Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival

I will be packing up my goodies next Friday and heading off to Stanthorpe to the bi annual Apple and Grape festival in Stanthorpe (SE Queensland)
We are having a three night sleep over and having my stall for two full days, Sat and Sun, (6th and 7th Mar)
There is so much going on at festival time, if you come, make sure you come and say hello. I'll be in the civic centre and waiting for you !

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Handmade Expo Update

Hi Everyone.

I am happy to report that the two or three short showers we had on Saturday 20 th at the first Handmade Expo for the year, didnt seem to deter 1000's customers to our wonderful market. It also didn't deter lots of our favourite stallholders and lots of new ones too.

We were lucky to be in the Courier Mail on the Friday which we found out about on our market thanks heaps to PHIL HAMMOND for listening and putting us in there....

We were also #1 in the top 10 things to do this weekend, which was lovely (pity the details were wrong...but moving on). We were mentioned on 4KQ and ofcourse we were on River 949 all week, a couple of live interviews, plus ads and the Ipswich News ran one of the best ads we have ever seen. It was pretty obvious by the crowds that lots of people saw it too!

The Swanbank Steam Trains were a big hit...the first 2 trips were most popular with the carriages almost filling. Everyone who boarded came off smiling and loving it.

A good day was had by all, customers and stallholders alike...

We are always working on making the market bigger and better every month. If you have any ideas up your sleeve, we would love to hear from you...

Our next market is on Saturday 20th March, so pop that in your diary..We will of course have the steam trains running again + all of our wonderful stallholders as well.

Here's some happy market scenes from Quest Newspapers,

That's Liesa and I, Micky was on the train !
Talk to you soon....X

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Funny I haven't missed Twitter yet, there are no withdrawals !

You girls are awesome.
Thanks so much for your supportive and loving comments, you are a big part of what we do, especially with The Handmade Expo.

How much of a struggle would it be for all you local girls to find some where "great" to sell all your creations if we suddenly decided to pack up shop because of this bully? Dont worry ,we aren't going anywhere, except upwards, inspired by this mishap to work even harder to offer a great show place for all your beautiful handmade treasures.

When you have a passion and a fire in the belly for something, as we do, it shows when we meet on Market day or you deliver your goods to Handmade Heaven.
You can feel the love and passion for what we do and a little nobody is not going to get on top of us. We just change the way we do things to overcome an obstacle. Look at the amazing response we are getting from all of you, our friends.

We know we are doing the right thing, and we will be still doing the right thing long after the bully is put to bed!

Thanks everyone for your support and generous offers of help, and thanks for accepting my friend request on facebook to keep up with bubbachenille The Handmade Expo and Handmade Heaven.

I dont take any of you for granted and thank you for your support.

mumma bubba X

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Good bye Twitter and..........

Due to unprovoked harassment and cyber bullying, We have had legal advice to close down some of our social networking pages, for me that means bubbachenille on Facebook and bubbachenille on Twitter.

I can still keep you up to date on my blog and you can send a friend request to my personal FB page...Miriam Bain.

If you would like to be informed directly regarding the Handmade expo, we'd love for you to email us and we can pop you on our data base to receive updates personally, (just click the email link in my blog profile.)

I recently had a "fan" drive on facebook and was overwhelmed with the response, I thank you all so much and hope you will now join me here, via email and friend on

The Handmade Expo BLOG will still remain and will keep you up to date on The Market. We have other massive ways to keep you informed ! At this stage our advice only relates to Facebook and Twitter.

We have also been advised to stop following blogs publicly and facebook pages that our cyber bully is following, We are still reading all our favourite blogs though (and following privately) and leaving comments to our friends and colleagues.
So if we dissapear off your blog, you'll know why.

We never would have thought this possible in this Handmade world , but there you have it.

Please correspond personally if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer any of your questions!

I will blog on a happier creative topic soon!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Stockist !

In the middle of all the business of getting ready for the Feb Handmade Expo Market, next Saturday, out of the blue along came a new stockist and chenille lover.

I have been frequenting this place since moving to the Lockyer Valley for its awesome coffee, great country rustic charm and the BEST service I have ever had!

After about week 2, I didn't even need to order my coffee, that's right girls, they simply remember what I like ! I can hear you all saying "What the ? " well it's true.
This little beauty is Cafe Sorella at Forest Hill, it's about half way between Gatton and Laidley.

Here's what they have chosen of my things to stock as of tomorrow when I go for more coffee!

Do you think they like pink ? A range of sizes in pants and skirts (top ) and bathmats, clutches and heat packs.

If you are on your way to somewhere or doing the antique shop trail, Cafe Sorella is a must to stop for a break. The two sisters who own Cafe Sorella are Italian and the food is modern Australian with a big touch of Italian. Tell them I sent you!

Dont forget my give away on Face book, you only have to leave a FB comment telling me your fave bubbachenille product and be a fan on bubbas FB page too! Finishes Thursday 18th at noon. Good Luck X

Monday, February 15, 2010

What's your fave bubba item? Give away

I am currently having a giveaway on my bubbachenille Facebook page.
All you have to do is tell me your fave item.
If you are new to my blog you can go back through some older posts, check out my flickr page, etsy or madeit store to find something you like.
You need to be a fan on bubba Facebook to enter though. Just look in the sidebar and click!
Finishes Thursday 18th Feb at noon.

I am sewing like a woman possessed for The Handmade Expo on Saturday,
Here are the Steam Train details for the day also all the departure times and prices, tickets are for purchase just inside the gate of the Handmade expo.
Hope you can make it!

Monday, February 8, 2010

latest Handmade purchases

I am so busy sewing but I have time for a quick post to show you my latest Handmade purchases. These three items are from some new additions to Handmade Heaven

This notebook holder from Finki uses the original images from 50's, 60's and 70's patterns and books. No scanners or photocopiers involved ...! A 100% one of a kind. I love Finki items and have quite a few in my collection now, you could say I nearly have a full set!

Lots of you will recognise these things from Curlypops, I always love her choice of fabrics in her projects and this glass case is an example of one of my fave fabrics.
I used it on the weekend too and let me tell you, it's not hard to find in your handbag! The heart brooch...what can I say, I'm so into hearts and having a flower brooch of curlypops, I already love the way these are done. Lots of stiffening and a great conversation starter. I have never NOT had a comment wearing a curlypops brooch...I love them.
Thanks goodness Liesa is selling these two great artists work in Handmade Heaven.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

And the winners are...tah dah

Firstly thanks so much to ALL the delicious people who left a nice comment and jumped through all the hoops to enter, it's not all bad, I got to check out your blogs and found lots of new blogs to follow!
But there can only be two winners..
The first name drawn was popple, I have left a comment on your blog, Congratulations
and secondly Fiona from Buy Design from England!
Fiona is a constant commenter and follower of everything the three of us do and we love you for it! Thanks so much ( now we wished you lived here so you could come visit! ) I have emailed you too Fiona.
Thanks again everyone, back to the sweat shop !

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away!

But now I have about 50 skirts and pants to make to keep up with orders, stocking Handmade Heaven and big craft markets!

That's what I'm here for though right?

Yesterday, was interruption plus around here and this is all I got done ( as well as a customer order )

The pants on the left are a size 1 and have denim trim and yo yos, the ones on the right are a size 3, they are $25 each .

Today will be a bit the same, I will get back into it properly soon, I just know I will !

Scroll down or click here for my giveaway, only one day left, drawn tomorrow !
Good luck X

Monday, February 1, 2010

another giveaway

Please pop over to see Lisa and enter her lovely giveaway.

Giveaway end looming ! Hurry!

Only two more days to enter my give away.
Scroll down or just click here.
Good luck !
Have you joined me on Facebook and Twitter?
The links are in the sidebar and I'd love to see you over there too!