Monday, February 22, 2010

Handmade Love

I've been a fan of the Handmade Markets since discovering them on a lovely winters day at the Albert Hall. Miss Goosey and I had been painting her nursery (well, I had been painting, and she had been sleeping) and managed to finish just in time for a quick trip to this 'little' market I had read about online. Upon arriving at Albert Hall I was stunned to see the large crowd, particularly given that the markets were almost closing.

I was very surprised to find a stall (Handle with Care) selling modern cloth nappies. When I first started using cloth nappies on the Gander three years ago, modern cloth could only be bought online. So it was great to see a local business out there promoting a fantastic product, so that potential purchasers can feel the nappies and see how they work before buying them. Although Miss Goosey already has plenty of nappies handed down from her big brother, I couldn't resist buying her a cute pink BubbleBubs nappy.

The next Handmade Market was held at the Yarralumla Woolshed. Flib and I (and Miss Goosey too) had a lovely time checking out all the stalls. And there certainly were lots of stalls to look at! As usual, I made a few purchases for Miss Goosey, incluing a cute litle singlet from the very lovely ladies at Sweet Sista.

While I hope the next Handmade Market is a busy one for Goosey Gander and Flibbertigibbet, I am also crossing my fingers that I get just a little time to shop as well!

Mama Goose

More exciting news

It appears that Flib and I are on a roll with the exciting news lately. Late last week we found out that we will be stall holders at the very fabulous Handmade Market!!!

The first market for the year is coming up on Sunday 28 March, at a branch new venue - the Kamberra Wine Company. With both indoor and outdoor areas, lovely green lawns, and plenty of gorgeous handmade goodies to admire (not to mention tasty things to eat) it is set to be a wonderful day.

At special request of the Handmade team, I will be focussing on my boys range for the market - shorts, appliqued tops and pants, along with tag toys and bibs in some gorgeous fabrics.

Flibbertigibbet will also have some new products particularly aimed at boys.

We hope to see you there!

Mama Goose

Sunday, February 14, 2010

All things new....

New market set up, new markets, new products...... it's all go for both Goosey Gander and Flibbertigibbet!

We had our first market stall for 2010 at Hall on 7 Feb. The weather looked a little inclement, so we tested out our marquee for the first time. Despite having practiced putting it up, we still had a little trouble on the day, so were grateful for the help of our friendly neighbouring stall holders! Flib took some photos of our new set up:
Yes, that's right, all shorts are on sale for the bargain price of $10! This special price will be available at Mathilda's on 28 February.
Here is a close up of the pinafores so you can see some of my new designs for 2010 - Ollie the Elephant (as featured in a previous blog post) and the sweet little Chocolate Bird. And that's my very last Ladybird Parade on the right - in a size 2.

Despite it looking grey and overcast, with the odd sprinkle of rain (yay for the marquee!) it was a really lovely day and a pleasant change after the recent hot weather. Unfortunately the threat of rain was enough to keep people away, and it was a quiet day for us both.

Of course, Flib and I put the time to good use chatting about our plans for new products and getting the creative juices flowing.
For Mathilda's I will have another two new pinafore designs - one denim and one in a pink cord, both featuring a funky flower print trim. I'll also have a new line of bibs, prefect for baby presents, as well as restocking my popular "tag toys".
Other items in the pipeline include an "all-seasons" denim skirt - I'm visioning something that would look sweet on its own for summer, but also work well over tights or leggings for colder weather.
Flib is full of ideas too, and as always, we will feature coordinating fabrics across both our ranges, so the little girls in your life can have matching clothes and accessories.
And on a final note, Flib and I are excited to announce that we have been approved for a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets!!! I've been a customer of these markets going back ten years now - clothes for myself, gifts, yummy food, and of course clothes and accessories for The Gander and Miss Goosey - so I'm looking forward to becoming a stall holder there too. I'll be sure to let you know when we have decided upon a date for our debut.
Until then, you can find us at the fabulous Mathilda's Market on Sunday 28 February.
Mama Goose