28 November 2010

Xmas Arts Market 2010

The inaugural West End Xmas Arts Market and Carnivale comes to town for one day only! We invite you to celebrate Xmas in the West End. (also your last chance to grab some Christmas cards from Messagemark!)

What: West End Christmas Arts Market & Carnivale 
When: Sunday December 19th | 12pm - 8pm (last Sunday before x-mas) 
Who: Adelaide West End Association and Casablabla 
Why: Because it's difficult to get a unique and interesting Christmas present!

The Adelaide West End Association, in conjunction with Casablabla, Flightpath Architects, Weathersafe Shades, Mojo Inc , La Bomba , Adelaide City Counciland ABAF, invite you to what is set to become an Adelaide institution, the inaugural West End Christmas Arts Market & Carnivale.

On Sunday, December 19th a beautiful cobbled street in Adelaide's West End will be transformed into a thriving christmas market place reminiscent of the alleyway bazaars of Sao Paolo and Marrakesh. Leigh Street will be closed to traffic for the day.

Historic Leigh Street will host the West End Christmas Arts Market & Carnivale, including 30 hand-picked stalls selling quality merchandise for the discerning Christmas shopper.

Shoppers will be treated to the sounds, colours and flavours of latin-inspired live entertainment with delicious multicultural cuisine inspiring and delighting every palate.

This is a family-friendly event, with The Stage Shop providing activities for the kids throughout the day, including live performances and even African drumming workshops for Mum and Dad.

With a highly unique and enjoyable festival atmosphere, the West End Christmas Arts Market & Carnivale will take the chore out of Christmas shopping. Get ready to knock off that special someone's gift and kick back and enjoy live music and delicious food into the warm summer evening! More details of the program are available from the AWEA website:

Entertainment for the day includes:
Akoustic Odyssey,
New White Sneakers
Belly dancers, Brazilian show girls, Bollywood dancers, La Bomba salsa crew
and more....

23 November 2010

Beautiful Visions

I've been drawn into this beautiful creation. Using animation, projections and her own moving shadow, Miwa Matreyek performs a gorgeous, meditative piece about inner and outer discovery. Do check it out and take a quiet 10 minutes and dive in.

18 November 2010

Online Polaroid Maker

If you've ever wished you had a Polaroid Camera to play with then here is the coolest app. I found this via Little Paper Lane (thanks Jayde). It's a small application for Mac or PC that is so simple to use. Drag and drop your JPEG images onto the little camera and a little Polaroid appears on your screen. Be patient though, you have to wait for the image to develop just like the real thing!

The result, an authentic looking pic. See some more photo samples here or download for FREE at Poladroid.

17 November 2010

Get Christmas Sorted

It's on again, Australia's pop-up shop and it's coming to Adelaide for the second time! Messagemark are all stocked up with their gorgeous Christmas card range, unique wall art, and a couple new surprise products. Magnolia Square is the perfect opportunity to stock up for Christmas with some Australian labels that you can't easily find in Adelaide stores.

15 November 2010

Lollipop Debrief

It was a spectacular day yesterday at the launch event of Lollipop Markets... Nearly 2000 people through the doors, an awesome range of local product made by some very talented "Work at Home" SA mums, and best of all, they raised a total of $1646 for the Childhood Cancer Association through a gold coin donation at the door. Fantastic. A couple of Adelaide labels that I discovered yesterday at the market definitely worth a mention...


12 November 2010

NEW! CD Cards

If you are 'snap happy' with your digital camera then you are likely to be the kind of person who loves sharing your digital photos. Introducing the CD Card - our unique card designed for sharing digital media - photos, videos, files and music.

I came up with the concept when I burnt photos to disc for a friend following a party, and then wondered what nice package should I put the disk in? And so the CD Card was born!

Of course the CD Card doubles as a greeting card so you can include your own personal message. Our CD Card looks more like a gift, so is the perfect package to share precious memories.

This weekend at Lollipop Market we will be selling CD cards for the special introductory market price of $5 each (normally RRP $7.00)

Some ideas on how you could use the CD card...
• Make a special present for a friend by creating a compilation CD of your favourite music.
• Share photos after an event i.e. wedding, birthday, anniversary, christening, etc.
• Send files to a client with a personal message
• Create your own short movie and send copies out in a CD Card
• Burn your creative portfolio to disc and package in a CD Card
• Burn your product catalogue to CD for posting to customers
• Have the CD card personalised with your business logo

    CD Cards include a printable blank CD and a special CD dot to hold the CD in position. Buy online...

    10 November 2010

    Please shrink me...

    The Nov/Dec issue of Frankie Magazine features a gorgeous dolls house collection by Georgia Smith. This caught my eye being a lover of all things miniature and retro. Georgia has furnished her dolls house with a collection of furniture sourced offshore on eBay - unfortunately this kind of thing just isn't available in Australia. Maybe there is a market there...Mmmmm!

    Please shrink me so I can play in this house!

    9 November 2010

    Studio Eco

    Studio Eco is definitely my cup of tea! All the products stocked in the studio have have passed strict guidelines for 'greenness' of a product. 

    The fab product range includes paintings, wall hangings, cushions, furniture, lighting and jewellery. Studio Eco also stock a gorgeous selection of children's products such as paints, playdough, furniture, high chairs and room accessories. Messagemark is very pleased to be now added to this list of earth friendly products!

    Studio Eco shares space with sustainable designer/maker Ben Manning (from Utopian Creations) who makes all types of jewellery from silver collections that are great for gifts, to ring remodeling, engagement and wedding rings. You may be lucky enough to see Ben hard at work in the jewellery workshop when you pop in for a visit.

    Studio Opening Hours
    Tuesday-Friday 9-5pm
    Saturday 10-5pm

    Online: www.studioeco.com.au
    Phone: (08) 8331 2272

    5 November 2010

    Christmas Window Display

    I've been working on my Christmas display at the Messagemark Studio and ended up pegging a row of Chrissy prints together for the backdrop in the window. The Christmas tree is covered in lights and my 2010 range of gift tags...And presents, of course you need presents under the tree! Empty boxes wrapped in natural recycled paper, trimmed with a contrasting colour paper stripe and cotton twine wrapped around numerous times. Not forgetting a gift tag to complete the package!

    And if you are looking for an alternative to framed prints, try using a wooden trouser hanger (from IKEA)  - a great idea for a display or signage at a market.

    1 November 2010

    Lollipop Markets - Christmas Launch

    Lollipop Markets is a brand new and exciting market for Adelaide showcasing unique, boutique and handmade items or of limited supply for expecting parents, babies, children, Mums and Dads.
    Working behind the scenes to bring Lollipop to Adelaide's west, Bree, Nicole and Kaye have left no stone unturned. I have been totally impressed watching from the sidelines their attention to detail and creative ideas when organising this event.
    The special Christmas Lollipop Market is opening it's doors for the first time at 10am on Sunday 14th November. Do come along, start your Christmas shopping, have lunch and watch the kids get involved in the free entertainment.
    Messagemark will be selling their quirky range of Christmas cards made in South Australia. And you may find a few new surprise products too...
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