Thursday, March 28, 2013

In the Spotlight - Coast Shelter and the HCM

Here we are on this humid Thursday night, two sleeps away from our first market of the year and Easter is upon us.

Tonight we will be delving into the organisation that the Handmade Craft Market is supporting this weekend. All of the gold coins taken on entry to the market will be given to Coast Shelter - each market  a different charity, cause, group or organisation is chosen to be the recipient of the donation.

Coast Shelter provide vital services to the homeless on the Central Coast and have done so since 1992. To help people avoid homelessness Coast Shelter offers six refuges, a brokerage service, a transitional accommodation program and a community centre which provides all involved with free meals and practical assistance.

Coast Shelter is a not for profit organisation which rely on the generosity and support from various community groups, Gosford City Council, Centrelink, church groups and corporate sponsors.

For more information on Coast Shelter visit www.coastshelter.org.au, phone (02) 4325 3540 or email admin@coastshelter.org.au

The Handmade Craft Market's events business Handmade & Boutique Events is on a roll with the 'Pop Up' markets and outdoor boutique markets that have been happening right here on the Central Coast. The next few are located at Erina Fair with trading twice a month - four days in Centre Court and the 3rd Saturday of the month in The Hive. This is a great way to taste test the shopping centre retail market for your own business. For more information email melissa@handmadeandboutique.com.au

The Handmade Craft market continues its charitable works, strives to present the best and brightest of the Coast's designers, craftspeople and creative folk. Fans of the HCM are scattered across Australia and the world - with many of those international fans bemoaning the fact they can't get here to see us all in person but are happy to support us through social media.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In the Spotlight - Frankenstein's Fabrics

As the market draws ever closer and the stallholders finish items and start to pack boxes and tubs...

I'm Marni from Frankenstein's Fabrics. I started my shop to bring patchwork and quilting supplies to the Central Coast. I stock fabrics, notions, kits and haberdashery along with providing a quilting service. I also have gift vouchers for when you need to give someone a crafty gift but are unsure of what they would want. I run classes in an assortment of styles, techniques and projects including "The Help Class" which allows you to bring along your own project and pick my brain for guidance. You can order a custom quilt from me - a good way to purchase a quilt that is 'you'.

There are lots of different things going on at the shop all the time so if you are interested stay in touch and discover something new, remember something old and best of all make friends.

Come and see me at the Handmade Craft Market this Easter long weekend.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In the Spotlight - Sharon Stokes Photography

With a short trading week this week we are only a few short days away from the market so tonight we meet Sharon of Sharon Stokes Photography.

Sharon has the fortune to be able to combine her two loves into a business that allows her to meet and greet with the Central Coast's four legged, furry and feathered residents. Her love of animals and experience through her studies of animal husbandry and photography come together to help Sharon capture the essence of your pet in a scene that suits the personality of the subject.

Sharon has recently broadened her photography sessions to include children. She also participates in community projects to do with animals her main one being Gosford Dog Paws where she assists by taking photos of the rescue dogs that are up for adoption, her photos aid in helping these dogs find their forever homes.

Make sure you browse through on Saturday and see Sharon's work and consider a booking for your children or pets.

Monday, March 25, 2013

In the Spotlight - Ripple Patch

Only 5 more sleeps until the first Handmade Craft Market of 2013, so tonight we meet Sam from Ripple Patch.

Ripple Patch is an online shop with supplies for all of your patchwork and quilting projects as well as being a home based studio for classes on the Central Coast.

With lots of fabrics, patterns, notions and kits Sam has got you covered when you are searching for that perfect item to add to your stash or to finish that current project.

Ripple Patch has on offer this market -

  • 20% off fabric off the bolt and patterns
  • 10% off kits
  • if you sign up for Me Time patchwork classes your first class is free

Make sure you pop by and see Sam this Saturday. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

In the Spotlight - Emit Photography

Today we meet the lovely Liz from Emit Photography

Liz loves to capture the moment, the sparkle in the eye, the emotion and the spirit of the subject. She does so with a love of her work that can be seen in everything she creates - whether it be photography or when she gets to explore world of colour, texture when she makes her lovely satchels. 

As a mother of four, Liz knows the joy and magic of being pregnant and how special that time is. Her photography work aims to capture these special moments - the delight of bringing new life into the world, the delicate beauty of a newborn and the cheekiness of the early years in a child's life.

Make sure you stop by and see Emit Photography at this Easter long weekend Handmade Craft Market.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In the Spotlight - Impressionable Kids

With only nine days left until our first market of 2013 we're going to meet the next batch of stallholders over the next few days...fast and furious!

Impressionable Kids specialise in framed baby hand and feet sculptures and are Australia's leader in framed children's memorabilia. These sculpture's are a truly unique way of capturing just how tiny and delicate your child's hands and feet were as a baby. Every detail is preserved in amazing clarity, every wrinkle and each fingernail is visible in these three dimensional replicas.

The casting materials used are of the highest quality to ensure the appearance and longevity of your sculptures retains the original perfection of the casting. Located on the Central Coast of NSW Impressionable Kids are proud to offer good quality products combined with great service - with not only providing their customers with a large range of products to choose from but also the knowledge that each of the castings and frames are made here in Australia.

Make sure you stop by the Impressionable Kids stand at the Handmade Craft Market this Easter long weekend and admire their work.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In the Spotlight - Handmaiden Vintage

Powering ahead because the markets are getting closer! Today we meet Handmaiden Vintage...

Handmaiden Vintage is the culmination of years of devotion to her crafting passion. Laini's love of repurposing various materials - including paper and fabric - rescuing them and recreating her vision in recycled glory. Among many of her creations are bags, purses, flowers, bunting, cushions, cards and decorations. 

With her focus on colour, beautiful composition, detail of design, quality and of course love, Laini's creations will add old world style with a splash of modern accents to your home. You'll find Handmaiden Vintage at the Handmade Craft Market over the Easter long weekend.


Friday, March 8, 2013

In the Spotlight - Paisley Vintage

Round two of our stallholder sneak peeks in the lead up to our first market of 2013 is the delightful Paisley Vintage -

Giving tired furniture a new lease on life Paisley Vintage combines vintage style and glamour with modern colour and texture. Beautiful and elegant, no two pieces are the same and designer Catherine ensures that each piece gets to speak for itself. "I search estate sales, auctions, flea markets, junk piles and op shops, and restore, repurpose and refinish so I can offer unique pieces that are functional, beautiful and reasonably priced." Working hard to bring out the personality in each piece, Catherine creates pieces ready to sell but also offers her clientele a custom service option if they wish to have a makeover for their existing furniture.

Paisley Vintage is making their debut at the Handmade Craft Market this Easter long weekend so make sure you pop by to see what remarkable restorations Catherine has for sale.

Monday, March 4, 2013

In the Spotlight - Shadow Lust Designs

Welcome to the first of the stallholder sneak peeks for the Handmade Craft Market 2013.

Our first market for the year is on the 30th of March, over the Easter long weekend so there'll be plenty of goings on, things to celebrate and a whole lot of handmade goodness showcased on the day.

Our first sneaky look is at Shadow Lust Designs.

For those of you who love jewellery that is a tad on the macabre side just wait until you see these amazing pieces. Featuring skulls, bats, coffins, zombies and other elements of the supernatural genre, Rebecca creates pieces that are creepy, but classy, with a dash of funky colour to contrast with the horror themes. Some of her designs include rings, pendants, earrings and necklaces - her work is ghoulish fun and just a little tongue in cheek.

Whoever said horror couldn't be fashionable?