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During the same weekend as the Super Christmas Market our friends at Viva Cake were hosting the Shoreditch Sisters WI Christmas party. They asked us to host the jewellery making area in the Arts and Crafts Theatre room...how could we say no? So when the market finished at 6pm on the Saturday evening we all jumped in a cab outside Somerset House and raced east towards the George Tavern. We had about half an hour to set up and with this being our fifth event in five weeks it was a breeze, we even managed to fit in a visit to the bar!
The theme for our jewellery making area was "Bows 'n' Badges". We had a pile of fabric squares and templates to make bows and the badge machine for customers to design their own badges. So for a mere £5 customers could join our tables and make as many pieces of jewellery from bows and badges as they liked. We also brought along a sewing machine, drill, oodles of jewellery parts and 2 big ole boxes full of bits 'n' bobs and odds 'n' ends for customers to rummage through and use to customize their creations with.
We were of course on hand to help make stuff, advise and bring ideas to the table - how about a red sequin trim? Have you considered a jingle-jangle gold bell? We also had time to decorate yummy gingerbread on the stall next to us and sift through the stalls piled high with second hand gems. I purchased a mustard colour pouring jug with cherry motifs for £4 which was part of a set I had found a few years ago at flea market in Berlin. Result.
We met the lovely girls from French Kiss vintage, but I had a feeling we'd met before...? After sharing a mince pie we realised they had come to the Dolls' Night Out party in the summer, bought Tattoo Heart necklaces and we had photographed them for our flickr page. Small world, huh?
The Arts and Crafts night wrapped at about 10pm just in time for us to see the bands. The sixties lookin' quartet Betty and the Werewolves were up first and they were so cute! Fast guitars, sweet lyrics and a dead kooky look - I loved 'em!
But this lady was somethin' else! Madam Flo and the Bon Ton Roulet. They opened with a Wanda Jackson number and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Then our taxi came.
Find more photos from the evening on our Flickr page including some of the cute creations made on the night. Click here!
I've got good news and bad news... Over the past year we've been developing a series of new techniques so we can produce our own designs in-house but we need MORE space! So the bad news is we've decided to close down the shop part of Superette to extend our studio space. The good news is we'll be holding an "Everything Must Go" sale for one day only on Saturday 10th January 2009! We're looking to completely clear the space ready to create our sparkling new design and production studio. So set aside a little of your Christmas money and pop on down to help us say goodbye to the Superette shop by scooping up some super sale delights. Nearly everything will be £10 or under! PLUS our super popular grab bags worth £1 to £10!
Check out the photos and customer feedback from Superette's last street sale, click here!
We created a Facebook event so you can let us know if you're coming along...I want to make sure I bake enough cakes! Click here.
Everyone at Lady Luck Rules OK was in full on jing-a-ling festive mode last weekend at the Super Christmas Market at Somerset House. We were given a whole room to play with which we decided to turn into a fun filled snow frenzy of games, prizes and pop rocker jewellery! This year the entrance to the market was through the newly opened Embankment Art Galleries which is behind the ice rink on the Victoria Embankment. Alas we were a little tucked away but an old Japanese friend of mine used to say the best things are always a little hard to find thus always the more special when you discover them!
The main room was simple and tasteful with a wonderful selection of designers showcasing one or two products on neat white benches. In the corner of the main room stood our 8ft candy cane beckoning those who were a little more playful at heart to come hither into our snowy wonderland of fun and games.
Upon turning the corner stood the lovely Juliana in head to toe festive finery including the biggest door knocker decoration which she'd brought to me in the morning asking if I could turn it into a necklace. I obliged with great joy! Juliana handed out free LLROK tote bags to the first 50 through the doors on the Friday night. She also ensured everyone had a FREE spin of the festive wheel which decided if a person was "ho ho ho" or "humbug" this Christmas and handed out the stickers to prove it.
Once into the room there were lots of things to buy, make and win! "Dipping" and "throwing" were the main activities. Our snow filled lucky dip was super popular with most gals seemingly feeling very lucky and having multiple dips, whilst small children were being picked up, turned upside down and literally dunked into the tub. Upon realising we had 100 unused white balloons and nearly a full tank of helium Aline created the balloon portrait area. We were also making jewellery to order from our Personalise it! collection and selling all our goodies from Superette and the website.
My favourite part of the snow extravaganza was Frosty's Bar! It was a game Sam and I devised over dinner at the newly opened Luncheonette at All Stars on Brick Lane. The main aim of the game was to "Stop Frosty making another Snowball" by knocking at least four of the ingredients to make the snowball off of Frosty's Bar using 5 giant pom pom snowballs. Oh and to make it a little harder wearing an oversized pair of ice blue mittens! Ha ha! The prize? A Jewel-POP bow necklace! Yay! Sam designed and made Frosty, his totally trashy bar and the ingredient targets. Aline, Sophie and Zohra made the giant pom poms and the smaller versions for us to wear as snowball headbands with our heart motif stripy aprons.
Kandy Diamond joined us for the weekend and she sold her natty D.I.Y kits including a pom pom beret kit and button bracelet kit both specially designed for the event and in the crafts corner she hosted a super "paper" chain challenge. The aim of the challenge was to knit a paperchain style garland making it as long as possible by the end of the Market on Sunday. We were joined by many eager little elves over the weekend who either knitted or crocheted a little loop to add on and in the quieter moments we all helped. The photo above is Jen teaching Laura how to knit. Even Sam had a go. Unfortunately I have to admit I did not add to the chain...I went to the Craft Rocks night at the V&A a few years ago where I discovered I have absolutely no ability to knit whatsoever.
It was such a swell (but utterly exhausting) weekend! I wanna thank all the lovely gals 'n' guy who helped us make Frosty's vision come true - Sam, Laura, Aline, Sophie, Kandy, Jen, Zohra, Penni, Juliana and Tunmike. You all worked so, so hard. I just hope none of you have hit the bottle due to a snowy wonderland related stress disorder... til next year xxx
Check out our Flickr page for oodles 'n' oodles more photos, click here!
It was Superette's first ever SWAP party and very much an experimental night for us. It was exciting preparing for the night and as usual we got carried away creating felt decorations featuring Christmas puddings and candy canes along with paper chains and scissor shaped garlands. A last minute buy was a can of snow spray and with the aid of a natty template Sam created a super cute window display.
We catered Lady Luck style for the event and managed in one morning to produce 48 cupcakes, 36 mince pies and 40 gingerbread men! Luckily Jen and Aline were on hand to decorate the little critters.
We flung the doors open at 7pm and after a slow-ish start our little space was full to the brim. We'd cleared the WHOLE shop so we could display everyone's swap goodies and downstairs Juliana and Lotte served up wine and festive treats alongside Aline and Jen who fixed broken pieces of jewellery for many a happy lady.
I'm afraid to say it was really quite chaotic and the 'browsing' period was kinda ignored by some crazed ladies who started taking stuff off the rails before 8pm. From that moment on it was every gal for herself and YES a few people did want the same item. Argh. I chatted to lots of girls who were ready to skip home all happy with their swap finds! I just had a bit of trouble with the early confusion and having to be a bit of fashion school mistress telling ladies to please put stuff back on the rails!
The evening died down around 9.30-ish so we called it a night, having just finished the Clothes Show Live we were all quite tired and wanting to go for a good dinner! So what would I do differently next time? I would ask swappers to bring no more than 5 items and hand out little flyers upon entry explaining the rules. I think a bigger venue would definitely be needed with more room to move between shelves and rails. Leah a good to friend of Lady Luck suggested an outdoors venue in the summer would be really nice and then I thought we could bring picnics and stuff. All in all I think "swapping" is an ace idea and next time I'd like to add in more of a customising element too. I also think swapping between a small group of friends is probably a more sane way to do it. In the meantime I'll be checking out the Swishing website to find many a swap party to attend myself. I've also heard Topshop is having one but that'll be the last place on Earth you'll find me!
All photos taken by Joanne Ryan. Thanks JoJo!
Our fave oversea's gal mag BUST came to town last weekend and hosted one of their infamous all-day-and-all-night Christmas Craftaculars! It was held in the homely and nostalgic St Aloysius Hall in Euston - the very place Sam and I met over 6 years ago. Word filtered through that there was a huge queue of excited Christmas shoppers forming outside and after a hiccup with the floor plan we had only 20 minutes to get our stalls up and ready for business!
All the vendors scurried to their tables and got to work in double quick time with crafty monsters springing out of suitcases and a huge Christmas tree was decorated with yarn. Pamflet zine's Phoebe Fangoul hopped onto the decks and started playing a host of vintage Christmas tunes to get us in the mood. Then that was it Vikki from BUST called out she was opening the doors and in came a tidal wave of Christmas shoppers and boy were they ready to shop! Yippee!
We were making our personalised necklaces at our stand including the Russian Doll, Goth Doll, all the Tattoo Parlour designs and our festive special the Rockin' Horse. We also took along our new collection of Jewel-POP necklaces and some little stocking fillers from Superette.
It was really lovely to see so many other ace vendors! Our friend Kandy Diamond (pictured above) had traveled down with her stash of super fun handmade knits. I love the knitted paperchain decorations!
We were also delighted to find Amy Lamé there with her Pom Pom International stand.
The music throughout the day and night was amazing! Pictured above is one of the Shellac Sisters who DJ 1920s vinyl from gramophones and all whilst knitting. How bloody cute is that!? To end the evening were my favourite trio of ladies the Vinyl Vendettas (pictured below) ladies you rock!
We really hope BUST come to town again next year so we can do it all over again. I've popped some more photos on Flickr, check 'em out click here!
WE drove up to the NEC at 6am yesterday morning to set up our stand for the Clothes Show Live 2008! Woo! We were excited to see the new look of our usual home the Offbeat Boutique in the Purple Zone because this year it's being hosted by our friends at Super Super magazine. They will launch the new issue at their stand along with a super cool logo tote bag!
We set straight to work building our stand which this year is bursting full of snazzy jewel-POP necklaces available at Super Sale prices just for the Clothes Show Live. We made some large candy cane sale signs, hung our festive bunting and organised the jewellery we've been feverishly making for the past month.
The Clothes Show Live opened it's doors at 9.30am this morning and will open for the next 6 days. Hope you already have your ticket because word on the street is the show has sold out! You'll find the lovely Penni and Sophie on the Lady Luck Rules OK stand in Hall 6...get ready to bag yourself some serious bargains. Plus the launch of three new designs! A mirror acrylic camera with lightning bolt engraving and a boombox with heart shaped speakers and a bandit mask in black acrylic available large or small!