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Published April 7th 2015
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It was such a lovely day so I decided to drop in on the Toorak French Affaire around 5pm even though it had been a long morning for me. I was immediately charmed by the unexpected. Perhaps I just wasn't quite sure what to expect to start with. I knew market stalls were involved and that the event was going for a piazza type atmosphere. For me it wasn't quite the 'market' I was used to, nor the full-on piazza atmosphere. Tablecloth laden tables and pockets of people gathering made it feel more like a garden party. Regardless, it was all rather charming.

This fundraiser for Save the Children Australia and The Country Women's Association of Victoria Inc had a couple of angels at the gate requesting and collecting the donations in the nicest possible way.

The recipients of this fundraiser are more than deserving of your help. Even though the event is over, please feel free to continue to help by donating to Save the Children, or contact the CWA about donations. You can also purchase CWA cookbooks that contain recipes from association members which are very popular and can be bought within the office premises at 3 Lansell Road, Toorak. Friendly office staff will welcome you to browse and buy as there are more than just cookbooks for sale. If you know what you would like to purchase you can download the Public Order Form and return it by Fax (03) 9826 1710 or you can email reception@cwaofvic.org.au For more information call (03) 9827 8971.

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The beautiful premises of the CWA in Toorak and the knitted poppies waiting to take their place in the planned Garden of Reflection and Remembrance.

I did a quick walk around checking out the beautiful building that was the CWA and came upon some knitted poppies which seems to be popular this year as it was a theme that made an appearance at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show as well. It seems the ones I saw are ear-marked for the Garden of Reflection & Remembrance for WWI. According to a sign attached to the poppies, CWA members are currently making 2000 of them in various mediums which will cover the backdrop, the archway and the edges. Then there are plans for rosemary plants, which when larger will circle the 'real' poppy plants and will have forget-me-nots around the edges. Sounds like a plan.

After a good wander and something to eat and drink I left and didn't stay long enough to see who won the 'best dressed chic Madam and Monsieur' awards. However, I did manage to have a little look-see at all that was on the premises, so come along and check it out with me below. To see the images in full size, click on 'large image' and when the image appears, click on it again to see it in all its glory.

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The angels at the gate collecting donations and the Bag Queen with her lovely handbags

Bag Queen distributor Hayley, Berwick 0425 751 380 or email: hayley@bagqueen.com.au Website - click here. Facebook Page: click here


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CWA Bayside branch Le Crępes master chef Carolina representing herself and her crew while she was being interviewed and filmed by channel 31.


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Le Petit Lapin Cafe and Cręperie from Elsternwick - (03) 9528 2788. Website www.lepetitlapin.com.au

Le Petit Lapin Cafe's Facebook page

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This stall was selling Sleeptex bedding products but had no card when asked. The pamphlet handed out gives the number (03) 9808 1288 or 0417 866 088 for info & sales enquiries. The gorgeous young lady was the gentleman's daughter who was selling gorgeous tealight holders and Vance Kitira handcrafted candles. Again no card.


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This lady does not have a shop, website or card. She just brought in lots of jewellery and handbags she had from a previous business. She's keen to sell them all wholesale so if you like what you see, do try and contact her through the CWA


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Dal Zotto Wines; Phoenix Trading; Little Lady Candles & lnaz Nourizadeh - ceramist & sculptor

Dal Zotto Wines, a blend of family, tradition & innovation. (03) 5729 8321 Email: info@dalzotto.com.au Website: click here
Phoenix Trading - Bernice Southby 0423 021 704 E: bmsouthby@optusnet.com.au Quality greeting cards, gift wrap, stationery and more. Website: click here
Little Lady Candles by Kylie 0411 214 216 E: kylie.whetstone@gmail.com Facebook: click here
Elnaz Nourizadeh - ceramist & sculptor, E: Elnaz.Noury@gmail.com 0490 099 343. Website: click here. Facebook: click here.

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Assa Riverbell Boutique Retreat Venue; Lou from Fundraising with wine; French Tuition with Nathalie & Nutrimetics

Assa Riverbell Boutique Retreat Venue, Email: anies@suzukawa.com.au 0425 721 203. Website: click here Anies will soon be opening 'Le Studio Artspace' in Mordiallic, which will be a work space for creatives & artists.
Call Lou Benincasa on 9386 9792 Email: l_benincasa@hotmail.com for Fundraising with Wine. There are no set up fees or license cost and tasting stock is free.
French with Nathalie. Private French tuition, beginner to advanced, group & individual. Nathalie Charles 0414 396 428 in Ormond. E: nathalie@frenchwithnathalie.com.au Website: click here. Facebook: click here.
Sue-Ellen Stephens, Nutrimetics consultant. 0408 107 813 E: sueellen.stephens@gmail.com Website: click here Facebook: click here

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Frencheese, Romain Guillaume 0422 249 402 E: info@frencheese.com.au

Website: click here. Facebook: click here


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The band being filmed by Ch: 31. Below 2 pics: Heather D'Arcy from Pawprint designs - 0402 829 018


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Leadership Trainer, Speaker & Author Victoria Rose; Ma and Pa's Organic Coffee; Buttons To Go ButtonCraft; and Scentsy

Victoria Rose 0414 805 576 E: VictoriaRose@Training2live.com.au Website: click here
Ma and Pa's Organic Coffee 0449 150 421 Website: click here
Buttons To Go - Carole Grenfell 0438 219 147 E: buttonstogo65@gmail.com Facebook: click here


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The wonderful women from CWA (Country Women's Association) Bayside working hard to raise funds to support their charities


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Eat Sweet; Shannon Dickson - nougat creator of contemporary French style nougat. 0450 133 112 E: shannon@eat-sweet.com.au

Eat Sweet's Website: click here and Facebook: click here


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Wendy's Creations. Felt hats handcrafted from pure wool, mohair and/or alpaca. 0409 544 352 E: wendyfs@gmail.com The talented and incomparable Wendy flanked by her beautiful daughter and grand-daughters


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Owners of Luna Bloo (lady in black on the left) and Fine Art for Interiors (lady on the right with purple jacket)

LunaBloo 0403 196 057 E: hello@lunabloodesigns.com Website: click here
Fine Art for Interiors; Marie-Louise Anderson 0448 950 469 E: marie-louise@fineartforinteriors.com Website: click here Facebook: click here

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Made by Katherine - fine homemade jams & chutneys, cordial and pickles. 0438 398 595 E: madebykatherine@gmail.com

Facebook: click here


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Sally McNally's - for high fruit content jams, marmalades, indulgent fruit spreads, fruit butters, sweet seasonal specials, chutneys, savoury jams, pickles, relishes, salsas, savoury seasonal specials and Christmas specials

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