About Us

Lucy and Jon Dillon are well known in the Mackay region for helping generations of locals with their weddings, parties, and craft projects.

When Lucy married Jon Dillon in 1983, there was no dedicated supplier of wedding stationery in Mackay; couples had the option of ordering stationery from Brisbane or making their own. Not liking the samples from Brisbane, Lucy chose to draw on her secretarial typesetting skills and natural creativity to create her own.

When the Dillon’s wedding caterer began to show other Mackay couples Lucy’s stationery and those couples began to ask where they could find similar stationery, Lucy saw an opportunity to help other Mackay couples and fill a hole in the market. In 1984, she opened Lucy Dillon for Brides, a wedding consulting and stationery business, from an office in the Dillon’s new home.

The service proved popular with local couples and in 1990, Jon left his job to help Lucy full-time.

The continued growth of customers and an expansion into bomboniere, cake tops, candles, guest books, car decorations, tulle and other wedding accessories meant Lucy Dillon for Brides soon outgrew the office in the Dillon’s home and in 1995, the business moved to new premises on Harbour Road.

Sourcing specialty papers for her invitation designs exposed Lucy to the papercrafts of stamping and scrapbooking in the early stages of their modern revival. Lucy embraced the crafts enthusiastically and soon the products associated with them eventually caused the business to again outgrow its premises.

In 1998, Lucy Dillon for Brides moved to the corner of Victoria and Carlyle Streets on the south side of the Pioneer River. The move also saw the birth of the Crafty Cat name to better reflect the fact that Lucy Dillon for Brides was no longer just for brides.

Lucy Dillon for Brides/Crafty Cat moved to 96 Victoria Street in 2004 when Jon and Lucy seized an opportunity to move into the City Heart. For 13 years, Lucy and Jon stocked an amazing range of supplies to make invitations for any occasion; wedding stationery; scrapbooking, stamping and other papercraft products; cake decorating supplies; party accessories; and more!

Come 2017 it was time for a change and Lucy and Jon decided to close the wedding side of the business, bringing an end to the name "Lucy Dillon for Brides" after 32 years in operation. But the name Crafty Cat lives on so Lucy can focus on her current passion for cake decorating.

In 2018 things came full circle when Lucy and Jon moved back to the office in the Dillon's home. Give them a call to arrange to pick up some cake decorating supplies, take a cake decorating class, or even have your cake wreck saved! They look forward to meeting you.

Jon and Lucy Dillon at their wedding in 1983
Jon and Lucy Dillon at their wedding in 1983
Jon and Lucy Dillon in 2018
Jon and Lucy Dillon in 2018

About Mackay

Mackay is a city situated on the central Queensland coast about 1000 km north of the capital, Brisbane. The picturesque Pioneer River flows through Mackay and is one of only a few blue water rivers in Australia. Mackay has its roots in the cattle and sugar cane industries - Mackay is the largest sugar producing region in Australia and Lucy grew up on a cane farm in the Pioneer Valley west of Mackay. In recent years, the city's proximity to the coal deposits in the Bowen Basin and Coal Terminals to the south has seen a growth in Mackay's mining services industries.

Mackay Regional Council

Mackay falls within the local government area of the Mackay Regional Council. The Mackay Regional Council website provides numerous pages of information regarding the Mackay region including an Event Calendar, Community Directory, List of Services and Facilities and links to Mackay Regional Council's Social Media accounts.

Mackay Tourism

The Mackay Tourism website has information for locals and tourists alike regarding the local attractions of the Mackay Region. Jon and Lucy love to visit the many beaches around town and you'll often find them enjoying coffee at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on a Sunday after a walk along the Bluewater Trail

In the News

'No choice' behind cat-astrophic CBD closure

Daily Mercury 11 July 2018
Lucy Dillon says she's being forced to move -- or close -- Crafty Cat due to high rent and low pedestrian traffic.

Mackay business closing its doors after 32 years

Daily Mercury 13 October 2017
Lucy and Jon Dillon are closing down their CBD shop after 32 years in business.

Decorators needed for new competition

Daily Mercury 07 December 2016
Don't fret if you can't bake, this competition is all about looks.

WATCH: Cakes of fundant

Daily Mercury 08 April 2016
Children were getting messy at Lucy Dillon’s Cupcake workshop, yesterday, as part of the Mackay council’s Active in the...

How to ice a cupcake

Daily Mercury 07 April 2016
Lucy Dillon shows how to ice a cupcake, as part of the decorating workshops being held on the Easter holidays.

Lucy Dillon's cupcake workshop

Daily Mercury 07 April 2016
Children were enjoying the sweet cupcakes at Lucy Dillon's cupcake decorating workshops, as part of Active in the City.

Decorating the icing on cakes

Daily Mercury 20 August 2015
Piped rose creations, frosting placement and moulding fondant are a few techniques Lucy Dillon has up her sleeve.

Wedding bells chime when money stays local

Daily Mercury 16 February 2016
You don’t need a fancy destination wedding to have the perfect day.

Diversifying is key to shop’s success

Daily Mercury 18 November 2014
Thirty years, thousands of brides through the doors and still plenty of joy for the job

Lucy Dillon celebrates 30 years in business

Daily Mercury 18 November 2014
Lucy Dillon celebrates 30 years in business.

Crafty Cat | Mackay Q 4740
ABN: 91 950 351 553

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