Gorgeousness DOES grow on Trees!

Just back from the newest crafty markets in Brisbane! The inaugural Mummy Tree Markets were held this morning from 9am – 2pm at Murrarrie.

Now I adore markets and, as the saying goes, I must be a fool for I am easily parted with my money when seeing all of the handmade gorgeousness! I went with a wallet full of cash and sans children so that I could really look around. Arrival was about midday and I appeared to have missed the morning rush that many of the stallholders were discussing – I did like it that way as parking was plentiful and I was able to take my time when looking around without being shoved.

The first thing I noticed was a fenced playground for the kids which was a fab idea, however had I brought them and placed them here it would have prevented me shopping while I parented and if I chose not to put them in then I would have been nagged the entire way around the markets ‘mummy when can we go on the slide? Can we go now mum? when can we go to the swings mum? mummy when are you going to be finished?’, so I was able to give silent thanks once again that I was alone.

Now, for a the initial glance around. Loads of pettiskirts, handmade dresses, hair accessories and bags. Plenty of wraps, baby blankets and change mats. I don’t want to say that I’ve seen it all before, but nothing was really blowing me away. A lot of things that were all very nice, a reversible hat that would have looked sweet on Tilly and a cute clutch for wipes and change mat but I was beginning to think I was going to go home empty handed in spite of the influx of babies that is imminent.

I picked up a couple of multi-coloured pencils for the kids. $2 well spent – cute and crafty!

Then I spotted them! Two divine hobby horses! These are so cute – I totally wanted them for the kids except that they already have a hobby horse, not nearly as gorgeous as these of course! They are just what I would have wanted as a little one and I did spend some time wondering if I’d be able to get away with riding into the sunset on one now days….The horses were $45 and Plenty ‘o’ Pockets were taking Christmas orders so get in quick I say, I can’t imagine any little one who wouldn’t love these on Chrissy morning. To order or for more information email plentyopockets@hotmail.com

Next I found the most gorgeous, perfect smelling, natural lotions and body yums at milkbottles stall! I picked up ‘Hey Bugs, sniff this!’ – it’s a natural insect repellent AND sunscreen! At the rate I’m going through both at the moment I thought it would be a perfect solution – and it’s safe for the kidlets – hooray! Plus it has the cutest little owl on it – how could I resist….

I spotted some Macaroons from Authentic French Macaroons and these are my absolute weakness, made sure I got a pistachio and a mango. I had to share with the kids and The Daddy of course but they were yummo, not quite Adriano Zumbo who changed my life with his macaroons (I’m spoiled!), but still pretty damn delicious!

Finally, we are talking a lot about pirates at the moment and I wandered past a stall put together by Australian author Dr Cameron Stelzer. I love supporting Australian authors and I know how hard it is to get a kids book published so I really hoped to find something for the kidlets and what should I spy but The Stoogle Sails the Seven Seas which was so perfect!

Also had it signed by the author.

And it was tres popular!

Oooops nearly forgot! On the way out I bought some beautiful handmade cards from Mali Made. I hate shelling out a fortune for newsagent cards and the kids aren’t always obliging with home made creativity when I need it so I had to have them! The cards were so beautiful and heartfelt that I found myself welling up at some of the personal messages I found on them.

So that was my Mummy Tree Market experience. It’s on again next month, check out their site for details and head on down.

Also Mathilda’s Market comes back to Brisbane next weekend…… maybe I’ll see you there!!