Thursday, March 3, 2011

We've moved!

You can now find the Daylesford Makers Market team over on Facebook!

We'll no longer be updating the blog, but you can stay tuned on Facebook and hopefully we'll see you soon at the market!

Best wishes,

The Market Team

Thursday, December 16, 2010

2011 Dates!

Our dates have been fixed for 2011:

Saturday 12 March (ChillOut Market at Daylesford Primary School)
Saturday 2 April (Town Hall)
Saturday 2 April (Town Hall)
Saturday 23 April (Easter Market at Daylesford Primary School)
Saturday 7 May (Town Hall)
Saturday 4 June (Town Hall, coincides with the Daylesford Craft experience)
Saturday 2 July (Town Hall)
Saturday 3 September (Town Hall)
Saturday 1 October (Daylesford Primary School)
Saturday 5 November (Town Hall)
Saturday 26 November (Town Hall)
Saturday 17 December (Twilight Market)

Bookings will be open in late January!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our first Twilight Market

We're getting VERY excited about our first-ever Twilight Makers Market on Saturday 18th December. Starting at 4pm until late in the beautiful Daylesford Town Hall, it will feature your favourite stallholders from throughout the year, yummy food stalls, live music from Mr Geoffrey Williams and - hurrah - Santa will be making an appearance from 4-6pm in his grotto on the main hall stage! Please come along for some unique Christmas gifts and family fun.

The Market is fully booked but we are still looking for any local choirs, entertainers and coffee-sellers who would like to be involved in this fantastic event. Please spread the word!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Who's at the Market? Part three

Why not avoid the city crush and come out to Daylesford for the rest of your Christmas shopping and a nice lunch? It's going to be a great day in town - it's the annual Daylesford Show and also the Lark shop's one-day garage sale with lots of one-offs, samples and vintage fabrics to buy. You'll find lots of nice small shops dotted around Daylesford and Hepburn to pick up unique pressies, or buy vintage at the Daylesford Bazaar and the Mill Markets. Heaven!

And of course the Daylesford Maker's Market! This Saturday, 10-3 at Daylesford Town Hall! See what lovelies you can expect to find...

Dianne Jacono


Bunty & Sars


Pink Snowflakes


Vintage Chenille

Monday, November 22, 2010

Who's at the Market? Part two

Another sneak preview from this coming Saturday's market, it's gonna be huge and so gorgeous!

Blue Ginger



Rabbit & The Duck

Tea & Jam Family Photography

Friday, November 19, 2010

Who's at the Market? Part one

A few of the the very talented designers and makers you can expect to find on Nov 27...

A Skulk of Foxes

Mister Mista


Missy Mao Mao

She Tea


Watch this space for more tempting piccies shortly!

Christmas Market!

Come and visit the Daylesford Maker's Market next week to find over 50 new and regular designers with lots of gorgeous, unique gifts.

And yes, that's right, we're now an award-winning market! To our surprise we were given the Tourism Operator 2010 award in the Hepburn Tourism Awards, yay! The judges praised the high quality of products available at the Market (thanks, lovely stallholders) and the skilled and dedicated management (thanks, ace organising committee!).

Come and see what all the fuss is about - Daylesford Town Hall, Saturday 27 November. Take a drive and make a day of it!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July round-up

HUGE thanks to the many visitors who came to our Market on Saturday, we hope you enjoyed it!

We're taking a break during August, so the next Market will be held on Saturday 4 September.

The rather gorgeous door prize was drawn at random from everyone who joined our mailing list and the winner is... Morgan Wills!

Congrats Morgan, we'll be contacting you shortly.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And the winner is...

Thanks to Moederkip, we have a $50 gift voucher to give away!

To be in the draw to win you needed to read their 'meet the maker' profile and leave a comment telling us what you would buy if you were lucky enough to win.

And the lucky blog reader is... Nelly!

Congratulations to Nelly and a very big thank you to Moederkip!

If you missed out on this giveaway, don't worry too much, we'll have another giveway from the next maker we meet.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Have you visited our Flickr page?

Martine has set up a Daylesford Makers Market Flickr Group, check it out for the most amazing photos of our great makers and our pretty venue. We are lucky to have two talented photographers on board - Rohan Anderson and Tea & Jam. You can also post your own pics of the market, we'd really love to see them!

Daylesford is Craft Central!!

Have you heard? Daylesford is going to be Craft Central from 2-4 July. All the crafty folks in our crafty town have been collaborating to make this the craftiest craftacular ever! Here’s what’s happening:

Daylesford Craft Experience at Peppers, with workshops all day
Daylesford Makers Market open from 10-5 - Town Hall
Daylesford Farmers Market - Daylesford Primary School

Daylesford Craft Experience at Peppers, with workshops all day
Daylesford Sunday Bric-a-Brac Market - Raglan Street

Friday - Sunday
Local craft and handmade shops will be welcoming visitors with lots of events happening in stores. Lark is having a huge garage sale in Duke St, with cute and vintage stuff. Threadneedle, Purl's Palace and others will be open late throughout the weekend.

The Daylesford Craft Experience is a two-day stitchery retreat featuring three stars of the Australian craft Scene: Melly & Me, Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac and Anette Eriksson. Tickets are sold out for Saturday but there are still just a few places left for Sunday - click here for the full details.

Come and visit, and join in the crafty fun next weekend!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Next Market Saturday July 3rd!

Need another reason to visit Daylesford the weekend after next? The fab Daylesford Makers Market is on again, with over 50 stalls including local makers, Melbourne crafters and several emerging makers who are showing for the first time.

Geoffrey Williams will be playing live sets throughout the day.

Craig and the guys will be making the best coffee EVER and their own hot chocolate blend at the market café.

And of course there is the beautiful setting of Daylesford Town Hall, which is so inviting on a cold winter's day! The Market will be open until 5pm, we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In the press

Saturday's Makers Market was featured in the Daylesford Advocate this week, alongside the local farmer's market. Check out the pics - you can see the girls from Spruce, and the Woolly Wookie family keeping warm, and little Angus, whose Dad Craig is our master coffee maker!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Meet the Maker: Moederkip

The "Meet the Maker" profile lets us get to know the Daylesford Makers Market stallholders a little better. In this profile we meet Natalie and Paul Hennekam, the couple behind the Moederkip brand.

We are also offering a giveaway, a $50 Moederkip gift voucher to one lucky blog reader! Competition details at the bottom of this profile.

What's the story behind your business?

When our son Bradley was born, Paul made him a wooden nameboard, and I started sewing some cloth nappies to use. We both realised that we had really missed making things with our own hands, and so we started doing more and more around the house.

Then over time, particularly as I came to the end of my maternity leave, we just knew that we didn't want to go back to working ridiculously long hours with a young family. So we decided the only way we could do this was to simplify our lives, become more self-sufficient, and look to how we could support ourselves while raising our family. A business focussed on making children's products just seemed like a natural extension of what we were doing and loving anyway.

For us, having our own business is about being able to live life on our own terms. It's about us being able to raise our children ourselves; and to look after the health and well being of our family, as well as our community, and the earth more generally. It's about becoming more self-sufficient, more aware, and having fun doing it.

Where did your business name come from?

MoederKip (pronounced 'moo-der kip') is Dutch for "Mother Hen".

A mother hen is nurturing, but also pretty tough - and we felt this suited our aim to produce children's clothing, toys, and accessories which are both beautiful and practical.

The name (as well as our feature colour orange) also provides a connection to Paul's Dutch heritage.

Have you always been creative?

I hear a lot of people talking about how they wish they were more creative, as if it is some mysterious quality that only artists and craftspeople are born with. In reality, I think people are all naturally creative - although we do sometimes get a bit rusty at the process of thinking creatively. Looking at the world through a child's eyes is actually a wonderful way to rediscover just how creative you can be.

So while I've not always been actively involved in a 'craft', I would say I've always had the urge to create. In fact, I think this need to make something tangible is a very human quality.

What is your favourite Moederkip product, and why?

At the moment I'm really loving our Playclothes range. The fabric (which is made here in Australia) is amazing - it's so durable, and even has a UPF rating of 50+, which is a great benefit in our climate. And the colours just make my heart sing.

Plus, most importantly, when we see children wearing them, you can tell they're just so happy and comfortable.

What inspires you and the creation of your product?

Mainly our son Bradley, and his friends. I talk to them, and watch them at play and at rest, and just learn from them. I like to see what colours they are drawn to; and the sort of styles that are comfortable and don't restrict their natural play. If they can't run, jump, or climb in it, it's not going to make it into our range.

I also lean a lot from our little DestructoBoy in terms of how durable clothing needs to be. We run a pretty free-range household, so if our clothes can stand up to the sort of treatment we put them through, then I can be pretty confident that they'll last the distance in most households.

What inspires you and the creation of your product?

All our products are made in our home - although I have been known to pack up the machines and work somewhere else if I'm feeling like I'm getting a bit stale and need a change of environment.

What's your favourite thing about Daylesford?

For me, I'd have to say the drive into town - coming past all the farms with their fresh organic produce; under the canopies of trees that change with the season; the gradual build up of buildings; and the lack of bright lights and big billboards. It just provides a really lovely gentle entrance to the community.

What are five things about you we don't already know?

My sewing area actually used to be our bedroom. It was the biggest room in the house, with the best light, and so I managed to take it over when the business started getting busier and I needed more room.

One of the things I'm very passionate about is breaking down this false divide people have between 'arts and science'. For example, people often don't realise what a big part maths plays in in art, music, fashion design, etc. I'd love to see a greater focus on maths being taught in school in ways to demonstrate this. It really makes me sad to see people coming out of the schooling system so frightened of numbers.

For a while Paul and I wondered about how we could reconcile our differences to raise a family - then we realised it's actually really healthy for children to be exposed to different ways of thinking. Although we're still not sure if Bradley is going to turn out a meat-eating athiest or a vegetarian catholic!

Bradley has three older brothers and sisters that we all just adore, and not being able to see them as often as we'd like is one of the hardest things about living where we do. It's for this reason that we're very thankful for facebook!

I didn't get my drivers' license until I was 33 years old. My first car - which we still have - was a Prius.

And now for the giveaway – a $50 Moderkip gift voucher!

All you need to do is check out Moederkip's range of of children's clothing, toys and accessories on their website, then leave a comment here telling us what you would buy with your $50 gift voucher if you were the lucky winner.

Entries close at 12 midnight on Sunday 20 June. The winner will be drawn randomly and notified via email.

Good luck everyone! And thanks Moederkip for the fabulous prize.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Grounded Pleasures Café at DMM!

More great news - starting at the 5 June market, Grounded Pleasures will be at the market serving awesome coffee, hot chocolate and tea to thirsty shoppers.

Craig and Sophie make the best coffee we've tasted in years, you might have met Craig teaching barista skills around Daylesford including at the Neighbourhood House, as he is a total coffee freak.

His coffee comes from Social Roasting, a Melbourne company we love because of their commitment to ethical sourcing and providing employment to long-term unemployed people, plus of course they have damn fine coffee that they grind themselves by hand. Come along on June 5 for a brew, there are lots of great coffee options in Daylesford but we guarantee you wont find anything better than this!

Grounded Pleasures have their own range of quality African Red drinking chocolates, check out their website, perfect for a Daylesford winter. There'll also be tea and delicious biscotti to keep you fuelled as you browse the lovely wares you'll find at the June market (of which more soon...).

Vintage coffe cup image by MayaLee.