Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year ...

The Handmade Show Team would like to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR ...
... filled with prosperity, good health & lots of good things to see you through 2012.

The THS Team is currently taking a well deserved break - some of our team members will be back from the 9th Jan 2012 to begin processing stall applications, answer any queries & organise our shows....  by mid Jan we'll all be back in full swing.

  • All our show dates for 2012 are listed on this blog.
  • Stall applications are open for Feb, March & April 2012. Feel free to send them in now because they will be processed in order of arrival (from 9th Jan).

In the meantime, we wish you all the best - have an absolutely fabulous summer break & safe New Year celebrations.


Drum Roll Please .....


Lesley & Ian from Malvern took home the first prize. Our first prize winners enjoyed the show and Cafe Handmade. They managed a few purchases too. Lesley wrote Ian's (hubby) name on some of the raffle tickets when she made her purchases. It was Ian's name that was drawn but both came to pick up their amazing prize.

Liz from Nunawading was the second prize winner. Liz loved the quality of the handmade goods at THS - she was impressed & was very, very happy with the whole show. Liz's friend living in Oakleigh picked up the prize for her as Nunawading was a bit far to come .... but not too far to visit the show. Thank you Liz - what a lovely reward for you.

Sue is very happy with her third prize. Sue was just passing on Sat 10th Dec & had to stop at the traffic lights. She saw The Handmade Show banners & just had to visit us to check out everything. Two hours later Sue continued on her way with a few purchases in hand .... now she has a little gift hamper to add to her handmade goodies.
Enjoy your prizes!
For more details on what was inside each gift hamper go HERE to read the blog post, or HERE to see more photos.


Three Gift Hampers for Christmas!

Here they are! From a total prize pool of $652 we have put together 3 amazing gift hampers.

These photos show Gift Hamper #1 valued at $412.
 Gift Hamper #2 valued at $130.
 Gift Hamper #3 valued at $110.

Everything in each gift hamper has been generously sponsored by these lovely creative artisans.
Giving freely is a special gift in itself. All made & given in a joyful spirit so as to make your Christmas extra special & your visit to The Handmade Show enjoyable.
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We will be posting individual photos on our Facebook page of each beautiful gift included in each hamper. Keep a check over this week to get a close up look at what you can win.

More info plus our Terms & Conditions can be found Here.



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…


A Little Treat for Christmas

Easy Rocky Road

1 bag of Nestle melts (milk or dark)
100g raspberry lollies
1 bag marshmallows
75g crushed nuts (optional)
60g copha

Melt chocolate and copha.
Add marshmallows, raspberries and nuts them mix together.
Pour mixture into a slice tin and set in the fridge.
Once set cut into squares or rectangles.

This is great to serve at Christmas parties 
or wrap it up and give as a gift. 
Hope you enjoy!

We'd love to hear what treats you make?


Massive Gift Hamper Giveaway!

2011 Christmas Giveaway
Look at all these gorgeous prizes!

This year's Christmas Giveaway is bigger, better & brighter (just like our new venue) ..... In fact, with so many generous sponsors contributing to the giveaway, we have decided to share these gifts & create THREE giveaways instead of one! 

That's right, this means you have the chance to win one of three gorgeous gift hampers.

The main prize includes items such as decorative home wares, voucher, jewellery, craft & lots more to the value of $412; The next two prizes include small decorative home wares, soap,  jewellery & other lovely gifts, valued at $130 & $110. 

 That's a whopping $652 total prize pool!

We'll show you photos of each hamper just as soon as we finish the gift wrapping.

Only at the December Show
Saturday 10th December
164 Neerim Rd Glenhuntly
(cnr Grange road)
10.30 am - 3.30 pm

Here are the sponsors of your prizes! Please pay them a visit in support of their creative work ... their generosity has made it possible for a huge Christmas giveaway at The Handmade Show this year.
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Total Value = $652  
20 Sponsors 
27 items 
You will find all details on How to Enter plus Terms & Conditions Here 


Another Happy Winner

Our $30 Gift Voucher this month goes to another very excited winner -
Kale B of Caulfield
This is perfect timing for you to purchase something special at the December show ... maybe a gift just for you!
Enjoy the shopping experience next month.
See you there on Saturday December 10th :)


November Snippets

There are always way so many gorgeous wares to photograph at any Handmade Show but here are a few snippets for you to check over ... just a tiny portion of what we found.
bling for you

mini art  flutterbys


gems or jam
red warmth

frilly fancies

All things ... for friends ... for family ... for you! 


Something Special About The Cafe

As you all know, The Handmade Show is about all things handmade - Aussie handmade.And we love to have the opportunity to support creative artisans, micro business, hobby business, WAHMs, WAHPs and community.

With our move to a new venue last month we found ourselves with some lovely ladies from St. Anthony's who were happy to take on the task of running Cafe Handmade. This was to be their opportunity to fund raise for various needs and we at THS were excited to hear about the reason for their latest fund raising venture....

A number of people from the parish volunteer each week, on a Thursday night, to run a special cafe called Tony's Cafe. This cafe opens its doors to anyone who needs a good wholesome meal, some companionship, a social evening, a chat & laugh, or a rest from cooking - everyone is welcome. Foods are donated or bought with donation funds & many a great cook has provided a delicious menu, even chefs. People visiting the cafe are treated to a three course meal in a warm & friendly atmosphere. Donations are accepted for meals but only if the patrons are able to donate - no questions asked, no one checking.

The cafe has been operating one night a week for approx 2 years & has recently received a grant from Feed Melbourne to put toward the cafe's great work. This grant is going towards the purchase of a small van with seats, but it won't cover the entire cost. A van would enable the volunteers to do things like give lifts to patrons who may have difficulty getting to & fro Tony's Cafe, food runs and other needs as they arise.

Hence, Cafe Handmade has become a platform for the fundraising efforts of St. Anthony's volunteers for a new little van.... for that special little cafe - All the profits will go towards the purchase of the van.

So come along to our next show & after your shopping rounds, take a seat, rest & tuck into the deliciously irresistible food & mouthwatering treats .... not only will you be supporting the fundraising efforts of a great cause, you'll also be delightfully satisfied.


Have You met...Squiggle and Stitch

Apart from having a gloriously adorable name, Squiggle and Stitch creates and sells the most wonderful homewares for children (not to mention a few very childish adults!). The fabulous Tania who is the creative force behind the label uses the most amazing fabric combinations and leaves you with beautiful items worthy of keeping hold of in the years to come. Take some time to get to now Squiggle and Stitch...

1) Tell us a little bit about Squiggle and Stitch and the items you create.
Squiggle and Stitch is all about Arty Crafty Stuff for Kids. I make decor items and accessories such as cushions, door stops, bags, hair clip holders, and baby tag toys. I like to use fun, bold fabrics and keep things fairly simple. Some of my products can be personalised so they make great gifts. When I'm not sewing or being a mum I'm a teacher so as part of Squiggle and Stitch I also run kids workshops.
2) Where do you find inspiration for your creations?
Most of the time it is the fabric which inspires me. I actually majored in textile design at uni so I have always had a love for gorgeous materials. I love showing fabrics off and playing around with different combinations, cushions are a great way to do this. I will also try and use every bit of a fabric I have because I don't want to waste a beautiful print so the little tag toys I make for babies are made from my fabric scraps. 
3) How does the market experience contribute to your business?
It is vital to my business. I love doing them and it is a great way to network with other stallholders and to meet your customers face to face. I have learnt so much from doing markets and even if you don't sell a lot on the day you are still giving out business cards, getting feedback on your products and talking to other likeminded people. I have had repeat customers and follow up orders from my market stalls and the contacts I have made have been crucial to growing my business. 
4) Which one of your items should everyone have in their home?
I would have to say a cushion. (I am obsessed with cushions) Like I said before they are such a great way to show off a fabric that you love and an easy way to brighten up a room.
5) When not at The Handmade Show, where can we find you?
I do other markets in Melbourne including Huckleberry market and Yarraville Markets. You can also find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/squiggleandstitch and I have a store on madeit. www.madeit.com.au/squiggleandstitch  I also stock some items at Kids Style Hub in Hawthorn which is a shopping mecca for handmade goodness!

Thanks Tania for taking the time to answer our Fabulous 5 Questions!


Have You Met...Baby Bushka

It's time to introduce you to one of our newest stallholders at The Handmade Show - the wonderful Baby Bushka Accessories. Fortunately, Claire has taken the time to answer our Fabulous 5 Questions, so take a couple of minutes to meet our new kid on the block - Baby Bushka.

1) Tell us a little bit about Baby Bushka and the items you create.
I create all sorts of goodies for babies and toddlers - Sun hats, dresses, skirts and shorts. I also make lots of fabric covered button accessories, dribble bibs, dummy ribbons and lots of other little odds and ends. 

2) Where do you find inspiration for your creations?
It all began when I could not find a sun hat for my then 7 month old daughter and took off from there. I am a self taught sewer who is addicted to fabric so the world of creation is endless really! I find inspiration in my daughter, the fabrics I find and browsing blogs and markets. 

3) How does the market experience contribute to your business?
I love market days! It is always such a fun experience. Most of my sales are through markets and I always hand out lots of business cards, great networking and exposure for my business. 

4) Which one of your items should everyone have in their home?
One of my favourites is the pencil rolls - a must for any little creative creature, easy to roll up and take with you anywhere a world of colours right at your finger tips! 

5) When not at The Handmade Show, where can we find you?
www.babybushka.com, www.facebook.com/babybushka, and various markets around melbourne.

Thanks Claire for taking the time to answer our Fabulous 5 Questions!


Shop, Eat, Win

So you think it's just another market? The friendly atmosphere sets us apart and we love our work so much that we also love to give away prizes AND make sure you have the opportunity to feed the tummy & replenish your energy with nothing but the most tempting refreshments. If our previous post didn't entice you then take a look at what else you can expect to find ....
  • Free entry into the show
  • Free entry into the giveaway
  • Extra entries with each purchase you make
  • Fabulous prize of a $30 Gift Voucher to spend at the December show. More info on our Competitions page
Boutique market shopping is thirsty work, requires a replenishing of energies and a comfy rest in order to accomplish your shopping mastery..... it's all under one roof for you!

Cafe Handmade
tempting cupcake selection
satisfying muffins
tasty home style soup
mouthwatering quiche & salad
deliciously fresh mixed sandwiches
real coffee, tea, fizzy drinks
an abundance of free, friendly, smiles
everything made with love


A Little Tease for November

Five reasons not to miss the November Show - it will be even better than ever! 
  1. Everything is handmade .... Aussie handmade
  2. You'll be supporting WAHM, WAHP, micro business, hobby business, creative Aussies
  3. Start filling out, or complete, your Christmas shopping list
  4. Shop under cover and in a bright, friendly & warm atmosphere
  5. Rest & enjoy scrumptious refreshments at Cafe Handmade
And here's a little product tease for you ... it's only a tiny, tiny snippet of the creative spirit of our talented artisans.
Come along, bring your friends & you'll all be pleasantly surprised.  

.... oh, when & where is it?
St. Anthony's Parish Hall
164 Neerim Rd Glen Huntly
corner Neerim & Grange roads.
Saturday 19th November
10.30am - 3.30pm

See you there!


Cafe Handmade

Introducing three of our lovely Cafe Handmade hostesses ...
... Tanya, Winny & Sri. Thank you to you & all the crew for your fabulous service.
The buzzing kitchen - It was difficult trying to capture all the Cafe staff as they were so busy dishing up & serving delicious food.
Happy & satisfied customers ...
Sri, with Gwen trying to hide from the camera .... gotcha!
More next month .....? Absolutely! 


October Winners

We had TWO $30 Gift Vouchers to give away ....

... and the delighted winners of our First Birthday Gift Vouchers are .....
Karen H of Ormond
Michelle R of Blackburn North
Congratulations Karen & Michelle.
But wait ... we have another happy winner - Martin C of Carnegie.

Martin guessed correctly the number of sweets in the lolly jar.

He was spot on with 355.
Congratulations Martin & enjoy your sweets.


October On Show ... Part two

More pics for your perusal ...

There's more to come on Cafe Handmade .... and the announcement of our winners ....


October On Show ... Part One

With the celebration of The Handmade Show's First Birthday and the move to a new venue we have a feast of photos for you to peruse through ....
Festive entry to welcome our visitors ...

Stay tuned for part two and more......


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