Monday, January 22, 2018

HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR INKY FINGERZ

Stallholder Profile for Inky Fingerz



Your Name:  Wendy Andrew

Your Business Name: Inky Fingerz

I am in the process of setting this up

The suburb/town you live in now: Pialba/Hervey Bay

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




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

How long have you been creating?: 20 years

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

Where do you sell your creations?: I am only just starting to sell, using facebook page and The Handmade Expo

What makes you so special or different?: I try to make my cards a bit different, I use a lot of inspirational wording rather than the standard “happy birthday” etc




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing people enjoying my cards

What is your favourite product to make?: Cards, cards, cards lol

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR RESART DESIGNS

Stallholder Profile for ResArt Designs



Your name: Nina Berg 
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: ResArtDesigns 
The suburb/town you live in now: Coes Creek QLD 
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make eco-resin jewellry and homewares. I use a bio-resin called Entropy Resin Super Sap CCF/CCR, which is a renewable plant based carbon, NOT petroleum based carbon, resin. This uses waste products from other industrial processes, and it does not compete with food sources or displace food based agriculture. 
I take the resin in its liquid state, mix, and place into ready made moulds ( with store bought or made by me) with either pigments or inclusions I collect such as dried flowers, leaves, seaweed, or foil etc.  I then sand through 4 grits of sand paper, polish and buff each piece. 
I then hand craft earring hooks for earrings or attach chain or cord to necklaces. 



What inspired you to start your business?: I’ve loved resin jewellry for many years, and when the time came for me to move on from my job of 20+ years I started ResArtDesigns! 
How long have you been creating?: All my life tinkering with something here and there, resin around 2 Years. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Full time at the moment. 
Where do you sell your creations?: 
I sell online and also at markets such as Handmade Expo at the Noosa Leisure Centre 4 times a year and also Sunshine Coast Collective Markets at Coolum State primary school each 4th Sunday of the month. 
What makes you so special or different?: I use eco resin whereas a lot of other makers use petroleum based resin...I try to do my bit for the environment even though it costs a little more. I also collect my inclusions in a thoughtful way, and each piece is carefully created by hand. 



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: hearing people go ooh and ahh when they pick up an item and get a good look at the colours and shimmer, or tiny maiden hair fern and marigold petals, or bits of fine seaweed that have been painstakingly tweezered into the mould... it’s all worth it then!
What is your favourite product to make?: At the moment it’s definitely drawer pulls/knobs...they’re getting awesome feedback at the markets, are so pretty and have so much depth to them. And they bring a boring piece of furniture to life instantly! 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: I’m hoping to start workshops mid year..but at the moment our shed is not the prettiest place to work! I’m crossing my fingers for a studio workshop on our property sometime this year. Working out of my lounge room is fine for just me, but some more professional digs would be amazing. Hint hint ;)

AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BEEGOOD WAX WRAPS

Stallholder Profile for BeeGood Wax Wraps



Your name: Loren Vanzella

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: BeeGood Wax Wraps  

The suburb/town you live in now: Mackay

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: BeeGood Wax Wraps are the perfect replacement for plastic, in particular, cling film. We hand make them in Mackay using only Australian beeswax, pure jojoba oil and tree resin infused into cotton fabric. Each ingredient is selected for its natural preservative qualities.



What inspired you to start your business?: I am passionate about the overuse of plastic in our everyday lives and decided to try to make a difference. 
To help our planet, our local environment and reduce waste!

How long have you been creating?: We have been creating these wraps since November 2017

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: BeeGood Wax is a part time business as with my Photography Business "Loren Jon Photographer" - I also work full time.

Where do you sell your creations?: I sell these Eco Friendly wraps all around Australia via my Facebook page shop.  My best sales to date have been at craft/artisan markets and now I'm joining The Handmade Expo in the Whitsunday region.



What makes you so special or different?: I saw this product two years ago at a market & thought "I can do that so other like minded people can help me reduce the use of plastic". I did my research in regards to the ingredients & put it all together. The Wrap, packaging & logo is my design and I only use recycled paper right down to the brown paper bags so the customer can recycle them as well.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Customers coming back time & time again & buying BeeGood Wax Wraps for family members & friends - these customers become friends & are great advertisers for our wraps.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: At the moment no - I have just a little too much on my plate, but I may consider it down the track.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ON THE BEACH LITTLE TREASURES

Stallholder Profile for On The Beach Little Treasures



Your name: Bronwen Hall.

Your business name On The Beach Little Treasure’s
Facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com/bronwen60/
The suburb/town you live in now: Burrum Heads Qld
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I do all types of sewing, which includes, microwave bowl & plate holders, Sewing Caddies, Craft & Travel Iron Caddies, Baby accessories, Coasters, Fabric Covered Books, Children’s cloth books, Play mats/Cot quilts.



What inspired you to start your business?: I just love sewing and I'm enjoying meeting my customers.
How long have you been creating?: about 6 years.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part-time as I'm still working.
Where do you sell your creations?: Local markets and the Handmade Expo.
What makes you so special or different?: Some of the items I make are my designs.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Enjoying the smiles and lovely comments from my customers.
What is your favourite product to make?: Sewing Caddies, and Microwave accessories.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: No.

TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR WORDS AND FLOWERS AU

Stallholder Profile for Words and Flowers AU


Your name: Sonia Bassingthwaighte

Your Business name and Facebook name and link:
Words and Flowers AU
Facebook.com/WordsandflowersAU

The Town you live in now: On a property outside Jandowae, Queensland.

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
I make original, inspirational watercolour Art work for display in homes!
Original paintings and also prints of my work. I mainly focus on handlettered words, quotes
or verses, decorated with watercolour florals.
I also make cards and bookmarks.
I paint on watercolour paper, cardstock and canvases.
The skills I use are design/layout, illustration, brushlettering,
modern calligraphy and watercolour painting.
I would also like to start making handlettered wooden signs.




What inspired you to start your business?
Family and friends seemed to like the Art Work I was creating and so I thought
Others might like it too…..

How long have you been ‘creating’?
I started getting into the watercolour painting and lettering towards the end of 2016.

Is it a full time/part time/hobby or business?
My Art Work is a hobby at this stage, but I have started to sell some of my work.

Where do you sell your creations? What makes you special or different?
I have an Etsy Shop http://etsy.com/WordsandflowersAU
and a Facebook Page. I have done some Art Work for friends and family.
I think my work is special because it is inspirational and encouraging!
It can also be customised and personalised.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
I find spending time painting and lettering is very peaceful and relaxing. I really enjoy doing it!
It is also exciting when other people love my work and it brings them joy!

What is your favourite product that you make?
Handlettered quotes or verses with beautiful watercolour florals in a frame ready to display.

Do you teach classes or workshops?
No, not at this stage.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

FIRST BLOG FOR 2018 FOR ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER GRANDPA'S TOYS

Stallholder Profile for Grandpa's Toys




Your name: David Burrage
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Grandpas Toys
www.grandpastoys.com.au         https://www.facebook.com/grandpaswoodentoys/                 Instagram.com/grandpastoys
The suburb/town you live in now: Alton Downs (20 K north/west of Rockhampton Central Queensland)
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Handmade wooden toys and toys furniture


What inspired you to start your business?:  I lost my job and being 5 years from retirement age I couldn’t obtain work
How long have you been creating?: I actually commenced building toys for my own children from 1988 however I started Grandpas Toys in 2013
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: It is full time all year but much busier leading up to Christmas. I am now shipping all over Australia and get a few enquiries from overseas.
Where do you sell your creations?:  Online, The Handmade Expo Market, Stocklands (popup stalls), Canelands (Popup Stalls), The Mackay Handmade and some selected Shows.



What makes you so special or different?:  I make quality wooden products to last and encourage creative play with my products. I can also personalise my trucks etc.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  Seeing the eyes light up when children and adults see my products.
What is your favourite product to make?: Probably the trucks and trailers as they are all different
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No I am too old and grouchy now.