A Very Merry Burnett Christmas
Giving your loved ones and North Burnett locals lots to smile about this Christmas!
The Burnett Christmas Pop Up Shop is a celebration of creative artisans and small businesses that call the North Burnett home. The Pop Up Shop showcases a wide ranging collection of handcrafted and homemade gifts for 10 days in their Mundubbera shopfront.
Connecting the Burnett’s best makers, creators and artists with consumers that shop with purpose this Christmas, the Burnett Christmas’ annual event from December 2 – 12 is not to be missed!
Run by a passionate subcommittee of the Central Burnett Landcare, The atmosphere in the 2019 Shop was relaxing, exciting and filled with pride for the talented artists offering their products with 2020 expecting to build from last year’s Shop.
The Shop gives purpose and an uplift to rural families who are struggling with drought conditions, bringing life and activity to the main street and encouraged locals to spend their Christmas dollar locally.
The momentum from the 2019 event has continued and locals and visitors alike have marked their calendars to support local North Burnett talent. Last year’s event showcased 33 small businesses from across the North Burnett, receiving back nearly $50,000 of sales from the Pop Up Shop! This year’s event has promised to be bigger and better with exhibitors starting to make goods specifically for the Shop many months in advance.
If you are looking for a way to support small and rural businesses this Christmas – it may be time for you to hit the road! Centrally located in Mundubbera, just off Australia’s Country Way and the end of the Rural Getaway, this friendly country town has plenty to enjoy. Shop the main street and buy unique gifts, enjoy a coffee, chat to a local, and explore what this naturally beautiful region has to offer.
Here’s a sneak peak at a small selection of the artisans that will be on offer at the Burnett Christmas Pop Up Shop. For more information and inspiration on where to start your Santa list, check out https://www.facebook.com/BurnettChristmas/.
Lorraine Lindenmayer Silversmith
Lorraine lives and works on their family cattle property west of Mundubbera. Between cattle work, campdrafting and rural life, Lorraine finds joy as a silversmith.
Lorraine designs and creates handcrafted silver and gold jewellery. Her main focus is chain link necklaces and bracelets and also creates earrings, bangles and country charms.
Lorraine finds great satisfaction in watching others develop their skills and enjoys tutoring to pass the skill of silversmithing on to others.
Wayne and Melinda Jones decided to breed Longhorn cattle for their lean meat, gentle nature and magnificent structure.
Based in Monto, they raise pasture fed Texas Longhorn beef and sell a range of hair on hide products including bags, earrings and floor rugs.
Hannah has a love of working dogs and rural life living on her family beef cattle property near Mundubbera.
During university Hannah spent her spare time making dog collars. Since 2015 she has formed a small business which combines her passion for working dogs and skills from the family property. Glenrock Gear offers quality made dog collars and leads in a range of fun colours to suit pets and active working dogs.
When one of his daughters asked Andrew to make a timber wishing well for their wedding he rolled his eyes, like most fathers would. But, as a father of 7 girls he was once again outnumbered and couldn’t say no.
With an abundance of timber on his property, usually used for fencing, it is not uncommon for Andrew to spot logs suited for garden ornaments and with a little encouragement get creative with the chainsaw.
Sunny Duck Earrings
When Channah received many compliments on a pair of polymer clay duck earrings she had made, she decided to make more for friends.
Since then, Sunny Duck Earrings has become a little business and she hopes it continues as she heads to university next year.
Eat North Burnett
5 Delicious products you’ll find at the Burnett Christmas Pop Up Shop:
- Strawberry and Rose Petal Jam made by Spring Hill Kitchen, Biggenden.
- Swannie’s Special Sauce, a crowd favourite of Kimba’s Kreations
- Citrus Gold preserves and infused oils made from fruit grown in Gayndah.
- Moreish Salted Caramel Brittle with Pecans grown near Mundubbera.
- Handcrafted Ginger Bread Houses that look too good to eat!
When COVID struck and the state went into lockdown, Mundubbera local, Kerry was stood down from his job. With spare time on his hands and the need to keep busy, Kerry rekindled his old woodworking passion.
His work has evolved and he now makes a range of timber slab chairs, hat racks, and rustic furniture and timber boards with casting resin.
In January of 2013, Lucy Connolly attended a millinery summer school course in Toowoomba where she was amazed by the process. Deciding to take up the art form, she bought her very first sewing machine and set on her journey home to begin creating pieces.
Only days after arriving home, Lucy’s house was flooded and her band new sewing machine, still in its box, washed away. Her classmates from the summer school banded together and bought Lucy a new machine and she has been creating ever since.
Although Lucy still makes headpieces, her love has further developed for creating leather and handbags.
Lorraine Maskell Photography
A short drive from Mundubbera and you will find Lorraine wandering the paddocks, camera in hand. Lorraine and her partner Bruce live and work on a mixed farm where there is ample opportunity for photography.
Lorraine loves to explore the land and photograph what catches her eye, celebrating the changing colours and season of the local landscape, flora and fauna.
BK Bucking Bulls
Kerri and Kandiece are proud to carry on the BK Bucking Bulls legacy and passion for rodeo left behind by their late husband and father, Brian King. This local family are proud stock contractors for the PBR and breed their own line of bucking bulls just south of Mundubbera.
What began with caps to promote their bulls is now a range of branded t-shirts, mugs, hat pins and jackets. This natural progression was caused by fans asking for BK Bucking Bulls merchandise and great rodeo wear.
Greg is one of Mundubbera’s many hidden gems. When he isn’t contracting for local farmers, Greg can be found in his shed doing taxidermy.
Although not for the faint hearted, there is a real skill and art to creating animals so life like they could walk through your living room.
W M Langston Leatherwork
As a young man Marshall rode horses for many years working as a stockman. It was in his later years that he learnt the skills of leatherwork and fill in love with the art.
Over time Marshall has perfected the skill to make bridles, belts, halters and reins for hardworking people in the bush.
In his spare time Marshall teaches leathercraft workshops at the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre in Eidsvold and shares stories of rural life with visitors to the region.
Framed & R+F by Em
Meet Em – an avid tea drinker, mum, wife, grass fed beef producer and creator of Framed by Em. Amongst Em’s busy day to day, her spare minutes are spent on her side hustle building with recycled timber. Rustic frames, mirrors, pin boards, boxes and other wooden creations will be on offer.
Painting, embroidery and sewing are just some of the many talents of We3Girls.
Mother, daughter and family friend team; Jan, Billie-Jean and Mona catch up over craft to create bits and pieces each with their own individual taste.
Their range includes pyrography and painted coasters and magnets, cross stitch and embroidery on hand towels and bookmarks, and sewing costumes and clothing.
Special thanks and photography credit to Burnett Christmas.
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