Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stallholder profile "This n That Kat"

We have a new stallholder in Ipswich starting in November, 
a local Ipswich lady ( which we love ! )
Introducing Kat from  This n That Kat
Name:  Katrina Van Wyk

Business name: This n That Kat

The suburb/town you live: Springfield

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?  I make handmade dolls, monsters and dresses.

What inspired you to start your business? 
My daughter.  I started sewing when she was around 3 and she just loved everything I made her.  I started getting some really nice comments from strangers in the shops and it all went from there.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
I have only been sewing for around 5 years, but I have been "creating" FOREVER! lol! 
My day job has me working as a Graphic Designer Little Black Kat Creative  and have a background in Fine Arts & Illustration. 


Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?  
Just a hobby
Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc 
The Handmade Expo Market, Church/school stalls, Facebook and will be opening at Etsy store in near future.

What makes what you so special or different? 
Hmmmmm.  While there are a lot of people out there making dolls and dresses these days, I try to buy fabrics that are a little different and am always looking for ways to improve my patterns.  My dolls are each "cuddle tested" by my daughter too! 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Seeing how excited people are when they purchase a new doll . . . and when they come back for more!

What is your favourite product that you make?  My dolls

Friday, September 26, 2014

Stallholder profile Nelleeus Ethnic Designs

Our new stallholder profile today is a first time marketer, Sue-Ellen from Nelleeus Ethnic designs.

https://www.facebook.com/NelleeusEthnicDesigns?fref=ts





Name: Sue-Ellen Brown

Business name: Nelleeus Ethnic Designs



The suburb/town you live: Gold Coast, Qld

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
Necklaces and Wall Hangings from Tribal Textiles and Beading.

What inspired you to start your business? 
Travel and my love for tribal textiles.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
Only a few months.

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

Where do you sell your creations?  
I have a etsy store which is very new, The Handmade Expo will be my first market.. very excited!!!

What makes what you do special or different? 
Using tribal textiles in a new way.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
I enjoy the whole process of traveling sourcing  and creating.

What is your favourite product that you make? 
Necklaces


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stallholder Profile Design a Locket

Today our stallholder profile is on Sammy from Design a Locket

Name:Sammy Hutchinson

Business name:DesignA Locket


The suburb/town you live in:Fernvale, Qld

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
My customers and I  personalise a complete locket and chain set from my collection. Choose from a wide range of charms, stones and crystals to put inside your locket. They may choose to fill it with things about their family, themselves, a loved one or pet that they have lost... As far as the imagination takes you.
What inspired you to start your business?
I like different things, things that you can not just buy from any store or supplier and everything from the locket to the chain to what people fill it with is all personal and not one locket will be the same.

How long have you been ‘creating’?
I have been running my business for about 8 months now.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
It is my full time business, I operate from home.

Where do you sell your creations? 
The Handmade Expo, Markets, Party Plan or just people who have seen mine or a customers that has purchased. I also sell from my Face Book page and Shopping Centre’s.

What makes what you do special or different?
Everyone can personalizse their own locket or personalise it for a family member or friend.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Watching my customers walk away happy and surprised of what they have just taken home with them.

What is your favourite product that you make?
I like everything that i have in my kit

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stallholder Profile Frame Creations WA

Todays stall holder profile is Laura from Frame Creations

Name: Laura Warman

Business name: Frame Creations

The suburb/town you live in: Baldivis WA

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I make custom made alphabet photography frames, we have over 400 letters to choose from, the letters are photo's that are taken of everyday objects that also resemble a letter. You can choose any word to be framed, children's names are very popular choices. The pictures are frames in beautiful rustic timber frames that are designed to last a lifetime.

What inspired you to start your business? 
I really wanted to do something for myself, I have two young children so I knew that I didn't want to be working full time for someone else because I needed flexibility. Working for myself gives me that, along with job satisfaction and drive to achieve my goals.


How long have you been ‘creating’? Not long, only about a month so far....(WOW !)

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

Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets 
Facebook mainly and the The Handmade Expo Market in Rockingham

What makes what you do special or different? 
It is unique, my items can be totally personalised and the customer can feel involved in the creation of their special piece.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Making people smile when their frames are complete

What is your favourite product that you make? - All of them : ) 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stallholder profile The Kandy Kidz

Stallholder profile The Kandy Kidz



Business Name: The Kandy Kidz
Address: Gatton, Qld

I will be attending my first Handmade Expo market on August 16th in Ipswich.

I try to make a range of assorted items for my stall so that it makes for interesting looking!

I am by trade a professional cake decorator, and trained in the USA ending up teaching for the past thirty years in Canada,New Zealand, China,Hong Kong and now in Australia. 

Years ago I started making "Time Out" dolls that originated in the USA, the trend was new then but it has since slowed down, however, I am bringing them back!

The Cake Gift Boxes started out by thinking of ways to use up a lot of decorations I made in my business, something that would be attractive but have a practical use and a long shelf life. I personalize these creations by writing your message while you wait.

This is a part time hobby for me and I have done occasional markets on the Gold Coast and Ipswich. 

For one on one teaching cake decorating or workshops I am available for hire!


Stallholder profile Aussie Outdoor Strapz

New Stallholder profile and new to our Ipswich Market Saturday 16th August
Aussie Outdoor Strapz



Name: Dave and Heidi Booth

Business name: Aussie Outdoor Strapz

The suburb/town you live in now:  Camira QLD

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
We make wrist sprapz and key fobs – functional fashion.  Strapz are made from paracord.

What inspired you to start your business? 
A desire to share the ‘functional fashion’ idea with others.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
We are a relatively new business and have only been making ‘strapz’ for about 3 months.

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

Where do you sell your creations? 
We sell at The Handmade Expo, Grand Markets, Brisbane Marketplace (Rocklea Markets), online from our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/aussieoutdoorstrapz?ref=hl) and from our home.

What makes what you do special or different? 
We make strapz for different occasions and functions.  Football supporters, camo, glow in the dark, reflective (safety) and we have a special Breast Cancer range to raise money for Breast Cancer research.  We also have a ‘Do it yourself’ kit which is great for kids.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Meeting new people and seeing the joy on their faces when they just love what they see.  Watching kids see the strapz actually glow in the dark is awesome!

What is your favourite product that you make? 
Dave: The sprapz that have a personal meaning.  When a customer identifies a strap that allows them to proudly support their team or cause.            
Heidi: The ‘Do It Yourself Kit’.  I love it when customers come back to proudly show us their finished product.


Do you teach classes or workshops? 
Yes!  We teach groups of up to 10 to make their own strap for a fee of $15 per person.  The workshop lasts for 1 hour and can be done at their own home or in ours.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stallholder profile DragonZ

Stallholder profile this week is Vanessa from DragonflyZ 

Name: Vanessa

Business name: DragonflyZ


The suburb/town you live in: Baldivis, WA

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
All sorts of creations, wire wrapped pendants, beaded hangings, shell flowers etc

What inspired you to start your business? 
I wanted to see peoples delight when they bought something from me

How long have you been creating??  
7 years

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

Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc 
Markets - our local community market, Now the Handmade Expo :-)

What makes what you do special or different? 
My creations have a Kiwiana slant to them and they are definitely different to what you would see here in WA

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
I love creating

What is your favourite product that you make? 
Shell Flowers