30.5.11

Call Out for Stall Holders


We're looking for stall holders in the following categories -
  • Art
  • Home wares
  • Soft furnishings
  • Women's clothing
  • Children's clothing
  • Bath & body
  • Toys
  • Accessories (other than jewellery)
  • Music
  • Foods - handmade goods like preserves, jams, oils, cookies, cupcakes, breads, fudges.
Or do you create something different, unusual, funky, retro ...... if so, we'd love to hear from you.
Please go to the applications page to download an application kit which includes THS terms & conditions.
    Please Note: Jewellery is Closed for June & July

    23.5.11

    Announcing Winner for May

    Congratulations to
    Jessie from Cheltenham

    A delighted Jessie wins the $30 Handmade Show gift voucher which she'll be able to use at the June show.

    Thank you for visiting us this May and we'll look forward to your next visit. The hardest thing about this voucher is deciding how to spend it - so many gorgeous wares to choose from.

    Those who missed out this time around don't despair - another show is just around the corner. See you there.

    22.5.11

    May Wrap Up

    A feast for your eyes......
    Stay tuned for more ......

    19.5.11

    Have You Met...Ladybugs & DaisyChains

    Amy is the terrific owner of Ladybugs & Daisychains. Apart from having the cutest shop name, Amy specialises in beautiful stationery and accessories, and has recently introduced fabric note boards into her line.  We hope you enjoy our little visit into her world :0)


    1) Tell us a little bit about Ladybugs & Daisychains and the items you create.


    Ladybugs & Daisychains was created when I started selling my handmade cards.  It then led to creating other stationery items such as notebooks, gift cards, invitations and bookmarks.  At the beginning of this year I started making coin purses, phone pouches and fabric note boards.  With all the amazing papers, materials and stamps/inks out there the creativity is endless.


    2) Where do you find inspiration for your creations?


    So many different things inspire me; different papers, materials, colours, magazines, markets and all things crafty.


    3) How does the market experience contribute to your business?


    I love going to the market.  Its great to meet the people who like and appreciate what you do whether they are a customer on the day or at another date.  It's also fun mixing with other talented people who have a similar passion.


    4) Which one of your items should everyone have in their home?


    At the moment I'm loving my phone pouch.  Definitely a must.














    5) When not at The Handmade Show, where can we find you?
          
    I can be found in the following places:







    Thanks Amy for taking the time to answer our fabulous Five Questions.

    17.5.11

    It's Giveaway Time Again!!!

    Win The Handmade Show $30 Gift Voucher.

    Sponsored by Ladybugs & Daisychains


    How to enter -
    • All you have to do is visit The Handmade Show on Saturday 21st May, between 10.30am - 3.30pm and fill in an entry form and place it in the entry box..... it's that simple!

    Terms & Conditions -
    1. Free Entry to everyone who visits our show on Saturday.
    2. One free entry per person.
    3. Receive an extra 2 entries with every purchase made on the day. Your extra entries will be taken by the stall holder you've purchased from.
    4. Voucher only valid for use at The Handmade Show, Sat 18th June 2011.
    5. Original Voucher must be presented. 
    6. Voucher must be spent at one stall (cannot be split over stalls). 
    7. Drawn 3.30 pm Sat. 21st May (the end of trade), at Oakleigh RSL 95 Drummond St.
    8. If winner not present at the time of drawing they will be contacted by the prize sponsor.
    9. Winner's name will also be announced in The Handmade Show Blog post.
    10. Stall holders are ineligible to enter.
    Remember - Entries must be made in person on Sat. 21st May between 10.30am - 3.30pm.
      
    We would like to give a big Thank You to Amy for making this giveaway possible.
    You can learn more about Ladybugs & Daisychains by visiting her -
    Store
    Facebook Page

    See you at The Handmade Show!

    Have You Met...Studio Sylvia

    We're getting closer to our next market (21 May) - so it's time to tempt you with the talents of another of our May stallholders. Todays interview is with the fantastic Sylvia of Studio Sylvia.

    Enjoy :0)

    1. Tell us a little about Studio Sylvia and the items you create? 
    I love earrings but I couldn’t find unique earrings that were different from the usual. I don’t favour production line jewellery after on one particular occasion, I attended a function where another guest was wearing the exact style of earrings. I decided then, to make my own, after which, I would receive complements on the earrings I was wearing and be asked where I had purchased them. Hence, Studio Sylvia was born.

    My daughter gave me a beautiful necklace for my birthday. My further surprise was that she had made the necklace herself. I truly thought she had purchased it. So Studio Sylvia is now a joint venture, offering unique, handmade jewellery.

    We combine our own handmade components made from Precious Metal Clay fine silver, sterling silver, enamelled copper and purchased components – beads, crystals, Sterling Silver elements. For example, our bracelets combine beads and a handmade fine silver charm. We make one-off pieces and no two items are exactly the same. Customers are assured that our pieces are individually unique.

    2. Where do you find inspiration for your creations?
    Beautiful objects, nature’s colour schemes, Art Deco style and fashion trends all provide inspiration for design. A walk in the park, a stroll along the sand can lodge a point interest, that will evolve in a design. Inspiration also comes, when shopping for supplies, i.e. beads and chain, as items will suggest designs/ideas.












    3. How does the market experience contribute to your business?
    The Handmade Show provides an opportunity to bring our designs to the public in a companionable and welcoming environment. It also allows us to engage with customers, getting feedback and ideas for future designs.

    4. Which one of your items should everyone have in their home?
    Of course either a pair of earrings or a necklace, to complete an outfit. A staple statement piece, with neutral tones that will go with everything. Colour is great, but neutral is extremely easy and versatile.






    5. When not at The Handmade Show, where can we find you?
    Studio Sylvia earrings may be found at The Sorrento Fine Art Gallery and The Flinders Fine Art Gallery, and Incub8r, 321 Smith Street, Fitzroy.




    Thanks Sylvia for taking the time to answer our fabulous Five Questions.

    7.5.11

    Have You Met...Ali-Kat Creations

    Another of our wonderful Handmade Show stall holders is the fabulous Athena - also known as Ali-Kat Creations. Athena's jewelery features lovely, sparkly Swarovski Crystals and her pieces will certainly catch your eye.

    So sit back, relax, and let us introduce you to Ali-Kat Creations :0)

    1. Tell us a little about Ali-Kat Creations and the items you create? 

    Ali-Kat creations creates boutique, modern, classy and affordable jewellery pieces mainly with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious gemstones.

    I have recently also started a bridal range which includes Greek orthodox wedding crowns (Stefana). These are also popular as they are affordable and made from Swarovski crystals as opposed to most out there that are made from glass or plastic.
    Ali-Kat creations started out using more inferior crystals and beads and found that no bead really shines quite like the Swarovski brand. The pieces are sometimes delicate, but very elegant and noticeable.

    I love to use unusual colours where I can so as to differentiate my goods from others. Recently I tried using a lovely blue/green colour which just took my breath away when I saw it, and the piece was instantly a hit.

    Ali-Kat creations started because I just love creating things for myself and found that every time I wore one of my pieces someone would want it and ask me where they could get them from. So I thought why not share my love of beading and jewellery with everyone.

    2. Where do you find inspiration for your creations?

    I generally get inspired by fashion, but more likely the beads and materials themselves. Sometimes I find a crystal or centrepiece that is so pretty that I think to myself, this is beautiful, what can I make with it?
    I like to check out the industry magazines also and get inspired by some masters of jewellery making out there. Everyone is very helpful in this industry.

    I have also recently started using semi-precious gemstones (black onyx, rose quartz and lapis lazuli) in my wire work pieces. If I find a stone I like, I can usually visualise what I want to make with it. So sometimes I just love the piece and really just want to do something with it.

    It is therefore true that a lot of my items are really one of a kind and with the rings, I cannot make exact pieces again. This is the beauty of handmade, it means you can really create something custom made :)

    3. How does the market experience contribute to your business?

     The market experience is a great way to promote your business to people you would otherwise not see or who may not know about you online. As I am a relatively new business, small and mostly an online one, then it is important for customers to see my goods in the "flesh" so that they can feel comfortable about buying online.

    I often get comments that the photos we take of our goods and place online don't do justice to the detailed work we do, because you really cant see it in a photo. I have also had comments from customers that you really cant see the sparkle and shine as well on the Internet as much as what you can see it in real life.

    So the market experience lets me show how wonderful these crystals, beads and stones really are.

    4. Which one of your items should everyone have in their home?


    Everyone loves the Ali-Kat Creations vintage polymer rose rings (see photo) or the Swarovski bead rings. This a ring that has had me come runner up in a bead supplier competition and is a hit with all my customers.
    My Swarovski and semi-precious gemstone pendants are also very popular.



    5. When not at The Handmade Show, where can we find you?

    I have my own website that is still under construction at www.alikatcreations.com.au,
    but I also can be found at: www.facebook.com/alikatcreations
    where I update everyone on what is new and where I will be in terms of markets.

    I am also part of the online handmade market scene and can be found at: www.madeit.com.au/alikatcreations
    or
    www.alikatcreations1.etsy.com



    Thanks Athena for taking the time to answer our fabulous Five Questions.

    6.5.11

    Cafe Handmade


    Cafe lovers will understand when I say things like, "Mmm, love that aroma of brewing coffee wafting past", or, "Those cakes look too tempting to pass up". Well, our tiny little set up is slowly rising up to the occasion. Do we really need an excuse to sit down to tea & scones or coffee & cupcakes? I know that I don't.

    Our very own Kerri of Vintage Sew and So brews up a delicious cuppa and we've had stall holders who have baked delicious treats for us to purchase & enjoy with our coffee. So when you visit us at The Handmade Show you will be able to enjoy, not just the creative wares handcrafted by our gifted stall holders, but also delicious treats to "Mmmm" over with your cuppa. All this in a warm, friendy, cozy little boutique market space with amiable music to set the mood.

    Take a break form your saturday shopping or simply make it a date and come along to our upcoming shows on -
    • May 21st
    • June 18th
    • July 16th
    Don't forget to make note of our new opening time of 10.30am.

    PS. My nose is twitching towards those cupcakes .... or scones & cream .... or chocolate .... or ....

    4.5.11

    Have You Met...Bellissima Glass

    Here at The Handmade Show we are surrounded by so many talented artists and crafters that we thought it was about time that we introduced them to you.  Get a little bit personal as it were!  

    The first of our wonderful 'Handmaders' is the fabulous Rachel from Bellissima Glass.  We hope that these interviews give you a chance to get to know our stall holders a little better and entice you to come and visit them at our next show :0)


    1) Tell us a little bit about Bellissima Glass and the items you create.

    Bellissima Glass is my baby. It's where I get to have some time to be me, not the Mummy me. I create one of a kind glass fused jewellery and gifts, all in my little workspace (the back of the garage!!). I make pieces that I would like to wear, one of a kind wearable art. Most popularly rings, pendants and earrings.


     

    2) Where do you find inspiration for your creations?
    My inspiration comes from all kinds of places, but mostly from the glass itself. The glass might look a certain way which can lend itself to being made into a certain piece.

    3) How does the market experience contribute to your business?
    The market experience completes my business. It is the greatest way to showcase my wears, as glass can be very tricky to photograph as it reacts differently in different lights.  People really need to see what products look like in real life!

     





    4) Which one of your items should everyone have in their home?

    Everyone should for sure own a Bellissima Glass ring. They have to be my favourite pieces. A talking point and piece of Art you can wear with any outfit!

    5) When not at The Handmade Show, where can we find you?
    You can find Bellissima Glass at our online store www.bellissima-glass.com.au
    and a number of markets (listed on our website).



    Thanks Rachel for taking the time to answer our fabulous Five Questions!! 

     

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