This week’s Messenger Column.
This was a column I originally drafted back in December. It got put on the backburner due to the devastating floods that hit this area. If you love to explore new craft and handmade venues then fuel up the car and head out for a fun day.
We left home and travelled via Kilcoy to Esk. This was the long way to where we were going but it was much more scenic. I wanted to see the dams full of water after such a long period of drought. It was a magnificent sight. Lining the roads and stretching back into the hills were the jacaranda trees in full flower. They won’t be flowering at the moment however the view is still worth the extra kilometres.
We stopped in the main street of Esk for morning tea. Directly across the road is Twilight Crafts. Twilight Crafts is chock-a-block full of every conceivable craft supply. They also host classes & retreats. If you are a Quilter make sure you pop in and have your Quilter’s Trail Passport stamped during April. From Esk we headed out of town toward our main destination, Forest Hill. I have to admit that until last November I had never heard of this little township situated right in the middle of the antiques trail. The Floods changed all of that; Forest Hill was one of many entire towns evacuated. Businesses are now trading again and are ready to welcome you with their own special brand of hospitality.
If you love quality handmade items then you must pop into Mimmis in the main street. Miriam Bain, the creative genius behind bubbachenille opened Mimmis in November last year. Miriam has a passion for handmade and supporting craft artists and this is evident in the way she has chosen to display the creations. Packed to the rafters with handmade goodies from talented local and interstate craft artists you will spend hours choosing your favourites. Mimmis is open Wednesday to Sundays. Forest Hill has many choices for lunch with 2 hotels and a couple of excellent cafes. Miriam recommended Cafe Sorella for lunch. We enjoyed our meals next to their gift shop. Warning: Do not pet or fondle the handbags or they WILL follow you home. We had one more stop before heading home. We turned off at Ipswich and ducked into Handmade Heaven. You can find Handmade Heaven in the Old Flour Mill at the Top of Town. Handmade Heaven has an ever changing display of quirky handcrafted items to suit all budgets giving you plenty of reasons to visit regularly. Liesa Gifford, the owner, is on hand to help you find the perfect gift for yourself or others. A more perfect name for a business has never been found. You will be in Handmade Heaven.
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Top Photo: Handmade Heaven
2nd Photo: Mimmis Collage
3rd Photos: Mimmis Collage
4th Photo: Handmade Heaven Collage.