EXCITING RETURN: Kylie van der Beek from Addicted to Buttons will drive from Ipswich to make this weekend’s Handmade Expo in Rockhampton.
EXCITING RETURN: Kylie van der Beek from Addicted to Buttons will drive from Ipswich to make this weekend’s Handmade Expo in Rockhampton. Photo Contributed ROK

Handmade Expo turns one this weekend at Rocky showgrounds

WITH a love for turning buttons into creative pieces of jewellery, Kylie van der Beek says it's the quirkiest things that catch her eye.

"I love everything from digging through old op shops for vintage buttons to finding the latest and quirkiest buttons online and then creating one-off originals," she said.

"My style is all about fun, bright and interesting colour combinations. I love turning that tiny button that someone has had stashed in a cupboard for a million years into something that is out there for all to enjoy."

Kylie will bring her stall to this weekend's Handmade Expo at Rockhampton Showgrounds.

It's the first birthday of the markets and Kylie's business, Addicted to Buttons, will be part of the celebrations.

Kylie said she was part of the hugely successful inaugural Rockhampton Handmade Expo market in July last year and was excited to be returning to Rockhampton with her distinctive trailer, The Button Tin, in tow.

"I'm thrilled to be returning to Rocky with my husband and two children," she said.

"We had a great time when we were there last year and in April this year.

"In the time since, I've had many button addicts asking us when we will be back.

"We live in Ipswich and so we obviously won't be able to be there every month.

"But after our first visit, we have developed a great following from Rocky locals online and my aim is to try to attend the market at least a couple of times per year."

Handmade Expo Market co-ordinator Kate Dyne said the event continued to grow in popularity.

"We have a great range of regular attendees who attend every market," she said.

BUTTONS ON SHOW

The Handmade Expo is held on the second Saturday of each month at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. The next one is on tomorrow, 9am to 2pm.

Go to madeit.com.au/addictedtobuttons or visit thehandmadeexpo.com.au



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