free market economy

Before we launch ourselves into this weeks festivities, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on what was an excellent morning of craft, design and christmas shopping. The MarkIt market yesterday at Fed Square was chock'o'block full of great goods and we're happy to say we managed to fit in coffee, scones, meeting and greeting some peeps we hadn't seen in ages, be surprised by new things AND tick some people off the christmas list all in a matter of two hours. Really we're quite chuffed with our work. Interestingly many stallholders were advertising other pop up shop and Christmas markets they're involved in during December so it looks like it's going to be a ridiculously busy month yet again, and clearly the appeal of meeting your maker and snaffling a bargain hasn't diminished one iota for the crafty consumers of Melbourne. For those of you who were otherwise occupied here are some snaps of what we liked.

Now we love stationary mavens Ask Alice, but we WANT that orange typewriter!

Ramona grabbed a set of these bear notebooks as a stocking stuffer for she who will remain nameless.

Cottage Industry was as industrious as ever...Jenny B had to guard the neon satchels while we occupied Miss PenPen with our crazed purchasing. We've already planned a visit to the Cottage to pick up more tree decorating goodies- red robins, sequinned Bob Mackie-esque birds, hand carved wooden elk, glass and glitter balls and spotted fawn - dear god that woman gives good bauble!

Really it was wall to wall people, and here we were thinking that if we arrived at 10am we'd beat the crowd

The lovely and talented Emily Green works the crowd with her prismatic presence and stall stuffed with  lovely lolly coloured present potentials.

As usual the Harvest Textiles stand looked snappy - and no wonder Jess was so smiley those new cloud ushions are GENIUS (Santa, you hear that!)

Brilliant stuff from both the known knowns and the not so known unknowns - Sunday Morning Designs DIY mask kits (top job Ladies!) and these Terrariums which we both swooned over, but failed to find the stallholders name. If anyone out there managed to keep their wits about them let us know!

So good and really clever craft - record cover calenders from Rebound Books and Ruth Allens repurposed beer glasses.

Ramona's favourite new illustrator Wendy June shows of her wares - we loved the colour me magnets!

And I think I know a certain little someone with blonde hair and dreamy blue eyes who might find one of these gorgeous blocks under his come Christmas morning.

As for me, i've decided that I can no longer live without at least two of these monolog tops... AND YES MICHAEL THAT IS A HINT! However the clear winner of the day - purely for making us both snort like old nannas - goes to this card...


flamingorover.blogspot said...

Lovely to glimpse melb town craftyness from chilly Vancouver.

Betty Jo said...

There is an orange typewriter just like that one for sale in a shop I know very well in Brunswick! And now the cool blocks by paper scissors block are available too!
It was certainly nuts on Sunday!

Ramona said...

Well I love those blocks, I really do. Such a gorgeous simple idea beautifully executed! Will have to 'Glean' some more!