Friday, April 20, 2018

NEW BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR AMOR DESIGN

Stallholder Profile for Amor Design



Your name: Pauline Amor
Your business name, Facebook/website and link : AMOR DESIGN
The suburb/town you live in now: Mooloolah, Sunshine Coast
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Silk Baskets made from brightly coloured Sari silks and Nepalese silk threads. I also teach felting....pods, bags, NUNO scarves on silk and tea cosies.



What inspired you to start your business?: I love all things textile, especially silks in bright colours and wanted to share my skills with other people so I started teaching about 2 years ago from my home studio in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
How long have you been creating?: All my life....I started making my own clothes from age 10 and made my sister in law’s wedding dress when I was 17. I made clothes for all my friends, drafting my own patterns. I have dabbled in every craft imaginable over the years and enjoy meeting like minded people and sharing ideas.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: I have now given up full time work and do lots of markets to showcase my workshops. I hold 4-5 workshops a month which are proving to be very popular.


Where do you sell your creations?: Mainly at markets around the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. I’ll be at the Handmade Expo too.
What makes you so special or different?: Every basket or felted item I make is different, never 2 the s…
What is your favourite product to make?: Silk Baskets and Felted Nuno scarfs and pods.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Yes, I teach 4-5 workshops a month from my home studio in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. I also have weekend retreats which include 2 workshops for people from Brisbane.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ESSENTIAL OILS WITH RHIANA

Stallholder Profile for Essential Oils with Rhiana




  • Your name: Rhiana Pearce


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

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make hand-knotted Essential Oil Diffuser Necklaces with Gemstones and Stretch Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets with Gemstones. 





  • What inspired you to start your business? I enjoyed using my essential oils but to use topically while breastfeeding a baby wasn’t logical or hugely safe to me. From here I decided to design myself a necklace and I went from there. My creative side came up hugely being a stay at home mum going stir crazy and I really enjoy making the jewellery.

  • How long have you been ‘creating’? I created my first necklace a year ago but only designing and starting to sell my pieces 6 months ago.

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? I'm a stay at home mum so for now this is my hobby, but I do hope to form it into a business in the future.

  • Where do you sell your creations? And what makes what you do special or different? I sell my creations through my Facebook page for now and just starting to test the waters with this beautiful handmade market. I hand knot each bead and take my time with designing the necklaces for benefits of the gemstones as well as for appeal.




  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do? I enjoy the feeling of creating beautiful pieces that people enjoy and knowing that I made that piece while still caring full time for my family at home.

  • What is your favourite product that you make? I love to make the necklaces - they are my favourite focus. But some people prefer bracelets so I need to be versatile for everybody.

  • Do you teach classes or workshops? I don’t teach how to make the jewellery - but I do custom design working with people in what they would like for their individual piece..

Thursday, April 5, 2018

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR MY ESSENTIAL ALCHEMY

Stallholder Profile for My Essential Alchemy




Your name: Amanda Sugden

Your Business name and Facebook name and link: My Essential Alchemy (www.facebook.com/amandasoilchange)

The suburb/town you live in now: Toowoomba, Mount Lofty

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make essential oil blends, purefumes, skin care, baby, cleaning and wellness products- made from natural ingredients, toxin free. I have skills in the area of using these natural ingredients and understanding how to create store bought products without the toxins and chemicals




What inspired you to start your business? My family and my own health. I started creating for us, then friends and now there is a large market chasing my products.

How long have you been ‘creating’? I have been creating for 2 years, online selling for 9 months

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? It is a full time business that I run while being a full time, stay at home mum!!

Where do you sell your creations? I sell online through my website www.myessentialalchemy.com but also serve the Toowoomba population with local pick up and visits by appointment.

What makes what you do special or different?  Not only do I sell my handmade products, I empower others to make their own and sell 200 items that are raw ingredients and bottles/accessories. A one stop natural shop!



What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Meeting new people and hearing their gratitude for my natural products that are making their lives better and solving their health problems.

What is your favourite product that you make? NO BO. a natural deodorant that comes in two scents. Aluminium free, no toxins, full of pure essential oils and IT WORKS!

Do you teach classes or workshops? I hold classes on how to use essential oils, how to DIY products and make and take classes.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KOKONUT NQ

Stallholder Profile for Kokonut NQ




Your name: Christine Stewart
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Kokonut NQ
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kokonut-NQ-624674597679600/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: Strathpine Qld


What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make unique items from coconut shells, driftwood and native seed pods. I am somewhat of a gatherer. Items include Weefolk Houses, candle holders and shelves.



What inspired you to start your business?: Until recently I lived in North Queensland, where we often ate fresh coconut and I made coconut products for my family including coconut milk, yoghurt and butter. Of course this left me with many coconut shells which I started using to make gifts for family and friends. A cousin asked me to make some fairy houses for her daughters, so I started, Weefolk homes for the homeless tiny people.
How long have you been creating?: I have been creating my Kokonut NQ products for almost 3 years but didn't start selling them until March 2016. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: I would like it to become a full time business.
Where do you sell your creations?:  I have been selling my wares for 2 years at markets in Townsville including Cotters Market, Renegade Handmade Market, and the Renegade Handmade Shop. I have a Etsy Shop and will have my first stall in SE Qld corner at The Handmade Expo Brisbane Northside in April. 
What makes you so special or different?: After visiting many markets between Cairns and Brisbane, I have not found anything like my Kokonut NQ pieces. Every item is created from naturally sourced materials. Each item I create is unique by nature and I let the materials guide my imagination in every piece. 
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The element of surprise and smiles on people's faces when they explore the detail in my tiny houses. 



I love spending time at the beach gathering my materials, picking over the high tide mark flopsum, and kayaking to my favourite coconut tree overhanging the Ross River. (Not that I can do that lately). I did bring a very limited supply of NQ coconut shell with me.
If anyone has or knows of a coconut tree could you let me know.
What is your favourite product to make?: Weefolk Houses. There are many homeless Weefolk, needing shelter. My childhood spent around water fuels my inspiration in many of these houses.
Though candle holders were where I started. Sourcing coconuts in SE Queensland is not easy, especially lovely large nuts. My candle holders may not be a regular item on my stall.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No, I use very sharp and rotating tools, the responsibility and thought of someone else injuring themselves prevents me from doing lessons. 

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR POCKET FULL OF SUNSHINE FEATURING UNICORN PLAY

Stallholder Profile for Pocket Full of Sunshine featuring Unicorn Play




Your name:  Pocket Full of Sunshine featuring Unicorn Play
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Tarassa Instone is Pocket Full of Sunshine and Rhonda Shaw is Unicorn Play.  Find us at https://www.facebook.com/pocketfullofsunshinefeaturingunicornplay/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay 
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: We make Unique and Custom Bags and Accessories - ranging from Duffel Bags, "Man" Bags, Handbags, Satchels and Wallets. Our range is diverse from Floral to Anime and beyond :) We love to play.




What inspired you to start your business?:Began making bags for family then friends.  People started asking if they could order and the Business has evolved from there.
How long have you been creating?:All our Lives, lol, but focussing on the Bag Business for approx 3 years.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:Both Tarassa and I work full time, so this is our play.  Part time business at this stage.
Where do you sell your creations?: Mainly sell our Bags via Word of Mouth, Facebook and various markets including the Handmade Expo in Hervey Bay.



What makes you so special or different?:  We both have different styles and able to Customise our Bags to SUIT our clients. You choose the Fabric, You choose the design, You choose your style.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:When the bags are received and they are LOVED!!  Nothing beats that :)
What is your favourite product to make?:Cannot pick just one.  You are asked to make something that you may think HMMMM and then when it is finished go WOW.    Love the creative process.
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  Not at this time, between Full Time Work and this, not a lot of time left in the week :)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ARTS BY SIMI

Stallholder Profile for Arts By Simi



Your name: Simone McArdle
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: 

https://artbysimi.wixsite.com/modernart   
https://www.facebook.com/ArtsBySimi/

The suburb/town you live in now: Maryborough, Qld, Australia
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Artwork often using acrylics or mixed media.


What inspired you to start your business?: I'm creative by nature and decided to focus my attention on the art styles I really enjoy creating. I have a desire for it to be more than just a hobby.
How long have you been creating?: Since my youth.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It was a hobby but I am now focusing on turning it into a business.
Where do you sell your creations?: Word of mouth, my facebook art page and one art exhibition so far. I now aim to sell from my new website, instagram and the The Handmade Expo.


What makes you so special or different?: My artwork is often vibrant and varying in methods. I find I do my best work by not sticking with one style or method. It keeps my ideas fresh and the creative juices flowing.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing someone hang my artwork in their home or office and to know they're very happy with it. 
What is your favourite product to make?: Artwork sets. Each piece matching and the sets being able to hang in different positions to accomodate and compliment the room. 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not yet but I'm planning to this year.

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR HELEN SAINT-SMITH ART

Stallholder Profile for Helen Saint-Smith Art




Your name: Helen Saint-Smith

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Helen Saint-Smith Art
fb https://www.facebook.com/HelenSaintSmithArt/

The suburb/town you live in now: Buderim

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





What inspired you to start your business?: Too many paintings to store under the bed!

How long have you been creating?: Started painting 10 years ago

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

Where do you sell your creations?: Sell through fb, BlueThumb, Sunshine Coast Collective Markets, The Handmade Expo Sunshine Coast




What makes you so special or different?: Distinctive angular style

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Love loosing myself in a painting – so relaxing.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No teaching.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RESONANT ART CREATIONS

Stallholder Profile for Resonant Art Creations




Your name: Erika Faichney
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  https://www.facebook.com/Resonant-Art-Creations-1808863239365396/ 
The suburb/town you live in now: Ferny Grove
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Anything with Resin, Art, furniture and jewelry 



What inspired you to start your business?: Being able to create my pieces and they share with others
How long have you been creating?: 14 months
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: part time hobby / business
Where do you sell your creations?: Mainly market around Brisbane.



What makes you so special or different?: I have my own style and more recently adding other mediums to my work
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: When people enjoy my pieces and take them home
What is your favourite product to make?: Large resin pieces
Do you teach classes or workshops?: just for friends

Monday, February 26, 2018

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR AMOURPARFAIT TOYS AND STUFF

Stallholder Profile for Amourparfait Toys and Stuff



Your name: Martine Beard
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Amourparfait Toys and Stuff
The suburb/town you live in now: Pelican Waters, Caloundra.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Fabric animals for play, nursery d├ęcor, memory items and door stops by special order.


What inspired you to start your business?: I’m an animal lover myself and I was totally drawn to the individuality of each toy.  However firstly it was to give my niece with Cerebral Palsy something to do & learn a new skill…….and sew “Amourparfait Toys and Stuff” was born.
How long have you been creating?: Only about 18 months….. I had never sewn before!
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: From the start it was a part time hobby which is become a full time…..I hope to one day make it a full time business.
Where do you sell your creations?: My items are available at online; Facebook, Instagram and from my Etsy Store.  I love to do markets and they include The Handmade Expo, Witta Market & Caloundra Street Fair.



What makes you so special or different?: The animals are 3 dimensional, so they look rather life like!   They are unique, colourful and offer that little difference to a child’s nursery or gift for that someone quirky.  They are the perfect gift made with Love for all occasions.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I truly love the response from customers and those that just like to look…. Their eyes peruse the animals and you watch a smile come to their face.  The bright colours of the fabrics I use create an immediate sense of joy. 
What is your favourite product to make?: I’m a little taken with the Lions & ducks at the moment.  Although each animal has their own character which is enhanced through the choice of fabric….. somehow cuteness just happens.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No, I’m just happy doing my own thing and learning from others.

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR PINKBERRY KISSES

Stallholder Profile for Pinkberry Kisses




Your name:  Amanda Grant

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Pinkberry Kisses, www.pinkberrykisses.com.au  www.facebook.com/pinkberrykisses 

The suburb/town you live in now: Bellmere / Caboolture

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Hair Clips that don’t slip!  I make a rather large range of hair accessories with most of them being attached to a partially lined alligator or snap clip.  All our clips have a unique non slip grip which literally holds in just a few strands of hair!  Specifically created for babies with very little hair and anyone with fine hair.  However my range now caters for all ages with a Ladies Range only being released a couple of weeks ago.




What inspired you to start your business?:  A very good friend of mine originally started this business and after running and growing it for 6 years she decided to take her career into another direction.  My daughters and I had been using her products for years and could not bear to let the business close as we just love the product so much, so 12 months ago I took it over and have been creating beautiful pieces since.  Originally Pinkberry Kisses was marketed towards babies and children but I have since introduced a beautiful range of products for our tweens, teens and now ladies.

How long have you been creating?: 12 months

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: This is my full time business whilst also homeschooling my son.

Where do you sell your creations?:  My products can be purchased through my website and on my facebook page.  I also attend several markets including The Handmade Expo North Brisbane, Old Petrie Town Markets, Rock A Buy Baby and Children Market Strathpine plus a lot of school fetes.  I also have my product in several schools throughout Brisbane supplying their uniform shops.




What makes you so special or different?:  It really is the non slip grip on our clips that really do work and keeps our customers coming back.  Also the quality of our product and our customer service is extremely important to us.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  I just love seeing others feeling good about themselves and if the simplicity of a ‘hair pretty’ can do that, then I’ve done my bit.

What is your favourite product to make?:  I really love our Interchangeable Headbands.  These are a soft, wide elastic headband which comes in many colours and patterns and have a ‘loop’ attached to them.  Every single one of our clips can be easily attached to the loop of the headband to add a bow, flower, butterfly etc.  I also really enjoy making Unicorn Headbands.

Do you teach classes or workshops?:  I am currently in the process of working out some Bow Making Workshops, so keep an eye on my facebook page for the release of these.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR TWO LADIES WHO

Stallholder Profile for Two Ladies Who




Your name: Fi Wake and Linda Ryan
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Two Ladies Who ; facebook - https://www.facebook.com/twoladieswho ; Etsy- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TwoLadiesWho
The suburb/town you live in now: Bracken Ridge/ Strathpine
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Two Ladies Who combine Vintage patterns with modern fabrics to produce quality, handmade clothing and accessories for women and girls.



What inspired you to start your business?: We love sewing and we are mad collectors of Vintage patterns. We combined the two and Two Ladies Who was born!
How long have you been creating?: All our lives!
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: part time business
Where do you sell your creations?: We sell on Etsy, Facebook, and as stall holders at Mitchie Makers’ Markets, and have just joined The Handmade Expo community!



What makes you so special or different?: We source our Vintage patterns, draft to suit modern figures and create wonderful, long-lasting, elegant garments which are all One of a Kind. The fabrics we use range from feminine to quirky and the clothes we make are for petite to plus size. You will never find what we make in a chain store!
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The satisfied customers who will wear our designs for years!
What is your favourite product to make?: Fi: I love to sew our wrap dress range. Linda: I love to create accessories like flower crowns, but also sew separates.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Yes! We’ve just started teaching Sew Easy classes - where people can learn to sew using their own machines, own patterns and own fabrics!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GROW N GLOW BOUTIQUE

Stallholder Profile for Grow n Glow Boutique




Your name: Lajla Darvill
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: 
Grow n Glow Boutique http://www.grownglowboutique.com 
Facebook.com/grownglowboutique
The suburb/town you live in now: Park Ridge, QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I design and create maternity and breastfeeding fashion. Currently I have silicone and wooden breastfeeding necklaces in stock as well as baby teethers. My own maternity and breastfeeding clothing range is currently being manufactured.



What inspired you to start your business?: My children and my love for breastfeeding.
How long have you been creating?: 4 months.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Full time business
Where do you sell your creations?: Online and am starting to do the markets.
What makes you so special or different?: My business was born from a desire to offer mums an opportunity to treat themselves, because we all know mums deserve it. I design my own fashion and enjoy every minute of it.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The testimonials from my lovely customers, saying how much the necklaces have helped their babies keep focused on feeding, making it easier on mums.
What is your favourite product to make?: Designing maternity and breastfeeding clothes.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No.