For mothers day, I have prepared five sets of mother’s day recipe books filled with high quality, textured, cardstock paper. Each book has 11 recipes over 100 years old, and there are 3 cloth-covered books in a set. They are a limited edition – only 7 sets made, one which I gave to my own mum and one for display.
On Sunday we were fortunate enough to be near a familiar stall - Sculptured Jewelry. Though their banner says ‘Sculptured Jewelry’, I think his works are more akin to ‘wearable’ sculptures. I’ve spoken about the wonderfully organic feel to his works before, but I’ll mention them again. Dafid’s talent is to combine gold and gems in ways that make pieces look alive. Each piece is original and unique, as if they sprang from deep in the earth or the human subconscious. In all my market days (though I am still an infant compared to most of the market) I have never seen anything like it. So definitely worth checking out!!! I have included a picture of their stall and you can find them at the Broadbeach and Tamborine Mountain markets.
We were also fortunate enough to be beside Kaotic Kitchens, a stall run by two ladies that had written and put together their own cookbook. I think neighbours can really make or break a market and these ones certainly made my day a really good one. Their cookbook is ingenious – it’s about all the dishes you can make with sausages and mince so you won’t have bits left over each week festering in some dark corner of the fridge. Flipping through it made me so hungry! Their cookbook will be featured on Ready Steady Cook in the next month or so, and they might be at Tamborine Mountain Markets next week so it’s worth buying one now so you can tell all your friends that you totally knew about it way before it went mainstream, earning you at least 10 cool-points…or should I say cook-points?
Another stall worth mentioning is Sweet Jemima who sell exchangeable jewelry pieces made from bottle caps. Basically, you can buy a few different designs and attach them to rings and necklaces via magnets. It’s a cute, affordable alternative from mainstream jewelry. I bought a set of 2 bottle caps and a ring for a friend.
In the afternoon, the lady who had a pineapple stall came over to tell me about a bookshop in Byron Bay that was having a relocation sale. The next day, instead of finishing my market blog in the morning like I usually do, I headed off there to check it out. It was heavenly! I spent all the money I’d earned from the markets and bought some great books for my collection! The 1.5 hour trip was definitely worth it. Looking inside the covers, most of the books there were reasonably priced to begin with so if you’re ever in Byron Bay, Icon Bookstores is another place to visit.
I’ve included some of my favourite photos from the markets. The rest I’ll post on the facebook page.
Also, random side note: Today is May 4th... May the forth be with you!