In a time when everyone is more concerned with their spending, paying a little more for hand-made items may seem strange. But when asked why, the overwhelming majority answer: “It’s the story behind the product”.
As a fan of creative pieces (my favourites are knitted and iron-beads), I have decided to write some articles about a few Australian hand-made stores.
*Please note – I am not getting paid for any of these ‘reviews’. They are merely articles to share the love and support small Australian hand-made businesses/hobbies.*
Gifts, accessories, home decor. These are only a few words that describe the range of stock designed by owner Philomena (Mena) Baumann.
With fabric, a sewing machine, and talent, she turns mere materials into scarves, pencil cases, cushion covers and cross-stitches.
Though she has not been operating long, she has already garnered attention from her good work.
But, as I said, behind every hand-made hobby business is a story, and Hand-Made by Mena is no different.
“I’ve been sewing since I was 7 years old.” Mena told me. “I’m a 3rd generation seamstress. My great-grandmother taught my grandmother, my grandmother passed it on to my mother, my mother taught me, and I’ve been teaching my daughter.”
What started as an off-and-on hobby, became a therapeutic outlet. “Passion then turned into a small business opportunity, with friends wanting what they saw me making for myself.”
And that’s how we have Hand-Made By Mena. Wanting to stand out from the sewing crowd, and make practical items not easily find in stores, Mena now sells her wonderful wares at local markets, online via her Facebook page (here), or her Etsy page (here).