Wednesday, December 24, 2008



Well, this will be our last post for the year.

AND a big thanks for all of your support in 2008 and we look forward to seeing you in 2009.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, December 19, 2008

More Photos from December's Xmas Xtravaganza


As promised, please find below more wonderful photos from Saturday's Expo.

Pavilion View

Angela Proctor

Amanda Morris from Damesel Products

Neal & Mary Souter

Derry Beavis

Eva Fritz

A big thanks to everyone who posed for the camera!

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, December 18, 2008



We would like to advise that we have had to change the date for the June Expo from the 13th June 2009 to the 27th June 2009.
All stallholders have been sent a seperate email, but we would like to let EVERYONE know in advance.
Something has come up on that same date within the Ipswich area and we believe it be crucial for both Stallholders and Customers that the date be changed.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, but we hope that we have been able to give you enough notice to be able to work around it.

Merry Xmas
Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Lucky Door Prize Winners - CONGRATULATIONS


As you all know, we had a NEW thing on Saturday. We had a lucky door prize, on the hour, every hour. We had some awesome local businesses donate vouchers and merchandise for this great event.

We have 7 a big congrats goes out to these guys:

Maureen from Yamanto
1 x John Watts Sewing Voucher
1 x Ipswich City Mechanical Voucher

Denise from Karalee
1 x John Watts Sewing Voucher
1 x Ipswich City Mechanical Voucher

Janette from Narara, NSW
1 x Quest Ipswich Apartments Voucher

Julie from One Mile
1 x Coffee Club Pack

Karen from Basin Pocket
1 x Ipswich City Mechanical Voucher
1 x The Perfect Paper Place Voucher

Gail from Runaway Bay
1 x Voucher

Jenny from Woodend
1 x Common Courtesy Pest Control Voucher.

So, a big congrats to you guys and thanks to you and all the wonderful customers who continue to come through the door every month.

We cant close this post without once more thanking the local businesses who support us. A big thanks to:

Ipswich City Mechanical
Quest Apartments
The Coffee Club, Riverlink & Booval
Common Courtesy Pest Control
The Perfect Paper Place
John Watts Sewing and Patchwork

We hope that you too will support these local businesses that support The Handmade Expo.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Last Expo for the amazing success


Well, The Handmade Expo computer is up and running again and we are very excited to show you some photos and let you know how the day was.
We had approx 1250 people through the door. What an amazing response. It was the first weekend for school holidays and families must have just hung out long enough to go to The Handmade Expo first before making their way on holidays...So, thanks for that!
This month, we had access to the PA system within the pavilion...which was lots of fun. The 3 of us all took turns in having a chat. It was very useful for reaching everybody at once. How great was it to be able to give the stallholders a plug throughout the day...letting all customers know of the specials available at each stall. We will certainly be utilising this again for our March and June Expos in Ipswich.
We had a lucky door prize on the hour, every hour, which was a great success and we had 6 very lucky winners who were stoked. Something that they didnt expect to walk away with on a Saturday morning.
I know you are all waiting for the firemen. What a lot of fun those guys were. Bruce and Dale had an amazing time and we loved having them there...we hope that they will come and visit us next year.
Congrats also to Mango Wendesday Ceremics for winning the best dressed Stall (judged by Cr Charlie Pisasle) and for Annette from Gatton Lapidiary Club for winning best dressed stallholder (judged by Dale, the fireman). Thanks to all the Stallholders for getting into the spirit of xmas and dressing up. You certainly made the atmosphere feel very xmasy. A special mention to Barbi O Bears for their singing snowman, the kids loved it (and so did the adults)!
Now it is time for the photos.

Annette & Dale (best dressed stallholder)

Tina Wilson...More-ish

Miriam, Micky, Liesa & Bruce

Mango Wednesday Ceramics (best dressed stall)

Barbi-O-Bears with Mr Snowman

Our Resident Santa...Mr Steve Curnow

Cute as Buttons

Chris Carter

Margie McColl from Furry Friends Treats

There will be plenty more photos to follow throughout the month as well as more updates.
So a massive thankyou goes out to all of our stallholders and all of the wonderful customers who come through the door. Thank you for supporting The Handmade Expo...If it wasnt for ALL of you, it wouldnt happen.


From Liesa, Micky & Miriam.

ps...our next expo is on Monday 26th Jan (Australia Day) at Jondaryan Woolshed...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Xmas Xtravaganza Expo a Roaring Success

We had a fantastic day on Saturday, lots of happy stallholders and lots of happy customers. We got back to the office, only to find the Handmade Expo computer having a malfunction so Liesa will be out of action until the fix it men come or the good fairy comes and buys a new one, (we know what Liesa would rather !).
In the mean time, just incase you have some photos or any comments or other business you need to get through to us , you can email until Liesa gets back on line and that's Miriams Expo email address. If Liesa is going to be off line for more than a few days I will start posting some photos and other info as it comes to hand...

Enjoy your day


Friday, December 12, 2008

Donation #7 - The Perfect Paper Place


Last but certainly not least, we have received a generous donation from:


You can find them at:
Raceview Shopping Centre, 64 Raceview Street
Phone: 32880019

They have donated a $20 voucher to spend as you like..

They can supply all your card making, scrapbooking and invitation needs.
They are yet to get a website up and running, but when they do, you will be able to find them in our supporters section of our blog.
So a big thanks to Leanne and Sue for supporting The Handmade Expo and we hope that our avid readers and supporters will show their support too in your new business venture.

So come on down tomorrow for your chance to be in the draw to win this gr8 voucher.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Donation #6 -


Donation #6 generously came from Not only are they online specialists in craft materials of ALL sorts, but they have 2 shops also which are located:

Cnr Warwick Rd & Moffatt St, Ipswich
Brassall Shopping Centre (accross from Crazy Clarks)

They can also be contacted at:
ph: 1300798420

So, there is no excuse not to visit them!

There very generous donation is:

1 x $100 gift voucher to spend however you please

A big thank you goes out to Trevor and his team at crafty for that fabulous donation.

So, to be in the lucky door prize to maybe win this prize, come on down this Saturday to The Handmade Expo at the Ipswich Showgrounds to go in the draw..GOOD LUCK.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Donation #5 - John Watts Sewing & Patchwork


So, our 5th donation and a big round of applause goes out to:

Their fabulous and very generous donation is:

2 x $50 gift vouchers towards a sewing machine service.

The following services are offered at John Watts Sewing & Patchwork:

Patchwork & quilting classes
Sewing machine & repairs
Horn sewing Cabinets

You can contact or see this fabulous long time local business at:
168 Brisbane Road, Booval (across from Booval Shopping Centre)
Ph: 32824711
fax: 32824441

So, a massive thank you to John and his team at John Watts Sewing for a fabulous donation.

Come on down this Saturday to be in the draw for this fabulous prize...and many more.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Monday, December 8, 2008

Donation # 4 - Common Courtesy Pest Control


Another fabulous lucky door prize has been generously donated by:

We have to admit that we have been using Brian and Darlene Kneebone for many many years and they are just fabulous.

They have donated:

1 x General Cocky & Silverfish Treatment for the average size home. This is to the value of $121.

They have this new and exciting Termite Control called TERMIDOR. A quick rundown on TERMIDOR is that it is non-repellent to those nasty things called THE TERMITES. This means that they can not detect the product and will not avoid the treated area. There will be brochures on hand at The Handmade Expo on Saturday, so feel free to grab one on your way out.

You can contact Brian and Darlene from Common Courtesy Pest Control on:
Phone: 3288000
Fax: 32880188

So, 1 lucky winner will walk away with this fabulous prize on Saturday. Come on down to be in the draw.

Once again a BIG THANK you to Brian and Darlene.

from Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Donation #3 - The Coffee Club, Riverlink & Booval


Hands up who LOVES The Coffee Club.
We do....
We don't know how we ever lived without these wonderful cafe's for sooooo long in the Ipswich area.
We go AT LEAST once a week to either the Riverlink or Booval cafe. We always get GREAT COFFEE, GREAT FOOD and of course, GREAT SERVICE.

"WHERE ELSE WOULD WE MEET YOU?" seriously, where?

We personally recommend the Eggs Bennedict for breaky and the Classic Fish and Chips for lunch....The 3 of us are all VIP members...(which is great value if you are regular).
So, a MASSIVE thank you goes out to the owners, Angela and Barry for their generous donation to the lucky door prize, which is:

The fabulous and very yummy Coffee Club Coffee...Ground for plunger...
2 x thermal travel mugs
2 x $20.00 Coffee Club cash which can be used at any Coffee Club.

One lucky customer who comes through the door NEXT Saturday will be walking away with this fab lucky door prize to the value of $100.

So, lets support this fabulous local business that supports The Handmade Expo and once again...THANK YOU ANGELA AND BARRY FOR YOUR SUPPORT...and see you soon (we will have the regular please)!!!

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, December 5, 2008


As per a previous post, we mentioned that we were having firemen at The Handmade Expo on December 13th, selling their 2009 calanders to raise money for the Royal Childrens Hospital Foundation..Burns Unit.
I would like to introduce you to 1 of the firemen that will be arriving about 9am on Saturday morning.

A big round of applause please, goes to DALE.
We have met DALE and are VERY EXCITED to have him on board NEXT Saturday.

Another fab firemen that is attending is, another big round of applause to BRUCE..

So, come on down to The Handamde Expo next Saturday, purchase a calander for $10 and meet these hunky spunky funky firemen who are raising money for a great cause.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

ps...It is our pleasure!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Donation #2 - Quest Ipswich, Serviced Apartments


Well, once again, we have received a very generous donation from another local business:

They have donated:

1 nights accommodation in a Studio room with a continental breaky pack for 2 people. This is to the value of $200.

How fabulous...even if you live in Ipswich, what a perfect opportunity to "get away" for the night and if you live outside of Ipswich, what a perfect opportunity to come and stay for a night and do some wonderful sight seeing around our wonderful town..There is lots to see and do in Ipswich (including The Handmade Expo)!

Quest Apartments Ipswich is 4.5 star apartments. Just a short walk to The Handmade Expo! and the CBD. It has 64 stylish furnished apartments...very modern, fresh and new. Offering 1, 2 & 3 bedroom serviced apartments, they all boast a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. All include Air Con, LCD tv's with foxtel connection.
Guest Services include:
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Conference room
On Site Car Parking
BBQ Area
On Site Reception
Pantry Shopping
Breakfast options
Valet Dry Cleaning
Restaurant Charge Back
Bussiness Admin Services

To Contact the ever so friendly staff, details are:
Phone: 3813 6000

So, these apartments are suited to everyones needs and wants and one lucky person will win this voucher on December 13th at The Handmade Expo. So come on down to be in the draw.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Donation #1 - Ipswich City Mechanical


Over the next couple of weeks, we will be giving all the local businesses who donated to The Handmade Expo lucky door prizes a MASSIVE plug to say THANK YOU for their support.
Our first shout out goes to:

Their very generous donation is:

3 x vouchers to the value of $200 each for a vehicle service.


A big thanks to Brook and his team for their very generous donation. 3 lucky customers who come through the door on December 13th will win one of these vouchers.

You can find Brook and his fabulous team at Cnr of Cemetery & Whitehill Rds, Raceview
They can be contacted on 3812 1341 or emailed at:

IPSWICH CITY MECHANICAL provide the following services:
General Servicing
Electronic Tune-ups & Diagnosing
Engine Repairs & Exchange Engines
Brake, Clutch & Transmission Repairs
Log Book Servicing
and a new and wonderful service being offered is mobile roadworthy & safety inspections where they come to you...How convenient.
Their hours are Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.

So, lets support the local businesses that support The Handmade Expo.


From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Monday, December 1, 2008

A New Way of Advertising The Handmade Expo


Quite a few months ago, we booked this space.
How cool is it? The time came today for us to head out to Brassall Shopping Centre and put up our sign. It is difficult working with limited space, especially when we have soooo much to say, but we think we did alright!
It is harder and more time consuming then it looks, but it was fun and couldn't let this opportunity pass without taking a photo.
Thanks Cheryl Bromage for the space :)

Liesa doing it tough!

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More Voucher Donations - THANK YOU

As per a previous post, we have been approaching local businesses and asking for a voucher donation for our lucky door prizes. The response has continued to be amazing and now have the following local businesses donating:

The Quest Apartments, Ipswich
The Perfect Paper Place, Raceview
John Watts Sewing, Booval

So, thank you a big bunch to these local businesses and keep posted on this blog for what they are donating and their business details.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Tuesday, November 25, 2008



We said that the Expressions of Interest would close on the 1st December for the Goondiwindi Handmade Expo, however, we have had such a massive response, that we have decided to let EVERYONE know that we are going ahead and we have close to 70 stallholders (that's right, 70) tentatively booked in.

Here are the details of our Goondiwindi EXPO...

WHEN: Saturday 4th April 2009.....8am-4pm
WHERE: Goondiwindi PCYC, 1 Russell St, Goondiwindi
ENTRY: $5 Adults, Kids are free

We are still taking bookings for this expo, so please email: for further information.

For the stallholders who are tentatively booked in, if you haven't received a booking form already, there will be one on the way next week to you.

Thank you to everyone for their support. From the Stallholders to the Goondiwindi PCYC and Goondiwindi Community for embracing this new event.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thank - You... Lucky Door Prizes


We would like to start giving our supporters of The Handmade Expo a plug.
For our December XMAS XTRAVAGANZA EXPO, we have approached many local businesses and asking them for their support in kindly donating a lucky door prize. We are pleased to announce that so far we have the following fabulous businesses willing to donate. The Handmade Expo customers also have these lucky door prizes to look forwrd to if they win. Each door prize will be worth over $100 in value.
1 ticket will be issued upon entry per paying adult. The lucky door prizes will be drawn on the hour, every hour and you must be present to claim your prize on the hour of you enterting The Handmade Expo.


The Coffee Club, Riverlink
Ipswich City Mechanical, Raceview
Common Courtesy Pest Control

Keep an eye out on the blog throughout the month for these fabulous businesses contact details and the prizes they will be donating.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Saturday, November 22, 2008


The 3 of us (+ Cooper, Jordan, Jackson & Jeff) took a trip out to Jondaryan Woolsheds today.
What a lovley day. We arrived around 10am and left at 1pm. We had a good look around and enjoyed some damper and billy tea, made on site.
We needed to have a look at the Woolshed where the Australia Day market is being held.
We measured up and worked out that we can fit 48 stallholders throughout the inside of the Woolshed. So, that means, we are fully booked for our inside stalls...however...we can utilise the beautiful surrounds of the shed and have outside stalls still available. So, we are now taking bookings for outside only. The cost for an outside stall is $40 and you will need your own tables, chairs and canopy.
Here are some photos of the woolshed and the outside areas.

The Surrounds of the Woolshed

More Surrounds of the Woolshed

Long view of the Woolshed

Closer view of the Woolshed Entrance

It is approx 43km and 35 minutes from Toowoomba...which would make it approx 1 hour and 45 minutes from Ipswich.
We are very excited about this Expo as the Australia Day Festival that we are incorporating the Expo with sounds like a lot of fun and a great day out for EVERYONE.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Devastating Ipswich Floods


We thought we might share some photos of the floods that have consumed Ipswich over the past couple of days.
We have been lucky enough to not have any damage, but driving around, there have certainly been some very unlucky people and we wish them all the best with their clean ups. The community spirit of Ipswich has no doubt come out in force to help the needy.
We have never seen anything like this before. We were not around the area for the 74 floods and thank goodness for that. These are terrible enough in themselves, but to have to deal with MORE water would be dreadful.
Thank goodness today (Friday) is sunny and lovley, give the people who had damage to start drying out some of their things.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, November 20, 2008


We thought we would advise via our blog that we are tentatively booked for all of our Expos, except Goondiwindi (of which we are up to over 60 stallholders). We have started a waiting list and if you would like to be placed on the list, please let us know via email to:
The bookings and enquiries have come thick and fast...very exciting times.
We would like to let you know, that due dates for payments of all expos are 1 month(by calendar date) prior to each expo. This means that....if payment is not made on or before this date, your position is at jeopardy of being given to someone else on the waiting, we encourage that you make your payment before the due date to secure your position.
Happy Handmade and bring on 2009!

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WE HAVE FIREMEN.............


Yes, you heard right...we have firemen.
They will be on site at The Handmade Expo on December 13th selling their 2009 Firefighters Calanders. Funds raised go to The Children's Hospital Burns Unit and World Firefighters Games.
We will even have one of the models from the calander attending...signing autographs and having photos taken. Here is a sneak peak of what you will see...(**note** firmen may vary to photo)...but WHO CARES!

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam



All of our posts that we place on this blog are very upbeat and positive...HOWEVER, we have come across people stealing our signs...which is a very unfortunate thing. Not only for The Handmade Expo, but for the Ipswich Community.
We get up very early the Sunday morning before the Expo to put the signs on poles all around Ipswich. It takes us a good 2 hours to accomplish. The Sunday after the expo, we race around town to collect them. is the interesting bit!
Every month, we are down at least 1 sign. Someone is stealing our signs. This month, there were 3 that went missing.
We use a ladder, we use a drill, we use screws...They are very securely put into the poles.
We started with 25 we are down to 15.
We have found that this is a fab way of getting the word out to the local Ipswich community...Here is a photo of our signs. If you see any laying around (which we have done so before), please let us know...

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November Expo...another Success


WOW...what an amazing day. We must admit that it was quite HOT on Saturday...the fans that we put around the pavilion did help a little bit and it even seemed cooler inside the pavilion than out.
We had just over 1200 people through the door. Which is awesome. With a constant flow all day, we did notice the busiest period was between 8am-11am.
We found out on Saturday that we were mentioned on Channel 10 news as the end, after the weather where they mention "what to do this weekend"..Thanks Tenille for the heads up on that. If you of course see or hear us on TV...we would love to know about it.
Hope you enjoy the few photos below...
See you all next month at the Xmas Xtravaganza Expo on December 13th.

Liesa, Miriam, Micky, Leisha

Ron Sleep...The Wooden Stick & Spoon Man

Liesa with Tenille Nevill from Heart on Your Sleeve

Liesa & Miriam at Barbi-O-Bears

Mark Pillar...The Honey Man

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, November 13, 2008

See you all on Saturday

Well, the time has come to head on over to the pavilion tomorrow and start setting up. We are excited once again (yes, the butterflies of excitement have returned).
We will once again have the wonderful coffee man on site, together with a sausage sizzle and snow cones. What more could you want on a wonderful summers day...a coffee hit together with a sausage and snow cone to boot.
Dont forget the awesome stallholders who have been very busy all month putting together their array of handmade goodies. What a wonderful time and atmosphere to start your xmas shopping. So, bring your xmas list and make sure you check it twice!!
We look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday from 8am.

From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Searching out a Stallholder!!

Yay, we finally adjusted our diaries and made it to "Old Petrie Town" to see one of our stallholders, Trish Goodfield of Trishalan Designs. Trish owns a fab little shop that in another life was a butter factory but now is her workshop and retail space for all her eco dyed products. "ECO" I hear you say? Yes Trish can dye a shirt only using one cup of water, very friendly on the environment, (mind you it was raining the day we visited!!)

Trish holds classes teaching people her art and from photos we've seen on her blog it seems all those attending are just dye -ing to do more!!

Trish is a very philosophical person and we enjoyed her hospitality.

Thanks again Trish and happy birthday for yesterday too!!

You will be able to enjoy Trishs' hand dyed products, fabric, threads and clothing at all the Handmade Expos including Jondarayan on Australia Day 2009 and Goondiwindi on April 4 th 2009.

We also had the pleasure of meeting Trish's husband Alan, the other half of Trishalan designs and Alan creates pieces from wood which we are hoping he will bring along to Jondarayan.

Check out Trish's blog and she has a new website coming soon

Note: Patchworkers go crazy for hand dyed fabrics! so if you know any mad about patchwork people, why not pick them up some fat quarters for Christmas from Trish on Saturday at the Handmade Expo.

Cheers! Miriam

Saturday, November 8, 2008



As promised, here are The Handmade Expo's dates/venues for next year.
It will be on a first in best dressed basis. There are no permanent stallholders at The Handmade Expo.
How it will work:
If you would like to have a stall at any of the months/venues mentioned, please send an email to: In this email, please mention the dates and venues that you would like to be a part of, how many stalls you would like (max of 2), what it is you handmake (if you are a new stallholder), together with any questions you may have. We will respond to your emails and advise further details.

We look forward to bringing The Handmade Expo to you in 2009 and we look forward to working with you to have another successful 6 months.

Monday 26th 2009 - Australia Day
Jondarayan Woolshed


Saturday 14th 2009 - March Madness Expo
Ipswich Showgrounds Exhibitors Pavilion

Saturday 4th 2009
Goondiwindi PCYC

7th, 8th, 9th 2009
See us at the Ipswich Show promoting and selling handmade for The Handmade Expo

Saturday 13th 2009
Ipswich Showgrounds Exhibitors Pavilion

Good Luck
Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, November 6, 2008



Christine from Metamorphosis Designs is having a 1/2 price sale at her stall in November and December on all of her country craft items. Christine can be found on the entrance row, second stall from the end on the left handside. Please feel free to see one of the expo co-ordinators if you are having trouble finding Christine.
Christine also does jewellery. You will not see the country crafts on her website..only at her stall.

Happy bargain shopping

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Toowoomba...another beautiful city


So, this weekend, we visited Miriam (mum) in Toowoomba. They have the most wonderful parks and once again, went for a morning walk and took some photos. Hope you like.

ALSO...don't forget about the expressions of interest (eoi) we are taking for The Handmade Expo in Goondiwindi. EOI close 1st December 2008. We need a minimum amount of stallholders to be able to go ahead with the market which will be in April 2009. We are very happy with the response so far.
Goondiwindi is approx 3.5 hours from Ipswich and approx 2.5 hours from Toowoomba. So, spread the word.

The park I went for a walk in

The lovely waterways throughout the park

2 galahs...mates for life

The bat coloney in residential, i guess they are not only in Woodend

from Liesa

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I thought I would share my addictions with you.
1. Walking in the morning (this is a new thing for me and I hope I can keep motivated). It is hard work doing 5km and pushing a pram, but I feel good after it. May I recommend this new addiction to everyone who reads.
2. Taking photos on my walk (this is also a new thing). I see things in a whole different light. It's nice. May I also suggest that if you have a camera, take it everywhere with you as you don't know what you might come across.
3. Blogging. I can't believe how addictive it is. I love keeping everyone up to date with not only the goings on of the Expo, but random subjects.
Here are some more photos of my walk this morning.

I picked a beautiful red flower (not very good with species of plants/flowers)

I couldn't help myself and had to take a photo of this beautiful Jacaranda (that species of tree, i do know)

Can anyone guess where the waterfall is? I didn't even know it was there until this morning and I have been living in the area for almost 8 years. Put a comment on the post if you know where it is..I will reveal in the next day or so. Good luck guessing!

From Liesa