Friday, October 25, 2013

It's Party Time & Exclusive Product Launch!

Oh yeah! It's finally time to celebrate the new look at Mr Sparrow with a bit of a party next Thursday 31st October. Yes, on Halloween no less! How spooky! There will be plenty of treats to be had including cakes and cheese, drinks and prizes, specials and all kinds of goodies for our guests.

It will also be, quite excitingly, the launch of our custom designed products made by some of our favourite designers, exclusively for Mr Sparrow. Some products are very limited one-offs, never to be made again, whilst others will continue to be stocked at Mr Sparrow in small quantities. All of the products are unique pieces and would make lovely gifts or treats for yourself. The designers involved include ceramicist Bridget Bodenham, locals Future Shelter, designers and makers Gemma Patford and Andrea of Stampel, and jewellers Emily Green, and Danielle of Goodly Gold. Products will be on sale in the shop on the night, and available in the online store from the following day.

It would be lovely to see you all at the launch, to be able to thank you all for your support of Mr Sparrow. Here's a sneak peek of some of the goods which will be in the shop on the night:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mr Sparrow is open and looking a little bit lovely

If you've been following us on Instagram, facebook or are signed up to our email newsletter, you may know that we were closed for renovations last week. We squeezed it all into 6 days, and I can definitely say that I would never recommend that anyone try to do that much in such a short period of time! Luckily, things went (mostly) smoothly, and after a busy Friday of installing the new shelving and setting it all back up again - with the help of lots of friends! - we reopened on Saturday.

The new interior is light and bright, and we have two grey/blue walls, and a light citrus lemon-y yellow wall too. Our central unit was custom made (can not tell you enough just how good it is to have some storage!) and my handy husband made and installed the rest of the shelving in the shop. We've still got lots to do - we're waiting on some beautiful round wooden hooks and city coat racks to arrive - to give it that cosy and cute atmosphere that Mr Sparrow is so well known for. That was probably my biggest personal battle with this shop makeover - being afraid of losing the quaintness of the shop that everyone loves so much. But the final result is such a beautiful space, and hopefully when we add the remaining bits and pieces over the next few weeks we'll get some of that lovely home-ly feeling back into the shop. The walls are looking a bit bare in spots, but I have lots of plans for some sweet new prints, fabric wall hangings, and an area for hanging all of our hanging planters and terrariums. I'm just glad that the main job of painting / floor polishing / furniture fitting is all done and looking great.

If you're in the neighbourhood some time, do pop in and have a look! Be sure to say hi too! x

Friday, October 4, 2013

We're having a SALE!

Things have been more than a little hectic around here with the lead up to exhibiting at the First Comes Love bridal fair tomorrow, and getting ready for renovations next week. This means the shop will be closed from Sunday 6th October until next Friday 11th October (if all goes to plan!), and we'll reopen next Saturday 12th October (fingers crossed!)

But in the meantime we're having a quick little sale, which ends tomorrow when the door closes at 5pm. It's both instore and online, so get in quick!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Five things (this week)

1. This online interview and mini home tour by Assemble Papers is pretty great. They chat to the guys behind Melbourne based Pop Plant. Check it out and ogle at all of that indoor greenery.

2. Glitter twine is back! Hurrah!

3. A few new rings arrived in the shop this week...

 Pom pom ring in rose brass.

 Rope ring in silver.

And check out this triangle ring too. It's rather nice.

4. We are renovating the shop in 4 weeks time... I'm a little nervous about it all going to plan, and that all of you will like the end result! It's an exciting time for me, and I can't wait to be able to reveal more about it. We'll also have something really special launching at the end of October, to coincide with the new shop look... more details soon. Promise!

5. And despite the rainy weather this week, I always look forward to the first couple of weeks of spring. It's so exciting to see all the new blooms in the garden. Hope you all have a sunny weekend wherever you may be!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spring Workshops with studiOH! and GIVEAWAY!

Hello! As a special treat for all of our blog readers, we have a super nice giveaway this week, thanks to Eko and Anna of StudiOH! They've recently announced a bunch of great workshops for Spring, and they're giving one of you the chance to win a spot in their Rope Coil Basket workshop. How neat is that! To find out about the workshops and how to enter the giveaway, keep reading...

Hello! Here at studiOH! we've just announced our Spring Workshops series and we can’t wait to start getting crafty!

Our workshops this time include:

SCREEN PRINTING: make your own silk screen and use it to print pillowcases & tea towels
FISHBOWL TERRARIUMS: make a beautiful miniature green world to take home
ROPE COIL BASKETS: learn a modern take on the ancient art of rope coil basketry
POLYMER CLAY JEWELLERY: make your own polymer clay beads and turn them into beautiful jewellery 

Our workshops are a chance to have fun exploring your creative side while learning a new skill, to catch up with friends and make some new ones, and to bring home something new and beautiful. If you bring along two friends (or book yourself into a few workshops!), you can also get a discount of 10% (check out the multiple booking section online).

Our Spring Workshops are taking place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2013 in our latest pop-up space at the beautiful Kidogo Art Institute in Fremantle. All workshops will include a delicious coffee and a sweet treat from one of the excellent neighbouring cafes. 

You can find all the details of our Spring Workshops on our website, and bookings can be made through our online store.

As a special treat for Mr Sparrow blog readers, we’d love to offer a FREE SPOT in our Rope Coil Baskets workshop for one lucky reader! You’ll be taken step by step through the process of weaving a rope coil basket just like the ones we have stocked at Mr Sparrow, perfect for holding precious little items, fruit, sewing supplies or whatever takes your fancy! This workshop takes place on Sunday 22nd September from 10am-12pm and is normally $95.

To enter just leave a comment on this blog post. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon! Anna & Eko of studiOH!

You have until 5pm this Friday 6th September to enter, so check your diaries to make sure you can get yourself to the workshop and get commenting. The winner will be announced in this post as well as on facebook, so don't forget to keep an eye out to see if it's you!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered - you guys rock! The winner is Carmela - well done!! If you can please email, we can organise your prize for you. Thanks everyone for entering, you're all awesome ;) xx

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Five things (this week)

1. Getting inspired by Otis & Otto. She has the most perfect / admirable house. You should definitely follow her on instagram and be inspired too.

2. Reading about Pip's take on Tavi's talk. What an insightful, composed, independent and confident young lady.

3. Slowly getting through Questions of Travel by Michelle de Krester. I'm really enjoying her writing. Are you reading it? Or have you already read it? What did you think?

4. Starting to think about Christmas things for the shop (eep!) Well actually, this has been happening for a couple of months (did you know they start sending out info about Christmas orders to retailers from May!?! Yes. I know. Crazy stuff.)

5. And loving those new ceramic pots by Have You Met Miss Jones. So different from their other ranges, but so delightful. I'm keeping a lemon yellow one for myself. Of course.