Rural Women's Day 2020 - The Unwrapping

Dressing Up to Stay In

Let's unwrap the parcel, shall we?

Wattle & Co

Hi there, I’m Linda, the owner and maker behind Wattle & Co. Our business is based in the heart of the outback, wattle country, Charters Towers, QLD. What first started out as a hobby between my daughter and I one sleepy Sunday afternoon has slowly flourished into a business I'am hugely passionate about. I honestly love every aspect of this business, from sketching initial designs in my notebook, to hand crafting and curating every collection I create, every step of the process I take pride in. It’s slow, purposeful work that brings peace and joy to my soul, much like the warmth of a sunset on a crisp day in May.

 Our earrings are hand made, lightweight, statement pieces that are as unique and beautiful as the women who wear them. Although our designs and styles vary, at the heart of everything we do is a hope to jewellery that encourage woman to live a little bolder in every aspect of their life. But really why Wattle & Co. you ask? Wattle is my favourite flower, it is reminds me of the bush, our farm, my husband and our family and the place we have raised our children and crafted beautiful memories, it reminds me of golden light, dirt roads and fence lines, it reminds me of that place has my heart, it reminds me of home.

Deva Cacao

My name is Maggie. I grew up on a sheep farm 40kms out of Tamworth NSW and have returned to the area (20 years after originally leaving) with my husband and two boys (4 & 8). Both my husband and I come from families of devout chocoholics but we are also very health conscious so when the opportunity to take over Deva Cacao came up a few years back, it completely made sense and we jumped on it.

Since then we have converted all of our packaging to the gorgeous recycled and certified home compostable packaging that you see today and are working on a few exciting new products behind the scenes! We can't wait to release them!

 Deva Cacao is organic raw chocolate sweetened only with raw Australian bush honey.We hand make small batches of raw artisan chocolate using only quality ingredients and wrapped in certified home compostable packaging.Free of refined sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, artificial colours/flavours/preservatives - absolutely no nasties!

Mash Up Designs

MashUp Designs was created by friends, Molly and Ash.

"Our love for all things glittery led us to create our own unique brand of accessories that we can’t wait to share with you all.

 Located in Cobar, the heart of Western NSW, there is nowhere else we would rather live. The sense of community is like no other when you live in a rural community, and just like that old saying goes when you live in the country “there are no strangers out here, just friends you haven’t met yet”

Pink Paddock Store

Pink Paddock Store is a result of my current role in life - a stay at home and a very unorganised mother of three small children. I no longer have the time to go out to find cards that make me happy and in turn make others smile. So, after years of wanting to set up my own business, now seemed like the perfect time. And stationery seemed to be the perfect match for me!
Without sounding too incredibly daggy, Ive always had a love affair for anything paper! I'm mad on stationery. I love the texture of gorgeous card and fun designs - but most of all, I love choosing cards that suit its recipients. Everyone is different so they deserve something special that makes them smile.
I am very passionate about everything rural life has to offer. The wide open spaces, fresh air, nature at your doorstep and that feeling of being a part of a local community. Country life is in my blood and I feel very blessed to be able to live and work here.

Blue Mountains Bombs

Kate is a busy momma of two, passionate about preserving, low waste living, handmade and homegrown.
"Having moved from inner city Sydney to the Blue Mountains I have personally found there to be more benefits to living in a regional area. There is a strong sense of community, particularly amongst artisans. The Blue Mountains has a thriving artistic community and residents are very supportive of local makers and producers. Not to mention, the natural landscape, which is a constant source of creative inspiration. "