"Only look back to see how far you have come."
Winnie the Pooh
"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken"
A bit about us...
On the left is Mike (the hairy one) and I'm Lou (the not so hairy one).
We love creating things, nature, renovating and decorating, cooking (me cooking & Mike eating the stuff that's been cooked) and exploring our new surroundings since we moved to the Hunter Valley in 2020.
We have full on day jobs that keep us busy and continually challenged (more about that later) and we run That Great Market, a gorgeous monthly artisan market in Lindfield, Sydney.
With any time we have left over we make stuff. I am always coming up with crazy ideas for things to make and ever patient Mike brings the logic and plans to the ideas that we can achieve.
For years I'd struggled to try and find the one perfect thing that we can concentrate on making but then I had an epiphany in 2021 and decided that being true to ourselves meant that we should embrace the crazy and make all the things that make us happy and bring joy to others.
The result is a seemingly random array of different products that have all sprung from our many loves and passions around wood, making stuff and with flora and fauna as our favourite inspiration.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"
It's not easy being GREEN...
So we REALLY hate throwing stuff away. Don't get me wrong, we're not going to end up on an episode of Hoarders, but if we find ways to repurpose or reuse something and keep it out of landfill that's a bonus. Mother Nature's already got enough on her hands without us adding to it.
We always use local suppliers where possible and all our packaging is either 100% recycled, undyed, natural, biodegradable and/or recyclable.
When we can we use reclaimed woods, use only eco resins and any other sustainable, reusable or upcycled supplies we can find to make our products.
Most of all, we strive to make beautiful, quality pieces that will last you for many years or can be passed on to others when you no longer have need of them so they can stay out of landfill.
None of us are perfect all but every little effort we all make to be more sustainable helps our beautiful planet.
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Pop-up Boxes and Ads on websites drive us MAD...
We do understand that businesses need to find platforms where they can advertise using other websites and all the scary algorithms and other modern words to target this stuff at you. But spending most of your visit trying to find the sneaky X to close window after window of ads, offers, videos and other pop-ups can become quite stressful.
We want our website to be a relaxing space where you can browse in peace and enjoy your visit with us.
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And if you don't want to do either of these things at the moment, then please feel free to stay a while, have a browse and a shop of some lovely things. We would add some soothing music for you but this can be annoying (and embarrassing - especially if you are having a wee covert browsing break at work or googling in a library) so we won't. You can just use your imagination.