Thank You Canberra


Well, that was an exhilarating ride! We can safely say that the Handmade Market we have just hosted was the biggest, busiest and most successful we’ve ever had. After some parking and traffic adjustment on Saturday, the enormous crowds flocked into our three halls at EPIC, excited by the range of designer gifts, fashion, homewares and produce on offer.

The gourmet food hall was packed with people trying local produce, tasting wines and spirits and indulging in the delicious food and drink on offer from our street food vans and stalls. The designer hall was alive with people browsing, chatting and ticking off the items on their Christmas lists. Our new smaller hall was a haven of beautiful design with 30 extra stalls to look at. While it was very, very busy, the market’s shoppers were accommodated by the wide aisles, spaces to sit and relax and friendly stall holders.

Happiest of all were our 250 designers and producers, from the local region and further afield, who had toiled over making their stock, diligently set up their beautiful stalls and were delighted by the response they received from shoppers. Canberra, thank you for supporting Australian handmade business. You have made it a very happy Christmas for our designers and producers, who are now regrouping and resting before starting again next year.

Our next market is on 18 & 19 March. Please put it in your diaries and in the meantime, we wish you a wonderful, happy and healthy festive season.


See You Tomorrow

Only one more sleep to go! Tomorrow and Sunday, we’re expecting enormous crowds to arrive at the Exhibition Park in Canberra to tick off their Christmas lists and enjoy the festive atmosphere of Canberra’s most beautiful market. What are you doing this weekend? Come and spend time browsing, trying and buying the wares of Australia’s independent designers and producers. Taste the festive larder staples and take them home as the perfect ingredient for your Christmas menu. Make sure you have the right gifts for the right people with thousands of unique, Australian made options from ceramics, textiles and furniture to jewellery, handbags and art

In two halls, The Budawang and Coorong Pavilions at EPIC, there will be 250 stalls of the finest homewares, fashion, accessories, gifts, toiletries, produce and street food. Come along and support the design community, enjoy a great meal, coffee or glass of something stronger and soak up the unique atmosphere that is Handmade.


Here are our tips for a stress-free experience:

There will be plenty of it… 3,000 or so spots and all free throughout the Exhibition Park site, and across Flemington Road. If you’d rather catch a bus, there are two bus stops adjacent to EPIC; one on the Federal Highway, one on Flemington Road.

Many of our designers have eftpos facilities to take payment, but there are smaller emerging designers that may not, so we recommend you bring along some cash. There are three ATMs in the two halls, so you won’t be caught short.

Get in early at 10am or have a lie-in and arrive for the afternoon. Either way, there are locations in both halls for snacks and relaxation, so you you can come for an hour or come for the day! The market closes at 4pm both days.

Where do we start? Coffee, cold drinks, snacks, meals and sweet treats are all available in our gourmet food hall in the Coorong Building, along with wine and other drinks. There is also an area for refreshments in the Budawang Building. Finding the right food for you will not be a problem. Tearing yourself away from the delicious displays might be!

If you have come to visit particular designers, or maybe you are on a strict time limit, there is a list/map of stalls between the halls. Or seek out our friendly Handmade staff at the reception desk. For a full directory listing, have a look at our online magazine, or check out the directory on the website.

We don’t charge you to enter the market, so please enjoy with our compliments. We’d appreciate it if you could take the time on your way in to the Handmade Market to stop by the lovely volunteers from Camp Quality. Donations supporting this important and wonderful organisation would be most appreciated!

We hope you have a wonderful visit to Handmade and thank you for supporting Australian designers.

See you tomorrow!

Rosebery Street Party


Lisa and Jade from Rosebery Street Bakehouse had a great market at Handmade in September. Our gourmet food hall was the perfect pace to launch their beautiful cookies and they were very well received. When asked how things have been since then, Lisa replied: “Since Rosebery St Bakehouse debuted at the Handmade Markets in September things have exploded – in the most wonderful way! The exposure gained from attending the markets means we are now completely booked out through 2016 and taking bookings well into 2017. We have been so truly touched that people have responded so overwhelmingly to our edible creations. The people we have met, the feedback we have received, and the opportunities we have had since, have just been amazing.”  This is exactly what we like to hear from our first-timers, and we love watching businesses grow as a result of their attendance at Handmade, along with their own enthusiasm and dedication.

Back at Handmade this weekend on 10 & 11 December, we can expect to see some new products from the girls. Lisa says: “We cannot wait to launch our Christmas range of cookies including a range of edible gingerbread decorations – traditionally hand piped cookies threaded with twine and ready to hang on the Christmas tree. We will also have Christmas gift boxes and Christmas UNICORNS! There’ll also be a little Christmas surprise install for our Canberra collection! For those that missed out on sets of Canberra cookies at the September markets, we will have plenty on hand in December – with both our standard set and a special Christmas in Canberra set available also. We can’t wait to see what everyone thinks!” 

Lisa is enthusiastic about Handmade, in particular, the “outstanding commitment to quality, be it the products they source or the behind the scenes service their staff provide. The ability to align our business and our products with likeminded individuals is invaluable. Handmade has developed a great working environment, making stallholders feel like comrades rather than competition. Partnering with Handmade, and showcasing our products at each Handmade market, is for us now, a no brainer – oh and it helps that the entire Handmade Team are downright about the nicest bunch of ladies you could hope to meet! We can’t thank them enough for their support leading up to and during our first market.” Kind words, Lisa – thank you!

We asked Lisa to share a Christmas recipe with us and she chose something that is a Rosebery Street favourite – Christmas Bark.




1 Packet White Chocolate Melts
Red & Green Chocolate Colouring (Oil or Powder is fine)
Peppermint Flavouring
Assorted Sprinkles & Christmas Coloured sweets


  • Prepare a baking tray by lining with a baking sheet or baking paper.
  • Melt Chocolate in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl over boiling water until smooth and flowing.
  • Divide chocolate into 3 bowls.
  • Colour one red, another green, and leave one white.
  • Pour one colour onto the tray, working quickly so the chocolate doesn’t set. Spoon on the remaining colours and use a skewer to swirl the other colours until you are happy  with the crazy Christmas pattern you have created – be careful not to over do it!
  • Immediate decorate the top with the sprinkles and lollies.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Once set, break into chunky shards – ta dah! It’s Christmas chocolate bark

Finally, we asked what Jade and Lisa would like from Santa this year and the response was emphatic: “A sleep in! We can’t wait to spend time with our family and friends – especially our husbands and our crazy go go bananas toddlers. This year we will be celebrating a little extra with our amazing support network who have rallied behind us over the past few months as things have expanded. They have made deliveries, bagged cookies, washed tray after mixing bowl after spatula, and for that we are so truly grateful.”

We are thrilled for you both and wish you every success for 2017!

Not So Foolish


Foolhouse is “a world of curios for any room or reason.” Run by designer, Sarah Lamond, the whimsy of the products is complemented by their vintage style. Foolhouse’s products are constantly evolving and new ideas will be present at the Handmade Market this weekend – 10 & 11 December at EPIC. As Sarah is returning to Handmade, we asked her our five questions.

  1. What is your business all about?

Foolhouse is about making the ordinary a little less ordinary. Re-imagining vintage collectibles and making vessels for the aiding and abetting of the hiding of secrets! It is about a cottage industry built with busy hands and a busy mind, a handcrafted-one that supports a hand-crafted life.

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

Take the time to stop and smell the donuts! No doubt you have been working hard for weeks in the lead up to the market, you are exhausted and many, like us have had to pack the car to the rafters, ship the kids off and drive hours to get there, and then you have to put the whole jigsaw puzzle together (otherwise known as your stand) and fill it with perfectly made and placed goodies. Then suddenly all these lovely customers bombard you, and they will bombard you…only in a good way as there are so many of them (thank you Handmade Canberra!)…and you just have to STOP and force yourself  to look around at all the colour and crazy creative chaos and remember that this is why you are here and you made it! Literally. Now go have some fun! Show and Tell time!

  1. What’s the best thing about Handmade?

Meeting fellow stall-holders who are like-minded creative people, who actually DO hand craft their products. Learning from them and the way they do things and hearing their experiences in the online and market arena. Meeting the Canberra audience who seem to have such an infectious passion for handmade and enjoying the atmosphere as it’s so relaxed and always festive even when it’s not Christmas! Plus it’s an easy bump-in and out (if there is such a thing!)

  1. What’s new for the Christmas Market?

Foolhouse will have their signature products at Handmade Canberra – their Treasure Boxes and their coveted Vintage Secret Book Safes. Within these categories there will be new illustrations and engravings and a whole library of precious keepsakes for your secrets plus some limited edition Book Sculptures. Plus we’re bringing with us a batch of our 2016 Super Stars for everyone’s Christmas decorating and limited edition plywood pennants for your wall!

  1. What will Santa be bringing you this year?

I’m definitely hinting hard for a new cake mixer. I love baking and my current one packed it in making the inaugural Christmas Pudding! I knew I should have honoured Nanny’s family recipe and mixed it with my bare hands!

It’s almost time for that show & tell, Sarah. We can’t wait to see your stall at the weekend. Safe travels!

From Me to You

Only a week to go! At 10am next Saturday, Handmade will open the doors at EPIC and reveal 250 stalls of designer gifts, homewares, fashion, accessories, food and fun. If you still need help with your Christmas list, why not pay a visit to this beautiful designer?

Jenny Harris is the owner, maker and creator at From Me To You Ceramics, and designs beautiful bespoke porcelain jewellery and ceramic tablewares. A veteran of the Handmade Market, Jenny will be back on 10 & 11 December with homewares and Christmas ornaments in her unique style. We asked her our five questions.

  1. What is your business all about?
    From Me To You Ceramics is the epitome of handmade, as each piece is handcrafted in small batches from the rolling of the clay, to the glazing and firing. All work is produced locally, by me.
  2. What advice would you give to designers coming to Handmade for the first time?
    Wear the most comfortable shoes ever!  Dress to reflect your brand and smile, the rest will happen.
  1. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
    Everything in the whole world has an element of handmade, but at these markets it’s really handmade, Australian made and you get to meet the designer/maker.
  1. What’s new for the Christmas Market?
    I have a few new decorations to add to the collection and I have a new style of porcelain jewellery which I will launch at the Christmas Market.
  1. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
    I have my eye on another metal pear sculpture for my garden at the Market.

So do we! We’ll see you at Handmade in a week’s time, Jenny.



Baldwin’s Bourbon


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


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!


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.



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!


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.


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.