She’s a Wildflower

WHO: Alice Shepherd

WHERE: Pop-up store at King of the Castle Café 24 Pakington Street, Geelong West




Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?

Alice: Oh, I don’t come from any garden.

Daisy: Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?

  • Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


EVERYONE loves flowers! From pretty posies to mind-blowing floral and foliage installations, this girl has got you covered!  I first met Alice when we were looking for someone to take over our pop-up shop at King of the Castle café. She had recently headed out on her own to establish She’s a Wildflower. Like me, Alice hasn’t always lived in Geelong. She grew up on a farm in northern Victoria and moved to Melbourne to study Tourism and Business. Eventually, she moved to Geelong to study floristry and now calls the Surfcoast her home!




No, my career began in talent management, liaising between comedians, bands, celebrities and their agents. Some of my clients include the likes of Ita Buttrose, Sir Bob Geldof and Jackie Stewart! It was an incredibly demanding job, but I really loved working on the social functions, where I got to spend time organizing the décor for each event. Things changed on my 25th birthday when a friend presented me with a hand picked posy of fresh flowers, straight from the garden, and I thought it would be so nice to do that for a living! So after some quick thinking and encouragement from my partner, I enrolled at The Gordon.



Not being bound to a desk! I love talking to people and really getting to know my clients. It’s rewarding to know that they have total trust in me and I have full creative reign over a job. I also love going to market and being inspired by all of the different blooms and foliage!



Stinky water; kale and stock water are definitely the worst offenders!



That’s like asking who is your favourite child! It changes week-by-week and season-by-season. At the moment I love flowers like sea holly, anemones, poppy pods, beehives and stock.




I’ve been working with the Pot & Pan Stylists, creating some amazing floral displays at their events. We had one here at King of the Castle and the next one will be at Boom Gallery in September. I’ve also been working with Little Creatures and had so much fun creating a forest in the foyer for their White Rabbit beer launch last week. I’ve also been collaborating with some stylists and photographers on photo shoots for wedding publications.



Working with flowers is so much fun! Ultimately, I’d love to work from my studio on events, with stylists and photographers, rather than retail.


She’s a Wildflower is open from Monday – Friday from 7am ‘til 3pm (on Monday’s Alice uses an honesty box system; she’s got to have at least ONE rest day a week!) and Saturday – Sunday from 8am ‘til 2pm.

I’ll give you the hot tip though; Thursday is market day, so she is just bursting with spectacular blooms that will make your heart sing!

Nat x

Handmade heaven at Artefact Market

When: we visited on a balmy Friday evening (16th March 2012)

Where: All Saints’ Hall, 113 Noble Street, Newtown

A church hall full of handmade things…our idea of heaven!

Oh! Hello Geelong is still coming down from the high of its most recent blogging adventure…a trip to the Artefact Market! With one super exhausted post bad day in the office lady (Penny) and one very tired Mama and bubba (Laura & Alexander), attempting a Friday evening expedition could have been a recipe for Oh! Hello Geelong disaster! However crisis was averted after a delish glass of bubbly, super welcoming and friendly chats and the making of an amazing list of discoveries.


Celebrating local handmade goodness…

The Artefact Market (originally called The Artists’ Market) was established around four years ago by a sister duo who wanted to show off (and rightly so) and sell handmade wonders created by Geelong’s local artists and designers. The market was a fast success and a strong local following developed. The job of running the market was taken over 12 months ago by Delia Boatwood, Melissa Laffy and Di Mead, who together with a small committee host this beautiful market three times a year at the All Saints’ Hall (such a pretty space).

The market itself is the coming together of like-minded people who have a passion for making and creating by hand. The market showcases such a lovely selection of super creative design, craft and handiwork  Most of the artists and designers at the market have regular day jobs and put their creative hats on in their spare time (so inspiring), which adds to the relaxed and joyful feel of the market.


So much to LOVE…

We discovered many things on Friday night. Including that trying to juggle a pram, champagne glasses, a camera and an active little man makes photographing and note taking a little tricky. But despite the obstacles we found some really fab stalls that stood out for us! The 3 lovely market organisers are among those stall holders with fabulous wares. There was IMI Design (stands for I Made It – cute ha?!) by Delia Boatwood and her husband Rick have a unique range of metal art work, including barbed wire balls, as well as bright cotton scarves, cards and wheat bags. We also loved Reddy Inc created by the bright and colourful Melissa Laffy, her range included beautiful woolen up-cycled garments & accessories as well as her New York inspired photography woodblock canvasses (Oh, New York – one day we’ll meet you!) . We are also big big fans of Di Mead’s range of gorgeous illustrative framed screen prints, cards, buntings and textiles. Other creatives include the selection of chunky and bright resin jewellery by Olive Brown Designs (LOVING the colours), Little Golden Treasures and their nostalgic collection of childrens blocks and accessories made out of vintage Golden Story books, Bunny & Birdy’s vintage lady brooches and dolls, the elegant ceramic jewellery by Sylvia Segon and Midas & Nero’s lamps and cushions using our favourite Ink & Spindle prints.  And for it’s pure cute as a crumpet and kook factor, we really loved Wombat’s Picnic felted food range; weetbix and bananas never looked so sweet!

As for food of the edible kind, the market had a selection of the most delicious looking sweet delights fromSteampocket Pizzeria & Cafe  next visit we will bring empty stomachs!

Oh! And flowers! they even had a flower stall by Roberstons Farmgate, a delicious smelling stall right by the entrance. Perfect.

Catching the handmade love bug…

It’s been happening for a while now, but this market again proves that gone are the days when handmade items are associated only with old nannas with a blue rinse and a pair of knitting needles. Handmade has grown into a passion shared by women and men of all ages, shapes and sizes. And whilst the end product is unique and special, it is the passion of making that provides the common thread!!!

We were hugely overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received from the three organisers Mel, Delia and Di and Amanda Jane Hill (our lovely friend from Eclectica who was also there selling her own range of handmade jewellery), who made us feel right at home and gave us the low down and the much needed booze! Thanks girls we had so much fun!

Love Penny + Laura

PS: the next Artefact market dates for 2012 are Friday 31st August (a lovely way to welcome Spring) and Friday 30th November (Christmas gift buying time we think!)

The Flower Dispensary – Love at first sight!

The Flower Dispensary 

Where: 333 Pakington St Newtown 3220

When: Mon – Fri 9:30 – 5 & Sat 10 – 1

Ph: 5223 1459


We have a little secret that we need to share! Oh! Hello Geelong has fallen head over heals for The Flower Dispensary, which seems quite fitting given our recent visit there took place during the same week we celebrated St Valentine’s day! What started out as a crush several months ago has blossomed into a shop love affair and it makes us very excited indeed to be able to share the love. What we love about this gorgeous Pakington Street store is that it is more than simply a florist and gift store; it is a sanctuary, a place dripping with elegance from head to toe.

In the beginning…

They say that patience is a virtue and in the case of the lovely Lyndal Gubbles, she has this in spades! The Flower Dispensary started as a small business idea over 10 years ago when Lyndal, originally from Melbourne, decided she was ready to go it alone in the floristry industry. With her vision, natural creativity and intuition as well as her wealth of experience in floristry, millinery, cosmetics and skin care, Lyndal started the long search for the perfect space to start her business. With a combination of luck and fabulous timing, Lyndal managed to find the space she was looking for and began working with the landlord and her very handy pharmacist husband Ross, to bring her vision to life. After many long hard months of preparation, The Flower Dispensary opened its doors to Geelong.

Natural beauty…

Since it opened on the first day of spring last year, The Flower Dispensary has offered a magnificent selection of blooms which are stunningly displayed in the centre of the store. Lyndal’s collection of flowers range from the simple rose and tulip to the more contemporary, unique and unusual varieties and come in a diverse palette of colours and shades. Lyndal’s current flower loves are hydrangeas, calla lilies and celosias (which are so nice and velvety to touch), however because her selection changes with the seasons, so do her favourites! Lyndal and her team individually and lovingly wrap your flowers with beautiful paper and ribbon and leave you with a heavenly gift for a friend (or even just for you!). Oh, and if you’re in need of flowers for that very special day, Lyndal can design the perfect bouquet for you to take down the isle!

And a little something special…

As well as her divine flowers, Lyndal stocks a quality range of designer gifts and stationary and things to make ourselves as well as our houses look extra pretty. Oh! Hello Geelong loves the gorgeous greeting card selection, the HUGE offering of and TMOD design and O’check stationery, Skulk of Foxes wall clocks, Angus & Celeste vases, iKOU hanging pots, Bride & Wolfe hanging shelves. As well as a lovely accessory collection including fab new brooches by Erst Wilder (laura bought the cutest fox face ever!), run around the garden & we wood. We also love Lyndal’s selection of Bison pottery (and not just because it comes from Canberra!)

And if it’s a little extra indulgence you’re after, Lyndal has shelves full of posh pamper products! Lyndal’s range includes luscious body lotions from Tokyo Milk, Mathias,  L’Occitane, Myrtle & Moss, Lolia and Nesti Dente as well as a wide range of candles and oils from brands including Skeem Design and iKOU. We absolutely loved the iKOU candle holder at the counter which filled the whole store with the perfume of green tea and cherry blossom! Yummy.

Loving her local…

Even though Lyndal is a Melbourne lass who will always have a soft spot for her home city, Lyndal strongly values the importance of supporting the local community and has built strong relationships with designers and fellow business owners around Geelong.  Good on you Lyndal!

Loving the Flower Dispensary…


Whilst The Flower Dispensary’s flowers and gift range are truly special, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the middle of a Vogue Living photo shoot when you walk through the doors! It really is the little (and not so little) design and creative touches that make this store shine so brightly (and what makes us love it so much). From the flooring, to the stunning displays, to the Fab furniture, light fittings and cabinets from places such as the oh so amazing  Ducks Nest  &  Mill Markets and of course the flower display, we can’t forget get the FLOWER display! Ahhh, everything has been thoughtfully and tastefully given the Lyndal touch. You’ll certainly know where to find Oh! Hello Geelong when we need a luxury interiors fix and a little indulgence!


Thanks so much for having us Lyndal!

From Penny + Laura