Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wow Bowerbird Bazaar - koolaman designs is back again

Last time koolaman designs exhibited at Bowerbird Bazaar exciting times were ahead as I was attending for the first time and made a weekend of it with my friend Joh and her son Ignatius. When I returned home, I enthusiastically took to the computer to put down some words for our Blog. As is often the case, my schedule of children, work and leisure quickly gobbled up my time and I neglected to post my thoughts.

I could not let my efforts go to waste. So I am posting my blog from July for your enjoyment and to providing a taste of what will be install this weekend.

A weekend in the life of koolaman designs

The vibe just hits you as you walk through the doors. Funky, edgy and cool are just a few ways to describe the Bowerbird Bazaar. koolaman designs had the privilege to exhibit at this event in Adelaide over the weekend 20-22 of July. We had never been to the Bazaar before so what a treat to be part of it in 2012.

Actually the whole weekend could really be described as one of great adventure. My mode button -had switched. The run around mum doing the usual school picks ups, kids’ sports and work was placed on pause. I was heading off with a great friend Joh and her 15 month old, Ignatius or Iggy to most, on a road trip to Adelaide.

If only car doors could talk! I’m sure most of you could relate and imagine the topics for discussion. There were no husbands in sight and the stretch of road ahead from Koolaman Station to Adelaide, let’s just say, is very mundane.

We certainly talked away the next 5 hours with ease. Could we possibly have more to discuss? Absolutely and that’s without the events of the coming weekend which were full of promise.

Friday and a mad rush was on to set up before the Bazaar began at 2pm. The event was held at the Adelaide Showgrounds and on arrival I could sense there was a positive buzz in the pavilion. We were nestled in alongside a fellow market regular, Simon from Hamb Clothing and some very creative foodies. To top it all off I was only a quick step down the pavilion from great food and coffee. Something else close to the heart of koolaman designs; good quality market food!

How gorgeous is Ignatius wearing his cool little red HAMB jumper purchased at Bowerbird Bazaar
I was pleasantly surprised whilst setting up how simple products, such as cardboard, can be used so effectively. Some creative genius had come up with the idea of having cardboard seating, tables and even couches, dotted around the venue for weary shoppers to rest and rejuvenate before heading for the next purchase.
All systems go and the crowds were flowing through. Joh, new to the market scene, came along to give me a hand on Friday night. Instantly we were both drooling at the waft of the food coming from Red Bakery. What an absolute delight to attend an event where the market food is five star and even gourmet.

There certainly are some extremely talented creative and inspiring people at an event like this. It makes me extremely proud to know the creative juices are alive and well in Australia. I was lucky enough to fit in a spot of shopping too and came across this awesome Aussie Designer, named Katy from Captain Robbo, who designs and produces funky adventure pants.  Joh and I fell in love with her designs and purchased some to to take home.  Check out the images below. We are excited to see Katy again at Bowerbird this weekend.

koolaman designs was kept busy with a steady stream of people stopping to eye off our jewels. It was great to meet some of our loyal customers in the flesh and see the look of delight on faces of those new to the koolaman designs experience. No matter how many times I see our ads in magazines and people wearing our pendants, I’m always very humbled.  When people who have purchased our products come and share their story, I feel very honoured. It gives me such a buzz to meet people who love our products as much as we do.

The Bazaar provided a great opportunity to display our new hide collection. It is certainly a talking point. If you have not already viewed the collection, it is well worth taking a look online at the range available.

My little adventure is done. Arriving home around midnight and the switch is flicked; I’m back in Mum mode. Tick; another successful weekend completed in the Life of koolaman designs and I would have to say Bowerbird Bazaar has created plenty of food for thought, so watch this space!

koolaman designs will be attending the Adelaide Bowerbird Bazaar on November 9,10 & 11 2012. We are looking forward to returning to this event and saying hello to our loyal customers and meeting new faces.

Christmas cheer is in the air and with only 7 weeks to go until December 25, we are busy in the hub preparing for the festive season. If you are in Adelaide and looking for some inspiration for a Christmas gift please come along to the Bowerbird Bazaar and swing by our pop-up-shop. The team at koolaman designs is bringing a wide range of pieces from our collection to display, including BILLIE, our newest addition to the HIDE COLLECTION. The red vintage leather band makes this piece very chic and is sure to delight our Adelaide customers. This event will provide an opportunity to view our jewels and cross off some of those presents from your Christmas shopping gift list.

Our team will be on hand to answer any queries you may have in terms of Christmas delivery. Don’t forget, if you do call by, enter our November Pop-Up-Shop Promotion and go into the draw to win your very own hand stamped sterling silver LIESEL BANGLE.

Our “7 Weeks of koolaman Christmas” begins soon. Be sure to read the coming blog posts as there will be details and information relating to our Christmas Promotion. There are some beautiful koolaman pieces to be won.

Until then


Lisa and Stacey

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