Saturday, December 3, 2016

NEW Stallholder Profile for Cairns, Daisy & Ivy's Handmaiden

New Stallholder Profile for Daisy & Ivy's Handmaiden
https://www.facebook.com/DaisyIvysHandmaiden/?fref=ts



Your Name: Tiffany Quayle

Your business name and Facebook/website name and link: Daisy & Ivy's Handmaiden
http://daisyivyshandmaiden.bigcartel.com/, https://www.facebook.com/DaisyIvysHandmaiden/?fref=ts

Suburb/town you live in now: Cairns

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make unique handmade children's clothing in sizes 0000 - 8

What inspired you to start your business?: Having two daughters, with quite an age gap I wanted to dress them in similar outfits but couldn't find anywhere that stocked matching sizes so I tried myself & fell in love with creating.





How long have you been creating?: 11 months

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Business

Where do you sell your creations?: The Handmade Expo & Vintage Market, Big Cartel, Etsy & Facebook

What makes you so special or different?: My style could be described as "Florals & Western". I love pastels and florals but also have a gorgeous range of country chic prints which are very popular.





Whats the most rewarding part of what you do?: I love getting photos of customers in their outfits and I love flatlaying my finished products to photograph.

What is your favourite product to make?: At the moment my open back girls dresses are really enjoyable.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No, but I have made a dress with my 5 year old and her sewing machine.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

NEW Stallholder Profile for Beadiful Things, Airlie Beach

Stallholder Profile for Beadiful Things
https://www.facebook.com/BeadifulThingsTownsville/?fref=ts


Your name: Hayley Tuttle.

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Beadiful Things - https://www.facebook.com/BeadifulThingsTownsville/

The suburb/town you live in now: Rasmussen - Townsville.

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make jewellery using a range of products. I make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings using beads, resin, and paper. I also incorporate metal and wooden beads into my work. I just allow my creativity and imagination to flow when creating pieces.





What inspired you to start your business?: Initially I started selling items just to be able to keep my hobby going but now I'm trying to build my business so that I can create beautiful things full time.

How long have you been creating?: I've been creating all my life in various forms. I've been beading for about 5 - 6 years.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Beadiful Things is my small business

Where do you sell your creations?: I have items listed on Etsy, and local markets in Townsville. I'm an excited first timer with The Handmade Expo FNQ and NQ in December 2016. 




What makes you so special or different?: I'm a perfectionist, so hopefully that comes across in my work. I have a background in psychology so I try to make a range of pieces to cater for different tastes.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The unexpected. Sometimes my best pieces come from when I'm just tinkering around trying out ideas.

What is your favourite product to make?: Earrings - a girl can never have too many earrings.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not at the moment.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEW Airlie Beach Stallholder Profile for Tash Mae Necklaces

Stallholder Profile for Tash Mae Necklaces
https://www.facebook.com/tashmaenecklaces/?fref=ts


Your name: Tash Mae Necklaces.
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com/tashmaenecklaces/?fref=ts
The suburb/town you live in now: Airlie Beach.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: One of a kind handcrafted polymer clay and resin necklaces.



What inspired you to start your business?:  I was inspired to create different kinds of necklaces. 
How long have you been creating?: I have been working on my necklaces for 12 months.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part time hobby.
Where do you sell your creations?: The Handmade Expo is my first market, but yes markets for now.


What makes you so special or different?: All my pieces are one of a kind and completely different.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing my necklaces being worn.
What is your favourite product to make?: All of them.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No I don’t. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rockhampton Stallholder Profile for Cherub's Kiss

Stallholder Profile for Cherub's Kiss
https://www.facebook.com/Cherubskiss/


Your name:  Lesley Fletcher
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Cherub’s Kiss - www.cherubskiss.com - https://www.facebook.com/Cherubskiss/
The suburb/town you live in now:  Ferny Hills Brisbane 
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Children’s and ladies wear and accessories - handmade, smocked, embroidered.
What inspired you to start your business?:  My love of sewing 




How long have you been creating?:  Over 20 years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  At the moment full time business
Where do you sell your creations?:  Mostly online, but am venturing into the market world and will be at The Handmade Expo in Rockhampton in December for the first time.
What makes you so special or different?:  Quality, attention to detail and little extras that make you stand out from the crowd in beautifully sewn designer wear with a little bit of spunk.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Receiving photos from customers with their cherubs wearing my creations.



What is your favourite product to make?:  Smocked garments will always be my first love.
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  Yes I do via the Smocking Guild of Queensland. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Last market dates for the year

Last Market Dates for the Year


The market season is nearly finished. It's almost time to put away the gazebos, market tables and take stock of how 2016 has gone for your business and take some time to relax, spend time with family and friends and start planning for the New Year.

We have six markets left in 2016 at six different locations!!

South East Queensland have two markets remaining this year.

Saturday November 26th sees Forest Hill come alive with over 60 stalls. Why not take a drive out to the country, take in the scenery and shop at the quaint little Forest Hill School of Arts building?? The market runs from 8am-1pm.

Join the event to keep up to date 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1204827972883252/




And then on Saturday December 17th you will find over 100 fantastic stalls at the Ipswich Turf Club from 8am-1pm. This market is huge and is spread out in various areas of the turf club. Grab a bite to eat, take a ride on the Steam Train and enjoy shopping handmade!

Join the event to keep up to date
https://www.facebook.com/events/969481293179430/




Further north in Central Queensland are our locations in Rockhampton and Bundaberg.

Rockhampton will be held at the amazing AIR CONDITIONED Robert Schwarten Indoor Pavilion located at the Rockhampton Showgrounds from 8am-1pm on Saturday December 10th. You'll be able to beat the heat and take your time strolling around the over 70 fantastic stalls.

And then Bundaberg is the very next day on Sunday December 11th from 8am-1pm and is located at the Bundaberg West State School. Come along and support the local businesses and purchase some amazing gifts for loved ones this Christmas.

Join the events to keep up to date
Rockhampton: https://www.facebook.com/events/211119442637298/
Bundaberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/1122053267857109/




The last couple of market locations can be found right up the northern end of Queensland in sunny Cairns and Airlie Beach.

Both markets are on the same day, Sunday December 11th.

The Cairns market is located at Parramatta State School from 9am-2pm. The market is spread out on school grounds taking in the shaded areas of the trees, undercover area and indoor hall. There will be more than 70 stalls to tempt you with plus delicious food and coffee.

Cannonvale State School is where you will find our INAUGURAL market for Airlie Beach. Shop between 9am-1pm inside the school hall and you'll be delighted with the incredible products on offer from small businesses local to the Whitsunday's Region.

Join the events to keep up to date
Cairns: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752168818388741/
Airlie Beach: https://www.facebook.com/events/1104913946290562/




For further information regarding the 2017 dates please visit our website at www.thehandmadeexpo.com.au


Thursday, November 17, 2016

NEW Stallholder Profile for Jill's Knots in Airlie Beach

Stallholder Profile for Jill's Knots
https://www.facebook.com/JillsKnots/


Your name: Jill Harland
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Jill’s Knots https://www.facebook.com/JillsKnots/
The suburb/town you live in now: Proserpine
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make unique macrame jewellery out of hemp, jute, crystals and beads. I also make other macramé pieces – I try to use only natural fibres. Skills include a knowledge of macramé, knots, patience

What inspired you to start your business?: I love making things with my hands and I love making people happy
How long have you been creating?: This time about 4 years, I learned macramé as a teenager
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: part time
Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc..of course you must include The Handmade Expo LOL?: Mostly online, have done a couple of markets
What makes you so special or different?: My pieces are all unique

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: creating beautiful pieces that make people happy!
What is your favourite product to make?: The one I’m working on at the moment, lol!
Do you teach classes or workshops?: I have done one small workshop, so I can! I used to once upon a time…

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Stallholder Profile for Nutty Koala

Stallholder Profile for Nutty Koala



Your name: Gayle Lemmon

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Nutty Koala
 http://facebook.com/pages/nutty-koala
My web site is still in the production stage.


The suburb/town you live in now: Kewarra Beach, CairnsWhat is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade children's wear - my skills are sewing both by hand and machine and pattern making as l have done a course in children's' pattern design. I  also incorporate some beading into some of my sewing, fabric flowers, hand smocking and  embroidery that is done by machine or by hand.

What inspired you to start your business?: I have always loved sewing and this began at the age of 9, and l went from making dolls clothes to my own clothing.  l even made my mother's outfit for my wedding. After I married l had 4 girls and l began making their outfits, l so loved do this and l took great pride in what l made, but l wanted to go one step further, so l decided to do a pattern making course. This helped me to further develop my sewing skills, as l was able to design and make my own patterns, not to say it also saved me a lot of money.  However, sadly my girls grew up too soon, and no longer would wear my clothes. As l had come too hate sewing adult clothing and there was only so many curtains and cushions that l could have around my house l put my machines away for a while. With daughter number 3 marrying and giving me my first grandchild,  followed by 4 more, l soon had my sewing mojo back......l had a purpose once again......which lead to Nutty Koala being born.  



How long have you been creating?: Since l was 9 years old - roughly 51 years worth.


Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part time as l work alongside my husband in his business and 3 days as a receptionist in a Beauty Salon. Would love it too be full time but this is just impossible at the moment.

Where do you sell your creations?: Mostly The Handmade Expo, l do sell a bit online but this is rather slow as l don't have the time to update/maintain my site. 

What makes you so special or different?: My children's clothing are all different as l very rarely do lots of the same design, so most are OOAK. I also think of making my outfits easy for mums too dress their little ones so l  make them adjustable such as:  tie shoulder straps on my ruffled rompers that tie as another feature at the back, and adjustable elastic in waistbands that accommodate the growing child.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Getting pictures of  children dressed in my outfits from my clients. Compliments at the markets on my outfits and even on my fabric choices.

What is your favourite product to make?: Ruffled rompers, as l can pretty these up with lace, ruffles and my handmade flowers that l adorn them with to make them very girly. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Sadly no, as l just don't have the time.