Sophie, it's for Christmas)
* Drooling over new prints from Tsk Tsk.
* Admiring the gorgeous handcrafted threads and publishing designs from Kidiki from Kallangur, QLD.
* Loving the handmade soft toys from Honey Bunch Designs.
* Being bowled over by the exquisite quality of Suzy Allen's clothes and accessories for girls.
Then it was off to the first Brisbane The Finders Keepers market at the Old Museum - a fantastic venue full of character off-set by lovely gardens and live music/food. The crowd was cooler than cool, and the market buzzed with activity. I have to admit that I spent most of my time chatting to friends, behind their stalls, and it was great to hear that many had sold out of items. GREAT photos of the event on Mark Lobo's Facebook Album here. Some things that caught my eye:
* The incredible ceramic jewellery by my friend Kim Wallace. I knew that there was a line in the works, but was really excited to see Kim's vision realised in beautiful flat lace-impression pendants strung on string and chain. See the Bondville profile on Kim Wallace here.
* Mishy Lane's cool photographic calendars sold out completely by Sunday morning - hot property! See the Bondville profile on Mishy Lane here.
* Very sweet hand-embroidered tissue covers from Edward & Lily with the same cartoon animal styling that I covet in my Edward & Lily brooch.
* Lovely ceramic button magnets from Little Jane St to coordinate with the stationery line. See the Bondville profile on Little Jane St here.
* Frankie magazine Afternoon Tea books are back in stock (hooray!) so I stocked up for Christmas at the Frankie stand.
* My friends Danielle and Ellie are close to securing an outlet for their fabric/craft supply business Selvedge House in Brisbane, stocking many of my favourite Australian-designed textiles. Yay! More details coming soon.
I have a couple of other special things to show you from the markets this week. Stay tuned.