Category - Top 5

Top 5: Blog Inspiration

29 Aug

Today’s top 5 is all about my favourite blogs. These are my go-to’s for inspiration, from food to interiors to images collected from around the world. If you read my blog, why shouldn’t you read these too?

1. Annaleenas Blog. Wow this woman has interiors down-packed. She is amazingly creative and has talent to boot. For interiors inspiration, you have to visit.

2. Pip and Willow. When I met Rebecca, it didn’t take us long to get onto the topic of blogging, and her blog is a tasty trip. She obviously LOVES good food, and has plenty of great foody tips. How does Coconut Milk, Chia Seeds and Vanilla sound to you? Yep, I’ll see you later then.

3. Look at the Gems. Formally WhereTheLovelyThingsAre this blog is choc-a-block full of amazing imagery, and regularly updated. If you ever need inspiration, visit this blog.

4. A Merry Mishap. You’ve probably seen her jewellery around, but her blog is definitely where she shines. Interiors to graphics and everything in between, she definitely has a Scandinavian flair to her style.

5. So she doesn’t have a blog… yet. But Deborah’s instagram photos are so beautiful that you really have to follow her to full experience daily iPhone beauty.

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Top 5: Tasty Morsels

25 Jul

Everybody loves food right? And you can’t go very far without an amazing find in Australia’s major cities, but the problem is that if you love food, you already know most of the best spots to get your taste buds excited. Today my tips are all about some sweet spots to get some tasty treats that you may not have heard about…

1. Sweetness Mallows
I first discovered these guys at a farmers markets in Sydney. They are a patisserie in Epping, Sydney, but they also go to plenty of markets around the area. You can find out more here. They do all sorts of things, but I have to say their home made marshmallows are the sweetest most flavoursome morsels I’ve ever tasted. I highly recommend getting your hands on these.

2. Lady Bower
I live a fair way out of the city – boarding Zone 2 mind you – and when we first moved out this way I was rather disappointed to find that there was simply nowhere up here to get a nice coffee. That all changed when Lady Bower opened. They serve a 7 Seeds blend and their quaint little cafe, tucked away from the main street is sweet, well stocked with all things poached egg and their coffee is simple well done. A great place to stop for a quick takeaway.

3. Auction Rooms North Melbourne
You may have heard about this place already, but it’s more a particular item of food on their menu that you simply must try. Their Coconut-stuffed French toast, with tamarind caramel, vanilla crème fraiche and coriander and lime is just MOUTHWATERINGLY amazing. It’s $14.50, but if you like the perfect amount of everything on your French toast, it’s worth every penny.

4. Tea Leaves Sassafras
Have you been out there? Well if not, it’s just about worth the trip just on it’s own. It’s a tea lovers paradise out there, with floor to ceiling tea pots, cups, and the sweet aroma of a million different leaf blends floating in the air, you just have to get out here. That reminds me, I might just go and brew myself some Caramel Roobois that I bought from there last time, complete with real chunks of caramel just waiting to be melted.

5. The Bean Scene 
If you are ever heading to the Great Lakes, or through Gippsland area, make sure you stop in Warragul for the best flavoured coffee of your life. The Bean Scene are open most days (except Sundays), and if you are passing through, it’s worth the stop. They make the most amazing Toffee Nut cuppas, and their coffee is right on the money, oh and their macaroons are simply amazing. They brew the perfect cup every time.

So there you have it – my favourite, slightly off the map tasty morsels!

Top 5: Market Tips

27 Jun

I thought I’d start a new section on my blog where I can share some handy tips, because obviously I like to share (I mean I don’t write a blog for nothing). Hopefully it won’t always be me sharing my tips, but for now I thought I’d start with what I know, and what I’ve learnt. So here’s my top 5 tips for a successful market – being a stall holder not shopper (isn’t that the easy part?)

1. Start Small
I made my debut at Craft Victoria’s Craft Hatch, a GREAT market to start with. You can test the waters with your products, it’s a really relaxed day in a great location, it’s quite a short day (relative to the other bigger markets) and it’s well priced too. For my first market, I told all my friends to come along and shared on my new Facebook page for my little business and it was a total success. If you aren’t in Melbourne, you should find a small, local market to test your products and see how people receive it. I still participate in Craft Hatch now so it’s definitely worth having a good starting point.

2. Have a Variety of Prices
I hate talking money, but let’s be honest, you want to make some money from your wears. Most people go to Craft Markets with a few bucks in their pocket, looking to collect business cards, and a few small items to take home and call their own. I have all my products on display of course, but hands down, the cheapest items sell like crazy! I get a fair bit of follow up after the market through online shopping and that’s where the bigger sales come from, so it’s worth taking and displaying everything, but if you want to make money on the day, make sure where possible that you have some cheaper items available.

3. Price everything
I’ve heard this advice before, and yet so many stalls just don’t do it. I’ve found it myself – I’m often too shy to ask the price on a product, mostly because the stall holders are chatting amongst themselves and I suddenly get a strange attack of the shies. Even if it’s just a tiny label, make sure your customers can find it.

4. Pack a kit
In this kit make sure you have following for easy set up: Scissors, glue, masking tape, blue tac, pens, push pins, a small hammer, double sided tape, price tags, some paper and/or a notebook, business cards or someway for your customers to contact you, snacks and a buddy to man your table. Obviously I have these things on the list because I forgot them at one point or another. Best to learn from my mistakes!

5. The big markets aren’t that scary
I was chatting to a lovely stall holder at the recent Craft Hatch, and when I mentioned that I thought I’d apply for The Finders Keepers later this year, she seemed in awe and then totally nervous at my suggestion that she should apply too. If you’ve had a practise run at the smaller markets, give the bigger ones a go. If you’ve got great photos, have put a little heart into your application and are ready to make more stock that ever before, there is nothing stopping you, and your chances of getting in are higher than you might think. All you can do is try.

So there you have it. Go forth budding marketeers!