See you at the Summer Market tomorrow at Our Little Caravan…

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops

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Our Little Caravan - Summer Market 11th February 2017

The weather will be fine and it’s sure to be a wonderful event. Sarah has put in an enormous amount of effort into organising this market in partnership with the Notting Hill Neighbourhood House, and we’re really thankful to have her on the Our Little Caravan team in order to do so. Thank you Sarah!

Another event coming up very early in March, and organised by another valued member of the Our Little Caravan team, is Leanne who has secured our performer for our first live music event for the year. Al Parkinson and the babes! When you see this lady perform, you will immediately feel like Al Parkinson is an old friend. At our first live music event for the year, Al will be bringing 3 friends along as back up vocals, and we are in for a real treat. Al’s hilarious onstage banter is the perfect compliment to her soulful voice, playful ukulele, and wonderfully constructed songs of love and loss. Stories to which everyone can relate. Stripped back like old time blues, her music is what music should be; Honest and real.

March 3rd and the tickets are selling fast. Don’t delay booking if you intend to come to this fantastic event. You can book by scrolling down to the bottom of the Our Little Caravan home page.
http:// www.ourlittlecaravan.com.au

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjGoSqcKEUo
Inchmeal Cafe will be open to purchase hot drinks and light snacks on the night.

Our Little Caravan- You might like this

Lastly….I (Christina) was interviewed on a podcast last week!  It was about all the things I have learnt along the way since setting up Our Little Caravan; the collective store.  If you’d like to listen, the link is below, or you can search “Create and thrive (episode 90) with Jess Van Den”

http://www.createandthrive.com/90-collective-store-pros-cons-with-christina-douglas

Have a lovely weekend…we hope to see you at the market!

Our Little Caravan - Drop in and Craft January 2017

Let the New Year Begin

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops

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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - What's on Early 2017

Hello Makers and Mothers of Makers…

For all of you who have felt completely unproductive in January with all the kids around and about, (like me) then relax, because February is the new January anyway!  The kids are back to school…and we are excited about the year ahead at Our Little Caravan and Inchmeal Cafe.

The next 5 months are very important, as we work hard to create a viable social enterprise, that can re-sign a lease (at the end of June) for a further three years.  You can help us continue to get the word out by telling those you know about Our Little Caravan, or like us/share us on social media.  We don’t want to be a “hidden” gem anymore!

Here’s what’s coming up!

My Little Caravan has 5 party bookings already in Feb! (if you’ll remember, it’s the shortest month of the year!) We also have a steady stream for the future months too. Please remember to allow plenty of time regarding a party date, as we can only take one party at a time in My Little Caravan, and weekends are the most popular time to celebrate. 

We are holding our first of five Artisan markets for 2017 on Saturday 11th Feb, from 11-3pm in partnership with the Notting Hill Neighbourhood House.  This will again run along the shop fronts as well as in the Neighbourhood House grounds.  We have over 20 stalls and an ice-cream van!
 
Every Wednesday beginning at 10:30am in February we are holding a Mum and Me class, open to anyone, but especially for those mums looking for a special activity to do with their Foundation Year aged school child who may have Wednesdays in February off. $25 includes morning tea for one grown up and one child, and a different craft each week in February.  Wednesday 8th Feb: dancing ribbon rings, Wednesday 15th Feb: weaving art and Wednesday 22nd Feb: seashell collages.  All activities are excellent for developing fine motor skills, which is an important requirement when you are a school beginner.
 
We are still welcoming new stall holders in 2017.  Do you know anyone who’d like to join us?  Tell them to come and visit.  The terms and conditions are very generous, as we are a social enterprise dedicated to supporting micro businesses.  We like to think of ourselves as a “brick and mortar etsy store”  

We will continue to run a regular “drop in and craft” for grown ups on Tuesdays during our trading hours. Join Jac (the Crochet Queen) as she crochets (she will even give you some tips if you ask) Only $7 to use the OLC HQ space, includes a regular coffee from Inchmeal Café.  BYO craft project of any type to work on in the company of others.

We look forward to seeing you at Our Little Caravan&Inchmeal Cafe soon.

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Upcoming events in Our Little Caravan Early 2017

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops

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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - What's on Early 2017

Hello Makers and Mothers of Makers…

I am currently enjoying the school holidays with our three sons and preparing for a busy year ahead in Our Little Caravan: the collective store.  Every week there is something new, it’s a really dynamic place full of inspiration and gorgeous things.

Please come and visit us when we re-open this coming Wednesday 18th January at 7am for coffee and a variety of low cost, simple DIY craft during our Drop in and Craft Sessions. DON”T FORGET to bring in any knitting or crocheting that you have for our yarnbombing project! (The street pole we’re decorating has a diametre of 20cm.) 

Please see below for January Drop in and Craft Sessions available to avoid disappointment.
 
There are 6 Crafternoon Workshops available for booking too.  See below for details. 
 
We welcome adults to join in with our Crafternoon Workshops while they are on holidays(not including terrarium workshop)

Our Little Caravan -Artisan Markets 2017

Our Little Caravan Artisan markets are held at Our Little Caravan, 39 Westerfield Drive, NottingHill and flow onto the street. We also partner with the Notting Hill Neighbourhood house next door.

We have a limited number of indoor stalls and the rest are outdoors and sheltered.

Indoor space is $35 for a trestle table space (you can hire a table for an additional $10 payable at time of booking)

Outdoor spaces are slightly larger. As we are along the shopfronts they are not 3x3m spaces – they are one to two trestle tables in size.

Applications for 2017:

https://goo.gl/forms/oDG0WFjqjUqH1UsN2

Craft Drop In Sessions: 
Please check the times available before visiting OLC to avoid disappointment. 
 
At a Drop in and Craft session, you are welcome to bring your child along at a time that suits you between the session time we are open for craft and stay and choose from a variety of low cost projects.  These include our popular glass tiled pendants, fabric covered buttons, fun with washi tape, DIY scrabble tile frames and lots more. Morning or afternoon tea can be enjoyed at Inchmeal Cafe.

Our Little Caravan - Drop in and Craft January 2017

Friday 27th January

10-3pm: Princesses and Pirates Theme Day: Sarah will be hosting a Drop in and Craft with a theme on Friday 27th January.  All crafts will be pirate and princess! You are welcome between 10-3 to drop in with your children and get crafting.  No bookings required

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Princess and Pirates Day
Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Children's Sewing

Wednesday Jan 18th 11-1pm
Beginners Sewing 

In this workshop, your child will learn all about the sewing machine, from safety to threading.  You will spend time practice sewing and then take those new skills and put them to use on a small sewing project- a zippered pouch

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Knitted Baskets

Thursday January 19th  11-1pm
Knitted baskets using up-cycled t-shirt yarn

In this class you will learn how to turn your old t-shirts into a beautiful eco-friendly and funky small basket. These skills will enable you to start your own projects at home.

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Caligraphy

Monday Jan 23rd 11-1pm
 Calligraphy and Journal Making

In this class you will personalise your own notebook, or frame a quote while learning the basics of brush lettering. You will learn the various techniques such as calligraphy, pen and brush.

You can bring a favourite quote or saying to use as your inspiration

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Chilldren's Terrariums

Friday Jan 20th 10-12pm
Wednesday 25th Jan 10-12pm

Children’s Terrariums with Jem from Source Koncept
$55 each child and $45 if you bring a friend
Details and bookings: email hello@inchmealcafe.com

In this class you can create your own terrarium, and build on it with pieces available from our store.  You will come up with a theme for your garden.  Romantic and English, or peaceful and simple.  Will parties be held there or is it a fairy-tale garden?  A little pond with a bridge, or do dinosaurs roam the landscape?  The possibilities are endless. All materials and morning tea supplied.

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Beginners Polymer Clay Class

Tuesday Jan 24th 1-3pm
Beginners PolymerClay

Learn about polymer clay and make a strand of beads.  Learn how to condition your clay and mix colours. Choose from our selections of embellishments to put that special touch on your very own necklace, or learn how to make miniature figurines.

And…that’s a wrap for 2016!

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - And…that's a wrap for 2016!

Well…almost…you can still pop in and enjoy a coffee at Inchmeal Cafe between 10am-3pm until Saturday 31st December.

Then Our Little Caravan and Inchmeal Café will re-open On Wednesday 18th January from 7am.

It has been a big year, at OLC HQ

  • We’ve continued to run craft workshops and birthday parties for children in Mabel the vintage caravan.  We’ve added baby showers and hen’s parties for the grown-ups to our party options too.
  • Our community of independent artists, crafters and designers continues to develop – bringing beautiful handmade products to the general public by way of a fresh, fun, co-operative wrapped in a gorgeous little boutique – it’s a shopping oasis in Notting Hill!  We will be profiling these amazing people in 2017.  This month you can read about Sarah. http://wovenbysociety.com.au/stories/weaving-stories-trough-craft-sarah/
  • We introduced more exciting craft workshops including candle making, felting, dying, and more recently DIY terrariums with Jem. We are looking forward to opening up OLC as a venue for other makers that would like to run their own creative workshops for either adults or children in 2017 – contact us for further information if renting OLC  to teach workshops interests you.
  • We held meet-ups for a variety of different interest groups – including book clubs, craft clubs, blog writers and became a popular bus excursion venue for aged care residents.
  • We partnered with the Notting Hill Neighbourhood House to hold craft markets.  These will continue in 2017.
  • And finally (but the best of all) We welcomed Anne, who brought the best coffee in Notting Hill right to our front doorstep when she opened Inchmeal Café in September 2016.

    I (Christina) personally want to say the most heartfelt thank you from myself and my family for all the support you have shown My Little Caravan this past year. Thank you for visiting Our Little Caravan:the collective store and for bringing your friends and your family along with you. 
    We have had the most wonderful time meeting you all and creating with you and we cannot wait to welcome you again in 2017.

 

  • We have some awesome Kid’s workshops coming up in the holidays and we have started planning our 2017 classes for grown-ups too, so we so hope that you find something that tickles your fancy and entices you to join us in the new year. Every day in Our Little Caravan: the collective store there is something new, it’s a really dynamic place full of inspiration and gorgeous things
  • DON”T FORGET our yarnbombing project! The street pole we’re decorating has a diametre of 20cm.  (For those of you who missed our last newsletter- our aim is to draw attention to the street pole that directs you to Our Little Caravan&Inchmeal Cafe which is at the intersection of Westerfield Dve and Ferntree Gully Rds.)

Until then, Happy New Year! And may 2017 be everything you dream of and hope for… and then some.

The OLC Team

Don’t forget that instagram (@mylittle_caravan) and Facebook (Our Little Caravan&Inchmeal Café) are the best places to stay up to date on new classes and developments as they are released. 

January 2017 Holiday Program

Our Little Caravan and Inchmeal Café will re-open On Wednesday 18th January at 7am for coffee.  A variety of low cost, simple DIY craft is available for you to choose from in the store.  We will run 6 Crafternoon Workshops for children during January.  See below for details.  Bookings essential for workshops.

All our workshops are small, intimate and hands on classes, so you can get the maximum benefit out of your time and with your teacher. Bring a friend, and the cost per person is discounted!

Price for My Little Caravan crafternoon workshops: $45 for 1 child, $80 for 2 children, $105 for 3 children, $120 for four children

 

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Children's Sewing

Wednesday Jan 18th 11-1pm
Beginners Sewing 

ur Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Book Class

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Chilldren's Terrariums

Friday Jan 20th 10-12pm
Wednesday 25th Jan 10-12pm

Children’s Terrariums with Jem from Source Koncept
$55 each child and $45 if you bring a friend
Details and bookings: email hello@inchmealcafe.com

In this class you can create your own terrarium, and build on it with pieces available from our store.  You will come up with a theme for your garden.  Romantic and English, or peaceful and simple.  Will parties be held there or is it a fairy-tale garden?  A little pond with a bridge, or do dinosaurs roam the landscape?  The possibilities are endless. All materials and morning tea supplied.

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Knitted Baskets

Thursday January 19th  11-1pm
 
Knitted baskets using up-cycled t-shirt yarn

ur Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Book Class

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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Caligraphy

Monday Jan 23rd
11-1pm
 
Calligraphy and Journal Making

ur Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Book Class

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Polymer Clay Classes

Tuesday Jan 24th
1-3pm
Beginners PolymerClay

ur Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - SchoolHoliday Programme - Book Class