Go Green

We’re very excited to see the Victorian government is finally going to ban single-use plastic bags in Victoria. A lot of countries around the world have stopped using plastic bags for some time, and I am glad that we’re finally doing it here in Melbourne.

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In 2018 we decided to change the direction of our business slightly. We want to be more responsible for the environment. We may not be a super hero, we just don’t want to be part of the problem. As you know a lot of our products are printed here in our own studio in Melbourne. We have also worked hard to successfully minimise waste when producing our products also. Our baby swaddles and blankets are printed on organic cotton and bamboo, which is environmental friendly.

In 2018 we have decided to take it a step further, we’re changing the packaging of our products to recycled paper – items such as paper boxes and paper bags. We are making bamboo and plant based fibre coffee cups and children’s dining sets. We’re also planning to print our greeting cards and envelopes on recycled paper and remove the plastic sleeves the cards come in. I am still thinking how to display the greeting cards nicely on the stand, but I am sure I will get there.

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I am extremely passionate about protecting the environment. I feel guilty when I see photos of sea turtles or birds that have died because of our selfish waste of food, plastics, clothing etc. I know my little actions may not change the world, but I believe if we all work together we still have time to help bring about change.

Suki x

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Happy 2018

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year with their family and friends!
We feel refreshed after our little break in Sydney and we’re ready for an exciting year ahead!

We are excited for 2018 as it is shaping up to be one of our biggest years yet! We are planning on making some changes to our product range which will see several new products and new designs.

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Something I am extremely passionate about is the environment and our impact on earth. As such changes are being made to our packaging so we are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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We’re planning to apply for more big markets and events nationally, like Finders Keepers, The Big Design Markets and One Fine Baby. It may sound crazy to talk about all these events at the beginning of the year, but honestly there are is so much involved when you’re exhibiting around the country. Money is the main thing however logistics, staff and other resources are also very important. We need to plan ahead!

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We will also be focusing on the wholesale side of the business, meeting with new retailers and building important relationships. We are wanting to get our products into retail stores around Australia and hopefully around the world.
If you know any retail stores that would like to carry our product range please feel free to forward my contact information onto them.

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A few years ago, before we moved to Melbourne, we showed at Life InStyle and Reed Gift Fair  . I can’t say it wasn’t a success however we didn’t receive many return orders. I put this down to the fact we hadn’t defined our brand. Our product choices were very limited also.
Since opening the shop at South Melbourne Market, I know exactly what business owners want and who my target market is. Now is the time to go back to the trade fairs and reintroduce Suki McMaster to other retailers. Now is the time to make this happen!

This is going to be an amazing year for us! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram.
I can’t wait to share more news with you in the future.

Suki x

Written in conjunction with Renee Harvie (@thehappyorganicgirlau)

 

Thank you 2017

What an amazing year! We have had so much fun and really felt the love, so much love.

So let’s recap the incredible 2017, the year that was!

A standout highlight was having a space at Finders Keepers in Melbourne. So many customers visited us and took the time to wish us well. By the end of the weekend, our cheeks ached from smiling and laughing. We made new friends, laughed with old friends and had a great time.

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We went on adventures to Brisbane and Sydney to check out Finders Keepers. This was to help us decide whether we should pack up and take our designs on the road in 2018 (and have a sneaky laksa in Chinatown!). Will you see us in Sydney and Brisbane next year? Stay tuned!

Our Bird Birchwood Tray and Rabbit & Ice Cream Mug make an appearance near Sydney’s greatest landmarks.

We were busy in our studio working on new products and successfully launched our soft Bamboo and Cotton Muslin Wraps, Baby Blankets, Onesies and 2018 Diaries to the delight of our customers.

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I also created several new designs including  Emu Mum and Baby for Mother’s Day, Cocky and Platypus to name a few! All my designs feature a special message, for example, the Platypus holding a heart and swimming in the Reef reminds us to love our Reef and take steps to protect it.

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On the technical side of things, we launched our new website which is bright, cheerful and easy to navigate – making your online shopping experience a breeze! Along with the new website came the implementation of AfterPay. An alternative payment method that allows you to receive your purchase, then make 4 fortnightly repayments.

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We have loved seeing our customers share their purchases with us on social media.

Our amazing brand reps, @placedonpoint, @happyhomestyle and @yolonatty have shared their happy homes with us throughout the year. Thank you for showcasing your gorgeous homes with my designs and inspiring us with each post. It’s been wonderful year working alongside you!

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Our shop celebrated it’s one year anniversary at South Melbourne Market and each week our business continues to grow. Although, sometimes we are working so hard in the business, we forget to look back and celebrate what we’ve achieved.

This year, we have made ourselves so incredibly proud!

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One of the greatest things about having our shop at South Melbourne Market, is we have met so many kind people who touch our hearts everyday. There are ups and downs when you are running a business and it’s this great love we see that keeps us going. We are so very lucky to know you all, and thank you very much for making our dreams come true.

Again, thank you to each and every one of you. Have the happiest of New Year’s!

Suki
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Below are our top nine photos of 2017
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Written by Renee Harvie (@thehappyorganicgirlau) on behalf of Suki McMaster

 

Merry Christmas Friends!

It’s Sunday, the 24th of December – Christmas is finally here!

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We have had such an enjoyable lead up to Christmas in the shop, meeting so many lovely faces, seeing our regular customers and just seeing everyone sharing some Christmas cheer.
Watching other shops decorate for Christmas, watching all the events put on by South Melbourne Market and watching in awe as my Husband, Iain, designed and made our wooden Christmas tree, which so many people have loved!

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One of our smiley staff, Sarah, shared this photo of her mum in Austria with one of our
Birchwood Trays!

Our shop has done exceptionally well this festive season, thank you so much for your support. When I reflect on the year that was 2017, it has been such a joyous year here at South Melbourne Market. Each and every one of my customers have made my Christmas wishes come true!

2017 has been such a massive year. We have had a lot of late nights, working away to ensure everything is in order. Creating new designs such as the much loved Cocky and planning for 2018, we have decided to take a little break between Christmas and New Year! Our shop at South Melbourne Market will be closed from Wednesday the 27th of December, and will reopen on Wednesday the 3rd of January 2018 (2018! Crazy!)

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Iain, Daisy and I will be spending time in Sydney with our family and friends. I am excited for some time away to refresh and reset for 2018. We have so many exciting things planned for 2018, you will have to keep your eyes peeled!

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Some other good news, our Boxing Day Sale starts tomorrow night at 6pm! While I can’t give too much away just now, I can say this is a sale you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned for some great bargains!

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Have a wonderful time everyone, stay safe and we will see you all in the New Year!

Suki

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8 Sleeps till Christmas Day

 

With the festive season in full swing, we hope you are coping well doing this crazy time. Remember to take time to breathe and relax, as this time of year is about enjoying it with your loved ones.

We have plenty of beautiful gift ideas in store and online, such as our popular cushion covers in bright and happy designs, candles by Belash Soy Candles andChe-Sara, body products by Ena Products, our mugs, Birchwood trays and more!

Today is the last day for customised orders also, so if you are wanting a personalised mug, baby bib or print be sure to order online or in store to ensure it will be ready for you.

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As mentioned above, today is the last day before Christmas for customised orders.
Below is an idea of how you can customise some of our most popular designs.

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We know it’s busy, and really do you want to be stuck wrapping Christmas presents at 10pm on Christmas Eve? No! Well, let us do it for you. We are offering FREE gift wrapping on all orders instore and online. So go and have a coffee and let us take care of this for you.

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Great news, South Melbourne Market have extended their trading hours for the Christmas period.
Our shop will open on the following days and times;

Wednesday 20th of December, 8am – 4pm
Thursday 21st of December, 8am – 4pm
Friday 22nd of December, 8am – 5pm
Saturday 23rd of December, 7am – 4pm
Sunday 24th of December, 7am

Don’t forget you can buy online 24/7, from the comfort of your own home!

I hope you have a great week, and remember to take time for yourself!

Suki

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Finders Keepers Sydney

 

Yesterday, I boarded a plane with Renee (@thehappyorganicgirlau) to Sydney. Why? To check out the Finders Keepers market held at Barangaroo. You may recall, a few weeks back I visited the Finders Keepers in Brisbane also. I think it’s always nice to check out the market myself before I apply for the future markets .I believe only only myself can tell whether I fit in the event. It’s a lot of investment to go interstate markets, we’ll have to pay for the stall fees, the logistics, and get people to look after the shop at South Melbourne, etc etc. Lots of factors need to consider and that’s why I prefer to personally visit all these markets to see whether it’s worth it or not.

Anyway.

Our morning started with a quick coffee and croissant at Brunetti’s before boarding.Our flight was packed however we were both so excited for Sydney we chatted and laughed the whole way and before we knew it, we had landed.

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he weather was cloudy yet still warm. We decided to stop at Circular Quay first and walk up to The Rocks to check out the markets. Stopping to admire the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, it’s amazing how much you miss seeing them now we are both located in Melbourne.

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Arriving at Finders Keepers in Barangaroo was quite surreal. Its been transformed completely.

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Many people were waiting for the doors to open at 10am!

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The feel is very different to Melbourne or Brisbane. It’s nice to see that each market has their own vibe. The space at Barangaroo is incredible, located in The Cutaway,the ceiling is high with a beautiful natural backdrop of stone to one side.

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Renee xx

The Big Design Market, Melbourne

 

Well today Renee and I braved the crazy Melbourne weather and ventured out to The Big Design Market, held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.

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Why were we crazy enough to go out in the weather? Simply put, I would love to have a stand there next year. It’s a 2018 goal for me and I wanted to see the similarities between The Big Design Market and the Finders Keepers Market, I was very surprised to see just how different the atmosphere is.

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I took along one of my mugs, the Platypus, to see how it fitted in – personally I think it looks right at home!

As a Designer, I love being able to meet other Designer’s and also see what everyone is doing. We really are a creative bunch of people here in Melbourne! I purchased a lovely pair of earrings from a new and upcoming brand called Middle Child and Renee purchased a fun bracelet (as pictured).

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LuxBite had their amazing treats on display, so I picked up a couple of Christmas themed tarts. LuxBite are an amazing Melbourne brand with their main shop located in South Yarra. Does the name sound familiar? Well, you may have seen their “Lolly Bag Cake” on MasterChef a few years back!

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We also managed to pick up some amazing Christmas gifts, so safe to say our Christmas shopping is nearly completed which is perfect as we have a big few weeks ahead of us at Suki McMaster in the lead up to Christmas!

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After a big morning at The Big Design Market, we headed to lunch at Old Town on Elizabeth Street, before a stop at the Kyo Tea House for some dessert! This little gem is located in The Emporium. We shared a dessert plate consisting of Matcha cake, Matcha ice cream, Cheesecake. It was so good, the perfect way to end the week!

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Below is a shot of the Matcha Mojito!

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Stay tuned for a big week ahead, and some exciting surprises.

Have an amazing week!

Renee

Christmas is about sharing the love!

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Suki McMaster HQ Update – Cushion Covers off to Rizeup
This week we donated some of our bright and colourful cushion covers to a charity in Queensland called Rizeup. Rizeup is doing some amazing work to support and empower men and women affected by domestic violence. Their aim is to end domestic violence through education and creating a safe and supportive environment.

We hope our colourful designs can bring some much needed happiness, strength and empowerment to the recipient.

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What’s on South Melbourne Markets
There is quite a lot happening here at South Melbourne, if you are planning a trip in – now is the time. South Melbourne Markets have a range of exciting activities for the kids (and big kids!) planned. From now until the 24th of December the following activities are planned on various days (be sure to check the South Melbourne Markets website for up to date info!

  • Salvation Army Carol Singers
  • Festive Face Painting
  • Santa’s Mailbox
  • Santa and his Elf will be popping in
  • Christmas Jazz

Also don’t forget to pop into the shop t see the Christmas Tree, Iain has made!

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Black Friday SALE!
Our Black Friday sale continues today, however be quick as it ends at midnight tonight!
Perfect for those working through their Christmas shopping, save 20% on our entire online store using code CYBER17. Pick up some of our Christmas Cards, a mug for Dad, a cushion for mum – the possibilities are endless!

We also offer AfterPay as a payment method at checkout. Simply select it as an option to receive your goods, then make 4 fortnightly repayments.

What are you doing this week, how are you spreading the Christmas love?

Wishing you all a splendid week!

Renee xx

What’s new in the shop, local Australian Artists edition!

 

One of my dreams, is to help other Australian Artists with their business ideas and goals. As a business owner, I know the fear people can feel when taking the big step to start a business. Sourcing goods, using the right services, launching your brand all while staying within budget in the hope you will break even, or best case you start making a profit.

I am honoured to stock some amazing brands ranging from earrings to candles and skincare products. With Christmas fast approaching, and stockings needing to be filled I thought we would discuss the brands in more detail!

Earrings
Bee Twomey
Based in sunny Brisbane, Bee’s earrings are all hand painted in bright and vibrant colours.
As each pair is hand painted, all designs differ meaning not only do you get a gorgeous pair of earrings, you could all consider them pieces of art! Photo by @beetwomey

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Timber and Cotton – Nikelle the “#girlboss” of Timber and Cotton is located in Cairns. A fun, quirky brand that uses bright colours and lots of glitter in their accessories. We share the same love as Nikelle for bringing smiles to our customers faces! Photo by @timberandcotton

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Fig and Fletcher – Shani, the creator of accessories brand Fig and Fletcher lives in Adelaide with her Husband and Son. Shani creates funky jewellery and kids decor. Photo by fig_and_fletcher

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Body
Ena Products – The concept for Ena Products was created by Lindy in a completely different country, Peru! Completely changing careers and life paths, Lindy started a journey into health as she enjoyed making people feel good. Fast forward 10 years and Lindy now has a gorgeous range of products featuring natural ingredients with no nasties. Plus they smell divine! Photo by @sukimcmaster

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Cleanse by Hepzabeth- As a child, Hepzabeth was introduced to the art of soap making by her Grandmother. Based in Sydney, Hepzabeth crafts all soaps by hand and in small batches. This ensures the soap holds its integrity. Her brand is simple, she stands for honest, handcrafted, natural products made with love for people to enjoy. Photo by @cleansebyhepzabeth

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Candles
Belash Soy Candles – In 2014, Bel was looking for something magical. As a fan of candles, Bel decided to funnel her love and turn it into a passion – Bel became a candle maker! Calling South Australia home, Bel creates candles inspired by places in her home state. Beautiful scents such as Adelaide Espresso or Mt Lofty Ranges. Her soy candles will delight the senses. Photo by @belashsoycandles

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Che Sara Soy Candles – A mother and daughter team, located in Melbourne and offering hand poured soy candles inspired by the Italian summer. Che Sara offers beautiful scents such as Fico (Fig) and Basilico E Cetriolo (Basil and Cucumber), that will be sure to transport you to the Italian coastline in a heartbeat. Photo by @che_sara_

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We hope you enjoyed this weeks blog! Have a fantastic weekend,

Renee Harvie x

Finders Keepers Brisbane

 

Hello Brisbane!

Well as you know, yesterday morning I boarded a plane bound for Brisbane. This is an exciting trip for me because not only is this my first time travelling to Brisbane alone, I also checked out the most famous Finders Keepers market!
It’s interesting how Finders Keepers differ from state to state. When I arrived at the Brisbane Show Grounds, I immediately felt relaxed and the easy going Australian spirit was evident at the market. Everyone is here to have a great day.
Needless to say, all the stalls were amazing. I saw some familiar faces from Finders Keepers Melbourne but the number of amazing stalls here at Brisbane is crazy!

I arrived at 10am and the market was already so crowded – to the point I couldn’t even take any photos! To those of you who aren’t aware, I am only 5ft, so technically there were lots of people but really all I could see were people’s bums. 😭
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So you ask me, why was I at Finders Keepers Brisbane for just a few short hours? Am I that crazy? I came to the Market to see if we should apply for next year’s Brisbane market. Since we don’t have any family and friends in Brisbane, it’s a lot to ask to come all the way here.
When exhibiting at a big market like this, there is a lot more involved than packing some suitcases. We need to plan the logistics, accomodation, stock levels, our time and most importantly MONEY.
The good news is, we will be giving this a go for next year and aim to be accepted. Wish us luck, fingers crossed!
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Suki x
P. S Don’t forget all online orders received until tonight (12/11 at 11.59am) will receive a 5 pack of Christmas Cards!