Parramasala, Parramatta – 17th March

Anna Fran Designs

Prepare to run free in a rich playground of cultural wonder, as Parramasala returns to Parramatta from 15 – 17 March 2019. The Festival promises to take things to the next level with the biggest celebration of Sydney’s vibrant cross-section of cultures yet: from South American to Middle Eastern, Indigenous Australian to South East Asian, and everything in between. Every year, the massive three-day extravaganza sees over 35,000 Sydneysiders converging on the streets, laneways and parklands of Parramatta. The city will transform into a cornucopia of awe-inspiring experiences, including cutting-edge live music, vivid dance and theatre, a breathtaking parade of splendid colour, spectacular costumes, and beating rhythms. The Festival will also ramp things up with a brand new bustling food precinct offering a culinary passport to a mouth-watering array of delectable delights, and a bar area to kick back with a drink as you soak up the best of what Parramasala and Parramatta have to offer.

There will be a market of 90 stalls on the Sunday.

Women Alive! Glenbrook

Women Alive!

The Zonta Club of Nepean Valley is organising a festival of all things female Women Alive at Glenbrook Public School on Saturday 27th October, 2018

This event caters for a diverse group of women, offering services, products, activities to empower, educate and support women across the Nepean Valley and Blue Mountains.

First 300 partipants will receive a gift bag.

Prepaid tickets available until 6:00pm 25th October, 2018, then tickets available for purchase at the gate on the day [add $5]

All funds earned on the day will go towards Zonta Club of Nepean Valley’s local and global projects for women.

Balmain Market

Anna Fran Designs Markets

Welcome to Balmain Market, one of Sydney’s oldest markets.

Wander the historic St Andrews Congregational Church grounds, built in 1853, to find an abundance of handmade arts and crafts, beautiful jewellery and giftware, trend-setting fashion and homewares, and the most tantalising food finds to suit all appetites – rest assure, there is something here for everyone!

Located at the St Andrews Congregational Church, corner of Darling Street and Curtis Road, Balmain.

Weather permitting the market will trade on the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of every month from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

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Modern Quilt Show Australia Weekend

MQG Show Australia

I’ve finally recovered from 3 full days of running my stall at the Australian Modern Quilt Show at Petersham Town Hall. I had the great opportunity to run my stall and it was such fun! I met some many lovely people and chatted all things crafty for 3 days, as well as being able to look at all the amazing quilts on display – feeling incredibly inspired!

Hand Dyed Mandalas

I was able to showcase my handmade mandalas which went down great – there are only a handful left and they can be found here if you want to check them out. I also had a limited range of hand dyed fabric available – it was great to talk to people about the how they had and interest or had used dyed fabric in different ways, as well as giving me lots of ideas for future quilts!

I also had the lovely Lisa Walton pop by my stall – Lisa expanded my creative journey into dyed fabric about a year an a half ago and I have come a long way since then (and attended many of her workshops)! She is such an inspiration to learn from and am looking forward to learning more from her in the future!

The quilts being displayed all looked amazing – it is so inspiring to see all the wonderful and different quilts on display and all the winners of the different quilt categories were well deserved. The Sydney Modern Quilt Guild ran an absolute amazing show and deserve a big glass of wine for all the work they did! It was a huge success 🙂

Finally, I couldn’t go to a Quilt show with other stall holders and not buy any fabric! I came way with some great goodies from a number of the other lovely vendors at the show – it was great spending 3 days with them all and hope to see them all again.