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New showroom at the Abbotsford Convent

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It was actually *after* Janette and I had made the decision to close Milly Sleeping that I first became aware that tenants were being sought for the Abbotsford Convent's Sacred Heart Building - which was undergoing significant restoration for the first time (according to the Convent site, it's quite possibly not been in use since the 1970s). Although I can't say I really expected it all to fall into place, I suppose I recognised immediately the potential of the proposition to suit me very well: a space - in a beautiful and established arts/cultural/retail precinct - which could accommodate the continuation of some aspects of Milly Sleeping, while also enabling me to pursue more of my own creative work. I applied with the help of Janette and some dear friends, and count myself very lucky to have been granted just such a space. My transition from Elgin Street to Sacred Heart is pretty much complete (although the back and forth is ongoing, and I still keep ending up at one place while my spectacles linger at the other).

The address is:

Studio 4, Ground Floor, Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent
1 St. Heliers Street, Abbotsford

These are subject to change but my *trial* trading hours are:

Thurs/Fri/Sat - 9am to 3pm

I currently have 'in stock' an array of Millicent Select Secondhand pieces, plus some remaining Milly Sleeping sale items. If you would like to try on something particular that you've seen at this site, please be in touch in advance of your visit to ensure that it's at the Convent.

Down the track, my intention is to add this range with more handmade and/or locally-made pieces, including the couple of garments that Janette and I (mostly Janette) finally put into production last year. I'm also planning (eventually) to create a program of small events and exhibitions ... These will be promoted via my personal Insta account and my new website.

*This* trusty website will remain our primary online store - selling Millicent, Milly Sleeping sale stock and a small selection of in-house wares.

And, as mentioned previously, 157 Elgin Street will be active as pop-up space. I don't think we're far off announcing our first tenant or two, and are still accepting expressions of interest from local designers/makers/artisans.

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Enquiries.

Changes to 'shipping'/post/pick-up

A new HQ plus a new schedule necessitate some changes to our postal routine.I will now be doing mail runs twice a week - on Wednesdays and Sundays. Unless an urgent request is made -orders placed between Sunday evening and Wednesday morning will arrive on Thursday or Friday (within Aus);orders placed on Thursday through Sunday [...]

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Changes on Elgin Street

After a busy and unexpectedly special few weeks, Milly Sleeping on Elgin Street is now closed. Whole-hearted thanks to everybody who dropped in just as we hoped - to say goodbye and enjoy a last shop. Sorry to those who missed us ... A few garments and accessories are still available online, and will be housed [...]

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Saying goodbye

*It is with some sense of separation anxiety that I write. The closure of Milly Sleeping at Elgin Street, after 12 years, is a big step. However, I also feel content that it is the right time for both Leah and I. From day one, I have been amazed at the talent, [...]

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Market Day

This Saturday, December 23, Milly will have another dimension - an exterior! We'll be on the street, in market style, with a special arrangement of wares: cards and books by Gracia and Louise, cards and bits by The Souvenir Society, candles and treats from Cottage Industry store, ceramics by Lucinda Kirkby, some market bags AND fresh flowers [...]

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'Unmatched' by Melanie Rice

A couple of weeks after the close of 'Unusual', we have new work bedecking our halls/walls - unique, hand-made earrings and necklaces by Melanie Rice. Melanie is an Australian jeweller who has been travelling for a few years now; she is currently based with her little family in Brussels (and is shortly bound to return). [...]

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An 'Unusual' tour

Banded Bodice by Alexi FreemanOrbs (necklace pair) by Elise SheehanSwish garments by Alexi Freeman'The Singing Rings' series - watercolour on paper by Katherine Bowman'At attention' (paper sculpture) by Jessilla Rogers (with subtle splash of 'It was a familiar pattern' by Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison)'Eye See You' by Vikki Kassioras'Versus' by Ivett Simon'Space Anemone' by [...]

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Group exhibition 'Unusual'.

I'm proud to announce that Milly Sleeping will shortly be hosting its first group exhibit in years ...Contributing artists were invited to make new works that somehow differ from their usual output. This presented much potential for experimentation... perhaps the use of a different material, a different technique, or the chance to work towards a [...]

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Introducing Ivi Made.

August already...This month's in-store treat is a display of new work by Ivett Simon or 'Ivi Made', as her label is called. Ivett makes leather bags and objects, almost entirely by hand (a very little machine stitching here and there). Her unique and lovely pieces are made exclusively from vegetable-tanned kangaroo leather, often hand-painted/treated by [...]

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Palette #2

Another quick snapshot of Milly's evolving colour palette... New pieces have continued to arrive in small but steady drops and the resulting range is very enticing, to say the least. Garments above are by Millicent select secondhand, Birgitta Helmersson, Elizabeth + Birgitta, Penny Sage, Chorus, Limb, Romance Was Born and *three* labels new to the store [...]

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