Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Handmade Expo Office

Hi Everyone.

We are very excited to announce the The Handmade Expo will have an office from the 16th June.
It will be in the Handmade Heaven boutique at Shop #11, The Old Flour Mill, 231 Brisbane St, Ipswich.

Payment being sent by post will still need to go to the normal address.

So, if you want to pay cash or talk face to face about the market, this is the place to be.

The office hours are Tues-Fri (8:30am-4pm) and Sat (9am-2pm).

We are so excited to incorporate these 2 together and hope to see more of your faces outside of the market + it will give you an opportunity to check out Handmade Heaven.

Liesa, Micky & MIriam

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Yep, thats right, A DESTASH.

We are currently taking expressions of interest for The Ipswich Craft & Hobby Fair. We do require a minimum amount of stallholders to be able to go ahead with the Fair. At the moment, we have reached our minimum requirement, however, we do require payment ASAP so we know if we are going we are in limbo at the moment.

Now, to that DESTASH!!! Do you have a craft room that needs a good clean out...a DESTASH? Do you have thousands of buttons, fat quarters, material, threads, etc...well, the IPSWICH CRAFT & HOBBY FAIR is for you. You do not have to be a craft store to have a stall, you can be a hobbiest, collector, crafter. We think that this is the perfect opportunity to clean your sewing room and make some extra money in the process.

If you are interested in having a stall on July 25th at the Ipswich Showgrounds, please email us at:

Thanks heaps
Liesa, Micky & Miriam



Any buskers out there? We want you...

Singers, dancers, magicians, statues, clowns, stilt walkers, musicians.

From August 15th, we are heading to the Ipswich Turf Club monthly....It is also our first birthday and we want you to put your hat down!

If you are interested in "street" performing, please email us at

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Tuesday, May 26, 2009



Some of you may know...and some of you may not know that Liesa from The Handmade Expo has taken the plunge and is opening her own shop called HANDMADE HEAVEN. A shop full of HANDMADE GOODNESS.

The shop is not open yet, but hopes for it to be open within 4 weeks. You can keep up to date with her at

The shop is located at:

Another fab way of keeping HANDMADE alive.

If you are interested in selling your handmade goodies in HANDMADE HEAVEN, please email Liesa at

Micky & Miriam (and Liesa too)!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Our next market

Hi Everyone.

So, our next market is on Saturday 27th June. It is being held at the Ipswich Showgrounds, Exhibitors Pavilion, 81 Warwick Rd, Ipswich. From 8am-2pm. Entry is $2 are are free. This is your opportunity to browse and shop for fabulous handmade goods including but certainly not limited to:
Lotions/Potions, Cupcakes, Fudge, Biscuits, slices (yuumy treats), ceramics, folkart, timberware, kids clothing & accessories, handbags, candles, kids toys, papercraft, embroidery, quilts and soooo much more.

So, put the date in your diary and head on down.


Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Monday, May 18, 2009

THe Ipswich Heritage Faire


The day was beautiful, the weather was amazing and the entertainment was fabulous.

With 23 stallholders all ready to go by 9:15am, the gun fire started the day.

With light horsemen marching around, the Town Crier doing the announcing, the singing, poetry, vintage cars, tea and damper, red coats, mansion tours, food, kids games, wine and of course, handmade goodies on offer, the day was lovely.

With Mayor Paul Pisasle opening the Faire at 10:00am...He loves Ipswich and you can tell.

There were approx 800 people who came to check out The Heritage Faire and of course HANDMADE..

Here are some photos of the day...A big thanks to all the stallholders, Ipswich City Council for inviting us to attend and to Woodlands for having us.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, May 15, 2009

STICK 'n' GIGGLE - for ALL of your scrapbooking needs


I have met an amazing lady.

It originally started with the Ipswich Craft & Hobby Fair. Jody was the first to call, book and pay for a site + Jody spread the word like wild fire...
Within 4 weeks, I was around her house/studio with Jane from the Ipswich Independent, taking photos, talking and organising a story for the newspaper. Within 1 week from that Jody had gone from her home studio to a beautiful little shop in the OLD FLOUR MILL in IPSWICH.

Scrapbooking is her passion and it shows within her beautiful shop. From June, Jody will be doing classes, so keep any eye out on the blog for a class list.

I could not help myself and had to go for a visit and take some photos.

You can find Stick 'n' Giggle at Shop #10, The Old Flour Mill, 231 Brisbane St, Ipswich.
Jody can be contacted at:
ph: 0400790947

Shop hours are:
Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm
Thurs Nights - open til late
Sat - 8am-2pm or by appointment

For all of your fab scrapbooking needs, head to Stick 'n' Giggle. she has some amazing things.




Well, this will be our last post before we head out to Woodlands of Marburg (seminary rd - off the Warrego H'way) on Sunday 17th May for the Ipswich Heritage Faire.
We are having a mini market...with 23 stallholders selling their wonderful handmade goods.
The Faire is being held from 10am-3pm, so if you are not busy and are looking for something to do, why not head out to this beautiful location.  A day full of demonstrations, food, entertainment and kids activities, OH and don't forget shopping and browsing for handmade goodies.

See you there!
Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cute as Buttons GIVEAWAY


We really love to support our stallholders.  Therefore, we would like to let you know that Lisa and Sharon from Cute as Buttons are having a giveaway.

All you have to do is go onto their blog at and leave a comment...
We thought we would leave you with a sneak peak of their designer shirts.  We have to say that our kiddies are massive fans..

Happy Shopping!

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Last call for Heritage Faire Stallholders


We would like to put a last minute call out to all stallholders for the Ipswich Heritage Faire.

It is being held on Sunday 17th May...8am-3pm at Woodlands of Marburg, Seminary Rd, Marburg.

The cost of a stall is $40 and you do require your own chairs, tables and canopy.

If you are interested in having a stall at short notice or have any questions regarding the stall, please email Liesa at or call on 0422876154.

Don't miss out on this beautiful day at a beautiful location.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Ipswich Show - Over and Out!


As promised, we would like to let you all know about the Ipswich Show.
The best way is prob to do this with photos...
We had a fabulous 3 days. We handed out approx 5,000 brochures and probably spoke to about the same amount of people. This was great publicity for The Handmade Expo.
We had 22 stallholders provide their beautiful handmade goodies for sale. The tables were overflowing with awesomeness.
We are so lucky to have such talented people among us.

Bill in his fab aapron

We of course had to throw this one in!!!
Miriam and Liesa with FARMER DAVE (our new GOURMET FRESH MAN) :)

So, there you have it...3 days of talking, selling and promoting...and loved every minute of it.

We would like to take this opp to thank all the stallholders who provided their handmade goodies for sale. Also to the stallholders who helped us over the 3 days with setting up, talking, selling and promoting handmade. Its soooo cool to be able to get to know and chat with other passionate handmade peeps.

Thats all for now.
We have the Ipswich Heritage Faire on Sunday at Woodlands of Marburg. We will post later in the week...But if you are not busy and are looking for a fab day out...head to Marburg.

Thanks again
Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Monday, May 11, 2009



Ok, so the Ipswich Show has been and gone and we are just getting together our final post and photos for that, so keep any eye out for it...However, we could not hold on to this any longer and we want to let the WORLD know...

Who is farmer dave you ask....well, for THOSE of you who do not know (which I am sure is only a minority)...Dave started out entertaining us on Big Brother, then moved onto Dancing with the Stars, Ready Steady Cook and much more. You can check out his website at
He is going to be part of our GOURMET FRESH from August at the Turf Club.

He will be selling his lamb and also cooking it. YUMMO...we are massive fans (of him and his meat)!

We met both Dave and Danni (his PA and long time friend) at the Ipswich show and they just could not resist us!!

So, our GOURMET FRESH begins.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Setting up for The IPSWICH SHOW - OMG!!!


So, we really wanted to share our day with you all.
We had a massive day...We headed to the pavilion at 7:30am and got home around 7:30pm...WOW...MASSIVE!!
Everyone dropped all their things off at The Handmade Expo stand by 1pm and then we were off and rolling.

Here are some photos to prove that we actually do some work!!!
We had an absolute ball and I must say that Miriam is the BEST merchandiser...
A big thanks goes out to Bill as well for helping us out.

So, here are those photos.

We put our 6m banner at the back of our site...noice!

We are not camera shy at all....

Liesa and Miriam

Monday, May 4, 2009

See you at the Ipswich Show


So, this will be our last post before we head to the Ipswich Show.
We have a massive variety of stallholders who are helping to sell and promote handmade and we are so thankful for their support.

If you are heading to the show, we will see you there...If you are not busy on the 7th, 8th & 9th of May, why not head to the Ipswich Showgrounds (81 Warwick Rd) between 9am-9pm daily to come and see us.  There will be plenty to see and do (check out  We will be in the big pavilion, so make sure you drop by and say hi.

DONT FORGET MOTHERS DAY ON SUNDAY 10th.  We are sure that you will find mum something fabulous at The Handmade Expo stand....

Once again, we are soooo very excited to be promoting HANDMADE.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, May 1, 2009

OPEN INVITATION - The Ipswich Heritage Faire


The Handmade Expo has been invited by The Ipswich City Council to attend The Ipswich Heritage Faire.
This annual event is being held on Sunday 17th May, 8am-4pm at Woodlands of Marburg, Seminary Road, Marburg.  The day includes demonstrations, food, entertainment and children's activities.

This event was held last year, with approx 1000 people through the door (free entry).  They hope to make it a bigger and better event this year.

This is an outdoor mini-market.  With 25 stallholders.
We do have a few stallholders already committed to the market and are now opening the invitation to all the talented handmade people out there.

This is an outdoor market and you will require your own chairs, tables and canopy (essential). We do have the canopy hire service available at $40..this is put up and taken down for you.

The cost of a stall is $40 and you do receive a 3m x 3m site.

If you would like to have a stall at this annual event and a beautiful location, please email us at: or call Liesa on 0422876154.


Liesa, Micky & Miriam



So, we are putting out a last call for Stallholders to sell and promote handmade within our 3m x 9m site on May 7th, 8th & 9th. do not need to be there...Miriam and I are doing this on your behalf.

If you are interested in paying a 1 off fee for 36 hours of trade to promote and sell to potentially 30,000 people, email us TODAY...

We will need final numbers and payment by MONDAY.

We will need to know what you make and see some photos before acceptance.


Liesa and Miriam