Monday, May 21, 2018

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LISMORE BASE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY

Stallholder Profile for Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary




Your name: Diane Miller (President)
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliaryhttps://www.facebook.com/lismorebasehospitalauxiliary/
The suburb/town you live in now: Lismore
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:
Skills: Sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting,
Items: hand-made journals, picture frames, appliqued table linen, baby & children’s soft toys and clothing, aprons, decorated hessian shopping bags, quilts and blankets, bed socks, scarves, booties, beanies.



What inspired you to start your business?: We are a not for profit auxiliary has been in operation for over 100 years for the purpose of providing patient care equipment at Lismore Base Hospital.
How long have you been creating?: Our members have been creating items to support the hospital for over 100 years.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: We are a registered charity manned by volunteers.
Where do you sell your creations?:  In the hospital gift shop, by a daily trolley service throughout the hospital wards. And soon The Handmade Expo in Lismore.



What makes you so special or different?: We don’t benefit personally from the items we make – all monies raised go to improving the quality of care members of our community receive when they are at the hospital.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing the gratitude of staff and patients for the additional equipment we provide to improve health outcomes at the hospital.
What is your favourite product to make?: Each volunteer would have a different response to this question.  We love all our creations.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BAY MACRAME

Stallholder Profile for Bay Macrame



Your name: Amy Doubleday

Your business name - Bay Macrame
Facebook/website name and link: https://www.instagram.com/baymacrame/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make Necklaces and Pendants using Micro Macrame. I also incorporate natural stones and glass beads.



What inspired you to start your business?: I just love creating. It is a great feeling to create something beautiful from nothing but your own two hands. It is energy that I love to share and it is lovely when your efforts are admired.

How long have you been creating?:I have been teaching myself the art of macrame for just over a year now.  When I first discovered macrame, my years of doodling mandalas, making beaded jewellery and attempts at knitting and crochet just, literally, all tied together and made sense. Perhaps macrame found me.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Hobby. I consider myself lucky that I get any time to create at all! Life can get pretty hectic at times.
Where do you sell your creations? The Handmade Expo will be my first market.  I do have an Ebay shop as well that has been well received which is nice.
What makes you so special or different?: Every single piece I make is unique.  I have attempted to try and make a 'pattern', but I find it impossible to stick to, it just doesn't feel the same. Each stone speaks differently as well, so all Bay Macrame are one of a kinds.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I find macrame so relaxing. It is my meditation, my calm place.  I find I am always happy when I have the time to create, so each piece has been made with peace, care and positive vibes. 
What is your favourite product to make?: I do enjoy getting lost in a good mandala creation.

Do you teach classes or workshops? No :-) Being self taught, I would find that a bit tricky!

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SARAH WILLIAMS WRITER

Stallholder Profile for Sarah Williams Writer




Your name: Sarah Williams
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Sarah Williams. www.sarahwilliamsauthor.com https://www.facebook.com/SarahWilliamsWriter/
The suburb/town you live in now: Maleny
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I am an author and Independent Publisher. I write Australian fiction and creative journals  



What inspired you to start your business?: I have always loved making up and telling stories, after my children were born I decided to turn my dream into reality.
How long have you been creating?: All my life!
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: I am now a fulltime author and publisher.
Where do you sell your creations?: Online ebook retailers like iBooks and Amazon. Most Independent bookstores stock my print copies and you can also borrow through the library.



What makes you so special or different?: My books are all based in Queensland with fair dinkum Qld characters. I have been awarded many prizes and accolades for them and get great reviews.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Being able to finacially support my family and bring love into peoples homes.
What is your favourite product to make?: Romantic fiction. I love a good love story.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: I mentor one-on-one and teach group workshops when asked.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NEW MACKAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LIFE ON SHACKLETON

Stallholder Profile for Life on Shackleton



Your name: Amy Clark
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
Life On Shackleton 
Life on Shackleton : Handcrafted Products
The suburb/town you live in now:
Oakenden 4741
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:
Artisan Soap, Cold process technique 




What inspired you to start your business?:
My inspiration comes from my passion for simplicity, the environment and natural skin care. My mission is to create an eye pleasing product using natural ingredients and reducing our environmental foot print.
How long have you been creating?:
I first started creating soap and natural beauty products in 2007. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:
small business 
Where do you sell your creations?
Mostly market based: River street Night Markets, Sarina Markets, Troppo. And soon The Handmade Expo





What makes you so special or different?:
Our handcrafted cold process soap is free from synthetic foaming agents, fragrance oils and laboratory manufactured colourants. Our ingredients are ethically sourced and products are created in small batches. We are free from petroleum derived colourants and Micas that are inorganic. Our colours from herbal infusions, dried botanicals and clays. Products are scented with essential oils. We also do not use palm oil in our products and we package our soaps in biodegradable or recyclable packaging. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:
 receiving positive feedback. knowing that the products I create have minimal environmental impact 
What is your favourite product to make?: 
I generally enjoy creating them all. 
Do you teach classes or workshops?
I currently do not teach classes or hold workshops.

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ZEMYLLA

Stallholder Profile for Zemylla




Your name: Helen Piczak

Your Business name: Zemylla

The suburb/town you live in now?: Mitchelton, Queensland

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Beaded Jewellery






What inspired you to start your business?: People kept asking me if I sold the necklaces that I had made, so I thought I would try selling.

How long have you been ‘creating?: 30 years

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

Where do you sell your creations?: Markets and Etsy Online.




What makes what you do special or different?: I do one of a kind Contemporary Tribal Designs. A fusion of old and new.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Creating one off designs and talking to people at the markets

What is your favourite product that you make?: An extra long necklace that can be worn as a 2, 3 or 4 strand necklace

Do you teach classes or workshops?: I am hoping to start a group on Meetup.com.

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CREATIVEARTWEAR

Stallholder Profile for creativeartWEAR



Your name: Lindy Creeke

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  creativeartWEAR Australia- www.creativeartwear.com.au,
FB link is @creativeartWEAR, 

The suburb/town you live in now:  Margate, Queensland

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Unique garments for women - using only cotton linen or silk - my sewing skills, sometimes dyeing my own fabric.  I also have a love of detail and embellishment. I have also recently added a DIY element to my business - colour your own hat or cap - the cap and hat designs are by me and the fabric pens I have sourced with excellent inks from Germany.  I have the caps and hats made and printed overseas, but they are a unique product which are available on-line and at special events.

                             

What inspired you to start your business?:  I noticed a need for a niche market - mature women who still wanted to be different - it has also proven to be a success with younger women who wish to have unique, one off garments - particularly in natural fabrics, using natural dyes.  We are not all stock standard sizes and my garments are created with bumps and lumps in mind.  I was never a stock standard size and shape and realised very quickly if I want to dress to impress that I had to make my own clothes.

How long have you been creating?:  Since I was 12, so a very long time, 51 years, I started making bikinis for myself and  friends, which then progressed to selling to the local surf shops 

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  All of these really - it was a hobby I am passionate about which turned into a full-time business - I tried to retire 2 years ago, but it didn’t work - whilst ever there is fabric I will always sew

Where do you sell your creations?:  Since closing my shops (mainly in Queensland, but also in Sydney over the past 10 years) I threw myself into the market world for several years and have now reinvented my business into a mainly on-line business.  Since returning to Queensland I will sometimes sell at special events and The Handmade Expo is my first event for a couple of years.  I will continue to sell at special events only as I would like to sell online - but I do miss the public interaction and I myself prefer the hands on approach - the touchy feely part of fabric and trying a garment on, so getting my head around the on-line phenomenon is taking time.




What makes you so special or different?:  Because I really care about my customers.  I will not let a customer buy one of my garments if it does not fit, or suit her in some other way.  A happy customer is a loyal customer.  My garments are recognisable to my customers and so it is important that my customers always look and feel their best in one of my garments.  And my attention to detail and sourcing amazing fabric.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Having customers return to tell me the compliments they received when wearing one of my garments.

What is your favourite product to make?:  Different depending on the fabric at hand and my mood.  Always something creative for women.

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GATHERED CREATIONS

Stallholder Profile for Gathered Creations




Your name: Trish
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Gathered Creations 
The suburb/town you live in now: Lismore
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I’m a crochet designer, I make baskets, blankets, bags & ponchos. With natural cottons, fabric & recycled plastics. 



What inspired you to start your business?: my love for crochet & making purposeful items with yarn & a hook.
How long have you been creating?: on and off for about 10 yrs
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: part time hobby
Where do you sell your creations?: markets, Facebook, family friends & work. 



What makes you so special or different?: I’m considered young for a crocheter & I’m not a Nana. I crochet modern & vintage style items. My baskets are not overly common although are on trend. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: people loving my products & conversations with others about crochet. Making something out of a ball of yarn. 
What is your favourite product to make?: baskets are my signature product. 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: I’ve been asked to