Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stallholder profile Bonjour Boulangarie

Get to know Gwendoline from Bonjour Boulangerie

Your name: 
Gwendoline Perret

Your Business name:
Bonjour Boulangerie
Twitter / Instagram: @BonjourBread

The suburb/town you live in now:
Toowoomba East

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
Authentic French style breads, pastries, danishes and savoury products, with imported ingredients. 
Baking skills. 

What inspired you to start your business?
A café asked me to supply with local, handmade, quality products. 

How long have you been ‘creating’?
9 weeks as of today. 

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

Where do you sell your creations? 
Toowoomba and Darling Down cafés, coffee vans, food businesses. 
Margaret Street market (to start in August), Toowoomba farmers’ market (to start in sept), The Handmade Expo starting in August. 
Will start catering for business and private functions in September. 


What makes what you do special or different?
Handmade traditionally, baked with love every night, authentic French style, with best quality ingredients. 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Texts, emails, messages of my retailers clients saying they have spent a few seconds in heaven or back in France while eating our products. 




What is your favourite product that you make?
Brioche, most definitely. So many memories of my childhood in France. 
My friends and I always say that there is no worries that an oven warm brioche and a handmade hot chocolate (milk in which you melt real Valhrona chocolate) cannot fix. 



Do you teach classes or workshops?
Yes, at Sauce at the moment (French cooking and baking), and looking at more options. 
Alos teach French classes through Bonjour Toowoomba, which I also own. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Stallholder profile N'Hay Gear ( pronounced Neigh Gear )

Get to know Loretta from N'Hay Gear

Your name: Loretta
Your Business name:N'hay Gear (pronounced Neigh Gear) and The Chopper Bag


The suburb/town you live in: 
Beautiful Hatton Vale, Lockyer Valley

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
N'hay Gear is a custom sewing service. I make everything! Specialties include custom tailored horse rugs. Made to measure everything and gear bags and covers. I also have a great range of dog training equipment designed and recommended by professional dog trainers.



What inspired you to start your business? 
Becoming a mother and doing so with the plan to be a stay at home parent I did a lot of sewing for the kids. One Christmas my mother said she required a canvas bale bag to be made to keep her new car clean on hay buying day. My brother (a sailmaker by trade) let me use his industrial machine to make her one, because she couldn't buy them in the shops. She loved hers, sold five at the first horse event she went to, and the rest is history. N'hay bale bags were born. Years of practise have been great. Custom work comes naturally. Turns out I am very good at solving horse rug fit issues, and generally covering three dimensional objects in fabric. 
The Chopper Bag came about because the original creator and crafts woman saw my work on a large scale at an expo and saw my skills so enlisted me and asked me if I would take on Chopper bags as my own. I am humbled to be given the opportunity and truly honoured to make the Gen 2 bags.


How long have you been ‘creating’? 
I have sewn all my life. As a toddler I got in trouble for breaking into mum's sewing gear and making bags for my marbles etc. without permission. I made clothes for myself for years. Formal dresses and wedding dresses. Because I have a preference for one-offs and out of necessity at times. N'hay Gear is six years old this year. The Chopper Bags are much much older. But I have been crafting them since the beginning of the year.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
More full time than I would like some weeks! Seven days a week usually. Every waking hour. I'm either thinking about work or working. And I love what I do, so it's not a problem.

Where do you sell your creations?  
I am delighted to attend a Handmade Expo! Finally I am getting it together! Other than that, my work is recommended to others through word of mouth either locally or on Facebook. I sell through my websites too. 

What makes what you do special or different? 
My work is all custom and built to last. Everything is hand made. The horse rugs are truly tailored to the individual animal and quality of product and service is top priority. The Chopper Bags are really something special. Check one out I the flesh and then you can tell me you "get it". My service and attention to each customer is rare, in any industry.


What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
I love the feedback I get! People are regularly telling me how great their products are. How much they love what I do and how well I do it. Seeing horses with the best fit ever. Super comfy and happy and relieved owners when the fit is perfecto. No more wasted money. Chopper Bags are proving the same. Owners are loving the Gen 2 bags as much as the Gen 1 and it's fantastic to know I am doing the product justice and being a part of an iconic hand made item. 

What is your favourite product that you make? 
That's a really hard one. I love anything that loves being made. You know, the ones with the "good attitude" while you make them and leave you with a sense of completion.

Do you teach classes or workshops? 
I don't yet. But I have a trainee who is enlisted to learn the secrets of my trade. She's been a great help. Made me realise not everything can be taught, but everyone has their talent and potential to harness. That has been very rewarding.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Stallholder Profile Teapot Therapy

Todays Stallholder profile is Emily from Teapot Therapy

Name:  Emily Butler

Your Business name:  
Teapot Therapy


The suburb/town you live in:  
I am a local Toowoomba handmade business

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?  
I create handmade tea and coffee cosies. I also create vintage inspired homewares, including Cushions, Macramé hangers, crochet clocks, rag rugs and other tea related items. 


 What inspired you to start your business?  
Teapot Therapy evolved from my love of knitting.  

How long have you been ‘creating’?  
I have always been creative.  From art classes, to being taught to knit as a child by my grand mothers.  And I’m still knitting 25 years later.  Just this year I have taught myself how to crochet, via the amazing technology of  ‘youtube.’    .  

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?  
Teapot Therapy originally started as a hobby, with occasional markets on the weekends.  But I quickly discovered my little hobby would become my profession and my passion.

Where do you sell your creations? 
At The Handmade Expo in Toowoomba. My cosies are available online at my via madeit.com.au store, at many local markets and at several stores located within Toowoomba.  Pop by my facebook page to see what markets I will attending!

What makes what you do special or different?  
I think the best way to describe what makes Teapot Therapy items special comes  directly from a customer. “Your cosies are beautiful!  So many you see are yucky acrylic ones in hideous colours, but yours are beautiful” - a customer at St Lukes Market September 2014

What is your favourite product that you make?
 My favourite product is the ‘novelty’ cosies. I love the way lots of little knitted pieces come together to create an amazing tea cosy.  Often I look at am item amazed I created it!

Do you teach classes or workshops?  
Currently I only teach one class with a local craft group.  But I’m always happy to help anyone with knitting questions.  Just stop by my stall at a market, with your knitting or yarny-question.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stallholder profile Julatten Earth Food

Todays new stallholder profile is of Julatten Earth Food

Name: Kate Mitchell

Business name: Julatten Earth Food


The suburb/town you live: Julatten FNQ

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I am a 5 acre farmer and produce homegrown fresh food and preserves.

What inspired you to start your business? 
Love of plants since I was three!

How long have you been creating? 
8 years

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


Where do you sell your creations?  
20 Restaurants around Cairns and Port Douglas. The Mossman Community Markets. The Cairns Tanks Markets. AND The Handmade Expo!

What makes what you so special or different? 
I actually do grow the food I sell. And we grow sustainably and ethically.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
Hearing the customers say how good the food is!

What is your favourite product that you make? 
Rainbow Salad…a mixture of lettuce all sorts of herbs and edible flowers! Exquiste!

Do you teach classes or workshops? 
Not yet. Although thinking about teaching food growing skills..for the tropics

Monday, June 29, 2015

MORAYFIELD AND CAIRNS THIS SUNDAY 5th July

We have 2 markets on the 5th July, let your friends know if they are near either MORAYFIELD or CAIRNS.
We hope to see your smiling faces !


Friday, June 26, 2015

Stallholder Profile Leah's Creative Glass Designs

Our stallholder profile for today is Leah's Creative Glass Designs.

Your name: Leah Kelly

Your Business name and facebook name and link: Leahs Creative Glass Designs
The suburb/town you live in now: Allora

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? 
I am a Jewellery Designer and Glass Artisan - I make Glass beads that feature in my Jewellery designs. I also create one off statement pieces of wearable art using bead embroidery techniques

What inspired you to start your business? 
While I create a lot of Wearable art I don't wear lots - working in a pub kitchen out in Cloncurry in 40 degree heat 6 days a week does not make you want to wear Jewels to work :) and people did like what I made so and needed to sell to buy more supplies :)

How long have you been ‘creating’? 
I started making Jewellery in 2002 then added glass bead making in 2008

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? 
My passion started as a hobby but now am making the step up to a full time business


Where do you sell your creations?   
I sell at various markets around the region including the Handmade Expo, Am a Stockist at Bridget Bunchy my Etsy Store and my facebook

What makes what you do special or different? 
Using my own hand made beads in my designs I think makes me stand out a little more than other Jewellery designers

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? 
I love seeing people wear my creations. I love the looks on peoples faces when they find that perfect piece that will match their outfit or suit the person they are buying the gift for

What is your favourite product that you make? 
My favourite item to make would have to be my Owl Necklaces they are very popular at Bridget Bunchy and then My statement pieces, they are very time consuming and can take weeks to make but I enjoy the process of stitching every bead into place.

Do you teach classes or workshops? 
I teach Glass Bead Making at Cobb & Co in Toowoomba, and I will be travelling to the Summit to teach at Bridget Bunchy - schedule will be available soon

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stallholder profile Kate Hunter Designs

Todays Stallholder profile belongs to Kate Hunter Designs..
Your name: Kate Hunter

Your Business name  and link to website:  

My Instagram feed shows my making process K8tium

I haven’t set up a Facebook page separate to my life as yet and now feel more compelled to get that happening.

The suburb/town you live in now:  Cairns

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?  
I am a silversmith and make silver jewellery by hand from scratch with traditional jewellers tools and techniques.



What inspired you to start your business?
I’ve always worked in jewellery making and designing, a lot of the time for other people. When my last job folded I decided it was time to make what I love. Contemporary silver jewellery made by hand and designed with the comfort of the wearer in mind. 

How long have you been creating? 
Since I got my first set of colour pencils in kindergarten.
I gained my Bachelor of Design in Jewellery and Metalsmithing in 1984.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?
Making jewellery is my daily passion.

Where do you sell your creations? 
Holloways Beach Market, Palm Cove Night Market (last year it was every Friday night but this year it will be a monthly market) Tanks Art Market starting 28th June and Handmade Expo on the 5th July.
Carnival On Collins Sept. 6th.

What makes what you do so special or different?
I make practical contemporary jewellery that embraces the marks of the maker’s hand. 
Each piece is individually hand crafted from scratch.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
When people buy my jewellery and put it straight on to wear, and when I get asked if I can make something they have in mind but can’t find. It is very rewarding when I nail the brief!

What is your favourite product that you make?
I’m a bit of an earring queen
I love making earrings and they are my daily jewellery wear. 
Earrings make me feel dressed even without makeup.


Do you teach classes or workshops?
Yes I teach a short course - ‘Introduction to Silversmithing’ at Tafe Cairns North campus. R Block.
I just finished the June Tuesday night 4 week classes. 
The next Tuesday night 4 week blocks are scheduled for August and October 2015.