Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Cuddly Bear Blankets

Our feature business today is absolutely perfect for this weather we have been in having in Adelaide recently. 

Cuddly Bear Blankets is one of Once Upon A Market's regular stall-holders and I am so happy to be able to introduce this lovely business to you and the wonderful lady who created Cuddly Bear Blankets, Miss Clare Vaninetti. 

Clare is a local hills girl who has been married for 4 years and is the mummy to two gorgeous children, Bella aged 2 and Jack aged 1. 

 Cuddly Bear Blankets was started in 2011 just after Clare's son Jack was born. Clare's Mum was an avid knitter and whilst visiting from the U.K to help with Jack, taught Clare how to knit.

This is how Clare started with her famous 'bobble blankets'.

Clare's 'bobble' blankets have been a huge hit! and are her main business. With the gorgeous colours and patterns they make a great accessory to any nursery and are super warm and 'cuddly' with their great soft texture.

I myself purchased my own 'Cuddly Bear Blanket' a few weeks ago. Clare created one just a bit bigger so that I could have my very own couch cuddle blanket :D

But blankets are not all you will find at Cuddly Bear Blankets! The range has now grown to sock bunnies, giraffes, elephants and more!!

 Clare also enjoys shopping handmade just like the rest of us and her favourite things to buy from markets and online are:

             ~ hair clips/bands for her daughter
             ~ baby clothes
             ~ wooden toys for her son
             ~ room decorations (canvas's etc)
             ~ candles

If you would like to check out more of Cuddly Bear Blankets items or you would like to get in touch with Clare to place an order you can find her on Facebook at:


You can also email her at:

And don't forget to come down this Saturday 2nd June and you will find Clare at her Cuddly Bear Blankets stall......at Once Upon A Markets Winter Market......perfect timing to grab some snuggly blankets for your little one........or even a bigger one for yourself :P

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Maple Jane Macarons!

 This week our feature business is one that I am extremely excited to be showing off to you all as I have tasted for myself the yummy treats at..........Maple Jane Macarons!!

Honestly from the bottom of my heart you do not want to miss this wonderful and extremely scrummy business full of gorgeous colours and pure delightfulness!! 

Maple Jane Macarons is run by the lovely and talented Courtney Stallard who since she was little has had a passion for colour, arts and crafts. This passion followed her while she went travelling and she gathered even more inspiration and is now a qualified Interior Designer.

 But Courtney went even further with her passion. Courtney's love for all things bright and colourful attracted her to the new fad in Australia (introduced through Masterchef), Macarons. Courtney just had to try one but found that they were difficult find and realised that if she wanted to try on she would have to make some. Lucky for us Courtney had a friend who was creating mini jams as a wedding bomboniere and this gave Courtney the idea of macarons being a cute wedding gift idea............and from this Maple Jane Macarons was born!!!!

 Maple Jane Macarons began with Courtney heading out to local markets across Adelaide and solely selling her handmade macarons. But it didn't take long for the business to grow into the world of party and event styling.

Through Courtney's work with Interior Design and homewares she was able to source a fantastic range of French Apothecary Jars and other sweets styling props to sell online and she has also recently completed a number of Candy Buffets for different events.

Maple Jane Macarons events are absolutely gorgeous and contain lolly buffets with lots of extras like personalised posters, labels, colours and themes with help make your day extra special.

Maple Jane Macarons also hires out equipment for those customers who wish to buy their own sweets and create their own special Candy Buffets.

While I was getting to know a bit about Maple Jane Macarons, Courtney very kindly shared with me some of her favourite things to buy handmade which included: 
- Handmade home textiles, such as scatter cushions in interesting fabrics. from “Colour Therapy

· Up-cycled servingware made from vintage plates stacked between teacups to create a 3-tiered cake stand “Four Seeds”.

· Handmade jewellery such as my Pyramid necklace from “Minoux Jewelry” and my macaron brooch from “Foodie Love Jewellery

· Handmade Giraffe Softies, Sock Monkeys and Sock Monsters from “SweetCuddles” for the little ones. 

· Finally I can’t go past a home-made Peach Soda from “The Little Van ThatCould” whenever I bump into this cute retro caravan at markets.

(All of those pages can be found on Facebook and if you click on the names through here you can go directly to their pages.)

If you would like to get in touch with Courtney at Maple Jane Macarons you can find her on facebook at: 


You can also email her at: 


And for a final secret.........My favourite flavours from Maple Jane Macarons are:
Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean AND my ultimate favourite..........REDSKIN!!! YUM!!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Winter Market!

Wow! Our next market is coming up fast with only 3 weeks to go!! 

Saturday August 4th will be our 3rd market of the year and we will be having a wonderful day with our Winter theme. With the cold weather coming in it is the perfect time for all of my stall-holders to share their new Winter  range with you all!! And what better way to get all your winter needs than spending a fun-filled day with us. 

At Once Upon A Market you will find products for all the members of your family. 

Snuggly Warm Pal
  At Polkadot Bitz and Pieces you will find some Snuggly Warm Pals (Heat Packs) for ALL ages!! in a great range of fabrics!! Heat Packs start at just $10!! 

 Also at Polkadot Bitz and Pieces you will find the new range of Baby Pram Blankies! All 47cm x 47cm these blankies are great for taking in the car or pram and with bright colours and prints your little angels will love the feel and look of them! Pram Blankies will be $19! and come in a great range of fabrics!

Robot Pram Blankie

Raincoats from 3 Angel Crafts
Some more great winter products for kids can be found over at 3 Angel Crafts where the lovely Beverly has her new range of Kids Raincoats which come in sizes small (3-4), medium (4-5) and large (5-6). These cute raincoats come in great colours and there will be at least one of each size at the market so make sure you don't miss out on snapping some up! 
All the raincoats are $18 each and come with their very own matching storage bag! how cool is that!! 3 Angel Crafts is also hoping to have her new range of young girls knitted hats with her on the day for $10 ea! I can't wait to see them.

Not far from 3 Angel Crafts you will find one of the warmest stalls ever......Cuddly Bear Blankets!! Here you will find the most perfectly warm and unique knitted blankets. (Trust me I just purchased one and it is amazingly snuggly and warm) All Cuddly Bear Blankets are beautifully made and a perfect size for a cot. If you are too old for a cot, like me well don't fret because you can order through Cuddly Bear Blankets and a get one like mine which is perfect for snuggling up on the couch!! 

These items are just a small range of what you will find at Once Upon A Market on Saturday 4th August from 10am - 3pm! 
Nancy Stroop designs will have some suprise winter ideas and outside you will find some super yummy warm foods to enjoy for Lunch. We will have hot Chips from our new stall Just Chips and you will also find some yummy Hot Potatoes with yummy fillings over at The Potato Party

Also don't forget that you will find me in the kitchen with some Hot Chocolates, Coffee, Tea and more!! 

So don't forget to come and visit us all on August 4th for our Winter themed market!! 10am - 3pm FREE entry and kids crafts at the Littlehampton Peace Memorial Hall - Old Princes Highway!! 

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Miss Charlie Bubbles!

This week I am very pleased to share with you a wonderful page! Miss Charlie Bubbles! 

Miss Charlie Bubbles will be joining us for our June 2nd Market which I am soooo excited about as her items are absolutely gorgeous and all made with love! 
Miss Charlie Bubbles is run by Emma, who is the proud mummy of her beautiful baby girl, Charlotte Opal (Charlie). Emma has a wonderful family who support her on her adventure of working from home and joining all of us at local markets! 
2 years ago the business was first created by Emma's sister who was attending some markets with her amazingly creative jewellery. After Emma gave birth to her daughter she was based at home and was asked by her sister to start up a facebook page that she coudl manage while her sister was working.
After sorting through her stock and organising everything Emma found lots of ribbon and lace. Emma started playing around with some baby gift ideas inspired by her daughter Charlotte and People started to like what she was making and asked for customized headbands and hair clips to match outfits and occasions.

 And suddenly Emma became busy making orders for people. Then came the decorated baby hats for the cooler weather and matching baby clothes. But she soon realised that they she didn't have much for the boys which is when she started creating gorgeous tie outfits as well.

Originally the business started as 'Aldinga Jewellery and gifts' but the girls changed the name when they finally decided on one. They named the business after Charlotte who is very happy and bubbly and was nick named bubbles. 


At Miss Charlie Bubbles you will find Jewellery (wooden, beaded shell and gemstones) -Hair accessories for ladies and babies and baby gifts. Emma says: "We welcome orders for hair accessories and decorations for clothing. We have recently had orders for mother/daughter sets, so cute

 If you would like to see more from the lovely Miss Charlie Bubbles you will find her at our next market on June 2nd 10am - 3pm at the Littlehampton Peace Memorial Hall! But you can also find her on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/misscharliebubbles

Emma loves to meet new people and see what other handcrafted products are out and about.So head on over to her Facebook page and say hello! because I know she would love to meet you! 

Liane xx