Next Saturday, 30th April, Scrubba Body is heading down to Canberra for the Handmade Markets! It's been a long time since we've been able to make it down to be there in person (they also have online markets), and we are SOOOOO EXCITED! SO what are the Handmade Markets? Julie Nichols organised the first Handmade Market in 2008, which feels like a lifetime ago today. There were some fantastic marketplaces in Canberra, but none that specifically catered to handmade designers. Julie organised the inaugural market with an emphasis on local designers and only 35 stalls, despite having very little money but a strong business plan and vision. Thousands of people attended, making the Handmade Market a huge success.
The market overflowed Albert Hall, the Yarralumla Woolshed, and the Kamberra Wine Company before settling at the National Convention Centre, which attracted crowds of up to 15,000 people on a regular basis. Exhibition Park in Canberra is currently the market's new home (EPIC).
Handmade Canberra celebrated its tenth year in 2018 and is still going strong, with 290 stalls spread across two halls at the Exhibition Park In Canberra EPIC, as well as a central meeting space. Stalls sell Australian-made homewares, gifts, apparel, accessories, and cuisine, while a gourmet food hall filled with street food trailers creates a sensory overload and an unequalled atmosphere of inventiveness and enthusiasm.
The market gets over 20,000 visitors each week from Canberra and beyond, and it has a large and increasing social media following.
The market has a nurturing relationship with its designers and producers (like us) who bring a high standard in quality, workmanship, and sensational customer service, as well as an interactive relationship with its customers, with a passion for supporting Australian Hand Made independent, small, and creative businesses and connecting them to their target customers. Handcrafted Canberra is a well-organized, supportive, and welcoming event that showcases the finest of Australian handmade design and produce.
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In last weeks’ blog we talked about the amazing benefits of regularly practicing gratitude; Improved mental & physical health, self-esteem boosting, relationship building. So it’s no secret that we are all about that gratitude life now. But what’s the best way to practice gratitude? How do we do it? Is there an easy way?
There isn’t one, simple way of practicing gratitude that is going to work for everyone (well, we haven’t found it yet). But here are the ways that have been working for our team & hopefully you’ll find a few that suit you too.
According to research, practicing gratitude as a kind of self-care is one approach to achieve a healthier, less-stressed life. Regular expressions of thankfulness have been linked to improved optimism, better sleep, fewer physical ills, and lower levels of anxiety and depression.
Here are a few reasons to get your mind and body in the zone for more positive thoughts;
With its creamy texture and natural sweetness, coconut milk tastes like it should be bad for you. And yet, it's anything but! And did you realise that coconut milk isn't really "milk" at all? It is a liquid that is naturally present in mature coconuts and is kept inside the "meat" of the coconut. Coconut water is the liquid that comes out when a fresh coconut is cracked open. However, the coconut "meat" becomes a thicker coconut "milk" when it is blended and strained.
But why do we love it so much!? For the skin benefits of course. Check out some of the reasons that make our Coconut Bath Milk one of our favourite (and most popular) products that we make!