Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stallholder profile Kerry Valley Keepsakes

Today our stallholder profile is Kerry Valley Keepsakes

Your name:  Paula Leigh

Your Business name: Kerry Valley Keepsakes 

The suburb/town you live in now: Darlington QLD

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I make resin jewellery and keepsakes using things collected from 
nature, flowers, feathers, leaves, seeds, shells, stones and even bugs and spiders!


What inspired you to start your business? 
My first spark of inspiration came from my sons first haircut. It was the sweetest 
little blonde curl and I wanted to be able to keep it forever. I couldn't find any businesses that could preserve it for me at an affordable cost so I decided to do it myself! Then I thought "what else can I put in resin?" It just grew from there. My jewellery is full of all the things I love, flowers, leaves, feathers and anything else me and my son (the littlest sidekick) can find on our adventures together.


How long have you been ‘creating’? 
I have only been creating and experimenting with new ideas for about 9 months. But I already know it will be a lifelong passion
Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?  Resin is my "self-care" its a hobby I share with my littlest sidekick and a great way for us both to be out exploring and discovering. Mostly its just for me though. My escape, my creative outlet and my big deep breath after a long day

Where do you sell your creations? 
I sell my jewellery and keepsakes through my facebook page- facebook.com/kerryvalleykeepsakes, on etsy- etsy.com/shop/kerryvalleykeepsakes on instagram- @kerryvalleykeepsakes and at the Handmade Expo in Ipswich

What makes what you do special or different? 
Each piece I create is completely unique. I strive to ensure all my jewellery and keepsakes are of high quality but also affordable.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Being able to share my passion with the people I love most. My husband brings home all sorts of interesting rocks, feathers and flowers that he finds during his day. My Nanny collects feathers for me when she feeds the birds in the afternoon, the littlest sidekick brings me rocks and flowers that he finds in the yard while playing. Family, friends, work mates... they have all developed a newfound interest in the little things in nature and I'm often surprised by a little gift of a flower or a text message asking "would this work in resin?"
What is your favourite product that you make? Feathers! I love every piece of feather jewellery I make, but the rainbow lorikeet feathers are my absolute favourite. My Nanny is 94 and one of the most beautiful souls I know, I love and admire her. She feeds the birds in her garden every afternoon and has a little glass jar she keeps in her kitchen where she places the feathers she finds for me to use. 

Do you teach classes or workshops? No

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