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Published April 2nd 2016
Ignite the creative Goddess within
With a list of chores an arm-lengths long I begrudgingly headed off to a neighbouring suburb. A Sunday morning full of domestic tasks. Don't you just hate those?
Not one to grumble silently my man suggested stopping for coffee and cake, a sure fire way to stop my grizzling. Walking past an array of brightly coloured macrame hanging pots on the footpath spiked my interest in an interesting store that opened only a few months ago in Wellington Point. The Village Creative Studio, on Main Road, proved to be both an Aladdin's cave of quality, handcrafted treasures as well as a positive mood enhancer.
The shelves in this airy, little gift store are lined with a massive range of artisan wares that would make perfect gifts for loved ones, or for yourself. There is jewellery, wooden pens, journals, potted plants in china teacups, and look out for the mini gum boots as table pieces because they are just gorgeous.
Look at what can be done to a pre-loved vinyl record if you have a creative flair and a bit of courage. How clever is this?
In fact, there are over sixty artisans who contribute to the stock within this store, many of them local. New and original pieces arrive daily and the merchandise is rearranged on a weekly basis. I spent thirty minutes browsing and walked out knowing full well that I hadn't seen all the pieces on display. Visually, the Village Creative Studio is just an explosion of colour with just so many goodies to process at one time.
At the back of the store there is an area with some basic haberdashery items for sale, including fabrics and craft supplies.
This complements the dedicated studio area in which the owner, Cathie, really displays her passion for sharing her creativity and craft by hosting Workshops. Some Workshops for April still have vacancies including 'How To Make Macrame Wall Hangings' and 'Crochet for Beginners' though I would recommend searching the Facebook page or contacting Cathie for more information about these events. Even as a person with the inability to thread a needle these special days sound fun.
In fact, Cathie has also been sharing her love of the creative arts with a series of mini Workshops designed for children and delivered over the school holidays. No doubt they would have been well received.
Cathie is passionate about sharing her skills and if you are interested in arranging a group booking she is very open to designing a craft event around children's birthday parties, hen's nights, baby showers and the like.
I managed to purchase a few wee gifts. Something for the Bibliophile in my life and a little colour for a friend expecting her first baby and who has been bemoaning that she has been drowning in a sea of whites. Now is that enough colour, do you think?