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Saturday, October 31, 2009

time to get crafty....

The Crafty Minx is about making simply gorgeous things from preloved, remnant and vintage items. Written especially for non-crafters with the will but not necessarily the 'how', author Kelly Doust shares the delicious rewards of living with and sharing thoughtful handmade treasures. With over 75 projects to choose from; summer beach bags; cotton apron tops to cosy lambswool throws and cashmere-covered hot water bottles there is something for everyone. Each project sets about to give traditional crafts a modern makeover and is suitable for crafters of all skill levels. Featuring innovative ways to get creative, it reflects the huge cultural shift taking place towards recycling and buying locally.

For regular updates on all that is hot in the world of craft and handmade inspirations you can tune into Kelly's blog by the same name. Our thanks to Kelly for including Magnolia Square in the latest post. Kelly also runs workshops around Australia - click here for more information.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

all the colours of the rainbow....

Red and yellow and pink and blue........its the smorgasbord of colour from Pratten. Each vibrant piece has been designed by Australian duo Monique and Justine Pratten and made from luxuriously soft eel skin and other high quality leathers.

The likes of Carrie Moss, Jessica Biel and Megan Gale have been seen with a Pratten purse in hand and who could blame them....all of us here think they are divine!

Pratten has recently expanded their classic wallet and clip purse range, adding glamorous evening clutches and stylish day bags to their classic favourites. The only hard part is choosing a colour......I have my eye on the yellow. Note to Pratten girls..we need shoes to match!!

See the range at Magnolia Square Randwick November 19, 20 and 21.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

perfect habitat.....

Finding the perfect bedroom accessories for your little one can be a daunting experience. The mass market provides limited options, all of which look look they belong in the mass market. Magnolia Square was delighted to stumble across the delightful range from Habitat Baby - a world away from mass produced alternatives.

The bedding is a perfect blend of quality, style and attention to detail. Each piece exudes hand crafted workmanship and creative thoughtfulness. We love the combination of colours, tones and textures which work together to create a look that sits somewhere between contemporary and whimsy.

Habitat Baby also stocks a range of Belle and Boo prints. Deceptively simple and stylish images capture vividly precious moments in time enjoyed by children - every nursery needs one!

See the range at Magnolia Square November 19-21st at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Monday, October 26, 2009

marie claire says so ...

We were delighted to find ourselves featured in the Marie Claire events diary this month. Its been great to see some of our favourite publications promoting Magnolia Square and supporting Australian talent. To see more recent press from the likes of Vogue Living, My Child, Inside Out ,Donna Hay and Notebook click here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

towards a betterworld......

Its not only the striking colour palette and amazing patterning that caught our eye when the application for Better World Arts came through - it was also the business model that we loved.

Better World Arts produces and sources high quality art and handicrafts using the traditional skills of artists and craftspeople. Profits are distributed fairly amongst traditional artists ensuring profits go directly into indigenous communities.

Better World Arts recognizes that culture is strengthened when traditional skills and life styles are valued and supported. They aim to create innovative products and business structures which support local communities culturally and economically, and engage the global marketplace.

Each paintings and design used on the range is an authentic work by a traditional artist and reflects the culture of the Indigenous people whose art they promote.

Better World Arts is promoting harmony, goodwill and economic links between communities across the globe and offering a unique and stunning product range in the process! See the range and learn more about the artists at Magnolia Square Sydney The Oaks Lawn Marquee Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

and the little bird told us...

.....the little birdy told us that the worlds best ( by our own admission) children's photographer is coming to town!

Pru Trundle is the 'bird' behind the lens at Little Bird Photography and keeps us enthralled with her captivating images of her little subjects. Pru seems to effortlessly capture the innocence and colour of childhood and her passion for her craft radiates through each shot. Her work really is a pleasure - as is she.

Hours can pass pouring over her blog which brings new meaning to the age old adage that a picture tells a thousand words.

Little Bird Photography will be at Magnolia Square in Melbourne and Sydney and will be taking bookings in both states!

Monday, October 19, 2009

hello paris....

Across the board women share a love for beautiful jewellery - and jewellery created in romantic France - well, need we say more?

So French So Chic
brings together unique French designers each with a distinguishable handwriting and stand out style. Cendrillon, Zoe Bonbon and Oscar Galea, are among the range that aims to get you noticed.

Be sure to stop by So French So Chic at the Sydney and Malvern events.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

mobile art...

These wistful pieces of floating art are the handiwork of Nina Still from Puka Puka Designs. The result is a modern Matisse meets Scandinavian sculpture only lighter and enhanced by natural movement.

Each mobile is the creation of trained architect and jewellery designer, Nina and is inspired by the Australian landscape. We love the combination of texture and lightness which plays on the eye creating a kaleidoscope of moving colour.

Nina describes her mobile range as "meditative artwork that creates shadows, moves and sings in the space". The mobile becomes more of a moving sculpture than a mere decorative object.

You will meet Nina at Magnolia Square in Randwick November 19, 10 and 21. Come after 6pm on Thursday or Friday evening and receive a complimentary glass of champagne. (limited to first 150 guests) and wine..can't get much better then that!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Nell is a collection of women's fashion, accessories and home wares designed by Emmanuelle Flahault. Each piece is wearable, practical and beautiful in equal measure produced with simple, strong bones ready to be made the wearers own.

Playing with fabrics and colours has occupied Nell since she was a child, when she used to amuse herself in her grandmother’s wardrobe and disappear into the attic, sifting through for inspirational things.

Today, Emmanuelle hunts for treasures on her travels, and then finds new ways to interpret them into all the various facets of her collection. Her next destination will be Malvern Town Hall and Randwick for Magnolia Square Christmas events.

so smitten....

We are completely smitten by Just Smitten - a super sweet range of stationary for the young and the young at heart.

"The primary focus was to create fresh and inviting selection of cards and gift tags which could be purchased in multiples of 10 at a realistic price. Ideal for anyone besotted with children, who appreciates quality and loves the idea of having adorable cards on hand for the next party invitation." says designer Jenny Peters.

All products have been crafted first-hand to reflect all the joy, wonder and playfulness in a little person’s life on a premium-textured stock, come with matching envelopes, are individually packaged, beautifully wrapped and ready to sent on.

take your pick at Magnolia Square in Randwick November 19-21 at Royal Randwick.

Monday, October 12, 2009

wugged up....

As with most successful ideas, Woolly Wugs came about after mothers Kate White and Sarah Abbott couldn't find what they were looking for. The search was for bedtime clothing and accessories suitable for Australian summers that were both stylish and comfortable.

The team set about designing a range of innovative pieces using textures and patterns with distinctive playful designs and functionality.Most importantly, Woolly Wugs’ range is designed specifically with the Australian climate in mind. Light and breathable, 100% natural fabrics for summer and comfortable, warm and cosy fabrics for winter.

Woolly Wugs products are a direct reflection of its founders…fresh, fun and colourful, bubbling over with happiness!

See the range at Magnolia Square at Randwick Racecourse November 19-21st.

Friday, October 9, 2009

dreaming of summer......

As we sit inside hiding from the wind and rain outside, summer seems little more then a distant memory....but it will of course be here before we know it.

Beaches and Dream
( such a great name!) is just the thing to have you looking super glamorous as you lounge around the pool or head down to the sand. Sourced from around the globe, the collection centers around coastal lifestyle and includes swimwear throw-overs, beach dresses and cover ups. All are beautifully designed with practicality and easy care at the core.

We love the range so much that we have invited Beaches and Dream to all of our Christmas fairs...Brighton Town Hall, Malvern Town Hall and The Oaks Marquee at Royal Randwick. Bring on the sun!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

sweeter than honey....

You can't get much sweeter then this...the delightfully child-like range from Bluebird and Honey. Think bold felt applique, oversized, colourful buttons, playful animal critters and nostalgic fabrics on cushions, layettes, pinafores and softies.

The range is Australian-made with contributors from many different walks of life and pride's itself on 'being devoted to no particular style but to style itself'

Visit Bluebird and Honey at Magnolia Square in Sydney where you will find the stand is as much a treat as the collection.

a treasure trove.....

The new collection from Trove Designs is bolder and more daring then the last but are just as amazing. Designer Brooke McAlary combines carefully sourced papers from Tibet, Japan and India with resin to create her geometrically distinctive pieces.

Each is hand poured, hand cut and hand finished in Brooke's Blue Mountains Studio ensuring no two pieces are exactly the same.

See the range at Magnolia Square in Randwick November 19-21.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

thread instead...

There is an ancient Chinese belief that an invisible red thread connects our hearts and lives with those that we are destined to meet and love.

We have longed admired the delicate works of Lisa Tilse at the Red Thread and are now thrilled to have her involved in both our Melbourne and Sydney Magnolia Square events.

Lisa combines beautiful vintage and Japanese papers with hand drawn illustrations and personalised touches to create her individualised pieces. We love the heart boxes where hand cut vintage story books seem to float within the frame and the new collection of Sweetie Petites Dolls.

Sweetie Petites doll kits contain all you need to make your own Sweetie. The design of these little cute little dolls has been influenced by vintage and Japanese kawaii styles. They appeal to girls of all ages from toddlers to pre-teens and even adults who like to collect fun and quirky things.

Meet Lisa at Malvern Town Hall and Randwick Magnolia Square Fairs in November.

olives a plenty....

Wollundry Grove olive products reflect the special role small, dedicated producers play in the setting of quality and flavour standards.

Our Premium Australian Olive Oil and Table Olives are produced with pride and without compromise, resulting in a quality and character difficult for larger producers to match.

Owners Neville and Chris guarantee the origin and health of our fruit, the hygiene of their processing practices and the veracity of their agricultural methods.

They pride themselves on producing a Premium Australian Olive Oil, a medium to intense fruity oil with a complex aroma, olive freshness and distinct herbaceous flavour.

Underlying its structure is a balance of vegetal bitterness and spiciness indicating the significant presence of phenols, which give the oil its flavour and extraordinary health properties.

Wollundry Grove Olives Premium Australian Olive Oil is ideally suited to a wide range of dishes, particularly green vegetables, rich soups, crudités and pasta dishes.

Be sure to sample some of the good oil and their range of table olives at Magnolia Square Randwick this November.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

power dressing....

Here's a girl who knows what she wants! Power dressing to impress in her little Ollie and Max shirt dress.

What is even better is that the Ollie and Max range of tailored cotton shirting comes in grown up sizes! See the range at Magnolia Square in November Randwick Racecourse.


We love finding talented crafters breathing new life into old and abandoned bits and pieces. Berlinski caught our eye for that very reason...and because designer Alison Willis crates a gorgeous, thoughtful end product. Each piece within the homewares and fashion accessories range is unique and made using vintage Japanese kimono pieces, antique and vintage tablecloths, laces and embroideries.

Berlinski grew through Alison’s passion for sewing, design and beautiful vintage fabrics and linens. Each piece is based on a simple design using good quality structural fabrics which allows the unique hand picked vintage fabric to be the feature.

"Berlinski accessories are created to be beautiful, functional works of art!" says Alison and when you see the range at Magnolia Square at Randwick in November I am sure you will agree!