The “Friends who make things market”

Goodness life has been busying up and I’m struggling to find time to blog.  Sorry folks. Still active over on facebook and instagram though if you’re on those platforms.  I know lots of you have been asking when I’ll be posting the photos of Frog’s Fancy Nancy 5th Birthday Soiree and the answer is VERY soon, but in the meantime I wanted to quickly share about a market Goose and I attended last weekend…

Long time readers will remember a few years ago some friends held a gorgeous market in their backyard a few times a year.  You can see the pics from some of those markets here and here.  After a break for a few years, the market was back last weekend and at an even better location.  Look there is a rare pic of me!

A wonderful community vibe as it’s really only advertised by word of mouth and the stall holders are friends and friends of friends so everyone mills around chatting and they hand out sandwiches and baked goodies.  This year there were some gorgeous kids doing face painting and they’d made some salt dough decorations which you could paint on the day along with a sausage sizzle.

Goose and I had a stall each.  I made fabric covered cards, clay decos and 3D rainbow cloud garlands.  She made little DIY peg people kits along with all the pieces for kids to make their own peg person on the day.  She had such a wonderful time.  For a child who is hard to wake in the mornings she was up at 6.30am all dressed and ready to pack the car! 

She sold all 15 of her packs and has since had orders for 25 more, so she’s pretty chuffed!
All on her own she decided that she would like her profits to go to her friend in Rwanda. A girl whose education we support who shares a birthday with Goose from a school her Granny is involved in.  You can read about when Granny met her over here.

My fun and clever sister Clare had a stall selling vintage games that she had made.

The biggest hit by far was her fake vomit!!  Her husband made it using latex and dried soup mix!  Hilarious and far too realistic looking!  I’d love to give it a try!

My gorgeous friend Caroline who makes the most beautiful things was there also.  Those adorable little sausage dogs flew out the door!  Lucky for you she also has an online store so you can get in on the action also.  I purchased a few of her slip-cover headbands that you can swap and change as often as the outfit (among other things!).

Such a fun day!  Thank you so much to all of the lovely friends and family who came and supported Goose and I on the day.  It was much appreciated!  I’m also hoping to do one more market stall before Christmas and I’ll let you all know the details when that is confirmed.

As we’re still in the process of putting together packs to fulfill the orders, let me know in the comments section below if you’d like some.  $2.50 each or $3 each if you’d like them sent to you in the mail. They contain everything you need to make 2 magnetic peg people.

Have your kids ever had a market stall?  

Here are a few links to some gorgeous entrepreneurial Mums and kids that I know ….

- Jacqueline’s boys annual reindeer food shop.
- Simoney’s kids halloween lemonade stand to put a positive spin on halloween.
includes link to her tutorial on how to make your own rustic lemonade stand
- Kirra’s kids lemon-aid stand to raise money for a well through World Vision.  

P.S.  If you are really interested in craft packs for your kids, there is a great little company, run by two Aussie Mums, called ‘Kiddie Create‘ who deliver awesome little craft packs regularly to your door with everything that you need inside.  They even do customised kids party packs!

Handmade Christmas Cards

This year’s Christmas cards are made.  I can’t seem to get away from the fabric covered card.  I love them.  Simple, yet stylish and I find them very addictive to make!  I have updated the instructions on how to make them here if you’d like to give them a go.

As well as the ‘Made ‘n’ Thornbury’ market on the Friday night just gone, I will be selling my cards, as well as my paper garlands and clay decorations at the Wale St Primary Christmas Market in Thornbury this coming Tuesday from 6.30 – 9pm.  Love to see you!

A per usual if I have any left over, they’ll be my Christmas cards for this year.

Do you make your own Christmas cards?  Do you bother with Christmas cards at all?  

Ready to Rummage

Frog Goose and Bear will once again be having a stall at the Melbourne Suitcase Rummage at the Thornbury Theatre tomorrow from 11 – 4 if you happen to be in the area.  I’d love to say hi!  I’ll be selling lots of fabric covered Christmas cards, clay birdies and rainbow garlands.

Along with my gorgeous friend Candy who makes the coolest magnets around!

At the last suitcase rummage I was lucky enough to have a stall next to a gorgeous young gal who made soy candles in all kinds of funky containers.  I was inspired and we have been making some of our own.  Head over to Kidspot Village Voices for FGB’s next eggshell craft instalment!

Have you ever been to a suitcase rummage? 

Whiskers & Fluffy

Meet our new pets.  Fluffy & Whiskers.
Ignore the giant bruise on Bear’s forehead (he ran into a pole in the playground) the toothpaste still around his mouth and the broccoli gone to seed in the background. 

Then go on and ignore Frog’s unbrushed hair with the newly self acquired fringe* (It was just in the way Mummy so I cut it off) and the unmown lawn in the background. Ignore the fact that their mother gets a hive-like rash on her arm every time she touches the lovely new pets.  Instead let’s focus on the smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they are getting from cuddling the cute little creatures and the fact that we’ll no longer need to mow our lawn as the guinea pigs are doing it for us!  

In other matters, Frog Goose & Bear will have a suitcase or three at the Melbourne Suitcase Rummage this Sunday the 23rd of September from 11-4 in the ballroom at the Thornbury Theatre in High St Thornbury.  It has a focus on vintage, upcycled & handmade goods and I have no idea what to expect, but I think it sounds like lots of fun! 

Have you been to a suitcase rummage?  

What pets do you have at your house?  

Are you allergic to your children’s pets?

* aka ‘bangs’ for you readers from the US.

To Market, To market…

I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to markets at the moment…

 I have no time whatsoever to be doing things like this, but they’re so much fun and quite frankly I give so much of my life for others I need something just for me sometimes!

Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of the things that you can expect to see at Pascoe Vale Community Facility tomorrow night from 6.30 – 8.30 if you happen to be in the area… The lovely Brenda of Mira Narnie will be there too!
How do you like my new little tags?  You can get some of your own on etsy.  I got mine made by the lovely Michelle from Inked Papers.  She was very lovely to work with.
Frog, Goose & Bear will also be having a suitcase or three at the upcoming Suitcase Rummage at the Thornbury Theatre next Sunday 23rd Sep.

Do you have your own labels?  
Even though you only make for friends and family or the occasional market?  

What do you do that you really have no time for, but you make the time because it energises you?

P.S.  I will get around to that etsy store one day… one day… Just for fun.  I just need to find some time to take a few pics and upload all the details… but in the meantime if there is anything that you particularly fancy and you’re not in the Melbourne area, let me know and I’d be happy to send it to you!

Markets, Blogiversaries & a Giveaway!

Thanks so much for all of your encouraging comments for my first ever real market last Saturday.  I had such a great time!  It was such a buzz that we’ve booked in to do another!  Thanks to all the people who came to say hi!  So awesome to meet some bloggy buddies IRL* as well!
On another note, over the Easter holidays this little blog turned two!  Life has since continued on at it’s usual rapid rate and the blog quietly slid into it’s third year with me barely finding time to scratch together a post, but I really wanted a chance to thank you all so much for making this blogging caper such an invaluable part of my journey.

Fortuitously, post market, I now have a nice little handful of goodies that I’d love to give away to one lovely Frog, Goose & Bear reader as a way of saying thanks!

In this ‘Frog, Goose & Bear Giveaway Pack’ you’ll find……

One rainbow cloud vertical garland**, one mini map bunting, one clay birdie, two fabric covered cards, one origami bunting card and two fabric covered hairties.

Simply comment on this post to go into the draw.***  While you’re there you might like to share what you would like to see in a ‘Frog Goose & Bear’ etsy/madeit store if there was ever to be one.

Entries close next Friday (18 May).  
A winner will be randomly selected sometime next weekend.  

* in real life
** 2m in length (unlike the one pictured).
*** If you don’t have a blog, you can enter too!  Just make sure that your email address is included in your comment so that I can contact you! 

Made ‘n’ Thornbury Market

This Saturday my friend Candy and I are going to have a little stall at the Made ‘n’ Thornbury Mother’s Day Market.  Just for fun.  It’s a great little community market and advantageously, for the weather forecast for the weekend, it is indoors!

For my half of the stall I’ve made some fabric covered cardsbunting cardspaper garlands & mini map buntinglittle clay birdies and some wheat bags if I actually get around to making them.

If you are in the area – please drop in and say hi!  

MARKET FINDER for Victoria & Tasmania

For all you lovers of a good farmers market or art/craft market, I just thought I’d quickly let you know about a handy little iphone/ipod app. designed by a lovely friend of ours…

This app helps you find out where the markets are on any given day, in any area of Victoria.  
Markets are the perfect indulgent activity now that the weather is warming up! 
For those of you down south, there is now an app for Tassie as well!
If you are not a local, it would be perfect to use while on holidays in Vic or Tassie too!

Here is their little blurb…

Want to quickly find an art & craft market in Victoria, Australia?  Then this application is for you!

Want to find all markets open today, on the weekend, over the month, or that special weekend away? 
Pull up a map and find out where they all are.
Fast and easy no nonsense app! 
Over 400 markets from Abbotsford to Yea.
From farmers markets to swap meets to craft markets. 
Fast access, only uses internet for maps. 
Iphone and Ipod compatible. 
You can purchase the market finder for Victoria here
You can purchase the market finder for Tasmania here.

Enjoy the markets this weekend!  
What is your favourite market in Victoria?

* this is not a sponsored post. I gladly paid for my app and it has come in handy quite a few times!  I’ve also passed it on to a number of friends who I know use it regularly too.


I must apologise for my lack of blogging recently. I have been spending my snippets of spare time preparing for a “Frog, Goose & Bear” stall at a fun little market!

A couple of times a year, some friends run a pop-up handmade market in their backyard (and in their house if rain) called the “Friends Who Make Things Market”. Advertised by word of mouth, it always has a good turn out and a great atmosphere as most people that come along are friends, or friends of friends, of the stallholders. They had soup & bread and delicious muffins for a gold coin donation and an opshop type stall where goods were sold for whatever price you decided. All money from these, as well as the costs for having a stall, were donated to a charity for women in Afghanistan.

Just like last year Goose and I had a stall of our own. As you know, I don’t normally sell my wares, but this is perfect as it is such a fun creative outlet for me without the year round pressure!

We sold basketfuls of lemons, mandarines and herbs from the garden and some of “Scratchy & Flappys” eggs, along with many of the items you will have already seen here on Frog, Goose & Bear already such as paper garlands (our best sellers!), crayon cookies, drawstring bags, rice bags, lavender sachets, wheat bags, bibs, playdough, soup-in-a-jar, fabric cards, fabric button hairties as well as my friend Jane’s gorgeous postcards. I had lots of fun both preparing for the market and on the day and really want to thank Mr FGB for looking after the younger two over the weekend while Goose and I marketed! As well as my clever and generous sisters & Mum for your fabric, materials, support and graphic design skills.

Now, on a bit of a high after a succesful day at market, I am facing a day of washing, cooking and cleaning and everything else that I’ve let back up for a couple of weeks….. but I really don’t mind at all!


Had a really fun day helping out my sister Lou from Buttons by Lou Lou at Mathilda’s Market at the Malvern Town Hall today. I love being involved in the whole market scene, without having the stress of having my own stall.

photo of Holly & I at the stall at Mathilda’s today
My favorite part of the day was being able to have a browse around the other stalls – without children tagging along! (They had a fun day at the zoo – thanks Daddy!) There was some gorgeous stuff there today – such clever and creative people out there!
I allowed myself one little purchase for myself – a funky little red crocheted flower brooch from Kids with Crayons. Had a great little chat with Michelle about being thankful (in hindsight) for the skills our mothers taught us when we were young. There were so many gorgeous crocheted items at so many stalls today – I need to get my Mum to re-teach me how to crochet!

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