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