The Handmaker's Factory

EricaL

The make do and mend mentality is a phrase that is no longer reserved for wartime Britain.  Old school handicrafts have made quite the comeback in recent years, as we see households take on new hobbies in sewing, knitting, weaving and crocheting to either make their own clothes and gifts, or repair what they already have. Making and mending requires a certain level of skill, which for some is pa ...

Panachocolate Store

KirtanaB

From it’s humble beginnings in raw, organic chocolate manufacturing – Panachocolate has now established itself a café on the outskirts of metropolitan Richmond. Specialising in freshly made cakes and ganache, their connoisseurs assure that all Pana creations are -       organic -       vegan -       gluten free -       dairy free -       soy free -       ha ...

Make a Halloween Bunting

woollycardigan

Create a Halloween Bunting (approx. a 2 hour project)Items you will need are: fabric scraps in different colours (orange, black and white for Halloween), bias binding (or black ribbon), scissors, pinking shears (apparently they're only $10 at IKEA which is cheap), cardboard from a cereal box, and pins.Creating bunting is a great way to decorate your home to celebrate any occasion! Its also a ...

Cat Stuff Pop Up Market

EricaL

It is official; Melbourne has gone a little cat crazy.  First Australia's first Cat Cafe opened to the public in Melbourne CBD last week, and now there is a pop up market heading to Brunswick this August, specialising in all things kitty.    [ Image credit: Alice Oehr ] The Cat Stuff Market will sell cat themed goodies from twenty established Melbourne based artisans including Able and Game, ...

Eeny Meeny Cafe

EricaL

The Eeny Meeny Cafe in Frankston Eeny Meeny cafe in Frankston is not what you'd expect to find deep in suburbia, oozing friendly retro vibes with wholesome recipes you will be hard pushed to find elsewhere.  Combining a selection of vintage vinyl chairs with small tables, an array of op-shopped treasures, and an in-built cushioned bench nestled underneath a wall of mounted LPs, Eeny Meeny entices ...

Sugar Hit Melbourne

Vi

How does a pop up festival run by the people that brought you LuxBite, Mork Chocolate and N2 Extreme Gelato sound? There's live music to boot, and in keeping with Melbournian 'tradition', it's all happening at a hidden laneway cafe.  Sugar Hit Melbourne was set to occur over once a month, across the months of April, May and June. Each themed night brings together a concentration of some creative ...

Northern Regards Artisan Market

EricaL

If you are looking for handcrafted gifts for your loved ones, with the added feel good factor knowing your choices are better for the environment, then look no further than Northern Regards Artisan Market.  Held at the Northcote Social Club from 11am - 4pm on the first Saturday of every month, Northern Regards Artisan Market only accepts stallholders selling locally made, sustainable wares with a ...

Point Nepean National Park

monsadventure

At the bottom of Mornington Peninsula lies a beautiful national park that, surprisingly, not many people know about. Point Nepean National Park is home to some magnificent views, with everything from the sandy beaches, to the rocky coasts and hilly landscapes. It's a large park, excellent for a hike or bike ride. Bike hire is $27.70 for the day and it's completely worth the ride and scenery. The ...

Southgate Moveable Feasts

Billy knows best

Melbourne’s winter dining adventure is back for another season, following a well-received launch last year. Southgate Moveable Feasts offers three courses at three riverside restaurants on Sundays and Mondays from 14 June – 3 August. The program of Sunday lunches and Monday dinners will take food lovers on a meandering journey experiencing each course ...

Cafe Corretto

KirtanaB

I entered this restaurant on a whim in sought of a satisfying meal, after a long morning filled with back-to-back lectures and assignments. I was also told that it used to be the place where the Underbelly lads ordered their coffees and pizzas – which made it all the more alluring. Right in the center of Melbourne’s Italian precinct, Café Corrento has been serving authentic Southern Italian c ...

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

monsadventure

Sometimes I feel like I'm running out of places to visit in Melbourne, but there are many small little places that you might not hear about as often.Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is just ten minutes further from the Daylesford area and is a simple, down-to-earth getaway from the busy surburban life.It's undeniably cute, like walking in someone's extremely large backyard. The best bonus is ...

Love Desire and Riches Exhibition: The Fashion of Weddings

EricaL

Rippon Lea House & Gardens, under the care of the National Trust of Australia, is one of Melbourne's grand historic estates positioned 20 minutes from the CBD.  This suburban historic house of beauty boasts manicured gardens of some 5.7 hectares surrounded by age old trees and a tranquil lake, the Southern Hemisphere's largest fernery, and an orchard with a vast number of heritage apple and p ...

Tree Surfing at The Enchanted Maze Garden

monsadventure

The Enchanted Maze Garden at Arthurs Seat is a popular destination for families with children, as the multiple mazes and gardens ensure an endless day of fun. However, if you're travelling in a group of friends and you are a bit more of the adventurous type, then the Tree Surfing offered at the same location might just be for you. If you've been to Tree's Adventures in Belgrave, these courses are ...

Altona Dog Beach

KirtanaB

Past the main beach pier, located on the cusp of Hobson’s Bay – a secluded piece of land has been dormant for a couple of years. Its existence has become widely recognized, and has consequently gained it's title as ‘’Altona Dog Beach’’.   Ideal for dogs that are experiencing large masses of water for the first time, or for those who are a bit scared of it. My Kelpie pup had been intro ...

Celebrate Melbourne Day 2014

EricaL

Melbourme turns 179 years old on 30 August 2014, and to celebrate the city's coming of age there will be a range of special activities and events to entertain young and old.  Flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park  Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will kick off Melbourne Day celebrations on the corner of William and Flinders Street.  The Melbourne flag will be raised at Enterprize Park, the point wher ...

Porcelain Tea Parlour

Vi

Much of life's battles occur in our thoughts, in public spaces. Often we're overwhelmed by the stream of problems with no obvious solutions, become stressed and frustrated. In these times, I would point you in the direction of newly opened specialty tea parlour, Porcelain.If the name rings a bell, perhaps you've seen it on crowdfunding site Pozible.com, or visite ...

Melbourne Zoo - Always Evolving

Jo Ferguson

Forget Darwin’s theory of evolution, at Melbourne Zoo you can witness constant evolution taking place. Every time I visit the zoo there is a fantastic new exhibit, or cool activity to take part in.   One of the newest attractions is Lemur Island. This is an enclosure you get to actually walk around in. Talk about get up close and personal. There is no having to see these adorable little fur bal ...

Waterfront City to Etihad - Docklands Harbour Walk

Jo Ferguson

I’m sure many of you have enjoyed the delights of Victoria Harbour at Docklands. You’ve explored the boardwalk and the harbour from the ‘Cow in the Tree’ sculpture, past the colourful ‘Lego’ building and down past all the yachts and their steel capped mooring posts. You’ve probably caught a tram up to Harbour Town to shop or venture to one of the latest tourist attractions at Waterfr ...

Round She Goes Fashion Market

EricaL

We all know that secondhand and vintage fashion is an ethical and budget friendly way to fill our wardrobe, and Melburnians are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to preloved shopping.  With its plethora of trendy vintage stores as well as top notch opportunity shops, there is no shortage of recycled fashion for shoppers in Melbourne.  On the other hand, for those that prefer to shop unde ...

Explore the Wildlife at Watergardens Town Centre

EricaL

These Easter school holidays, Watergardens Town Centre will welcome an amazing wildlife spectacular featuring some of the world's most exotic animals.From 23 March to 19 April 2015, the Explore the Wildlife Exhibition will see a wonderful world of wildlife bought to life with remarkable life-like animatronics, allowing visitors of all ages to enjoy a roar-tastic animal adventure.The display will f ...