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