Friday, May 22, 2015

Stallholder profile My Eclectic

We welcome Anita from My Eclectic who will be joining us at our new location in Toowoomba for our 
Handmade and Vintage Market

Your name:     
Anita Gosden

Your Business name : 
myclectic  

The suburb/town you live:
Brisbane

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
1 - Recently I've taken an interest in Leather work. Traditional methods of carving and hand stitching. I make purses, wallets, clutches and earrings out of new and repurposed leather. 
 2 - I collect vintage books, magazines, comics and sheet music and use these in my glass tile jewellery range which I have been making for about 3 years.


What inspired you to start your business?  
It all started with making some superman cuff links from a comic for a friend. Then a short while later, I visited the Brisstyle Twilight Market for the first time where I met fellow creatives and just knew this is what I wanted to do.


How long have you been ‘creating’? 
All up I'd have to say since I was a little girl. I can't give you a date or else I'd be giving away my age. So let's just say a VERY LONG TIME!

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
At present it is more of a hobby, I like to call it my little 'cottage industry'. I've found that realistically I do need to work part time to support my little creative cottage industry.


Where do you sell your creations?
# I have an online shop on Etsy.com and Madeit.com.au 
# I also stock three Brisbane businesses with my creations.      ( The Collective Store, Wynnum; Retro Metro, Paddington; and Indie Made, Sandgate ) 
# and of course I often sell at popular Brisbane markets such as The Handmade Expo, Brisstyle Twilight Market and Suitcase Rummage.


What makes what you do special or different? 
The majority of the materials I use, whether for leather goods or comicbook jewellery, I have personally sourced locally at garage sales, de-stashes, op shops and 2nd hand book shops. They are usually one off and never to be repeated so that is what makes my products different.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
It Is the response I get from a happy customer. One who loves the uniqueness of my products. I love the grins I see at a market when someone picks up a pair of my comic book earrings and realises it's Tintin or Mickey Mouse.
I love that grin.

What is your favourite product that you make? 
At the moment I adore the cute little 'wastenot' leather purses I make along with a funky leather tassel. I'm a bit addicted to making my own chunky leather tassels.

Do you teach classes or workshops? 
Yes I do. Basic leathercraft, And I love it. I have held classes at The Collective Store, Wynnum and a new venue in West End called Raw Art.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stallholder Profile Dee Bees Embroidery and Craft Delights

Our new stallholder profile is  Dee from Dee Bees Embroidery and Craft delights

Your name:  
Dee Bryant

Your Business :  
DeeBee's Embroidery & Craft Delights - 

The suburb/town you live:  
Mt Gravatt

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?  
Embroidered Towels, hand towels, baby wraps, tea towels, Hanging towels for the Kitchen/Bathroom, Mug Mats, Bibs created by my daughter in law - Grubbiez - https://www.facebook.com/grubbiezclothing).  Love to create designs which suit the client, Personalised Christmas Stockings


What inspired you to start your business?  
Have always sewn but bought an embroidery machine after a bad week at work.  Changed my machine at a Craft Market and decided it would be my retirement toy.  Made Christmas Stockings and personalised towels for my nieces and nephews and people said I should take my business to the markets - so that is what I have done.


How long have you been ‘creating’?  
My mother gave me a pattern when I turned 13 and said 'Now it's your turn' so I have been sewing ever since.  When I was a stay-at-home Mum many years ago I made toys for my children and family rather than buy them.  Didn't have time to do this when I went back to work and really missed creating.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
I guess it is a hobby/business.  Word of mouth and my Facebook page has increased the awareness of what I do

Where do you sell your creations?  
 Handmade Expo (Morayfield); Fig Tree Pocket Farmer's Market 

What makes what you do special or different?  
Am open to suggestions which is why I changed to hanging towels for the kitchen/bathroom.  Someone suggested that I needed to do towels for the bathroom.  I love to add things to my collections - Bunny Bags,  Personalised Christmas Stockings, etc

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?  
I love to see the look on people's faces as they peruse my products.  I love to hear comments about prices.  I love people to come back and buy more products.  I have one lady who bought products at Rocklea, messaged my page and now is a regular customer at Fig Tree Pocket Markets.

What is your favourite product that you make?  
I like them all but I guess I like to create designs for personalised towels and/or products.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Market with Handmade and Vintage in Toowoomba

NEW MARKET
The Handmade Expo has been hatching some plans and we are excited to announce our newest Market and Venue with a twist !
We are now offering stalls at this new venue for " Vintage " products.

Many of our stallholders already dabble in vintage wares and now they will be able to combine their love of vintage with their handmade to bring you a unique and sought after shopping experience.
We are hoping for stand alone vintage stalls as well.
Our New Venue is in Toowoomba on the beautiful Darling Downs and at a great venue at the University of Southern Queensland, the Clive Berghofer centre.
We are accepting stallholders now.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Stallholder Profile Jenna Lee Sai Jewellery

New Stallholder Profile is Jenna Lee Sai Jewellery

Business name 
Jenna Lee Sai - Jenna Lee Sai Jewellery 





The suburb/town : 
Cairns

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
I make tribal and bohemian jewellery using recycled materials and cruelty free animal products

What inspired you to start your business?
Self love and the process of adorning your body with treasures.

How long have you been creating?
 7 years

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
It is a part time business i am looking to make full time

Where do you sell your creations? 
Online, word of mouth, markets, I have a small permanent stock at SheShe fashion boutique in Redlynch as well as previously having work in Hand Made Cans and I will be attending The handmade Expo in Cairns.

What makes what you  special or different?
It is all hand selected from pieces of broken jewellery and other peoples throw away items.


What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
The way other people feel when they wear my work.

What is your favourite product that you make?
My bohemian and tribal headpieces.

Do you teach classes or workshops?

Yes I teach workshops focused around channeling your divine through the power of making your own adornment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Stallholder profile Blue Shell Creations

Our newest stall holder in Ipswich is Michelle from Blue Shell Creations

Name: Michelle Gillett

Your Business: Blue Shell Creations 

The suburb/town you live in: Moggill

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Quilts, Household items and jewellery.  I design and make my own quilts, I crochet, knit, sew and embroider


What inspired you to start your business? 
I want to see if I can make my hobby into a successful small business.  I wanted more work life balance and out of the corporate rat race and do what I enjoy for a living. I decided last year to create Blue Shell Creations and see if doing what I love could bring in some reward.



How long have you been ‘creating’? 
For about 6 years now.  However, I have fond memories of my grandmother teaching me how to knit as a child.  Something to this day I cherish that she passed down to me.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
At the moment its a hobby that I would like to become a part time business.

Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc.. 
The Handmade Expo of course :)  and Etsy

What makes what you do special or different? 
I design my own quilts and I also create one off pieces.  I use only high quality products to make my designs.  

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Loving what I do and seeing someone else receive joy from my finished product.  Also knowing that my quilts leave behind a legacy.  They will still be here when I am gone.

What is your favourite product that you make? 
My first love is quilting but a close second is to crochet.

Do you teach classes or workshops? I don't at the moment but I would love to in the future.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stallholder profile Bella BBQ

New stallholder profile is all about Bella BBQ
Name:  
Steve Hellyer

Your Business: 
Bella BBQ   

   
The suburb/town you live: 
Redbank Plains

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
We slow smoke our pork and brisket  and create burgers that have been voted in some of Brisbane’s top 10 must have burgers

What inspired you to start your business? 
I was a stay at home dad and got a little bored during the day, and loved watching BBQ Pitmasters, and decided that I wanted to learn how to smoke like them. After much practice and some fails, I am now consistently putting out high quality food for the public to eat.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
I have been creating for around 4 years, and the business has been up and running for nearly a year, but only been in our food van for 2 months and taking the food truck scene by storm.

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

Where do you sell your creations? 
The Handmade Expo, Boundary St Markets, Rocklea Markets, Love Your Local Markets, Brooky Bite Nite, Private Functions


What makes what you do special or different? 
I think what stands out for Bella BBQ is the story, Bella our daughter is the only girl in between our 7 children, and Bella meaning beautiful, is how we came up with the Bella BBQ name. Each burger/meal always goes out with love and care, I’m quite a perfectionist and love creating burgers for our customers.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Hearing back from our customers about how much they love our product and showing BBQ enthusiasts what I do.

What is your favourite product that you make? 
I love all my product,but I must say my favourite at the moment is our brisket burger with house made mac and cheese, it is to die for!!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stallholder profile...Outback Heart and Craft

New stallholder profile is Outback Heart and Craft


Your name: 
Claire 

Business name 
Outback Heart and Craft 

The suburb/town you live: 
Logan, Qld

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I source great quality, handmade items from our rural craftspeople who due to distance and location may not get the exposure they deserve for their items. Where possible our items have a rural look / to them and each of our items have a spiel written by their creator so that customers can understand exactly where their piece is coming from.



What inspired you to start your business? 
Having worked in Outback Qld for quite a few years I was able to see firsthand the hidden talents of our bush. Having moved back to Brisbane I am now in a position I can support our rural people through showcasing their wonderful items and telling their story to a much larger audience.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
Outback Heart and Craft has only been established since January 2015 and we have only recently begun the market scene after researching our ideal locations and sourcing items to sell.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
At this stage Outback Heart and Craft is a part time business / passion of mine which I would like to develop into a fulltime business.

Where do you sell your creations? 
Ipswich Handmade Expo, Mount Tamborine Markets and Twilight Makers Market, Raby Bay. You can also buy through our facebook page and we are looking to create a website in the future.

What makes what you do special or different? 
Wow! How do I summarise this part? Outback Heart and Craft is about showcasing the people of the bush - the heart of our Outback. Each person out there has their own story to tell - through teaching their children via Distance Education, drought, flood, working the property or having their husbands / family members working away and in general just being the most adaptable, resilient, welcoming people you will ever meet. These people, along with the passion of living on and working the land are also very talented in their own crafts, however due to sometimes isolation but always location can only get their crafts noticed via their own Facebook page or word of mouth. It is our goal to help bridge this distance through sourcing the pieces, some very unique and OOAK and showcasing them to you along with their story so that you too get an appreciation and a better understanding of our extremely talented people of the bush!



What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Sharing the stories but then also letting our suppliers know at the end of each market that one of their pieces has a new home - somewhere in this big city...