Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Year :)

Hello lovely people:) Looking at my last blog it's hard to believe what has happened in the last 4 months. I don't ever do personal blogs, but I have made an exception... The beautiful bob shop is being cared for so amazingly by my completely incredible Mum Gail, my wonderful caring employee Lauren and my gorgeous friend Janet with loads of friends and super people pitching in where necessary to keep bob as lovely as ever and still open and smiley:) Just after my last blog I had a perfect Tasmanian get-away with my partner Brian and came back to my new office, 2 new labels ready to launch, and a new look shop in the making. I was so busy and excited about everything that was happening. Then on the 5th of September we were at the local supermarket, where I felt really strange an ambulance was called and at emergency it took them less than an hour to diagnose me with a brain tumor. I was taken by ambulance to St. Vincents Melbourne the next day and had surgery where they removed part of the tumor. Since then I have been through radiotherapy for 6 weeks and am now in rest and recovery mode until February. I keep thinking of the Lennon song - Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, that's what it all feels like at the moment. I feel good in myself and so lucky that they found it and that I have had such amazing care from doctors, nurses right through the process and overwhelming family, friends and customer and supplier support for me, I feel so loved and cannot believe the caring messages and cards that have flooded into the hospital, home and the shop. I am so overwhelmingly grateful to everyone that has helped me or bought from bob or just thought enough of me to let my Mum know they are thinking of me at this time. The get well messages have come from such incredible places and people that I would never have imagined, THANK YOU EVERYONE. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am and am hoping for a very positive result from treatment that will see me back at bob as soon as possible. With love and big hugs to all you lovely people and your family's at Christmas and to everyone a safe and healthy New Year :) For all the bob hours over the Chrissy season shop hours

Friday, August 10, 2012

WHAT!!!! 5 weeks ago was my last post. What happened there? Actually I do know, but I am keeping it under wraps for another couple of weeks til everything is ready to go....sorry. In the meantime. This weekend is the writers festival in Bendigo, full of beautiful people doing gorgeous things and trying to stay warm...brrrr! If you would like a lovely outing on Sunday head to G n' Tea at the capital starts at 1:30, with the lovely Lauren Mitchell and John Holton on the couch talking to Gina about the work they do and the fun they have, talking to people from all walks of life! I also have a special at the shop of a free pair of reading glasses with every journal, book or stationery purchase. You can't go wrong:)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


We are so excited to open our new exhibition by Sally Gross, Melbourne illustrator and creator of the sweet label Little Skipper. Her beautiful work is on display at bob until August the 26th. The Exhibition includes original framed artworks, prints in numerous sizes, framed and unframed and some stunning jewellery and card range. It is a full and exciting show filled with so many cute things. Hope you can make it in for a visit:) For some of the work on show visit our gallery online and watch online for more sizes and unmounted print options. Thanks Sally for creating a most beautiful wall for us here at bob:)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

some new arrivals in store

As we say bye bye to Grace we welcome some very pretty things to bob:) Here are just a few in store now:)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hi we are back:)

Yeah:) We are back. So Sorry we couldn't post for some time. Little cyber gremlins. So much new stuff to report, so will go blogging crazy over the next few weeks. This is just a BIG thank you to everyone who visited us over the Grace Kelly exhibition time. It was amazing to meet so many new wonderful people from all over Australia and all over the world coming to Bendigo for this very special show. We will miss Grace but Bendigo is still one of the most beautiful regional cities and it's so nice to see it again through all these visitors eyes, it makes you really appreciate what we have here. So along with more shop blogs I will also be blogging the cutest cafe's, places and things to do in Bendas so come up for a weekend or a day and say "hello". See you all soon, Sonia:)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


VIDEO of Tanja Jades exhibition opening:) Thank you to everyone who helped me with this:) PINEAPPLE PINEAPPLE VIDEO

Friday night FUN

THANK YOU EVERYONE who came out to see Tanjas show on Friday. Is still on until the 30th of June, don't miss it. Here are some photo's of the fun night at bob.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

INTERVIEW with Tanja by Corey from the ABC

Here is the lovely interview that Corey from the ABC did with Tanja on Friday night. You can listen to the audio online and look at more of Corey Hagues photo's from the opening. Thanks Corey:) ABC interview

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The morning...

WOW, what an AMAZING few days at bob. I met Tanja and her wonderful partner and his kids on Friday morning. Tanja came into the shop early on Friday and it was so nice to finally meet her. She is so lovely and made it all so easy for me, helping me set up the wall and set up for "Pineapple Pineapple". When she started doing the install I was completely blown away, and cannot believe how talented an artist she is. The big piggy tail girl went up so quickly, in between interviews and videos (will pop video on the website asap) she was so casual and easy to talk to. Here are some pics of the day we set up Pineapple Pineapple. I will do a post of the night as soon as I have all the photo's back:) It was an amazing opening, with a really beautiful vibe and so many happy people....stay tuned for more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's only a couple of days away as we count down to Tanja's exhibition at bob on Friday night. We will have the gallery updated on the website as soon as possible on Friday (hopefully) or Saturday at the latest for everyone who can't make it on the night. Will have another post up to let you all know the last minute details, hope you can make it:)

Saturday, April 14, 2012


It is official, so I can tell you all:) Tanja Jade "misery" will be opening her new show in person here at bob boutique on April the 27th at 7:30pm. We are SO excited that she is coming to visit us and bring her beautiful new artworks and prints to fill the bob wall until June the 30th. This is a not to be missed exhibition and if you are on our mailing list your official invitation will be emailed tomorrow. It will be a really fun night with our usual bob classics and more. Please email us at to find out more about this wonderful night. Can't wait:)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend:) if you are in Bendigo remember we are only open on SATURDAY 11-3pm. we re-open on Tuesday 11-5 and then back to normal SHOP HOURS Hop in and say "hi":)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter in Bendigo

If you are around Bendigo this weekend make sure you drop in to my Mum and Dads! No really you can... for the first time in quite a few years they have decided to open up the studio and garden again for the Easter weekend. They have the most amazing garden full of cool and unique sculptures and plants and the studio is full of Mums beautiful paintings, photo's and brand new card ranges including the very cool faces of Bendigo and the stunning View Street range. Here are some sneak peek pics, they are at 76 Emmett Street, Golden Square, very easy to find google map addressvisit the website for more info too Gail Taveners Studio

Saturday, March 31, 2012

phillips goes cyber:)

The lovely and completely talented Emma at our favourite Vintage space in Melbourne - Phillips shirt factory has worked tirelessly for the last few months on this amazing new website which bring the world of Phillips shirts and the archived fabrics to life. And the best bit is you can buy original still in the box 50's to 80's casual shirts, jumpers, formal shirts and jackets and the new range of blissful vintage fabric cushions direct. You can still find a beautiful assortment of retro liberty and 70's silk cushions with us too:) Check out Phillips Shirts