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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR PUMP HOUSE POTTERY

Stallholder Profile for Pump House Pottery



Your name: Leona Stevens

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Pump House Pottery


The suburb/town you live in now: Sunshine Coast. One of the most beautiful places in the world.

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I am a potter. I make functional pieces such as bowls plates etc on a pottery wheel. I also make decorative pieces such as bud vases and pin cushions. I use my muscles, haha. Pottery, especially wheel thrown pottery is very labour intensive. When entering a 2.5kg slab of clay on a spinning wheel you have to get your whole body behind it. I also need to plan and design a lot beforehand so I know what I am going to make before I sit down at the wheel. I also need to be good at chemistry as making glazes needs a lot of knowledge and failures.







What inspired you to start your business?: I love working with clay. I can get lost in the making process and before I know it several hours have passed. I also love ceramics in general. I think everyone can relate to the feeling of picking up a lovely finished piece of pottery. Something about pottery just makes you want to pick it up and feel it.  I couldn't think of a better business to be involved in so I wanted to start producing work that people would love as much as me. 



How long have you been creating?: I have been creating for roughly 20 years on and off. 

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: I would love it to be my full time business and that is my goal, but at the moment it is just my hobby/part time business. 

Where do you sell your creations?: I have an Etsy store and do sell through facebook. And of course the Handmade Expo. 

What makes you so special or different?: I think what makes my work unique is the fact that I produce most of my work on a wheel and not slabs. I was technically trained so always produce fine work. I love a trimmed foot on pottery, it makes it a little more special. 



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Pottery can be a love/hate relationship. At anytime in the process my work can fail; a crack in the piece while drying, a crack from the first firing or second or a glaze not turning out as i expected. But the most rewarding part is after all the time and effort I put into a piece and when I open the kiln for the last time a piece comes out that looks absolutely stunning and not quite what I expected. 

What is your favourite product to make? I love making all the pieces I currently produce. If I had to pick one I think it might be my cake stand / chip and dip bowl. I love the versatility of it and how it can be used for two totally different purposes and the beautiful crisp white of the clay. 

Do you teach classes or workshops? I don't teach classes but I am always happy to share my knowledge with anyone who listens. I am always trying to recruit more potters haha.

Friday, September 1, 2017

TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GREEN DANDELION

Stallholder Profile for Green Dandelion


Your name: - Suanne Robertson 

Your Business name and Facebook name and link: - Green Dandelion at https://www.facebook.com/greendandeliontoowoomba/

The suburb/town you live in now: - Mt Lofty

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? - Natural cleaners and laundry products; basic science and mixing skills.




What inspired you to start your business? - The amount of plastic and toxic industrial chemicals present in our everyday household and body products, textiles and cleaners. Also the amount of toxic waste created by these products that is entering our bodies, soil and waterways at an alarming rate, to the detriment of ourselves, our environment, our wildlife and our marine life and ecology.

How long have you been ‘creating’? - I have always chosen a more 'natural' way of life through the products and produce I have chosen personally to bring into our home. I shop only at markets and through bulk food buying groups to avoid supermarket monopolies and to support local farmers and producers, as well as to access more natural and handmade products. In starting my own business this year that is all about reducing plastic and toxic waste, I have moved even more towards handmade natural products for use at home and have started to develop my own range, as well as partnering with likeminded artisans.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? - A business and passion!

Where do you sell your creations?: We sell at markets as we like to engage with customers face to face - it's much more personal.

What makes what you do special or different? -  The nature of our business is special in that everything is made from natural fibres or sustainable materials and is therefore either compostable, biodegradable, reusable or recyclable, or all of these. Our products support our customers to make behaviour changes that have a huge impact on reducing the use of plastic and the amount of toxic waste entering the environment, and so do we. I love to support start-ups like myself, so all of my handmade range is from very talented and entrepreneurial 'newbies'.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do? - Talking to people about solutions for replacing plastic and reducing their waste. Sharing Green Dandelion tips and tricks - the small changes of individuals have a big impact over time and across the community.

What is your favourite product that you make? - Our Laundry Butter - so smooth and creamy! I actually love hand washing again!

Do you teach classes or workshops? - Not at this stage, but I aspire to coaching people in their homes and presenting at schools, workplaces and community groups in the future.

IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ADDI'S COLLECTION

Stallholder Profile for Addi's Collection of Handmade Cards

Your name: Casey Wood.

Your Business name and Facebook name and link: Addi's Collection, Addi's Collection of Handmade Cards www.facebook.com/handmadebyaddiscollection 

The suburb/town you live in now: Aspley.

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? Handmade greeting cards and gift tags.




What inspired you to start? I love creating and was looking for something different once I had kids.

How long have you been ‘creating’? 5 years.

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

Where do you sell your creations?: Markets and online.

What makes what you do special or different?  I never make 2 cards exactly the same. And I tried to cover all walks of life eg female female relationships, male male, 2 kid/ 3 kids/ mum
only family etc etc




What is the most rewarding part of what you do? I love hearing people's surprise when they find a card they can relate to or know someone who it would be perfect for. 


What is your favourite product that you make? Everything. All of my cards are my favourite. If I don't like any element of my cards, I was put them on display.

Do you teach classes or workshops? Not currently. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ALABASTER SOAPS

Stallholder Profile for Alabaster Soaps

Your name: Monica Spinaze
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Alabaster Soaps
The suburb/town you live in now: Tullera NSW
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I am making home made soap, keeping them as natural as possible and using organic ingredients where possible
What inspired you to start your business?: My sister started to make soap because she and her children had eczema and found most soaps irritating. She found making her own soap reduced the irritation and some for example the goats milk soap seemed to sooth their skin. 



How long have you been creating?: I started making soap this year after staying with my sister who taught me the soap making process fundamentals and I was hooked. I have been selling my soap now for the last 10 months with lots of great feedback 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Currently I am doing this part time and is a hobby but I would like my soaps to reach more people as I think they are very good for the skin
Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc..of course you must include The Handmade Expo LOL?: I am selling my soaps at the Lismore Car boot market twice a month and other markets such as Woodbury riverside market and Kyogle market
What makes you so special or different?:My soaps are as natural as I can make them. I use organic oils, no preservatives, no artificial colours or scents. For colours I use herbs, spices and other vegetable based colours and for scent I use essential oils. Some of the soaps are suitable for vegans. I also make a very mild baby soap.  



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:I love the process of soap making and each batch is different. I have also loved coming to understand the science behind making soap and also I really enjoy the positive feedback from people saying it is the best soap they have used. That is really rewarding
What is your favourite product to make?: I don't have one special soap to make each is different in smell, texture and lather depending on the type of oils used. My first soap was lavender and I have a friend who provided me with some beautiful dried lavender that is heavenly in soap so that is a favourite however my rose soap comes close to be number one. I can use it on my face and body and the smell in the shower is amazing
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No not at this time

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR JENNY MOODIE DESIGN

Stallholder Profile for Jenny Moodie Design

Your name: Jenny Moodie

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Jenny Moodie Design
www.jennymoodie-design.com (this needs updating for Australia)
www.instagram.com/jenny_moodie

 
The suburb/town you live in now: I moved to Coolum Beach in October 2016 with my Australian partner, I'm originally from Edinburgh, Scotland.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use: Jewellery - I create delicate hand crocheted wire jewellery for adults: earrings, necklaces and pendants. Using my Grannies 3mm and 1.5mm metal crochet hooks, 0.315mm colour plated copper core jewellery wire, semi precious gem stone chips/beads and 925 Sterling Silver ear wires, 16 inch snake chains and silver plated findings. My jewellery is bright and playful and the range of colourful wires work well with the natural stones. Each piece is comfortable to wear, it is not scratchy or heavy, the earrings in fact are so lightweight for danglies that you almost don’t notice them. Each piece is presented in a black gift box with ribbon and information tags.
 


Artwork - I love animals and the beautiful patterns, textures and colours created by nature. I enjoy drawing with a sharp pencil to achieve great detail, however discovered I can combine traditional and modern techniques and colour my monochrome drawings digitally to bring them to life. I create my original artworks using a pure graphite pencil on a A4 layout pad. I work from a reference photo which I’ve either taken, been given or adapted from various online images. I scan my drawing, open it in Photoshop, duplicate sections of the drawing several times and apply colour overlays to each layer. The final product is a digital colour print mounted and framed. Prints are limited to 26 editions (my lucky number 13, times two).

What inspired you to start your business: After I graduated in Edinburgh in 2008 with a 1st Class Batchelor of Design Honours Degree I very quickly gained a position with a leading events design company. The events industry can have peaks and quiet times so I decided to start my own small creative business to fill my time productively and continue doing other things I love. I obtained my ABN in October 2016 and I’m hoping I can continue here as I did in Scotland, splitting my time successfully between events work and my own business.

How long have you been creating: I can’t remember a time when I haven’t done some kind of art or craft. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil and remember learning to knit and crochet with wool as a young child with both my Grannies. I made beaded jewellery in my teenage years and whilst at Uni I experimented with heavier copper wire on sculptural projects. This wire had been recycled from old electrical cables that my Electrician Father had collected on re-wires. This thicker wire worked well for sculptural pieces and from there I tried wire wrapped jewellery with stones and sea glass. I then found a supplier of fine copper core jewellery wire which I could use to make more intricate pieces and started making knitted bracelets. One day I was looking through a craft storage box and found my Grannies old crochet hooks and decided to give the wire crochet a go about 6 years ago. To this day I am still using my Grannies metal crochet hooks.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business: This is a part time business at the moment when I’m not styling weddings and events or managing the warehouse for the company I work with.

Where do you sell your creations: The Handmade Expo Sunshine Coast, Makersville - Montville, Harper St - Peregian Beach, Online @ https://marketplace.profilemag.com.au/jenny-moodie/Eumundi Pavilion Markets (occasionally), Direct and commissions by word of mouth.

What makes you so special or different: The techniques I use are quite unique combining traditional with modern. You don't see a lot of hand crocheted wire jewellery or detailed pencil drawings coloured digitally.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do: I enjoy the freedom and flexibility of being my own boss and creating something that other people like enough to purchase.



I love when I sit down to create something, I can focus completely on that for a few hours in my own wee creative bubble and shut out the rest of the world
 
What is your favourite product to make: I particularly enjoy making one off crocheted wire pendants as a lot of the time the natural gemstones shape the final product so no two pieces will look exactly the same.

Do you teach classes or workshops: No, not currently. I don't want to give away my trade secrets and don't currently have the time.

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR TIBBY LITTLE

Stallholder Profile for Tibby Little

Your name: Elizabeth (Tibby) Little
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Tibby Little www.facebook.com/TibbyLittleAUS Instagram: @TibbyLittle
The suburb/town you live in now: Currimundi
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade children’s clothing such as dresses, rompers, shorts, harem pants.



What inspired you to start your business?: I began making clothes when I was on maternity leave from teaching with my first child. I have been sewing since i was a very young girl, my mother was a pattern maker and sewer.
How long have you been creating?: Since 2011.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part time hobby for me as I am a full time teacher normally but on maternity leave with my 3rd.
Where do you sell your creations?: Twilight Caloundra markets, Sunshine Coast Collective market and other markets in the area plus now at The Handmade Expo. Also sell via Facebook.


What makes you so special or different?: Each piece is unique; one of a kind and finished to a very high quality. Patterns are created by my mother who had similar dresses when she was a child.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing my little outfits getting around on the coast or when I am send thank you letters and photos by happy customers.
What is your favourite product to make?: I love my dress sets and the rompers!
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No