Baldwin’s Bourbon

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Baldwin Distilling is one of Australia’s newest Distilleries specialising in American Style Whiskey. Anthony Baldwin is the Head Distiller and uses Australian grown corn, barley and rye to make the various blends in the Baldwin stable. Baldwin Distillery is new to the Handmade Market on 10 & 11 December, and we asked Anthony our questions.

  1. What is your business all about?
    Baldwin Distilling Company is Australia’s only dedicated Bourbon Distillery (we have to call it Whiskey here in Australia). The company was founded to challenge America’s unfair share of Australia’s large Bourbon market and create a legacy for our family and Canberra. Our uncompromising quality and drive to bring you the best products in Australia or for that matter, anywhere, is the heart of the company’s energising culture.
  1. What’s new for Handmade?
    Apple Pie Moonshine is new for us. Baldwin Distilling has always sold Traditional Corn Moonshine, in the tradition of the Appalachian Moonshiners but made professionally. We have just released two variants of our product – Apple Pie Moonshine and Honey Moonshine. Our Apple Pie is made with freshly squeezed Batlow apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and our Moonshine. This drink really is like Nanna’s Apple Pie, but with Alcohol! Our other style is Honey Moonshine. This product is a blend of local Buckwheat honey blended with our Moonshine. The resulting product is a beautiful honey drink with a little bite! Both products are 20% ALC/VOL and best enjoyed over ice.
  1. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    Hopefully some big orders and a “no issue 2017” voucher!

We are particularly looking forward to seeing you at the Market next week, Anthony, and to tasting your wares!

Kanimbla Clay

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Kanimbla Clay is a small handmade ceramics studio in the Blue Mountains. Maker, Helen Hay, creates unique handmade products which are inspired by the environment that surrounds her workshop. New to Handmade on 10 & 11 December, we asked Helen our three questions.

  1. What is your business all about?
    Kanimbla Clay is all about complimenting natures design through unique handcrafted, functional ceramics.
  2. What made you apply to Handmade?
    I applied to Handmade Canberra because I was looking for a classy & fun contemporary design market to debut my new designs.
  3. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    This year I have asked Santa for a new kiln, a brand spanking new kiln that doesn’t need babysitting!

Well, we hope you get your wish, Helen, and we’ll see you next week!

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Ask Miss Molly

It’s December! The countdown is on and you only have until next weekend to put your list together! If you’re after something for the little ones, why not visit Miss Molly’s Dolls and Toys, a husband and wife team that creates dolls and toys from beautiful natural materials? Dave is the woodworker, while Melissa paints the toys and dolls and creates the clothing and soft toys. These dolls are traditional and represent what the couple calls the “Slow Toy Movement”, a return to simple, traditional toys that children have played with for countless generations. Miss Molly’s Dolls & Toys will again be at Handmade on 10 & 11 December and we asked Melissa our five questions.

1. What is your business all about?
Miss Molly’s designs traditional dolls and toys, handcrafted from natural materials, including recycled Australian hardwoods, pure wool and cotton.

2. What advice would you give to designers coming to Handmade for the first time?
Be organised. Have plenty of stock, never underestimate the amount you will need. And once you’re set up smile and enjoy the ride!

3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
Definitely the people! The organisers, stallholders and customers alike. Handmade is a true celebration of the handmade movement. Everyone is so welcoming, supportive and friendly.

4. What’s new for the Christmas Market?
We have quite a few new designs for this upcoming market. We are most excited about our new Christmas toy designs, including our nativity set made from recycled red cedar, Christmas themed peg dolls and our sweet crocheted Rudolf inspired reindeer.

5. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
I think Santa has worked out that we love handmade items in our home. So anything that supports local Australian artisans will definitely bring a smile to our faces on Christmas morning.

We can’t wait to see your full collection of gorgeous dolls and toys on 10 & 11 December. Thanks Mel.

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Gifts in Silver

Alex Stone will again be at the Handmade Market on 10 & 11 December, with her delicate and eye-catching displays of silver jewellery. No stranger to the ways of the markets, we asked her our five questions.

  1. What is your business all about?
    Alex Stone Jewellery is all about making unique handmade silver jewellery, for woman and girls, but at affordable prices. In a very competitive market, I try to avoid the latest trends to ensure that my customers get the chance to buy designs that are not frequently available from most designers.
  2. What advice would you give to designers coming to Handmade for the first time?
    I have been trading at markets for the past 15 years with my jewellery, and Handmade is one of my favourites. My advice to first time stall holders at Handmade is to enjoy yourself. Handmade has a great atmosphere, which I believe is made by the community of stallholders. Get to know your neighbour and share your stories. You get to learn a lot that way. Get to know your customers too. I have made many friendships at Handmade, not only from stallholders, but from customers too.
  3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
    There are many things I love about Handmade, how its run, who it’s run by and the amazing line up of Australian handmade designers. The best thing for me though, is that it doesn’t feel like going to work. Don’t get me wrong, it takes a lot of preparation and hard work, and I always feel I need a week to recover, but because it is so well organised and the other stallholders are so friendly, it is a time I always look forward to and enjoy.
  4. What’s new for the Christmas Market?
    I am very excited to be bringing with me to the Christmas Market a new Sports line. This is a collection that will be available for both men and woman, boys and girls. Sport is such a huge part of many people’s lives (I can speak from experience with 3 very sporty sons, and a sporty husband). I have designed a new collection that is forever growing with customers’ requests, from soccer to footy, showjumping, netball and martial arts. These designs, hand cut out of recycled sterling silver, will be available as charms, necklaces and key rings. If there is a way the customer would like to wear it, I will try to accommodate them.
  5. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    Santa is very good at surprising me with gifts, so I have absolutely no idea what he will be bringing this year. What I do know though is that there is no school, no work, and no sport, just family fun time. That is the best gift I get every year.

Thank for sharing Alex, and we can’t wait to see your new sports line – already on our gift lists for the sports fanatics in our lives!

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A new way to drink Coffee

Now here’s something exciting. With the warm weather firmly here, do you like your coffee hot or iced? Well, here’s an alternative – cold brew coffee. Here’s Fiona from WeColdBrewCoffee to tell you all about it.

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1. What’s your business all about?
My business is all about COFFEE…COLD BREW COFFEE! The average Australian has 14 cups of coffee every week, while 3.5 million drinkers admit they start their day disgruntled if they don’t get their morning hit! Coffee is also the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries, so I’m here to revolutionise the way we drink coffee.
I think cold brew will eventually replace traditional iced coffee and it is sweeping through the USA & Asia with coffee geeks and coffee connoisseurs now switching from the traditional iced coffee (hot brewed and chilled with ice) to cold brew coffee which tastes much better and is healthier – 60% less acid, zero nasty chemicals and no bitterness in this method of brewing, making it gentle on the stomach, and it doesn’t stain teeth because there’s so little acid. Coffee flavours are also more distinct in cold brewing. It’s sweeter and requires no added sugar.
It can be drunk cold or hot (just 1 min in the microwave or using the stove to heat it up before boiling point). Cold brew can also be used for desserts, cakes and even for slow cooked meat, not to mention cocktails! I always say if you want to get hooked, get hooked on the good healthy stuff – take your caffeine hit in the morning and end the day with a nice martini cold brew or vodka infused with coconut cold brew.

2. What made you apply to Handmade?
I have been away from Canberra for a few years and coming back now to see this city has changed me. The potential is here! It’s buzzing with events and new developments in and around the city and I can foresee it will attract more and more people to live and work here. Handmade to me is the best run and managed event in Canberra, where it supports new and exciting businesses to launch their products to a bigger and wider platform. It’s a great opportunity for me to introduce cold brew coffee and nitro cold brew to Canberrans. Moreover with Christmas just round the corner and the warm weather picking up, this is best time to have a tasty iced cold brew coffee! 

3. What is Santa bringing you this year?
I hope Santa will bring me more customers so that I can afford more brewing equipment as some is still not available in Australia and needs to be shipped in from USA. That is all I want! More customers who love cold brew coffee
and know that WeColdBrewCoffee does the premium quality cold brew in Australia!
WeColdBrewCoffee will be at the Handmade Market on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December. On Saturday, the speciality will be ”Nitro Cold Brew Coffee on tap” and on Sunday, it will be Cold Brew Coffee. Do you want to learn more about the process of cold brewing coffee? Fiona is offering a session for you and 11 colleagues at your workplace between now and Christmas. Head over to our Facebook page to find out how to enter this special competition.

Noisy and Wonky

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Little Noisy Miner is the place for cute stationery and simple home decor. Adriana Anwar considers herself to be an accidental artist who creates line drawings and puts them onto stationery and homewares in a simple but highly effective way, to create a collection that will be available at the Handmade Market for the first time on 10 & 11 December. We asked her our three questions.

  1. What is your business all about?
    Little Noisy Miner is about my little wonky line drawings, in black and white, with a story. My drawings are small and simple, printed on little handmade notecards or linen tea towels. I draw random everyday objects. The focus is always on the objects and the story behind them. For me, it’s a personal story of life’s unexpected journey, of family and friends, of going to new places, of birthdays and celebrations, of learning new things like riding a bicycle for the first time, or driving your first car. It’s the simplest story everyone can relate to, and that’s what Little Noisy Miner wonky line drawings are all about. It’s never really about the native birds, the noisy miners.
  1. What made you apply to Handmade?
    For makers and crafters like myself, working alone can be quite isolating. Handmade is a great platform to meet other like-minded makers and crafters who are going through the same experience with all the joy and struggles. It is also an opportunity to showcase Little Noisy Miner’s new wonky line drawings, and to meet new friends and fans alike.
  1. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    Between a fancy multi-purpose, stainless-steel crafting toolset or 5 elves who can get things done quicker. Oh tough one!

Thank for sharing Adriana. We are in love with your wonky line drawings and can’t wait to see the full collection in a couple of weeks!

 

Mister Christmas

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Gifts for Him are often the hardest to buy, but at Handmade, we have your Man-Gifts covered with many treats from wallets to cufflinks and whiskey to biltong. Cue The Mister Brand, a wonderful vintage style business that produces natural grooming products. The Mister Brand are no strangers to Handmade, and will be back on 10 & 11 December with lots of products for you to try. We asked the lovely Catherine our five questions.

  1. What is your business all about?

The Mister Brand is a boutique business specialising in natural men’s grooming products. We create quality Australian handcrafted, vintage style products that are gentle on the skin and easy on the earth. We source top quality ingredients with numerous benefits and amalgamate them into a cocktail of amazing.

At The Mister Brand we believe that we are taking a forward step, back in time, to where craftsmanship and quality were highly valued, brewed together with skill, passion and care above machinery and quantity.

Our objective at The Mister Brand is to deliver a product and experience to our customers that is about celebrating people being in charge of their face, be it bearded or shaven.

  1. What advice would you give to designers coming to Handmade for the first time?

Take the opportunity to network. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience that fellow stallholders are willing to share…plus you might make a new friend. 

  1. What’s the best thing about Handmade?

A well orchestrated market with customers that have a genuine interest, appreciation and love to support niche handmade products.

  1. What’s new for the Christmas Market?

You can expect a couple of our tools to appear such as The Mister Brand handcrafted beard combs and our handsome wooden barber straight edge razor…not for the faint hearted.

  1. What will Santa be bringing you this year?

Happy to do a trade Santa!…a bottle of beard oil for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot? 🙂

Doughnut Heaven

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Now here’s a producer that you’re going to want to know about – have you got your doughnut on? We thought so! We welcome to Handmade the team from Krofne. Based on a family recipe from Croatia, these doughnuts are heaven on a plate. And they will be available for the first time at Handmade on 10 & 11 December! But don’t take our word for it, here’s what Danijela Vrkic from Krofne had to say when we asked her our questions.

  1. What is your business all about?
    Our business is about Krofne, European style fresh donuts. One bite and you’ll be hooked on Krofne. These donuts are European yeast style donuts filled with jam or Nutella. And SOOOOO good. A Croatian family recipe which has been handed down for at least 4 generations is bringing these delicious creations to life. My husband and I have a 15-year-old son, Anthony, with Down Syndrome, and we were looking for a business that he could be fully involved in post-school. And Anthony just loves it, spending a few hours each week making and selling our family’s donuts.

    The Krofne are handmade each morning. The dough is proved for a number of hours, rolled and cut, proved for a second time, fried, filled, rolled in sugar and then served. You can choose from jam filled –  filled with delicious Hanks three berry jam which contains no preservatives or gelatine and is seriously good jam – or the ever-popular Nutella. Krofne are preservative-free, made using only the freshest quality ingredients, sourced from local and regional producers including free range eggs from Long Paddock in Bungendore, flour from Ben Furney Flour Mills in Dubbo and jam from Hanks Jams in Brookvale.

  2. What made you apply to Handmade?
    We applied to the Handmade Market because we have a unique product. It is fully handcrafted and most of the work is done in front of the customer. They will see us rolling, cutting & proving the dough and then cooking it in front of their eyes – you certainly can’t get fresher than that. We thought that by coming along to the Handmade Market it will give us greater exposure and  also be very entertaining to the market’s visitors. We want to show Canberra what a really wonderful product a Krofne donut is!
  3. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    I don’t know what Santa is bringing me, It is always a surprise, but I do wish for continued good health, love & happiness.
  4. Finally, Danijela, do you have a recipe you can share with us?

I love this recipe, it works every time – almond-stuffed chocolate dates.

Ingredients

  • 150 g quality dark chocolate (70%)
  • 20 large dates
  • 60 g marzipan, optional
  • 20 whole blanched almonds

Method

  1. Break the chocolate up into pieces, then place in a glass bowl set over a small pan of simmering water, without letting the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Stir until melted, then turn off the heat.
  2. Cut a slit down the side of each date and remove the stone. Wrap a little marzipan (heat to soften slightly), around each almond, then stuff one in each date.
  3. One by one, dip the dates in the melted chocolate to coat, then place on a sheet of greaseproof paper to set.

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Wow, more deliciousness – thanks so much for sharing Danijela, and we’ll see you at Handmade!

AtMaryStreet

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Harriet Turnidge is the creator behind AtMaryStreet, a beautiful soap maker, who has become a regular at the Handmade Markets. AtMaryStreet will be at the market on 10 & 11 December, so we asked Harriet to tell us more.

  1. What is your business all about?
    atmarystreet is a small, urban flanked farm in the Southern Highlands of NSW. We produce by hand small batch, cold process soap bars enriched with the creamy nutrient dense milk from our flock of dairy sheep. Containing nearly twice the fat and protein content of more commonly available milks and high levels of vitamins and minerals, ewe’s milk soap has a creamy refined quality that cleanses without stripping delicate skin. In essence we are for the natural home, beautifully.
  1. What advice do you have for designers attending Handmade for the first time?
    Make sure you tell your story! Only you know the intricacies of your product and process, customers may be curious but not know what questions to ask..
  1. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
    The best thing about handmade is that it attracts people who appreciate handmade, Australian made, Australian designed treasures.
  1. What’s new for the Christmas Market?
    This Christmas market we will be bringing our favourite range of ewes milk soap bars, along with a new postcard flyer to help encapsulate our story, to make that perfect gift.
  1. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    I’m big on functional handmade treasures that stand the test of time and integrate into your everyday, I’m sure to find my gift from ‘Santa’ at the next Handmade market, this December!

 

We’ll be joining you for our own Christmas shopping on 10 & 11 December. See you there!

The Apple of our Eye

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Naomi Dotson is no stranger to Handmade. A regular, with her beautiful on-trend jewellery label, Appleye, she can be found presiding over excited customers trying on ring stacks and earring combinations. Appleye will again be at Handmade on 10 & 11 December and we’re sure there’ll be something there for your Christmas list. We asked her our five questions.

  1. What is your business all about?
    Our aim is to create designs that incorporate our eco ethos, and importantly we want to create designs that are handmade, original and reflect organic form. Our designs are wearable and affordable, for every day wear. Family is also a high priority in our business model and our business operates flexibly to make sure we  are making time for the important things…people.
  2. What advice would you give to designers coming to Handmade for the first time?
    The savvy shoppers are the early birds, as some designs are limited amongst many of the very talented designers. That is what makes Handmade Markets a stand out in their selection of amazing national artists.
  3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
    Handmade is well known and extremely well organised. I love the friendly atmosphere and the buzz of the “hunt.” I love that the many visitors are aware of the importance and thoughtful about supporting Australian designers.
  4. What’s new for the Christmas Market?
    We have raw gems to share with our customers, as well as some modern opal designs that we know will be a hit.
  5. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    A lovely selection of goodies from my favourites at handmade markets, usually always a candle. We are also planning a family caravan trip to visit some of the stockists that support our brand, and to visit new ones, so we will be getting some camping gear from Santa too 🙂

Thanks Naomi – we can’t wait to see you in December.