Monday, July 4, 2011

In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight - Thursday 30th June, 2011

With only 7 weeks until our 1st birthday market it's time to start revealing our fabulous stallholders! We are welcoming a new stallholder to the market and to the Handmade Craft Market family in August - Little Tee Tee Boutique.

If you love ultra pretty dresses for little girls, this is the stall for you. With a soft colour palette, loads of lace & ribbon, and the use of luxurious fabrics, Little Tee Tee dresses are perfect for little girls who love to play princesses. Designer Suzan is a mother of two girls, who act as her muses, models & market-helpers. Little Tee Tee is a must see for the August market so drop by to welcome her to the fold! If you can't wait until then, or you want something special custom made for pick up at the markets, visit Little Tee Tee on facebook today.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 26th May, 2011

What woman doesn't love handbags? If you love handmade and one of a kind handbags, then you will love The Peddlers Suitcase. They have gorgeous handmade upcycled bags, ipod and iphone cases, gift wrapping, vintage finds and lots more inside the peddlers suitcase.

Made from upcycled clothing, fabric and new materials you will find something truly unique and individually you. Head over to their facebook page and become a fan today and see Christine and her gorgeous bags at our 1st Birthday celebration at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 21st August. Come and join in the fun as we celebrate turning 1.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 19th May, 2011

Please welcome to the Spotlight our winner of the 'Best Stand Award' at our May markets last Sunday, Milly Molly Mandy.

Milly Molly Mandy make handmade designer gifts and homewares for the little ones and grown up ones in your life. With a beautiful range, and ever changing collection of designer handmade gifts and homewares, including handmade toys, softies, blankets, cushions, memory boards, fabric bunting flags, mobiles and canvas art, their designs are practical and will freshen up any room.

Shannon's dedication to handmade was inspiring not only in her display and quality of her products but also the fact that she was attending our market, due with her 3rd baby in about a week. We wish Shannon all the very best for a safe delivery of baby number 3 and can't wait to welcome her back to our markets soon. Become a fan on facebook and love Milly Molly Mandy.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 12th May, 2011

Please give a warm welcome to Sweet Vintage Collection. Sweet Vintage Collection offer a range of classic, affordable pretty pieces for the romantic at heart. They have a gorgeous range of vintage inspired treasures for your little princess and a fabulous women's range too.

With lace, ruffles and pastel tones you will fall in love with Sweet Vintage Collection. We are excited to have them out our May market so become a fan on facebook today and see them at the Handmade Craft Market this Sunday 15th May at Erina High School from 10am - 2pm. We look forward to welcoming you to the market.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 5th May, 2011

Please give a warm welcome to our latest designer in the spotlight Inspired Silver.

Inspired Silver specialise in personalised sterling silver hand stamped jewellery. Create your own personalised jewellery using your children's names, grand children's, partners or any words you like. They are a great way to always hold those you love close to your heart, and make the perfect gift for mums, grandmothers, or that someone special.

Kellie from Inspired Silver will be at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 15th May, so if you are after gorgeous hand stamped jewellery, then make sure you head to Erina High School Sunday week to see Kellie at stand 5 inside the hall. Open from 10am - 2pm. We look forward to welcoming you to the market and wish all the mummies out there a very special day this Sunday. Happy Mother's Day x

In the Spotlight - Thursday 28th April, 2011

Please welcome to the Spotlight one of our newest stallholders, Jules and Me.

Jules and Me will be showcasing their products for the first time at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 15th May. You will find luxurious handmade accessories for women, including silk and cotton clutch bags, fabric brooches, and Sweet Feet shoe stuffers. Plus a gorgeous range of "le maxi skirts"and sleep shorts.

If you are looking for something unique and handmade for Mum this Mother's Day, take a peek at their facebook page then bring Mum to the market for a handmade shopping spree. Or Mum's, start dropping the hint now and put shopping at the Handmade Craft Market at the top of your wish list this Mother's Day. What ever your reason for coming, we can't wait to welcome you to the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 15th May at Erina High School. 10am -2pm. I'm starting to make my Mother's Day wish list now.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 21st April, 2011

Felicity Thomson Photography is a boutique photography studio that specialises in maternity, babies, chidren and families. Candid, whimsical, spirited and natural, Felicity's style is perfectly suited to capturing the best of your little ones.

Armed with wit, wiles and of course her trusty camera, Felicity slips into your adventure just long enough to capture a moment you'll always treasure.

We are thrilled to announce that Felicity Thomson Photography will be offering visitors our major prize at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 15th May. Come along and fill in the lucky door prize entry form to be in the running to win a portrait package valued at $490.00. The package includes a photo session, professional post processing of your images and a gorgeous selection of prints.

A fantastic bonus Market Special is also on offer to visitors at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 15th May. This exclusive offer is only available to customers that book with Felicity on the day. So make sure you pop by her stand, say hello and take advantage of her great offer. We hope you have a safe and wonderful Easter and we look forward to welcoming you to our next market on Sunday 15th May at Erina High School, 10am - 2pm.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 7th April, 2011

Who doesn't like dollies? Hello Dollies brings you the cutest handmade dolls for play and display, crochet cuties like owls, mushrooms and teeny tiny hearts & flowers for your own crafty endeavours.

Plus they make the ever so cute Hello Babies, tiny knitted booties, in sizes premmie up to 6 months, in soft cotton for those teeny tiny toes.

You will find all these handmade goodies and so much more at the Hello Dollies stand on Sunday 15th May at the Handmade Craft Market, Erina High School from 10am - 2pm. Make sure you pop by and say hello to Dawn and all her little cuties.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 24th March, 2011

With Mother's Day fast approaching we thought we'd get you thinking about what to put on your Mother's Day wish list. So please welcome RedPoppy Handbags to the Spotlight.

RedPoppy Handbags are all original, copyright designs and handmade in Australia. Each handbag and clutch is a one off design and made from recycled, new and vintage materials to give you a unique little bag that no one else has! Enjoy owning one of these bags as much they enjoy making them!

You can pick up your own RedPoppy Handbag at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 15th May at Erina High School. Make sure you put one on your wish list this Mother's Day.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 17th March, 2011

Please welcome local gals Hayley and Jade from The Hare and the Tortoise to the Spotlight.

The Hare and the Tortoise was started by Hayley and Jade in October 2010 over a cup of earl grey and some cadbury chocolate! Hmmm.

They began with cupcake decorating, which they both loved and soon moved on to handmade cards where the business name the hare and the tortoise originated from. Hayley, the hare, would make 10 cards compared to Jade, the tortoise, making just 2! However all were beautifully finished of course.

They soon both discovered a love a fabrics, so now
The Hare and the Tortoise design and make handcrafted items for babies and children and even sometimes for the kids at heart too. Their products are all made by hand with a lot of love and laughter and maybe an earl grey or two.

The Hare and the Tortoise will be back at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 15th May at Erina High School from 10am - 2pm so make sure you come down and see their gorgeous creations.

In the Spotlight - Thursday 10th March, 2011

Please welcome to the Spotlight Brodie Donnegan from Made by Me.

Made by Me have been a regular at the Handmade Craft Market since our launch in August last year, and offer a gorgeous range of tag blankets, coin purses, hair clips, bags, earrings and cards. With bright cheerful colours and fun and funky prints you will find something that tickles your fancy.

Brodie will be back again at our next market on Sunday 15th May at Erina High School to share her gorgeous designs. So make sure you stop by her stand and check out her handmade treasures. There is something for everyone.

In the Spotlight - Wednesday 16th February, 2011

Please welcome to the Spotlight PixiFoto Erina. PixiFoto, photograph families at every stage of life, from child and baby photography, through to pregnancy, couple and family portraits.

Their team of photographers and digital image editors can create beautiful portraits for your family to treasure for a lifetime.

Each PixiFoto photographic studio uses modern equipment and a combination of white or black backdrops, coloured gels, innovative props and creative posing to give you contemporary family portraits.

So come down and see PixiFoto at the Handmade Craft Market this Sunday at stand 42, and don't forget to enter our lucky door prize to WIN an amazing photographic package including a photographic sitting, a 25cm x 33cm full colour gift portrait and a collection of portraits to the value of $1500RRP. Total Prize Package Value $1622.

We look forward to welcoming you this Sunday to the Handmade Craft Market, Erina High School from 10am - 2pm.

In the Spotlight - Wednesday 9th February, 2011

Please welcome to the spotlight Natalie from Quirky Kids.

Quirky Kids started when Natalie was decorating her daughter’s room. Sick of all the same old commercial range out there she decided to create something unique, just for her daughter and now take orders Australia wide and Internationally.

Natalie provides a range of wooden letters, hairclip holders and lots of other handmade goodies that are all hand cut, giving them a quirky twist. They have a huge range of products to choose from or they can custom make to your needs.

Place a custom order at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 20th February and receive free postage. They have some gorgeous new fonts so make sure you stop by stand 45 and get something truly unique for your little ones room.

In the Spotlight - Monday 7th February, 2011
Because we are little late for last weeks post I thought I would share with you who I am and what I do. I am the brain child behind the Handmade Craft Market, rachelle rachelle, Hey Tol and Rachelle Stewart Photography. I have worked in advertising and events for over 10 years, hold a business degree majoring in marketing, studied graphic design and photography and I am a 30 something mother of 2. So life gets a little hectic in our household but I love my family and love being creative.

I started sewing again when I was pregnant with my first child who is now 2.5 years old, adjusting clothes to make them more of a maternity style as I didn't like any of the maternity clothes in the shops for my fuller figure. From there grew rachelle rachelle and my many add on projects along the way.

I launched the Handmade Craft Market in August last year after trying to find a suitable market to sell my handmade range at. I was disappointed with the kind of markets we had on the Coast, and there was nothing dedicated to Handmade. As a child I grew up in the country, and I wanted a market that was more like a family fair with lots of handmade goodies, entertainment and treats for the little kids and big kids. A fun day out like the good old country fairs. A market that doesn't sell imported or mass produced products, just strictly handmade, handcrafted and homegrown. And the rest they say is history. So here is a little peek at some of my goodies available at our next market on Sunday 20th February. I hope to see you there.

In the Spotlight - Wednesday 26th January, 2011

Happy Australia Day! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine with your loved ones. Please give a warm welcome to one of our new stallholders for 2011, Candice Lee Accessories.

Only one word can describe her beautiful creations and that is stunning. Perfect for that special occasion and beautiful enough to wear every day, Candice Lee is inspired by all things pretty. These ethereal pieces are designed and hand made with love and care using quality materials (all sourced within Australia), including 100% silk and cotton fabrics, Swarovski crystals, lace, pearls and many other unique pieces Candice finds in her travels.

Candice is the designer and creater of every piece. Having a love for fashion and crafts whilst being a qualified hairdresser, working with brides to create beautiful bridal hair for the past 5 years, it was only a matter of time before she began creating her own stunning pieces and finally launching her dream in September 2010. A range of angelic accessories for everyday, special occassions and bridal.

After having many brides bring beautiful hair pieces that just didn't quite place into detailed bridal hair perfectly, Candice created a unique ribbon back design for bridal hair which can easily be placed in the desired position, without any disruption to the hairstyle or veil.

So make sure you head to the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 20th February from 10am til 2pm and see her gorgeous range. I know I can't wait to check it out.

In the Spotlight - Wednesday 19th January, 2011

Valentines Day is just around the corner and so is our next market. So why not pick up a Valentines Day card for your loved one from Kathryn Jewkes Photography.

Kathryn makes gorgeous handmade greeting cards with images varying from Central Coast locations to Australian native flora and many more in between. Kathryn has an amazing range of prints and cards available for purchase, perfect to give a loved one this Valentines Day. So why not head over to her facebook page and check them out and visit her at our next market on Sunday 20th February at Erina High School from 10am - 2pm.

In the Spotlight - Wednesday 5th January, 2011

Have you been enjoying summer and forgetting about your skin? Then Purely Natural Living's natural skin care range may just be what the Doctor ordered.

Try out their hydrating natural skin care range which uses pure guilt-free ingredients that don’t have a negative effect on our environment. And its all handmade.

Their products range from body cream, night cream, shaving balm for men, cleanser, day cream (with natural sunscreens, perfect for Summer), eye cream, toning spray, facial serum, facial scrub and facial soap which is great for acne.

Get your skin looking great and glowing this summer with Purely Natural Living's natural skin care range. Plus they have an amazing range of handmade soaps as well. Make sure you check them out at our February market on Sunday 20th February, 10am - 2pm and visit them on facebook.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 14th December, 2010

Please give a warm welcome to Where the Wild Things Grow.

I am pleased to announce, although a little overdue, that Amelia Sayers from Where the Wild Things Grow was the winner of our best stand award at our Christmas market and is in the spotlight this week. Congratulations Amelia.

Where the Wild Things Grow create original handmade jewellery, and costume accessories. Nature’s stunning beauty is captured and crafted into wearable art in these fine creations of hand dyed lace, lush velvet, semi-precious stones and bohemian glass. Each piece is utterly original, and hence has magic and spirit all of its own. Their unique and ever-evolving range includes decadent crowns and tiaras, beguiling masks, amazing wings and wands; sumptuous velvet flower hairpieces and bracelets; insect and spider hairpins; lace and leather cuffs; dreaming journals and decorative mirrors. They also have a tribal bellydance range of accessories including cowrie falls, jewellery and hand spun and dyed dreadlock hairpieces.

So head over to Where the Wild Things Grow and take a magical tour of their whimsical & fantastical creations by Central Coast artist Amelia Sayers. Amelia will be at our February market on Sunday 20th February so make sure you stop by and say hello.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 7th December, 2010

This week In the Spotlight is Pretty Pickings.

With her passion for unique and vintage fabrics, classic styles and dressing children like children, Zoe Silverwood created Pretty Pickings using classic, lasting designs that are cute, quirky and 100% homemade!

As a mother of two, Zoe creates gorgeous handmade kids clothing for boys and girls in the spare time that she has, and although many of her designs can be replicated, she also produce alot of one-off pieces that are definitely one of a kind.

So why not grab your little ones something special and handmade this Christmas from Pretty Pickings. Become a fan on facebook and make sure you come and see Zoe at our February market on Sunday 20th February.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 30th November, 2010

This week In the Spotlight is Peacock Interiors who made their debut at our Christmas Market on Sunday 21st November. Tracy Nicholl is the Creative Director of Peacock Interiors and has 29 years experience in Textiles & Design, Dressmaking, Patternmaking and Furnishings, graduated from the Australian College of Interior D├ęcor and holds a distinction in Furnishings Decor. And with all that under her belt you can see why she has some gorgeous furnishings for your home.

Tracy is passionate about good design, loves Scandinavian design and Australian made furniture and also offers a range of personal decorating packages and personal shopping to suit all your needs be it residential and commercial.

If you would like to see more of Tracy's designs you can view them online or visit her on facebook. We are pleased to say that Tracy will be back at our February market on Sunday 20th February, 2011 and can't wait to see what she has in store for our shoppers.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 16th November, 2010

With only 5 more sleeps until our Christmas Market we thought we would share with you the winner of our best dressed stand award from our launch market. So this week In the Spotlight is Carolyn Kohler Collection.

Carolyn Kohler Collection make stunning wearable art. With a background in fashion and a passion for colour, texture and design it was a natural progression for Carolyn to create wearable art pieces. Mother nature, in particular flowers, provide a never ending source of inspiration for her designs.

Many years in the fashion industry taught Carolyn that women desire natural fibres against their skin. Sadly, recent years have seen a huge increase in the use of synthetic fabrics and she is happy to support the move back to natural fibres. 

Carolyn’s designs are all original, handcrafted pieces that combine Australian merino with silk using traditional nuno felting techniques.

All embellishments used are also natural fibres and include mohair, alpaca, hemp and cotton as well as beading in timber, coconut and glass. Carolyn hand dyes all her fleece and silk making each piece completely unique. No two are the same. 

The wraps come with brooches that can be worn in various ways to suit the occasion or the individual style of the wearer.

You will see Carolyn Kohler Collection again at our Christmas market this Sunday from 10am – 2pm. And if you are planning a visit to her stand make sure your print off her market day discount coupon from our website.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 9th November, 2010

This week in the Spotlight is Subreeze Art & Design. Subreeze Art & Design is home to Susan and Briana, a mother and daughter team who live here on the Central Coast.

Briana is currently studying a Bachelor of Art and Visual Communications majoring in graphic design. She loves colour and unusual mediums and often uses found objects in her work.

Susan is a busy mum who works part-time and has recently dusted off her brushes after hearing about the Handmade Craft Market earlier this year. She has a passion for pastels and loves their brightness and versatility.

They are both inspired by the beauty and colour of our natural world and the gorgeous wildlife within it. Come and see what they have been working on since our launch market and buy yourself or a loved one, one of their gorgeous artworks at our Christmas Market on Sunday 21st November, 10am - 2pm. And they are now on facebook so become a fan today.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 2nd November, 2010

With less than 8 weeks until Christmas we thought we would inspired you with some of Wendy's wonderful creations at Stamp with Wendy.

Wendy is a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator and has had an addiction to cardmaking for over 6 years. After having major surgery on her wrist, Wendy's mum got her in to creating Christmas cards and the rest is history, so we thought we would share with you some Christmas inspired pieces and kits available at Stamp with Wendy.

Stamp with Wendy have cardmarking and scrapbooking supplies and classes, handmade gifts and greetings cards and scrapbook layouts. Visit Wendy at our Christmas market on Sunday 21st November for an exclusive sneak peak at project samples and other great cards and accessories.

You can follow Stamp with Wendy on facebook. Become a fan today. And remember to make your Christmas a handmade Christmas this year.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 26th October, 2010

Well Christmas is fast approaching and so is our Christmas market. If you are after a unique Christmas gift for someone special this year then check out these fabulous Christmas tree decorations new to Smallprints. They are a unique way to capture your child's younger years in silver forever. You can choose to have fingerprints, hand prints, foot prints, writing or drawings of loved ones.

I personally love them and had one made for my daughter for her naming ceremony earlier in the year. They have a great range of styles available from cufflinks to keyrings and dogtags to pendants or even phone charms. There is something for everyone. So why not give someone you love something handmade by Smallprints this Christmas.

For more information contact Sarah on 0416 234 078 or email sarah@smallp.com.au. Sarah will be at our Christmas market on Sunday 21st November, 2010, so make sure you come down, say hello and order your Smallprint jewellery on the day. You can follow Smallprint on facebook. Become a fan today.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 19th October, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Kris Leigh from Grow Photography will be our official photographer at our Christmas Market on Sunday 21st November from 10am - 2pm.

With a passion for beautiful light, soulful moments and black and white portraits Grow Photography capture newborns, babies, children and families with tenderness and honesty. Kris loves nothing more than building sandcastles, playing hide and seek, newborn snuggles, singing lullabies and capturing little ones doing what they do best, being themselves!

Kris's style is often described as soulful, honest, emotive and playful. She loves to capture pure moments of love, joy and life! Ensuring clients are always comfortable and relaxed, she asks them to ignore her and focus on each other. She wants to see cuddles, tickles, laughter, kisses, dancing and playing. Stuffy poses and forced smiles are forbidden!

You can view Kris's portfolio online and if you would like to make a booking please email Kris for bookings and enquiries. Become a fan on facebook today and come down and make your booking at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 21st November.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 12th October, 2010

If you missed the big event on 10/10/10 at 10am, one of our lovely stallholders Jasmin Gearhart launched their new label and website, Jazzy Rose.

Head over to www.jazzyrose.com.au where you will find stylish, unique clothing for the little girls in your life. If you are a fan of JazzyLee Kidz Biz then you will love Jazzy Rose. It’s sassy, cheeky and oh so girly. Head over to their new website take a browse through, and while you are there join their mailing list.

We are delighted to have Jazzy Rose at our Christmas market on Sunday 21st November, 2010 from 10am - 2pm.

Become a fan on facebook today!

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 5th October, 2010

With the warmer months fast approaching we wanted to make sure your tots are sun safe this summer and share with you Bedhead Baby's range of stylish, comfortable and practical hats which are specifically designed for babies and toddlers.

I know as a mother myself that it is important to start sun safe practices from an early age and get them familiar with the sensation of having something on their heads, as both my two were, and still are renown for pulling their hats off. By starting babies young it will help in developing a 'natural urge' to cover up before heading outside for their future.

Its never too early to start so make sure you pick up a hat from Bedhead Baby at our Christmas market on Sunday 21st November and have it ready on hand as the weather heats up. Or grab a couple and use one for daycare and put one in your nappy/handbag so you always have one on hand. They have a wide variety of styles, colours and prints to suit your little fashionistas.

Become a fan on facebook and if you can't wait until November check out their latest range online.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 28th September, 2010

Spring is in the air so what better way to celebrate than to share with you some gorgeous spring carnival hair pieces from Pizazz Creations.

Pizazz Creations make gorgeous coordinated headwear, bracelets and earring sets perfect for a day at the races, Melbourne Cup, formals, bridal wear or just to dress up and have some girly fun.

What ever your occasion they can create beautiful one off coordinated sets for your special day. Their range includes one off fascinators, headbands, hairclips, bracelets and earrings sets and they can work with you and your desired colour scheme to create a statement piece for your special occasion.

So if you are looking for some accessories to complete your Spring look or something exquisite to wear to the races, make sure you pop over to their facebook fan page and see their latest range.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 21st September, 2010

This week in the spotlight is Sweet Cheeks Cupcakes, Cookies & Treats.

Sweet Cheeks was developed by 2 friends with a love of cooking, Amber and Katie. Amber & Katie love to bake and make special treats, for you and your loved ones.

They whipped up some beautiful cupcakes, cookies or other treats at our launch market in August that were so popular that they sold out of their delicious cupcakes in the first hour. Well done girls, its a testament to how tasty your treats really are.

We can't wait to see you back in November for even more tasty treats. But if you can't wait until then give Katie or Amber a call and I'm sure they will be able to whet your appetite and deliver some gourmet goodies. Call Amber on 0425 325 398 or Katie 0410 699 637 to enquire or place your order today. And make sure you get to our Christmas market early, on Sunday 21st November so you don't miss out!

And don't forget to become a fan on facebook.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 7th September, 2010

Well after a couple of well rested weeks I am back on my feet and ready to start showcasing our amazing stallholders again. This week we take a look at Team MooBear and their ethically produced clothing and accessories for kids.

MooBear combines their love of art and craft with their passion for the environment and sustainable living. Each design is handmade using recycled fabrics and 100% cotton, eco-friendly tees, making each shirt as unique and original as their first. And now with over 12 designs to choose from you can fill your children's wardrobe with stylish threads this Spring and help reduce the impact on our environment.

And when they are OVER IT! they create something truly amazing. Their gorgeous Gina purses caught my eye at the launch of the Handmade Craft Market and many others too I believe. If you would like a chance to win one of their Gina purses head on over to their blog for your chance to WIN.

There is only one choice for children's clothing with a conscience and that's MooBear. Become a fan today on facebook!

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

Serenity Suds and Soaks is a boutique aromatherapy business, located in a beautiful bush setting at Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast. They are a small business and are passionate about providing customers with the best quality products that are also affordable.

Business founder and aromatherapist, Sandra Richmond, has extensive experience and knowledge of essential oils and their therapeutic benefits.

Serenity Suds and Soaks uses the art and science of aromatherapy to create a skin nourishing range of handmade olive oil soaps, luxurious bath soaks, and skin care. Handmade by an aromatherapist, their olive oil soaps, bath soaks and skin care use premium quality raw ingredients and pure essential oils to nurture both body and spirit. The natural olive oil soaps are suitable for the most sensitive skin, and unlike mass produced commercial soap, they are nourishing, luxurious and maintain your skins’ natural moisture.

Their bestselling lavender goatsmilk soap is rich and creamy, yet gentle enough to use on your face. With added shea butter – mother natures’ moisturiser, they create an indulgent skin nourishing natural soap that is ideal for sensitive skin, ezcema and dry skin conditions.

And Dad doesn't miss out either. Head to the Handmade Craft Market this Sunday and pick up Dad some Bloke Soap for Father's Day.

For more information on Sandra's products please visit http://soaparomatherapy.com.au/ and come and see her at our launch this Sunday.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Dan Granero will be playing at the launch of the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 22 August.

Dan is a local musician with international acclaim. He is an energetic and soulful Blues/Rock performer who over the last few years has won the hearts of Blues/Rock fans from Australia, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Dan began his 27-year musical journey at age three. His first musical influence was his father, Michael Granero who was lead guitarist in the band ‘Ivory’ in the 1970’s. Dan was born and raised in Australia growing up in a household filled with many styles of music, from the flamenco style of his parents’ Spanish/Gibraltarian heritage, to blues, soul, roots, rock, reggae and gospel.

Before long Dan was hooked on the blues/rock sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and most importantly, the limitless possibilities of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. Dan currently tours as a 3 piece band which always includes various well respected musicians in the line up and they perform original material as well as popular Blues/Rock tunes with his own personal spin.

Check out the tracks from his latest album 'Can't Stand to Lose' on his offical MySpace site - www.myspace.com/dangranero and come and enjoy his soulful tunes live at the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 22nd August.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

This week in the spotlight we have 2 amazing stallholders as we weren't able to bring you one last week due to family illness.

First up we have Beautifulfairy.com.au. If you don't know much about this fabulous business it is run by 2 amazing sister in laws who have triumphed through heartache to help you capture your photos and story and turn them in to unique artistic creation.

It bought tears to my eyes as I read Louise's story on how the business came about. After losing not one but two beautiful fairies (Ella and James) during the second and third trimester of her pregnancies she turned to digital scrapbooking to help the grieving process. I was truly inspired by the strength, determination, love and friendship of Louise and Sam. Their journey has given them a unique perspective on the beauty of children and how precious the early years are.

Beautiful Fairy Memory Albums was launched last year, named after Louise's daughter Ella, which means beautiful fairy, and they are launching their new website very soon. Beautifulfairy.com.au have some great new products available at our market including their new Personalised Baby Books by subscription, which is a brilliant idea for busy mums like myself. Come and visit Louise and Sam at the Handmade Craft Market and bring your photos to life and tell the story behind each memory you have. As memories fade but Beautiful Fairy Memory Albums last a life time.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

Our second amazing stallholder this week is Laura Maidment. At the ripe age of 21, Laura is a recent graduate of the St George TAFE and designer of the label Laura Maidment.

Established in late 2009, Laura Maidment's creations are for women who like a little luxury in their lives and her range includes clothing and accessories for women who like to be noticed.

Laura bring her intense creativity, style and passion to every piece she creates. Combining beautiful fabrics, eclectic mixes of colour and unique embellishments, the Laura Maidment label creates strong feminine and effortless elegance for women. From day to night, weekday to weekend, there is something for every occasion.

The Laura Maidment autumn/winter 2010 collection will be on sale at the Handmade Craft Market and you will also be able to see a sneak peak of what's to come for the spring/summer 2010/11 collection. Laura Maidment is a must see on your shopping list at the launch of the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday 22 August.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

This week in the spotlight features Sculpture by Teangi. Teangi has a passion for animals and nature which is reflected in her amazing metal sculptures. Hints of our rugged Australian terrain are captured through various tortured textural effects in each piece she creates.

Residing on the Central Coast, Teangi uses a mixture of metals and various components to create her unique designs. The Handmade Craft Market is proud to present Teangi's sculptures to the public for the first time. Visitors to the market will be able to meet Teangi on the day, talk to her about her sculptures and what inspires her, and most importantly purchase one (or maybe a few) of her gorgeous designs.

If you are a lover of her work like I am, make sure you visit her facebook fan page and become a 'Liker'.

In the Spotlight - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

This week in the spotlight features Just Like Katie. If it wasn't for my chance meeting with the lovely Shannon Davey a few months back and her giving me that much needed push, you may not have had the launch of the Handmade Craft Market as it was just an idea in my head that I had been tossing around for quite some time.

So with the much needed push and support of local designers I set to it and launched the Handmade Craft Market and we are pleased to be showcasing Just Like Katie's gorgeous children's label at our launch market on Sunday 22 August, 2010.

Just Like Katie creates handmade pieces for the little people in your life. Inspired by colour and fabric, Shannon creates quality pieces with practical applications. Their clothing can be worn for more than one season, and they are adjustable to grow with your little one. I hope you enjoy this little sneak peak at some of the gorgeous pieces by Just Like Katie. Make sure you visit Shannon on facebook and become a 'Liker'. And more importantly, visit her at the Handmade Craft Market.


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