Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas Market 2012

Santa has fun with the Mo!
Our amazing Christmas Market was held on Saturday  December 1st and boy oh boy did we have lots of fun! fun! fun!

Our day started off with perfect weather and as all the lovely stall-holders set up for the big day we were all bopping along to Michael Buble singing Christmas Carols!

At 10am we had some customers through our doors getting started on some Christmas shopping and it wasn't too long that we had a wonderful visit from the Jolly Man in Red!!

The kids all had lots of fun telling Santa what they wanted for Christmas and Santa spent an hour browsing the stalls with some of kids and seeing what great handmade Christmas gifts were on offer.
Rhiannon from Ree:Creations and Michelle from Charming!
 Even the stall-holder Ladies managed to squeeze in a hug with Santa! Hehe
There was some great gift items on offer for our special Christmas market including some great Red Wine Spritzers from Callipari Wines! We had lots of our customers enjoying some of the wine tastings and buying a few bottles to share with family and friends over the Christmas holidays!

 Just after lunch we were joined by the absolutely amazing Adelaide Allsorts Harmony Choir who kept us all entertained for the remainder of the day with some wonderful tunes!

Everybody grooved along and had a great time!

Kezzas Krafts
We had more stalls than we have ever had at Once Upon A Market which was absolutely fantastic and our customers were loving our range of gift ideas.

We had candles, tea towels, wines, biscuits, handbags, baby items, jewellery, clothing, hair accessories, toys, baby shoes, scrapbooks, sewing kits, home decor and much much more!! It was truly a great shopping experience for all.

A lot of our stall-holders had special Christmas stock that they brought along which were adorable including pettiskirts, stockings, recipe albums, cards and more.
Pettiskirts from Wildflower Pettiskirts

 All the kids that came along had lots and lots of fun at the Fluffy Duck Activity Zone where they were painting plaster figurines and plates.

I absolutely loved seeing how many great little artists we had and the smiles were spreading quickly around the market!

 As we got to the end of the day nobody wanted to go home! But we had one suprise for one of our lucky customers.....Jennie Hesling was the winner of our special Christmas Raffle and she was delighted to receive our basket full of handmade gifts!

Thankyou to everybody who made our Christmas Market so enjoyable and very special! 
To all our customers and stall-holders I really appreciate all of your support and I hope that you will continue to support Once Upon A Market in 2013 as we would love to grow and become a wonderful community market!! 

Liane xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

 Wow! Wow! Wow! 
Our very special Christmas Market is very fast approaching with just 11 sleeps to go! 
It is going to be a BIG event with lots of fun activities and things to do! Including a special visit the big man in red himself........SANTA!! 
Being a HUGE lover of all things Christmas I am so excited to be able to organise such a great day to share with all of our wonderful stall holders and customers to celebrate my favourite time of year. 

Stockings from Polkadot Bitz and Pieces
At our Christmas market, which will be held at the Reynella Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday 1st December, you will find lots of wonderful gifts to buy for your loved ones this Christmas. As you all know we love to support handmade businesses and we love to be able to share these businesses with you all.

There are some amazing gifts that will be coming this December including Stockings, Christmas Cards, Treats and Yummy goodies in Christmas Themes, Pettiskirts, Candles, Bags, Toys, Wine, Baby items, Aprons and much much more! There really is something for everyone!

Christmas Cards from This That & Scraps

Christmas Pettiskirts from Wildflower Pettiskirts

 Our December Market will be that extra bit special because we will be having some special activities to help make the celebrations even more fun! We will have:
Santa Visit ~ 11am - 12pm
The Adelaide Allsorts Harmony Choir ~ 12pm - 2pm
Gingerbread decorating for kids at Natalies Pantry stall
Plaster Painting and more at Fluffy Duck Activity Zone
Christmas Raffle
Wine Tasting 
and more.....

It will really be a day of fun!

3D Choc Xmas Trees from Natalies Pantry

Christmas Aprons from Polkadot Bitz and Pieces

 We really hope that you can join us and help us celebrate Christmas in style! There will be lots to see and do! and we would also love to see some people dress up for our Christmas theme! I would love to see some little elves and reindeer running around :D

Christmas Bauble Candles from Just Joey's Candles
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday December 1st at the Reynella Neighbourhood Centre, 164 - 170 Old South Rd, Old Reynella 10am - 2pm!! You don't want to miss this!

Liane xx

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sweet Cuddles

 This week's feature business is the wonderful and super cute Sweet Cuddles who has been a Once Upon A Market stall-holder in the past and will be joining us once again for our Christmas market celebrations on December 1st. Which we are super excited about because Sweet Cuddles has so many wonderful gift ideas......So let's take a peek at the world of Sweet Cuddles:

 The lovely lady behind Sweet Cuddles is Ally and she is a stay at home Mum with two young children Georgia, 3 and Jasmin who is just 2 months. Ally is married to her lovely husband Chris. 

 Ally loves craft, cooking and creating new things. After working in the hospitality industry for 12 years and always being busy Ally found that while staying home with her kids she needed something to keep her brain not just on kid mode
 and Sweet Cuddles seems to provide just what she needed :D

 Sweet Cuddles came about just over a year ago when some of Ally's girlfriends were starting to have families and she wanted to make something for their little ones to treasure. This is when she started making her gorgeous socks monkeys. Following from this she then created the Travel Packs as her and her husband would go out for dinner &  would be forever trying to find the pencils, pad & stickers they had packed to keep their daughter occupied.

 After creating these two fantastic products Sweet Cuddles began to grow with even more products as Ally fell in love with using her sewing machine and creating lovable products.

When we asked Ally what her favourite thing to shop for at markets was she replied:
 "I really enjoy attending markets and selling my products and am a sucker for anything sweet, especially the dangerously sweet but ever so tasty macaron. I also love purchasing clothes for my girls as they are always so cute & you know that they havn't been mass produced"

I think I have to agree with Ally on this one. I always love to have a tasty macaron at a market :D 
If you would like to see more of Sweet Cuddles products or you would like to place an order with Ally you can contact her through:


Or you can visit us at Once Upon A Market on the 1st December to see Ally and her gorgeous Sweet Cuddles products for yourself and grab some gifts for your loved ones this Christmas!!

Monday, 22 October 2012

NicJ Designs

 This week our feature business is the super talented NicJ Designs and I am so excited to be able to share her gorgeous designs with you!! 

Nicole is a 30-something (hehe) North-Eastern suburbs (S.A) working woman and wife. During the day Nicole works as a Research Scientist and on the weekends she becomes creator and owner of NicJ Designs. 

Nicole loves to keep busy and you will rarely see her sitting still for long periods of time. She loves her daily job because it helps her to support her main passions in life which includes food, wine, travelling and creative outlets!

We asked Nicole how she came across and started NicJ Designs and here is her lovely reply:

"For as long as I can remember I have always done something art & crafty. In high school I loved art class, and have always made cards and beaded jewellery for family and friends.

Just a little over 12 months ago, I decided that after working two jobs and studying for the last 10 years (or more), it was time to do something just for me! I wanted to explore my creative side, and started painting with acrylics as well as making fabric wall hangings using Japanese fabrics. This creative outlet is a great stress reliever and I feel like I can go into my studio and zone out from the world around me. I have many wall hangings on display in my house and received lots of wonderful comments from family & friends, so thought “hey this might be a viable business idea”. 

My very first market was in August 2011 at Market Moo, to complement the wall hangings I decided to try my hand at making resin jewellery. I have always loved jewellery (what girl doesn’t), and this was a unique way to explore my creative talents as well as offer customers something unique.
I think one of the hardest things about setting up a business is deciding on a name! I used to call myself Possum Creations or Possum Designs as I loved and hand raised possums for many years. With this venture I wanted to reflect my creative involvement and keep my name present in the business… so NicJ it became, derived from my name Nicole and my middle initial."

Currently at NicJ Designs you will find a unique and creative range of limited edition resin jewellery and accessories, plus acrylic and mixed media artwork. NicJ Designs jewellery is made using jewellery grade resin and includes Japanese paper, specialist gift papers, digital images and glitter or acrylic inclusions. 

The jewellery range includes rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants of varying shapes and sizes. 

The accessory range includes compact mirrors, purse hooks, key rings and cufflinks. So there is something for both men and women! Which is something we love here at Once Upon A Market. 

NicJ Designs is also trying to expand her custom photo jewellery and accessories by creating a unique gift for customers with their chosen photos. Nicole plans on expanding her range and designs of resin jewellery as she starts experimenting with moulds and different colours. When Nicole is not making jewellery she also paints using acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas.She likes to explore the use of texture and often incorporates sand and impasto, or other textural components to add another dimension to her work. 

Nicole says that you could describe her artwork as abstract and she draws her inspiration from nature and loves using vibrant colours. You can purchase Nicole's artwork as well. I must say that Nicole is an incredibly talented lady :D 

 When asked what she likes most about creating and buying handmade Nicole told me:

"Firstly I love buying handmade items as I know how much time, effort and love has gone into the creation. Handmade items are unique, and no two creations are the same (no matter how hard we try sometimes). I love creating and making handmade items, it gives me a sense of satisfaction and joy, knowing that no-one else has made something like it. The custom photo designs are my favourites, as I know these are unique and very special to the customer." 

We certainly agree. Nicole's items are wonderfully unique and I myself own one of her beautiful necklaces.

If you would like to find out more about NicJ Designs or you would like to check out more of her wonderful creations you will find her on Facebook at:

or you can contact Nicole personally via email:

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Firetail Creations - Gourmet Truffles and Chocolates

Firetail Creations

 This week I get to share with you all a lovely and super delicious business!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it :P 

'Firetail Creations - Gourmet Truffles and Chocolates is run by the wonderful Jamie who first started making truffles and chocolates years ago for her family and friends (lucky buggers - hehe) but after taking them into her workplace and being told how delicious they were and that she should sell them, Jamie decided that it was time to take her talent and create Firetail Creations. Thank goodness for that! 

The name Firetail Creations comes from Diamond Firetail Finches which Jamie used to love watching when she was younger.

We were lucky enough at Once Upon A Market to have Firetail Creations join us at our September market and everybody absolutely loved Jamies Gourmet truffles and chocolates.

 The most popular flavours at Firetail Creations are:

Milk Chocolate Rocky Road
Dark Chocolate Cherry Ripe
Honey Almond Nougat
and Turkish Delight Hearts

My favourite truffle flavour would have to be the Bailey's Irish Cream!! YUM!! 
But that is only a small sample of the wonderful goodies you will find at Firetail Creations. Jamie has an extensive flavour list available on her Facebook page and she is always willing to trial new flavours at her customer's request! YAY! 


Jamie has always been a lover of chocolate but as she has gotten older her tastes have changed and she now prefers to enjoy small amounts of the finest quality. This inspires her to use only the finest ingredients including delicious Belgian chocolates and the freshest produce. Which is certainly why they taste SO good!!

 We asked Jamie what she loves the most about local markets like Once Upon A Market and here is what she had to say: 

"Other than the fact that I LOVE getting out of bed early on a Sunday morning to go to work, Markets provide an opportunity for me to see people enjoying my hard work and praising what I can do. If I couldn’t see the look on someone’s face when they bite into one of my tasty treats I think I would be more nervous about getting my products out there."

Firetail Creations currently stocks Truffles in a cafe in North Adelaide and Jamie has attended a bridal fair in order to get her name out to the public. Her chocolates are the perfect addition to any desert table and can be boxed or bagged individually to use as favours or bonbonnieres. 

 You will also find Jamie and Firetail Creations at our next market on Sunday October 7th from 10am - 2pm at the Reynella Neighbourhood Centre, 164-170 Old South Rd, Old Reynella. 
So make sure you come and say hello and try some of these delicious gourmet truffles and chocolates for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed :D 

If you would like to find out more about Firetail Creations you can check out her Facebook Page at:

Or if you would like to place an order or ask any questions you can also contact Jamie via:
Phone: 0407801805

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Lauren's Lovely Giftables!

This week our feature blog is another amazing business from Adelaide,
Lauren's Lovely Giftables! 

We had the wonderful pleasure of having Lauren's Lovely Giftables join us as a stall-holder at our September 2nd market and we got to see her wonderful creations firsthand :) 

Lauren is the owner of Lauren's Lovely Giftables, and she is 25 years old and newly married. Lauren and her husband currently live in Murray Bridge and are looking forward to settle down in a home they can call their own, preferably in the countryside with beautiful surroundings. 

 Lauren's Lovely Giftables is a new venture for Lauren, she has always dreamed of having her own business and doing something that she loves for a living. For now Lauren has a full time job as well but she is hoping that in the future she will be able to open up a shop and be fully independent. 

Lauren's Lovely Giftables all started after Lauren began creating baby bouquets for her friends who were having babies and she found that they were not only practiacl but very much appreciated by those who received them. One day Lauren was approached by a lady who asked if Lauren could make any other baby gifts. This inspired Lauren to start aking other items such as Nappy Cakes and gift boxes, it was really addictive for Lauren and every weekend Lauren would put together even more items and come up with new and practical ideas for new parents. And we are certainly glad that Lauren continued her venture and created Lauren's Lovely Giftables. 

At Lauren's Lovely Giftables you will find Nappy Cakes, Baby Bouquets, Baby Gift Boxes, Funky button decorated photo frames, Facewasher pops, Soft toys, Cup and Saucer sets, pamper gift sets, Mug and chocolate gifts and more. 

You won't just find gifts for babies though. You can also find some gifts for adults too, and if you find Lauren at some of the country markets you may even see some of her small range of baked goods :)  

Lauren loves to see the joy on peoples faces when her gifts are given and this inspires her to look around for unique and beautiful items that she knows the person receiving will love and appreciate. Making a gift from Lauren's Lovely Giftables even more special.
When we asked Lauren what she loves to buy from markets she replied:

I love to buy unique items at Markets. I love all the quilted items, I appreciate how much work goes into the making of them. I also love buying anything crafty!"

And we appreciate all your work and gorgeous items too Lauren :) 

If you are interested in finding out more about Lauren's Lovely Giftables or you would like to place an order you can contact Lauren via: 

Phone: 0431 935 677

Friday, 24 August 2012

August Newsletter

It has been a SUPER CRAZY month here at Once Upon A Market headquarters! I must say I have never been so busy in my entire life and I am absolutely loving having you all follow me on this wild and incredibly fun journey :D 

The biggest news of all was our BIG change. After thinking long and hard it was deicded by myself that Once Upon A Market would benefit greatly if it was just based in the south for now! So we have cancelled all future Littlehampton dates and now have brand new Reynella dates. Which you can see on the flyer below:

This new change is proving to be very popular and I am so grateful for everybody who has supported our super cool new market :D This year has been so much fun and although I will miss Littlehampton I know that basing Once Upon A Market at Reynella will help our market grow immensly over the years to come! Once Upon A Market Reynella will see many more changes as I embark on a new journey with lots of fantastic ideas........and you all get to come along for the ride! :D

Due to our market changing we now have a new logo, It is incorporating my favourite pastel colours. I hope you like it. You will mostly be seeing our purple theme around the south as you find our flyers and banners going up!! I will be working extra hard on advertising to spread the word of our fantastic market. 

I have had lots and lots of applications for our Reynella markets and I am so excited to be able to showcase so many wonderful businesses with the southern community. I know they will absolutely love everybody and their clever items.

The Reynella markets will be held on the first Sunday of every month until December.

Starting in December the markets will be held on the first Saturday of every month. By holding the market every month I am hoping that we will be able to not only share stalls around more often and offer variety to our customers but also we will be able to create a community feel about our market days and become a regular outing for our customers.

There is only 9 sleeps until the next Once Upon A Market and we hope to see an even bigger turnout than the first one as the word spreads.

We hope that you can come and join us for a fun filled day! We know that it is being held on Fathers Day 2nd September but we hope that you will bring dad along for a day our or even come down to grab dad that final fathers day gift! I am sure he would love some of the yummy treats our stalls will have available on the day!

Grab a hot chocolate or coffee from our canteen and bring your friends and family along for a lovely day out!  Just look out for the purple balloons and the Once Upon A Market signs:

You will find us on 2nd September 2012 at the Reynella Neighbourhood Centre 164 - 170 Old South Road, Old Reynella from 10am - 2pm.

 See you there xxx 


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Sweet & Sassy

 We have a newcomer joining the Once Upon A Market family on August 4th and it is with great pleasure that I get to introduce this wonderful business to you all as they are our feature business this week!! So join me as we get to know a little bit more about........

Sweet and Sassy

 Sweet and Sassy is run by the lovely Kylie who is a busy mum who lives on a farm with her husband and 3 children, 2 girls aged 12 and 4 and a boy aged 10!

Kylie first started her business after making some hair accessories to match her youngest daughters clothes. Kylies eldest daughter liked the headbands her mum created and so some were made for her. It seems that this is how the chain started. Soon enough friends were asking Kylie to create items for their little girls and it wasn't long before Kylie's business blossomed.

And we are certainly glad that Sweet and Sassy is around today. 

At Sweet and Sassy you will find gorgeous handmade hair accessories. The amazing variety of colours and designs you will find at Sweet and Sassy means the little girls in your life will never run out of cute and beautiful items to wear and accessorise with.

Sweet and Sassy even creates wonderful hair accessories for the school kids to wear in a variety of school colours!!

But Kylie's talent doesnt end there! you will also find some beautiful girls clothing at Sweet and Sassy. Kylie did think about creating boys clothes as well but with so many girly hair accessories believed they may be out of place and has decided to stick to just Girls items.

 As Kylie will be joining us at Once Upon A Market soon I decided to ask her what she loves about attending markets:

"My favourite thing about markets is meeting new people and seeing all the fantastic things that people make."

Well I think that we are all looking forward to seeing what fantastic things Sweet and Sassy will be sharing with us on market day :D and I don't think anyone is going to be disappointed with so many gorgeous items! 


 If you would like to see more from Sweet and Sassy or you would like to order some of her gorgeous items you can contact Kylie via:


or via email: