Christmas At The Studio

Hello All,
Are you getting excited about Christmas?  It’s not far away now and I can’t believe my youngest daughter only has a couple of weeks left of school for the year!  I’m starting to feel very festive now the Christmas editions of my favourite magazines have come out, I’m seeing those big legs of ham in the shops and central London decorated in stunning christmas lights on Tina’s blog colourliving.
Christmas markets have begun and last Friday I went to one in Merricks North on the Mornington Peninsula called Christmas At The Studio with my cousin Carol.  The Studio was built by Glassblower Leisa Wharington, 25 years ago and she shares the space with Jeweller Flick Pope and Painter Julie Niekamp.  Their work was for sale in the Studio whilst a number of makers and designers offered their wares outside amongst the bushland setting.  There was also wonderful food and coffee and Carol and I left feeling very inspired.
The Studio

The Bush Market

Carol bought one of these stunning birdcages and bought me this rustic bouquet of bush gumnuts for use as a prop in one of my food styling shoots.

Treehouse Textiles

Treehouse Textiles across the road and were having an open day to showcase their textile workshops.  After the market we called in there to say hello.  The workshops are set in beautiful bushland which is tranquil and relaxed overlooking a secluded lake.  Lunch and treats at the workshop come from Nicole at Maude St Catering packed in a gorgeous wooden box.  It’s a wonderful touch Carol loved when she did one of their workshops and made a quilt.

Do you have any good Christmas markets where you live?  I’d love to hear about them.

Catherine x


  1. Catherine Bedson

    Hi Will, yes the whole studio was amazing. A real artists studio with a relaxed vibe surrounded by beautiful works of art. I could have spent the whole day there. Hope I get the chance to visit the Isle of Man Christmas market one day, sounds wonderful.

  2. tina

    First off, thank you so much for mentioning the Christmas Lights. They are truly spectacular this year. As you will see from my comments, some people prefer when they're more simple. Anyhow, they brighten up a rather dark and rainy time in London:))

    Your time at the Christmas Market looks fab!!! I love the present you got and the cage Carol bought…

    I rather like some

  3. mel

    Hi Catherine, I read this yesterday while on the run but wanted to pop back to tell you how lovely this post is. Being away from Australia at this time of year makes me a little nostalgic for the smell and sounds of the bush – there's nothing like it and you captured it beautifully. Having a market there is such a good idea. The gum nuts are going to be so lovely in a styling shoot, can't

  4. di

    Hi Catherine,
    What a great looking market-would have loved to get my hands on those wreaths! LOVE the birdcage and your gumnuts-I am doing an Australiana theme for one of my Christmas set ups. I'm doing the QV market in the city on the 15th December-pop down if you want to do more xmas shopping! Love to see you!
    Looks like you had a great day out.

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