Handmade local products steal the limelight at Guyra Trout Fest.

CREATIVE BUSINESS: D&B Designs creator Melinda Elks creates her unique jewellery from home. Ms Elks grew up in Guyra and now works in childcare in Uralla, her stall was one of many showcasing handmade local goods.
CREATIVE BUSINESS: D&B Designs creator Melinda Elks creates her unique jewellery from home. Ms Elks grew up in Guyra and now works in childcare in Uralla, her stall was one of many showcasing handmade local goods.

WORKING in childcare, Melinda Elks uses her small business as a relaxing escape.

Creating D&B Designs from home, Ms Elks makes her own clay jewellery and fabric earrings – that she showcased at the Guyra Trout Fest Market Day.

“I sort of do it as a hobby at home,” she said.

“I’ve had lots of positive comments from people at the markets today.”

Ms Elks grew up in Guyra and now lives in Uralla.

“The beads I all hand make out of clay, they take a little bit longer than the earrings and stuff – but I’ve never really taken notice of how long it takes,” Ms Elks said.

“The earrings I make from fabric I get locally at Spotlight and things like that, but I also get given a lot from my nan’s.”

Ms Elks’ wasn’t the only creative showing her wares at the markets.

DK Concrete Designs, run by Jacinta and Kirra Alt, make concrete moulds for candles, coasters and plant pots.

“My partner is a builder, he does a lot of concreting and it’s just something we started doing,” Ms Alt said.