Winter is Coming

With our first wintery blast passing through over the weekend, everyone is going to be looking for some warm winter goodness.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s currently available in store.

Curious Baby children's clothing handmade by Alice Radburn

Alice Radburn of Curious Baby has just stocked up her range of winter children’s clothes. This sweet onesie and matching pair of pants is Size 0, $25.

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Keep your neck warm with this super chunky wool scarf by Katie Street, $35.

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Warm up with a hot mug of your favourite beverage. These monochromatic mugs are made by Julie Keogh, $6.

Handmade bath salts for a winter cold

Soak away a winter cold with this relaxing blend of oil-infused bath salts, made by Tasha Chawner, $15.

Merino and alpaca wool felted scarf

Definitely a one-of-a-kind scarf, created by Janine Wright, in merino and alpaca wool, $80.

More winter stock is arriving regularly, so be sure to pop in, warm your hands by the fire and see what is new in store!

Meet Our Makers: Ange McCauley

Our ‘Meet Our Maker’ series celebrates the people behind the scenes of Walcha Handmade, and encourages an understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the handmade products we carry.

This month we meet Angela McCauley, owner of Sugar Lane Cake Company.

this month at walcha handmade, we meet angela mccauley

Tell us about yourself and your background leading to your handmade endeavours.

I have always loved to bake.  From the age of 10, I used to love flicking through my mum’s Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake recipe book and baking and decorating my own birthday cakes.

After attending a business college in Sydney and working in an office, I realised that business wasn’t the right career path for me. I decided I needed to do something involving my passion for baking so I took up an apprenticeship as a pastry chef. After four years I completed my apprenticeship with high distinction, taking out first place in Regional World Skills and Second in National, and placing 8th at the Junior Pastry Chef World Cup in Italy.

I now love the not-so-fast paced lifestyle in Walcha, where I can bake at my leisure for Walcha Handmade.

I’ve gotten into sewing as when I first moved up to Walcha from Sydney, a year and a half ago, I found I had a lot of free time, so I bought a sewing machine and taught myself to sew.

Tell us a little about your home & family life.

I am a nanny for an amazing family of four beautiful children. My inspiration for my sewing projects comes from the three gorgeous girls.

pink floral handmade dresses by Angela McCauley

blue and pink floral dress by Angela McCauley

Where did your business name come from?

My business name for my cakes is Sugar Lane Cake Company. This came about when I was doing stalls in Sydney and needed to quickly come up with a name. Nothing too exciting!

What materials do you use?

I only use fresh, good quality ingredients. The best thing about being a pastry chef and living on a farm is access to fresh free range eggs 24/7.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on children’s pyjama sets.

cakes made by angela mccauley

What is your creative space like? What kinds of things happen there?

I have a room dedicated to all my sewing projects, although I have acquired so much material that I have now moved my sewing machine into the living room!

Thanks, Ange, for sharing a little bit about yourself!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together a few suggestions for gifts to make Mum smile.

handmade vintage doily dream-catchers

We have an assortment of these divine dreamcatchers, created by Gail.  She sources vintage doilies, making each and every one unique.  Prices range from $15 to $65 dollars.

one-of-a-kind table lamp in denim blue

The lamps created by Belinda of Illumine always walk out the door as quickly as they arrive.  A matching set of these table lamps in denim blue are currently in store, priced at $130 for base and shade.

hand-formed ceramic glazed bowls by Frankie

What would you use these gorgeous ceramic bowls for?

Created by Frankie, and glazed a beautiful midnight black, they’re $20 each, with more colours currently in store.

rhubarb and vanilla homemade jam

If Mum’s a bit of a foodie, you won’t be stuck for choice in the preserves section.

Amber currently has some of her rhubarb and vanilla jam in store, priced at a delicious $7 for a jar.

cucumber, mint and ginger double wicked candle by Vela

Lot’s of Mum’s love candles and Kimberlee and Rachael of Vela Candles have a variety of candles for you to choose from.  Ranging in price from $4 to $30 dollars, there’s a candle for every budget.

With only 4 weeks until Mother’s Day, and with new stock arrived weekly, if you’re in Walcha why not pop into Handmade and have a browse to see if you can find something special for your Mum!

 

Meet Our Makers: Jackson Cook

Our ‘Meet Our Maker’ series celebrates the people behind the scenes of Walcha Handmade, and encourages an understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the handmade products we carry.

This month we are meeting Jackson Cook, one of our youngest members and sewer extraordinaire.

jackson-cook-5Tell us about yourself and your background leading to your handmade endeavours.

My name is Jackson Cook, and I am a 14-year-old with a passion for creativity.  One day I watched my  Nan make my brother & I a lumberjack hat each and I said “I reckon that I can make that!”, only to be told that they were too difficult for me to make.

My thoughts were “No way.”, so Nan challenged me and three attempts later I had nailed it.  Since then, I have won many prizes including Champion and Most Successful Exhibitor at local shows for my artwork & needlework.

handmade stuffed toy owls Where did your business name come from?

My business name, House Of Jackson, came about when Kate (who organised The Farmers Market) became bored  writing ‘Jackson’ and decide that she was going to write ‘The House Of Jackson’ instead.  It has much more business appeal and is a fitting name that has stuck and will grow as I grow.

What materials do you use?

I like to use natural fabrics for most items I create.  I particularly like prints  by American Fabric designers Tula Pink and Amy Butler because they are colourful with bold designs.  While I  design most of  my patterns I sometimes use purchased patterns, which I often modify to suit the final product I want.

colourful geometric sling bag by House of Jacksonjackson-cook-2What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a new range of bags with pockets on the outside and a new range of babywear.

What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had shared with you when you were younger?

At 14 years of age, I’m still only young.  I’ve always been encouraged to let my creativity out as it can never cause much harm.

sewing paraphenaliaWhere can we find more of your work?

My creations can be found at Walcha Handmade, Highland Living in Uralla, Armidale Farmers Markets, Armidale Markets in the Mall and the Uralla and Kentucky Markets also.

I have Facebook and Instagram where I am always posting my latest creations.

Thanks, Jackson, for sharing with us!

Inspiration #025

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Even though life gets in the way, don’t you just wish that you could sometimes….?

This week’s inspiration is a free printable.  Want more?

Follow the link to see what other craft-inspired printables are available at The Plaid.

Image credit: Duality

My Favourite Things: Sue Bowden

Each month, one of our members gets to pick their favourite things in Walcha Handmade…

This month we caught Sue as she was working her day, and asked her what her 5 favourite things were currently in-store…

orange and yellow stuffed toy owl

I’m fond of all of the stuffed toys.  They’re so cute, and obviously well made (and made with love!)

plant with yellow flowers

Dominique’s plants are fresh and unusual, and the bulbs always look healthy.

colourful scrap fabric wall art

Emma’s scrap fabric wall art is such a unique and creative piece.

recycled horseshoe nail mini animal sculptures

The steers made by the Men’s Shed – I just love them! They’re quirky and it’s a really nice use of recycled materials.

found driftwood sculptural art

This driftwood timber hanging is lovely and rustic and reminds me of the Aussie bush.

Thanks, Sue.