Thursday, April 27, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR T&T DESIGNS

Stallholder Profile for T&T Designs

Your name: Teresa Morgan
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: T & T Designs, No Facebook
The suburb/town you live in now: Maryborough
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  We stock plastic bag holders, bags for kids, bags for the ladies, lap quilts for babies, lap quilts for all ages, placemats, table centres and runners, journal covers.  Mum and I are very creative using machine embroidery and patchwork for these items.



What inspired you to start your business?: I decided it was time to sell these lovely items
How long have you been creating?: Years and years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part-time hobby business.
Where do you sell your creations?: We sell at The Handmade Expo, Howard Markets, The Engineers Arms Market and The Maryborough Markets.       
What makes you so special or different?: All items are handmade with love.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing the final creation and the look on the customers faces at the markets.
What is your favourite product to make?: I would say the favourite is the plastic bag holders as they are all different.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BUSHWALK CANDLES

Stallholder Profile for Bushwalk Candles
https://www.facebook.com/bushwalkcandles/



Your name: Arabella Lubbers

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Bushwalk Candles   https://www.facebook.com/bushwalkcandles/

The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make small batch handmade beeswax candles scented with Australian bush scents and oils using local Hervey Bay beeswax




What inspired you to start your business?: I love product design and homewares and I saw a niche in the market for Australian scented candles and melts

How long have you been creating?: I have been making candles for about 3 years, before that I studied Interior Designer and renovated houses as a hobby

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It started as a part time hobby, but is getting towards full time business quite quickly

Where do you sell your creations?: I sell my beeswax candles online, at handmade markets, at the Harbour Gift Gallery and soon at The Handmade Expo in Hervey Bay!

What makes you so special or different?: My candles reflect the many different scents of the Australian bush and rekindle treasured memories of long bush walks and camping weekends away.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Hearing the brilliant feedback I get about my candles and packaging, and being part of an amazing creative marketplace where handmade means you buy from a person with a name, and we thank you for it.

What is your favourite product to make?: My signature beeswax candle, Bush Walk. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not for candle making, but I do have some tutorials coming up for product photography. It is so important to take great photographs of your products, and the smallest of tips can make the biggest differences. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SHADES OF BEIGE COLLECTION

Stallholder Profile for Shades of Beige Collection
https://www.facebook.com/Shades-of-Beige-Collection-283638641993823/


Your name: Reschelle Cathcart

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Shades of Beige Collection

The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make fabric and polymer clay earrings.




What inspired you to start your business?: I was always doing DIY projects around the house using fabrics and always loved fabric earrings. I saw another earring business at the markets and thought, I could do that.

How long have you been creating?: Started in September 2016

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

Where do you sell your creations?: Online and handmade markets and soon to be The Handmade Expo & Vintage market




What makes you so special or different?: My slogan is "Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication". So my point of difference is that I try to use neutral and earthy tones. I avoid very bright and heavily patterned materials. I do use marble and floral prints.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Positive feedback from customers about your product. Seeing other people wearing your earrings is also really nice.

What is your favourite product to make?: Fabric earrings

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

Friday, April 7, 2017

NEW IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR THE ESSENTIAL CLEANER

Stallholder Profile for The Essential Cleaner

Your name:  Kelly Reeves
 Your Business name and Facebook name and link:  The Essential Cleaner.  Facebook page is also The Essential Cleaner, link is https://www.facebook.com/theessentialcleaner/
The suburb/town you live in now: Forest Lake
What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make natural cleaning products with all-natural ingredients with the main ingredient being DoTERRA Certified Pure Essential Oils.  In our range we have The Essential Spray (a beautiful antibacterial spray to use on all surfaces),  The Essential Shower Cleaner, The Essential Mould Cleaner, The Essential Glass Cleaner, The Essential Magic Paste and The Essential Hand Cleaner (a beautiful hand wash). 



What inspired you to start your business? I had allergies, asthma and dermatitis and cleaning my home using conventional cleaning products caused these health issues to be considerably worse.  I also had a brain tumour 10 years ago and this lead me to want to live a healthier life without toxins
How long have you been ‘creating’? Since July 2016
Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? It is my full time business
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell online at www.theessentialcleaner.com.au and at markets such as The Handmade Expo



What is the most rewarding part of what you do? I love that I am collaborating with like minded people who also want to reduce toxins in their lives.  I love when people have also gotten on top of their health issues by cleaning with natural ingredients
What is your favourite product that you make? I absolutely love The Essential Spray.  It's a beautiful all-round spray to clean your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, car, just about anywhere!
Do you teach classes or workshops? Yes, I offer workshops

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RONNY LEE CREATIONS

Stallholder Profile for Ronny Lee Creations


Your Name: Veronica Farne

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Ronny Lee Creations,  https://www.facebook.com/Ronny-Lee-Creations-755970871225569/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

The suburb/town you live in now: I live in Urangan

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make polymer beads, jewellery, wearable art, along with wire sculpture jewellery and millinery. I am also a potter, but do not have a kiln set up here yet.




What inspired you to start your business?: My jewellery and millinery business evolved because I have not been able to use a kiln where I have been living over the last 5 years. Back in the 70's, I dabbled in polymer clay, but no-one really knew how far you could take this medium back then so I moved onto pottery for a couple of decades.

How long have you been creating?: I have been creating jewellery on and off since the 70's

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: My business is now full time. We only moved to Hervey Bay in November, so I have been setting up house and my gallery since then.

Where do you sell your creations?: On my Facebook page, soon to be The Handmade Expo and upcoming local market events.

What makes you so special or different?: What makes my work different is that I specialise in large focal beads made from polymer clay. I also enjoy doing floral wearable art. 




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The most rewarding part of what I do is seeing the final outcome - it is never what I originally planned! Not very good at planning, so I just let it take me where it wants to go! 

What is your favourite product to make?: I am addicted to making beads, which are done with various techniques and are all handmade and original - no two beads are ever the same. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?:At the moment I do not do workshops, as I have been busy getting set up and ready to open my gallery on the Easter weekend.


Friday, March 31, 2017

NEW ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BINNEYS TORNADO POTATOES

Stallholder Profile for Binneys Tornado Potatoes

Your name:  Steve and Nyree Binney
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Binneys Tornado Potatoes - https://www.facebook.com/Binneys-Tornado-Potatoes-522600444563196/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: - Toogoom, just outside Hervey Bay
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Slinky potatoes spiralled onto a stick, placed into a light batter, deep fried and topped with a selection of 9 different flavoured salts.



What inspired you to start your business?:  Steve has been a painter for over 30 years and ran his own business and I had always worked in an office environment.  We had talked about doing something like this but had no idea where to start.  It was total luck that we made good friends with some locals who had been running a food stall and the rest is literally history.  They helped us get started and we have never looked back.  We are very grateful to have connected with these people.
How long have you been creating?:  Steve had been working on the business for 1 year and 3 months and I quit my full time job to join him in June last year. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  This is our full time job
Where do you sell your creations?:  We travel up and down Queensland for work, our potatoes work best with music festivals, school fetes, car shows, food and wine festivals and of course The Hand Made Expo.  We are so grateful that most of our work comes out of Rockhampton and the CQ area 



What makes you so special or different?:  I don't think we are anymore special that anyone else that does the same product.  We have found what works for us, it differs to what others do with how we prepare our potatoes, we hand pick every spud from local produce farmers to create a streamline product that people enjoy. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Hands down it has to be the people we meet and the places we get to travel to.  Everyone is happy to be there, friendly and having a great time
What is your favourite product to make?:  As we only specialise in the one product, it has to be our slinky potato. My favourite salt flavour would have to be Sour Cream and Chive, closely followed by Salt and Vinegar.  At times we also make real fresh cut potato chips, gluten free with nothing added other than the real taste of potato and your choice of flavoured salts 
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  No

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BARVERA DESIGNS AUSTRALIA

Stallholder Profile for BarVera Designs Australia


Your name:    Barbara Watts
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: BarVera Designs Australia  (I’m not on Facebook)
The suburb/town you live in now:   Burrum Heads
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  I crochet my necklaces and bracelets with wire and complete my sets with matching earrings…   I also create pendants with polymer clay and sometimes revert back to creating more traditional pieces of jewellery with my seemless unlimited inventory of semi precious beads!   My husband and I have travelled extensively throughout the world and I’m constantly intrigued and drawn to creative angles, colour variations and mixes…



What inspired you to start your business?:  I used to create and sell my own party plan clothing line and not wanting mass produced imported jewellery to compliment my garments, I began creating my unique ‘hand crafted’ pieces to accompany my ‘hand crafted’ clothing creations ~ the complete package! 
How long have you been creating?:   30 years or so….. I successfully exhibited my jewellery in the Fernie Arts Festival in Canada, however, I now set up at the Boat Club in Urangan in Hervey Hay every third Wednesday of the month and have participated in the handcrafted markets at the RSL….  I also have some necklaces on display and for sale at Hervey Bay’s Cultural Centre….  I’m looking forward to exhibiting my jewellery at Hervey Bay’s first ‘The Handmade Expo’ in May!!!  However, a lot of my business is by word of mouth and I especially enjoy commissions to accompany a special outfit for a special occasion!
What makes you so special or different?:   Crocheting is a technique passed on by my late Mother who inspired me to start my jewellery business!!!!  My creations are very different ~ very much one of a kind as I’m truly unable to make another just the same!    My finished crochet pieces and also the colours that evolve through the mix of polymer clay never cease to surprise and amaze me! 



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Knowing that my unique jewellery is so appreciated and admired…    My ultimate goal is to enrich people’s lives with my Unique Artisan Jewellery….
What is your favourite product to make?:   Every piece is my favourite at the time as no two pieces are ever the same ~ I love variety!!!  My heart and soul goes into first, choosing the colours, then deciding on what embellishments I’ll add!     Each of my creations is unique which adds that individuality to each piece that my clients so desire and thrill to wear!
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  I have been asked to teach how I crochet with wire on many occasions, however, I really am so consumed creating for my niche market!!!