Thursday, February 23, 2017

FOREST HILL STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR THE CHILLI PATCH

Stallholder Profile for The Chilli Patch
https://www.facebook.com/thechillipatch/ 


Your name: Debbie Aitcheson


Your Business name and Facebook link: The Chilli Patch, https://www.facebook.com/thechillipatch/

The suburb/town you live in now: Minden

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? We grow from seed all our potted herbs, chillies and salad greens. Paul hand makes timber products such as bird feeders, bug hotels, boxes and crates, chalkboards and egg carriers.

What inspired you to start your business? A friend said to us in 1999 that no one was growing Chilli plants in the horticulture industry so we started and haven’t looked back. We love it.




How long have you been ‘creating’? Our business started in 1999 as we wanted to start a family and working from home was a way to do it.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? It’s a full time business and has taken us a long time to get to this. One of us has generally worked in a part or full time job but it always put too much pressure on the person trying to cope with the business. It’s really a two person or more job.

Where do you sell your creations?: We do the markets all weekend around Toowoomba, Mulgowie and Forest Hill and also have timber trolleys that Paul has created in shops around Brisbane. We drive and fill the herb trolleys each Thursday so they are fresh every week.

What makes what you so special or different? We rotate the plants in the trolleys so the stock always looks good. The timber Paul makes our products from is a rough sawn pine and we source it locally from a timber sawmill. It looks rustic. 




What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Having our customers come back and letting us know there plants are thriving and they can’t believe how fantastic they are growing. Also the bird feeders are working beautifully. The customer has kept the birds happy by having it in their yard.

What is your favourite product that you make? Our bug hotels. Paul creates them with whatever he can. They are something special that has won our customers hearts and their bugs too.


Do you teach classes or workshops? Yes I (Deb) go to Garden Clubs and talk about Herbs - how people can grow and use them in culinary cooking. I also talk about harvesting herbs and chillies, recycling with herbs, companion planting and soap making.

Friday, February 17, 2017

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KOMBI KRAFT


Stallholder Profile for Kombi Kraft
https://www.facebook.com/kombikraft/


Your name: Sue Woodfield and Bill Attwood
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Kombi Kraft https://www.facebook.com/kombikraft/
The suburb/town you live in now: Koongal
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Repurposed items mainly from cutlery but use other mediums 


What inspired you to start your business?: Wanted to get back into doing some craft
How long have you been creating?: Started with the second THE but been crafting for many years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Parttime hobby
Where do you sell your creations?: Basically only at The Handmade Expo
What makes you so special or different?: We offer things that are unique, locally crafted and completely different from other vendors


What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing how much people like our work
What is your favourite product to make?: Spoon windchimes
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

Monday, February 13, 2017

NEW AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ONE HUNGRY MUMMA

Stallholder Profile for One Hungry Mumma
https://www.facebook.com/onehungrymumma/



Your name: Michelle Camilleri
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: One Hungry Mumma www.facebook.com/onehungrymumma
The suburb/town you live in now  :Finch Hatton, Pioneer Valley Qld 4756
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Home made sauces, chutney, relish, mustard, spice and herb mixes.



What inspired you to start your business?:  I have always had a genuine love for cooking, making something special out of not much.  I believe that home cooked food brings families together while delighting the senses.  I had always dreamt of having my own business but wasn't sure exactly what.  When I unexpectedly fell pregnant after 15 years of hoping (our son was 15 at the time)  I was determined to spend as much time as possible with our family.   With new bub in the bumbo on the kitchen bench I started creating as I had the time and enjoyed being in the kitchen.  One of the recipes was my late fathers famous (around friends and family) Worcestershire sauce, this began my love for home cooked sauces and condiments and I started creating my own recipes.  At this stage I wasn't thinking of having my own business but when my friends started asking for more and more of my newly created sauces I thought "why not I'll give it a go" and the rest is history.  I am overwhelmed by the excitement and support I have received.
How long have you been creating?:    Pretty much since watching my mum in the kitchen as a child but only in business since July 2016.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  Part time business
Where do you sell your creations?:  The Handmade Expo (Airlie Beach)

, Paxton's market (Mackay), Country to Coast Meats (Marian), Slade Point Meat Specialists (Mackay) Camilleri's farm market (Balberra), George street butcher (Mackay)  Eat street (Mackay)  I also do customised hampers for special occasions.



What makes you so special or different?:  My recipes are all original and created myself,  I use as much local produce as possible and all products are cooked in small batches to ensure quality and most importantly that home cooked flavour and appearance.  There are no preservatives, fillers or additives and products are gluten free.  I am passionate about supporting local business and buy as much produce locally or from my own vege garden as possible. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  When customers come back to buy more and hearing feedback as to how they have used their products.  Getting people excited about home cooking and being creative.
What is your favourite product to make?:  Pumpkin chutney, even though I hate cutting pumpkin ( I usually get my husband to do it, he has more patience than me) the smell of it cooking is simply divine.
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  Not presently but definitely something I would like to do in the future.  I believe in sharing knowledge.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR NOELLA BRICKELL-DOBBINS, YOUR INSPIRATION AT HOME CONSULTANT


Stallholder Profile for Noella Brickell-Dobbins, Your Inspiration At Home Consultant
https://www.facebook.com/yiahnoella/


Your name: Noella Brickell-Dobbins

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Noella Brickell-Dobbins, Your Inspiration At Home Consultant

The suburb/town you live in now: Airlie Beach

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I use my skills in the kitchen to create amazing meals and sweet treats using the fabulous YIAH products. Our range includes Dip Mixes, Meat Rubs, Balsamic Vinegars, Chocolate Powders and much more. These products are made from all natual ingredients with no MSG or GMO, no added gluten and the only products with dairy are in our White Chocolate range, something to suit nearly all dietary requirements.




What inspired you to start your business?: I love cooking and baking so this business seemed like the right one to join.

How long have you been creating?: I have been creating in the kitchen since I was very young. I have been creating with YIAH and sharing the YIAH love since June 2015.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: My involvement with YIAH is a business. I share the love with anyone and everyone, even strangers when having a chat.

Where do you sell your creations?: I offer in-home tastings, online parties, Party-in-a-Pouch, theme tastings, Freezer Meal Workshops and many other ways to party with YIAH. To purchase these products you can head direct to my website or contact me direct.
You can also find me at the following markets (to purchase in person, spend a voucher or place a specific order):
* Whitsunday Home Business Expo, in April
* The Handmade Expo, all 4 dates for this year - 19th March, 1th June, 24th September and 10th December
* Sunset Shopping Spectacular, in November
* Quota Christmas Markets, in December
Plus a few new markets coming up throughout the year, keep an eye on my Facebook page for details.




What makes you so special or different?: I offer my customers complete service, honesty and lots of fun. I also have special offers just for those in my VIP group, as well as montly newsletter specials direct from myself.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The most rewarding part of my job would have to be when I see someone tasting the products for the first time, the look on the face is priceless.

What is your favourite product to make?: My absolute favourite product to make is my Cookies 'n' Cream Cheesecake using YIAH Choc Raspberry Truffle and White Chocolate Powders with Black Forrest Dukkah.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: I am more than happy to take bookings for Freezer Meal Workshops so that you and your friends can have a fun afternoon of preparing easy meals for your families to suit your busy lifestyles. Ask me at the market what this would involve and if you book on the day for April or May you will receive a FREE product from me on the day of your Workshop (if held on the original booked date).

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LILLYBET'S PAPERS

Stallholder Profile for Lillybet's Papers
https://www.facebook.com/lillylovespaper/

Your name: Elizabeth Gross
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Lillybet's Papers 
The suburb/town you live in now: Rockhampton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make greeting cards in singles and sets, often with handmade envelopes to match, I also make decorated journals and paper decor items. I can make cards to order for special occasions. I also run regular classes and teach card making.
What inspired you to start your business?: I make more cards then I need so selling them is a good way to challenge my creativity to make a bigger variety.



How long have you been creating?: - all my life!! but in this are about 10 years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It's a part time business and I work in operating Theatres the rest of the time but I would love to make it full time!
Where do you sell your creations?: The Handmade Expo Markets, I sell my cards at the Hospital where I work and through private orders from Facebook and word of mouth. I am also on several design teams for Card making and reach an audience  online
What makes you so special or different?: I rarely make the same design more than a few times so each card is unique. I only do identical cards for sets.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I know that every person who receives a handmade card in the post or in person is touched by the effort that went into giving it. We are all so bombarded with electronic communications that something real is so nice to hold.
What is your favourite product to make?: Wedding cards!! or Anniversary cards,, maybe baby cards and definitely birthday pop up or interactive cards. Actually I like them all
Do you teach classes or workshops?: yes  at least every month and I will arrange a private class based on what you would like to make. You just need to arrange 4-6 guests and I'll bring everything they need to create 4 cards.
I also have a wedding or invitation advisory service where I can help you design and create your own invitations.

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR THE CRAFTY OLD BLOKE


Stallholder Profile for The Crafty Old Bloke

https://www.facebook.com/TheCraftyOldBloke/?hc_ref=SEARCH


Your name: Ray Banks
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: The Crafty Old Bloke - https://www.facebook.com/TheCraftyOldBloke/
The suburb/town you live in now:Rockhampton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: The Craft is Sublimation, this is putting Images onto Items EG: Mugs, Slate, Tiles etc



What inspired you to start your business?: I have been a Scrapbooker and worked in the Card & Gift Industry for 15 years
How long have you been creating?: Seriously, since Retiring 3 years ago. Before that about 20 years!
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Supposed to be a Hobby!
Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc..of course you must include The Handmade Expo LOL?: The Arcade Market, and THE of course!
What makes you so special or different?: I work with Customers, advising and suggesting layouts and I don’t charge for my time in setting photos up.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing the pleasure in my Customers that my work creates.
What is your favourite product to make?: A tough one! Probably the Tile Mural at the moment.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not on a regular basis, but I have had people over to my House to train. I would be interested in knowledge sharing.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NEW IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR WHISPERS OF THE VALLEY

Stallholder Profile for Whispers of The Valley
https://www.facebook.com/WhispersOfTheValley/?fref=ts



Your Name: Trina Neshausen



Your business name and facebook name and link: Whispers of the Valley, https://www.facebook.com/WhispersOfTheValley/?fref=ts 

The suburb/town you live in now: Winwill, just out of Grantham



What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I enjoy making Children, Baby, Adult, and Craft items using, Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Hand Sewing, Quilting, along with the choice of 100’s of fabric’s out of my store

What inspired you to start your business?: We decided to open our store because of the lack of choice and affordability of fabric & notions, we offer these items at a price I am happy to pay in any other store.



How long have you been creating?: I have been creating craft since the age of 8ish, I love all forms of craft and have various items on the go at any one time. 


What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: My most memorable items I have created along the way are my daughters layette, my wedding dress, my grand-daughter’s Christening Gown, Layette’s for my niece’s & nephews.