Suki McMaster Blog
With the festive season in full swing, we hope you are coping well doing this crazy time. Remember to take time to breathe and relax, as this time of year is about enjoying it with your loved ones.
We have plenty of beautiful gift ideas in store and online, such as our popular cushion covers in bright and happy designs, candles by Belash Soy Candles andChe-Sara, body products by Ena Products, our mugs, Birchwood trays and more!
Today is the last day for customised orders also, so if you are wanting a personalised mug, baby bib or print be sure to order online or in store to ensure it will be ready for you.
As mentioned above, today is the last day before Christmas for customised orders.
Below is an idea of how you can customise some of our most popular designs.
We know it's busy, and really do you want to be stuck wrapping Christmas presents at 10pm on Christmas Eve? No! Well, let us do it for you. We are offering FREE gift wrapping on all orders instore and online. So go and have a coffee and let us take care of this for you.
Great news, South Melbourne Market have extended their trading hours for the Christmas period.
Our shop will open on the following days and times;
Wednesday 20th of December, 8am - 4pm
Thursday 21st of December, 8am - 4pm
Friday 22nd of December, 8am - 5pm
Saturday 23rd of December, 7am - 4pm
Sunday 24th of December, 7am
Don't forget you can buy online 24/7, from the comfort of your own home!
I hope you have a great week, and remember to take time for yourself!
Yesterday, I boarded a plane with Renee (@thehappyorganicgirlau) to Sydney. Why? To check out the Finders Keepers market held at Barangaroo. You may recall, a few weeks back I visited the Finders Keepers in Brisbane also. I think it's always nice to check out the market myself before I apply for the future markets .I believe only only myself can tell whether I fit in the event. It's a lot of investment to go interstate markets, we'll have to pay for the stall fees, the logistics, and get people to look after the shop at South Melbourne, etc etc. Lots of factors need to consider and that's why I prefer to personally visit all these markets to see whether it's worth it or not.
Our morning started with a quick coffee and croissant at Brunetti's before boarding.Our flight was packed however we were both so excited for Sydney we chatted and laughed the whole way and before we knew it, we had landed.
The weather was cloudy yet still warm. We decided to stop at Circular Quay first and walk up to The Rocks to check out the markets. Stopping to admire the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, it's amazing how much you miss seeing them now we are both located in Melbourne.
Arriving at Finders Keepers in Barangaroo was quite surreal. Its been transformed completely.
Many people were waiting for the doors to open at 10am!
The feel is very different to Melbourne or Brisbane. It's nice to see that each market has their own vibe. The space at Barangaroo is incredible, located in The Cutaway,the ceiling is high with a beautiful natural backdrop of stone to one side.
We loved the vibe at the Finders Keepers Sydney, and cross our fingers and toes that we will be accepted next year to bring our happy and colourful designs to Sydney siders!
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Have a great week everyone!
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
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!
Below is a shot of the Matcha Mojito!
Stay tuned for a big week ahead, and some exciting surprises.
Have an amazing week!
Suki McMaster HQ Update - Cushion Covers off to Rizeup
This week we donated some of our bright and colourful cushion covers to a charity in Queensland called Rizeup. Rizeup is doing some amazing work to support and empower men and women affected by domestic violence. Their aim is to end domestic violence through education and creating a safe and supportive environment.
We hope our colourful designs can bring some much needed happiness, strength and empowerment to the recipient.
What's on South Melbourne Markets
There is quite a lot happening here at South Melbourne, if you are planning a trip in - now is the time. South Melbourne Markets have a range of exciting activities for the kids (and big kids!) planned. From now until the 24th of December the following activities are planned on various days (be sure to check the South Melbourne Markets website for up to date info!
- Salvation Army Carol Singers
- Festive Face Painting
- Santa's Mailbox
- Santa and his Elf will be popping in
- Christmas Jazz
Also don't forget to pop into the shop t see the Christmas Tree, Iain has made!
Photo Credit: South Melbourne Market
Black Friday SALE!
Our Black Friday sale continues today, however be quick as it ends at midnight tonight!
Perfect for those working through their Christmas shopping, save 20% on our entire online store using code CYBER17. Pick up some of our Christmas Cards, a mug for Dad, a cushion for mum - the possibilities are endless!
We also offer AfterPay as a payment method at checkout. Simply select it as an option to receive your goods, then make 4 fortnightly repayments.
What are you doing this week, how are you spreading the Christmas love?
Wishing you all a splendid week!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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_
We hope you enjoyed this weeks blog! Have a fantastic weekend,
Needless to say, all the stalls were amazing. I saw some familiar faces from Finders Keepers Melbourne but the number of amazing stalls here at Brisbane is crazy!
I arrived at 10am and the market was already so crowded - to the point I couldn’t even take any photos! To those of you who aren’t aware, I am only 5ft, so technically there were lots of people but really all I could see were people’s bums. 😭
Every week, we have something exciting happening and this week is extra special because we're starting our new blog!
Our weekly blog is a little diary, to keep you informed with what's going on with the business. We are also planning to share some happy homes ideas with our readers - it's going to be so much fun! I hope you enjoy reading our posts!
We are always looking for contributors to collaborate with. If you have some happy home ideas and want to share with us please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you soon.