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A Few Interesting Facts About Scented Candles

Candles are no longer what they used to be. It has been a really long time since candles were just a block of roughly-shaped wax enfolding a band of wick used for burning and lighting. The candles of today are scented candles and the purposes they are used for have quite a while ago exceeded the old-time conceptions of using the candles just as a source of light.

Scented candles are the perfect decoration for your home, they are beautifully designed and their fragrance fills up the air with warmth, coziness and tranquility. They are ideal for turning an ordinary night at home into a lovely sweet-scented experience adding a touch of romantic ambience.

When buying these candles customers should look for high-quality pieces. Sometimes they should spend a bit more and get scented candles rather than no scents at all, or candles that blown out once can never be relit again. Most of all read the ingredients and make sure you are aware of what you and your loved ones are breathing.

These candles are enriched with fragrance oils especially made for candles. Unlike the oils used in lotions, soaps, shower products, cleaning products and air-fresheners candle odors are especially designed for a maximum time-release.

They are made of blended wax that can hold only a limited quantity of fragrance oil. If candle manufacturers try to use a larger quantity of cheap, low-quality scented oil (in order to achieve rich-in-pure-odor candles) they cannot do it because the extra oil will start flowing out of the wax like water.

The candle market is full of a huge variety of scented candles. They come in different colors – bright-colored, one-color or comprising a mixture of colors. They also differ in shape – round or square, cone-like or sphere-like. They are also differentiated according to their source materials – they could be made of beeswax, plant wax, paraffin, soy or tallow. Scented candles can also have diverse fragrance strength. Some candles emit a mild scent that lasts for a long period of time; others have a strong, persistent odor that eats up the wax quite quickly.

The widest variety of scented candles, however, is as per their aroma. They could be scented with lavender, sandalwood or chamomile odor that has a calming and stress-reducing effect. Tangerine-scented candles have energizing effect and are used for cheering up a sad and grumpy person. If customers want to feel calm, relaxed and at total ease, they could boost their spirits lighting a candle scented with bergamot. Seasonal candles are not to forget – there are pine candles expiring Christmas atmosphere, chai candles for the cold winter days and melon-scented or berry-scented candles for the fresh summer days. For the flowers-loving people there is a huge range of flower and exotic fruits odors – vanilla, roses, peppermint, grapefruit or orange.

No matter if they are used as a decoration or for cleaning and freshening up the air, scented candles have turned into a must for today’s home, office and even garden.



Source by Marco Gonzalez

How to Make Candle Wax Yourself From Scratch

If you want to learn how to make candle wax and how to make a candle then you have come to the right place. I am going to go over the process step by step and teach you how to make a gel candle and gel candle wax. Now if you have tried to do this before I am sure that you have noticed that the gel to make candles with can be very expensive, to add to this, just going out to buy a gel candle can also be pricey. There is no reason to spend so much as you can make it easily at home for less then half the cost! Are you ready to learn how to make candle wax and how to make a candle? Alright then, let us begin!

Step # 1. First start off by mixing 1 lb of mineral oil with 1.25 oz of resin powder. Take your time and mix well. This is going to create gel with a high density which is great for allowing more fragrance in the candle. When you are done mixing then set the mixture aside for an hour.

Step # 2. Alright the hour is up! Now you are going to mix it again, this time to remove any lumps that have formed while you were waiting.

Step # 3. Now when it comes to learning how to make candle wax this is the part where you are going to want to take it slow to avoid any injury. You are going to take a boiling pot and put the mixture in it. Begin to heat the mixture on a low heat and slowly turn it higher. The mixture is first going to turn clear, then it is going to turn in to gel, and then it is going to harden. Now use a thermometer as you do not want the temperature to exceed 220 degrees. This process is going to take around 2 hours so just be patient, read a book while you wait or watch a movie, just keep an eye on the mixture and stir often. If the gel becomes hotter then 220 degrees it could burn so check the temperature regularly.

Step # 4. After the 2 hour mark the gel should be liquid are now it needs to cool. You are going to need to pour the liquid in to a container and let it cool for a while. The liquid is going to harden, when it does then this is the time to seal it, make sure the lid is tightly on there. Now you can put it away for future use or you can use it now!

Step # 5. You want to learn how to make candle wax, well what would be the point if you didn’t learn how to make a candle as well. You are going to need a glass container that is sturdy enough that it will not break when you pour hot liquid in to it.

Step # 6. Take the wick and super glue it to the bottom of the glass container, this is important as the wick will move around a lot if it is not secure.

Step # 7. Now you are going to cut some of the gel out of the container and put it in to a boiling pot and heat it up, once again to 220 degrees.

Step # 8. When the gel melts then you pour it in to your glass container, make sure that the wick is straight and not covered in the wax.

Step # 9. Let this sit for 24 hours and there you are! You just learned how to make candle wax and how to make a candle out of gel! I hope that this helps you and thank you for reading! Good luck, be safe, and have fun!



Source by Jason Kinech

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

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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

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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.

Upcoming events in Our Little Caravan Early 2017

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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 

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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

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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

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We’re on the home stretch now, only a couple of  more days of school to go and then HOLIDAYS!! We’re looking forward to a long lazy summer holiday, but first…a little thing called ‘Christmas’.

We will be open all this week from 7am-3pm…but this Saturday 24th Dec from 8-3 we have a Children’s Christmas Event with plenty of FREE and LOW COST activities planned for the kiddos! (so you can browse in peace!)

You can cover a box with washi tape and fill it with reindeer food!

Decorate a delicious Christmas cookie with lollies!

Make your own star headband that blinks and lights up at night!

Make shrinky dink snowflakes!

We’re bringing back the water beads, and will have some free water play activities outside for children.

And of course…our always popular, making glass tiled pendants in Mabel the caravan.  Special offer for newsletter subscribers- Make one…and make another one for free. $10 (for 2)

See you there!

My Little Caravan will be closed for activities from Dec 26th- and will reopen from Wednesday 18th January…with workshops for our school holiday program including: mini lands, mini hoops, polymer clay fun and even…terrariums for kids!! All the details will be in our January newsletter.

…in the meantime, are there any mad knitters or crocheters out there?  Want a holiday project that will help us get the word out about Our Little Caravan and Inchmeal Cafe’s existence? Then read on…

We have been given the go-ahead by the City of Monash, to have a ‘blue blade’ sign at the end of Westerfield Dve…and while this is awesome, and we are grateful to have a sign at all…we thought it needed to have something a little more ‘attention grabbing’.  So we’re going to YARN BOMB the sign post! Here’s how you can help.  

A yarn bomb is form of street art where yarn in any form (knit, crochet, latch hook, cross stitch, amigurumi, or simply wrapped) is attached to an object in the public environment.  

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Yarn Bomb

The street pole is 10cm in diameter, so if you are keen to create a piece of yarn art to join in our community project, we’d love you to bring it into the shop between the 18th- 28th January and we will fix it together and get yarnbombing!  (Look out City of Monash…maybe this is just the beginning of our yarn bombing escapades?!) 

Happy Christmas everyone! And may your 2017 be a wonderful one!

Terrariums…bloggers and a Twilight Market!

 Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Children's Birthday Parties

Hello Makers and Mothers of Makers…

This week is busy at Our Little Caravan. On Thursday we are excited to be holding our first ever terrarium workshop.  Jem from Source Koncepts will be your teacher and all participants will go home with a finished terrarium.  There are limited spaces still available.  Make a booking with Anne: hello@inchmealcafe.com

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Children's Birthday Parties

On Friday night, 25th November we have our Twilight Market!  6pm-9pm.  The makers and friends of Our Little Caravan are coming together and at this special event there will be plenty of handmade crafts and gifts to choose from.  Inchmeal Café will be open late for the event.

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Christmas Twilight Market 25th November 2016

On Thursday 8th December we are hosting a Bloggers Meet Up event.  Beginning at 7:30pm, this is an event that is open to anyone who writes a blog.  If you know a Melbourne based blogger that may be interested in attending this evening –  please share this blog post with details about how to book.

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Children's Birthday Parties - Bloggers Meet Up 8th December

We are open late on Thursdays until Christmas.  A perfect opportunity to shop for gifts and enjoy a coffee at Inchmeal Café.  It’s guaranteed to be a lot easier to get a car park than any nearby shopping centre!

On these Thursday afternoons, and also Saturday mornings (10:30am-12:30pm) leading up to Christmas, kids can “Drop In and Craft”.  You can choose from a variety of gift ideas, and we will have the supplies you need to create the perfect gift for a family member, friend or a teacher. Including our 3 most popular crafts: glass tiled pendants, polymer clay, and scrabble tile frames. Prices begin at $15 Add on afternoon tea for a further $5 per child.

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Children's Birthday Parties - Teacher's Gift

Over the past 18 months, My Little Caravan has grown from a backyard birthday party hobby business to a thriving social enterprise. Little did I know when I brought Mabel the caravan to the back of an old shop in Notting Hill, that the collective in itself would become a community.  A grouping of makers and crafters that have a safe space to sell and exhibit their wares in a beautiful shop space and create a point of interaction with their customers. This year we have also been able to use the shop space to host craft workshops, live music events, and book launches, and we continue to collaborate with the Notting Hill Neighbourhood House to run craft markets and other community events. 

Thank you for your continued support as you spread the word about OLC and regularly visit Inchmeal Cafe to drink the best coffee in Notting Hill.

Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Children's Birthday Parties - Come and enjoy a coffee.

Our Little Caravan and Inchmeal Cafe

The following delightfully presented by danib@eatmystreet.net Many thanks Dani.

Looking for great coffee in Notting Hill? Then look no further than Inchmeal Cafe at Our Little Caravan. Newly opened, Inchmeal cafe is serving Dukes coffee, Tea Lady tea, fruit toast. pastries and sweet treats all in the gorgeous setting that is the Our Little Caravan Collective Store.

Owner and barista. Aline Ngo has previously worked as cafe manager at the stunning 1932 Cafe and Restaurant in Collins St.

Melboume. She has now achieved her dream of opening her very own cafe in the heart of Notting Hill.

I love to discover gorgeous little cafes in quiet, unexpected locations and Inchmeal Cafe is exactly that. Visit to try an ethically sourced coffee or tea and stay to check out the wares of local and independent artists, designers and craftspeople in the beautiful collective store that shares the building.

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The Details

Inchmeal Cafe at Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store

39 Westerfield Drive

Notting Hill

Mon-Fri: 7:00 am -3:00 pm:

Sat: 8:00 am -12:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/inchmealcafe/

Inchmeal Café Joins Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store

I love the word ‘serendipity’.  It’s such a lovely sounding word, and I like what it means “a coincidental happening –  a pleasant surprise.”

 It was serendipitous that I met Anne Ngo – the founder and owner of Inchmeal Café, who has joined us at Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store, in Notting Hill, Melbourne.

Inchmeal Café Joins Our Little Caravan - craft workshops

Earlier in the year, Anne’s niece had a birthday party with a small group of friends in Mabel, our vintage caravan, (the star attraction at Our Little Caravan).  The mother at this party was also named Mabel!  Now THAT doesn’t happen very often! When talking at the party, Mabel told me of her sister-in-law (Anne) who dreamed of opening her own café.  Given that I’m already living life at beyond my capacity – I had dreams of someone else running the much needed café at the front of Our Little Caravan too!  

 And so began a conversation that would lead to the opening of Inchmeal Café at Our Little Caravan, in September, 2016.

Inchmeal Café Joins Our Little Caravan - craft workshops

Inchmeal means: little-by-little. How appropriate that Anne has named her café this.

Little-by-little, My Little Caravan has become Our Little Caravan and Our Little Caravan is continuing to find ways to collaborate with others in the community and provide an experience that nurtures soul (creativity) mind (conversation and connection) and now body (nourishing and delicious food).  Welcome Anne J

Inchmeal Café Joins Our Little Caravan - craft workshops

My New Bright and Early, (and colourful) Morning Routine

It’s 5:07am on a SATURDAY and I am awake. Without alarm assistance.

That in itself is a “miracle”, but I’m hopeful it will become a long lasting habit.  I’m up bright and early this morning to put the principles of an author in the USA, Hal Elrod, and his idea of the “Miracle Morning” into place.

 Hal doesn’t have “make yourself a cup of coffee” on his list of principles to apply – but I have one in my hand, mostly because it’s my current morning habit. (One I’d like to swap for a more healthy herbal tea)

 Hal has an acronym in place to jog your memory as to what to practice in this morning routine.  He calls them Life S.A.V.E.R.S. (silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading and scribing)

 The catalyst for me wanting to investigate this morning routine, was my friend Paul.  Paul and I met at university where we were both studying teaching twenty years ago. Although we don’t live close to each other, our paths have crossed from time to time during those years.

 Twenty years ago, we still had blackboards in our classrooms, and Paul was able to produce the most beautiful chalk artwork on his blackboard. (As opposed to my slightly downward sloping script…)

 So – Paul has a gift for hand drawn lettering…and we’ll come back to that in a moment.

 Two years ago, Paul read The Miracle Morning, and said that it transformed his mornings.  He personalised the daily routine to suit him, and joined the Miracle Morning Community on Facebook. 

 A component of the daily routine that many, including him, seemed to be uncertain about, were the words of affirmation.  People would post inspirational quotes in the Facebook community to offer examples.  Paul repeated some of these in his journal for several days in a row, re-writing them each morning.  As he pondered the words, he found it helpful to play with the words on the page.  Instead of just writing them down, he started to draw them in his journal.

 This led to him sharing his work in the Facebook community.  People liked his art…and asked for more.

 Paul enjoyed making the art, and it was becoming a part of his morning rhythm, and seemed to be helping others too.  One of Hal Elrod’s team was monitoring the Facebook community and thanked Paul for what he’d been generously giving and asked if he’d consider working with them on a project idea they were considering.  Numerous people had commented that Paul should make a colouring in book, and Hal Elrod, seeing what he was contributing and how many people were buzzing about it, decided that he should be the illustrator for the Miracle Morning colouring book.  And now he is!

 This Friday night 9th September, at Our Little Caravan; The Collective Store, we’re going to host Paul’s book launch!  You can meet Paul, – colour in an affirmation page, and find out more if you are interested.  You can choose to be a part of the pre launch group which enables you to buy 2 books for the price of 1 prior to September 12th.  We’re kicking off at 8pm.  All are welcome!  Or you can go to the link below to join in with the pre launch, if you are interested, but can’t make it to join with us in person on Friday night.

 Date: Friday 9th September

Time: 8-9:30pm

Address: 39 Westerfield Dve Notting Hill

To join our advanced reader team, sign up with the link below! Be sure to also join our new FB colouring book page at The Miracle Morning “Art of Affirmations” Community

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The Prettiest Shop on a Dead End Street

This weekend marks the first anniversary of My Little Caravan moving out of our backyard and parking behind a brick and mortar shop in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

 Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store opened its doors on Saturday 22nd 2015.  You can read about the complete shop renovation here. http://ourlittlecaravan.com.au/2015/09/03/our-little-caravanthe-collective-store-before-and-after/

 

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Now we have the last 12 months under our belt, a journal (or two!) worth of knowledge and a lot more of an idea of what opening a brick and mortar shop front business actually looks like.

Around 14 months ago I visited a lovely shop in East Ringwood called The Fair Trader.  www.facebook.com/thefairtraderstore.  They had opened their doors six weeks prior to my visit…and I had just picked up the keys to our own shop. When I excitedly told the owner of The Fair Trader that I was about to open Our Little Caravan, she said to me “There should be more shops like us around”.  What I noticed was that there was not a trace of competition in her voice.  Just encouragement. 

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Have you ever wondered how some businesses even manage to stay in existence?  I’m sure the “manly men” who work at Sports Turf (that’s the shop next door to Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store), must have had conversations to that effect about our small business.  We’re definitely the prettiest shop – on a dead end street!

(That’s us…at the far right end!)

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If you had dreams or still have a dream to open your own brick and mortar shop – with the added challenge of doing so in this online shopping age – then this is the blog for you. You will read valuable information that I wish I’d known along the way, and read inspiring stories of other small, creative business start-ups – that managed to beat the odds. (We all love THOSE kinds of stories)  I will also share what has worked for us.

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One thing I know, is that you are never done with learning. 

 I am so grateful to all the people I have met over the past 12 months that have been so generous with sharing their expertise and experiences. There will be many more people like them ahead I’m sure. I look forward to sharing their insights and my experiences with you through this blog.

Have you ever had a dream to open a shop front business?  Maybe a café or a bookshop? An antique store? A craft shop? I’d love to hear about your dreams.

Winter Holiday Craft Ideas

Want to get crafty at home these winter holidays?  Here are 3 of the most popular crafts we hold during ‘crafternoons’ in My Little Caravan.  All of them are suitable for both boys and girls.

Washi Tape

What You’ll Need

Rolls of washi tape! The good news is- you can get washi tape just about anywhere! Last year, after Christmas, I found rolls of it in places like Kmart and Big W for less than $1 for a pkt of 4 rolls! (Amongst the Santas and Christmas tree patterns- there were polka dots and stripes) You can get fancier and pick it up in homeware boutique stores (the most you’ll ever pay is still less than $5 a roll) and at around 5mts in length…that’s a whole lotta washi tape fun you can have.

 

  • Scissors (optional)
  • Wooden pegs,
  • Paper plate,
  • Piece of ribbon.

What To Do

  • Tear or cut strips of washi tape and place on the flat side of a wooden peg
  • Peg the wooden pegs around a paper plate until it is full
  • Tie with a ribbon and hang on your door handle
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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops

Polymer Clay

 

What You’ll Need

 

  • Polymer clay (we use Sculpey Premo, as it’s the softest clay on the market, and therefore easy for children to work with)
  • Plastic knives
  • Bamboo skewer (to make holes in the polymer clay beads)
  • Your hands!
  • String
  • An oven
  • Greaseproof paper

What To Do

  • Working on top of a piece of greaseproof paper, start by slicing off little bits of clay with plastic knives.
  • Then, with clean hands, squeeze and blend the bits together. This is called “conditioning” the clay and takes some work, as the clay is a bit hard to begin with, but then softens with the heat of your hands. The more you squeeze and flatten, the more the colours start to blend. You can mix the colours together to create new colours…much like mixing paint colours. However, if, for example, you are a 10yr old boy (my son), you might squeeze and flatten until your clay is now one not-so-lovely colour, a sort of greenish-brown.
  • When you are finished moulding your shapes, place them onto an oven tray and cook in the oven at 150C for around 20 minutes. Polymer clay is rather forgiving- if it’s slightly undercooked it’ll mean you can leave a fingernail mark if you press hard. 

If you are making a bead necklace- add some string, and tie with a knot at the end.

Other things you can make are miniature pieces (for your miniature gardens), and even Shopkins! (you can save yourself a ton of money with THAT idea!)

Polymer Clay What You’ll Need • Polymer clay (we use Sculpey Premo , as it’s the softest clay on the market, and therefore easy for children to work with) • Plastic knives • Bamboo skewer (to make holes in the polymer clay beads) • Your hands! • String • An oven • Greaseproof paper What To Do • Working on top of a piece of greaseproof paper, start by slicing off little bits of clay with plastic knives. • Then, with clean hands, squeeze and blend the bits together. This is called “conditioning” the clay and takes some work, as the clay is a bit hard to begin with, but then softens with the heat of your hands. The more you squeeze and flatten, the more the colours start to blend. You can mix the colours together to create new colours…much like mixing paint colours. However, if, for example, you are a 10yr old boy (my son), you might squeeze and flatten until your clay is now one not-so-lovely colour, a sort of greenish-brown. • When you are finished moulding your shapes, place them onto an oven tray and cook in the oven at 150C for around 20 minutes. Polymer clay is rather forgiving- if it’s slightly undercooked it’ll mean you can leave a fingernail mark if you press hard. If you are making a bead necklace- add some string, and tie with a knot at the end. Other things you can make are miniature pieces (for your miniature gardens), and even Shopkins! (you can save yourself a ton of money with THAT idea!)
Polymer Clay What You’ll Need • Polymer clay (we use Sculpey Premo , as it’s the softest clay on the market, and therefore easy for children to work with) • Plastic knives • Bamboo skewer (to make holes in the polymer clay beads) • Your hands! • String • An oven • Greaseproof paper What To Do • Working on top of a piece of greaseproof paper, start by slicing off little bits of clay with plastic knives. • Then, with clean hands, squeeze and blend the bits together. This is called “conditioning” the clay and takes some work, as the clay is a bit hard to begin with, but then softens with the heat of your hands. The more you squeeze and flatten, the more the colours start to blend. You can mix the colours together to create new colours…much like mixing paint colours. However, if, for example, you are a 10yr old boy (my son), you might squeeze and flatten until your clay is now one not-so-lovely colour, a sort of greenish-brown. • When you are finished moulding your shapes, place them onto an oven tray and cook in the oven at 150C for around 20 minutes. Polymer clay is rather forgiving- if it’s slightly undercooked it’ll mean you can leave a fingernail mark if you press hard. If you are making a bead necklace- add some string, and tie with a knot at the end. Other things you can make are miniature pieces (for your miniature gardens), and even Shopkins! (you can save yourself a ton of money with THAT idea!)

Miniature Gardens

What You’ll Need

  • Shallow containers,
  • Icypole sticks and twigs can be made into fences, gravel and pebbles into paths,
  • Lids, tin foil or mirrors can be used to make a pond,
  • Sand to create a desert or beach,
  • Small rocks, old branches and pieces of bark to create a jungle/woodland feel.
  • Coloured aquarium gravel, glass pebbles or sand with shells and beads,
  • Glitter for frost or as fairy dust,
  • Polymer clay to make any extras.
  • Look amongst your smallest toys to use as props in your garden.

 

What To Do

  • Choose a container- You can make your garden any size you like, depending on your container. You can use an ice cream container, plastic plant saucer, old lunchbox, or even a jar (think mini terranium)
  • You can either use soil from the garden as a base, but if you want to play with this garden and bring it inside, I recommend making some uncoloured playdough to put in your container. Then you can add artificial plants as greenery, (those little plastic trees from the toy farm sets are great) and your other handmade pieces.
  • Children have a great imagination and there are lots of themes that you could choose, Get your child to design their garden ideas on paper to get started. Here are some ideas:

Construction Site with diggers, trucks, sand and gravel

An Enchanted garden with fairies, wooden toadstools, small animals

Prehistoric Garden with dinosaurs, volcanos

Jungle with lions, tigers, monkeys,

A traditional mini garden complete with paths, flower and vegetable beds and a scarecrow

Miniature Gardens What You’ll Need • Shallow containers, • Icypole sticks and twigs can be made into fences, gravel and pebbles into paths, • Lids, tin foil or mirrors can be used to make a pond, • Sand to create a desert or beach, • Small rocks, old branches and pieces of bark to create a jungle/woodland feel. • Coloured aquarium gravel, glass pebbles or sand with shells and beads, • Glitter for frost or as fairy dust, • Polymer clay to make any extras. • Look amongst your smallest toys to use as props in your garden. What To Do • Choose a container- You can make your garden any size you like, depending on your container. You can use an ice cream container, plastic plant saucer, old lunchbox, or even a jar (think mini terranium) • You can either use soil from the garden as a base, but if you want to play with this garden and bring it inside, I recommend making some uncoloured playdough to put in your container. Then you can add artificial plants as greenery, (those little plastic trees from the toy farm sets are great) and your other handmade pieces. • Children have a great imagination and there are lots of themes that you could choose, Get your child to design their garden ideas on paper to get started. Here are some ideas: Construction Site with diggers, trucks, sand and gravel An Enchanted garden with fairies, wooden toadstools, small animals Prehistoric Garden with dinosaurs, volcanos Jungle with lions, tigers, monkeys, A traditional mini garden complete with paths, flower and vegetable beds and a scarecrow

Come Along and Enjoy Our Craft De-Stash Market

I’ve recently become a member of the Liberty Lovers Club.  This means every once and a while a gorgeous little stash of Liberty Print fabric arrives in my letterbox, and I take out the little swatches of loveliness, swoon over their prettiness and then roll them up and pop them in a giant jar and put it on my shelf.  There they sit.  Waiting….and I don’t know what for!

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It could be that I’m afraid to ‘waste’ the materials?  Waste is an interesting word really.  There’s a John Lennon quote I love: “Time enjoyed wasting is not time wasted”.  If I could apply that to my Liberty Print stash, then anything I enjoy making out of those materials….even if it’s something as small as a fabric covered button, then it’s not a waste!  It’s all replenishable…I can go and get some more! That moment of creativity, however, may pass.  And then I have no pretty little buttons…and still a jar of unused Liberty Print!

Another reason I’m hesitant to dig into that craft stash is that I’m afraid the materials are better off without my input.  Really- some of those rolls have been sitting in that jar for years!  Another quote that applies here: “no point saving the best china for the second wife” Oh dear. Just use it!

The next reason I don’t use my craft stash, is because of space.  It’s just easier to collect a craft stash…than to use it! I can gaze upon it for inspiration rather than go to the effort to clear a space and use it effectively.  The solution to this, is to create easily accessible materials and a dedicated workspace.  That’s when having a cute vintage caravan as your workspace comes in handy.  I’ve got no excuse!  I don’t even have to pack it away!

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Not everyone has the luxury of a vintage caravan in their back garden to call a studio ;-) I spent years working on the dining room table prior to getting Mabel the caravan. 

 

All in all, my desire to collect craft supplies isn’t the problem. The problem is that I struggle to use the supplies once I acquire them. 

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So I’ve decided to focus in on one craft area. That’s where this weekend’s craft de-stash market at Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store is going to be a wonderful opportunity for myself, and over 35 other women to “release” our craft stashes to other lovely like-minded people.  Out go the beading supplies…the wool…the stamping/paper craft…and I’ll be on the lookout for gorgeous vintage material and maybe some other intriguing odds and ends.  OK   I don’t think I’ll be coming home with less than I take to sell, but I do hope to give someone else’s craft stash a loving new cupboard to call home.

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Our Little Gardens arrive at My Little Caravan in time for our January School Holiday Program

Our Little Gardens arrive at My Little Caravan in time for our January School Holiday Program…

I have a lovely English friend, who’s name is Emma. Emma and I met when our sons began prep together at the local primary school a number of years ago.

Late last year when Emma and I were catching up over a cup of tea, and I told her about an idea I had for a new class in My Little Caravan. Miniature Gardens… “Oh” she said, “You mean a garden on a plate? We used to make them all the time when we were children for our school fete! You’d take a paper plate and then use moss, bark, soil, small stones, twigs etc to make a mini garden. Handbag mirrors made great little ponds and lolly sticks could be used in all sorts of ways. Plasticine or modeling clay made a good base for anything that needed to stand up”

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Miniature gardens are not a new idea. But they are enjoying some renewed popularity. I love this story as told in: Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, By Colin Durie, about CS Lewis discovering the joy in one…

“About the same time that Tolkien is fascinated by the Welsh place names on coal wagons, a much younger Clive Staples Lewis has his own epiphany. His six-year-old brother, Warren Lewis, runs into the nursery and he carries the lid of a biscuit tin filled with moss, flowers, and sticks to proudly show his younger brother. Warren has made the lid into a miniature pretend garden by carefully lining it with moss, and artfully pushing flowers and twigs into the mold.

His brother’s toy garden in fact contributes to his imagination of Paradise ever after.”

And as we know, from his stories about Narnia, quite an imagination that was!

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Someone else with an artistic imagination is Steph, “The Fairy Maker” and we share a love for old caravans! Steph has recently renovated her caravan into a fairy cave, and now she takes it to local markets and it is full of polymer clay creations all handmade by her very creative self.

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Steph, The Fairy Maker and My Little Caravan are excited to be collaborating in 2016, and will be launching “Our Little Gardens” You can now attend a class at Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store, in Notting Hill, Melbourne, where you will be given your own artificial “land” in a saucer. From there, you will be given guidance as to how you can “Moss It Up!” and choose from 5 differently themed packages to decorate your land.
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  Our first workshop options will be on Wednesday 19th and Friday 22nd January 2016. They will be $35 per 2-hour class and run from 1-3pm. Suit ages’ 5 and up. Bookings essential.

Email us for more details.

We’ll be running classes for grown ups soon. We think this is an activity for all ages!

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Our Little Caravan is having a Christmas Event on Saturday 19th December between 10 and 3 pm

This Saturday only! We will have a sweet mobile café in our strip of shops in Notting Hill! How I wish it could stay! We will just have to settle for this Saturday, 19th December 2015, when Our Little Caravan holds their first Christmas Event from 10-3pm You might have noticed…I love vintage caravans! So it makes sense when other people find one…they want to share it with me. I love getting a surprise SMS with a cute, little, restored, van that someone has found on a country road, or one that has been converted into something clever by its new owner. I have met Narelle Adams, the owner of Country Heart, only once face-to-face, in August, when we held our “Grand Opening” for Our Little Caravan; The Collective Store. She and I share similar visions for our businesses. We both want to use them to support people, by providing opportunities for them to use their talents and abilities in a supportive environment, which could lead to further work elsewhere. Narelle brought the 1970’s Franklin caravan that she had renovated and transformed it to sell coffee. It is suitably named “Frankie”.

Narelle’s business is called Country Heart. It is based in the Yarra Valley, but of course it can travel to events! http://countryheart.com.au/  

This was Frankie when Narelle first bought him. They’ve done a gorgeous renovation job.

 

Love love LOVE the pressed tin splashback!

The Country Heart Caravan attended our Grand Opening Day on August 22nd. The day was sunny and much coffee was consumed. It was lovely to meet Narelle in person. Of course, I wish the Country Heart Coffee Caravan could be a permanent fixture at our shop! We will just have to settle for special events. Like THIS weekend! Yes that’s right. This Saturday, 19th December 2015, Our Little Caravan is having their first Christmas Event from 10 – 3pm. Heaps of great activities and workshops will be running for the kids, and Narelle is bringing the Country Heart Caravan to Notting Hill! Come on down and say hello to her. She makes a great coffee. Always tastes better from an old caravanOur Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops - Birthday Parties

Our Little Caravan:The Collective Store – Before and After

Before & After Ever since we dragged our vintage caravan, Mabel, home from her previous owners in September 2013, I’ve been coveting the idea of having her out of my backyard and behind, and part of a real “bricks and mortar” shop. Fast forward 2 years and I found a space at a perfect place. Next to a community neighbourhood house and 10 minutes away from each school my 3 sons were attending. (Perfect for the emergency “dash”) I think it was meant to be.  Here’s how we transformed it from an ex security office to the serene workspace that we love.
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The exterior was transformed by a new front door, removal of window tint (oh! How I could do a whole blog post on the removal of window tint!!) And several coats of Solar guard exterior paint in Antique White USA. I loved painting outside, I did it super last minute (Thursday) before our Grand Opening (Saturday- Eek!) in late August 2015 on one of those freakily sunny days in late winter. The whole neighbourhood came by to chat, peek at the shop and introduce themselves. It’s nice having such great neighbours.
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If you ever are in a position to paint about 65 sq.mt of walls, floor and ceiling I recommend a serious amount of swatching.  I personally believe there is no limit to swatches. After all, that is a lot of wall to look at if you end up regretting the colour. We strategically decided to go with Antique White USA EVERYWHERE. Walls, ceiling, kitchen, bathroom. We thought it would give the opportunity to let the stock we were showcasing, stand out and we also had no interior windows, so were using it to make the space look bigger. By far the biggest change in the studio space was removing the partition walls that were put up by the previous tenant. This is the middle “room” of the shop which is now our studio. Before:
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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
We ripped out carpet, repainted walls, pulled down partitions and took a load of rubble to the tip.
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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
And…after!
Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
We were keen to do things on a “lean start up” for Our Little Biz. (More about that on another post) So, all the furniture and fittings you see are courtesy of eBay. This buffet in particular…is a WOW! Factor.   I love antiquing and re-purposing vintage furniture. Hayley, of Coast and Country Vintage looked high and low for a HUGE bookcase or library shelving unit to emphasize the 9 foot ceilings in our new shop. After weeks of searching, she finally found one in Melbourne, a long way away from her home on Phillip Island. It is an old pine cabinet and included leadlight windows, which although gorgeous, were not in fitting with our style.  It cost a grand total of $49 on eBay,
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This piece is so heavy but fortunately it’s in two pieces. Hayley repainted it in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, Ironstone and Eulalie’s Sky (blue). http://coastandcountryvintage.com.au/blog/prettiful-pastel-miss-mustard-seeds-milk-paint/ You can attend the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Shop Paint Workshops at Our Little Caravan. Email info@ourlittlecaravan.com.au for details of the next workshop.   The next stage was “front reception”. As we’re leasing the shop, one of the conditions, was that we not remove the wall between front reception and the inner room. So, we had to come up with a suitable alternative…   Introducing brick wallpaper and a coat of blackboard paint on the doors! We’re delighted with the finished look. It’s like a REALLY big bay window!   Before…
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And after!
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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
We own tons of vintage typewriters and some are available for purchase (if you can convince Jac ;-) We also hand type all our cards for our delivery clients.  We get so many compliments on our cards and packaging.  Our typewriter is an Olivetti Valentine from the 60’s. (That’s the red one in the top left hand corner. Not For Sale!)
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This buffet was another find from eBay.  It’s now our kitchen area.
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Now we come to the back court yard. A big parking space of concrete, originally intended for up to 4 cars…We added some secure colour bond gates to protect our most precious asset (Mabel the vintage caravan of course!) And some faux grass. Planted a few flowers and voila! Before…
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Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
Even the boys helped. And after!
Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops
Our Little Caravan - Vintage Handmade Crafts - Craft Workshops

I’m so proud of Our Little Caravan and the start-up crew. A HUGE thanks to Chris and Tracy. Brenden and Jan, Hannah, Marnie, Felicity, Lynette, Viveka, Jacinda, and Jac, and of course Anthony (SUCH a labour of love from Anthony!) for all their hard work and support. It is such an unbelievable experience to be doing a job that I love so much in a place that feels like home. I’m grateful every day that we have such an amazing space to create in. “After” photos by Hayley Justice

Mabel is My Little Caravan

 

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This is Mabel, a 1960’s Viscount. Are you wondering how Mabel got her name? It’s after Christina’s fondly remembered Nana, who was born in Liverpool. Midway through 2012, Christina saw an ad for a gorgeous vintage caravan…only problem was- it was in England, and she lived in Melbourne, Australia.  It was only 2000 pounds and was completely decorated with a Cath Kidston touch!  Even included a tin of biscuits with the sale! Sigh.  So serious was she about the cuteness factor of this van that she looked into shipping it over.  Another 3800 pounds.  Bigger sigh.  That’s when she showed her sister who instantly replied. “Oh you could SO do that yourself!” So, began the search for Mabel…in Australia. Our Mabel is a compact little girl. She is only complete with two single beds and a table that can set up in between, a kitchenette with fridge, and a wardrobe.

Mabel still retains all of her original charm. Her wood-look cupboard doors and original laminate table and reversible blue seat cushions/mattresses are all still in great condition. Her lino tiles have been polished up to make her

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This is Christina… she’s a qualified primary school teacher and mother to 3 young boys as well as the owner of “my little caravan…” What started as a “girl cave” in the back yard, has become a studio to enjoy afternoons of craft with likeminded children! For Christina there’s nothing she loves more than making things pretty, organising stuff, being creative with arts and craft… and planning parties.  That’s when she’s not spending time with her school students and little family.

Christina holds a current registration as a primary school teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, as well as a Working With Children’s Check.

She also has an up to date first aid certificate.

Crafternoons in Mabel, the vintage caravan, are currently held where she is “parked” in

39 Westerfield Dve, Notting Hill, Melbourne.