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I pop over to Paris every three months or so to visit all the bead stores and flea markets looking for quirky component parts to make into jewellery. Today I have uploaded the final few fun fandangles from my last visit which include a necklace we've called She's A Rainbow which is photographed on intern Lucy above and a bunch of springtime studs called Blush Rose, Pearly Queen and Happy Days in Paris.
She's a Rainbow (named after my all time favourite Rolling Stones song!) is made from a super size jet black plastic bow charm which we've attached to five different colours of skinny ribbon creating a streamer style necklace which is really fun to wear. They're a little tricky and quite time consuming to make as all the ribbon ends are stitched together and then glued into a small silver toned cord end. Fiddly but essential so we can wear our carnival bow necklaces all summer long and beyond!
Wanna check 'em out...click here!
Most Thursday mornings I leave home a little earlier so I can visit the vintage dealers who pitch up once a week at Spitalfields Market. Most of the stall holders have their own specialist subject from art deco costume jewellery to 1940s military clothing. Marie from Remember This? Kitchenalia (photo above) was a great help when I was sourcing period crockery for my Pop-Up Tea Shoppe. Marie sells "beautiful useful items from a bygone era" and we chat for far too long about 1930s cake decorating tools and enamel teapots from Poland. If you're looking for any kind of cute kitchen stuff then drop Marie a line and maybe she can help you too - firstname.lastname@example.org
Today I bought one of these little felt cat critters for £2. The colourful plastic things in front of them are train shaped pencil sharpeners!
Jess and her fella sell a fantastic collection of vintage frocks, shoes, bags and quirky knick knacks. This is where I bought the dress for Sapphire my 1940s waitress. They won't be around for long though as they're moving their stall to Berlin in a few months time. Don't go!
I'm still loving Easter emphera - especially if it's Mr and Mrs lamb in their Sunday best sitting in a rockin' chair.
On my way back to the studio I nip into the Shop on Cheshire street which was one of the very first vintage clothing shops to open in the Brick Lane area.
They're open everyday except Mondays but Thursday is the best day to visit! Why? Because the lady who owns the Shop brings in all her new finds on a Thursday. Shhh... don't tell anyone. Today I bought a cute little pair of apple green shorts for just £7.
The gals at Make London contacted us last week and asked us to contribute a bunch of handmade goodies to pop inside their loot filled tote bags which will be sold at the Make London event in a few weeks time. With the sudden burst of hot weather we've been inspired to create a super summery Rocket Lolly tote charm! The eye poppin' bright plushies are made from felt which has been embroidered with a little face. They're then stuffed with wadding, stitched up and attached to a keyring with ribbon and a LLROK logo disc is the finishing touch.
Victoria, Lucy and Sarah are making 60 of the little critters in the studio today. If you can't come along to the Make London event don't worry! We will be popping one into the next 20 website orders we receive from...now!!!
Once you've placed your order you will receive an e-mail order confirmation. If your order number is between 29522 and 29542 then you'll be receiving a Rocket Lolly tote charm! Yippee!
If you're at a loose end today why don't you get on down to your local independent record store and help them celebrate "record store day". Our local record emporium is Rough Trade East just around the corner from Superette and they have an amazing day of live music lined up and all for FREE! In store performances start at 10am with Betty and the Werewolves and continue with My Sad Captains, Let's Wrestle, Dutch Uncles and many more.
Rough Trade East was just voted one of the world's top ten retailers by style zine Monocle. It was chosen for its "20,000 handwritten recommendations and outstanding vinyl and CD selection". My favourite part is the in store photo booth!
We threw a mini goodbye tea party for two of our interns who are leaving us today. I made some devils food cupcakes with caramel frosting last night from my Magnolia bakery recipe book and intern Lucy bought some party rings and it was a good excuse to use all the crockery from our 1930's table at the Pop-Up Tea Shoppe. Here are a few parting words from the gals themselves...
Hey I'm Juliana and i'm a Foundation Arts student at LCC and i'm going to be studying graphic design and illustration next year. (Blind Date style introduction over!) I started my internship a month ago and the time has gone so quickly! I've visited new places, helped out at events and done oodles of shiny new things I never thought i'd be doing! Some of these including making 40ft of bunting (which consists of 240 triangles!), sewing lots and lots of mini teabags and of course learning to make jewellery! The Pop-Up Tea Shoppe was great fun to take part in and the whole place did look splendid (especially with the bunting...) and was a huge success. Studio time has been great also and of course the 1950/60s music, cupcakes and tea have been a highlight! Also I think by now Harriet and I know all the words to "Love Potion Number 9" in Japanese.
Hello my name is Harriet! I am currently a fashion student from Manchester Metropolitan University and for the past three weeks I have been interning at Lady luck Rules OK! This is my first ever placement and it has been a wonderful experience! During my 3 weeks at Lady Luck Rules OK I have done a variety of things! The first week I helped with the 'pop up tea shoppe'! I made cute little aprons to sell and washed many an antique tea pot all in preparation for the big day! And boy what a day it was as the tea shop was a massive success! I have learnt so many skills during my experience from how to make jewellery, to running a small business and where to find bargains in London. But sadly my three weeks are now up! I have really enjoyed my time here from the daily studio antics with my fellow internies (yes now I do know love potion number 9 in Japanese) and learning valuable tricks of the trade. Thanks so much Leona, Sam and Laura! And yes Lady Luck does Rule OK!
I could only find Nancy Sit singing it in English on You Tube but it gives you a general idea!
It's always snack o'clock in the Superette studio and we're particularly partial to a frosted donut or two from the Brick Lane Beigel Shop. I did lots of little jumps for joy when I discovered these little cinnamon flavoured knitted donuts on the "Love From B" stall at Jumble Music. The designer/maker Katie and I met up the following week and hatched a plan to turn them into little brooches for our website. They are available with a choice of six different toppings - strawberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, custard, chocolate or good ole classic white frosting. Each little fella has a stitched on smile and two beady little eyes. They look ace pinned to a dinky denim jacket with the sleeves rolled up (not in a Miami Vice way) worn over a pretty little tea dress.
Katie and I also developed one of her knitted ice cream toys into three new character brooches - Melting Whippy, Merry Cherry and Chilly Vanilly. Each is hand knitted, stuffed and decorated with a stitched expression. Theses little guys really are miniature works of handcrafted art and Katie has been knitting the night away for over a month to create all the stock for us. Thanks Katie!
To celebrate our debut Pop-Up Tea Shoppe we have designed a tea cozy covered teapot necklace and brooch. Each teapot is cut from a delicately coloured ivory acrylic by a local company. We then apply the candy pink and sky blue flocked cozy by hand in the Superette studio and make into a necklace or a brooch to order. During the research process for this design I stumbled across some funny websites! The next time I'm in Brighton I'm heading straight for The Tea Cosy Tearooms to have a "Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, Queen of Hearts, 10 year Anniversary, Your Death Has Torn Our Lives Apart, Fairwell Dear Princess Queen Of Hearts, Forever In Our Thoughts, Memorial Afternoon Tea". I also discovered the Retro Knitting Company which has an amazing selection of vintage patterns from the 30s through to the 80s so you can knit your very own crazy tea cosy. Gotta keep that brew warm!
Plus, our best selling Teatime greetings card is back in stock so if you're thinking of buying any of these little cuties as a gift Teatime will make the perfect accompanying card. Righty-o time to put the kettle on...
I've been enjoying looking at these *cute* lil knitted knick-knacks on my book shelf for the past month or so. The happy gang of mini donuts and mini ice creams are the first set of samples we commissioned the lovely Katie to hand craft for us after meeting her at Jumble Music. After knitting the night away since sample approval the stock of limited edition "teatime treats" have arrived. Yippee!!! We'll be sewing the brooch backs onto them today and hope to pop them online tomorrow...
The first day back in the studio after a bank holiday is always a bit slow, but we had a few exciting deliveries to open to get the week started. One box included the new issues of Super Super and as always I skipped through the pages in a frenzy lookin' for the page with our advert... It's a bit of a heart popping moment checking that everyones credits are definitely, definitely correct and to see how it all looks in the jumbo size format that is Super Super. Everything was fine and Caity our model looks, well, super wearing Go Go Glitter earrings.
Issue 16 of Super Super is the funk/gothic/tropical issue and as always every page is jam packed with super stuff including... New Race - The Future Is Brown / Darkwave's Next Wave / Lady GaGa / Casette Playa / Birmingham Streetstyle / The Return Of The Horrors / Sky Ferreira "LA's New It Girl" / D.I.Y. Psychedelia / Why The Economy Failed / Dubstep Rising / Joker Interview / Esser Feature / Clubarazzi Explosion - Cobrasnake (LA), The Fashion Ramone (Tokyo), Billa (UK), WeAreAwesome (South Africa), Neemo (Manchester), WeKnowWhatYouDidLastNite (UK) / Get The Look with CockNBullKid / Graduate Fashion Week / Plastician / Charlie Le Mindu LFW Special.
To buy this issue AND back issues of Super Super, clickety-click here!
It was the first ever Jukebox Jumble last night held in the Last Days of Decadence in the heart of Shoreditch. The rambling stalls were arranged over two floors and three rooms. The early evening bazaar was set to a soundtrack of blues and rock'n'roll and our Jazzy Brooches and Go Go Glitter jewellery sparkled the night away.
I had some heart shaped doillies left over from the Pop-Up Tea Shoppe and they made a real neat display.
Our friends Betsy and her Mum were there with a dazzling array of tableware, shoes and bags from their vintage label Tea Dress and Saucer.
Being Easter weekend the jumble was quite quiet but we kept our spirits up by playing with the cute critters at the Bobby Dazzler stand!
I made a bunch of Easter cupcakes to bring into the studio today with mini egg toppers and ickle chick decorations. The latter is not edible by the way. I've made two dozen so I'll probably take some along to Jukebox Jumble tonight.
Whilst I was baking last night I popped in a DVD of the Johnny Cash show which was aired in the US between '69 and '71. He duets with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt and June Carter of course! TV gold.
Jukebox Jumble is an early evening bazaar filled with Vintage, Bric-a-Brac and Handmade delights all for your shopping pleasure... Then as the night grows darker the fun continues with live music, acts, samba bands and ace dj's spinning everything from Rocksteady.. Reggae.. Ska.. Electro!
The stalls will be open between 6pm and 9pm so why don't you pop along nice and early to unearth yourself a bargain or two!
Lady Luck’s Pop-Up Tea Shoppe made its debut at the Affordable Vintage Fashion Fair in East London on Saturday 4th April 2009. The exhibition style tea party featured tables dressed up from different eras from the 1930s through to the 1970s. Waitresses styled in the fashions from each decade served up a delicious menu of traditional home baked fancies and organic fairtrade tea on authentic tableware from each era.
After six weeks of planning every last detail the day was finally here! We were up with the lark and arrived at the Fym Fyg bar in Bethnal Green at 8am. We had just 3 hours to magic our little area of the vintage fair into a pretty little traditional tea shop. After hanging our bunting which consisted of 240 red, white and blue pennants and a gigantic hand flocked banner we were halfway there. Our team of 7 hair and make up artists headed up by our trusty creative maestro Tomoko Kinoshita turned the bar area into a temporary salon and got to work transforming our models into period waitresses.
With just moments before the doors were flung open our waitresses were ready - ta da. From left to right we have Davina from the 1970's wearing an apron handmade from an original 1970s pattern, canary yellow flares and beatnik headband. Faye from the 1960's wears an original sixties apple print apron with a yellow mini dress and beehive. Caity from the 1930's wears an original thirties apron with a handmade dress and headwear with finger waved hair. Sapphire from the 1940's wears an apron handmade from an original forties pattern and an original forties frock. Last but certainly not least Sara from the 1950's wears a handmade apron with matching hair band and polka dot shirt dress with a giant flicked quiff!
We had literally minutes to take the waitresses through how the tea shoppe worked, but luckily old Lady Luck pal Colette was on hand to run the cake stand and tackle the cranky tea urn! The girls picked up their matching pads and jumped next to their tables ready for the grand opening! Meanwhile in the kitchen intern Hannah was still frosting over 100 cupcakes, but we needn't have worried this gal was a real pro!
The tea shoppe filled up frighteningly fast - it really was quite something. When every seat had been snapped up we started a little queue and a take away service!
The 1930's table with linen table cloth featured matching bone china trios with hand painted floral decorations along with 2 art deco style teapots and a toast rack to hold the serviettes. Customers could play tidley winks or an original 1930s card game called Menuette.
The 1940's table with hand embroidered table cloth featured tableware made in 1945. Customers could pick up make do and mend tips from the big book of needlecraft and embroidery book.
The 1950's table featured late fifties tableware in the "fashion" shape and customers could flick through “homemaker” pamphlets published throughout the fifties.
The 1960's table featured plastic pop tableware, large red gingham vinyl placemats and outdoor picnic style teapots. Customers could play one of board games all of which were manufactured in the sixties.
The 1970's table featured a tablecloth and tableware in earthy tones of orange and brown. Customers could flick through the big ole craft books published in the seventies.
After bagging a much coveted seat in the tea shoppe customers could choose from a delicious menu of traditional home baked fancies which included macaroon tarts, carrot and cinnamon cupcakes, London tea loaf and lemon and poppy seed drizzle cake. Sam's Mum Mary and I had completed a 12 hour bake-a-thon the day before!
The day continued to be a roaring success, a real dream come true! Thanks so much to everyone who came along and patiently waited to be seated. I'm so sorry if you came later in the afternoon when we'd sold out of ALL the cakes... we really had no idea how crazily busy it was going to be. Next time we'll bake double! Promise! In the meantime why dontcha check out all our photos from the day on flickr.
Finally I'd like to thank everyone who's helped make this project happen - Sam, Mary, Dave, Hannah, Judith, Laura, Harriet, Julianna, Victoria, Betsy, Faye, Caity, Sapphire, Tomoko, Sara, Davina, Colette, Ova, Judy, Hazel - do you feel like you have your life back now? Thanks so much!
We're delighted to join the Spring Art and Design fair organised by We Make London. This fair is an opportunity to show rising talent in British Art and Design where the independent designer-makers have been cherry picked to sell their unique range of products.
We'll be taking along our lovingly hand crafted selection of fun rocker jewellery including fuzzy folk, playmates, Minis, Russian Dolls, Go Go Glitter and Jewel-POP jewellery!
We’ll be back at Jumble Music clearing out stocks from the depths of our basement and piling ‘em high and selling ‘em cheap. Goodies will include seasonal clearance, samples, slightly imperfect seconds plus odds ‘n’ ends of materials and trimmings. Read about our first appearance at Jumble Music here!
There'll be stalls upstairs and downstairs selling the best in people's second hand and vintage clothing, odd and sods, bits'n'bobs, home-made macaroons, customised clothes, tiny paintings, accessories, jam, handmade fascinators, hula hoops, rosettes and more... Come rumble in the jumble between 1pm and 6pm - it's free entry. See you there!
It's always an exciting moment in the Superette studio when the first samples of a new collection arrive, especially if it's a new material we haven't worked with before. We've loved working with wood for the all the personalised products so we decided our new batch of fuzzy jewels would be made out of walnut. We have designed five new shapes which have been cut and engraved by a local company and we add the finishing flocked detail by hand in Superette and then make into necklaces and brooches to order.
Our three new cute critters are a Sailor Fox wearing a jaunty lil' hat; a Mouse sniff-sniff-sniffing the air as if detecting a nice cheese pie close by and a kitsch kitty holding a rose in his mouth. With the promise of summer in the air we have designed a classic 99 ice cream cone available in four different flavours but all topped with a choccy flake. I was surprised to find no mushrooms in our current collection so this obviously had to be rectified! The shape of this pair is very reminiscent of a vintage 1960s tea towel I once owned. Finally we decided to revive the best selling jewel-POP Pony necklace by giving him a walnut makeover...I think it works even better.