2018 Handmade Business Award finalists


Britta Smith – Luna’s Treasures®

Luna’s Treasures® is home of wooden baby accessories lovingly handmade on the Gold Coast Queensland by Britta – mum of 3yo Luna. In addition Luna’s Treasures® stocks popular baby essentials such as natural rubber soothers & bath toys, elegant trendy pram clips, baby glass bottles and LT also carries their own range of bamboo swaddle wraps (and more apparel and accessories are to come). Sustainability and recycling are extremely important and Luna’s Treasures® is using recyclable packaging and natural materials as much as possible. Luna’s Treasures® also donates to charities helping children in need such as Sunrise Cambodia and various other charities in Africa and South America.



Carla Dillon – Little Button Essentials

Carla Dillon is the founding Mumpreneur of the company Little Button Essentials Pty Ltd. This company specializes in the production of natural creams for babies and those with allergy prone, sensitive skin. Carla invented the company’s unique handmade, patent pending, ‘Madannah Cream Range’. The first of the creams to be released was Madannah Cream, which Carla invented in response to her first daughter’s severe allergies. Her daughter’s allergies meant she was unable to use any skin care products routinely available in stores. The Madannah Cream Range prides itself on being 100% natural and free from gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, artificial preservatives, artificial fragrances and petroleum.  The products are available online through the company website, or alternatively through wholesale stockists and Little Button Essentials market stalls.



Suji Sanjeevan – Light & Glo. Designs

To the gift-makers, home-makers, and businesses of today who need the perfect ambience for their important spaces and places; Light & Glo.’s leading edge range of home fragrance products are designed to evoke a whole sensory experience that will inspire – positivity, remark, and delight, enabling our customers to perfectly match mood, mindset, event or desire.

We fostered a long-term approach making small, deliberate, and counterintuitive choices that keep us navigating forward, adding value to our customers’ lives.



Claire Behrmann and Dee Stearman – SiliMama

Claire and Dee are two rival business owners who accidentally crossed paths at a trade show early on in 2017 and just clicked. Despite being the biggest competitors on the market to one another, there seemed like under all of the rival business stuff there might be an opportunity to collaborate. With no more than an idea and very basic concept of SiliMama, Dee decided to approach Claire about a potential partnership and the rest they say is history.

SiliMama is a fresh new approach to craft supplies with a strong focus on providing modern and original silicone beads and teether designs, a business concept the duo are all too familiar with. The range consists of over 460+ products and growing. SiliMama launched in 2017 in Australia and since our launch we are now a distributed brand across 57 countries including Australia, Canada and Europe.



Eliza Olsen – Arabella + Autumn

Eliza is a mum of four who first began making children’s toys after the birth of her second daughter, Saffron. “I really liked minimalistic Scandinavian inspired décor” she says. “When my children were born, I couldn’t find anything for babies that was stimulating and fun and looked nice sitting on the loungeroom floor. Garish bright plastic toys just aren’t me”. Eliza found great enjoyment working with her hands and when the opportunity arose to turn her hobby into a business, Arabella + Autumn was born. Making independently laboratory safety tested timber play gyms and toys, teethers, rattles, pram toys and garlands, dummy clips and kid’s animal necklaces Arabella + Autumn is the place to go for the baby toy you won’t want to put away when guests arrive!



Erin Madeley – Perth Makers Market

Erin Madeley is a passionate supporter of handmade and local businesses. In 2015 Erin created and launched the first strictly locally handmade market in Perth. Within 5 months of commencing planning, the first event was held with 75 stalls and 1500+ visitors to the launch market. 2.5 years later, PMM averages 170+ stalls and 4000 – 5000 visitors per market. As part of the growth of Perth Makers Market and her vision for handmade, Erin now hosts a weekly radio show on Boss Mode Radio talking to handmade business owners and providing tips. She also has launched a series of workshops to help promote handmade businesses and teach them the skills they need to grow their business into the future.



Jessica Kratzmann – Why So Salty

Jessica is a fifo wife and mum growing a successful little business that creates and sells amazing natural home and bath products that have reaches homes right across australia.



Katherine Wigraft – Quilling By Kath

Katherine is an accomplished paper quilling artist. Her handmade bespoke, quilled wall art can be found in hundreds of client’s homes in Australia and internationally.

Katherine has practiced various art forms over the last 25 years including drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, mosaics and silver jewellery. Her quilled art range has expanded to include vibrant homewares that showcase her trademark sense of humour. She is further expanding her business to include soon to be released quilling workshops, to promote quilling in Australia.



Lana Campbell – Lana’s Garden

Lana Campbell started Lana’s Garden Rhubarb Preserves 10 years ago, as a means of employment whilst remaining home to raise her daughter.  Armed with a rhubarb relish recipe that was handed down from her Grandmother and a backyard garden that had 2 robust crowns of rhubarb, Lana believed that a business could be born.

She developed 2 more rhubarb recipes and tweaked her Grandmothers recipe to make it signature.  With her quality Rhubarb products Lana’s Garden began to attend 1 to 2 local farmers markets a month and supply 3 retail outlets in her home town of Warrnambool.



Natallie Wright – Verissima Natural Skincare

Throughout her life Nat Wright has found herself on a quest to find answers.  As a new mother she was called to learn how to best support her son with quality, natural solutions to address his health challenges.  Frustrated with not being able to find solutions, and encouraged by a belief the bush and nature have everything we need to heal, Nat knew there had to be something out there. She found Verissima, attended an aromatherapy and alternative healing course with the founder and was amazed.

In January 2009 Nat became the owner of Verissima Natural Skincare and is the creator of the amazing, all natural, toxin and synthetic free products.



Sarah Kewming – Cake Love by Sarah Helena

Sarah is a highly motivated multi skilled individual. She possesses 2 degrees in Mental Health Social Work and Family Therapy. She has had 16 years experience working in public Psychiatry and specialised in Eating Disorders. She was part of a small team that designed and implemented the first public eating disorders clinic servicing the entire north eastern corridor up to the NSW border. Sarah is proficient in providing multiple modalities of therapy to patients and also acute psychiatric crisis. She is a robust, honest individual that is passionate about social justice and social equality. Cake Love by Sarah Helena creates custom handmade special occasion decorated cakes. It is a home based business with a 5 star food rating. The business has won a council award for health and safety 2 years running and won 1st 2nd and highly commended places at 3 Royal Melbourne Shows. It has a following of 10,500 followers of Facebook and 2,500 followers on Instagram. Cake Love also works with the Cake Angels Organisation providing decorated cakes free of charge to children with disabilities and terminal illnesses. Cake Love proudly works with very special kids catering their Christmas and sibling support days free of charge.