Mindful Recreations

Meet Your Maker- Allison of AllyBeeDesigns

Allison is a behavioural psychologist by training. She is also an awesome ambassador of ‘Handmade’, and the Manager of The Makers Market.

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Allison makes a range of things, including hand painted chess sets, dolls, crocheted toys, and items to assist people with sensory needs (her favourite things to make, however, are replica dolls). In her previous life Allisoimagen found herself responding to the need of her clients with sensory needs. The only things on the market at the time were overpriced, and there was nothing handmade.   image imageSo Allison started to make.  It started with bean bags and lap pads, and it has progressed from there. As Allison says “I have gone from sewing squares to sewing just about anything”.

When her daughter started to play tea parties Allison “wondered how I could incorporate it into handmade- easy to wash and clean, and not breakable like Grandma”s wedding china”, and her fabric tea set was born. Allison says she shops ‘handmade’ because she doesn’t like mass produced things, rather she prefers things that are ‘one-of-a-kind’ and a little special. She particularly likes that 10 years after buying something handmade she can still remember the feeling of buying it, and the the story of its purchase.

You can find Allison on line by following the links below, or in person at The Makers Market at the Abbotsford Convent on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

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http://abbotsfordconvent.com.au/eat-drink-shop/shop/makers-market

http://www.facebook.com/MakersMarketAbbotsford

https://www.facebook.com/AllyBeeDesigns https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllyBeeDesigns

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