Christmas Feed

a retail experience

Hello everyone, I've missed you! Welcome to the new year. It's been a while dear readers, I've been busy

Since my last post life has been turned on its head with a combination of building our new house, market stalls and opening a pop-up shop in Canberra Centre. The shop combined Gallery Gourmet, Lindsay & Edmunds Chocolates (my brother) and Cate Holst handmade products. Of course I should have told you all about it when we opened late October and we would have had  a trillion probably two more customers but I was too busy to mention it. My bad.

My blog isn't the only thing to be neglected. You know when you're busy when:

You haven't been to the hairdresser in months and the regrowth makes you look more zebra than human;

The dirty laundry pile was so mountainous it nearly reached your nasal hairs and believe me, that's way too close;

Your husband grows a moustache and you don't notice. 

Anyway, the pop-up shop has now deflated and closed Christmas Eve. It proved to be a successful and interesting retail experience. I can safely say the laundry has been washed, the hair is now respectable but the moustache still lingers (grrrr). Here are a few pics from the shop (I apologise, the photos aren't the best, the lighting was dreadful!):


The shop was full of yummy Christmas treats. Of course the Lindsay & Edmunds Organic Chocolates were a massive hit and our unique Gallery Gourmet square mince tarts were so divine. We used vanilla bean short crust pastry and port soaked mince fruit with cranberries and almonds. We ended up baking over 2,000 and could have easity doubled that if we knew they would be so popular. We could not keep up the supply and had many 20 hour days to keep up with the demand from the Canberra shop and wholesale orders. Gallery Gourmet (my sister site) will be baking these again for Christmas this year (gulp!)

We also had honeybread, shortbread and gingerbread biscuits, panforte, Christmas Cakes and Puddings. We wanted to decorate the shop to make look festive and created 15 or so Christmas wreaths using recycling antique books, flowers and little brass bells

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. And don't forget to take some time off to smell the baked goods

merry christmas 2011!



Let the day be full of 'nots'....may your turkey not be dry, may your tummy not explode and may you not throttle the relatives. Have a fabulous and safe Christmas everyone. Thank you for all your support throughout the year and spare a thought for those who 'have not'

Here's our white feather tree this year complete with young blooms from the garden

last minute Christmas diy gifts and treats to make

Have you finished your Christmas shopping or purchasing a gift for that hard-to-find family member or friend? Go Make Me's first on-line Christmas publication features super-easy diy gifts and treats to make in just a few hours as featured in the Fairfax online video

32 full colour pages featuring inspiring how-tos, recipes and stunning gift ideas to make yourself. Within the magazine are pages for you to print out on your home printer 

W H A T ' S • I N C L U D E D ?
• Five recipes and how to package your baked goods
• 2 papers to print out and use as wrapping paper or gift tags
• Gingerbread recipe card to attach to gift, packaging templates and stylish gift tags
• Diy gift how-tos include; a Lavender Salt Scrub, Scented Soy Candles and Editable Tea Bags Tags for the tea lover
• Also includes a professionally shot video of Cate Holst demonstrating the processes involved
• Magazine suits Letter and A4 formats with imperial and metric conversions

I'm really proud of my first digital publication, I'm sure you'll love it too

Fairfax Videos are now online




Sally Cooper and I were approached by Fairfax Media to front a three part series demonstrating diy gifts (including food) and how to package them for Christmas on behalf of Etsy Australia. It was such a thrill to be asked and a very challeging new experience for us both

We shot the video's at my house and Sally's positioned in my little studio and I'm in front of the mantlepiece. I wanted to make some Christmas stockings to hang but ran out of time so it looks quite bare. Hopefully I'll get around to it this week

Anyway, the video's are up! Click on the pictures to take you to the Fairfax site. You can also purchase the supplementary digital E-book 'DIY Gifts and Edible Treats for Christmas' showcasing all that's included (and more) including recipes, how-tos, printables for packaging and gift ideas

Here's a few behind the scenes photos