Family ties runs strong in Blue Mountains market business, Cleo and Pa

Family is at the heart of Naomi Crew’s market business, Cleo and Pa.

The hand painted, woodturned gifts available at the Glenbrook Rotary Markets and Leura Markets have a connection spanning three generations. Ms Crew’s father, Peter, turns the gifts on his lathe at Warrimoo while she hand paints the designs; her four-year-old daughter Cleo provides the inspiration.

“My dad is a wood turner and I asked him if he wanted to do something with me,” said Ms Crew, who lives in the same street in Warrimoo. “He said ‘Yes, absolutely but I don’t want to make any money from it. I want any money from my half to go to your daughter’. So that’s what I called it: Cleo and Pa.”

The hobby business features a range of woodturned gifts from  children’s toys to bowls, bangles, egg cups and pens. 

Ms Crew also has a range of handpainted watercolour gift cards featuring designs inspired by the birdlife and native flowers in her own backyard.

A relative newcomer to local markets, Ms Crew is enjoying sharing her gift items with a special family connection.

Being a market stallholder has other benefits too.

“I’m at home with the kids most the time so coming out here means I get to have adult conversations too!” she said. “Everyone is super friendly here.”