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Crocheted carrots for lunch anyone?
It's first of many Sundays in Toowoomba, The Handmade Expo Market was a hubbub of success as discerning and enthusiastic shoppers made a steady train through the doors of the Clive Berghofer stadium. Six years of success in the city of Ipswich has enabled the markets to expand to other Queensland towns.
Anyone for crocheted carrots?
The market showcases the ingenuity of craftspeople, artists, designers and purveyors of fine quality foods, antiques, vintage accessories and much more in the comfort of this undercover venue.
Created by a mother and daughter team from the country town of Laidley, Miriam Bain and Liesa Gifford are passionate about helping local communities. Even the marketing is sourced locally. Nothing imported, mass produced or manufactured blemishes the 'handmade' theme.
Mingle with the crowd of shoppers and chat with friendly stall holders.
Friendly stall-holders are enthusiastic about the processes involved in growing and crafting their wares. Imagine the talent required to fire a Hot-Head torch at a piece of glass to create a perfect orb for a bead. Then while it's still hot, roll that newly-formed bead in gold leaf or silver wire to create a stunning unique-to-each-piece design, threaded onto a necklace. This is how Leah's Creative Glass Designs creates these one-of-a-kind necklaces.
The talented Leah shows off her gorgeous glass jewellery.
From the Mischief stall, among other items, Foxy Millinery offers hats with their own persona, either modern or antique, including from the 1930's.
Susan Jane Jewellery crafts jewellery from modern and old-fashioned resin, knot-bow headbands in unusual patterns for adults and tasteful Dr Who jewellery among other lovely things at reasonable prices.
A headband held by Susan Jane who will gift you with a free pair of earrings for this purchase.
Crocheted fruit may amuse and last longer than plastic fruit which has a tendency to 'go off'. It can't be broken by playing children and are in fact intended as toys as well as for decoration, though some even use the crocheted fruit, vegetables and petit fours as pin-cushions.
Lovers of keepsake boxes will be in heaven at 'vintage kisses papercraft', admiring their heavily adorned and elegant boxes complete with faux crystal handles.
Delectable dried herbs, salts, potted herbs and produce from the tiny town of Budgee, offer chemical-free goods.
Dee Bee's Embroidery by Denice Bryant displayed Pickelishess' array of tangy or soothing jars of condiments or will take orders for customised Christmas stockings embroidered with names.
Succulents and cacti were sold at more than one stall, some in attractive silver-pebbled pots.
Savoury or sweet tantalisers include scrumptious brownies from Cocoa Bean, breads and pastries by Cooked by Me and Delivered and familiar market fare including twisted potatoes, snow cones, cup cakes, chocolates and condiments such as dips, vinegars and oils.
Looking edible, Mason Jar Candles offer Musk Lolly Soap log, Lemon Myrtle soap slice and Mango and Ice Cream soap slice as well as scented candles.
Why not start your browsing with a take-away from the coffee cart and end with a satisfying, healthy lunch at the stadium's café, Phat Burgers? Or you could pick up some posh, home-baked cupcakes to take away for afternoon tea.
From farming towns to the city, irresistible, beautiful, quirky or antique items wait for you to take home to treasure.