The main reason I was there was for the SIA (Scrapbooking Industry Australia) trade event, but more about that later. I travelled down a few days early with my friend Amanda so we could have a bit of a look around the city. We managed to fit a lot into our short time:
Billy Elliot the Musical (highly recommend this show - I would go again, and probably will if it comes to Brisbane!)
Paddington markets - lots of young designers at these markets, well worth a look.
And the usual tourist stops - the Rocks, where we found a fabulous vintage button shop; Chinatown; Powerhouse Museum; QVB building ...
Happened upon a couple of excellent art exhibitions: The Trevor Victor Harvey Dr Seuss exhibition at The Rocks - we were lucky with this one, as it was finishing that day. Fiona Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art on George St was incredible and so inspiring - pity we found it so late in the day, and didn't get to see quite everything before we were kicked out!
I won't bore you with photos, so here are just a few
Walls at Sass and Bide on Oxford St - I had absolutely no interest in the clothes, but the walls drew me in - amazing works of art with black and white illustrations and mirror mosaics. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take a photo in the store, so this is the best I could manage
Junk sculpture, which was part of an environmental education exhibition at the Powerhouse. I can't remember the artists name, but he collects all the plastic bits and pieces from the beaches at Stradbroke Island and around Byron Bay.
My little purchases. I bought gifts for Pete and the kids, but have come to the realisation that mostly nowdays I would prefer to spend my money on an experience (concert, play, travel, food...) than something else to clutter up my already cluttered home (CDs and pretty papers don't count ;-). Still, I couldn't resist these beautiful (and expensive - my MIL needs to open up a button shop, she would make a fortune!) vintage buttons, and pretty little Japanese plates.
And speaking of experiences - I have tickets for the whole family to see Kate Miller-Heidke at The Judy in Brisbane in early May. Ruby and I went to see her last year, and are very excited about going again - she is an amazingly talented performer!
This has taken me longer than I thought, and I need to go and get my house in order before visitors come, so I'll be back sometime soon with the rest of the Sydney trip.