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70 Darby Street, Cooks Hill NSW 2300, Australia
Tuesdays - Fridays 11:00-5:00
Saturdays 10:00-3:00 Sundays 11:00-3:00
Mondays closed to sew/print/make
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday. Time for a change.




still during....


I'm a tad thrilled. Blackbird Corner is finally the colour I'd always wanted it to be. So many shops on our beautiful street have been refurbishing that we wanted to join in somehow.
We don't want to "posh up" our interior as we think it's nice as it is. Simple. Basic. Certainly not posh.

But our exterior had gotten quite shabby.
To the point that I kept finding myself humming the song -
"in the ghetto". Heading towards our 7th Birthday we wanted to look less ghetto and more Blackbird.
We're in it for the long haul after all. convince Sean to design a new sign.
PS I'm still housebound, recovering from having sunspots frozen off, so am yet to see it in "real life"!
Luckily Sean is such a lovely man - he took these pics for me to share with you.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Only when I have something to say.

I'm not a pro-Blogger. I'm not really a Blogger. Let's face it.
I only come here randomly.
Only when I have something to say.
I'm in no way criticising those of you who blog regularly.
I read your blogs frequently. I do. I love them.
I enjoy them. I only write comments if I've something to say, too. You know, I think I'm repeating myself.

I've popped in to say that we'll be closed this coming Friday (22nd February) and to explain why.
On Monday I went to my Dermatologist and had 20 (yes twenty) sun spots frozen off my forearms & face. Not the most pleasant of experiences but also not the worst thing in the world by any stretch of the imagination so no pity party please.
Consequently I look like a plague victim.
I won't go in to details, in case you're eating.
I can tell you that I do look like I have a black eye due to swelling caused by two of the spots being very close to my right eye. Anyways, February is a fairly quiet month in retail so we took the decision to simply close for one of the days I'm off healing. Happily I'll be back in store next weekend. I'm sure cabin fever will have well and truly kicked in by then.
Whilst I'm here - have you visited Darby Street yet?
There are so many changes and improvements occurring!
We're all feeling very inspired to make our beautiful street even more so. Check out the freshly refurbished High Tea with Mrs Woo (reopening tomorrow); Too Cool for School by Blue Star Elements (opening any day now); the new Abicus (opened last Wednesday)& Scout by Abicus (opened today) and the refurbished RADstore (opening very soon) just to start with! 
What an amazing Community of inspirational indy stores!
Hmmmmmmm what will Blackbird Corner do to make ourselves more pretty....?
PS. Stay out of the sun. Seriously. It's ruining your skin.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Saturday lollipop

Who are you & why is your range called what it is called?
I am Ellie, creator of Saturday Lollipop. I make little teeny tiny food from polymer clay, resin & dollshouse supplies into fun jewellery. When I was little, Saturday was the day we would go to the little shop and buy a little paperbag of lollies with our pocket money. In England (where I grew up) each coke bottle or freckle used to cost one penny. Saturday Lollipop seemed such a perfect name for my business, reminding me of being young and the simple pleasures in life!
Where are you located? 
In Ferntree Gully, east of Melbourne, at the foot of the hills.
How long have you been creating your lush wares? 
For about three years now.

Do you currently have a favourite item in your range? 
I love everything! I have little bowls of jewellery all over the place, as whenever I make something new I have to keep one for myself, as it becomes my 'new' favourite! At the moment I am loving the miniature lolly jar necklaces.
What motivates you to keep crafting/creating? 
Just loving what I do! I adore little miniatures and have such fun recreating beautiful cakes and treats on a tiny scale. Through craft I have met such amazingly kind & inspiring people too.
Are you someone who generally tends to buy Handmade over mass produced? Why? 
Yes, I buy at least one handmade item each month (although usually much more but sshhh don't tell my husband!) I love being able to support other people who create such unique things which are made with such love & care. Such heart & soul go into handmade products. You don't get that with something mass produced in China. I also am a big believer that creativity breeds creativity. By supporting other handmade businesses and seeing what amzing things they make, just inspires me in what I do.

Do you have any new items in the pipe works that you'd like to hint to us about?
Hmm...well I do have a whole bunch of citrus trees in my garden which I have been thinking about recently...some expect to see something fresh & zesty!
Do you also sell online? 
Yes, through and also on 
Down That Little Lane.
Would you like for me to link to your store for those poor people not able to get into Blackbird? 
Yes please, that would be very lovely.

We are excited to be Newcastle's exclusive stockists of 
Saturday Lollipop!