Monday, June 14, 2010

Two generations - one glorious garden

Only a few more sleeps until the next Mathilda's Market in Brisbane on Saturday 19 June, and I've been browsing the line up of stallholders here, wishing I could grow wings and fly to the Eagle Farm Racecourse that day. Afraid I will have to settle for a spot of online retail therapy instead!

One label in particular I'd love to be there to see up close at the Market is Nan's Garden. This business produces a range of environmentally conscious products for the little ones, including delectable clothes crafted from beautiful and natural fabrics. 

It all began when Brisbane mother-of-one Amelia Apogremiotis and her own mother (Nan) decided to put their boundless creativity to use by making clothes and accessories for children. What is fabulous about Nan's Garden is that they use many upcycled materials in the creation of their wares - this means you'll often find the Nan's Garden team foraging in op shops, online, in co-ops and at markets to unearth wonderful vintage patterns, fabrics, buttons and other bits and bobs to create with. "I hate to see gorgeous fabrics and old furniture go to waste just because someone doesn't think it is fashionable anymore," says Amelia. "We aim to fix some of this by using upcycled fabrics in our clothes and upcycled things as props for our photo shoots."

Each garment from the Nan's Garden range is hand dyed and sewn by either Amelia or Nan - so it  comes to you crafted with considerable love and care! They use fabrics in such as organic cotton and bamboo that are not only kind to the earth, but super soft, too. Their range includes long pants and skirts, dresses, pinafores, crocheted booties, beanies, onesies, t-shirts, shorts and bloomers, singlets, hats, socks, headbands, etc. Here are some recent snaps of their new Truffle Monkey range.

As the song goes, from little things big things grow, and it's the little contributions that add up and make a real difference to the planet. So it's lovely that the tags attached to Nan's Garden products are handmade from recycled paper and come embedded with seeds to help you start your own garden. (Simply dunk the tag in water and plant in the garden to watch your flowers or herbs grow). To add to their green cred, Nan's Garden even use a green web hosting company to ensure their site has as little impact on the environment as possible.

Don't forget to pop in and visit Nan's Garden at Mathilda's Market in Brisbane THIS Saturday 19 June - for more details click here ... Or drop by the Nan's Garden website or blog, anytime!

Peta x
Mathilda's Market blogger

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