What I love about blogging is discovering other websites, meeting interesting people, and doing loads of fun things I probably would never have come across without the power of the internetz.
And so, after an invitation from bubbachenille, the kids and I decided to check out the Handmade Expo at Ipswich Turf Club, Bundamba yesterday.
With free parking, free entry, and a tasty collection of stalls, all offering handmade goodies to eat, wear, use or display, the expo was relaxed and unique compared to similar events we've been to.
Considering the kids had sulked when I first told them of our destination, we all had a wonderful day, and they loved absolutely everything on display.
Quite frankly, I could have spent a fortune, because just about everything was on special and/or decently priced as well.
I loved that the stallholders had time to chat and explain their work to the kids too.
There was so much to see and do, and so many fabulous homemade, locally produced products, that in aid of preventing this from being the longest blog in history, I'll cover it in several posts. Including our ride of the Swanbank Vintage Steam Train ride, which the kids declared to be awesome!
One of the lovely stallholders was John Grieves, of Pens N Things. Mr 9 in particular, was fascinated by John's precision-crafted pens, un-pickers, key-rings and more, which he creates on a small bed lathe at his Ipswich home.
John took time to explain his work, and even gave the kids a few lollies.
I would have loved one of his gorgeous pens, but maybe next time!
A close-up of Joe's gorgeous creations
Mr 9 loved these ties by Little Mister clothing...
While Miss 7 and I were tempted by the funky clutch purses, bags, and jewellery created by sybella
And how about these for a creative idea? Artistic hair clip organisers by Holdilocks. Genius!
Miss 7 loved these gorgeous cupcake and flower biscuits on sticks. The small taste she allowed me was lovely - crumbly yet moist and not too sweet.