Some dates for your diaries!


As always, over the next few months in our spare time we’ll be out and about gathering interviews, shop visits and other adventures to blog about for you all. But in the meantime we thought we’d share a few markets and gigs that could be worth popping in your diaries!


Mathilda’s Market – Home to the most gorgeous baby and kids goods.

When and Where: November 11th 2012 at The Pier, Geelong

Good Bye Second Hand Market – Could be a good place to snap up some super pre-loved designer clothing!

When and Where : November 11th from 11am at  Bellbrae Hall, School Road, Bellbrae

The Evening Cast – This awesome local band will be launching their new E.P ‘Lake’. Yay!

When and Where: Thursday evening November 22nd at Beavs Bar Geelong

Piccadilly Market – An old favourite market of ours!

When and Where: Sunday November 25th, 10am – 4pm at Deakin Waterfront University, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

Artefact Market – The Christmas Pop Up Market ! New exciting venue!

When and Where: Saturday 1st December – Trading 10-4 pm at The Mill Market, Brougham Street , Geelong .

Three Little Birds Market – Piccadilly Markets new baby and kids Market !

When and Where: Sunday 9th December , 10 am – 3pm at The Pier, Geelong

And it’s not technically a Geelong event, but it is being organised  by some clever Geelong locals :

 ‘In from the wild’ Market  – Designers and makers from regional victoria showcasing their wares in Fitzroy. Run by the ladies from local jewellery label Olive Brown Designs . Laura’s ‘Welcome To Geelong’ Map illustrations will also be available for purchase at the market!

When and Where: Friday 23rd November 12pm – 8pm at ‘Russian House’  112 Greeves St Fitzroy. 

Love Penny + Laura

Oh! Hello Little Ones Directory & Prize Winners!

There are so many amazing people, places, shops and designers in Geelong who cater for little ones and their mums and dads in some way! We have created a small Oh! Hello Little Ones directory listing a selection of these. Our directory is not exhaustive or comprehensive; it includes businesses and places that we love and enjoy (or have been highly recommended by friends and some of Laura’s lovely mother’s group mums – Thank you!) and want to share with our readers! We hope you love visiting our friends and special places as much as we have and do!


Buxton Baby

Web Store:

Goose Lifestyle Store

Where: 91 Garden Street, East Geelong VIC 3219

When: Open: Mon-Fri 10 to 6 & Sat 10 to 5

Ph: (03) 5229 5611



Where: 2/19 Gilbert Street, Torquay VIC 3228

When: Mon – Thur 10 to 3, Fri 10 to 5, Sat 10 to 4 & Sun 11 to 3

Ph: 5261 6738



Where: Shop C/41 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads VIC 3227

When: Daily 10 to 5

Ph: (03) 5254 1444


La De Dah kids

Web Store:

Nurture by Nature

Where: 136 Myers Street, Geelong VIC 3220

When: Tues & Wed 10 -3, Thurs 10 – 2.30, Fri 10 – 6 & Sat 10 – 4

Ph: Quill 0425 804 893 or Cheryne 0434 918 453


Victor Fox

Web shop :

Sassica + Salter

Where: 224 Pakington St, Geelong West VIC 3218

When: Mon – Fri 10 to 5 & Sat 10 – 4

Ph: 5242 8101


Pikapu – Modern cloth nappies

Web Store:

(Love theses nappies – They are tried, tested and loved by Oh! Hello Geelong’s 1.5 year old co-pilot, Alexander Eddy)

Ouch Ink Clothing

Where: 224 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Web Store:



Flower Dispensary

Where: 333 Pakington St, Newtown VIC 3220

When: Mon – Fri 9.30 to 5 & Sat 10 to 1

Ph: 5223 1459


Flower Bowl

Where: 8 Ormond Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219

When: Mon – Fri 8.30 to 5.30 & Sat 10 to noon

Ph: 5229 6506


Endota Spa

Where: 218 Pakington Street, Geelong West VIC 3218

When: Mon – Wed 10 to 6, Thur – Sun 10 to 8 & Sat 9 to 5

Ph: 5229 9229


Maternal Instinct

Where: 235 Moorabool St, Geelong VIC 3220

When: Mon – Thur 9 to 5.30, Fri 9 to 6 & Sat 9 to 4

Ph: 5229 2293



Where: Level 3, 34 Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

When: over 20 classes throughout the week

Ph: 5229 1910


Atha Yoga

Where: 19 Sydney Ave, Geelong VIC 3220

Ph: 5229 7041

Web: (visit site for timetable!)


Café Moby

Where: 41 The Esplanade, Torquay VIC

When: Daily for Brekkie & Lunch

Ph: 5261 2339

Barwon Edge Boathouse

Where: 40 Windsor Rd, Newtown VIC 3220

When: Mon – Wed 9 to 5, Thurs – Sun 9 to late & Sun 3.30 – wood fired menu

Ph: 5221 2200



Where: Lot 1 Eastern Beach, Geelong VIC 3220

When: Open daily (opening times vary throughout the year)

Ph: 5224 1547

Fairy Park

Where: 2338 Ballan Road, Anakie VIC 3221

When: Daily 10 to 4 (gate closes at 5pm)

Ph: 5284  1262


Soft café

Where: 29 Minerva Rd, Herne Hill VIC 3218

When: Mon – Fri 8 to 5, Sat & Sun 8 to 3

Ph: 5222 2155




Partytime! Hip Hip Hooray – Children’s Party Venue

Ph: 0407 641 294   OR   0409 696 019

Where: 49 Thompson Street, Belmont


Mini Montage – for kids parties

Ph: 0430 556 492


All For Kids Party Hire


The Imaginarium Project

Where: 18 Crown St (cnr Crown St & Barwon Tce), South Geelong VIC

When: Tues – Thurs 10 to 3, Fri – Sun 10 to 5 & Pub Hols & School Hols 10 to 5

Ph: 5229 5123 or 0402 831 650



Photos By Tina


Eastern Beach Reserve


Balyang Sanctuary

Where: 50 Marnock Road, Newtown


Sparrow Park

Where: Geelong West

Barwon River Park

Where: Barrabool Road, Belmont

Rippleside Park

Where: Rippleside


Geelong Baby and Children’s Market

Where: Vines Road Community Centre, Vines Road Hamlyn Heights

Market date: 27 October 2012


Three Little Birds Market

Where:  The Pier Geelong, Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Geelong VIC 3220

Market date: 9 December 2012

Time: 10 to 3


Mathildas Market

Where: The Pier Geelong, Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Geelong VIC 3220

Market date: 11 November 2012




Belinda Chapman (3224) Buxton Baby Wishbone Flip rrp $149.95

Jade Boorn (3216) Bambolotta Gift pack 

Sinead Garrett (3226) La De Dah Kids Large strip dog + 1 rattle

Stephanie Wilson (3350) La De Dah Kids Large spotty dog + 1 rattle

Jess Novak (3216) La De Dah Kids  rattle

Anna Katwinkle (3220) La De Dah Kids  rattle

Lucy (3220) La De Dah Kids  rattle

Elise Jeffery (3216) The Flower Dispensary – A bunch of flowers to the value of $50

Bianca Myers (3216) The Flower Dispensary – Voila Noah’s Ark rrp $189

Danai (3218) Endota Spa Geelong  Dermalogica facial valued at $100

Tennielle Howie (3228) Nurture By Nature –  Gift pack 

Mel (3228) Maternal Instinct Boy’s Bebe t-shirt and girl’s Eeni Meeni Myni Moh leggings

Felicity Dinse (3216) Oishi-m – $150 gift voucher

Sally Riddle (3216) GOOSE Brio Country Railway Train set  rrp $180

Prue Kemp (3225) Sara Taylor Photography – $150 gift voucher

Penny Scott (3220) Pikapu, Modern Cloth Nappies –  trial pack rrp $119.95

Lauren Fanning (3216) Partytime! Hip Hip Hooray  prize

Alice B (3225) Kiitos – Living by Design –Saltwater Sandals RRP. $69.00

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered!

Winners: Please email us at with your full name, address and mobile numbers within the next 2 days so that arrangements to receive your prizes can be made .

Love Penny  + Laura

A visit to the studio of ‘A Skulk Of Foxes’

A Skulk Of Foxes

We are pretty confident that most Oh! Hello Geelong readers may have come across the super cool designs of A Skulk of Foxes’ in recent years. What readers may not know is that this much-loved brand is created, designed, made and managed right here in Geelong and has been for nearly 6 ½ years! Yep, that’s right, the brand known for its friendly folk fox face and its range of amazing silver, acrylic and timber jewellery, timber iPhone covers, soft furnishings and clocks is as local as they come! Oh! Hello Geelong was lucky enough to spend Sunday morning learning the tricks of the trade and the story behind the fox face, with the entire A Skulk of Foxes family (three cute and superbly behaved cubs included) at their Geelong West studio.

Dear Diary…

The couple behind A Skulk of Foxes is Natalie and Andrew Cirillo who together turned Natalie’s “hobby” into a booming business. The idea for the brand began life as a journal of ideas, which was compiled by Natalie while she and Andrew were living in Ealing in London. As the journal was growing so was Natalie’s and baby Milla’s fascination with a group of cheeky foxes who would come out every night for a rummage and stroll through the local streets only to disappear magically during the day. It was these foxes (collectively called a skulk of foxes) who inspired the logo and obviously the name of the brand we know today!! Such a beautiful story.

Coming to life…

When the couple arrived back in Australia, with journal and baby (and another one on the way) in tow, they decided to spend “a little” time in G-town with Andrew’s parents while they looked for a house to move into in Melbourne. However the couple fell in love with the homeliness of G-town and decided to set up their nest right here. After settling down and making their home, Natalie decided to open up her journal and make her ideas come to life. To get things started she enrolled into a silver smithing course at The Gordon, which she absolutely loved. It filled her with inspiration and loaded her up with the technical skills she needed to begin making her beautiful jewellery entirely by hand. Shortly after this Natalie began putting her range on the market and the orders began flooding in. It soon became obvious that Handy Andrew needed to come on board!

With Natalie’s background as a production manager in the fashion industry and silver smithing skills and Andrew’s experience in industrial design and computer animation, the couple was able to take A Skulk of Foxes to different levels through introducing new technologies and innovation to jewellery making and design. They are truly the perfect team, together they dream up concepts and bring their trademark folk and nature inspired illustrations to life through their well honed modern production techniques and a whole lot of team effort! Nothing mass produced here, each little element of every design is pieced together by these two super talented and patient people!

A peek behind the scenes…

It was super inspiring for us to see how much effort and love goes into each and every item made by A Skulk of Foxes, whether its their products to sell or the amazing Market and display stands. The studio was littered with little piles of ‘works in progress’, tiny silver and gold silhouette animals, doily’s and skulls, hand painted wooden iPhone covers, amazing moulds + prototypes, layers and layers of delicate laser cut woodland creatures, flowers, geometric shapes, silver pieces and beautiful little half made ‘ideas’ which may never actually make it to production.

We also feel pretty special that Andrew very kindly, charged up the mean laser cutting machine and made us 2 of the sweetest little timber Oh! Hello Geelong brooches! That machine is AMAZING!

It’s obviously no secret that we love all of their designs, but at the moment we have EXTRA love for a couple of their newer silver ranges, ‘Polyhedra’, a range of super cool 3D geometric shapes ”Inspired by the study of perfect geometry and patterns in 3d space”, and the precious keepsake collection of the most beautiful little silver lockets, beautifully embossed with their trademark Fox, Scull and Lovebirds designs …LOVE! Oh and, the timber engraved iPhone cases, yes please!

Working with others…

As well as being totally focused on evolving the brand and producing new fabulous goods, Natalie and Andrew are massive supporters of independent designers and makers. And they have a massive love for collaborating with other creatives. A Skulk of Foxes’ most recent collaboration, which Natalie is super excited about, is with Melbourne illustrator Madeline Stamer (the artist behind Little Circus Design). The result of this joint effort will be a range of striking silver lockets and earrings using some of Madeline’s bold and unique illustrations – including a very cool skull.  And in the pipeline, A Skulk of Foxes is working on another collaboration with Sydney-based illustrator Andrea Smith who we hear is working on a lovely little bird for the brand – can’t wait to see the final product!

Whilst A Skulk of Foxes can be found online, Natalie and Andrew also pop up at some of the big markets including Finders Keepers, the Big Design Market and Bower Bird Market.

Hard work + lots of love…

Oh! Hello Geelong was left feel totally in awe of the Cirillos and all they have achieved with A Skulk of Foxes! Proof that love and passion and a massive dose of talent in what you do goes a long, long way!

Love Penny + Laura

Busy Times!

As always, over the next few months we’ll be out and about  gathering interviews, shop visits and other adventures to blog about for you all. But in the meantime we thought we’d share a few of the dates that are filling up our diaries!

Artefact Market – All Saints Hall, 113 Noble St, Newtown

Friday August 31st- 11am until 7.30pm

6 x 8 Competition  + Exhibition – Kaleidoscope Gallery, Cnr Gheringhap St & Little Malop, Geelong

Opening Tuesday August 7th- 6.30pm until 9pm

Animalia – Collaborative Photography + Illustration exhibition @  Kaleidoscope Gallery, Cnr Gheringhap St & Little Malop, Geelong

Opening Friday August 17th- 6pm until 8pm

Boom Gallery  / Works on Paper – Group Exhibition @  Boom Gallery, 11 Rutland Street, Newtown

Opening Saturday August 18th- 2pm until 4pm

Three Little Birds Market – 1 Gheringhap St, Deakin Waterfront

Saturday September 1st – 10am until 3pm

Moriac Makers & Growers MarketNewling Reserve, Moriac

Sunday September 2nd – 9am until 2pm

Maybe we’ll see some of you at one or ALL of these events!

Love Penny + Laura