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At last our double heart name necklaces and brooches, heart name necklaces and brooches are all back in stock! Phewee. A few of you have also been asking where many of our necklaces have disappeared to... they've sold out! The Jewel-POP collection has completely sold through but we will be launching new Jewel-POP designs for the festive season - the time when mirrored acrylic jewellery looks at its best! The Mini collection has also completely sold through but we will be launching the all new Mini range in a few weeks time with the addition of MAXI brooches! Shapes include a petite peachy bird in a party hat, an itty-bitty sprinkle topped popsicle and a jumbo polaroid camera.
Wanna know the VERY MINUTE we launch these goodies? Then follow our sweet tweets!
This was the first ever time I saw Michael Jackson on TV - I was completely mesmerised. The silver glitter socks! The sequined jacket! The moves! WOW! I went on to learn many a dance routine to the sounds of the Thriller album. Have I not mentioned I was a disco dancing champion? It was the 80s, I had crimped hair.
However Rockin' Robin has to be my all time fave Jackson track. Sooooooo cute! R.I.P MJ. Thanks for the totally rockin' memories!
The sun is shining in London today and the jingle-jangle of the ice cream van is coming round the corner at LLROK bringing with it THREE (count 'em) new styles of knitted ice-cream brooch! Wowee! Come and meet King Popsicle which is the largest of 'em all measuring a whopping 13cm tall. He is a candy sprinkle clad, neapolitan chap with the cheekiest little expression! Next up we have Double Dip the coolest little popsicle from Paris in head-to-toe shades of tricolore with a teeny tiny puzzled expression and bright red rosy cheeks. Last but certainly not least we have a raspberry ripple Two Scoops cone who is beaming from cone to flake.
They are all lovingly handmade from UK craft label Love From B who creates the little characters, designs the patterns and then hand knits them (all in her spare time - she has a day job too). We'll be pepping up our summer fun all-in-ones, dinky denim jackets and thrift store cardis with these limited edition cuties!
It's good to know that the Trendometer tykes at the Sunday Express are fans of our website! Yesterday they declared our personalised retro style jewellery is going UP (phew) and they're lovin' our tattoo-esque necklaces. Check 'em out...anchors, swallows. The hearts and double hearts are currently all sold out but we hope they'll be back in stock by the end of the week! They're pretty perfect accessories for the festival season worn with vintage tea dresses, thrift store cardis and cheapo sneakers.
The Super Summer Sale Swag bags are all sold out. Phewee, that was fast! We have just finished making, picking and packing all the parcels of wonder which are bursting full of snazzy jewels and ace accessories! We sent out the first half of orders yesterday but unfortunately London postal workers are on strike today so the remaining bunch will be shipped out on Monday so don't panic if you haven't received anything yet. It'll be worth the wait, I promise. If you weren't quick enough to snag one then make sure you're following us on Twitter because we'll be tweeting the last of our 30% discount codes next week!
If you fancy a crafty night in why dontcha treat yourself to Issue 3 of Sugar Zine! It's jam packed with fun D.I.Y projects including how to make a party ring coaster, a coconut macaroon recipe, a pattern to make a cute skirt, how twee are you quiz, tips for typists, craft night in, how to make a crochet pin cushion and much more! The zine also includes materials and instructions to make a friendship bracelet. We also have both issue 1 and 2 back in stock if you fancy a craft-a-thon weekender!
Our famous super sale swag bag is back!!! Snag £100 worth of surprise fun rocker jewellery and ace accessories for just £25! Your jumbo parcel of wonder will be burstin' full of best sellers, one of a kind killer finds and hot handmade goodness. First 50 bags will include one of our all time best sellers - a Teeny Bopper ring (in fruit ring case n'all), a make do and mend haberdashery lucky dip and a super sweet bow brooch handmade from cute-as-a-button fabrics. Here's a sneak peek from the studio whilst we were making them yesterday...
This is our ONLY swag bag offer of the season and it lasts until stocks have sold out...go go go!
Now, if there's two things we like at Lady Luck HQ (other than crafting up a storm bringing you the most super-ace jewellery this side of Venus) it's creating our own individual style with thriftstore finds and bopping along to some vintage sounds on our stereo. And when this sun-drenched gem by the Monkees came out of our speakers the other day I couldn't help but smile as I recognized the track as being used on my new fave television show 'Mary Queen of Charity Shops'. So as I had some business to take care of last weekend in Orpington where the show is set, I decided to put my investigative journalist frock on and set off to see how Mary's charity shop was doing.
For those of you who haven't seen it, Mary Portas is a super-stylish straight-talking, stiletto wearing retail guru who goes into flagging shops and shows them exactly what they're doing wrong and sets them on the right path. Her new series 'Mary Queen of Charity Shops' focuses on revamping a branch of Save the Children, turning it into a new vision of charity shop that sells quality pre-loved goodies for a reasonable price so they can make more money for their good causes, despite mild grumbling from the volunteers!
Rising at the crack of dawn on Sunday I set off on the train to Orpington, Kent. It was a beautiful sunny day, and with every 'clickety clack' of the rails on the tracks I was getting more and more excited to see what lay in wait for me at this celebrity charity store. I was full of expectation that I'd be able to lay my hands on some cut-price vintage Chanel or at least a new pair of colourful vintage shoes. However, once I arrived on Orpington High Street I found a chill going through me despite the sun, as a desperate thought struck me: It was Sunday. Surely Mary would have sorted it so that us busy London gals could visit the shop on a Sunday, right? Not when I needed my amazing thriftstore finds to keep me in cute outfits for fun parties?
As I strolled along the High Street I noticed that Mary and her team have a lot of competition - I counted about 10 charity shops on the way! My heart was pounding with every step, would today be my lucky day, or would I have to peer forlornly into darkened windows, merely glimpsing the treasures that lie within?
Well of course it was closed! And I can't really blame them either - it was a beautiful Sunday after all. But I did as much snooping as was possible from the outside, and here's what I can report:
The shop looked good on the inside - clearly Mary's splash of cash has made a huge difference. I wasn't too taken with the large plastic sign but it did look very new and clean, and the window displays were much better, with vintage dresses and hats on one side and interesting bric-a-brac on the other.
I was particularly taken with a very kitsch 80s Charles and Diana Wedding commemorative plate, and a gold patterned teapot. I'm also fairly sure I could make out some chunky 80s gold jewellery winking at me from the back of the store. You can have my money another time Mary!
However, Mary's crusade for the public to give better quality donations doesn't seem to have resonated with one local though - out in the doorway was a seriously retro television and some crusty ol' slippers. Better luck next time guys!
Seriously though, we all love a rummage in a charity shop bargain bin, but that's what carboot sales are for. So open your closet, find the gems that you don't wear any more and donate decent clothes so the charity shops can make a fair price on it - after all they're raising money for a good cause, and you'll have more space for that essential summery tea dress!
I'll be sitting at my laptop with a cup of tea watching the last episode of Mary, Queen of Charity Shops on iPlayer tonight, check it out!
We have just finished a wholesale order of jewellery which will make its merry way to a boutique within an art gallery in Nantes, France. Le Lieu Unique is set within a former biscuit factory and holds regular exhibitions by local and international artists and photographers. There is also a bar, restaurant, boutique and some turkish baths!
We met the guys at Who's Next in Paris last year where they placed an order with us for a series of custom made tattoo jewels. The order has been sent to coincide with a large local art festival called Estuaire which starts this week.
We're excited to announce our first ever festival will be Field Day in Victoria Park, East London on Saturday 1st August. We'll be situated in the village green area which will be supplying the masses with their fix of homemade cake and haybales, as well as lots of countrified fun and games away from sound systems and stages.
Inspired by summer sports days and country fetes, this year's selection of activities serves to remind festival-goers of life's simpler pleasures, while also giving a knowing nod to the workings of fate and fortune in all of life's endeavours - no matter how big or small. You can try your luck on the Tombola, play Young Offenders ping pong, hone your hand/eye co-ordination skills in the crockery smash, play the human fruit machine or play Rock'n'Roll Tiddlywinks with us!
The four other stages will be hosted by Eat Your Own Ears, Adventures In The Beetroot Field, Bugged Out! and Bloggers Delight. Check out the full line up here!
We've just walked into Superette this morning (like we do everyday) except we had lots of fellow walkers today with the tube strike n'all. Each bus stop we passed looked really chaotic and the traffic was just creeping along. If you don't have to come into London today I wouldn't - stay at home in your PJs and go on the internet instead! I've just added some cute new fuzzy heart jewellery to the online shop! Go on treat yourself...
On Sunday we were up bright and early to head on down to Carters Steam fair. When we saw plumes of steam rolling into the sky, we knew we were in the right place to have some good old fashioned fun! Armed with handfuls of old pennies we headed straight for the ‘world famous vintage arcade’, the rows of rainbow coloured games more than made up for the rain outside. We couldn’t resist a whirl on the rock’n’roll dodgems, singing along to Elvis as we zipped around! Of course no trip to the fair would be complete without candyfloss, which we happily munched on the way home. Check out the fair between 19th-21st June when it rolls up to Paradise gardens in Victoria Park.
At least once a month we have spent one day out of our weekend piling high our sale goodies at a London pub jumble. With the onset of summer we have decided to call it a day until Autumn as to be honest who wants to spend a sunny Saturday inside a dark 'n' dingy East end pub? Saturday's Jumble at the Amersham Arms was officially our last of the season and we celebrated with tasty treats supplied by the Great Cake Escape and Sam hopped on the decks to play his selection of upbeat music, drenched in bygone charm which included burlesque, barrelhouse blues, mambo, boogie woogie, crime jazz, exotica, girl group, skiffle, soda shop pop, 50's & 60's garage, rhythm and blues, big band, doo wop and of course rock and roll in all its forms. He rocked.
My favourite stall was run by Italian stylist Giorgia Musci who was selling a super cute selection of unwanted stuff from her wardrobe including garments and knick knacks featuring most Disney characters. Her fave find of the day was an amazing seaside stripe ice skating all-in-one number. If only. She's just about to leave New Cross for New York to attend a 3 month internship with a trend spotting agency. I don't think she'll miss the Amersham Arms that much, it was dismally quiet in the upstairs room.
But Jessica Poole and Anna Nunhoter, both art gallery assistants, kept their spirits up by knitting with ribbon which created a delightful effect. They were selling a random selection of their very own things in an attempt to de-clutter their life. Which reminded me why I was there and I was under no circumstances to buy anything! Not even the Snoopy ornament or the Mickey Mouse print anorak. Pah!
The girls who visited our stand were treated to a limited edition charm bracelet made from all the Mini charms! If you fancy one of these then we have put the remaining few in the Rainbow Rebel Lucky Dips but you better be quick!
Tomorrow is our LAST jumble sale stall until Autumn so why dontcha come along and join us for some thrifting fun! We'll have a tonne of sale stock and you'll be actively encouraged to rummage for as long as your heart desires. We'll be downstairs in the main room of the Amersham Arms in New Cross and you can shop to the sounds of Lady Luck's DJ the Baron of Piccadilly between 3pm and 6pm. Stay for the day and treat yourself to a Wellbelloved locally handmade pie and chips. Yum. Find out more here.
Last night we hopped on down to Mrs Bear’s Make Do And Mend evening at the Flea-Pit on Columbia Road. The cute little cafe-bar set in a small Victorian warehouse made the perfect setting for a craft-a-thon with comfortable sofas and chairs from yesteryear. The venue regularly hosts a wide range of creative events to tickle almost anyone’s fancy.
To fit in with the night’s Forties theme, we decided to put a spin on our Wheel of Fortune and give it a Make or Mend makeover, inspired by our copy of the original 1943 booklet. The lucky ladies who gave it a whirl won either a kit to help them make something or mend something and were thrilled to walk away with a mini Lady Luck sewing kit each. We also created a haberdashery lucky dip for craft crazy hands to delve into.
After setting up our stand we were straight over to the Fabrications stall for some recycled rosette making with Barley Massey, the company’s top crafter! Using a nifty little tool called a flower loom, we began creating beautiful lace rosettes that we wore with pride for the rest of the evening! If you fancy making your own, head down to Fabrications on Broadway Market to get your hands on the brand new Rethink-Rubbish kits. The one stop shop, studio and gallery has it all!
After accessorising it up, we popped over to the Beyond Fabrics stall to fill our pockets with hot haberdashery goodies! The deer print ribbon and vintage fabrics were just too cute to resist! The guys offer courses and workshops, so check out their website to find out how to make the most of their gorgeous goods.
The girls from Stitch and Bitch London were on hand, armed with their knitting needles and live alteration demos were on offer all night long. No creative conundrum went unsolved!
The night ended on a real high with one of our lovely interns Amy winning a wonderful 1960’s sewing box in the Recessionista Raffle! Yippee!
Calling all craft groupies! Come and join us tonight for a good ole crafty knees up! Mrs Bear has curated a night of Make Do and Mend activities which will be brought to you by Fabrications of Broadway Market, Columbia Road's Beyond Fabrics, the Stitch and Bitch knitting gals, Dressmaker Bear and us. The evening is happening at the cute little arty cafe-bar the Flea-Pit on Columbia road and the doors will be flung open from 7.30pm. Come spin our Make Do and Mend wheel of fortune and dig deep into out Haberdashery Lucky Dip. Tell all your crafty gal pals!
On Saturday we were craftin' it up at Clutter City in Norwich - which you can read about here. After we'd packed away we had an hour to kill before our train back to London so we took a stroll through to the town centre. Along the way we passed a dozen or so churches many of which had some kind of vintage/jumble/second hand sale happening. Although it was St Gregory's Church on Pottergate which pulled us through it's doors after seeing their A-board announcing it was 'Cupcake Day'.
Once inside it felt like an alternative happening in Kreuzberg meets twee village fete including vintage clothes, decoupage furniture, bric a brac, a café, a little library of books in one corner with comfy chairs so you could sit down and read, art to look at and art for sale and a range of instruments strewn about place which you are invited to pick up and play at your leisure. The ladies running the joint were a little been-there-done-that frosty but I didn't really care too much about that because the whole idea was great and the inside of the church was really beautiful. Norwich was just full of surprises.
On Saturday we were up at 4am, such is our dedication to the craft world, and boarding a train at Kings Cross an hour or so later (after a tweet and a cup of coffee). We hopped out at Norwich which I was delighted to discover a very pretty town especially with the sun shining and cloud free blue skies. We headed straight for the venue - Norwich Arts Centre which is set inside one of the many churches on a windy cobbled street peppered with cute cafes and shops.
Elley (our November 2006 intern) is our gal in Norwich and she came along to help us out for the day. As we set up the stand she let us in on a few of the venues deep dark secrets including it's history with Richey from the Manic Street Preachers. There's nothin' like a bit of rock'n'roll history as you're hanging out the bunting...
Just as we finished setting up, the doors were flung open and we handed out free tote bags to our first flurry of early birdie customers! Throughout the day we sold a huge selection of handmade goodies and the sale hamper was rummaged around in like crazy. I snuck out from behind the stall to quickly go and take a few snaps of the other designer-makers trying very hard not to buy anything!
I loved this eye patch and moustache accessories set crafted with love by Zazar's bazaar.
I can't quite help myself when it comes to tea cozies and these amazing grannyesque chequered ones were an absolute snip at £4.50.
What else does a gal need to go with an eyepatch, moustache and a tea cozy - a handmade heart shaped fascinator of course! (I'd been up since 4am) These snazzy numbers with netting, bows and ribbons galore all displayed in a leopard print case with pink interior really did send my heart a poppin!
I LOVE ceramic cats of the long necked variety and I was captivated by this red version. I wish he coulda come home with me.
Oh and this lady had the BEST turquoise knitting needles...
Later on in the afternoon Elley and I left Sam in charge of the stall so we could go and watch the Norwich based indie band Bearsuit. The lead singer looked all cute in her feather headband as she sang sweet 'n' quirky stop-start lyrics and played her toy keytar. I loved the flute section of the band and as it got a tad shouty towards the end we slipped away to start packing up.
It's gonna be busy busy busy at Superette this week as we prepare for Mrs Bears Make do and Mend evening on Wednesday which is a must for all London-based craftaholics. We'll also be making stock for Saturday's Jumble at the Amersham Arms which will be our *LAST* London jumble until Autumn so if you haven't visited any of our super sale jumble stalls yet then this is your last chance! Helping us bop 'n' pop through the busy days are Joey Dee & The Starliters with their ace Peppermint Twist tune. It sure is a crackin' track to craft to..."round and round, up and down"