Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR JO'S PLANTS ON QUEEN

Stallholder Profile for Jo's Plants on Queen


Your name: Jo Baker 
Your business name: Jo's plants on Queen
Facebook/website name and link: Jo's plants on Queen, https://www.facebook.com/jojobaker01/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: Maryborough
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: terrariums and beautiful healthy plants housed in unique glass homes.


What inspired you to start your business?: this is a hobby I started to quieten my achieve mind. 
How long have you been creating?: 18 months
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: this is a hobby only
Where do you sell your creations?:at the Maryborough heritage markets. And from my home on Monday and Tuesday till Xmas only. And The Handmade Expo
What makes you so special or different?: I have the ability to pick the correct plants that will live happily in their unique home can make them live in anything I think will look good for the plant I pick.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I just love love my repeat clients returning with their own glass ware and allowing me to work some plant magic. I love the interaction with people to help them with any general gardening problems that they may have.
What is your favourite product to make?: any plant creative design whether it be glass or any other interesting item to home together with a nest of plants 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: not as yet but I'm open to this idea

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR HANSON MINERAL PHOTOS

Stallholder Profile for Hanson Mineral Photos 

  • Your name: Di Hanson


  • The suburb/town you live in now: My home is in Mt Lofty (Toowoomba), but until I can really get my business established, I am continuing to work at my 'other job' in Brisbane.

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make custom ceramic feature tiles using photography and original artwork, as well as painting  on canvas, tile and timber.  The skills I have are acrylic painting, design and resin art.




  • What inspired you to start your business? It has been a lengthy evolution from wanting to share my sister Sue's mineral photography in her memory, and doing that via a series of art exhibitions and public art, to wanting to create my own art and doing that via my artwork feature tiles, canvas paintings and serving board art.

  • How long have you been ‘creating’? Not long! I have been working with my sister's beautiful photography for about nine years, but only doing my own artwork for about ten months.

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?  I have established my business Hanson Mineral Photos with the intention of developing this into a viable business, but I am only able to do this part time at the moment. 

  • Where do you sell your creations?   I have a shop on Etsy as well as my own website, I've also done one or two markets but not since I have been doing my own artwork.  

  • What makes what you do special or different? I  don't think there are many people doing photography on tile and offering to do custom photography or artwork on feature tiles.




  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do?  I love the opportunity to share Sue's photography, that is very special to me. Also I had no idea that painting was so enjoyable and I love the abstract nature of the art I create - no rules!

  • What is your favourite product that you make? At the moment I really love painting the hand-turned camphour laurel cheeseboards, but my heart is with Sue's photos and finding new customers for her art.

  • Do you teach classes or workshops? No! I'm just learning 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LANDON CALLING

Stallholder Profile for Landon Calling


  • Your name: Kristen Kachel


  • The suburb/town you live in now: Nanango, QLD

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I specialise in modern silicone jewellery to aid in focus for breastfeeding babies, as well as custom design ‘Mummy’ jewellery, children’s acrylic jewellery & other accessories. I use basic design skills as well as beading skills.




  • What inspired you to start your business? My son was always too distracted by everything going on around him while breastfeeding & had a habit of pulling on my expensive gold chain, so I decided to create a range of safe, non-toxic necklaces to help him keep focused while feeding. It worked really well & I was soon having requests from friends to make some for them as well, and so Landon Calling was born.

  • How long have you been ‘creating’? The 30th August 2017 marked the two year birthday of Landon Calling.

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? It’s a part time hobby for me. I use it as a creative outlet & to grab a little bit of ‘me time’ every once in a while.

  • Where do you sell your creations?: I sell online via my website (landoncalling.bigcartel.com), Facebook, Instagram & local markets. 

  • What makes what you do special or different? My products are different from the norm as I place a heavy focus on the necklaces, & bracelets being a breastfeeding accessory while other businesses use similar products for teething accessories or with a focus as Mummy jewellery. I design each necklace with modern style & practicality in mind so they remain versatile, & can go from a Sunday BBQ to a wedding with ease.

  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Knowing that every time my necklaces are worn, I help to make a Mummy smile & her breastfeeding journey that little bit easier.

  • What is your favourite product that you make? Custom designs. I love working with a requested colour palette to create a one of a kind design.

  • Do you teach classes or workshops? Not at this stage but it is definitely in the works for the future!

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BUSY BUTTONS NAPPY CREATIONS

Stallholder Profile for Busy Buttons Nappy Creations



Your name: Zoe Hayward
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Busy Buttons Nappy Creations (Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/Busybuttons2015/ and Instagram Busy_Buttons_Nappy_Creations)
The suburb/town you live in now: Morayfield
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Nappy Cakes and Baby Shower / New Baby Gifts / Baby Bouquets and Cupcakes.




What inspired you to start your business?:  I made one as a gift for a friends baby shower and received such great feedback that I created the business 
How long have you been creating?: 6 months 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: part time business (hopefully one day fulltime !)
Where do you sell your creations?: Via referrals, facebook, instagram, Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Markets, The Handmade Expo at Noosaville and local Brisbane Markets.
What makes you so special or different?:  A lot of time and love go into these creations - I use quality products and as a mum myself I know what essentials are required for a new baby or mum to be.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Seeing people smile and comment on my work, receiving thank you emails and client referrals.
What is your favourite product to make?: All of them!
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not at this stage, but who knows, maybe one day.....

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR AMAYZ MOSAICS

Stallholder Profile for Amayz Mosaics


I’m Heather May. I am originally from New Zealand but have not lived there for the last twenty-one years, instead have travelled the world, living and teaching in Borneo and The Bahamas for 11 years and now I love to call the Sunshine Coast home.
 
See some of my work on www.amayzmosaics.com.au  or Amayz Mosaics on Facebook.





I am a Mosaic Artist, having been inspired by travels to Gaudi’s work in Barcelona and the multitude of geometric design seen in nature and many images and artworks from different cultures such as the ancient Turkish mosaics in Sardis. I first began mosaicking when I arrived on the Sunshine Coast and joined a volunteer group of adults to mentor ‘at risk’ teens from local high schools. A suggested group project was a garden, decorated by student led mosaics and so the seed was planted. A few years passed and a couple of lessons at a local mosaic supply outlet and I was on my way.

I mosaic surfaces for both utility and ascetics. I have often used second hand furniture as much of it is made of beautiful wood and it seems exciting to ‘up do’ an old item to new.  Sanding and oiling I take pleasure in restoring something that was once obsolete. I also create mirrors and trivets, outside shower backings and mosaic tabletops that are new. Recently I have begun using material that will withstand the elements so that art can be displayed in garden and in water spaces.

I am based in my home at Mount Coolum and I feel very fortunate that I am able to spend so much of my time creating in such a beautiful part of the world.





My studio is a corner of my living room and home surrounds. Some stages of the work will see me outside grouting or sanding furniture or sitting over a piece at a delegated table. Currently I work part time teaching and spend as much of my free time mosaicing because I love it. Some of my work is currently for sale in ‘Makersville’, an outlet shop for local artists in Montville. I am about to swap some mosaic techniques in exchange for yoga lessons and I am happy to discuss commission work according to colour, size, design and purpose. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR FORBIDDEN TIKI

Stallholder Profile for Forbidden Tiki

Your name: Geoff Pearce
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: https://forbiddentiki.net/
The suburb/town you live in now: Point Vernon, Hervey Bay Qld
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make island/tiki themed artifacts like tiki bar clocks, ornaments and decorative panels and I paint similarly themed artworks. I also sculpt tiki statues from Hebel block.



What inspired you to start your business?: I have long been a fan of the post WWII fascination with the south seas and island lifestyle. The resurgence of the US lead tiki culture in more recent years rekindled my interest. I have a great affection for all things Hawaiian and like to express that feeling in the work I create. Following on from my interest I am a member of long standing of the US based forums, Tiki Central and The Fraternal Order of the Moai where I am known as Thurston Howell IV.
How long have you been creating? I have been creating this type of work for about 20 years but have been painting in various styles for twice that.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It is a part time hobby.
Where do you sell your creations?: I have sold in small venues like coffee houses in the Southern Highlands in NSW where I lived for some years and more recently in Hervey Bay in a Retro Store called Space & Oddity here in Hervey Bay. Later this year I can be found at The Handmade Expo & Vintage Market.






What makes you so special or different?: There are not so many tiki culture creatives in Australia and its about time we took hold of our place in the South Pacific and what we can offer to this genre.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing others appreciate what I have created.
What is your favourite product to make?: I guess I prefer painting canvasses and decorative panels with island motifs.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No.

Monday, September 18, 2017

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR MOJO'S MOBILE CATERING

Stallholder Profile for Mojo's Mobile Catering

  • Your name: Jenny Overson

  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link: Mojo’s Mobile Catering (that is my trading name and Facebook name)

  • The suburb/town you live in now: Harlin 4306

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make deep fried desserts such as Oreos and Mars Bars,Twix, bananas, apples, bananas in bacon and my newest addition is funnel cakes. They taste like a hot donut but look nothing like it. I serve all of these with or without Bulla Ice cream and topping of the customers choice.





  • What inspired you to start your business? I have always wanted my own business and I love to cook for people and to see their reaction. My brother went to the USA and when he came back he raved about the deep fried desserts that they do. So I tested some on family and friends and the rest, as they say, is history. It’s only a short history though as I only started this business in August, 2017.
  • How long have you been ‘creating’?

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? This is my main business. I still do a bit of relief teacher aide work in the local High school in the Special Ed dept. Before my own business I have worked in Special Ed for 17 years.

  • Where do you sell your creations and What makes what you do special or different? I mainly like to do food festivals and expos. This is because I need the numbers to buy my goodies as my prices are cheap. I like to keep them that way so that it is affordable for everyone. It is becoming more and more expensive to take a family out so I have kept that foremost in my mind with pricing.


  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Having repeat customers. I love them coming back, even to tell me how much they enjoyed it. As it is not a common theme in Qld people are trying something new so can be a bit cautious. I have had some people just order one and then come back and get 5!

  • What is your favourite product that you make? Funnel cakes. I just love them. They are fun to make because no two are the same but they are absolutely delicious. If I was to have a snack that would be what I would chose and I never thought I would chose something else over chocolate!



  • Do you teach classes or workshops?  No