23 Aug 2011


So, I went along to sell my designs at Makeshift on Saturday and a great day was had by all; even though there was a lot of advertising and marketing surrounding the event, unfortunately there wasn't quite as many people had hoped would turn up, but I think this may have been due to the 'out of city centre' location :(

I didn't get any photos at the event, as I stupidly forgot to take my camera, however I have pinched a couple from other people's blogs, or Facebook albums to show the talent, and array of different stalls who had a stall...

These first few photos are courtesy of Chloe Cook, who had a stall selling some of her screen printed work which was all very colourful and interesting!

The Fairbridge charity stall selling an array of different items, from cupcakes to handmade finger puppets - all the money from those sold was going straight back into the charity, which seems to do a very good job of providing a fun place to go for young people in Birmingham. Throughout the day, we met a lot of people who either went to the centre, or volunteered there and all seemed very happy with the services provided by Fairbridge. Hopefully the event raised a fair amount of money for the charity so they can continue to offer the invaluable service to young people. 

Next to me at the fair was this beautiful stall, which belonged to Happy Go Loopy's Mel Smith; her stall was full of beautiful, vintage items including tea-sets, and gorgeous handbags. Mel also produces eco soya wax teacup candles, and beautiful handmade stationary items using different vintage inspired papers and imagery. 

This is the only picture of my stall that I have at the moment! I think Phil took some on his iPhone, so I may be able to upload some more soon. Overall, I was really happy with the look of my table and the array of different items I had created; everything really fitted in with the 'Teatime at Three' theme, and lots of people commented on how lovely everything looked together. The most popular item of the day was definitely the tea-cup pincushions, so I am continuing to scour the local second-hand shops, and car boot sales for vintage teacups and saucers :)

All in all, I had a really lovely day despite the rain at lunchtime (thank you to everyone who helped moved my stall under the gazebo, without having to move anything off the table!!!!!) and I hope to take part in any future events to help out the Fairbridge charity. 

Preparing for Makeshift...

Thought I would post some photos of what to expect to find on my stall at Makeshift this weekend...

Greeting Cards and Gift Wrap

New necklaces, which now feature charms that are coordinated with the imagery in the pendant; different shaped pendants including plain round, decorative round, oval and square. 

Tea-towels and hand towels, machine embroidered with a range of different images all relating to the 'Teatime at Three' range; all stitched on white cotton.

Vintage teacup pincushions - all teacups collected from vintage fairs, recycling shops or second-hand shops - fabric coordinated with the colours and patterns on the teacups.

Hopefully, there will be lots of visitors to the fair on Saturday, and several of these items will go to new homes :)

15 Aug 2011

FAKE Issue 2...

"After the success of their launch Issue in June, FAKE Magazine has announced the launch date of Issue Two. FAKE is a quarterly fashion and arts based magazine, born of two graduates from Birmingham Institute of Art & Design; Kerry Leslie and Sophie Benson. The magazine showcases many talented individuals, including a range of illustrators, independent businesses, fashion labels, interesting projects and great photography. FAKE promotes talent in a printed magazine, an opportunity which is invaluable to further their career and widen their audience.
FAKE will be available to buy online as of the 1st September 2011, priced £4 (+ £1.50 P&P) and is also sold in the listed stockists on their website. All costs go back into the production of the magazine, by buying FAKE you are ensuring more gifted creatives have the outlet to promote their work; you also get a beautifully put together, limited edition magazine!
To find out more: 
Twitter: @FAKEmagazine"

8 Aug 2011

Don't Forget...

It is now less than two weeks until Makeshift Arts and Crafts Market at Fairbridge in Birmingham, on the 20th August. 

I am busy preparing different items for the fair but finding it hard to fit in making, creating and working at my part-time job all at the same time; at the moment, I have already created greeting cards, and gift-wrap and tag packs, necklaces and several different designs for my tea-towels. 

But, still to make if I can find the time is tea-cup pin cushions, coasters, and hand-towels so I am off now to get busy!!!