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Lily and the Weasel

Finally, another store you can go and visit! There have been requests for more bricks-and-mortar stores in and around Melbourne to visit! Here you go-

Lily and the Weasel
Visited this little gem recently, it is the shining light amongst the somewhat questionable Swan Street. The perfect store for gifts, I adore their range of ceramics unique kids items. I was after a Kim Wallace Ceramics platter for a gift, I kind of wanted to avoid the postage charge from ordering online (don’t we all- it all adds up!) so hunted down where they were stocked in Melbourne. Surprise surprise I did not leave with the platter as intended but some other beautiful mugs and some serving dishes. My absolute favourites are the crisp white dishes with little sparrow sitting on the side and bright glaze on the inside of the bowl. Simply stunning. There are many great Australian brands in the store including Emily Green‘s necklaces, Angus and Celeste ceramics, Weasel soft toys and Victoria Mason jewellery just to name a few. There is also quite a homage to the area with skipping girl bookends and items vintage printed with the Richmond postcode. Very Melbourne.

A mix of pictures from the Lily and the Weasel website show some of their amazing products, it is definitely worth a visit!

Lily and the Weasel- 173 Swan Street, Richmond

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Bridget Bodenham & Kim Wallace Ceramics

I have a thing for pottery and ceramics. In my collection so far I have many beautiful bone or ceramic teacups, a teapot and a beautiful and unique hand painted bowl from France. And one Polish pottery (blue and white) handmade vase from- you guessed it- Poland. I love all these pieces but most of the teacups are antique family sets that I cannot bring myself to use frequently (and tiny!). So I was excited to come across and love these two talented ladies. They tick all the boxes- small business, Australian made, hand made, stylish and completely functional- none of this only-for-special-occasions business!!

I think sometimes we get in our head that ceramics are still going to be all mass produced wheel spun bowls with paintings like the 90’s Italian pasta bowl theme. The styles of these two artists are quite unique from each other and I hope you love them as much as I do! Both ranges make great unique gifts that are a little bit special (birthday hint hint to sister…)!!

Bridget Bodenham
Bridget makes a wide range of pottery but my all time favourite are her teacups. They are natural clay with a gold handle- I love a touch of gold! There is something about handmade pieces that are amazing, each item is unique and there are no set measurements that can be strictly stuck to. To perfect a style in a casual way is tough, but she nails it. Her items are available in Melbourne at Mr Kilty and she does the rounds of art and pottery markets and exhibitions.

Find Bridget’s site here

Kim Wallace Ceramics
Such a different style to Bridget, Kim imprints lace and patterns in her pieces which are mainly white clay and colour is added to highlight the detail. This collection is a bit more structured but such stunning and classic pieces, I absolutely adore!! You can find Kim’s work at the next Finders Keepers market if you missed her there last time!

Find Kim’s site here

Pictures are from respective websites

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Bridget Bodenham teacup and saucer

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Kim Wallace Ceramics- simple yet elegant!

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Weaving with Maryanne Moodie

Maryanne Moodie/ House of Maryanne Vintage

So HOM is an online vintage clothing store but she also weaves these amazingly tapestries! Each wall hanging is unique in colour, texture and design, I’ve added some pics below- they are beautiful!!

The class is run through a business called ‘The School‘, which is based in Sydney but is doing Melbourne and Brisbane roadshows, through which Maryanne is running a one off weaving class on May 5th in St Kilda. Not only is it learning the ins and outs of weaving but you get to make and take home your very own weaving and also you get to take the loom to continue weaving!! What a brilliant and unique gift idea! With the skills I will learn in the class I intend to weave up a storm for everyones birthdays, the class with pay for itself in no time!!!

This one off class is from 10am-1pm on May 5th. Book through ‘The School’ website. There are so many amazing and different classes offered so it is worth checking out!

Although there are no weavings for sale on HOM site, you can contact her to commission a weaving to be made for you. Check out her instagram or pinterest pages for more of her amazing weaving work!

Check out ‘The School‘ for a range of other classes, and peruse House of Maryanne Vintage for some of her vintage frocks!

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I am in love with the one in the middle and on the right!

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*Photos were sourced from House of Maryanne Vintage Pinterest and Instagram, full credit goes to to her!

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Salvage and Selvedge

This weeks store quickly became one of my favourites, I can say I’ve ticked off a few important birthday pressies from here for this year already!

Salvage and Selvedge
This can be a hard one to spot if you’re not stuck in crawling traffic, which I always happen to be in so it worked out perfectly for finding this store!

A bright store that isn’t jam packed with stock but literally I could have easily purchased one of everything in there, I loved it! The owners make a range of jewellery and all the wooden items such as shelving and tables themselves so it is really nice to know things are kept local. All other items in the store also come from equally talented Melbournians who present a quirky range of homewares and gifts.

Some of my favourites were the amazing smelling candles in amber jars, gorgeous lace printed and glazed ceramic bowls, brightly coloured owl figures and handmade wooden box shelves for the walls. The jewellery that is made in-house includes vintage button earrings and necklaces which are made with pretty fabrics and great colour combinations. There are some really inventive and quirky gift ideas to suit many- from the humble cactus appreciator to the collector of the prettiest of ceramics.

I really can’t say too much more otherwise I’ll give it all away, but this is one store definitely worth stopping in to. Located just off Brunswick Street, an easy stroll from last weeks store so maybe go and visit both!

78 Johnston Street, Fitzroy.

Website here

(Apologies in advance for the pics- really have to remember to take a proper camera around with me more often!)

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Etsy Stores Part 2- Baby

This week’s blog is aimed towards the mountains of people who are having, or have had babies in the first half of the year, with TWO unique Etsy stores. Is it just me or does that pretty much include a majority of people you know? These stores are great places to grab something a little bit cool and different- no doubt I will be buying some baby shower gifts here! (Although the second store does have women’s as well)

If you’re about to tune out because you heard the word ‘baby’- check in next week for an amazing vintage industrial store find! 

Etsy stores Part 2

Little Hip Squeaks
Ok so there is an overload of choice when it comes to baby basics, but the two reasons I love Little Hip Squeaks are the use of only organic cotton, and the original prints designed by the store owner- so you’re not going around with the same as everyone else- which for most that is not a problem but personally I love having something pretty unique!

The range of cotton blankets is fun- the colours and prints are amazing. I can’t say I get the whole moustache trend but they have even covered that one with colourful moustache blankets! My favourite print Little Hip Squeaks produces in the blankets would be the fox, closely followed by the geometric triangle print then the elephants. The awesome part is that you can also get them to custom print a name on the blanket to really personalise it- fantastic gift idea!

The little add ons include leggings, hats and headbands- which all make great little pressies to go along with other bits and pieces- so if you’re one of the 3 people I know that I’m predicting to be having a girl, then I hope you like the headbands!

Go check out Little Hip Squeaks!
(Photo credits go to the Little Hip Squeaks website)

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Blankets

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Headbands and hats!

Thief and Bandit
If you have ever read Bleubird Vintage blog you will have seen Thief and Bandit pop up every now and again. Despite specialising in children’s printed leggings I think my favourite items personally would be the women’s fabric cuff bracelets.

All fabric is hand printed and all items are handmade in Canada. The prints are all fun and quirky and different which I love. I kind of wish she did scarves!! The label is such a nice alternative and unique to everything mass produced out there. Stick on a pair of Freshly Picked’s leather moccasins with a pair of Thief and Bandit leggings and a plain colour top and you have one trendy little one!

Thief and Bandit website here

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Leggings, bandana bib and dress

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Fabric bangles

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Photos sourced from Thief and Bandit web store

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