Friday, July 21, 2017

TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR INKDELECTABLES

Stallholder Profile for InkDelectables

  • Your name: Sharon O'Phee

  • The suburb/town you live in now: Toowoomba

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I create handmade cards and giftware using my printmaking skills. I use various printmaking techniques ranging from linocuts, mixed media and eco dyes.



  • What inspired you to start your business? I wanted to be creating on a regular basis and make a living from what I do best.

  • How long have you been ‘creating’? I have been a practicing artist for over 35 years.

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?  InkDelectables is a new business I started at the beginning of 2017, it is in the early stages.

  • Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc.. What makes what you do special or different?  I have just begun to sell my work at markets since the beginning of the year. I have some work in shops on consignment and am in the process of creating a website. My cards are made from mono prints (one of a kind) and lino cuts printed on Japanese paper and then glued to acid free card. They are like mini fine art works at a very affordable price. They are of archival quality and can be framed. Each card is handmade and unique.



  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do?  Creating quality work using the skills of my trade.

  • What is your favourite product that you make? My favourite product that I make would have to be the mono prints where I print real leaves that I have specifically selected.

  • Do you teach classes or workshops?  yes I do teach workshops in various printmaking techniques.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BELUE HILL BEADS

Stallholder Profile for Belue Hill Beads


Your name: Kelly Vince 

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Belue Hill Beads 

The suburb/town you live in now: Calliope

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Wire weave jewellery.  Creating weaves with stones for jewellery 




What inspired you to start your business?: children growing up, doing something for myself 

How long have you been creating?: 12 months

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

Where do you sell your creations?: rockhampton handmade markets 

What makes you so special or different? One offs.  No one else will ever have the same stone or pattern 




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Making people feel good in what they wear 

What is your favourite product to make?: Pendants, weave bracelets

Do you teach classes or workshops?:no

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILES FOR LITTLE SAVVY DESIGNS & LIL CHEEKY CHOMPER

Stallholder Profiles for Little Savvy Designs and Lil Cheeky Chomper

Your name: Samantha Clark and Paula Wilson
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
Paula: Lil ChEEky Chomper, www.facebook.com/lilcheekychomper 
The suburb/town you live in now:
Samantha: Calliope Queensland
Paula: Gladstone Queensland
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:
Samantha: blankets, comforters, hats, headbands, earrings, bibs, burp cloths, gift sets, nursing pads.
Paula: Cheeky Chomper makes a Variety of fun, stylish and versatile teething and sensory products and comes from high quality Raw organic timber, BPA-free and Lead free Silicone that's is safe for your child. Products range from Playgyms and garlands sets, nursing necklaces, sensory rings, rattles, silicone braclets, pram garlands, felt ball cot mobiles and more.... all my items are Unique and handmade by Lil Cheeky Chomper.

Lil Cheeky Chomper 

What inspired you to start your business?:
Samantha: Sewing is my passion, and seeing the enjoyment children get from receiving one of my pieces is worth every moment spent creating it.
Paula: - I made a few teething rings and rattles for friends and from there the feedback I got a wanted to share my creations with others.
How long have you been creating?:
Samantha: Little Savvy Designs has been going on and off for the past 4 years
Paula: Cheeky Chomper has been going for 1 year now
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:
Samantha: a full time hobby that I am trying to turn into a Business
Paula: Cheeky Chomper is a VERY busy full time hobby
Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc..of course you must include The Handmade Expo LOL?:
Samantha: on my website www.littlesavvydesigns.com. Markets: PCYC markets Gladstone, Calliope river historical village markets, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby expo Gladstone and The handmade expo Rockhampton. 
Paula: I sell online on my Facebook page/shop and at local markets in Gladstone region and of course The handmade expo.

Little Savvy Designs

What makes you so special or different?:
Samantha: I take pride in everything I make and well not sell anything I am not 100% happy with.
Paula: All my items are unique and one of a kind and have the cheeky chomper love behind and put into them.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:
Samantha: Seeing the enjoyment children get from receiving one of my pieces
Paula: Having people say to me how the love there items and so does there child and having people place orders from people who sent them to me and seeing children around with there cheeky chompers.
What is your favourite product to make?: 
Samantha: Bunny Love Comforters
Paula: my favourite would have to be my Playgym and Garland sets.
Do you teach classes or workshops?:
Samantha: No
Paula: No

TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR DREAMCATCHER DAZE

Stallholder Profile for Dreamcatcher Daze

Your name: Melissa Stark
Your Business name and link: Dreamcatcher Daze, www.dreamcatcherdaze-aus.com

The suburb/town you live in now: Toowoomba, QLD

What is it that you make and what skills do you use: I make dream catchers, which requires a lot of persistence and experimenting.





What inspired you to start your business? I have been in love with dream catchers my whole life. I always wanted a GIANT dream catcher but could never find one in store. So I thought I'd make one for myself and things went from there..How long have you been ‘creating’? For about 6 months.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? Dream catchers are just a hobby, I work full time as an Engineer with the Council.

Where do you sell your creations?:I sell online and have recently started markets.




What makes what you do special or different? Creating is different to my everyday job, I love playing with beautiful colours and seeing what magical creations I can produce.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Handing over my very own creations to a happy customer.

What is your favourite product that you make? ALL of my dream catchers

Do you teach classes or workshops? No

Friday, July 7, 2017

CAIRNS STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR NUTTY KOALA

Stallholder Profile for Nutty Koala

Your name: Gayle Lemmon

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Nutty Koala https://www.facebook.com/Nutty-Koala 


The suburb/town you live in now: Kewarra Beach

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Creating Babies and Children's Clothing. My skills are pattern making, sewing both hand and machine, making embellishments such as ribbon/fabric flowers and bows to adorn my creations, machine embroidery, applique and hand smocking.




What inspired you to start your business?: When my girls no longer wanted too wear my creations l stopped making children's clothes but l felt very lost even after trying other hobbies. With the birth of my grandchildren l suddenly had a purpose.........and Nutty Koala was born.

How long have you been creating?: I began sewing at the age of 10 making dolls clothes, therefore it would be 50 years of creating.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part time but l would love it too be full time.

Where do you sell your creations?: At the Handmade Expo and Vintage Markets in Cairns and on my Facebook page.

What makes you so special or different?: Most of my creations are one of a kind and are all my own designs, and my embellishments, bias tapes and any piping are all made by me.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing my clothing on my buyers children either a photo or in person, also when a customer returns to purchase more of my outfits.

What is your favourite product to make?: This would have to be my ruffled rompers.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rockhampton Stallholder Profile for Miss Tiff Crochet

Stallholder Profile for Miss Tiff Crochet

Your name: Tiff Wyeth
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Miss Tiff Crochet https://www.facebook.com/MissTiffCrochet/
http://misstiffcrochet.bigcartel.com/

The suburb/town you live in now: Wandal Rockhampton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: A wide variety of crochet items including homewares, jewellery, accessories




What inspired you to start your business?: My love of creating 

How long have you been creating?: I've been crocheting since I was about 7 but Miss Tiff Crochet is 3 1/2 years old 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part-time business but growing
Where do you sell your creations?: The Handmade Expo of course, some other local markets, Big Cartel website, have recently listed some items on Etsy
What makes you so special or different?: I primarily use recycled t-shirt yarn (Hooked Zpagetti) and other natural fibres.  Most of my items are both cute and practical




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Making an end product that is usable and having people say they like my products
What is your favourite product to make?:  Don't think I could go past my crocheted bowls. So many uses!!  Although I now also have an addiction to clutch purses!
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Yes!  Look out for an announcement soon for my first workshop in Rocky...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR WHITE COCKATOO KNITS

Stallhholder Profile for White Cockatoo Knits
https://www.facebook.com/White-Cockatoo-Knits-862133960508782/



Your Name: My name is Carole Lee

Your Business name and facebook/website link: My facebook page is White Cockatoo Knits https://www.facebook.com/White-Cockatoo-Knits-862133960508782/

The suburb/town you live in now: I live in Ipswich, but have been living up in Central Queensland for a while.

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make hand knitted items. I learnt to knit over 50 years ago, and am still learning new techniques! My mother taught me to knit, and as she was left handed, I learnt to knit left handed. I never knew any different, until I was around 20 and someone mentioned I was knitting wrong! I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but eventually we established that I was knitting left handed! I never knew any different!



It actually made sense, as whenever I followed the instructions to knit the ‘Right front’, I end up knitting the ‘Left front’, and I couldn’t figure out why! I’m basically knitting a ‘mirror image’ of the pattern.

Graphs are great, as they are easy to follow.

What inspired you to start your business?: My family and friends have always said that I should sell my items, so I thought I’d just give it a go. I tend to like challenges so I’ll make something once or twice, then mess around with the pattern a bit, and them move on to something else. So I only usually make one or two of the same thing. So they are ‘Exclusive’ creations!

How long have you been creating?: I learnt to knit over 50 years ago

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It's a hobby

Where do you sell your creations?: I will start off at The Handmade Expo, and see how that goes, and then online.



What makes you so special or different?: I enjoy knitting because there’s always a challenge - sorting the pattern out, changing the stitches, yarn, colour. Plus you get something usable at the end of it. I only usually make one or two of the same thing. So they are ‘Exclusive’ creations! 

I have plans for summer knits as well. There are some lovely cotton & linen yarns out there.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: As a Left hander, I would love to give lessons. I have also taught right handed people to knit.

Friday, June 16, 2017

NEW IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ROCK ON KITTY

Stallholder Profile for Rock on Kitty


Name: Marianna Shek

Business name and Facebook name and link:

Suburb/town you live in now: Brisbane

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I am a self published writer. I write for young adults and children. I usually collaborate with illustrators and editors and work on the layout myself. 




What inspired you to start your business?: I had been commissioned to write a pathfinding (Choose-your-own-path style) short story for Halloween by a magazine. After I submitted the story, I didn't hear from them again! However, I enjoyed writing my story so much that I ended up expanding it into a novella. At 16 000 words, it was an odd length to pitch to a traditional publisher so I ended up self publishing it myself! See link http://bit.ly/2rmkztB

How long have you been ‘creating’?: I've been writing on and off now for about ten years

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?: For the first five years it was a hobby. I've only turned it into a business in the past year or so.

Where do you sell your creations?: I sell at a couple of bookstores (Dymocks Indooroopilly, Dymocks Chermside, Mary Ryan Milton and The Madhatter Wynnum). For my latest picture book The Stolen Button, I have actually just launched a Kickstarter to take pre-orders on the book. 

This is a beautifully illustrated fairy tale set on the Silk Road. I worked with the Australian-Iranian illustrator Leila Honari on this project for the past two years.
And this is the first time I've tried selling my works at markets such as The Handmade Expo.

What makes what you do special or different?: The beauty of self publishing is that you can experiment with works outside commercial fiction. All my works go through the same rigorous process as a publisher. I bring in professional artists and editors. I use beta readers to test my work. While traditional publishing is fantastic, they don't tend to take much risk. For example, my picture book Donald Doing is illustrated beautifully by two emerging artists who had just graduated from uni. Publishing houses usually request many more years experience before looking at portfolio submissions from illustrators. Also, my picture book The Stolen Button is a fairy tale for older readers (12 plus). It is 48 pages long compared to traditional picture books which are usually 32 pictures. Fortunately, Kickstarter is a distribution platform that lets you be innovative.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I love watching my readers face expressions when they read something that make them laugh

What is your favourite product that you make?: Even though I really enjoy the collaborative process of making picture books, I am a writer at heart so my favourite product so far is my little pathfinding, macabre comedy novel Choose Your Own Death.  It's perfect for 8 -12 year old but also very funny for adults.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Yes. Usually after the release of each book, I will offer a related workshop for libraries and schools across Brisbane. You can find out more on my website www.rockonkitty.com.au