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I hope you're enjoying the new selection of jazzy hosiery! It's a bit of a change in direction but I've always found it quite tricky to find fun tights and legwarmers. When I came across these I had to snap them up - and there's more fun stuff on the way too. Keep an eye out for vintage dotty shoe clips, neon fingerless gloves and charm laden hair bobbles...
Today I've been making oodles of rock'n'roll charm school goodies for my stores in Australia and Sugar Babe in Italy have placed a second order for sneakers and chain brooches. I also found out today that LLROK has been featured in Dutch Elle Girl - if anyone has a copy or can get hold of a copy please send it to me! Purdy please!
Last but not least, the lovely Miss Laura from Heidi Seeker has created some super-girly-punk postcards to whip you up into a message sending extravaganza. Yippee! The "love will tear us apart" design is taken from one of Laura's flock printed biker cardigans, "Rebel Rider" is the softest, slouchy sweater and "Unicorns" is the cutest cotton tee and micro mini denim skirt. Check out her site and you'll be able to buy online very soon.
I receive stacks of e-mails from girls who want to sell thier DIY goodies online and are looking for tips/advice. Instead of writing a zillion reply e-mails my friend Hagar and I have decided to write a seminar all about it. Hagar is a web designer and specializes in building sites for creative bunnies and my whole business has flipped out since I started selling online in 2003. Together we've got quite a bit to say on the subject! We have teamed up with ZIP and on Wednesday 5th October at 6.30pm we will be holding our seminar "how to sell your goodies online" at Zandra Rhodes' Fashion and Textile Museum. Our talk will last for around 1 hour and cover research, photographing your products, payment providers, e-commerce providers, marketing and a few choice insider tips. We'll then answer questions and give out packs containing more tips, advice and a useful contacts list. We'll also have a few drinks and nibbles too! If you'd like to come please book your place with Stephanie at Zip on 020 7729 5129 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org - hope to see you there!
I dropped by BLISS magazine HQ yesterday and met with Emma who launched the competition to win work experience here with us at LLROK. Emma was really pleased with all the entries and we ploughed through the pile searching for our winner. I knew the winning entry the minute I saw it because it was super colourful with lightning bolts, skulls, stars and ribbons pinned on. I really enjoyed the fun fashion tips and ace customising ideas graffittied all over the place. The whole piece had the humour and rock'n'roll spirit of LLROK with cute details such as rock badges for buttons and safety pins instead of zips. The icing on the cake was the photo Lucie included of herself in front her rock poster strewn bedroom wall. So, Lucie Benjamin of Hertfordshire has won our competition with her "Butterfly Dress"! Yippee!
In very close second place was Rachel Blink from South Wales with her "Strawberry Grrl" bag inspired by Japanese Street Fashion and all things girly and different - pictured above. I love the vintage buttons sewn onto the sheet of paper and the pom pom detail. Uber cute. Below are some more of my fave entries...
I wish I owned a pair of "Fruity Flats" by Louise Thomas of Gloucester. A pair in every flavour!
I also love the American "Lucky Charms" cereal so I was delighted by Cherry Ann Biearley from Surrey's entry. The Mary Jane style of shoe and the nutritional information as a print on the sole are unforgettable details - Manolo watch out!
3 final great entries (from left to right) were Sarah Rogers from Dunstable with her "Silhouette Vintage Jewellery Collection"; Natalie Dunning from Stockport's "School Wears You Out" design; and Clare Mountain from Nottingham's adorable candy striped sash camisole. Thanks so much to everyone who entered - it's been a blast! I look forward to meeting the winner Lucie and having a fun week of work experience.
Today I've been making custom jewellery for an all-girl-trashy-art-punk five piece band called The Schla La Las. I chose a palette of red, white and black to match their logo button badges which are the starring piece on every design. The various goodies include a button ring (in super kitsch red rose ring holder), guitar dangler singlet, Electric Daisy necklace, Transistor Sister pin and fag packet chain brooch. If you fancy snagging one of these trinkets you'll have to get down the launch of their EP at Wired Women at Spitz on September 28th. Word is you might be able to win some of their goodies too! Might see you there...
If I'm not making jewellery or wrapping up all your orders then I'm on Ebay. I have an uncontrollable twitch that ends up bidding too high for things with 20 seconds to go. God damn it. Lots of my bambi/owl goodies arrived this week so I decided to have a nice Sunday morning filling shelves. My boyfriend came over all "man about the house" a few months ago and put about 20 shelves up in various rooms. Thought it was time I filled a few. My fave new pieces are the leaping babycham bambi, the family trio of fawns and the jumping tin bambi. It hops about the place when it's been wound up. A bit like me. Oh, and my adorable fawn rug arrived too - thanks Crissy!
Lots of your blog entries ask me where I find all my cool little charms and findings from? I feel Lady Luck must keep a little info. in her top secret file but I can definitely point you in the direction of some helpful websites. Try Fred Aldous for chain, tools and findings and Creative Crafts for wires and more chain. If you want to get hold of some quirky charms then get thrifting down your local carboot sale. Log onto Carboot Calendar which lists all the boot sales over the UK. Although the weather is a-changing so also keep an eye out for indoor jumble sales in your local churches etc. Have fun!
I'm heading over to Bliss magazine on Wednesday morning to judge the Work Experience competition. Apparently there have been loads of amazing entries. How exciting. I'll be announcing the winner via the blog on Thursday and uploading the winning design along with lots of runners up.
From today onwards ALL orders within the UK will be posted by first class Recorded Delivery via Royal Mail which means your parcel of goodies will need a signature on delivery. Every package will now have its own unique reference code so we can easily trace parcels that have not made it to their destination. The cost to me is 66p extra, but I have increased the postage cost to you by just 15p.
I will also be sending overseas orders by Recorded Delivery which means your parcel of goodies will need a signature on delivery too. The shipping charge to you guys is now £4.50. I will be sending all jewellery orders in their very own cute lil' white box with pink bubble wrap, red and pink tissue paper and a selection of swag which will include badges, postcards and fun earring holders. T-shirts will be wrapped in tissue paper and arrive in a cherry red padded envelope with a good mix of swag too. I love receiving stuff in the post and I think you'll love receiving this box of fun and goodness too!
We've been working on our postcard delivery service for a while now and I'm so excited it's finally online. Hurrah! We've designed 3 sets of postcards that you can customise with a choice of snazzy backgrounds, cute stickers and rock'n'roll sounds. There are about 70 backgounds to choose from including hearts, leopard print and zig zags and 16 stickers including balloons, skulls, lips and guitars. Woo hoo! The music includes Rock'n'Roll High School (PJ Soles version), a Japanese version of Love Potion No. 9 and Del Shannon's Runaway. Who doesn't know the words to that one!?
My fave set of postcards so far are taken from an article called "Ears To You" in the 1982 Jackie Annual. Each postcard describes a girls personality depending on what type of earrings she's wearing - apparently if you don't wear earrings then you're a bit of a cowardy custard! I have also invited a few designers and artists with a similar fun outlook to LLROK to submit a set of postcard designs. So far we are expecting artwork from Jenny Harada who promises lots of rainbows, Gemma from Lazy Oaf and Laura from Heidi Seeker who shares my mania for unicorns. So, if you fancy sending a postcard why not let us know what you think about it afterwards? Go on.
It was my birthday last Wednesday and I was treated to a day trip to Paris. Ooh la la. Sam made us a champagne breakfast to scoff on the Eurostar and then we whizzed up the Eiffel tower; took a relaxing house boat along the Canal St Martin; squeezed in a tiny bit of shopping and then had al fresco cocktails in a side street cafe. Phew! The night after I had a few drinks with friends and my pal Jeanne made me one of her "bricolage of found objects" brooches with a bambi, dice, sparkles and a David Cassidy ring! I shrieked with excitement when I saw it - check out her site: Bellapacella
Since then I've been glued to my desk making goodies for two new stockists: Sista in Kingston Upon Thames and Bazaar in Italy. The Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh, Get Cutie in Brighton and Our Shop in London have also requested more loot so I best get on with it! I also have a site update tomorrow with the launch of a snazzy new postcard feature so have a peek when it's ready.
I've been shocked by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and have pledged my help with Crafters United. I have donated 30 lemon Ursula necklaces to their online shop where all the proceeds are donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. If you'd like to buy some donated goodies from them click on the online shop link above. Over $7000 has already been raised by people this way.
It would seem my love for rainbows is a little bit out of control right now. I was waiting for the bus the other day and my boyfriend pointed out I had a rainbow on my t-shirt, a rainbow on my coin purse and a rainbow on my necklace - Groove is in the Heart (pictured below left). I started giggling - and nearly couldn't stop. When did it happen? Who knows? But seeing as Groove is in the Heart has been the most popular item in the shop this week I think a few of you out there are sharing my passion! When I named the necklace I started thinking about Lady Miss Kier and where she is now. Well, Mr Google has informed me she is living happily in the states as a popular party girl and DJ. Good good. I spent many a night disco dancing about my living room during their numerous Top of the Pops performances. I didn't wear a pucci catsuit though.
Oh yes and I wanted to tell you how I sighed when I saw my picture in Bliss magazine. The reason being they had cropped the fun part out - the lolly! So here is the original...I'm sat on Brooklyn Boardwalk with the famous Manhattan sky line just across the water and all we're interested in is a melting lolly with a funny face.