I know that Christmas is coming… boy do I know that Christmas is coming. It’s only October and I already have a lot of people stopping by who are putting together mental present lists. My only suggestion is (and I’m not being self-serving here) to buy the presents now. Unlike normal shops, the timing and products at markets are highly variable. Weather is a big factor in deciding whether stall holders will be at markets or not. If this summer is a wet one, then you might not be able to relocate that perfect present that you saw last time. Also, lots of handcrafted stuff is one of a kind, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. So if there’s a pendent made from zippers, or a plushy owl, a delicate string of scented hearts, a stone-carved skull, a steampunk ring, or a hair clip that you’ve fallen in love with, then don’t delay. It might not be there when you get back. This Rottweiler Storybook I’ve got on the other hand… don’t worry about that one, it’s not exactly flying off the shelf.
If you visit any of the markets planned these few months, you might find beautiful cards with art by Lucky Sidwell, an artist based on the Gold Coast at the Juky and Beatrix stall. Many of the cards feature classic Australian animals, making them great for both domestic and international friends.
Broadbeach was great! Perfect weather. It was great to get back into things after missing a few Sundays cause of the rain. And I maintain, without prejudice, that the area I was placed in contained the most vibrant collection of crafts I’d seen in a long time. I should have had my camera with me and I will next time. One stallholder who’s card I picked up was Miss Rockabilly who had 50’s inspired hair accessories, clothing and jewellery. There’s too much cool stuff to mention.
In the afternoon, Anne and I met up to work on something I’m not sure I can talk about yet. I mean, it’s not a big secret, but because she hasn’t mentioned it, then I’ll hold off for now as well. It’s something that requires a lot of work and pleasantly challenges my crafting abilities. It’s great to be inspired.
Twilight Markets at Sanctuary Cove was at a great location with an even greater collection of products. There, I bumped into Jane who I went to school with. We seem to see each other at the most random of times. I’m definitely planning to go back again to that one in November and I hope to see you all there.