Sunday, 15 April 2007

The Crafter's Way 6

Each week I write a weekly craft column for the North Lakes Messenger. I share it with bloggers once it has been published.

Wandering around an Arts and Craft Market on a Sunday Morning has become a regular pastime for many Pine Rivers Residents.

Pine Rivers boast 2 arts and crafts markets where talented locals sell their creations.

The Albany Hills Art and Craft Market is held on the first Sunday of the month from 8am until noon. The market is held in the Auditorium of the Albany Hills School in Keong Rd. This market only has handmade goodies - no imported goods - for sale.

Stallholders are extremely friendly, not one missed greeting me as I walked around. You can watch as Fran Robinson creates one of her creative stitched artworks or purchase a decorated egg from Eggs with Natitude.

The second market is a little closer to home. The Old Petrie Town Markets, Dayboro Rd. Petrie boasts being the oldest continuous markets in Queensland. Every Sunday from 8 am – you can enjoy this market nestled amongst the trees and historic buildings.

Many regulars come early to enjoy breakfast at one of the many eateries in the barn, stock up on fruit and veges, spot some koalas and enjoy the shopping. Stay for lunch at the Emporium or Tom Petrie Restaurant.

As well as finding that unique hand made item these markets boast the added benefit of having the Fire Brigade Museum, Steam Engine Museum, Trade Guild and the Pine Rivers Museum on site.

So the next time you are looking for that special gift, unique homewares or children’s activities come out to the Old Petrie Town Markets. Don’t forget to pop in and say hello. You will find me at Trishalan Designs. On Sundays I demonstrate Kumihimo throughout the day. At 11am every Sunday I demonstrate shibori fabric dyeing.

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