Last week I spent a day with Natalie Maurer, Brisbane based creative soul and maker of hand-crafted homewares. We roamed around Camp Hill where we enjoyed coffee and cake at Florence Café, checked out Camp Hill Antique Centre, and discovered Stash Records. We then headed back to Natalie's home for some crochet and embroidery.
Florence it's modern neighbourhood café in Camp Hill. Its colourful peach door is an invite to enter and discover all the goodies in their menu. They offer a seasonal menu which includes savoury dishes, cakes, and locally roasted coffee from Parallel Roasters. At Florence they work with local growers and producers to create a unique dining experience.
Their sourdough bread is made in house along with their own preserves, ferments and pickles. Their deli items are showcased in their arched pantry, and you can make them yours for your own recipes or as a gift for friends and family.
Our second stop was Camp Hill Antique Centre & Tart Cafe, a small family business showcasing over 70 dealers under one roof. This is the perfect place to look for beautiful antiques and vintage items, a dream for vintage lover like me and that's why I couldn't stop looking around. Their café is also a gem, enriched by a big print of Sofia Loren and Marilyn Monroe and other old items full of history.
While waiting for the bus we discovered Stash Records, a unique record store. We spent some time checking out their collection of old vinyls and tapes, and admiring their vintage posters which made the place even more charming.
After our walk in Camp Hill, we headed back to Natalie's home for some hand-crafted creations. Natalie is working on a toy bar for her newborn due in February, and I was finishing a small crochet bag. Between chats and Beatles melodies time flew by and it was time to leave Natalie for the day.
If you'd like to check out Natalie's creations you can have a look at her Instagram or head over her Etsy shop to support her work and purchase her hand-crafted homewares. She also recently launched a collective of local makers called Small Batch Makers Collective.