Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

St. Andrews Market


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The St. Andrews market has been around for over 40 years and attracts a diverse range of people to this little corner of the Yarra Valley on Saturday mornings. Known for its earthy atmosphere, Chai Tent, alternative lifestyle visitors, the market is certainly unique and one of a kind with the district with a loyal following from locals as well as may coming from afar.

Like many community markets it’s run by volunteers and is not-for-profit, generously donating money back into the community.

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Living Simply

5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Create A Heavenly Home


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In the words of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz  ‘There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.’

And indeed that is true. There are some common phrases about home:

  • Home is where the heart is
  • Make yourself at home
  • A home away from home

Everyone wants to have a heavenly home, a refuge. A safe haven. So here are some things you can do right now to make you home your sanctuary. (more…)

Travel Tips & Ideas

Handy dandy travelling containers


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There are an assortment of great little gadgets and toys that you want to take with you when you travel however, if those get damaged, it can be a nightmare.

Here is a simple and easy way I’ve found to transport some of my everyday items when travelling, whether urban or international.

This is a Tupperware oyster case (or packables) designed to hold those little things around the home whether it was food, trinkets, sewing kit and so on. They come in a couple of sizes and this is the smallest one measuring 10cm x 8.5cm x 5cm (3.93″ X 3.3″ X 2.04″).

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Living Simply, Repurpose & Upcycle

10 Alternative Ways to Wrap Presents


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As a child, half the fun of receiving a present was the unwrapping, the anticipation of what was inside. Sometimes I’d careful peel back each piece of sticky tape not to damage the paper and other times, I’d rip it off to see what was inside as soon as possible.

Move forward 20 years and I remember watching the leftover Christmas wrapping paper and gift cards get shoved into two green garbage bags and put in the bin. What a waste! It was time to draw a line in the sand and make a change. The following Christmas I’d sewn 20 fabric bags from the size of a paperback book to one that would hold  a dozen bottles of wine. Then I made gift cards with a greeting, names of the recipient and laminated them. Initially, they weren’t well received but within five years, everyone had made their own bags / cards and by the end of Christmas we’d return the bags to the owners and there was minimal wastage. The tradition continues today.

Now you can make your own bags which is easy if you have a sewing machine but you can also spruce up gifts in other ways. Here are some creative wrapping ideas.

Socks

Yep socks, preferably something a little fun and funky. These are ideal for wrapping bottles of wine. Slip the wine into one sock and then tie the other around the neck of the bottle. Looks great and practical.

Shirt pockets

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Warrandyte Market


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Situated along the banks of the Yarra River surrounded by gum trees is the quaint Warrandyte Market that oozes what a community market is all about – fresh home-grown produce, hand-made wares and food stalls that set your taste buds alight with everything from gozleme to poffertjes.

This outdoor market has been operating for over 20 years and has a loyal following from the locals and stall holders (one stall holder has been coming for 17 years). Like many markets, it has its own flavour and style that is unique to this community who live and work along the river.

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