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On the final leg of our UK Craft Tour we travelled up to Glasgow to unveil our Autumn/Winter collection Midnight Forest at the indie shopping hub that is Made In the Shade. Heralded by culture bible, Amelia's Magazine as 'the greatest indie shopping secret of modern times', Made In The Shade boutique shopping events showcase off-beat design, neo-craft and vintage lifestyle combined with a swingin' soundtrack, edibles, drinkables and public crafting!
The MITS organisers and hosts are three creative indiepreneurs and vintage enthusiasts: Carrie Maclennan, Clare Nicolson & Suzanne Smith. The rockin’ trio made our trip super swell exchanging many an e-mail during the lead up to the day and then inviting us out to dance our lil socks off around Glasgow on the Saturday night!
The event was jam packed with D.I.Y dollies and I was excited to be seated opposite Debi and her Feel Fuzzy treats. It took me all of 10 minutes to give in and buy one of her notebooks which are made from recycled children’s books. I then spent most of the day eyeing up her squirrel cards and wooden magnets. Nostalgia-a-go-go!
It was lovely to finally see Clare Nicholson’s family of birdie homewares and beautiful gifts in person. Tweet! Tweet!
Clare's Country Crafting table was also set up to keep anyone and everyone amused. Who doesn't want to colour in a fun lovin' banana - just be sure to keep within the lines! Oops.
I totally fell in love with Librarian Barbarian’s Knick Knack brooches! Just like me, designer-maker Markie has a huge collection of kitsch ceramic ornaments and one day she was feeling frustrated that she couldn’t wear any of the cute critters so she dreamt up the Knick-knack felt brooch! Super fun!
I hooted with joy at Laura Donald’s stitched interpretations of Eastenders characters including Dot Cotton and Ethel and Willy! I treated myself to shrinky dink charm versions of Pat and Frank. Brilliant.
The event was held over two floors and I managed to slip away for a quick sneak peek at the floor below. Leah Halliday's stand caught my eye with a teeming table of handpicked vintage pieces from ceramics to art, jewellery to stationery. Could I really carry home a set of 6 amazing cocktail glasses, I restrained myself.
The whole Glasgow weekender was such fun! We sold out of our new Owl and Moon glitter necklace, met a whole bunch of lovely gals and danced to a hillbilly version of fat bottomed girls. You've probably noticed that we haven't included a snap of our stall... well that's because the new collection is still under wraps for a day or two, but if glitter bronze hedgehogs, twilight toadstools and glitter red ladybirds are on your costume jewellery wishlist then join our mailing list to be the first to know when Midnight Forest is launched!
A Little Bazaar is a Contemporary craft market run by Sally and Rafferty which seeks out the cream of crafty talent. We'll be having a stall on Sunday 4th October during their Freshers Fayre Fondle Funbag Fortnight! It'll be the best place to rummage for one-of-a-kind finds, handmade jewellery, vintage clothes, cakes and records.
Find out more info on their website!
We're only just recovering from our first ever Jewellery Making Workshop Party which took place at the monthly meet up of the Shoreditch Sisters WI. We first got involved with the Sisters last Christmas when we made Bows 'n' Badges at their festive fundraiser at the George Tavern and were delighted to be invited back to get down to the nitty gritty of jewellery making. We designed a classic rose wooden pendant to symbolise friendship and 3 mini charms which represent different WI interests - the make do and mend scissors, the rock'n'roll musical note and a take action lightning bolt. The night was a roaring success with nearly 100 sisters making their very own piece of rose jewellery.
We didn't want our website sisters to miss out though, so we've added our rose name jewellery to the website and you have eight different options! If you like to keep it classic you can personalise a beautiful cherry red wooden rose necklace or brooch. If you'd like to snazz it up a little then go for the ruby red glitter necklace or brooch. But say you like it simple yet fun then add a charm dangle to your necklace or brooch. Or if you're a fully paid up member of the sisterhood then go glitter and add a charm dangle to you necklace or brooch. Phew! Ooh one last detail... the design has two scrolls to personalise which is perfect for lovers, best friends, nicknames, beloved pets, rock'n'rollers, your fantasy burlesque dancer name... You name it!
Wow...what a crazy night! We took along our first ever jewellery making workshop to a monthly meet up of the Shoreditch Sisters WI. We set up our little table of fun fandangles including wooden rose pendants and mini acrylic charm danglers which we had designed specially for the workshop. It was pretty overwhelming as the room filled up with so many more Sisters than we had anticipated so a plan B was quickly formulated...
We decided to split the big gaggle of gals into three smaller groups and after an introduction from the WI we handed out workshop pamplets and the jewellery making commenced!
First up the Sisters had a serious set of decisions to make! Did they want a slick matt red or show-girl-glitter topped red rose charm. Hmm. Then which mini charm to dangle from the rose...make do and mend scissors, rock'n'roll musical note or a take action lightning bolt? Lastly what to make the pendant into - a brooch or a necklace... Decisions, decisions.
Leah, Penni, Tara, Jen and I dashed about the place handing out the jewellery parts, explaining techniques and revealing top tips. There were SO many more lovely ladies than we could have ever hoped for which meant we ran out of supplies..eek. A list was promptly started to jot down the deets of any poor thing that didn't get to make a piece of jewellery on the night and we'll be sending out all the supplies to you gals very soon.
It was exciting to see lots of Sisters proudly wearing their handmade jewels. If you couldn't come along on the night, don't worry! You can buy your very own Rockin' Rose name jewellery right here.
A *big* thanks to all the sassy Sisters who came along and joined in our first ever crazy jewellery making party. We definitely need to have a bigger venue for our next workshop and we'll most certainly organise a ticket system so we know how many people are coming. In the meantime checkout the Shoreditch Sisters facebook page to find out when their next meeting is and join our mailing list to keep updated with our workshop party plans!
There are more photos on our Flickr page check 'em out here!
About twice a year we have a huge studio spring clean which usually results in hauling lots of stuff out of the basement and into the shop and onto the street and having a big ole weekend yard sale. For those of you who have braved the wind, rain AND the bitterly cold January this year you'll know it's always a bit of a bun fight and stuff sells out very quickly. We then feel bad when gals keep arriving throughout the day to an emptied out sale and of course lots of you just can't get to East London. SO, to put all these issues to rest this time we're uploading our yard sale to eBay with nearly everything sold auction style with the amazingly low start price of just 99p!!! Going online this time will be vintage trimmings, fabrics, display items and mostly all manner of goodies I've picked up on my thrifty travels...
I've already uploaded about 50 pieces but I have a LOT more to go... I haven't sold anything on eBay for years so it's taking me a while (and many cups of tea). Choosing categories has been a little tricky, they all seem so random. Or maybe my stuff is random...hmmm. Anyho, check it out here and add us as a fave seller so you'll be updated when we upload the next lot! Or follow our tweets for instant updates. Happy bidding (and this time from the comfort of your armchair!)
Come and dive into a box of charms and ping a few jump rings at the Lady Luck Rules OK Jewellery Making Workshop! Custom make your very own piece of Shoreditch Sisters WI jewellery with all basic skills covered, top tips, useful how-tos and a whole heap of insider knowledge which will enable you to produce professional looking trinkets forever-more. We'’ll bring the tools of the trade and all the materials which we'’ve designed especially for the WI workshop including mini acrylic crafty charms, vintage tattoo style wooden charms with an optional razzle-dazzle show-girl-glitter. You'’ll leave with an amazing handmade necklace or brooch and a head full of what ace jewellery you can make next...
Are you going to join us? If so let us know! Click here.