Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our Next Market

Hi Everyone....

Well, we thought we better get the ball rolling and post about our next market.

It will be on Saturday 26th September from 8am-2pm at the Ipswich Turf Club which on Brisbane Road, Bundamba.

The Sausage sizzle this month will be run by the Ipswich Woodworkers...A not for profit organisation that makes wooden toys for sick children.

We will have over 100 stalls of handmade goodies + GOURMET FRESH which is growing and will grow monthly. Come on down on the 26th September and grab your handmade fix...So much to see, hear, taste and do.

Keep posted for more updates leading up to the market....

Thanks for reading and tuning into our blog...

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mixtape has arrived in Handmade Heaven

Hi Everyone

We just wanted to let you all know that you can purchase your NEW MIXTAPE from Handmade Heaven. They have arrived.

There are limited copies, so head on in and grab yourself the latest Issue (10).

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Hi Everyone.

We wanted to let everyone know about the 2009 Spring Fair which is happening in Ipswich from Monday 14th September to Saturday 19th September. Now, part of this fair will include the "SPRING TO LIFE" Quilt Show.

It is a competition for quilters, family and friends to enter their most loved works that best interpret the theme and visually explore the ideas that link country life with town living.

There are 4 main categories for consideration:
1. Childrens section
2. Most loved/most recent works
3. Un-shown
4. Peoples choice award

The best thing about it is that entry is FREE and you could win a Country Quilt Co. Gift Voucher.

So, you can download a registration form from HERE OR you can go and visit Liesa in Handmade Heaven for a flyer and registration form.

Thanks for reading...keep posted.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our First Birthday CELEBRATIONS

Hi Everyone

So, Saturday has been and gone with great success. We had a fabulous day.
The day started at 5:30am with stallholders eagerly awaiting the new and fabulous venue of the Ipswich Turf Club. Everything ran super smoothly all day. Mayor Paul Pisasale arrived on time to cut a ribbon and make a speech. River 94.9 was on hand to do live feeds all morning...everything worked out as planned.

The first 500 people who came through the door received a free cupcake. They were adored and loved by everyone who was lucky enough to get one. Unfortunately 800 people missed out....Yes, that's right. We had 1300 people through the door on Saturday. What an amazing response. Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated our first birthday with us. Thanks to all the stallholders, new and previous, for their support in moving to a new and fabulous venue. We have received fabulous feedback about our change. It was a big scary move, but we have done it and we are so glad that we did.

We were super excited to see Jay from Finki come all the way from Melbourne to visit us. She is exactly how we had pictured her...she is gorgeous

Miriam from Bubba Chenille and Jay from Finki with one of our 500 cupcakes.

Liesa, Jay and Micky

Here are some photos...more will follow in a couple of days...but we really wanted to get something up....

Mayor Paul Pisasale cutting the ribbon

Farmer Dave setting up his Lamb Shack


Had to throw in a few crowd shots.

Our next market is on Saturday 26th September...same time, same place...SEE YOU THERE.

Thanks heaps
Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, August 14, 2009


Hi Everyone.

So, we are super excited to blog about this.

A challenge was put out there to us to be seen and spoken to at Queens Park, Ipswich where the Today program was. So, Micky & I scooted up there at 7am this morning to BE SEEN AND HEARD (unfortunately Mum aka Bubba Chenille couldnt make it...can you imagine if the 3 of us were there!!!)

Here are some photos.

We have had many phonecall/emails/mentions of us being seen which is SUPER COOL.

Hope you love these:

Liesa and Lisa

Liesa, Shannon from Stick N Giggle, Mayor Paul Pisasale, Stevie, Micky

Liesa and Cam

Stevie and Micky

We hope that everyone who was at Queens Park comes tomorrow and also everyone who saw the signs in AUSTRALIA also comes for a visit.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

ps...thanks for the challenge, it was GR8

Thursday, August 13, 2009

See you all on SATURDAY

Hi Everyone.

So, this will be our last post before we see you on Saturday. We are supercalafragalistcexpeealadociously excited (there you go Deb)!! about our first birthday in our new location. We have so much going on that we want to tell the world. We have Mayor Paul Pisasale coming at 8am to cut the ribbon into our new venue...which is exciting in know that the Mayor is so supportive of our market. We also have FREE CUPCAKES for the first 500 people through the door. RIVER 94.9 radio station will be doing live broadcast in the morning from the Turf Club which is nice of them...we do thank them very much for that.

Now...inside the market, you will find over 100 stalls of handmade goods on offer as well as our new GOURMET FRESH which includes FARMER DAVE. Farmer Dave is a LAMB farmer...he will be selling his fresh lamb as well as sizzling them on the BBQ. They are delicious. Farmer Dave is known for his stint on Big Brother and he was also seen fabulously dancing with the stars.

We have buskers. Dual (Rob and Dave) an acoustic guitar duo, we have Chloe, an amazing solo artist and we have Ella, a violinist. How exciting. Every where you turn, you will hear, see and smell something different.

So, here are the market details:

Saturday 15th August
Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Road, Bundamba
ENtry $2 are free.

See you soon

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Hi Everyone we just had to blog about this....AGAIN. We don't often get frustrated or upset...we normally take it on the chin and move on. 2 things have happened today that have really made the day seem challenging.

Every month we put in the hard yards and hang up our signs around Ipswich. We have 20 of them that we take a couple of hours on the Sunday before the market to put up on poles/trees, etc to let the Ipswich public know that The Handmade Expo is on.

Now, we are trying to run a business and join together to help make Ipswich the most liveable city in the world...bring and sustain a market monthly to this wonderful town of ours.
To the people who have complained to Energex about having our signs on poles...WHY? how does it effect you? Surely you have better things to worry about. You obviously have too much time on your hands to be worried about our signs, may we suggest you stay at home and handmake somethings to fill all your liesurely hours instead of looking for something to whinge about! We find it exciting to see signs around, advertising local events. Ok, so a market is not your cup of tea, thats cool, we get that, you could have rung us and we would have been more than happy to take them down ourselves. You have got what you wanted...ENERGEX have confiscated them from us and destroyed them..2 less signs for us to put up every month, costing us money. Thank you. the people who keep STEALING OUR SIGNS...STOP IT!!! Why do you keep doing it? do you use them to write "GARAGE SALE" on the back. You may think that it is just a corflute sign however, these cost us a lot of money to get done. They are worthless to you, so STOP STEALING THEM.

We will offer a reward to any HANDMADE EXPO signs that are found around the place.

Now, we could not close on this note. To a more positive note:

We have been challenged. HOW you might ask? Well, we have been challenged to be seen on the TODAY program. They will be at Queens Park in Ipswich on Friday. We are taking 2 CORFLUTE signs for The Handmade Expo up to the park to flash around and hope to be seen and spoken to on camera. We know it is a long shot, but we are going to give it a go anyway. We never let a challenge slip us by. WISH US LUCK

Liesa, Micky & MIriam


Hi Everyone

So, as you would know, we like to donate some of our proceeds to good causes. We have decided that we are going to share it around. There are so many causes that need funding and we want to help as many as we can. So, every month, we will be donating to a different cause.

This month, we have decided to donate to Billy Harris

Like most fifteen year old boys Billy was an enthusiastic, athletic individual who enjoyed hanging out with his mates and playing footy at the West Arana Hills Rugby League Football Club. All this changed when Billy had a bicycle accident which caused serious brain damage even though he was wearing a helmet.

Billy is now in a wheelchair and requires ongoing rehabilitation and care. If not already bad enough, the Harris family suffered another setback earlier this year when Billy’s mother, Leanne, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Leanne is now undergoing chemotherapy on top of the care required for Billy.

We are so happy to donating to this needy cause.

Thanks heaps
Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Hi Everyone.

So, our first birthday is almost upon us and we wanted to send out a big thanks for all of your wonderful birthday wishes...

Here is a sneak peak of some fabulous advertising for our first birthday: Hope you love it:

Thanks to Renee and Di from Di-licious for wishing us
happy birthday and of course for the scrumptious bicky which we can't wait to sink our teeth into. It looks massive on the blog, maybe big enough to share with 20 people? LOL

We have also just had some very exciting news. Jay from Finki is coming up from Melbourne to see us on our first birthday...we are so excited about this Jay and can't wait to meet you in person.

So, our first birthday is on Saturday 15th August from 8am - 2pm at our new home of The Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Road, Bundamba. The main entrance to the Turf Club is off TL Cooney Avenue.

We will have birthday cupcakes for the first 500 people through the door. We have 3 buskers (Ella, Dual and Chloe) putting their hat down, we also have GOURMET FRESH....come one down and meet Farmer Dave from Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars. Dave is selling his most fabulous Lamb (I can vouch for how fabulous it is). AND we can't forget the 100+ handmade stallholders. You will be able to eat, drink, shop and be entertained all in one fabulous venue. TELL THE WORLD and we will see you next Saturday.

So, keep those birthday wishes coming...we hope to do a post next week linking to all the birthday wishes we see on other blogs.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam