Yesterday saw me and my DD Rosie, taking a drive in the Dandenong Ranges to my most favourite hill-side suburb, Sassafras. There are some absolutely beautiful shops in this country-style setting and the shop-owners kindly agreed for me to take some photos to share with you.
Our first stop was the Sassafras Sweet Co…
…an old-fashioned lolly (sweet/candy) shop where sweets are stored in glass lolly jars on wooden shelves.
Being an expat, it is the place for me to visit when I need “a fix” of English sweeties! For you expats out there – do you remember these??
Revels, Star Bars, Lion Bars and Drifters were among the British confectionary for sale!
Next stop was for my sweet Rosie. This is an amazing toy/puppet shop called Gepetto’s Workshop…
I used to buy my son’s favourite dragon puppets from this store, although he has outgrown his ‘dragon’ phase now (I haven’t!). Gepetto’s sells a full range of Folkmanis puppets and they are exceptional in every way possible. Check out this link if you want to see more from Folkmanis (and don’t forget to scope out the dragons!!!)
This kitty puppet really wanted to follow us home… who knows… he might sneak a lift with Father Christmas some time soon! :-)
We left the store with one small purchase and lots of Christmas inspiration, and took a walk past Miss Marples Tea Rooms to our final destination.
This quaint store – aptly named, Tea Leaves - is full of the finest china and an endless array of loose-leaf teas, coffees and chocolates… ornate tea strainers, mugs, and even miniature porcelain tea services for display in dolls houses!
Ooh – I also really wanted to show you these delightful ornaments by Jim Shore that were on display in the Gepetto’s store window:
I have a small collection of Jim Shore Christmas ornaments and WOW – would I love to add these to it!!! If you are interested in seeing more, check out the Jim Shore website, here. His designs are whimsical, beautiful, endearing, detailed and utterly *magical*!
Gosh I’ve got so much more to catch up on but instead of writing an incredibly long post, I’ll write more regularly this week instead! How’s your Christmas shopping going? Are you ‘nearly there’?!!
Until next time – festive hugs! Vikki x