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March 10, 2015

Bendigo’s Trove Twilight Market

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I really can’t help myself when it comes to a good craft market. I look forward to my twice a year pilgrimage to Finders Keepers with great enthusiasm (as seen here), but in the past I have found my home town markets to be a little underwhelming. That was until Trove. Trove has been operating for a few months, but the timing has never been quite right for me to attend. So on Tuesday, when I saw the poster for a twilight event, I was thrilled to find I already had the night free! Yay!

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I was glad to see neon screen printed cushions are still in. I’ve got to be honest, I hope they never go out of style, or at least not until I work up the nerve to buy one (or four). These beautiful examples are from Sadie & May.

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Also, how epic is this necklace from Sadie & May? I didn’t buy it, although I really wanted to. I’ve decided to first see if I can find it in a wallpaper. I REALLY love the pattern.

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More Sadie & May’s neon cushions, because let’s face it, you really can’t have enough. Also, you may have noticed I spent a lot of time in Sadie & May.

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My second favorite stall had to be Little Keeper. What can I say, I’m such a sucker for glitter. I wish I had a better photo to show you, but in the short time I was at the market, Little Keeper was always crowded. Do yourself a favour and check out their jewelry. I love supporting local makers and I’m a fantastic enabler too.

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I must admit there were a lot of necklaces to choose from. Saff & Sassi had some really great geometric and floral patterns that I fell madly in love with.

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But my heart will always belong to letterpress. I had no idea Little Meg Press even existed until Saturday night. Sam is a graphic designer with a love of paper and it really shows. My hope is to one day write enough nice things about her that she will let me come play with her press. Probably wouldn’t have hurt to run that idea past her before I published this post either. I’m totally joking, Sam. Kinda.

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I also met an old friend there too. You might remember Little Puddles from earlier in the year. There is a photo of a Little Puddles star garland and a poise in my spread published in the IKEA Magazine. I am super excited to see that they’ve expanded their range now. How cool would one of those wreaths be on your door for Easter?

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Stamped was another super cool stall I came across. I love the texture created when stamping on fabric. It’s so tactile and pretty. Apparently you really can’t stop yourself touching it.

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Last but not least, I wanted to introduce you to an amazing illustrator – Chrysa Koukoura. My heart skipped a beat while flipping through her stunning screen prints. I just think it’s an amazing talent to possess.

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Well my friends, that pretty much wraps up my Saturday night at the Trove Twilight Market. I sincerely hope you enjoyed this little look into my home town and the many creative peeps who inhabit it, even if it was just for one night.

Aimee xx

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October 24, 2014

The Finders Keepers Spring 2014

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Let me just start off by saying that I LOVE the Finders Keepers craft market! It happens twice a year in our capital city (Melbourne) and I always go out of my way to keep the weekend clear. I missed the first one this year on account of a death in the family, but by a stroke of luck, last weekend I was free!

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I hope you don’t mind, but I went a little snap-happy with my new camera this year. You can see parts one, two and three from 2012 herehere and here. Gosh, how my photography skills have improved! On the matter of photos – where possible, the links for all the shops are attached to the pictures, so if you see something you like, click the picture and it should take you to their store.

Old Melbourne convention center by Aimee Dow

Finders Keepers takes place in the old Melbourne convention center, even though it’s smaller than the current center, I really believe this one has more character.

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In previous years, they have only used half of the building, but as the market for handmade and vintage increases, so do the stall holders. There is truly something for all who visit… pet rock anyone?

Druids by Aimee Dow Alright, as cute as they are, $40 seemed a little too much to invest in a relationship that would only go one way. I also had to pass on this stunning collar necklace for the 3rd year running. Sometimes I wonder why I torture myself.

Days of August Necklace

These were much more my price range, but alas, I couldn’t pick a colour.

imageI think if money was no object though, I would have absolutely decked myself in Kate Macindoe’s nature-inspired collection.

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Speaking of nature, succulents are still very much “in”, while I did notice a significant drop in neon and screen printing. I can’t decide if this makes me happy or not.

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This year more than any other year previous, I took note of the amazing textures and colour combinations all around me.

Alice Nightingale dresses

These dresses and undergarments by Alice Nightingale were particularly stunning.

Me We abstract painted blocks

I love the colour pallets used for many of these Me We abstract painted blocks.

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As always, I felt a strong pull towards the stationers. My favorite for years now have to be Sweet William, Poppies for Grace and Bespoke Letterpress.

Bespoke Letterpress tagsMy love of paper did not extend to my sisters. They spent the day smelling every handcrafted candle in sight and, believe me, there were a lot.

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I did not subject my poor unfortunate husband to the market this year, which is a little ironic actually because this was the first year there was something there for him – Heirloom vegetable seeds!

The Little Viggie Patch CoAnd that about wraps it up, my friends. If you are an Aussie, I really hope this inspires you to check out your nearest Finders Keepers Market, it visits Sydney and Brisbane twice a year too. If you come from some other part of the world, I would love to hear about craft markets where you come from. Are they all as cool as the FK?

Be seeing you next week! Have a great weekend.

Aimee xx

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September 16, 2013

The Square Craft Market

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Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a good weekend? I did. Purely by chance I discovered our local craft market. I had agreed to take my sister to work. I don’t often go into the city of a weekend and was somewhat surprised to find the town hall looped with bunting. 20130916-082825.jpg Well dear readers, I am sure you are all aware that an excess of bunting requires an investigation and this is what I found:
20130916-083005.jpg The Square Market. It was just like a mini Finders Keepers!20130916-083422.jpg There were cushions, chopping boards, clothing, candles, jewellery, soap, notebooks and cupcakes galore. I even had the opportunity to meet the lovely Hayley from HomeBeauSoot. Hayley’s mum makes the most beautiful vintage inspired cushions, quilts and lampshades. I had to touch them and this was the point where I met Hayley. We discussed our love of tactile products and our dislike of hipsters. She told me of the pressure working next to the cupcake stall and I told her all about my addiction to Instagram. Here are just a few of HomeBeauSoot’s amazing cushions:20130916-084703.jpg20130916-084620.jpg Can I just tell you, they were so soft. The grey owl one (up the back, on the left of the last picture) so very nearly came home with me. 20130916-092422.jpg I did not get a chance to meet this lady but I admire her dedication to bringing the doily back. 20130916-085327.jpg Of recent times I have had a particular interest in screen printed products. There were two screen printers there on Saturday. Skimming Stones who’s stall you see above and Studio Antic who was responsible for the only product that came home with me. I was doubly wrapped to find out that they were local (Campbell’s Creek) and that Dale runs workshops. Sounds fun, huh? So would you like to see what I bought?20130916-090447.jpg This is of a photo of me getting together supplies to make pizza on Saturday night. My brand new geometric diamond tea towel gets pride of place. I would not stress that you can’t see the whole pattern. I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot more of it in upcoming photos. If however you can’t wait that long, here is a picture of it.

I would love to know if you got up to anything interesting this weekend. Feel free to comment below.

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