It’s been a while since my birthday has fallen on a weekend, so this year I really wanted to make the most of my freedom. I told Tim to take me somewhere, anywhere! and so he hit up my 101 list for inspiration. We couldn’t take a day trip away from Melbourne because we needed to cook for our friends that night (and besides, we were overdue for a sleep-in) so he looked for some ideas close to home.
One of those ideas was brilliant – The Rose Street Artist Market in Fitzroy.
This cute little market is an indoor/outdoor setup, just off the best part of Brunswick St. Each Saturday and Sunday there are up to 70 stalls full of everything handmade – jewellery, traditional art & photography, clothing, journals, cards and other bits and pieces. It was really humming when we arrived (without being annoyingly crowded) and although the space was relatively small, we were able to amuse ourselves for ages by looking at all the pretty things.
I went home with two treasures.
This ring by Craig Swindells (aka Affinitive Designs) called my name the moment I saw it. Firstly, I’ve always wanted a coin ring and preferably not one of those expensive, shiny replicas that I keep seeing in gift shops lately. Secondly, it was my birthday and one of the items on my wishlist was a bunny rabbit and – no really, I’ll just wait until you’ve stopped laughing at me shall I?
Thirdly, here was an Irish coin, on St Patrick’s Day, featuring a bunny rabbit, on my birthday!
You can see why I had to take it home with me, right?
There’s no great story to accompany this little silver wire ring from Biancabean Jewellery, other than I really liked it and I’ve been looking for a thumb ring for ages. It was only $30, and the owner of the shop gave it to me with Buddha’s blessing.
Good to see that he’s tackling the big issues!
In any case, the Rose St Artist Market is absolutely worth a visit next time you’re in Fitzroy. And promise me that you’ll grab a “living stack” from Vegie Bar across the road when you’re done!