Welcome to Highlands Handmade


We are a collective of handmade designers creating and producing unique wares in the beautiful district of the Southern Highlands NSW.
Our expo's bring our community together to share a love of all things made from the heart.
Watch this space to learn more about the designers from our region and what is happening next!

Naomi & Nicky

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Save the Date!

Highlands Design Collective will be gathering together again in 2012 on:

Sunday, 25th March

Sunday, 22nd July

Sunday 11th November

Watch this space for more details coming soon...hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Fair - Designer Honor Roll Part 4

Alison Lawson Cakes - by Alison  Lawson
Alison and her delicious creations

Alison has an extraordinary talent for designing the perfect party themes.  From Cat in the Hat, Cowboys, Princesses & a Gruffalo party to Bridal Showers and Christenings - Alison can do it all!  Her ideas & designs are beautifully showcased with stand out attention to detail and presentation.
To find out more about Alison Lawson Cakes please visit her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/alisonlawsoncakes

Kath Gamble Designs
Kath with some of her beautiful Christmas keepsakes

Gorgeous Erin

Kath has increased her range to include beautiful handmade dolls, bridal veils, first holy communion veils and hair pieces.  There was a colourful array of tutu's and ribbons catching the eye of every little girl who entered the hall.  Kath's creativity is not just limited to fashion accessories it also includes lovely decorator items such as wardrobe ties & trinket boxes.  Kath welcomes the opportunity to create personalised items, to find out more please contact her at pandkgamble@bigpond.com.


Individual Gifts - by Michelle Mason


These beautiful soy candles are made with the finest ingredients and essential oil blends and are a delight to behold!  Individual gifts currently have three popular collections "Mediterranean" blended to uplift us with the fresh seaside & surrounds; "Dakar Nights" with the warm aromas of moroccan spices, cinnamon, patchouli and sandalwood to create a space of pure meditation and "Provence" transporting us to a faraway french garden with soft lavender, vanilla and floral fragrances to renew our spirits.
To find out more about this unique concept store please contact Michelle at http://www.individualgifts.com.au/

These divine candles make the perfect gift that keeps on giving!

"Addiction" - by Belinda Minns
"Addiction'! You're not kidding. I'm not known to be a 'sweet eater' but this truly lives up to it's acclaim - I almost polished off the jar all by myself (I have some accomplices at home that were more than happy to sample their fair share - thank goodness!!)   It's the perfect combination of couverture chocolate mixed with a blend caramel & butterscotch. then poured over
 some kind of 'nutty' goodness;
rolled into a slab and cut into bite sized pieces of heaven! 
That's just how I imagine it might come together
 as Belinda's recipe is highly guarded - no wonder!
 I wish I had some to show you but alas,
it didn't last for a photo shoot...

Ink & Weave - by Caroline Verity

Created by Caroline, a talented graphic artist, these tea towels are sure to delight those who love to dry up and those who wish to simply have a hand made decorator keepsake from the Southern Highlands - I know a few of these left bound
for Canberra for both those reasons!  
They are clever and quirky making this the perfect gift! Caroline regularly exhibits at local markets in the Southern Highlands.
Please visit Caroline at  http://www.inkandweave.com/ or teatowel@inkandweave.com to find out more about Ink & Weave.

'Drink responsibly - never Drink and Dry'
'Hit me with your best pot'

"Haven't I met you before?" - by Belinda Brown

These gorgeous designs are fashioned from pre-loved fabrics and turned into something special to be loved all over again! Belinda has a unique flair for bringing character to her creations - so colourful, each one an original.  Belinda's talent for textiles doesn't end here! Please contact her to find out more about
'Haven't I met you before'? at tinkle70@bigpond.com

'Beats Working' - by Nicky Bourke

Nicky with her beautiful creations

Nicky has a life time love of fabric and design, in particular with patchwork, quilting and applique'.  Due to popular demand 'Beats Working' has recently been creating gorgeous 'pin boards' that are tailor made to suit their new home and have also been busy adding stylish covers for diaries and journals - a great gift idea for 2012!  Nicky's attention to detail and craftsmanship
produces a stunning result every time.     
Nicky works closely with her clients to ensure their requirements are delivered when preparing these special keepsakes. 
To find out more please contact Nicky at
matt_nicky@hotmail.com or (ph) 0414 244 923.
Orders are always welcome or you can visit our local stockist for 'Beats Working' at Bimbee Kids in Bowral & Berrima http://www.bimbeekids.com.au/

'Hatchlings' - by Alison Stephens

'Mitsumi' pink and blue

Alison is an architect by profession and has a business in Moss Vale, aren't we glad she turned her hand at designing these gorgeous pieces when her first daughter arrived?!  It is no surprise this little range has expanded with demand.  Alison likes to make original 'one off' creations and uses small quantities of fabric so no two are alike.  Hatchlings also make skirts and tops to order & can do any size.  Kimono slippers are another lovely addition to the collection, these are made with a light cotton for summer and are lined with polar fleece for winter. 
Alison exhibited at the Christmas Fair just weeks before the arrival of her second baby - congratulations from all the Highlands Design Collective on the arrival of another beautiful daughter!!
 To find out more about 'Hatchlings' please contact Alison at hatchlings.kids@gmail.com

Mitsumi - asian black

Kimono pink

Mitsumi butterflies

Gyaza - black and white

Kimono dragonfly

It all begins and ends with family!  Thank you readers and followers for joining us as we featured all our wonderful local handmade designers in the Southern Highlands in 2011.  Stay tuned as we have two more lovely designers to go - Phillipa Drewett (Pikka Designs) and Debra Grant (milliner).  In the meantime we'll be posting some more happy snaps and locking in the dates for 2012!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year
From the Highlands Design Collective family to yours!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Fair - Designer Honor Roll Part 3

Michelle's Fudge - by Michelle Meyer

By popular demand Michelle was back delivering her famous truffles to an ever growing fan club!
Michelle's creations included the flavours of 'rocky road' and 'cointreau and orange' to name just two of this sought after collection that has become an institution with
the Highlands Design Collective.
These sweet morsels wrapped up in gorgeous festive packaging were too hard to resist for our market attendees!

Michelle has expanded her range to include a beautiful selection of quiches made with fresh free range Southern Highlands eggs with delectable fillings - we are so spoilt!

Kree Design - by Kirrily Zupp 
Kirrily with her beautiful wares...

Kirrily's creations and attention to detail are second to none.
Kree design have an amazing range of fabric & colours to choose from, a 'strawberry' themed apron came home with me - much to the delight of our resident 4 year old! 
It has been the best kitchen investment
for all our 'cooking adventures'!
To find out more about Kree designs and where to order
please contact Kirrily at 
(ph) 0419 461 953

The Gratitude Project - by Ange Clarke


The gratitude project is a wonderful philosophy that has been cultivated by Ange to remind us all that no matter what comes our way there is always something to be grateful for.  Her beautiful range of cards can be tailor made to show the appreciation of valued clients and staff at your place of  business or simply to express thanks for the people in our lives.  This concept has resonated with so many in attendance at our market - the feedback received about Ange's warmth, passion and genuine hospitality has engaged us all.
Thank you Ange for hosting our prize draws on the day and representing us by capturing the essence of our gathering not only through your beautiful words but also through your photography - proving a picture really 
can tell a thousand words.
Ange has a facebook page to keep our hearts inspired with an attitude of gratitude, to find out  more please visit

Garden Portraits - by Jeremy Goodman

 Jeremy’s illustrations are inspired by one of Australia’s best loved landscape designers, Edna Walling. Gardens are a labour of love and a personalised portrait of your favourite outdoor space would be a wonderful keepsake and gift idea.  Jeremy uses the 'timeless medium' of water colour to illustrate his work producing a detailed aerial view of your garden. If you are seeking an artwork record of your garden or perhaps or as a gift for someone please contact Jeremy at goodmans2@bigpond.com or 02-4848 1295.

Tracey Miller - Artist

Tracey's passion for art is not only in the expression of her own work but also in fostering the creativity in others with an extensive teaching career in visual arts at
primary and secondary schools including after school classes and holiday workshops for children.
Tuition is also available for adults with classes offered in painting, drawing, collage and lino printing.
For further information about classes and forthcoming exhibitions please contact Tracey via e-mail at tracy_lm@bigpond.com

One off Designs - by Trina Sinclair

Trina has the most beautiful selection of precious stones that are individually pieced to make a personalised creation.  'One off Designs' specialises in: Worry Beads, Birthstone Necklaces, Prayer Beads Malas, Christening Gifts, Rosaries, Gemstone Jewellery & Healing Practitioners Bracelets.  Trina offers private consultations to ensure the perfect
stone is chosen for your requirements.
To find out more about 'One off Designs' please contact Trina at
1off@hinet.net.au or (mobile) 0402 658 108