Handmade Expo to offer good value, great fun, in Morayfield

Linda Simpson looking forward to the handmade expo at the Morayfield Leisure Centre on the 2nd of December. Photo: Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily
Linda Simpson looking forward to the handmade expo at the Morayfield Leisure Centre on the 2nd of December. Photo: Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily Darryn Smith

FIRST came 9-11, then came an increased focus on the home as a safe haven.

Now is a season for the home arts that looked like disappearing with a generation.

An increasing interest in all things handmade has been linked to a shift in mindset following 9-11.

Linda Simpson, coordinator of a new monthly market for handmade, hand-crafted and home-baked goods at Morayfield, said it was a logical progression.

"After 9-11 people were concentrating on their homes and creating a safe haven," she said.

"Now their surroundings are safe it's all about feathering the nest."

Mrs Simpson, who sells handmade items in her Lilly Cottage stores at Bribie Island and Old Petrie Town, said the shift would save arts that looked like being lost with a generation.

"People are looking at what they can do at home and it's been good," she said.

"It was going to die out if people didn't start doing the things that their parents taught them.

"For a while there, if it was handmade, people thought it was second-rate, but now it's just the opposite.

"Now, if it's hand made, people expect to pay a good price for the quality of work. People really appreciate something handmade as a gift."

The Handmade Expo Market, which will be held at Morayfield Leisure Centre on the first Sunday of the month, starting on December 2, is an offshoot of a similar market that began in Ipswich five years ago.

Mrs Simpson said it would provide a much-needed outlet for local artisans to market their wares.

Visitors to the market can expect to see children's wear, kids' costumes, silk plants, lollies, cupcakes and more.

For information about the market, go to or, or email

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