Thursday, April 27, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR T&T DESIGNS

Stallholder Profile for T&T Designs

Your name: Teresa Morgan
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: T & T Designs, No Facebook
The suburb/town you live in now: Maryborough
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  We stock plastic bag holders, bags for kids, bags for the ladies, lap quilts for babies, lap quilts for all ages, placemats, table centres and runners, journal covers.  Mum and I are very creative using machine embroidery and patchwork for these items.



What inspired you to start your business?: I decided it was time to sell these lovely items
How long have you been creating?: Years and years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part-time hobby business.
Where do you sell your creations?: We sell at The Handmade Expo, Howard Markets, The Engineers Arms Market and The Maryborough Markets.       
What makes you so special or different?: All items are handmade with love.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing the final creation and the look on the customers faces at the markets.
What is your favourite product to make?: I would say the favourite is the plastic bag holders as they are all different.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BUSHWALK CANDLES

Stallholder Profile for Bushwalk Candles
https://www.facebook.com/bushwalkcandles/



Your name: Arabella Lubbers

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Bushwalk Candles   https://www.facebook.com/bushwalkcandles/

The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make small batch handmade beeswax candles scented with Australian bush scents and oils using local Hervey Bay beeswax




What inspired you to start your business?: I love product design and homewares and I saw a niche in the market for Australian scented candles and melts

How long have you been creating?: I have been making candles for about 3 years, before that I studied Interior Designer and renovated houses as a hobby

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It started as a part time hobby, but is getting towards full time business quite quickly

Where do you sell your creations?: I sell my beeswax candles online, at handmade markets, at the Harbour Gift Gallery and soon at The Handmade Expo in Hervey Bay!

What makes you so special or different?: My candles reflect the many different scents of the Australian bush and rekindle treasured memories of long bush walks and camping weekends away.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Hearing the brilliant feedback I get about my candles and packaging, and being part of an amazing creative marketplace where handmade means you buy from a person with a name, and we thank you for it.

What is your favourite product to make?: My signature beeswax candle, Bush Walk. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not for candle making, but I do have some tutorials coming up for product photography. It is so important to take great photographs of your products, and the smallest of tips can make the biggest differences. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SHADES OF BEIGE COLLECTION

Stallholder Profile for Shades of Beige Collection
https://www.facebook.com/Shades-of-Beige-Collection-283638641993823/


Your name: Reschelle Cathcart

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Shades of Beige Collection

The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make fabric and polymer clay earrings.




What inspired you to start your business?: I was always doing DIY projects around the house using fabrics and always loved fabric earrings. I saw another earring business at the markets and thought, I could do that.

How long have you been creating?: Started in September 2016

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

Where do you sell your creations?: Online and handmade markets and soon to be The Handmade Expo & Vintage market




What makes you so special or different?: My slogan is "Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication". So my point of difference is that I try to use neutral and earthy tones. I avoid very bright and heavily patterned materials. I do use marble and floral prints.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Positive feedback from customers about your product. Seeing other people wearing your earrings is also really nice.

What is your favourite product to make?: Fabric earrings

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

Friday, April 7, 2017

NEW IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR THE ESSENTIAL CLEANER

Stallholder Profile for The Essential Cleaner

Your name:  Kelly Reeves
 Your Business name and Facebook name and link:  The Essential Cleaner.  Facebook page is also The Essential Cleaner, link is https://www.facebook.com/theessentialcleaner/
The suburb/town you live in now: Forest Lake
What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make natural cleaning products with all-natural ingredients with the main ingredient being DoTERRA Certified Pure Essential Oils.  In our range we have The Essential Spray (a beautiful antibacterial spray to use on all surfaces),  The Essential Shower Cleaner, The Essential Mould Cleaner, The Essential Glass Cleaner, The Essential Magic Paste and The Essential Hand Cleaner (a beautiful hand wash). 



What inspired you to start your business? I had allergies, asthma and dermatitis and cleaning my home using conventional cleaning products caused these health issues to be considerably worse.  I also had a brain tumour 10 years ago and this lead me to want to live a healthier life without toxins
How long have you been ‘creating’? Since July 2016
Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? It is my full time business
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell online at www.theessentialcleaner.com.au and at markets such as The Handmade Expo



What is the most rewarding part of what you do? I love that I am collaborating with like minded people who also want to reduce toxins in their lives.  I love when people have also gotten on top of their health issues by cleaning with natural ingredients
What is your favourite product that you make? I absolutely love The Essential Spray.  It's a beautiful all-round spray to clean your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, car, just about anywhere!
Do you teach classes or workshops? Yes, I offer workshops

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RONNY LEE CREATIONS

Stallholder Profile for Ronny Lee Creations


Your Name: Veronica Farne

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Ronny Lee Creations,  https://www.facebook.com/Ronny-Lee-Creations-755970871225569/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

The suburb/town you live in now: I live in Urangan

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make polymer beads, jewellery, wearable art, along with wire sculpture jewellery and millinery. I am also a potter, but do not have a kiln set up here yet.




What inspired you to start your business?: My jewellery and millinery business evolved because I have not been able to use a kiln where I have been living over the last 5 years. Back in the 70's, I dabbled in polymer clay, but no-one really knew how far you could take this medium back then so I moved onto pottery for a couple of decades.

How long have you been creating?: I have been creating jewellery on and off since the 70's

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: My business is now full time. We only moved to Hervey Bay in November, so I have been setting up house and my gallery since then.

Where do you sell your creations?: On my Facebook page, soon to be The Handmade Expo and upcoming local market events.

What makes you so special or different?: What makes my work different is that I specialise in large focal beads made from polymer clay. I also enjoy doing floral wearable art. 




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The most rewarding part of what I do is seeing the final outcome - it is never what I originally planned! Not very good at planning, so I just let it take me where it wants to go! 

What is your favourite product to make?: I am addicted to making beads, which are done with various techniques and are all handmade and original - no two beads are ever the same. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?:At the moment I do not do workshops, as I have been busy getting set up and ready to open my gallery on the Easter weekend.


Friday, March 31, 2017

NEW ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BINNEYS TORNADO POTATOES

Stallholder Profile for Binneys Tornado Potatoes

Your name:  Steve and Nyree Binney
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Binneys Tornado Potatoes - https://www.facebook.com/Binneys-Tornado-Potatoes-522600444563196/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: - Toogoom, just outside Hervey Bay
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Slinky potatoes spiralled onto a stick, placed into a light batter, deep fried and topped with a selection of 9 different flavoured salts.



What inspired you to start your business?:  Steve has been a painter for over 30 years and ran his own business and I had always worked in an office environment.  We had talked about doing something like this but had no idea where to start.  It was total luck that we made good friends with some locals who had been running a food stall and the rest is literally history.  They helped us get started and we have never looked back.  We are very grateful to have connected with these people.
How long have you been creating?:  Steve had been working on the business for 1 year and 3 months and I quit my full time job to join him in June last year. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  This is our full time job
Where do you sell your creations?:  We travel up and down Queensland for work, our potatoes work best with music festivals, school fetes, car shows, food and wine festivals and of course The Hand Made Expo.  We are so grateful that most of our work comes out of Rockhampton and the CQ area 



What makes you so special or different?:  I don't think we are anymore special that anyone else that does the same product.  We have found what works for us, it differs to what others do with how we prepare our potatoes, we hand pick every spud from local produce farmers to create a streamline product that people enjoy. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Hands down it has to be the people we meet and the places we get to travel to.  Everyone is happy to be there, friendly and having a great time
What is your favourite product to make?:  As we only specialise in the one product, it has to be our slinky potato. My favourite salt flavour would have to be Sour Cream and Chive, closely followed by Salt and Vinegar.  At times we also make real fresh cut potato chips, gluten free with nothing added other than the real taste of potato and your choice of flavoured salts 
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  No

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BARVERA DESIGNS AUSTRALIA

Stallholder Profile for BarVera Designs Australia


Your name:    Barbara Watts
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: BarVera Designs Australia  (I’m not on Facebook)
The suburb/town you live in now:   Burrum Heads
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  I crochet my necklaces and bracelets with wire and complete my sets with matching earrings…   I also create pendants with polymer clay and sometimes revert back to creating more traditional pieces of jewellery with my seemless unlimited inventory of semi precious beads!   My husband and I have travelled extensively throughout the world and I’m constantly intrigued and drawn to creative angles, colour variations and mixes…



What inspired you to start your business?:  I used to create and sell my own party plan clothing line and not wanting mass produced imported jewellery to compliment my garments, I began creating my unique ‘hand crafted’ pieces to accompany my ‘hand crafted’ clothing creations ~ the complete package! 
How long have you been creating?:   30 years or so….. I successfully exhibited my jewellery in the Fernie Arts Festival in Canada, however, I now set up at the Boat Club in Urangan in Hervey Hay every third Wednesday of the month and have participated in the handcrafted markets at the RSL….  I also have some necklaces on display and for sale at Hervey Bay’s Cultural Centre….  I’m looking forward to exhibiting my jewellery at Hervey Bay’s first ‘The Handmade Expo’ in May!!!  However, a lot of my business is by word of mouth and I especially enjoy commissions to accompany a special outfit for a special occasion!
What makes you so special or different?:   Crocheting is a technique passed on by my late Mother who inspired me to start my jewellery business!!!!  My creations are very different ~ very much one of a kind as I’m truly unable to make another just the same!    My finished crochet pieces and also the colours that evolve through the mix of polymer clay never cease to surprise and amaze me! 



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Knowing that my unique jewellery is so appreciated and admired…    My ultimate goal is to enrich people’s lives with my Unique Artisan Jewellery….
What is your favourite product to make?:   Every piece is my favourite at the time as no two pieces are ever the same ~ I love variety!!!  My heart and soul goes into first, choosing the colours, then deciding on what embellishments I’ll add!     Each of my creations is unique which adds that individuality to each piece that my clients so desire and thrill to wear!
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  I have been asked to teach how I crochet with wire on many occasions, however, I really am so consumed creating for my niche market!!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR APRIL SHOWERS HANDMADE GIFTS N YARNS

Stallholder Profile for April Showers Handmade Gifts n Yarns

Your name: Juliette Bland
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: April Showers Handmade Gifts n Yarns    - Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AprilShowersHandmadeGiftsnYarns/
The suburb/town you live in now: Maryborough Qld.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  I mainly make crochet toys as well as knitted long socks, leg warmers. I also make blankets, cushions, Wall pictures, baby clothing.
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What inspired you to start your business?:  I've always had a love of crochet and knitting. Encouragement from family had me taking it one step more and started selling online. Have won many ribbons from craftshows around Australia. And have a lot of my work sell to the overseas market.
How long have you been creating?: Self taught when was only young around 36 years ago.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: My goal is to become a business but at the moment it is just a full time hobby
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell a lot online & word of mouth. I also sell at local craft markets around the area and will be selling at The Handmade Expo & Vintage market for the first time in May. I am lucky enough to also design and sell some of my designs to a magazine called Yarn.



What makes you so special or different?: I don't think my work makes me special or different. I just love what I do, love colour and can only hope it shows through in my finished products.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Love seeing the children's and adults faces from receiving one of my products. Knowing that just one little toy can bring joy to someone and know that it is going to be loved for years to come.
What is your favourite product to make?: I don't really have a favourite but if had to choose would have to be my toys. No 2 toys turn out the same way.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Yes I have classes/workshops in my home.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR QUILT ART BY JEAN GRIFFITHS


Stallholder Profile for Quilt Art by Jean Griffiths



Your name: Jean Griffiths.

Your business name:  Quilt Art by Jean Griffiths.

The suburb/town you live in now: Dundowran Beach, Hervey Bay.

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I use my quilting skills to make cot quilts, queen quilts on commission, place mats, and unique bags using rich fabrics to make Victorian crazy patchwork.



What inspired you to start your business?: I was originally inspired by the Welsh coast where we lived before migrating 10 years ago.

How long have you been creating?: I have been quilting since 1974, but before 2000 I only made things to raise money for the church. I still make loads of charity quilts for the Hervey Bay Quilters

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It is a full time hobby!

Where do you sell your creations?: I have a regular spot at the Harbour Gift Gallery at Urangan, and attend Artslink craft Fairs and now will attend The Handmade Expo & Vintage Market.

What makes you so special or different?: My specialty is making landscapes in fabric. I exhibit at the annual Randwick Art society exhibition and craft fair in Sydney where I am still a member. My work is unique there as I'm the only member to date who's medium is fabric and my work receives a lot of praise. Last year I received an award for my technique.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I love what I do both to sell and for charity and it's good to know that people love it too.

What is your favourite product to make?: I love what I do both to sell and for charity and it's good to know that people love it too.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: I have held workshops in the U.K. but now I teach within my quilting group.

Friday, March 17, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KATHRYN'S CREATIONS

Stallholder Profile for Kathryn's Creations

Your name: Kathryn Rodda
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Kathryn's Creations    www.facebook.com/kathrynscreations   www.madeit.com.au/kathrynscreations
The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make clothing, swimwear and dancewear for ladies and children. 
What inspired you to start your business?:  I began making my youngest son some shorts when he was a baby/toddler because his legs were way shorter (and chubbier) than his two older brothers, so the shorts they wore were long pants on him. I enjoyed it and as a stay at home Mum, and with my friend's encouragement, I decided to make them to sell. I have changed the style I make over the years and have gradually extended the sizes I make for. Swimwear and dancewear were last year's addition, and this year I have added a ladies line. 


How long have you been creating?:  I have always been creative and love craft. My Mum was a dressmaker while I was young, and she made amazing wedding and formal dresses in the small town we lived in. I learnt to sew with her and loved home economics in high school. She says I'm better than her, but I'm no where near up to making a beaded wedding dress like she use to make!
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  I spend most of my time sewing, as I love being at home with my boys even though they are at school now. My husband is a nurse and works all kinds of shifts, so me being home works well for our family. I do a little bit of relief work at the local school but enjoy sewing more.
Where do you sell your creations?:  I have an online store through Madeit.com.au and also sell through Facebook and local markets. People can also contact me for custom orders that are able to be collected locally or posted all over Australia.
What makes you so special or different?:  I believe children should be dresses as children, not mini adults or teenagers. So, particularly for girls, my clothing is all modest and age appropriate, including my swimwear. This is particularly why I started making swimwear after seeing girls at the beach locally in very skimpy bikinis and also having friend's with girls complaining about the skimpy options once they reach the tween sizes. I like to make things that are bright and pretty and fun but still keep girls covered in the right places.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  I love seeing a piece of fabric transform into a beautiful item of clothing and then to see pictures of people and children wearing my items is just the icing on the cake.
What is your favourite product to make?:  I love making pretty floral twirly dresses. I have 3 boys, so I love to indulge in my girly side through my sewing for little girls.
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  Not at this stage. I have toyed with the idea, but found it difficult to set up a teaching studio while we are renting. One day we might own our own house and I'll have a studio!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR POCKET FULL OF SUNSHINE FEATURING UNICORN PLAY

Stallholder Profile for Pocket Full of Sunshine Featuring Unicorn Play


Your name: Tarassa Instone and Rhonda Shaw - two friends who met in sewing class 4 years ago and it went from there :).

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Pocket full of Sunshine Featuring Unicorn Play, https://www.facebook.com/Pocket-full-of-Sunshine-featuring-Unicorn-Play-1601548313428483/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Creating custom Bags (including Nappy, Satchels, Duffels,  Handbags and kids bags), making earrings, and Amigurumi.


What inspired you to start your business? Tarassa loves creating and started Pocket Full of Sunshine (as there is only so much you can give to family right?)  Rhonda joined as Unicorn Play as her family started showing people what the unique bags they had received  and some requests were received.  Best part is we both encourage and work well together.
How long have you been creating?: Both of us started doing all sorts of craft in our teens .  
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Both Hobby and our Business.  While Tarassa's big seller is her Amigurumi and Rhonda's her bags, we still love creating and designing the items.  It is our happy place/time.
Where do you sell your creations? Online via Facebook and various local markets and soon to be The Handmade Expo.



What makes you so special or different?: unique bags and personalised products.  We both take the time helping our customers pick their materials and how they will work together.  This has lead to repeat business and happy clients :).
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: seeing the enjoyment and happiness of what we make when people see it.  You always put a piece of "you" in the work and when they love it - nothing beats it.
What is your favourite product to make?: Tarassa: My crocheted unicorn  Rhonda: Swoon Belle Nappy Bags.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not at this time. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ELISE HEATHER DESIGNS

Stallholder Profile for Elise Heather Designs


Your name: Elise Heather Loxley

Your Business name and Facebook name and link:
Elise Heather Designs – Modern Bohemian Home Décor, Accessories & Art.

The suburb/town you live in now: Toowoomba, QLD

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I weave, do macramé, embroider and sew. I make wall hangings plant hangers, cushions, clutches/bags, pouches and baskets.





What inspired you to start your business? Elise Heather Designs was born through the undeniable passion I have for creating. I find the act of making something with my hands relaxing, soothing and spiritual. I believe it to be not only a passion but an obsession of sorts. My need to create soon blossomed into a hobby then a business where I still make everything myself. From the idea, through to design, creating through to placing the finished item up for sale. It’s all done by me.

How long have you been ‘creating’? My whole life but EHD has been going for almost 2 years now.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? At the moment I study business full time but hope that in the near future EHD will turn from a part time hobby business to become a full time job.

Where do you sell your creations? I sell at local artisan markets in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane and have an online store that ships internationally. www.eliseheatherdesigns.com




What makes what you do special or different? I make everything myself from design, through to the finished product. I take custom orders and can work with you to come up with a truly unique piece.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Seeing photos of people enjoying my work.

What is your favourite product that you make? It changes a lot. I get bored making the same thing over and over but I am particularly enjoying macramé wall hangings at the moment.

Do you teach classes or workshops? Yes. I teach beginners macramé classes at Triangle House, North Ipswich. I am currently working on holding a class in Toowoomba. For more information please visit eliseheatherdesigns.com