Monday, August 29, 2011

A splash of colour...

There's so much happening in the beautiful Macedon Ranges this Spring, it's the perfect time to get out and enjoy some gorgeous sunshine, and why not pop along to our Springtime Market in Woodend on 11 September! There'll be goodie bags to the first 100 through the door, yummy cupcakes and delicious coffee, and of course, FREE face painting for the kiddies!

Our fab face painting friends at Pass-The-Parcel are busy with the Kyneton Daffodil Festival, so we have a wonderful new face painting business on board for our September market... Let us introduce you to Colour FX!

Kerriann, face painter extraordinaire, is the creator of Colour FX and a mum of two. Happy to travel to your function, Kerriann is skilled at providing face painting, body art and special effects for all sorts of events and themes, including birthdays, fundraisers, community and corporate events, markets YAY!, and even nightclubs! Her designs not only cater for children, but also the young at heart.

Kerriann promises to splash a bit of colour around our lovely Springtime Market, so prepare yourself for some wonderful creativity, a great deal of fun, and loads of smiling painted faces!

Check out their Facebook page: Colour FX Face Painting

Saturday, August 27, 2011

All things nice - Eoh and Roro

There is a lot to love about today's 'All Things Nice' profile!

This little visionary brand called Eoh & Roro is all about teaching kids about animals. through the clothes they wear. Each garment comes with a card that is jam packed with info about the animal that it features. Even better $1 from each product sold goes to a selected environmental protection agency.

We love this, which is why you will be able to check out Eoh & Roro's full range at our Springtime Market, in Woodend, on September 11 :)

Here is Jacinta to tell you more about her business...

Are you more sugar or spice?
Definitely more sugar!  It wouldn’t be rare to find me cooking up a chocolate pudding at 9pm at night to settle a little craving I may need to indulge!

What inspired you to start your own business?
After having baby #2, it was very obvious that my career in the film and tv industry was not going to be sustainable.  My little boy was forever asking me about animals, where this animal came from and what that animal liked to eat and as my partner is a wildlife photographer, I felt it was a huge injustice to see his amazing images just sit on a hard-drive and I knew we could do something special with them, so Eoh & Roro was born.

The Eoh & Roro Family

How did you name your business?
My son came up with the name Eoh & Roro for me.  His name is Leo and our Staffy’s name is Ronin, so when he was little and ‘learning his words’ he use to call himself ‘Eoh’ and our dog ‘Roro’.  Seeing he was my inspiration, I figured he also had to be part of the name.

What is your favourite piece from your own range?
My favourite piece from our current range would have to be the zebra.  Many people love the giraffe and his long, long neck, but I love stripes of the zebra.

Where else can we check you out? 
We have a website –, where you can link to our facebook, blog and twitter profiles.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Joining Forces...

Ok, so the word may be already out, but we are more than a little excited that Sugar & Spice is joining forces with the Ballarat Baby and Children's Expo, in holding one huge event this November.

On Sunday 13 November, at Ballarat's Mining Exchange, the Ballarat Baby and Children's Expo will be held, and our favourite part is that we will be bringing a bit of Sugar & Spice love to it, by organising the handmade market section. You will find Sugar & Spice on the day, behind the Exchange building in the outdoor Alfred Deakin Place (please send positive weather vibes for us!)

It is an exciting opportunity for retailers to get their creations out to a big (hopefully) audience and for our usual shoppers to see even more talented stallholders.

The Expo is about providing education to parents on their choices in raising children, as well as activities, entertainment and of course the Sugar & Spice handcraft market.

The main guest speaker for the day will be well-known, Pinky McKay, and many fun and informative activities are planned for children and parents alike.

If you would like to showcase your business at our Sugar & Spice Market to be held at the Ballarat Baby & Children's expo please apply through our online retailer form found here

(Our original market planned for 27 November will now move to November 13 so we can be a part of this wonderful occasion. The event will be from 10am - 4pm. We have a very small number of stalls inside the hall but these will be allocated by ballot to the retailers who had previously booked into our November market. A huge thank you to our web man for updating our retail application form!)

Sherryn & Jackie x

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A gaggle of goodie bags!

Our goodie bags have always been a popular addition to our markets. Usually snapped up in under an hour, 100 lucky shoppers take home with them a bag full of treats, samples, valuable info and pamphlets. Who doesn't love a freebie!?!

The goodie bags for our next market (September 11 in Woodend) are being organised by a lovely new company called Got It In The Bag. They will no doubt be a hit.

If you would like to advertise your business (for just $10) to our keen shoppers be sure to contact the ladies at Got It In The Bag before August 30. or their facebook page.

P.S For those interested - our exciting announcement is still on its way. We haven't forgotten! Awaiting some lovely changes to our site, to ensure everything runs smoothly :) ahhhh the anticipation. Actually it is just one of many exciting announcements on their way.

Sherryn & Jackie

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

All things nice - Calico Kids

Next stop for Sugar & Spice is the lovely St Ambrose Hall in Woodend, on Sunday 11 September. Mark it in your diaries as we have changed the date to avoid clashing with Father's Day. We wouldn't do that to you Daddy's!

One of our lovely retailers booked in for that market is Calico Kids. Calico Kids is a new brand created by Mum-of-two, Rebecca. Her cute calico range is uni-sex (smile) and includes personalised library bags, aprons and shopping bags. We will hand over to Rebecca to fill you in a little bit more about Calico Kids...

Cute Calico Kids 
Are you more sugar or spice?
Oooh tough one..I’d say 75% sugar and 25% spice!

What inspired you to start your own business?
My son just loves being read to and I’ve enjoyed taking him to the library for little outings. I always found myself stuck juggling a big stack of books whilst also trying to hold onto his hand so started to look into library bags..there were a few out there in the market, but none that really inspired me, so my husband and I thought why not use our direct to garment printer to make unique and personalised library, tote and shopping bags (amongst other things).  

How did you name your business?
It really evolved naturally from the products themselves. I’ve always been a big fan of calico as its so versatile and environmentally friendly. It was a name that immediately sprang to mind when thinking about creating the business.

What is your favourite piece from your own range?
It’s really hard to choose, but I have been a bit in love with all things Owl of late, so the owls print is one I really like. I think my favourite will ultimately change as we add more and more prints over time!

Where else can we check you out? (website? facebook?)
We are online at and also on Facebook under Calicokids and of course we are having our debut market appearance at the upcoming Sugar and Spice market in Woodend on 11 September which I am really excited about.
Rebecca and her boys
Sherryn & Jackie x

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Online Giveaway - Dots & Daisies

One giveaway ends and another one begins! Lucky you again.
This one is for the little Miss's and is a great addition to any young girl's hair accessory stash!
Dots & Daisies are regulars on the market circuit, you may have already met the lovely ladies behind the brand for yourself. Not only can you meet them face to face regularly at our markets but they are also an online boutique full of gorgeous non-slip hairclips and accessories for girls. Their products are direct from Ribbies Clippies in the USA and are new to the Australian market. The clips are covered in grosgrain ribbons and have a unique colour co-ordinated foam insert which prevents slippage (even in the finest hair). We desperately need some for Miss Spice, who has a habit of letting hair clips slip right out of her hair into the great abyss!

Dots & Daisies clips are comfortable and easy to use. No tangled hair, no slippage and stunning designs and patterns. Big girls can wear them too, we can attest that a friend of Sugar & Spice wore them as a type of brooch attached to her frock during a recent girly night out!

Up for grabs in our wonderful Dots & Daisies online giveaway is a pretty Aqua Butterfly Clippie Holder, 6 gorgeous clips (including an Ava gift set and a lovely red bow) plus a pink floral clippie purse. All you have to do to enter in visit the Dots & Daisies online boutique, browse their gorgeous range and come back to this post and leave a comment here telling us what your favourite Dots & Daisies piece is.

Postage for Dots & Daisies purchases is low and actually free for any order over $75. A lovely free gift is also included for any purchase through their online store over $30. You keep up to date through their Facebook page:
Sherryn & Jackie x