A warm hello from windy Hobart, my fellow Planetarians! Have you entered my giveaway yet? Not long left for it to run now. Today I’d like to take you a-wandering with me to another crafty Hobart market I visited yesterday with my dear friend, Sarah. It was the Spring 'the market'. Yes, I know – it’s market season down here after last week’s post! So are you up for it? Okay, let’s go!
Now the first stop is the prettiest stall of them all, that of our fellow Planetarian and Hobartian, sweet Sarah of Molly’s Maison fame. Here she is, proudly standing in front of her wares.
Doesn’t she have the loveliest smile?! Now wait until you lock your peepers on her pretties!
First up, here is one of her divine little notebooks, adorned with blue washi tape, doily stamps and tissue paper. You know why I was attracted to this one, don’t you (the answer for the newbie Planetarians: I *love* all those things)?!
Next we have some of her divine little gift tags, all prettily stamped and tied up with my old stand-by, Divine Twine. *Sigh*.
Here is some nifty little washi tape bunting which sold like hotcakes, to Sarah’s great surprise!
These must be the prettiest magnets you’ve seen in a while, wouldn’t you say? One of them is right at home in *my room of my own*, I must admit.
And here’s some divine wrapping paper. I can hear you all sighing out there! She assures me she’ll be stocking her Etsy shop with some of these pretties very soon so head on over there for a treat!
The Paper Shed
Next to Sarah was the talented Tonia Gretschmann of The Paper Shed. She had such a diverse array of creations on offer.
Aren’t these little robin softies divine? They really look like they’re having a fabulous natter. Tonia sells them in DIY sewing sets. She also had cloth-covered notebooks, greeting cards and postcards.
I couldn’t resist buying this one for $1! Talk about giggle-inducing ☺.
And I’m seriously tempted to buy one of these little toadstool sewing kits from her shop. Talk about whimsical.
Moving around the room and here we chance upon the supremely talented ceramicist, Sally Ellis of Sally Cassandra.
Here are some of her stunning Southern Ice porcelain tealight holders. I’m so lucky to have one on Planet Baby. They are just *exquisite*. Don’t you just love the different textures on them, mainly created using doily imprints?
Here’s some more ceramic loveliness.
And I found this lace-impressed porcelain dish just stunning. Apart from its sheer beauty, how many of you eagle-eyed Planetarians can see its amazing feature? That light blue is actually embroidery stitch detail! Talk about innovative.
Isn’t that just the *best* name for a business?! What do you think, Miss Melissa? Calista Anderson-Leitch of Giggling Gertie is such a charming and delightful Hobart-based designer and maker of purses, accessories and fabric. She is bubbly, vivacious and eager to custom create a purse exactly to your specifications. At this critical point in our tour, my camera battery went flat (not happy, Jan!). So I’ll present you with the prettiest purse I bought from her a while ago.
She’s just the sweetest little thing. I adore taking her on (very infrequent – time to plan some date nights, Mr PB!) outings as she’s just the perfect size for my phone, money and keys. And she cleverly has twin compartments, each lined with a different fabric. Here’s side one.
And side two.
Do have a peek at her website here to see all the whimsical names she’s chosen for the different styles of purses – how about Minnie, Edna and Adeline! You can buy Calista’s purses here.
Macarons by Ruby
Having pored over the goodies of numerous other stalls, Sarah and I then repaired to the tearoom for a hot chocolate and a fabulous haven’t-seen-you-for-three-months-there’s-so-much-to-catch-up-on chat! I treated myself to a salted butter caramel macaron from Macarons by Ruby. Oh my stars! Talk about exquisitely and mouth-wateringly delectable! I savoured every last mouthful. Very slowly. I only remembered to take a photo with my phone when half-way through!
Their website describes them as ‘carefully and individually hand made with love then filled with luxurious (melt in your mouth) chocolate ganache or smooth buttercream to ensure that each bite is amazingly mind-blowing and addictive.’ And that, my friends, is the truth.
How about these descriptions of the other macarons on offer:
Hazelnut sprinkled shells with chocolate hazelnut praline ganache
Yellow lemon shells with zesty lemon buttercream centred with tangy lemon curd
Rose flavoured shells with a rose buttercream and rose Turkish delight centre
Chocolate shells with vanilla buttercream and centred with organic cherry jam
Here's a collage of these beauties I created from the photos on their Facebook page!
So are you all salivating now? I’m sorry, I’m a dreadful tease leaving you on this note. I just wish you could all have joined Sarah and me – we had a ball! Do share if any of these goodies appeal to you and if so, which ones and why – I’m fascinated to see what you all choose.