Expressions Blog2018-03-07T14:00:26+00:00
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Clermont Show’s Anniversary Merchandise

The Clermont Show committee in Clermont QLD decided to run a special competition this year in honour of the show's 150th Anniversary. They put out a call to the community to create a design that encompassed 150 years of the show, broke it up into different age categories and then picked the two winners. Their ...
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Sizzling Prizes for Early Bird Winner

We decided to mix things up a bit this year and award a Sausage Sizzle Prize Pack to the Early Bird winner - helping them boost profits at fundraising events all year round! This year's lucky recipient was Dunsborough Primary School in WA. They created two gorgeous tea towel designs, one with all of the Kindergarten ...
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Tea Towels Twice as Nice

Nhulunbuy Christian College in the Northern Territory created not one but two successful tea towel designs to fundraise with this year. Printing one in green with the students' self-portraits and another in a wordle design in red, both printed on the natural cotton tea towel.  The wordle tea towel features names of landmarks in the ...
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Creative Father’s Day Apron Gift

The Prep students at Australian Christian College in Moreton QLD learnt some new artwork skills when creating their Father's Day gift aprons and tea towels. Their teacher Margaret explained that they were going to be drawing a face of their Dad to be printed on an apron and they viewed a YouTube tutorial which gave ...
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Sacred Heart College Tea Towels

When coordinator Tracey from Sacred Heart College in New Town, Tasmania emailed us this feedback, we wanted to reach out and discover more about her fundraising tips and success - " Hi, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your wonderful help with our order, the tea towels are amazing and ...
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Albany SHS Centenary Celebration

We recently worked with Albany Senior High School in WA to help them with a special keepsake item to celebrate the school's centenary. Providing their own artwork - based on their iconic striped blazers, they saved money on their full-colour DIY tea towel design and created a striking and affordable piece of merchandise to sell ...
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Tea Towel Fundraising at Holy Rosary

Recently we received some wonderful feedback from fundraising coordinator Claire of Holy Rosary Primary School in Derby, WA. She had this to say about choosing to fundraise with Expressions -"The whole experience was fantastic, from the moment I made initial contact to the day the product was delivered everything was so easy and we were ...
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Eric’s 90th Tea Towel

Our General Manager Aimee recently organised a very special tea towel to commemorate her Grandfather-in-law's 90th birthday. Using a striking black & white photo of Eric taken when he was 20 years old printed onto one of our white cotton tea towels, they were gifted to family and close friends who have been a part ...
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Plastic Free July

SPECIAL OFFER - $2 Off Tote Bags To celebrate Plastic Free July we're offering $2 off on our reusable 100% Cotton Tote Bags. Perfect for school or company logos, shop branding and commemorative designs using special artwork. Go Eco this July and save! From July 1st Queensland and Western Australia have joined other states and ...
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Dongara Denision Art Group Tea Towel

We recently printed a stunning artwork onto our Natural Cotton tea towels for the Dongara Denison Art Group. Titled "Our Place" the tea towels sold so quickly they had to place another order for them not long after receiving the first. We asked organiser Kelli to share more info on the group and how the ...
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Mowbray Public School

Mowbray Public School in NSW recently ran a very successful tea towel and bag fundraiser - raising $2000 via their kindergarten classes only! Funds raised are being used to purchase new readers for the kinders and now other classes at the school are keen to organise their own later in the year. Coordinator Luana shared ...
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HAART Tea Towels

We recently made some very special tea towels for the animal rescue organisation HAART (Homeless and Abused Animal Rescue Team). HAART are a not-for-profit animal rescue charity based in Perth. Each year HAART rescues and re-homes 100's of animals that would otherwise be euthanised, go homeless or continue to be neglected. They rely solely on ...
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Sky Business News

Emma recently sat down for a chat with Sky Business News to talk on The Enterprise segment about her SME success with Expressions. CLICK HERE to visit our YouTube page to watch the whole interview ...
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St Bernadette’s Anniversary Keepsake

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School in Port Kennedy WA couldn't have had a more successful first tea towel fundraiser, selling out and re-ordering within Term One! Coordinator Angela organised the project to coincide with the school's 25th anniversary and shared her experience with us. "Our school celebrated 25 years of Catholic Education in Port Kennedy ...
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Meet the Team – Claire

It's been some time between out Meet the Team series posts, but they are back and we're proud to introduce everyone to a (very) long-time team member, Claire. Claire has played many integral roles that have contributed to the growth of Expressions for the better part of 16 years, including Office Manager, Designer and most ...
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Great History with Goodstart ELC Mosman

If we had to name some examples of fantastic childcare centres that we've worked with over the last decade, we can't go past Goodstart ELC in Mosman. They have coordinated a tea towel project every year since 2012 and have each one framed and proudly on display in the centre. It just so happens that ...
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Expressions Supports – The Smith Family

We have recently added a new charity into our fold - sponsoring a student through The Smith Family, a charity whose values are very close to our heart. "Currently in Australia there are over 1.1 million children and young people living in poverty. For families facing financial hardship, the prospect of a better future is ...
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Merchandise at Clifford’s Honey Farm

Cliffords Honey Farm on Kangaroo Island has been a merchandise client of ours for over a decade! (12 years to be exact). They have been ordering their popular tea towels and aprons and sell them online but mainly through their farm store, which is a popular tourist destination that provides their quality honey along with ...
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The Today Show

Emma and some gorgeous kids and Mums from Goodstart Early Learning Mosman recently had the wonderful opportunity to wake up with the TODAY Show and their fabulous weather team! Natalia and the team were live for six cross segments at the centre, showing the kids in action drawing portraits of themselves and the hosts as ...
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Jolimont’s Versatile Bag Design

You know you are in good fundraising hands when a member of your P&C is non-other than Shannon Meyerkort of Fundraising Mums. Given her wealth of knowledge, we were pretty chuffed to find out that she championed our tote bags as an end of year fundraiser for Jolimont Primary School last year. Rather than create a ...
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Clever Fundraising at Cawarral

It was a whole school effort at Cawarral State School in QLD this year, with all the students and staff drawing self portraits for their end of year tea towel. Fundraising coordinator Joanne was clever and made sure to include the proof of their design in the order letter that was sent home to families, ...
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Meaningful Artwork Gift

We recently had the pleasure of printing some very special tea towels for Betty and her mum Jo to gift to loved ones. Jo shared with us the story behind the meaning of the thoughtful gift, "Earlier this year I had to return to England for my parents' funerals, my little girl Betty (age 6) ...
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Small School Fundraising Triumph

A fantastic tea towel fundraiser for another school that celebrated the big 100 this year! Rachel from Strathewen Primary School in Victoria coordinated the fundraiser and made sure that the tea towels were ready in time for the school's Open Day celebrating the milestone. Whilst some were sold on the day, most were sold through ...
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Graduation Gift from Mentone Girls

The graduating class of 2017 at Mentone Girls' Grammar in Victoria put their pens to paper in the classroom for one last time creating a thoughtful thank you bag gift for their teachers. Their self-portraits surrounding the school logo made up the design printed in the school's signature red onto our white tote bags. Coordinated ...
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Top Fundraising Tips from Firbank Grammar School

Fundraising coordinator Marika from Firbank Grammar School's co-ed Sandringham campus enjoyed coordinating the tea towel fundraising project for the school's Early Learning Centre classes this year and her efforts were rewarded with a final total of just under $800 raised! We asked Marika how she went about selling the tea towels and she shared with ...
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New Natural Cotton Tea Towel

We've recently introduced a new member into our tea towel fold (pardon the pun!) ...our Natural Cotton Tea Towels. Ethically grown, unbleached and manufactured to the highest standard our new natural 100% cotton tea towel offers another great and eco-friendly option for fundraising and also another stylish, budget-friendly option for retail and merchandise. We're seeing ...
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Brew Shack Coffee goes Natural

There's some shiny new merchandise on display at popular coffee shop Brew Shack in Margaret River, thanks to the addition of their natural cotton tea towel. Owner Liz asked staff and customers to sketch pictures of coffee cups which we then incorporated into a design along with their logo. Not a bad way to make ...
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Mt Claremont Centenary Keepsakes

Mount Claremont Primary School in Perth celebrated their Centenary year with a fantastic self-portrait design printed on tea towels and tote bags.  Coordinator Jo explained that the products were sold at cost price to the families so that each one would be able to have a treasured keepsake from the celebratory time. From a school ...
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Awards Season Wrap-up

We've been fortunate enough to be nominated for some fantastic awards this year, some familiar and others for the first time. We were very proud to once again make it to the finalists stage of the Telstra Regional Business Awards and only narrowly missed out on the top spots for our two categories. This year ...
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Yiyili Community Tea Towel Art Project

With many parents telling their kids their artwork is 'gallery-worthy', in the case of Yiyili Aboriginal Community School it's the actual truth. We recently had the pleasure of working with Wellbeing Coordinator Emily who was looking for a project that would help inspire and empower the students by creating a product to sell alongside artwork ...
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Bags of Profit for Macquarie College Preschool

Each year Macquarie College Preschool in NSW create a keepsake fundraising product for the students and families and decided to use Expressions tote bags for the first time in 2017. This year's fundraising profit contributed to their new bush garden and they weren't disappointed when they received their final product as Coordinator and School Administrator ...
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Meet the Team – Stacey

Joining the team mid last year is our Marketing go-to girl Stacey. She's in the office a few days a week updating the website, posting on social media, taking photos, helping create new marketing material and also loves to have a chat on the phone with coordinators and other clients when she gets the chance! ...
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An Early Win for Coogee Boys’ Prep

A great design that included all 150 students was a very successful fundraiser for the Coogee Boys' Preparatory School in NSW. Not only did they sell a large number of tea towels, it was also a hit printed on aprons in the school's signature blue.  Fundraising coordinator Anita beat the rush and organised her order well ...
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Meet the Team – Sarah

Each year as we get further into the second half, the Expressions office expands to keep up with everyone's busy end of year fundraising projects. One reoccurring face over the years is Sarah. With a background in Fine Arts and Fashion Design she's very good at making everyone's designs as pretty as possible! She's a ...
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Ausmumpreneur Awards 2017 – Vote for Emma!

Voting has opened now opened for the 2017 Ausmumpreneur Awards and we would love you to show our Founder Emma some love by voting for her in the Customer Service category. We can't think of a more deserving recipient than our Em. A perfect example of a Mumpreneur (well before that word was a thing), she started Expressions ...
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Northeys Store Tea Towel

Northeys Store of Hill End is a beautiful building in NSW that offers an historic insight into the Hill End village. Run by Jim & Gaye, the ground floor store offers local preserves, gifts and games as well as supplies for campers and fossickers while the top floor is rented out as a luxury 1-bedroom ...
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Meet the Team – Lindsay

She's the delightful "voice of the company" and is just an all-round delight, our June edition of Meet the Team introduces our Customer Service Manager Lindsay. Hailing from Nottingham where she worked as an Estate Agent, Lindsay and her husband Dan made the move to our sunny shores nearly 5 years ago where she continued ...
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Meet the Team – Rebecca

With Expressions for 5 years this month is our head Graphic Designer and all-round creative guru Rebecca! She joined the team back in 2012 part time whilst juggling the demands of raising her two small children.  Fast forward to today and she's in the office full time and is the person in charge of all new product ...
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Tools for a Successful Fundraiser

We get it. We know that coordinating a fundraiser is time consuming and is likely to be run by busy mums/dads/grandparents etc who are wearing many other hats. This is exactly why our fundraising kits include EVERYTHING...the pens, the paper, the post bag to return it all. However once the kids have completed their artwork magic and your design ...
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Meet the Team – Emma

For the second instalment of our staff profile series we're shining the spotlight on our founder Emma! From humble beginnings as a one-woman operation working out of her garage when her oldest child was still in nappies, to now employing a team of professionals who work with schools, clubs, organisations and businesses all across the ...
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Meet the Team – Aimee

We're pretty proud of our hardworking team of women here at Expressions HQ so we thought it was about time we got more personal in 2017! Each month or so we'll share a new staff profile with you all, revealing a bit more about the team that keep Aussie homes filled with happy little portraits ...
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Linen Tea Towel Range

Did you know that we offer a range of 100% linen and linen blend tea towels for all of your tea towel designs? Linen options add an extra element to your tea towel in both their look and feel. Perfect if you are after a more natural appearance for your merchandise, invitation or fundraising tea towel ...
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Cracker Invites for Competition Winner

Our most recent competition winner Amy impressed us back in October with her hilarious Christmas Cracker joke – what does Miley Cyrus eat at Christmas? …Twerky!”  She did so again recently when she used her 20 free full colour tea towels to create gorgeous tea towel invitations for her birthday. Knowing her milestone 30th Birthday ...
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Creative Christmas Tea Towel

Christmas came early for the Chapman Family when they recently received their prize of 20 full colour tea towels for winning the Facebook “Show Us Your Tea Towels” competition. Belinda decided to wait and design her tea towels closer to the festive season to be able to hand them out as a special gift for ...
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Business Awards Success

We’ve had a lot to celebrate at Expressions HQ with the awards season in full swing! Following on from the Fundraising Directory Awards of which we made it to the finalist stage for Company of the Year we then entered in two award categories for our region’s Annual Local Business Awards. All dressed up for ...
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2016 Early Bird Competition Winner!

Kym from South Castlemaine Kindergarten in Victoria was already a pro at coordinating the school’s tea towel fundraiser, as their 2016 order was their third one with us. Choosing the DIY option meant more funds saved and placing the order in time for our Early Bird Bonus Competition paid off big time as they are the ...
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WINNER Best School Harvest Table

Congratulations to St Francis Xavier's Primary School in Narrabri, NSW for winning the 'Best School Harvest Table' competition - spotted by Lindsay in the February edition of Country Style magazine. They were finalists for the past two years and their creative entry for 2016 earned them the number one spot. A tea towel themed around ...
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