THE BERRY MARKETS

/ 28.9.16

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^ We got there early so there weren't many people yet. The markets are like this but 5 times the size.
^So many cool finds but what to do with them all?!
^ You can see my suitcases, the stripey one and the silver one!

It was about 16 years ago that I heard a work colleague saying she was driving to Berry just to go to the Berry Markets and ever since then I have really wanted to check out the region. I just love scavenging and I love markets and I even love country towns.

During our Berry break, I managed to catch the famous markets and my photos don't really do it justice. They are quite big and I was really pleased to see a lot of regional makers and vendors selling home made goods plus lots of genuine antiques and knick-knacks. Some really unusual things.

I walked way with two antique suitcases. One aluminium with a navy spot lining and previously belonged to a Qantas pilot and the other stripy with gold embossed initials! Love them.

There were some really cool finds and I tried to take lots of pics so you can see the awesome variety of amazing finds.

I would definitely like to go back. The Berry Markets are on the first Sunday of the month (except February). All up I'd say 3 days and 2 nights would be the perfect amount of time to spend in Berry tasting, shopping and marketing.


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EATING AND SHOPPING IN BERRY, NSW

/ 11.9.16

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The Shady Fig where I was obsessed over these hanging lights by Lightly.
^ The Goldfish Toy Shop - truly the best toy shop I have ever seen in Australia!

^^^ Gorgeous clothes at Mimi and The Bear
^ Roots & Wings Design
^^ Little Rae General Store and Cafe
^^ Nortje by Geraldine
^ Portugese pots I bought from Geraldine!
^ The Old Creamery Lane, home of The Treat Factory
^ My favourite piece at the Berry Museum
^^ Macadamia picking and cracking at Mountain Ridge Wines
^ Giant knitting supplies from Sew & Tell
^^ The Famous Berry Donut Van
^ Wollongong Beach
^ Two hungry monkeys at The Hungry Monkey Cafe, Kiama.
Mural by Luke Okay
^ Sometimes we need a break from our holiday.
^ On the beach at Vincentia
We spent about a week in Berry, NSW recently just relaxing, shopping, eating and taking day trips to other towns in the area.

Berry is really taking off. While we were there a property that was up for rent ended up selling to a a very forward house hunter! Locals tell me it has a lot to do with tourism and the good returns on short-stay accommodation.

Berry is not just a little country town. Apart from being the perfect mix of dairy farm charm combined with beach cool, it has established itself as a shopping and eating destination. 

In Nortje you can chat to South African born designer and maker Geraldine who makes the most beautiful clothes and sources some really stunning accessories and homewares from overseas. I bought the best Portugese pots from Geraldine and was very tempted by the beautiful colourful clutches.

Roots & Wings Design is a gorgeous store inside and out. Vines cover the heritage exterior and inside you can find all the best designers including Camilla & Marc, Josh Goot and Hansel & Gretel.

Sew & Tell is a huge craft supply store where I bought some giant knitted needles and Italian yarn for my mum for her birthday - the woman who has everything!

I loved eating at Little Rae and was really lusting over their furniture, a lot of which appeared to me made out of recycled Oregon. You can see and order pieces via Hardwood by Hand.

The Shady Fig is a florist and giftware store that had the best hanging lights by Lightly. I loved their tangled black and white table cords. They tied in the the flowers and foliage really well and provided a sculptural interest. So great. 

The Goldfish Toy Shop really is the best toy shop I have ever seen. It is like a big luxe barn with high ceilings and only the best quality toys. Take an hour to marvel in this shop.

Mimi and The Bear is a kids clothing and accessories shop with an excellent selection of Tutu Du Monde dresses. They had the cutest kids cowboy boots and I was really tempted!

More about food...
- We had a great meal the Berry Hotel in their cosy family dining room with open fireplace. I loved gazing at the exposed brick walls with its hand-made 1800s bricks.
The Treat Factory is located in Old Creamery Lane and comes complete with a vista of gorgeous dairy cows. 
- And you really can't go past the Famous Berry Donut Van because hot donuts.

And everyone in Berry is SO FRIENDLY. 

Some of the places we visited and enjoyed around Berry:
- The Hungry Monkey Cafe in Kiama
- Lunch, wine and macadamia picking and cracking at Mountain Ridge Wines - the best fries I have ever had!
- Vincentia Beach with ice creams
- Lunch on Wollongong beach 
- Eating and shopping in Bowral

Keep an eye out for my next post all about the famous Berry Markets!





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A MODERN DINOSAUR BIRTHDAY PARTY

/ 9.9.16

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I post my cake toppers and craft supplies all over the world. Every once in a while I get a big surprise to see where they end up!

Check out this gorgeous modern dinosaur themed birthday party created by Jacquelyn of Beijos Events for her son Court.

I loved seeing the beautiful photos on her blog and in particular how wonderful my big green brontosaurus and navy blue number 2 cake toppers looked on the cake on that beautiful sunny day.

Jacquelyn has let me share some photos here on my blog from the day. Her styling is second-to-none and you can see more details from the party on her blog.


All photos by Kelsey Albright.
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GETTING READY FOR THE PEARCE PRESCHOOL MARKET DAY

/ 7.9.16

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This year I joined the Parents Association for my daughter's preschool in a fundraising role. We decided to try something different this year and we are holding a Market Day on 6 November 2016 from 10am - 2pm.

We are selling lots of crafts, including christmas crafts, handmade homewares, gelato, sausage sizzle,  bric-a-brac and preloved toys and books plus a Devonshire tea!

Some of my favourite items will be the cushions made from fabrics hand painted by the preschoolers and the cute little bird seed treats!

You can following along on all the updates on the dedicated Facebook page.

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THE COLLECTOR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL 2016

/ 1.5.16

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I love autumn, pumpkins and country towns. Put those things together and you get the Collector Pumpkin Festival. This was my second year attending and it is just such a lovely day out.

I have to eat the pumpkin scones and I have to eat the pumpkin soup. This year we lined up for the soup a little late in the day and only got one cup, but it was the last one. Lucky, lucky last!

There is lots to do at the festival apart from eating including craft and food stalls, music, races and for the kids cool activities like building a scarecrow and the hay bale maze. Good old fashioned fresh air and fun.

We came home with a bag of pumpkin scones, clothes covered in hay, tomato saucy faces and hair blown sideways. 
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