A Busy Day

Whew! I am still exhausted from yesterday.  An early start to travel down to Margaret River for the Margaret River Makers Market. Travelling with my friend Marina from http://handmadeandmarina.wordpress.com  who also has a stall there.  We picked up another friend Val from https://www.facebook.com/MaybrookDesigns?ref=ts&fref=ts and chatted for the whole trip!

The Makers Market was buzzing yesterday – Margaret River is always busy the weekend of the Leeuwin Estate concert and the Bussell Highway had an endless stream of buses travelling south, co-opted into transporting all the revellers to the concert.

The next Margaret River Makers Market is on the long weekend – March 1st – well worth a visit – it is held at Margaret River Community Resource Centre in Tunbridge Street, the Farmers Market is on at the same time so there is plenty to see.

When I arrived home I just had time for a quick shower and change and into Bunbury for the opening of the Survey 2014. (didn’t even have the time or energy to unload the car!).  The Survey is the premier showcase of South West Western Australian artists and the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries celebrate with a street party.  The South West Opera Company entertained us before the speeches and I managed to stay and enjoy a couple of songs from a fantastic local band featuring the lovely voice of Victoria who in another of her many roles creates beautiful clothes which she sells through the eclectic and handmade store that she and three friends brought to life and run in Bridgetown.  Please pay them a visit if you are down that way or check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bridgetownloft?fref=ts.

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It was cooler down south!

Yesterday I had my regular stall at Margaret River Makers Market – I have to say that I debated very hard with myself about whether to go or not – the weather forecast was 40 degrees celcius!  Finally told myself that if all the stall holders decided it was too hot there would be no market and that wouldn’t be fair to the organiser.  Off I went in the cool of the morning and was pleasantly surprised that the morning was not too bad at all.  I love the vibe at this market – there are always lots of people around and all really interested in what the stallholders are doing. Each market I get to meet another stallholder and chat – it is a great way to meet like minded people, network and share information.  A new seller was next to me yesterday – a really interesting young man whose hobby is blacksmithing – he was selling some wonderful handmade hooks and bottle openers he is making from old railway spikes – another great example of up cycling! I am so glad to see that the old skills are not dying out.

On my way home I stopped in Cowaramup for some lunch – fantastic service at the Cowtown Diner and Delikatessan  – sandwich made to order – their salad included avocado and home made mayonnaise – and the owner came from around the counter to open the door for me on the way out – old fashioned service indeed.

An unexpected surprise

When I first started attending the Margaret River Makers Markets as a stall holder I met Debbie from Margaret River Stompers  and delighted in the gorgeous soft shoes she makes for children. Debbie said she had some leather that she could not use for her shoes and asked if I would like it – I love making use of discarded items and said yes please!  At the last market Debbie came up and handed me a bag with the 3 of the most gorgeous leather pieces – they were much more than the scraps I had expected. Unfortunately my camera doesn’t like the light available and the colours of the leather are not “true” one hide is a lovely rich brown, another a beautiful burgundy and the final one is a lovely forest green.  I have backed two of the hides with handmade paper and so far made one journal.

Thanks so much Debbie – Please go and check out http://www.margaretriverstompers.com.au – the latest style is the prettiest floral in yellows and oranges, and if you are looking for a gift for a young footy fan there are shoes in the local teams colours!

Three beautiful leather pieces gifted by Margaret River Stompers

Three beautiful leather pieces gifted by Margaret River Stompers

Leather covered journal with cartridge paper pages handmade ceramic button and waxed linen thread closure

Leather covered journal with cartridge paper pages handmade ceramic button and waxed linen thread closure

What a week!

What a wonderful week I have had.  Last Monday I flew to Melbourne in preparation for the workshop with Sandy Webster held at Beautiful Silks in Fitzroy.  I got home in the early hours of Friday morning straight into preparations for the  Margaret River Makers Market held at the Margaret River Community Resource Centre on Saturday.  There were so many people in town and I think they all decided to check out the Market at one point during the morning.  This Market is getting better and better with an eclectic mix of handmade goodness each month.  The sellers vary each time so there is always something new and fresh to see and hopefully purchase – I know I always seem to find just a few things to purchase!!

 

I promise to post about the Sandy Webster workshop – but right now I am overexcited – preparing for a very special workshop with India Flint who I am hosting for the next 3 days.

Margaret River Maker's Market Easter Saturday

Margaret River Maker’s Market Easter Saturday