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Creative finds in real life - market day
August 17, 2018

creative finds – IRL!

Pop the following dates in your diaries to come and see creative finds up close and personal – IRL!  – in real life 😉 I’ll be bringing all your favourite gift products to these upcoming, local markets, so you can touch and feel them, and just as important, chat to me! There’ll be a few […]

Product Sourcing - Creative Finds Lifestyle
August 12, 2018

“Where do you ‘find’ your Creative Finds?”

People often ask me where do I find all the lovely, hand-crafted gift products. This is what I tell them… Firstly, I love nothing more than a rummage through market stalls and I can scan those gazebos pretty quickly to determine if the items on offer are something that I’ll pursue. These days the calibre of […]

Meet the Maker Maria - Tinta Crayons - Creative Finds
July 23, 2018

Meet the Maker – Tinta Crayons

In my fourth instalment of Meet the Maker, I’ve interviewed one of the Maria’s behind Tinta Crayons. You see, Tinta is the product of two friends – both Marias –  who split the roles and responsibilities in their business in order to ensure it hums. Tinta Crayons are hand made, and all natural. They are […]

Stone Age Bread - Creative Finds
June 28, 2018

Wellness Hack – Stone Age Bread

After a super fun “Boarders Weekend” with the girls in Melbourne – where among all the laughs, stories and old photos, there was a heap of eating and drinking – I decided to make this ‘Stone Age Bread’ and get my healthy on. It was so super easy, you’d be mad not to whip some […]

Gift Wrapping - Creative Finds
June 18, 2018

How I choose which products to stock

Many people ask me how I choose which products to stock in the Creative Finds online gift store. It’s simple really. Obviously the product has to be hand-crafted. But most importantly, I have to LOVE it. I have to love the story behind the product, the branding and packaging of the product, the person making […]

Alexandra - Meet the Maker - Creative Finds
May 29, 2018

Meet the Maker – Alexandra Pengly

In my third instalment of Meet the Maker, I am introducing you to designer and seamstress, Alexandra Pengly. Alex is the talent behind such beautifully hand-stitched creations as the Hot Water Bottle Covers, Pom-pom Sport Socks, Dog Leads and the Liberty Print Hankies – all are available in the Creative Finds online gift store. Introduced […]

The Rocks Market - Creative Finds
May 13, 2018

Market Finds…Part 2

With so much success these past few weekends on my market trail, I’ve broken down my finds into 2 x blog posts. Here’s the second instalment – handcrafted gift ideas galore: With a tag line of “why should tea get all the glory?” are this range of eco friendly, hand-painted tea towels. Except they’re called […]

May 7, 2018

And the Winner is…

I’ve so enjoyed putting together this collection of handcrafted goodness from the gifts on offer in the Creative Finds online store. And I was thrilled to be able to offer the loot as a Give-away and a thank-you to my subscribers for all the support over the past 6 x months since the launch of […]

May 7, 2018

Market Finds… part 1

This past couple of weekends are traditionally busy ones in the artisan market game. Pre Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity for makers to promote their beautiful creations and for gift shoppers to pick up something unique and something with a story. While I’ve frequented my local Organic Farmers Market, who also has a range […]

Mothers Day Gift Idea Spiced Nuts - Creative Finds
April 30, 2018

You’re nuts!

A little recipe in time for Mother’s Day. I’m not one for baking, so trust me when I say this is a cinch. Why not give Mum something you’ve rustled up yourself. Fill an old jar with some spiced nuts, pour her a glass of rosè, and everyone will be happy. Even Dad. Just don’t […]