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Surry Hills Festive Markets re-cap December 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, craft fair, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, markets, Saponify, sewing, Shop, soap, Surry Hills, Surry Hills Christmas Markets, Surry Hills Markets, Sydney, whale.

Saturday’s Surry Hills Festive Markets were great!

It was such a lovely relaxed day, and the other stallholders around me were lovely.  I’ll definitely be looking to do this market regularly in 2011.


More photos from the day here

Saponify market stall garland December 7, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, blue, business, christmas, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, ric rac, Saponify, sewing, Shop, soap, Store, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I’ve just made this pretty garland to act as signage for my Saponify market stalls.

This Saturday I have a stall at the Reservoir Bazaar at The Winery in Surry Hills.  If you’re in the area make sure you pop by.   It’s a great chance to grab some last minute Christmas gifts, and a fun day out to boot!

Reservoir Bazaar
The Winery
285A Crown Street
Surry Hills 2010

10am – 2pm Saturday 11th December.

Calico and Co. Blog features Saponify! November 1, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, Saponify, Shop, Store.
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Good morning!  Last week, Amanda from the blog Calico and Co. interviewed me about my business – Saponify!

The full interview is now live on her site, and you can read it here:  artisan-love-saponify.html

This morning I’m ordering more containers to fill with the ever popular Rose Geranium, Lavender and Mandarin Hand and Body Butter.

I’m expecting a big delivery of Essential Oils, Cocoa Butter, and Organic Shea Nut Butter to be delivered today.  I’m very much looking forward to creating some new goodies for the Holiday season.

I have some very exciting things in the works for Saponify in the coming months.  Stay tuned for more info!

Frocktober (day 7) October 7, 2010

Posted by Sarah in dining out, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, Second Hand, Shop, Store, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I’m 1 week in to my 4 week challenge and I have a confession to make.  This photo is from last night!

I’ve been busily making soap and jam today and haven’t bothered to get my frock on.  Oops!  I am wearing a skirt though, so that kind of counts doesn’t it?  I kind of figure that since I wore two dresses yesterday I could get away with not wearing one today!

Dress:  Vintage, a gift to myself for my 30th birthday.  From Zoo Clothing in Surry Hills.


If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999

Frocktober (day 4) October 4, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, Second Hand, Shop, Store, Surry Hills, Thrifting, vintage.

Today is Labour Day, so we’re enjoying a very pleasant 3 day weekend.  We just headed out for a short walk to enjoy this lovely spring day.

This dress is a vintage number I scored from a great little recycled clothing store on Crown St in Surry Hills called U-Turn.  It has a very Mad Men kind of feeling to it.  I love the cut of this dress – the waistline is just perfect.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge you can head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999

Melbourne August 19, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, birthday, dining out, Fitzroy, food, friends, friendship, holiday, Josephine, Meet Me At Mikes, Melbourne, Retail, Shop, Store.
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After my birthday Josephine and I headed down to Melbourne for a few days.  It was my first visit, so we had plenty of exploring to do.

It was very cold and rainy, so we didn’t get to venture out and about as we would have liked.  Mostly we found nice places to eat and drink, and did a spot of shopping.  I’ll show you what I bought for myself in another post I think!

We checked out Meet Me At Mikes in Fitzroy.  I’ve been following Pip’s blog and twitter feed for some time now, so it was very exciting to go to her store.  She wasn’t there the day we went, but we were served by her lovely daughter Rin.  Josephine and I both found ourselves cheap little summer skirts – yay!

This is all the graffiti we managed to photograph due to it being so wet and cold.  I’d like to go back another time and spend some time photographing more of the alleys and laneways.

Great coffee at Sonido on Gerturude St.

A tasty lunch of Arepas at Cruzao Arepa Bar, Brunswick Street.

On our last day we headed out to St Kilda to check out the famed cake shops and ‘beach’.  I loved this old theatre.  I think it’s beautiful.

We shared a slice of the famous plum cake at the Monarch Cake Shop, St Kilda

Back to Sonido for another coffee!

Just before we left for our flight home we headed to Hwaro Korean BBQ for a few beers and snacks.

More photos from our trip are on my Flickr page.


Vintage blankets given new life July 27, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blanket, blanket stitch, cosy, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, Made It store, recycle, refashion, Shop, Store, wool.
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I’ve been helping to metamorphisise old into new, unloved into treasured.  Breathing new life into vintage blankets left unwanted on the shelves of country op-shops.

I particularly like this combination of pale yellow blanket matched with variegated wool.

I’ll stitch a little something else on to this beauty.  Perhaps a doilie, we’ll see.  It will come to me in time; it always does.

This bottom one is a smaller version, a baby blanket for wrapping up your smallest, littlest, newest friends or family members.

Both will be available for purchase in my Made It store later this week.

Wrap up, and stay warm friends.

Op shop goodness July 16, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Cutlery, fabric, flowers, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Shop, Surry Hills, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage.
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Some sweet new additions to the household, courtesy of two local op shops yesterday.

Two sets of tongs, three beautiful knives, and one stunning vintage bed sheet.  Total damage = $5.  Happy times!

Saponify now in store! July 6, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, Craft, friends, hand made, home made, Letterpress, papercraft, Retail, Saponify, Sean and Danny, Shop, soap, Store, Surry Hills, Wholesale.

I’m extremely excited to announce that a select range of Saponify products are now available for purchase at a local brick and mortar store!

Now available at:

Sean and Danny
321 Crown St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
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