Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BELL'S NAPPY CAKES

Stallholder Profile for Bell's Nappy Cakes




Your name: Belinda Hampson
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Bell's Nappy Cakes https://www.facebook.com/Bells.Nappy.Cakes/
The suburb/town you live in now: Lismore Heights
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I design and create original Nappy Cake gifts for expecting parents and Baby Showers.



What inspired you to start your business?: Having children myself, I saw the joy in receiving such wonderful and thoughtful gifts. 
How long have you been creating?: I've been designing Nappy Cakes for 2 years now.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: This is a rewarding hobby
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell online through my FB page - Bell's Nappy Cakes and soon at the Handmade Expo 


What makes you so special or different?: Bell's Nappy Cakes offer unique and personalised gifts to suit everyone's tastes. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Customer feedback is my most rewarding aspect.
What is your favourite product to make?: All of my gifts are my favourite as they bring so much joy to new parents. 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Maybe in the future

Monday, July 16, 2018

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GET FOB'D

Stallholder Profile for Get Fob'd



  • Your name: Rebecca Santillan

  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link: Get Fob’d – https://www.facebook.com/getfobd/

  • The suburb/town you live in now: Toowoomba

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? Key fobs and bag charms using custom resin pieces, pop culture vinyl figurines as well as tassels and silk flowers




  • What inspired you to start your business? Tokidoki nappy bags! The toki characters are the figurines I use, and it has branched out from there.

  • How long have you been ‘creating’? Less than 2 months

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

  • Where do you sell your creations?: Etsy, through facebook groups and on Instagram and soon The Handmade Expo in Toowoomba.



  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Turning a bucket of bits and bobs into a bad ass looking Fob!

  • What is your favourite product that you make? Custom resin pieces

  • Do you teach classes or workshops? NA

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RUSTIC URBAN SOAP CO

Stallholder Profile for Rustic Urban Soap Co




Your name: Bek
Your business name: Rustic Urban Soap Co
Facebook/website name and link: www.rusticurbansoapco.com.au and facebook.com/rusticurbansoapco
The suburb/town you live in now: Fraser Coast
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade cold processed soap mostly, although I do also make soy candles, wax melts, bath bombs, and natural skincare including creams, lotions and oils, I've even been known to make natural mineral make-up from time to time. Throughout the years I've studied chemistry, and have a background in aromatherapy, naturopathy, nutrition and healthcare. 



What inspired you to start your business? The desire to have less chemicals in my life and to divert away from some larger companies in order to become more self reliant lead me to creating my own products. This in turn lead me to providing it to family and friends, even clients which supported and encouraged me to start up my own business back in 2004

How long have you been creating?: I've been creating natural based products and candles since I was a kid, coming from a family of naturopaths, and growing up in the Blue Mountains, NSW, this was a way of life. As I grew up, my knowledge and understanding grew, and I was able to establish a range of products available today. 

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Both, It;s a part time business, with a pat-time hobby on the side, constantly developing. 
Where do you sell your creations?: Mainly online, through some Art galleries, and Boutique shops, and of course The Handmade Expo in Hervey Bay.



What makes you so special or different?: I don't think I am special, I am just trying to do my small part for the environment by reducing the impact we have and provide products which are made with care and attention something that big business don't provide.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Making an impact on the environment and peoples lives, no matter how small it may be. 
What is your favourite product to make?: There's so many to choose from, I dont think I can choose just one. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Unfortunately this is something I used to do many years ago, however, due to certain circumstances I no longer offer it.

LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LADY BEETLE CREATIONS

Stallholder Profile for Lady Beetle Creations




Your name:
Amy White and Julie Kook 
Amy White and Julia Kook
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
Lady Beetle Creations, https://www.facebook.com/LadyBeetleCreations/
The suburb/town you live in now:
Grafton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:
We specialise in patchwork and machine embroidery






What inspired you to start your business?:
Being a mum of two young children we started making bits and pieces for them, and it grew from there initially with items for friends then we decided to make more and do markets.
How long have you been creating?:
Three years on the market circuit, but many more years creating and sewing for personal use.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:
Part time hobby
Where do you sell your creations?:
Local markets, handmade boutique markets and through our Facebook page.




What makes you so special or different?:
We make new designs and alter old designs to suit "real life" situations, by adding pockets here, making smaller there, making practical products for everyday busy people.
We can custom make and design plus personalise.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:
Working together as a mother daughter team.
Creating products that our kids and other parents say they want and love.
What is your favourite product to make?:
Amy: our personalised Double insulated lunch bags, they are so versatile, from using them for work or school lunches, to throw a couple toys and a snack in and your set for a play date. Best thing is they are fully machine washable.
We can bring different themes and characters to life, plus personalise with names.

Julia: our new Book reading cushions. These are very practical, use for either reading books, Travel cushions with colouring book and pencils, great storage in the car or camping or a get place to keep kids PJs instead of getting lost under their pillows.
These cushions give us a good scope of use for different fabrics and designs. Also great we can personalise with names or themes.
Do you teach classes or workshops?:
No.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR THEOTTOPIARY

Stallholder Profile for theOttopiary




Your name: Llyr Otto
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: theOttopiary on ETSY. https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/theOttopiary 
The suburb/town you live in now: Rosebank NSW
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: theOttopiary is a place where you can find a range of unique acrylic jewellery. The primary line is brooches but other jewellery such as earrings are also available. theOttopiary jewellery is designed and made to assist you to express your inner you-for casual wear, work wear or really anywhere.



What inspired you to start your business?: I love watching people and seeing how they express their inner selves and personalities. Through collecting brooches and then making my own designs theOttopiary was born.
How long have you been creating?: since the beginning of 2018.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: theOttopiary is a part time enterprise for me.
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell primarily through my ETSY store and also at specialty events such as the Lismore Handmade Expo.



What makes you so special or different?: The jewellery from theOttopiary is lovingly handmade and many are hand inked after they are assembled. The designs are quirky and each piece tells a story.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I love assisting people to be creative and expressive in their jewellery choices.
What is your favourite product to make?: Cat brooches and flower brooches.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: I do not currently hold workshops.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CATCH YOUR DREAMS

Stallholder Profile for Catch Your Dreams




Your name: Melanie Aquilina

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Catch Your Dreams https://www.facebook.com/CatchYourDreamsAus/
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/CatchYourDreamsAUS

The suburb/town you live in now: Lismore

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make home decor products including dream catchers, crystal sun catchers, baby mobiles, macrame, book marks, succulent plants.






What inspired you to start your business?: I've always had a creative streak so when my daughter was born and I finished working I started to make dream catchers and sun catchers and everything started from there.

How long have you been creating?: around 3 years

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

Where do you sell your creations?: Etsy, Facebook and occasionally regional markets plus will be attending The Handmade Expo soon.






What makes you so special or different?: I always like to put my own style into each creation and love to make special orders for people.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: when I make a custom order or surprise gift and that person receives it, there reactions and appreciation is always rewarding!

What is your favourite product to make?: everything!

Do you teach classes or workshops?: not currently but I'd love to one day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR NANNA SHELL'S

Stallholder Profile for Nanna Shell's 




Your name: Michelle Clout 
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Nanna Shell's https://www.facebook.com/nannashells/
The suburb/town you live in now: 
ALSTONVILLE nsw
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: 
I create beautiful handmade Babies and Children wear, Hand-made Dolls, and Timber Cut-outs (Yard Art) I Sew, Paint, and use power tools everything is hand made when I can


What inspired you to start your business?:
My Children and my Mum inspired me to be creative and I show my love for them through creating beautiful arts and crafts.
I have always been crafty working with my Mum in her fabric store  in my early 20's (Granny's Fabric Bin in Taree) and Attending Craft Markets and conducting Craft Classes in Taree. 
I love creating and learning new things so with Jig Saw in hand off I went.   I only had my youngest daughter left at home she was 3 years old and I decided to try my hand at yard art I thought why not I love creating and learning new things so with Jig Saw in hand off I went I cut out and Hand Painted a Santa and 9 Reindeers painted them all different colours and then a friend ordered a set and her friend and before I knew it I had a Business called Santa's Little Helper's this was 1995. 
We re-located to Beautiful Alstonville in August 2004 and after some setteling in I started the Timber Cut-Outs again creating custome made orders and old favourites for Local Businesses and Clubs. New Ones are being created all the time. Then the creative bug hit again and I found I was adding Hand-made Dolls  Nanna Shell's Doll's was Born to this I now have Nanna Shell's,  Ali Cat Babies and Children's Wearas well.
How long have you been creating?: 35 years now
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:I am now a registered Business called Nanna Shell's I work part time outside the home but most of my time is spent on the business I am in the process of creating a web page at the moment so all 3 FB pages will be in the 1 spot.
Where do you sell your creations? 
Face Book, from my home, Lismore Car boot Markets !st sunday in the month, Ballina Hospital Craft Show, Alstonville Quots Club Craft and Leisure Fair, Alstonville Pig Races and of course soon The Handmade Expo so exciting.



What makes you so special or different?: 
I put lots of Love and Care into every thing I create and love to creating special orders to fit the clients needs, I have a quick turn around from order to delivery, and every creation is different from the next.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:
 Having 14 Grand-Children now I just love being creative and producing crafts that bring my and their ideas to life, as well as creating for family, friends and customers. No idea is too challenging as I put a lot of heart and artistic energy into all of my projects to create the highest quiality products.
Definately seeing the faces when the orders are picked up and the pics the families send me of my creations drives me to expand my business into multiple directions and create to the different desires of my customers.
What is your favourite product to make?:I really can't decide that as every creation brings be so much joy and challenging times that once they are complete they are my new favourite product.
Do you teach classes or workshops?
I have in the past and I am planning to have some work shops  for the timber Cut-outs in the school Holidays for the Kids to be able to come and Paint their own  I am still working on the dates as these were really popular in the past. I also teach close friends and family how to sew at times and places that suit their busy lifestyles.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CROZ'S WOOD CARVINGS

Stallholder Profile for Croz's Wood Carvings



Your name: Croz Crosby

Your business name:  Croz’s Wood Carvings
Facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com./crozz22/
The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?Timber Sea Creatures and Timber signs using various tools & techniques by hand being self-taught.  No laser cutting involved.



What inspired you to start your business?: Work accident

How long have you been creating?: 15 years

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: hobby
Where do you sell your creations?: Urangan Pier Markets, Howard Markets, Handmade Expo  & Facebook page, Hervey Bay Art Gallery & selected events.



What makes you so special or different?: I love my fishing, so I pay attention to the detail which makes the pieces very realistic. So people look at the pieces and they know straight away what it is. My pieces are not mass produced.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: People posting photos on our FB page with their pieces proudly displayed in their home and for those who received it as a gift
What is your favourite product to make?: Sailfish

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

NEW MACKAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CRAFTED BY NATURE

Stallholder Profile for Crafted by Nature



Your name: Amy Phillips
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: 
Crafted by Nature 
The suburb/town you live in now: 
Moranbah, QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
Handmade, herbal skincare products.
Soap making, lip balm making, bodybutter making, naturopathic principles and philosophies, herbal combinations for specific uses



What inspired you to start your business?
I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Naturopathy via distance from Endeavour College of Natural Health. I moved up here with my partner for his first full time teaching gig and since being up here have craved a more practical application to my degree. I made some lovely products for friends and family at Christmas last year and after rave reviews and a bit of convincing from my partner, I decided I'd make a whole range of products and sell them locally and interstate. For the past few years I've been on a journey of eliminating all chemicals used in my home and on my body and I wanted to provide these alternatives to a local as well as national market. I'm passionate about promoting how dangerous these chemicals can be to our endocrine system and how simply and effective natural alternatives can be. If you can do it naturally why would you try any other way?
How long have you been creating? 
As a business, we've been creating these products for 3 months
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?
We run our business part-time while I study and work as a teacher aide at the local high school.
Where do you sell your creations? 
We sell our gorgeous herbal skincare online on our website www.craftedbynature.com.au , at local markets in Moranbah and surrounding towns, Paxton’s Night Markets and at the The Handmade Expo Markets in Mackay.



What makes you so special or different?
What makes us different to others is our use of visible, organic dried herbs which not only bring our soaps to life but also add a beautiful exfoliation medium for the skin. We also design our soap preparations with herbal combinations that can provide specific actions when used on the skin around the body. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
The most rewarding part of selling our products is knowing that we’ve made a small impact in someone’s life by reducing their exposure to toxic chemicals and igniting their journey to discovering a world free from chemicals. We absolutely love hearing all the positive feedback we’ve been revcieving and how our products have improved people’s skin and bathing experience. 
What is your favourite product to make?
Our favourite product to make is the soap range as we get to experiment how to make new colours with completely natural ingredients such as turmeric or matcha tea.
Do you teach classes or workshops?
Unfortunately not at this stage. 

TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BEEHOLD

Stallholder blog post for Beehold



A couple of months back I did something that’s not unusual. I approached the beekeeper Alf Crighton at my local farmer’s market and started a conversation. The subject itself wasn’t so remarkable; we just talked bees, and about the amazing benefits and uses for natural, local honey and beeswax. That conversation started a friendship, and ideas flowed. With the availability of Alf’s great beeswax and honey my husband Edwin and I have become artisans of some beautiful handmade products. We launched a business, Beehold with a simple goal - to provide environmentally-friendly household products that are so simple, beautiful, economical and sustainable that our customers won’t miss their store-bought synthetics. I thank Alf, because, with local supplies and support this is a realistic aspiration.



                        Crystal Charles from Beehold and beekeeper Alf Crighton
One of our products is reusable beeswax food wraps. If you’re new to food wraps they are a bacteria resistant alternative to plastic wraps, ziplock bags and other plastic kitchen storage. We used to cringe using cling film knowing it would be used once and end up in landfill. The ingredients of the wraps - beeswax, coconut oil and pine resin on cotton fabric. It’s all natural and will one day go back to the earth. Did I mention they are bacteria resistant? The ingredients naturally keep your food fresh.
Plus they are so cute! I’ve chosen high quality fabrics in a range of themes. My current favourites are the geo designs. Bold and bright :)
We believe sustainability means producing quality products with a decent lifespan. So not only have we taken great care in choosing quality local ingredients and fabrics to begin with, we encourage customers to get back in touch once their wraps are no longer sticky and we will renew them the first time for free.  Our packaging is 100% biodegradable.

Beehold's three wrap pack, in Geo design, with biodegradable packaging
Want something a little different to what you see? Happy to find a custom solution, even name printing so you won’t lose them at school or work.
But food wraps are just the beginning. We also have a line of beautiful skin care products made with all natural ingredients designed to face the harsh Australian environment. Our beeswax body butter has been very popular for locals battling the cold, dry, windy weather.

                        Heavenly beeswax body butter is a moisturiser with a breathable barrier to the elements
Try these products and more at The Toowoomba Handmade Expo Markets, 29th July at the Harristown High School Auditorium. Tip: stop by on your way out so you can also grab a bucket of honey for the road!
Get in touch with me through facebook https://www.facebook.com/beeholdwraps/ or my website www.beehold.com.au for more information and future market times.

Crystal Charles

Beehold Founder and Artisan