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Slow Soap

It takes approximately three months before I make my natural handcrafted soaps available for sale. I often describe my soaps as fine wine that gets better with age. That is the nature of these pure olive oil soaps created without extracting the glycerine by-product beneficial for the skin or the addition of synthetic alternatives.

Market Stalling – reasons why I’m in it

As a maker and small business owner, I've been market stalling for almost 10 years. I'm based in the south-west of Western Australia, an area of sparse population within a relatively low populated state and country by global standards.  It has been crucial from a business point of view to find a space where

natural dyeing

I've had a wonderful response to my naturally dyed botanical printed recycled garments in the past few months since the launch of my "earth- conscious clothing corner" at markets that I attend. The clothes I've featured are the ones that I've been able to source through various op-shops/second-hand stores around the vicinity, combining my

Some New Some Old

It’s hard to fathom that 2017 is nearly drawing to a close! I've had a good year balancing work, family, leisure and everything in between. Where to begin? There have been a few markets dropped and a few new ones added. I'm no longer at Gelorup Markets and the Stirling Street Art Centre Flea

Are there any shops that stock my products?

I sometimes get asked this question by customers at markets. I am glad to announce that four south-west outlets, Capel Bakery,  Vasse General Store, Harvey Visitor Centre and A Taste of Nannup stock some of my items as part of their drive to provide locally made products to their

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Stall Profile – Australind Coffee Roasting Company (KUZA COFFEE)

In my family I’m generally the one coffee a day person. So suffice to say that I’ve come a long way from the days of instant brews to grinding my own beans and savouring the drink produced. Mark & Judie Fairweather of  Australind Coffee Roasting came to our attention about three years ago when

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What is Natural Handmade Soap?

Sometimes I have enquiries about why I use sodium hydroxide (or caustic soda) in my soaps. It is indeed a troubling thought for many due to the fact that it is such a corrosive substance! Often associated with its cleaning and stripping properties (think of greasy ovens, bbqs, paint strippers to name a few), it

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My First Dyeing Workshop with India Flint

India Flint has been featured in the current issue of Organic Gardener (Jan - Feb 2017). Below is my blog post from 2013 after attending an India Flint eco-dyeing workshop. She has been and continues to be the primary influence for my approach to cloth and colour. It is a continuous learning process for me

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Kylie’s Crochet Creations – artisan profile

Meet Kylie Bartholomew -a key craftperson and collaborator at handmadeandmarina. Sometimes crocheting upto 8 hours a day, she certainly deserves the title of Bunbury's crochet queen! I first met Kylie selling her exquisite crocheted stuffed toys at the Stirling Street Art Centre Flea Market. Getting to see her work was a boost to my ongoing

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