Hello you wonderful lot. Isn’t that nearly-summer-weather a mood-lifter? I’m also feeling a little *lighter of heart* now that I’ve finished writing my condolence thankyous. That really felt like a task I wanted to do properly and in my own time. Having sent my 84(!) handwritten missives of love out into the world felt fantastic. It’s my first tentative step to reaching out to, and reconnecting with, dear friends whom I’ve rarely contacted this year due to Dad’s declining health. I’m hopeful we can all pick up where we left off, as true friends do. Another foray out into the big wide world involved a spot of handmade market ogling on the weekend. I thought you might like to join me, since you enjoyed it so much here and here. So, are you ready? Okay, let’s go!
Marley & Lockyer
Now this is the friend I specifically came to visit – the gorgeous Ness from Marley & Lockyer. Ness is such a delightful, easy-going, vivacious and talented soul. That’s her goodness for sale in the background – no wonder that shopper looks so captivated! There was just so much adorable prettiness for sale. All of it was created lovingly and meticulously by my lovely friend from the other end of our little island. We had hoped to have dinner together but that didn’t work out – hopefully next time you’re down, Ness!
So, my Lovelies, let’s have a closer look at her creations, starting with her display skills.
She’s such a genius at her marketing. The typography lover in me is swooning, of course.
I fell in love with her pretty little hand-stamped Christmas bags. Is there nothing this artisan can’t do? Loving the blue, of course. Not to mention the Divine Twine. *Sigh*. Now onto her goodies.
Let’s start with a stunning white clay dove hanging from her little Christmas tree, replete with French script. You could just picture it on yours, couldn’t you?
That tree was loaded with goodies such as her wide range of tags and little stockings. Oh, and talented Tina’s divine little crocheted stars, of course.
Hands up if you spotted the nifty little eye chart! Now here’s a close-up of those clay treasures. Talk about a bounty, wouldn’t you say? Tell me which ones you’d have chosen.
Then look over here at this charming little Christmas stocking. *Sigh*.
And look at these pretty cushions in all styles and sizes. I’m getting Ness to make some custom ordered ones for Planet Baby!
I then chanced upon a relative newcomer to the market scene, Fiona Cramp of the O-ni label. Another Launcestonian, Fiona has been making her gorgeous jewellery for about a year. I was just *smitten* by it. Let’s have a look around her stall.
Her main sellers are her fabric knotted bead necklaces of varying lengths. Here’s a selection of them.
And some close-ups. I was really taken by this one (hmm, what do you think, Mr PB?).
Fiona had matching bracelets, too. Here’s another necklace which would look right at home on Planet Baby, don’t you think?
There were so many eager shoppers thronged in front of her stall, I couldn’t take any more photos, alas. Such a cornucopia of pretties! Fiona doesn’t have a website yet but if you’re interested in purchasing any of her gorgeous creations, I’ll happily pass on her email address to you.
I then whiled away a pleasurable half hour nattering with my friend Hamish Elliott of Ingres’ Violin fame with his wife, Sarah. Some of you might recall I showed you their work here. I love their necklaces so much, I think I have one for every day of the week! Can you see why I’m so enamoured of them?
Here are their delightful fabric rosettes. Shall we buy a couple?
Here’s a bookmark on one of Sarah’s whimsical painted cards.
This cheerful necklace could be a mood-lifter.
Or maybe you need some luck with this four leaf clover brooch.
And that, my friends, is a wrap! My one-hour-leave-pass-from-Planet-Baby having expired, I bid Hamish adieu and stumbled out into Hobart’s brilliant sunshine (please note, Mr PB, that I actually didn’t purchase a thing. Brownies’ honour!).
I hope I haven’t given you the jitters about Christmas preparations – whilst Ness was organised, we aren’t on Planet Baby yet. At all! We have two pixies’ birthday parties to get through before Christmas arises on the family agenda ☺. So tell me, my trusty Planetarians, is there something which caught your eye? Anything you’d like me to buy for you next time? Fire away – I’m all ears!
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