Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas shopping at mimmis

Here are mimmis hours for the Christmas and new year period.

Thursday 22nd December 9am - 4pm
Friday 23rd December 9am - 4pm
Saturday 24th December 9am - 1pm
Re opening on Tuesday 17th January

CLASSES on offer so far for 2012..

Kids Craft Day, Lots of fun stuff !
Thursday 19th Jan

Ladies Beginner Patchwork
Thursday 9th Feb

Kids Craft and Sewing
Block of 4, Jan 28th, feb 11th, March 10th, March 24th
For those who didn't attend the first series. This is a Saturday afternoon class 1pm - 3pm

Miss Rose Sister Violet Inspired Embellishment Workshops. There are four workshops being presented.
Fri 23rd March, Sat 24th March, Fri 7th Sept, Sat 8th Sept.

Please email me if you would like more info or would like to book in to any of the above classes.

Merry Christmas everyone, Wishing you a safe,bright and Happy New Year. xxxx

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Last Hoorah !

Experiencing busy times stop.
No time to think stop.
Sewing up a storm stop.
Last Handmade Expo for the year on Saturday stop.
All Christmas stock at my market stall half price stop.
Being busy in mimmis stop.
Thinking about new range for next year stop.
Enjoying baby grandson number 4 stop.
Holiday planning stop.
I'll be able to stop soon and have a break, get re vitalised, see a movie, eat lots of fine food, shop until I drop, in Melbourne after Christmas, for a week!

Is this what it feels like for you too ?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hi all,
Just wanted to pop by and let you know mimmis is having a " TIN " sale at the moment. If you cant see it pictured and you come into the store, just say " I saw your sale on the blog or facebook " and I'll give you 20% off your tin purchase.

Also all Christmas items will be half price at the next Handmade Expo on Saturday 17th December, Cards, stockings, bubba pants, decorations, serviettes, anything themed Christmas has got to go !! Only at the market until sold out !

See you soon.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Christmas in the country.

Hello friends,
Christmas in the Country started tonight with the grand opening ( search Christmas in the Country on Face book.) I didn't go this year but I'm sure there are lots of people shopping as I type!
It was certainly a bit harder to co - ordinate this year with mimmis to look after as well, but I made it and had a big creative weight lifted off my shoulder when I walked out of the hall after setting up.
Dont get me wrong, I love it but the lead up to a two day event is massive and the complete uncertainty of testing out all your new products !
(Probably not a good idea to do this at a big event, a bit like testing a new recipe on dinner guests.) Oh well whats done is done, I cant even go to get facial reactions until tomorrow late afternoon.
Here's some pics of my set up this year.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New things

Here are some things I've been working on and adding to in readiness for Gatton Christmas in the Country on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November in the Gatton Shire Hall.
Theres a fantastic range, from a very diverse group of Handmadies and just in time to make real headway on your Christmas shopping list.
It's one of those great shows where you pick up a basket on the way in
shop 'til you drop and then pay for it all at the checkout on your way out. Eftpos available too.
Today I was sewing like a woman possessed, well maybe not quite that bad , but I definitely know my sewing days for this event are quickly running out. mimmis keeps me so busy I have to sneak time on the machine and with the good old glue gun when ever I can.

Hope you can make it along to this event. They have been running 21 years so they have it down pat now and is a really terrific event, did I say that already ?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nearly ready !

Excuse my absence from blogland, There just aren't enough hours in the day.
I had a robbery in my shop, mimmis, and they took my trust worthy computer so I have been learning how to use my Apple Mac. It's a bit like teaching an old dog new tricks ! I'm nearly there though.
My time of late in between The Handmade Expo Market has been preparing for the big Christmas in the Country Art and Craft show which I have been lucky enough to have been invited for the third year running. You can never have too much stock can you.
Oh its on in Gatton in the Lockyer Valley on November the 4th and 5th if you can make it there are some amazing stallholders thats for sure.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I love Spring dont you ?

My Mums next door neighbour is a fantastic gardener, Living in Toowoomba though does help things along.

They live in a complex with three units and the tiniest of garden spaces. Believe you me, she can fit more into her tiny space that I fit into my quarter acre.

When we lived in Toowoomba she would be always sharing her plants with me.

These Lemons were massive.

I love the way everything grows together and joins up to make a picture so to speak. Oh and its so much more beautiful in the flesh !

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

So it seems...

So it seems I have got into the really bad habit of only blogging once a month ! Shame on me..
Any hoo, with mimmis ( my shop ) keeping me so busy and The Handmade Expo Market going through an expansion phase, I have an excuse. In actual fact the up coming Handmade Expo on this Saturday sees bubbachenille not having a stall for the first time in three years. With Liesa being very pregnant, that leaves Micky and I to do lots of physical stuff, lots of walking with one woman down so to speak.

As part of the markets' expansion you will notice some annual events and some themed events popping up through out the year. Our first " annual " market will be on Saturday 1st October right here where mimmis is, in Forest Hill, in the Lockyer Valley. Hey if you've never been to this part of the world, set the navman and come for the day. Not only will you get to witness, browse and shop at a fantastic Handmade market at a lovely heritage venue, you could be treated to great coffee and food at Cafe Sorella in Forest Hill and you can check mimmis out too while you are here.

We hope to see you soon at one of our markets, Please take the time to say hi and intro yourself if we don't already know you.
Thanks for your support everyone.

P.S My new range of baby linen just arrived, Loving the shabby colours X

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Creating Pretties

I hate being quiet in the shop but I love having the time to create !

Make sense?

Heres what I have been doing today...

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I have has this small wicker heart shaped wreath for years and origianally when I bought it I thought I'd tie scraps on to it ( you know that look ? ), Then Miss Rose Sister Violet came into my life and I cant resist playing with flowers, ribbons, braids, beads and ofcourse the hot glue gun, my weapon of choice LOL.

I love this so much I now stock as many of the products from this company I can in my shop, so now I have a habit on tap too!

Living the dream !

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fashion parade

The fashion parade with lovely creations of stallholders from The Handmade Expo on Saturday went off without a hitch and was quite delightful. I wonder how many of those tiny tots will end up being models ?

You can view more pics from the parade at Krystal K Photography Facebook page here

Friday, August 19, 2011

Market Mania

Oh my goodness, We are going to be busy little bees for the rest of the year, I am beginning to feel the excitement building already.

Not only is the regular monthly Handmade Expo Market on again tomorrow, but we have been busy behind the scenes adding some extra special markets into our calendar.
We love the Lockyer Valley, 2 out of 3 of us now making the Lockyer our homes, so it was a natural progression to bring the market to our community.

We now have 2 extra markets for you to either attend as a stallholder or to mark in your diaries as a must go to event, both in time for some Handmade Christmas shopping.
The first is going to be in Forest Hill at the Old School of the Arts building, ( AKA The Hall ! ) on the 1st October from 9am - 3pm, The second at the Laidley Uniting Church, Patrick Street Laidley, 3rd December, 9am - 3pm.

Bookings are already rolling in for the Forest Hill Market so if this interests you as a stallholder, pop onto the blog and fill out your application.
We have only just released the booking form for the Laidley Christmas Market so you can do the booking form on the blog now too.

Both venues are kinda half way between Ipswich and Toowoomba, ideal !

Hope to see you tomorrow anyway with lots of bubbachenille product and a few bits of mimmis thrown in for good measure !

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

mimmis backroom adventure dates !

Here are the dates for some of my adventures happening soon.
If you need to come ( lol) just leave a comment and I'll get back to you

mimmis Backroom Events
Make your reservation NOW only 8 places avail each session.

Friday 26th August
...Miss Shabby Scrapbooking Class
Class Tutor, Jody from Stick'nGiggle
All skill levels.
$25 Everything supplied
10 am start
Payment req. by 24th August

Friday 16th September
Off The Page " Initial " Scrapping Class
Class Tutor, Jody from Stick'nGiggle
All skill levels.
$25 Everything Supplied.
10am start
Payment req. by Fri 9th Sept

Friday 30th September
MR FUN Scrapbooking Class
Class Tutor, Jody from Stick'nGiggle
Price TBA
All Skill levels
10am Start
Payment req. by 23rd Sept

The following dates have been designated as UFO ( unfinished objects ! ) days where you can come and share friendship and swap ideas and knowledge with other like minded people. If you have a skill you can share like crotchet, knitting, embroidery or anything else and want to share with others, please let me know and we can slot you in and match you up with others wanting to learn a new skill.

Cost is $5 per chair to cover morning tea, photocopying of patterns etc. 8 places per date available so talk to a friend and book in.

Tuesday 6th September
Friday 9th September
Thursday 15th September
Tuesday 20th September
Thursday 29th September

This is so exciting, I hope something here interests you or perhaps one of your friends. Feel free to pass on to anyone you think may be interested.

Miriam X

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Absent explanation !

Hi everyone,

Looking back over the last month since I posted, things continue to grow and grow business wise and am finding it hard to keep up sometimes. I actually should be sewing and cutting out right now ! LOL

Mimmis is powering full steam ahead and expanding every day it seems as new ideas come to fruition.

I hosted a lovely workshop with tutor Jule from Whimsical Imaginaings and using Miss Rose Sister Violet products..the feedback and reactions to the workdhops were amazing and so far off the scale, I could never have imagined.

I have now set up my 8 seater back room to host mini workshops and to create a space for the crafty to come, sit, chat and create. I am especially encouraging the concept of UFO'S, come and finish something you started and just never got around to finishing whilst in the company of like minded people, have a cuppa, relax and enjoy.

I have also enlisted the services of very clever scrapper, Jody from Stick'nGiggle to do 3 workshops to start with. Will blog dates and workshop details soon.

I am also open to anyone with a talent and wanting to share with others to please contact me, whether it be knitting or crotcheting, decoupage or embroidery or a hundred other clever things that go on in the crafty world, small groups are waiting to learn something new, right here, right now!

We have also been organising a couple of ANNUAL Market events, one being right here in Forest Hill on 1st October ( 50 days time ! ) if you are interested, please pop over to The Handmade Expo blog and fill in an application as spaces are filling quickly for this country boutique style market.

I will post soon about mimmis backroom upcoming adventures.

You can also keep up to date on mimmis facebook page.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Giveaways Galore

Hi all,
Have you been over to The Handmade Expo blog lately ?

We are having heaps of giveaways to be collected if you win at our next market on Saturday 25th June.
You can enter each one once and so far we are up to 12 giveaways.
All you have to do is leave a comment for each one, then if you win , pick up your prize at the market.
All giveaways have been generously donated by our wonderful stallholders and we thank them :-)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Oh So Shabby

How gorgeous is this chest of drawers ? It happens to be for sale in mimmis right now for $167.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Apron

A lovely customer came in today with this note for me. She knows my love of aprons and now I love them even more !
It does come off the internet from an unknown source.

The History of the Apron

I dont think our kids know what an apron is.

The principle use of Grandmas apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.

It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material,

But.. along with that it was used as a pot holder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying childrens tears and on occasion was even used for cleaning dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal for hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried the out the hulls.

In the Autumn it carried the apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the verandah, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in for dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that " old time apron " that served so many purposes.

Send this off to someone who would know ( and love ) the story about Grandmas aprons.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her Grand daughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I dont think I ever caught anything from an apron.....but love...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A tour of mimmis

I know I have been slack blogging, so today I thought I'd take you on a bit of a tour of the new direction life has taken me .

I get to play every day, which ocaissionaly includes some sewing, or maybe some glueing !

I get to go hunting for vintage collectables, ( much fun ! ), I also stock around 35 different people creations, and I still sew my beloved vintage chenille of course.

I do get to play a lot HERE , HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE though ! Not so much HERE anymore, although I am still a member and there in spirit !

If you haven't come to visit me at mimmis yet, here's the address

Victoria Street

Forest Hill QLD 4342

See you somewhere soon !

Friday, April 29, 2011

bubbachenille still here !

I thought it was about time I showed you some pics and share with you that bubbachenille is still actually alive and kicking !
With the opening of mimmis ( no blog, just on facebook ! ) it's been a struggle to blog regularly and to even catch up on reading all the blogs in my list as I tend to work mainly on facebook these days.

I have a friend coming in for four hours a week helping me with some sewing, mainly heatpacks, which I can never seem to get a stockpile of. Once my three stockists orders have been filled and I go the The Handmade Expo market with them, I am back to square one every month. I should get off facebook shouldn't I and do some more sewing ! LOL are a few of the winter collection, only in size 1 and 2 at present as they are my biggest sellers. I still have all the other sizes but the T Shirts are only 1's and 2's. All the pants are $25 and the T Shirts are $12.

Above size 2.

Above size 3 pants and size 2 T Shirt.

Above size 1.

Above size 1.

Above size 2.

Above size 1.

Above size 2.
Hope you like !

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Thursday, April 21, 2011


Just wanted to say Happy and Safe Easter to all my blogging and Facebook buddies.
Mimmis will be closed for the 5 days over Easter, but thats OK, It will all still be there after the chocolate is all gone.
I just received a shipment of Miss Rose Sister Violet flowers and velvet ribbons for your crafting delight as well as some beautiful fragrant heart sachets just in time for Mothers Day.
Hope to see you after Easter.
I have been busy filling my facebook store and although it is a work in progress, it is beginning to take shape. Incase you're wondering it is a secure payment site that operates through paypal for your safety. I'd love for you to check it out, I'd love it even more if you have the time to click on a product and like it as it then posts it to your wall and would help me let everyone know they can now shop at mimmis on facebook.
( No biggie if you dont ! just thought I'd mention it :-)
Just search mimmis on Facebook!

Happy Easter everyone.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Handmade Expo

It's time again friends for the next Handmade Expo Market, boy they come around quickly dont they ? You can read all about whats on offer this month on the blog. Bubbachenille and mimmis will have some new goodies to show you on Saturday too. I have been busy working on some size one and size two sets comprised of a long sleeved T Shirt to match some pants for boys and for girls, so come and have a look at those when you are at the market. I also have lots of new purses to show you as well as my usual heatpacks, eco washcloths, cushions, vintage fabric and a special bin this month too with lots of reduced goodies ! See you on Saturday handmade lovers !

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More of a beautful range ...and a giveaway to celebrate X

On Sunday I went to the Craft Expo in Brisbane really just to have a really good look at Miss Rose Sister Violet. I already stock a small range of their beautiful whimsical vintage inspired lovliness but wanted to see more of the range up close and personal.

I should have stuck with ordering on line because what happened ? I came home with a boot full of the most wonderful items to stock in mimmis....OMG ! OMG ! OMG !

I also sat in on a one hour presentation by Miss Rose herself and that was even more inspiring ! Did anyone else go to the presentation ?

See something you love ?

Once I get 20 new followers to my blog (265) I will post something gorgeous from the Miss Rose Sister Violet range to a lucky commenter on this post. So leave me a comment and tell me if you have helped me get some new followers ! I can guarantee the gift will be something truely lovely that will make you feel warm and fuzzy and special X O

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


As of today mimmis has changed opening hours.

New hours are Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Inspired by others creating treasuries on Etsy, I made one of my favourite things all from Brisstyle. Hope you like it ! Click here to view.

Dont forget The Handmade Expo market is on this Saturday at the Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Rd, Bundamba from 8am - 2 pm, At least 80 stalls of gorgeous handmade stuff, food, drinks, Pioneer Steam Train rides, free entry and free parking.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fire in my belly !

Good Morning friends, Hope your day is filling with creative stuff, UFO's or whatever you are working on today !

My shop is inspiring me to be creative as more and more people come out for a look at what I am doing and thankfully liking what I have on display and to sell. Necessity is a driving force for me too. Lucky I am loving my new world at mimmis. So far , there hasn't been one day since the 11th November when I haven't felt like going to work!

Yesterday a new shipment of lovely well priced cottage plants, including some herbs arrived. These add a lovely country feel to the front of the shop and I am enjoying the conversations that spark from every purchase of these plants. ( love a good chat! LOL ) The same lovely lady who brings the plants also makes country teapot cosies that are very popular.

News about The Handmade Expo Craft Re-stash....
We were inundated with donations for the Craft Re-stash and appreciate all the support very much. Now has come a time where people in need seem to have dropped off considerably and we need to think about what to do with the left overs. So we are now putting a call out for community groups, schools, kindergartens, day care centres to come in and get some things they might need. Fill a couple of bags and help these groups out before we have to move the donations on to another venue.

Dont forget the next Handmade Expo is on Saturday 19 th March, getting bigger and better every month !

Sunday, March 6, 2011

mimmis delights

Here are some of the surprises and delights you'll find at mimmis

Mimmis is open Sundays 9am - 1 pm, Most of the furniture on display is also for sale. Lots of vintage stuff too!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Marching on.....

I cant believe it's March already ! The first day of Autumn, still feels like summer to me !

The start of a new month to me means re-assessing, re- focussing.
I think recovery from the floods for me is almost over.
I have spent part of the day going through some " stuck together receipts"
I found and can you believe they were still wet ?
Now to get the smell of floods off my hands ! LOL

I have been showing off some bigger and different things that I stock in my shop, " mimmis".
Just to let you know that not only can you find the whole bubbachenille range, as well as about 25 different other " handmadies" lovely things in mimmis but also lots of vintage goodies, large and small, quirky too some of them !
Mr bubba is the vintage buyer and comes home with all sorts of things. Like one off hubcaps, and old castrol oil bottles being two of the most memorable.
I screwed up my nose at these items when he gave them to me, both sold, so now I dont say a word !

You can check out my photo albums on facebook here or look at ebay listed items here.

What does March mean to you ?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Craft Re-Stash and The Handmade Expo

We at The Handmade Expo were thinking of something really productive to do to help likeminded people in our specific field, we thought of how devistating it must be for someone who lost their stash in the recent floods, after years of collecting bits and pieces........
Bring on the Craft Re- Stash !
Between Liesa at Handmade Heaven, The Handmade Expo market this Saturday and myself at mimmis, we will all act as collection points, then after the market have the donations available for collection for anyone who lost stuff in the recent floods.

My good friends over at Brisstyle have come on board too to help spread the word and support this effort to re-stash the community. Thanks girls for your support.

So please pop along to the market on Saturday with your donations to help heal the devastation in a small way.
Good excuse for a clean up people !

Thanks for your support. Please share this info in any way you can.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Facebook !

Have you been to check out mimmis at Forest Hill ?

Thats my bricks and mortar shop !

I have just put up an album of some stock available, but I also have old furniture for sale. Some pieces have been restored, some au naturale, some shabbied up a bit.

I also have vintage collectables like, salt and pepper shakers, plates, teapots, vintage linens, doilies, tablecloths, aprons and fabrics!

It"s also the place to purchase all the bubbachenille range !

Mimmis doesn't have a blog or website and, but mimmis is on facebook!