CAITLIN Creber, 13, will be one of the first stallholders to join in the fun of the inaugural Simply Handmade market at Yamba in December.
For two weeks she's been hard at work sewing felt key chains and making doorstops on her mum's machine so she'll have enough to sell. She had never used a sewing machine before two weeks ago, so Caitlin has made fast progress.
"I started in the school holidays. Mum had the sewing machine out and I asked her if she would teach me how to use it," she said.
"The sewing part was easy, but some of the patterns were confusing at first."
Her mum Tania Creber said she was surprised at Caitlin's enthusiasm and dedication, but she was pleased to be able to pass on a skill to her daughter.
"I think it gives you a sense of achievement to make something yourself and I really wanted to teach her the basics," she said.
Market co-ordinators Gabrielle Hawke and Lisa O'Brien said the timing of the new market couldn't have been better.
"We were approached by the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre to see if we might be interested in organising a market there. It's something Lisa and I had talked about, so the timing seemed to be great," Mrs Hawke said.
Mrs Hawke and Mrs O'Brien co-own Simply Crafts in Yamba, so they have been able to get the word out fast. Interest has been good, with 20 sites confirmed and a majority from the Valley.
"We know so many people in this area are making things at home and we hope this market will give them an opportunity to show the community what they can do," Mrs Hawke said.
The first Simply Handmade Markets at Yamba will be held at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre on December 2. Phone 6646 3388 or visit simplycrafts.com.au for more information.