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

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

GREAT NEWS!

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Yes! I am so excited!

I was supposed to tell you this big news when it’s closer to the opening date but I can’t hide my happiness anymore!

We Are Opening A Pop Up Shop Soon!

I got the confirmation yeterday and our pop up shop will be at South Melbourne Maret from 5 Oct to 27 Nov! (champagne please!) I am sure there will be more nervous and challenges kick in later on but now let’s forget the worry and celebrate!

To celebrate this wonderful day I am offering my followers 20% OFF storewide this weekend.  Please use 3D567E57 at check out.

Looking for timber goodies?

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We found the beautiful Kasoobi products on Instagram the other day and we instantly fell in love with all their pretty customised timber sign and accessories!

Sarah Maddison is the creative mind behind Kasoobi. She does all the design and cut by herself at her Echuca/ Moama studio. The timber is eco-friendly and non toxic and made with no added chemicals. It’s very nice to know small business are trying to do their part in the environmental protection.

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Our timber sign for our new home and a business cards holder from Kasoobi arrived in beautiful packaging and they are all so lovely! Can’t wait to order more!

 

 

Essendon Market

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We will be at Essendon Winter Market on 25 June from 10am to 3pm!

Since we can only bring limited stocks to each market, to avoid disappointment, you can now chose to pick up your order at the market! Just simply enter code “MARKET16” at the check out and comment which market you are going to pick up your order. We will send you an email to confirm the pick up details.

This is the first market we’re attending in Melbourne. I can’t wait to meet new friends!

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Brooches!

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I know wearing brooches seem like an old people thing but I absolutely adore brooches! They makes your everyday jacket feel new and they put a smile on people’s faces. So today I am sharing with you my favourite Melbourne accessories maker – Bok-Bok B’Gerk.  Designed and handmade in Australia. All Bok-Bok B’Gerk accessories are so cute and quirky. Check out their website for their great range of products!

Terrarium Laboratory

  

I was so lucky to find Terrarium Laboratory at the South Melbourne Market last week!

I got so excited when I saw all these little plant inside a globe, a jar and all these beautiful glass containers! They are prefect for my new home! As a non-green thumb person (I believe I am a red thumb person coz I killed all my plants unintentionally) these little plant only need to water once a week and that makes everything even better!

Created by the humble creative soul in Mernda, Victoria you can find them at different markets around Melbourne. They also have workshop teaching people how to make these plants! Check out their Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/terrariumlaboratory/ for more details!

Suki