'So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be'. (Tennyson)
Buy handmade this Xmas without breaking the bank
I was seriously thinking about making Christmas presents this year. While I love shopping as much as anyone, I can't get excited about the annual shopping mall crawl, where you queue to park and pay. Where the profits from mass-produced items line corporate pockets while those at the source see little return for their efforts.
Unfortunately, I have neither the time, the inclination or the skill to make a half-way decent gift. Which is where Little Treasures comes in.
Little Treasures is a sale of handmade arts and crafts at the Pepper Street Arts Centre in the City of Burnside. Prices are deliberately kept low to ease the burden on our wallets or credit cards. You can buy a gift card for $1.50, and nothing costs more than $150. Best of all, local artists benefit from every purchase.
Edible gifts are perfect for friends and extended family
The Pepper Tree Arts Centre operates a gift shop throughout the year. From 24 November to 21 December, Little Treasures takes over the Centre's exhibition space as well. They started out with hundreds of gifts, made by more than 50 artists in a range of media .
Catering for every taste
Little Treasures is at 558 Magill Road, Magill. It's open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 5 pm. If you drop by on a Saturday between 2 pm and 4 pm, you will have the added bonus of seeing artists at work demonstrating their techniques.
Ron Allen at the Little Treasures launch. Buying turned wood when you've seen it made is something special.
On Saturday 7 December, Jasnia Tepsic will be making jewellery, Malcolm Jury showing his woodworking and Paul Hester his appealing galvanised iron animal sculptures
On Saturday 14 December, Trish Loader will be making wooden Christmas ornaments, and it's Carolanne Wasley's turn to show off her Jewellery techniques. Those who frequent Tarts Gallery might be familiar with Carolanne's work.
Cathy Jacobs demonstrating her unique style on 30 November
I love a good Christmas ornament as a gift for twenty-somethings, something they can bring out each year. For the relative or friend with everything, you can't go past an edible treat, and there are plenty of those to choose from here to, both big and small.