Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ARTIST MARY BIRD

Stallholder Profile for Mary Bird Artist



Your name: Mary Bird

Your business name: Mary Bird

Facebook/website name and link: Art - www.paintingsilove.com/artist/marybird

The suburb/town you live in now: Maaroom, near Maryborough QLD

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?  Original Artwork on paper and canvas; Colour Prints (framed and unframed), Placemat and Coaster sets, as well as Bookmarks featuring my original art.  I use a variety of mediums: watercolour and acrylic paints, pastels, colour pencils, charcoal, and graphite.  As a self-taught artist, I grew up painting landscapes and seascapes, portraits, and still life, but for the past two decades my work has become more spiritual. I have been doing Spirit Guide drawings at fairs and expos for over ten years now. These are quick pastel, charcoal, graphite, or colour pencil sketches for I usually have 30 minutes or less to do them.




What inspired you to start your business?  I started out in "business" as a Tarot Reader in 1996 and my mystical or spiritual artwork branched off from there, really getting underway in 2000.

How long have you been creating? For as long as I can remember. In childhood, my style of art changed when, not liking the clothes that came with my paper doll sets, I designed my own collections. In my teens, I designed and made clothes for friends and workmates, along with selling drawings and paintings. In 1971, I began a Fashion Design course at college, but unexpected motherhood altered my plans.  My artwork has featured on two book covers and one magazine cover.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business? Both - part time.

Where do you sell your creations? I have sold my work privately, at markets, art exhibitions (I have had three to date), and online. The May 2018 The Handmade Expo will be my first.

What makes you so special or different? I have been told my art is “healing”. Colour features prominently in my work and I believe in the power of colour to heal on a very deep level.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Seeing people smile, relax, and let go of their troubles - if only for a little while.

What is your favourite product to make?  Lots - from mystical and mythical works to Spirit Guide drawings and SoulScapes. Many of my creations involve specific themes, bright colours, or movement.

Do you teach classes or workshops? I ran Intuitive Art Workshops at the Maryborough Art Gallery in 2014 and would be happy to consider doing something similar under the right circumstances.

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BONNIE BUB DESIGNS

Stallholder Profile for Bonnie Bub Designs



Your name: Amy Parkes
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Bonnie Bub Designs
The suburb/town you live in now: Alstonville
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make baby and children’s clothing using mostly recycled fabrics but all depends on customer orders. I also make dummy clips, bibs, baby blankets and burp cloths. I machine sew, knit and hand sew and hot glue. 



What inspired you to start your business?: It was an outlet for some me-time while I was on maternity leave with my daughter. 
How long have you been creating?: I have been sewing since high school and knitting about the same length of time. I began sewing more advanced projects over the last two or so years. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It is a part time hobby as I work casually and am also a mother to a 14 month old daughter. 
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell online only at the moment over Instagram and Facebook but am excited to venture into markets like The Handmade Expo and am hoping to try out some more markets. 



What makes you so special or different?: My products are different because I use mostly recycled fabrics for my creations which gives them a unique design, pattern and style. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Recieving feedback and photographs and reviews of how happy my customers are with their products. 
What is your favourite product to make?: Baby dresses, overalls and rompers are a tie for my favourite products to make. 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: I haven’t held any classes or workshops but I often give my friends tips on sewing and am on several Facebook groups where we all help each other with our creations. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KEELFORD ORGANIC ESSENTIALS

Stallholder Profile for Keelford Organic Essentials




Your name: Karen and Wayne Keelan

Your business name and facebook/  website name and link:  Keelford organic Essentials www.keelfordorganicessentials.com  FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/groups/keelfordorganicessentials

The suburb/town you live in now: Nerang Gold Coast
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make Pain Magic a pain Massage cream as well as Soap and Candles  Skill is an understanding of essential oils and their componants and uses




What inspired you to start your business?:  my own Pain and a lack of a quality product that was versatile

How long have you been creating?:  30 years

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  I have just started as full time business in March prior to that it was a hobby business

Where do you sell your creations?:  Online, at Markets and The Handmade Expo of course



What makes you so special or different?:  Our products are made from Certified Organic  raw materials,  our signature product Pain Magic utilizes the healing properties of quality virgin vegan Hempseed oil, Comfrey oil, first pressed extra virgin Olive oil and Certified Organic essential oils to bring out its Magic.  All these raw materials are renown for their healing and pain relieving properties.

We are a small home run business that believes quality should come from the earth not cost the earth 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing people come back to me and telling me how their life has changed

What is your favourite product to make?:  Pain Magic

Do you teach classes or workshops?:  No not yet but will in the future

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR NATURE TOYS

Stallholder Profile for Nature Toys



Your name: Joanna Cleary
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com/Nature-Toys-784083331648130/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: Warner
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make whimsical hand made wooden toys, fairy houses, gnome homes, waldorf babies, Steiner inspired stacking toys, castles, swords and shields 



What inspired you to start your business?: wanting natural magical toys for my own children 
How long have you been creating?: 5 years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: As my daughter has just started school, Nature toys is moving from hobby to full business mode 2018
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell online through my FB page but mostly at markets such as The Handmade Expo in Toowoomba and Strathpine.



What makes you so special or different?: I love to incorporate real history and Greek mythology into my toys such as knights at the round table within my castles, The nine worlds, Earth Air Fire Water elements etc... hehe
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: seeing a child light up with wonderment and become lost in imagination. 
What is your favourite product to make?: ahh ... that would have to the little bow and arrows and the catapults
Do you teach classes or workshops?: no currently as I just don't yet have the time. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

NEW MACKAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CLEVER COVERS FOR BUBBAS

Stallholder Profile for Clever Covers for Bubbas



Your name:  Hayley Grech
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Clever Covers For Bubbas 
www.facebook.com/clevercoversforbubbaswww.instagram.com/clever_covers_for_bubbas 
The suburb/town you live in now: Eton, QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:    Creating unique everyday baby items at affordable prices whilst maintaining the highest of quality. 
- Change Mat Covers - Fitted Cot Sheets - Breastfeeding Covers - Bibs - Burp Cloths
          -  Kindy Sheets - Nappy Stackers



What inspired you to start your business?:  When my eldest son was born 6 years ago there were very limited baby accessories available on the market. Especially the variety of fabric prints. I first started making Change Mat Covers and slowly grew from there.
How long have you been creating?: Nearly 7 years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Bit of both really
Where do you sell your creations?: I try and attend a few markets throughout the year but I also have an Etsy store



What makes you so special or different?: I LOVE doing Custom Orders. Where the client gives me a theme and I hunt down as many fabrics in that theme for them to chose from. I just love seeing all of the different themes that parents chose for their Nursery.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing my finished creations set up in their new home and being able to help my clients to fulfill the vision that they had for their little one's nursery.
What is your favourite product to make?: Definitely Change Mat Covers. I may be a bit biased as that was the first product I ever made ( they were the first thing i have ever sewed since High School hahaha) But i just LOVE Change Mat Covers, such a genius little piece of fabric but also a great way to add style and theme to a Nursery.

Do you teach classes or workshops? No

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BEE WRAPT

Stallholder Profile for Bee Wrapt



Your name: Kerri Harris

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Bee Wrapt 
Australia and manufacturer for Ezy Iron

https://www.facebook.com/strayamade/

https://ezyiron.com/australia/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5-TXBRCHARIsANLixNwoOLPZDrkLu57wd4d2wzb_qzFhZvM-vcPrvc22Uq1q4i_9NO3UwzEaAosnEALw_wcB

The suburb/town you live in now: Cootharaba

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:
BEE WRAPT waxing and sewing and cutting
IRONING BOARD COVERS cutting and sewing








What inspired you to start your business?: USING AND LOVING THE PRODUCTS 
MYSELF AND MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS TELLING ME HOW GOOD THEY ARE

How long have you been creating?: FOR OVER 4 YEARS NOW

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: PART TIME HOBBY AND 
BUSINESS

Where do you sell your creations?: THE HANDMADE EXPO MARKET, NOOSAVILLE, 
FACEBOOK AND IRONING BOARD COVERS AT EUMUNDI MARKETS






What makes you so special or different?: I HAVE NEW PRODUCT WITH THE 
BEESWAX WRAPS THAT NO-ONE ELSE MAKES (NOT THAT i KNOW OF YET) WAS MY 
INVENTION AND NOW I DON'T EVEN USE THE ORIGINALS ANYMORE. THE IRONING 
BOARD COVERS ARE DELUXE AND LAST FOR AGES AND CUTS IRONING TIME IN HALF

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: BEING ABLE TO PRODUCE A 
REUSABLE PRODUCT TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT

What is your favourite product to make?: MY NEW EXCLUSIVE BEESWAX WRAP 
PRODUCT

Do you teach classes or workshops?: NO

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR THE CRAFTY CHICKY

Stallholder Profile for The Crafty Chicky



Your name: Abeni Paull
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: The Crafty Chicky

The suburb/town you live in now: Ballina lived here my whole life! Such a beautiful town.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make a variety of items but mostly jewellery and crochet dolls. I also knit and I am teaching myself how to work with polymer clay and resin. I love expanding my skill set.



What inspired you to start your business?: I love making things! I would always try to create beautiful gifts for my family and friends. A few of my friends suggested I sell my items at a market, but I had too many weekend commitments at the time. I did a little bit of online research and that’s how I found Etsy! I could manage my Etsy store easily in my spare time which was great. I am still only a new business, but I am loving every minute of this crafty life!
How long have you been creating?: I have always been creative. Many of my family members are creative, so I guess it’s in my blood. I really started to expand my knowledge and skill level about three years ago.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: I work full time, so this is only a part time business for now. I am striving to turn it into a full time business. Every time I make a sale I do a little dance!
Where do you sell your creations?:  Etsy and The Handmade Expo!



What makes you so special or different?: I am unique just like my jewellery items, I never make the exact same piece more than once (except for requested custom designs) I believe that each piece is so beautiful it shouldn’t be replicated it should exclusive. Customers who purchase any of my jewellery pieces have their own individual piece!
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: All of it! I love being creative, I love seeing peoples faces when they see my creations, I love designing and creating something for a special someone, I love coming up with new ideas and sharing them on my social media. I am my happiest when I am crafting!!    
What is your favourite product to make?: It changes with my moods. I have about 15 different projects going at once so I can pick up what ever I feel like doing and continue with it. Most of my time is crochet related though.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No, but I am hoping to in the future. I do post my crochet patterns onto my blog. I love to share my skills with people who love craft just as much as I do.