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

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Bushfire hazard reduction burn, Burpengary

BUSHFIRE PREPARATION: Hazard reduction burn crews work closely with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to undertake planned burns.

Hazard reduction burns are scheduled for Burpengary on May 28.

How to survive the robot jobs revolution

Nicholas Davis is here to tell you that it’s not all bad news

All day parking moved for CBD upgrading works

PARK CHANGES: Caboolture CBD all-day parking zone marked in red will be temporarily relocated to the car park on the corner of Matthew Terrace and Armstrong Way.

All day CBD parking relocated as upgrading works commence.

Local Partners

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!