Thursday, September 3, 2015

Stallholder profile Bling by Nyah

Todays stallholder profile is  about Nyah from Bling by Nyah

Your name: Nyah Mosbauer (age 10yrs)

Your Business name and facebook name: Bling by Nyah

The suburb/town you live in now: Cairns

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Personalised bracelets

What inspired you to start your business? 
Nyah's cousin Lilah has a successful little  little business called "earrings by Lilah” (also has a market stall), this made Nyah want to do something too

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?  
Online through Facebook, so far has sold to friends, and sporting clubs. Handmade expo is 1st market , hopefully not the last

What makes what you so special or different? 
Can tailor to individual needs. Can have your, name, fave band, sporting club, Best friends name , whatever you want on your own bracelet. Lots or colour choices too

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
give 50cents per bracelet to chosen charity, which is currently Cairns Hospital Paediatric Oncology

What is your favourite product that you make? 
all of it

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Stallholder profile Wyn Trost

Todays stallholder profile is of Wyn Trost who will be selling vintage china at our market on 29th November in Toowoomba


Your name: WYN TROST

The suburb/town you live in now: 
HELIDON QLD

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
I SELL COLLECTABLE CHINA-ROYAL ALBERT, CARLTON WARE ETC as well as vintage kitchen items (old hand mincers, rotary beaters,).

What inspired you to start your business? 
I started my accounting business 2 yrs ago and was "STIFFED" some large fees and a friend suggested I sell some surplus china etc to make money and I loved doing it so much I've just continued. Still building my accountaing/tax agent business up also.


How long have you been ‘creating’? 
Approx 18 months

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

Where do you sell your creations? 
  Handmade Expo starting in November, Antiques & Collectable Fairs and Facebook.

What makes what you do special or different? 
I actually am interested in older china and wares-brings back memories especially the kitchenalia I sell ("my grandma used to have one of those"- is the usual thing I'm told.)


What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
When someone finds a piece they've been looking for and I can sell them the piece they are missing or have been searching for a long time.And I love that I can give people the ability to remember their early years and what they used as well. I usually say to them that's 50c for memories-they laugh.

What is your favourite product that you make?
Favourite product I sell is Royal Albert Old Country Roses trios (cup, saucer and plate).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stallholder Profile Adorn You

Todays Stallholder Profile belongs to Adorn You

Growing up I was a bush bower bird..collecting bits of broken china and glass, feathers and anything  bright that caught my eye… spending time in the bush with my pony, using wire to fix things, picking up stones…I began to see the sometimes hidden beauty of nature at an early age..even now  when the cabbage gums drop their silvery, purple bark to become  bright orange continues to fascinate me. I remember having a collection of broken egg shells just because I liked the patterns.”  Making Do” in the bush led me to believe, as I still do, that there are no real right ways to do things....just what works best at the time…This is the basis of my innovativeness ..I put things together in a way that work .
  I am the proud daughter of an amazing artist and my mother was a fabulous dressmaker and fashionista . So she drafted and sewed the latest designs and I was always  dressed in the latest fashion.  Jewellery and accessories in the bush were very rare so I made mine to match each outfit.  I still have all my long dresses that I hand beaded and the accessories that went with. So adorning is as natural as breathing to me.
I studied school at home , art and business  at university and then have been a  potter, a bead store owner, art teacher [also did I mention a fish farmer, grazier and am currently a  safari operator in another life.. I am a mother but our  kids have grown and gone from  home but  I still have
‘precious collection of beads and stuff but now I also now have a collection of opinionated animals....birds, dogs, deer and a camel .
  Some of my favourite highlights have been runner up in the Australian Wool awards, pieces selected and exhibited in the prestigious  for Santa Fa Bead exposition and winning  the title of Southern Downs ABC Rural Woman of the year” and being runner up for the state in 1997 because of my  reinventing objects of the drought and giving them  new life … I find it hard to throw ”interesting”  things away  and I often have things stashed for a while until they come to life again with a new story of creation .making it truly special. 
  I love the joy people have when they wear a piece of my jewellery and how special they say they feel when other people comment on their jewellery. I think people respond to colour and my work is colourful, especially my hand-painted beads, it’s whimsical nature naturally spreads joy and smiles.  Life is for living, why not make it a colourful one too!  


Monday, August 24, 2015

Toowoomba Handmade Expo and Vintage Market

One last blog post before the launch next Sunday of our very first Toowoomba market incorporating Vintage.  
To say we are all excited is a gross understatement.
We hope you can make it or tell a friend about it or even pop it on face book for us.
Without all our loyal supporters, of course this would not be possible.


We'd like to thank everyone for voting for us in the recent Australian Markets and Fairs magazine Golden Gazebo Awards, where we won the Best Handmade Market in Australia.
We once again are just so thankful to you all for your support of our market.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stallholder Profile CelestinesArt

Our stallholder profile today is Celestines Art


Your name: Celestine Stokes

Your Business name: Celestine’s Art (www.celestinesart.com.au)

The suburb/town you live in now: Lockyer Valley

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
Whimsical Mixed Media Art

What inspired you to start your business? 
My children


How long have you been ‘creating’? 
2 years

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

Where do you sell your creations? 
 Gallery’s, art shows, exhibitions, the Handmade Expo, markets, fairs, online and through Etsy.

What makes what you do special or different? 
I do original paintings, commissions, prints, cards, postcards, bags and phone covers for people who like to dream, make daisy chains and jump in puddles.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Being able to escape into my imagination and share my imaginings with other people to make them smile.


What is your favourite product that you make? 
Original paintings

Do you teach classes or workshops? Occasionally.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Stallholder Profile Simply Sweet Cupcakes and Bake

New Stallholder profile for today is Simply Sweet Cupcakes and Bake
Name:
Sam Lowery 

Your Business name:
Simply Sweet Cupcakes & Bake


The suburb/town you live: 
Quinalow QLD 4403

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Sweet Treats; Slices, Biscuits, Cupcakes, Cakes, Tarts etc


What inspired you to start your business? 
Love to bake!!  

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
12 months

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


Where do you sell your creations?  
The Handmade Expo and Vintage Market Toowoomba, Dalby, Quinalow, Oakey, Toowoomba, Highfields, Meringandan, lots of my business comes from Facebook!!

What makes what you do special or different? 
Home baked & fresh!!! 


What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Happy Costumers, great comments they make!!  

What is your favourite product that you make? 
Cupcakes, but really everything sweet!!! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Stallholder profile Moonage Exchange

New stallholder profile is Moonage Exchange

Your name:
Bec Bougoure

Your Business name:
Moonage Exchange






The suburb/town you live in now:
Toowoomba



What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
I sell Men and Women’s Vintage Clothing and Accessories.


 I also sell Upcycled Second-Hand Clothing where I take second hand pieces and alter or restyle a piece by adding something to the garment (patches, prints or embroidery/beading), or colouring dying items, or cropping/distressing an item (jeans in particular).  


What inspired you to start your business?
For as long as I can remember I have had a keen interest in second hand clothing, and in particular altering or upcycling second hand clothing.  When I was a teenager the older looking the piece the more I wanted it, and in more recent years with the emergence of Vintage clothing becoming a trending term I have started to look at Vintage pieces with a modern vibe.  I love to style my Vintage pieces with more modern pieces to create edgy unique looks.  I have also started to develop a range of upcycled second hand pieces to expand on this styling component and have been altering other items to continue the unique styling theme.  

How long have you been ‘creating’?
Since I was a teenager I have been attempting to create unique and edgy styles from Vintage Second-Hand pieces, however Moonage Exchange is a new project that I have been trying to establish for the last 12 months.


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

Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc..of course you must include The Handmade Expo, lol:
I have only started selling pieces via markets; however I am also working on creating an online store via Etsy and also at The Handmade Expo and Vintage Market in Toowoomba

What makes what you do special or different?
I don’t have the most typical Vintage pieces; I try to collect Vintage pieces that allow me to style them with a modern vibe.  I enjoy the idea of using Vintage clothing and Upcycling clothing to promote sustainable fashion practices which is why I like to promote modern styling with Vintage pieces.  


What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
I do it for the love of sustainable fashion and enjoy promoting this idea particularly with the youth of today and small communities.


What is your favourite product that you make?
I love all my Vintage pieces but best of all I love creating new and unique pieces from recycled clothing.