The Rocks Markets is made up of a passionate bunch of stallholders. Some have been at the markets since it opened, whilst some are newcomers to the market scene. It is these committed passionate talent people that make up the Rocks Markets community and it was my pleasure to hear their stories and dreams.
Soapworks established more than 20 years ago and it specialises in handmade premium olive oil based soaps and skin treatments. I was stopped in my tracks when I saw these beautiful artisan soaps! I was informed these secret handmade soap recipes have been developed and perfected to include virgin olive oil, unrefined West African shea butter, rice bran oil and Fijian coconut oil along with extra nutrients such as goat's milk and pure essential plant oils. I got a sweet pea fragrant soap and I absolutely adored it.
While browsing through the stalls inside the Big Tent at the Rocks Markets, it's hard not to be attracted to the warm-hearted husband and wife team of By Pure Pleasure.
By Pure Pleasure manufactures natural soy wax aromatherapy candles, fabulous tension-release massage oil and rejuvenate skin treatments products using Dead Sea salts infused with essential and base oils. I tried the Rejuvenate body treatment and it was such a treat for my hard working and busy hands. The texture and smell were gorgeous and my hands instantly looked younger and supple.
Their aromatherapy candles deserves a special mention. There are 3 aromas available: Aphrodite and Drift Away and Vitality. I was warned to use the Aphrodite candle sparingly as the sensual aroma melts the coldest heart. If you want to escape from the everyday stress, the gentle, dreamy lavender scent Drift Away is a good choice. My favourite is definitely the the happy uplifting Vitality scented candle.
I was asked to touch the warm melted wax and I hesitated. As it turned out, I could use the lukewarm liquid wax as a luxurious natural massage oil to increase the aromatherapy benefits! See, I am learning something new everyday!
The lovely Kim Sutherland offers deliciously crisp toffee, laced with roasted almonds, topped with the finest Belgium chocolate and dusted with almond fines. I am not sure about you, but that definitely got my attention.
If you are looking for something eccentric and unique, chances are you will stop at the AHW Studio stall. This is where talented watchmaker, Angus Zhao, gives vintage watch movements, old novelties and industrial fragments a second chance of life. Angus strongly believes in recycling, reinterpreting and recreating pre-loved objects into beautiful, wearable jewellery. Every piece shows a unique combination of old elegance and modern detail.
Love the Smell of new leather? The aim of MJ Ryan Leather is to keep the old tradition of leathercraft alive. Each leather art piece is beautifully designed and a limited edition. I got a beautiful leather passport holder with a bird flying over a tropical rainforest. What a fitting travel theme! The smell and feel of leather just brings me a lot of joy and this is a versatile piece of accessory that will last.
Even on a cloudy day, it feels like the sun is shining at Jularoo Stall. Not only because the owners love to spread their sunny smiles at the markets, but also because their products are bright, snappy and fun.
Funky Button Accessories and Rollable Chalkboard Mats
Jularoo Designs is an Australian store specialising in cool hair accessories, identification tags and creative children's rollable chalkboard mats. The reusable chalkboard rolls are a best-seller and they are perfect to use in the car, on the plane or at the cafe to keep the kids entertained and quiet.
Meet Stephanie Gray, a Sydney based illustrator and artist from the Erlenmeyer Art stall. Steph has one of the most memorable art stalls at the Rocks Markets, selling a collection of whimsical watercolour and ink artwork.
Steph is quite shy and she doesn't say much, but she smiles a lot. Her artworks, on the other hand express Steph's passions loud and clear. The highly detailed and precise compositions transported me into various nostalgic, uplifting and sentimental scenes. Steph is very generous in sharing her favourite vogue-themed playing card decks and her motto is to enjoy creating things that can make people happy or enable them to express themselves. She is just a lovely person to meet at anytime.
Mini Monet Cupcakes are inspired by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet, and his haystacks series from 1890. Cupcake patisserie chef, Sheryl Fong created a small batch of pointed cupcakes in 2010 and it was from that moment that the Mini Monet Cupcake was born.
Matteo's artworks capture movement, personalities and colour beautifully. He said his art is predominately influenced by the culture and environment around him and inspired by the people he met during the travels. You can find many of Matteo's works in a number of local galleries and cafes.
We decided to end our wander with a nice cup of tea at Tea Cozy and try some lovely traditional scones. With the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and nestled within the historic Rocks area, this is seriously a perfect place for an enjoyable weekend browsing.
Just a great day here at the Rocks Markets
If you haven't been to the charming historical Rocks Markets for a while, wander back. Have a chat with the passionate people selling things. You'll be genuinely surprised at their stories and determination.
The Rocks Market is on every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. See you there!