Thursday, December 3, 2015

Stallholder Profile Broken Boughs

Todays Stallholder profile is for Broken Boughs

Your name: Selena Couchman

Your Business name and facebook name and link: Broken Boughs

The suburb/town you live in now: Bentley Park, QLD

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Carved wooden candle holders and drink coasters. 


What inspired you to start your business? 
Woke up with an idea!

How long have you been creating? 
Approx. 6 months

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
Part time hobby, hope to become a business.

Where do you sell your creations? 
 Online and at the Handmade Expo!

What makes what you so special or different? 
EVERY single item made is completely unique, no two pieces will be exactly the same. 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Seeing ideas from my head become something solid.

What is your favourite product that you make? 

The tealight holders.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Stallholder Profile..Polkadot Rumble

Todays stallholder profile is for Polkadot Rumble
Your name: Lisa Abell

Your Business name and facebook name and link: Polkadot Rumble, www.facebook.com/polkadotrumble

The suburb/town you live in: Western Suburbs, Brisbane

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I make children's clothes and baby blankets. I am a sewer and love patchworking and all things stitching.


What inspired you to start your business? 
I have been making baby blankets for all of my friends as they have children, and as those babies became toddlers, I started making them clothes. I would bring them to work to show off and gift them to their owners and found I was receiving orders "Can I buy one just like that for my daughter?" and I decided I could make my hobby earn me money instead of costing me money!

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
I made my first skirt 10 years ago, but only bought my own sewing machine 2 years ago, and became addicted from there.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
part time hobby business :-) - A hobby that I hope will earn me some extra money.

Where do you sell your creations? 
I am only just starting my little business with facebook and the Ipswich Handmade Expo, but also hoping to do some extra markets next year.

What makes what you do special or different? 
All of my items are handmade with love, and lots and lots of pom-poms - who doesn't love pom-poms!!


What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Seeing the items being loved. Every time my friend's 2 year old son puts on one of the pairs of shorts I have given him, he walks around saying 'Lisa, Lisa' to his mum and dad. 

What is your favourite product that you make? 
All of them, I love the little boys sets and I love the dresses with pom poms! I can't choose!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Stallholder profile Nash and Willow

Todays Stallholder profile is for Nash and Willow




Your  name: Jodie Tonkin

Your Business name: Nash & Willow. 

The suburb/town you live
The Gap

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Crowns, headbands. Sewing, patterns, craft, design


What inspired you to start your business? 
I have been making headpieces for friend's weddings (flowergirls and bridesmaids) for years and finally felt like the right time to make a small business out of it!

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
Since forever!

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
Part time business 

Where do you sell your creations? 
Instagram and Etsy & now The Handmade Expo!


What makes what you do special or different? 
I specialise in custom orders for photo shoots/cake smash and bachelortte parties, I think it can be hard to find "classy" bachelorette accessories that have a
 personal touch 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Seeing photographs of little one's at their first birthday wearing my crowns!

What is your favourite product that you make? 
bride to be garden party headband

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Stallholder profile Paperbark Writer

Todays Stall holder profile is for Paperbark Writer


Your name: Paula Peeters
Your Business name:
Most info is on my website www.paperbarkwriter.com but I’m also on facebook as a person  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009248031871

The suburb/town you live in now: 
Sandgate, Qld

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I combine science and art to explore Australian nature through stories, paintings and drawings. I’ve recently used these skills to create the first colouring book for adults, which is the only one currently available that’s based entirely on a wild Australian woodland. I also sell greeting cards, postcards and prints of my artwork, and these are linked to stories on my blog describing the inspiration behind each artwork and sometimes detailing how they were created.


What inspired you to start your business? 
I’ve always been inspired by nature, and love sharing its beauty and fascinating details with others.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
All of my life, in one form or another.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
It’s part time at the moment, perhaps evolving into full time soon.

Where do you sell your creations? 
Via my online shop at www.paperbarkwriter.com and at The Handmade Expo in Morayfield  . My colouring book and some greeting cards are also available at the State Library Shop at Southbank and Binna Burra Lodge in Lamington National Park. My colouring book Bimblebox Wonderland is available at selected shops in Brisbane – see http://www.paperbarkwriter.com/product/bimblebox-wonderland-colouring-book/ for details.


What makes what you do special or different? 
I’m an ecologist, but also a writer and artist. I’ve also spent many years working in the field of wildlife conservation. So this means I can combine my knowledge of many different plants, animals and ecosystems with my artistic side to create unique images and products, with fascinating stories behind them.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
When people recognise the plants or animals in my stories or art, or are excited by new things they didn’t know before.

What is your favourite product that you make? 
I love all of them!


Do you teach classes or workshops? 
I’m planning some workshops for next year, which will probably be held at Binna Burra Lodge.

This weekend Forest Hill and Toowoomba



We have never done 2 markets on one weekend in close proximity to each other, but here goes!

Our annual Forest Hill Boutique Christmas market has turned into a great big boutique for the area with over 65 stalls,  way up on last year.  We think this shows the popularity of handmade and the need to be able to purchase beautiful  handmade gifts in the area.
We have Devonshire Teas in the supper room of the heritage listed hall as well as a couple of other food options on ground.
Next year we will be having 2 markets at Forest Hill, one on June 11th and the other on November 26th..so stay tuned !

On Sunday we have our 2nd Handmade and Vintage market in Toowoomba at USQ Clive Berghofer Centre in Baker St.
Its  an all indoor market and is even bigger than our first market.  We have over 130 stalls of handmade and/or vintage.  We usually hesitate to say there is something for everyone, but in this case we  are pretty confident this would be true.

You can see a list of Forest Hill stallholders here...
https://www.facebook.com/events/1458798781077884/

and a list of Toowoomba stall holders here...
https://www.facebook.com/events/1438804039747490/

We'd love you to help us get the word out by sharing with your social media friends as we know how well word of mouth advertising is and we wouldn't want your friends to miss the market and the awesome opportunity to do some handmade Christmas shopping.
For more information you can hop onto our website for all dates for all venues and contact details etc or our facebook page is always showcasing our creative special stall holders.

www.thehandmadeexpo.com.au
www.facebook.com/handmadeexpo



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Morayfield and Bundaberg For Sale

[MORAYFIELD AND BUNDABERG Markets for Sale]

Do you LOVE handmade?

Would you like to purchase a business that makes a decent profit?

Are you motivated and love dealing with people?

Can you coordinate a monthly event?

Would you love to work for yourself?

Do you like a challenge?

Endless Possibilities.


We might have the business for you…

FOR SALE - 2 x handmade markets that are both 3 years old are ready for new owners to bring fresh blood and new life. Taking them on as your very own.

Purchase 1 or perhaps both as they are only approx 3 hours driving between each.
An established company of 8 years has been behind the events and has a well known name and reputation.

If this is something that you might be interested in please email for a confidentiality agreement.

Only serious enquiries will be taken.
OFFERS OVER $10,000 per event will be CONSIDERED.
0488791379
miriam@thehandmadeexpo.com.au

Stall holder profile Barefoot belle

Our stall holder profile today is for Barefoot Belle





Your Business name and facebook name and link:
Barefoot Belle

The suburb/town you live in now:
Burleigh Heads

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
Handmade beaded tassel jewellery. Every piece is hand beaded and every tassel is hand wound.




What inspired you to start your business?
The desire to build a life doing what we enjoy while being self-supportive. We enjoy traveling and this allows us to do so.

How long have you been ‘creating’?
A little over a year

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
Full time

Where do you sell your creations? 
The Handmade expo Market in Ipswich, Our online store is currently down while we are traveling in Australia however, we are lined up to attend several more markets in the area including Surfer's Paradise beach front markets weekly.

What makes what you do special or different?
The fact that we hand make our tassels, most jewellery brand used pre-fabricated tassels that they simply attach to their Jewellery. We also have unique patterns combining raw wood beads with semi-precious gemstones.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Making a living off doing something we enjoy. Getting the opportunity to be creative and have fun every day.

What is your favourite product that you make?
Our 'crazy Mexican lace agate" beaded jewellery is super unique. This specific gemstone has so much character with different swirls and patterns on each bead.


Do you teach classes or workshops?

No

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stallholder Profile Mardie Makes Cakes

Todays stall holder profile is Mardie Makes Cakes

Your name:
Mardie Jennings

Your Business name and facebook name and link:

The suburb/town you live in now:
Redlynch, Cairns

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
I am a cake, cupcake and cookie maker. I create edible works of art that are baked from scratch, lovingly homemade (including my famous marshmallow fondant) and crafted to the most intricate of details and highest delicious quality.


What inspired you to start your business?
I started out as a Mum making my daughter’s birthday cakes, pretty soon my friends asked me to make their kid’s cakes, followed by friends of friends, etc, etc!

How long have you been creating?
A lifetime of arts and crafts (mostly drawing and sculpting) and my third official year of professional cake decorating.


Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?          
Business

Where do you sell your creations? 
Enquiries for cakes and sweets come via website or Facebook, I sell directly from my registered home kitchen and will be selling a large variety of exquisitely decorated Christmas cookies at The Handmade Expo on December 13th!

What makes what you so special or different?
Absolutely everything I make is handmade and homemade; nothing from a packet or a tub. More work for me; more pure sugary goodness for you.


What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Being a part of the memories of people’s most special occasions!

What is your favourite product that you make?
I love making kid’s cakes!

Do you teach classes or workshops?
I will be looking into teaching cake decorating/sugar sculpting lessons in 2016.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Rockhampton

On tomorrow if you are in the Rockhampton area, over 80 stalls of handmade.

Stallholder profile Schudio

Todays Stallholder profile is Schudio

Your name: Cassie and Kim
Your Business name: Schudio


The suburb/town you live in: 
Cassie is in Crestmead and Kim is in Brassall

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
We make a number of items including cushions, tote bags and shoe bags, small, medium and large zippered pouches, glasses cases and fabric covered journals which all use our own designs printed onto fabric made out of recycled water bottles.

What inspired you to start your business? 
We studied together at University and always had a dream of creating unique designs on cushions.


How long have you been ‘creating’? 
We have been creating for almost 3 years now.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
We would like it to become a full time business but at this stage it is more of a part time labour of love.

Where do you sell your creations?
 We sell our products on our online store www.schudio.com.au as well as through our facebook page. We stock 5 Quirky Cherubs at Gaythorne and at Ashgrove and have had our products in the Green Cathedral Design Gallery at Noosa for 2 years. We are selling at a few Christmas markets this year including The Handmade Expo on 21st November, John Paul College Carols night markets on 22nd November and the Etsy Made Local Market on 28th November.

What makes what you do special or different? 
We design all of our fabric from scratch and have our designs printed onto fabric made out of recycled water bottles, so not only are all of our designs original but our products also help to reduce landfill. We also only use Australian suppliers to help support our local economy. Our products are designed by us and made by us.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Knowing that we are providing people with unique products that not only look great but support our economy and reduce the impact we have on the environment.


What is your favourite product that you make? 
Our cushions. The always have a contrast piping and a chunky exposed zip right down the back. We like to think of this as our signature.


Do you teach classes or workshops? 
We do not currently teach workshops or classes.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Stallholder Profile Living Gifts

Todays stallholder profile is for Living Gifts



Your name: Paula Munday
Your Business name: Living Gifts:
The suburb/town you live in now: Bundamba
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
Succulent planters, recycled timber planters, vintage tins, vintage bird cages, frames. Happy healthy plants.
What inspired you to start your business?
My love of succulents and recycling.
How long have you been ‘creating’?
6 months
Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
It's a hobby
Where do you sell your creations? 
On line and this is my first Handmade Expo Market.

What makes what you do special or different?
I love what I do so it's all special, from finding the perfect container, or making it, to choosing the right plants to compliment... I love it all.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stallholder Profile Noble Cubs

Todays Stallholder profile is  about a business called Noble Cubs

Your  name: Martina 

YourBusiness name: 

The suburb/town you live in now: 
Ipswich

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I sew toys (and sometimes clothing) for babies and children. 

What inspired you to start your business? 
I wanted children to be able to be entertained when out and about without having to rely on technology

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
I have been creating since I was a teen (nearly 20 years now) and started Noble Cubs earlier this year.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
This is a hobby

Where do you sell your creations? 
 I usually sell through Facebook and markets, including the Handmade Expo

What makes what you do special or different? 
My pram /trolley bar covers a little different to what is available, my taggies can attach to straps/ loops and I include the slightly older kids. 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
See kids playing (or wearing) what I've made. 

What is your favourite product that you make? 
I love my pram bar covers.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Morayfield Market this Sunday

For our award winning market of Handmade and Vintage, come to Morayfield this Sunday from 9-2
All indoors and safe from any  Queensland weather !

Monday, October 26, 2015

Stallholder Profile Twinkle Toes and Pretty Bows




Your name: Tamara Hazelden

Your Business name and facebook name and link: 
Twinkle Toes and Pretty Bows / www.facebook.com/twinkletoesandprettybows

The suburb/town you live in now: Ormeau

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Sewing & hand made Clothing & accessories


What inspired you to start your business? 
My daughters
How long have you been ‘creating’? a year 

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? Full-time 

Where do you sell your creations? The Handmade Expo, The Creative Markets, School fetes & charity events

What makes what you do special or different? 
I make practical items at affordable prices



What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Seeing happy clients showing off my products on their children

Friday, October 9, 2015

Stallholder profile Earrings By Shesha Country

Todays Stallholder profile belongs to Earrings By Shesha Country

Your name: Shelby Wheeler

Your Business name and facebook name : 
Earrings By Shesha Country

The suburb/town you live in now: 
Rockhampton

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I make hand crafted earrings and necklaces


What inspired you to start your business? 
I had been sitting on the idea for a while and decided to take the plunge once people started commenting on my pieces and I love the idea of HANDMADE, I try to buy Handmade items where ever possible.

How long have you been creating? 
3 months

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
part-time/hobby business at the moment

Where do you sell your creations?
I sell them through my online store, The Handmade Expo and throughout shops around Rockhampton Yeppoon area

What makes what you so special or different? 
I make one of a kind pieces. The most I have made of one product would be two, so you are guaranteed to buy a piece knowing that you are all the only one wearing it. I also have styles and different size earrings for all ages!


What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Seeing the end result and people enjoying my products.

What is your favourite product that you make? 
Definitely the children's earrings, they are the most difficult but love it.
Do you teach classes or workshops? 
No, unfortunately. 

Stallholder Profile The Yarn Bar

Todays stallholder profile is for The Yarn Bar

Your name: Sarah Boulter

Your Business name and facebook name: 
The Yarn Bar 

The suburb/town you live in now: 
Between Salisbury and Canberra…its a long story!

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I’m a knitter (amongst a range of crafts) and so I started The Yarn Bar to supply beautiful yarns online here in Australia


What inspired you to start your business? 
I learnt to knit, crotchet and sew before I went to preschool. I remember with such pride those early creations...the crocheted hat that never seemed to get bigger, the wooly golf club covers made secretly in bed late at night as a gift for my dad, the toys that looked like "softies" before softies became fashionable, even the formal dress which at the time seemed so cool but is now so cringe-worthy satin and shoulder-pad fashion of the eighties.
Fast forward to my adult years and I still can't think of anything more wonderful than the joy and pride of making and giving to those I love!
The Yarn Bar was created out of the passion to share that creative spirit. I have always wanted to have a mixed craft business and live a life more creative and crafty.
I've started here with yarn in an online business. I wanted to focus on my first love - yarn and bring more beautiful yarns to Australia. I'm delighted my daughter Meg is helping me run the shop.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
Over 40 years!

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
Part time business

Where do you sell your creations? 
At the moment we are selling online through our web shop and popping up at the Ipswich Handmade Expo Market!

What makes what you do special or different? 
We are bringing some new yarns to Australia and making them accessible online


What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
What isn’t rewarding? I love meeting and helping other crafters

What is your favourite product that you make? 
Our weekly newsletter and blog (Mrs Jones, Craft Maven)…that’s two, but I love them both equally!

Do you teach classes or workshops? 
Only with friends over cups of teas at the moment, but we plan to run some pop-up knitting workshops (combined with cake and coffee) in the near future.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stallholder profile fifteen.five.ten

Todays stallholder profile is with Naomi from fifteen.five.ten

Your name:
Naomi – Owner and Creator

Your Business name:
The name of my business is fifteen.five.ten,  I also have an Etsy page which is https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/fifteenfiveten


The suburb/town you live in now:
Morayfield

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
Body scrubs, face scrubs, lip scrubs, foot scrubs and a muscle rub.

What inspired you to start your business?
I have sensitive skin and have found that if you want to use all natural products, which are made with quality ingredients, you have to spend a lot of money. I wanted to make quality products that people can afford. I think everyone should be able to use great skin care products without breaking the bank. I am also a little lazy when it comes to skin care, ask anyone I know and they will tell you, so I wanted something that is quick, easy and effective. My scrubs are the answer to that. A few minutes in the shower/bath/at the sink and you’re on your way to happier skin.

How long have you been ‘creating’?
I have been creating my products for roughly 12 months and selling them now for 3. I wanted to make sure that I was happy with my recipes, ingredients and that they have been tried and tested. I’d like to do a quick shout out to my husband, family and friends for being my guinea pigs!


Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
I would say that I am currently in the stage of a hobby turning into a small business. I’ve just started this adventure and looking forward to everything that comes along with it.

Where do you sell your creations?
I currently sell my products on Etsy, Facebook, The Handmade Expo and also at other markets.

What makes what you do special or different?
I don’t use any chemicals or additives so it’s better for you and your skin. I use quality, natural ingredients in all my products and have priced my range so more people can enjoy great skin care. I personally feel a lot a businesses get lost in the money side of things.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Helping people to have happier and healthier skin. More people are now able to get a little bit of pampering and skin care in their lives without spending lots of money or time. Everyone deserves that.

What is your favourite product that you make?
My coffee scrub. It was the first product I designed. It’s the reason I continued creating and adding more products to my range.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Todays Stallholder profile is OMG Coffee Scrub


Your name: 
Amber Sugden

Your Business name: 
OMG Coffee Scrub 

The suburb/town you live in now: 
Cairns

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Coffee Body Scrub. Have to use my imagination a lot to think of new flavours/smells for the scrub.  A lot of trial and error! 

What inspired you to start your business? 
Friends and Family telling me how great that the scrub is and telling me that I should be selling it lol


How long have you been creating? 
6 months

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
Hobby

Where do you sell your creations? 
Just been making it for family and friends.  The Hand Made Expo is my first market!

What makes what you so special or different? 
All hand made using local ingredients.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
 Getting positive feedback from family and friends telling me that they love my scrub.  Was one of the reasons why I decided to start selling it at markets.


What is your favourite product that you make? 
All of them.  I love coffee!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Stallholder profile Penelope

Todays Stallholder profile is Penelope

Your name: 
Mariana Piñango and Rossmery Daza 

Your Business name and facebook name and link: 

The suburb/town you live in now: 
Indooroopilly

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I knit different item with wool, yarn and T-shirt yarn.E.g :  mats, rugs, toys, coasters, blanket, etc.

What inspired you to start your business? 
Be my own boss and I can control my time.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
3 years 
Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
  It is my business and hobby :) 


Where do you sell your creations? 
Currently, I sell my products online. The Handmade Expo in Ipswich is my first market.

What makes what you do special or different? 
All my products are making with love, also I use quality yarns. 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
When my customers are happy with my work. 

What is your favourite product that you make? 
My favourite products are mats and customised pets



Thursday, September 10, 2015

Stallholder Profile Tonic Mobile Juice Bar

Todays stallholder profile is Tonic Mobile Juice Bar.


Your name:
Sam Bell & Belinda Thynne

Your Business name and facebook name and link:

The suburb/town you live in now:
Cairns

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
We make fresh juices and smoothies using local fresh produce


What inspired you to start your business?
Friendship, freedom, fun and bringing health and happiness to others.

How long have you been creating?
since may 2015

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
full-time now :)

Where do you sell your creations?
The Handmade expo ;) , schools, Genesis Gym, local businesses , festivals, private functions, sporting events...anywhere!!

What makes what you so special or different?
We want to be the change... We want our entire philosophy to be a tonic! ... to uplift :)

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Having great feedback on our creations and feeling like everyday on board the tonic van has been a good day !

What is your favourite product that you make?
Love our #1 Super Smoothy, Is a Coffee hit surrounded in a cloud of creamy banana and cinnamon goodness :)


Do you teach classes or workshops?
Not yet xx