Sunday, 10 February 2013

Song of the week...

My friend Marley has just released his latest single, 'Lockley's Flag' featuring his friend Ellie. 
I recommend you all hit YouTube and have a listen here. 
Or be a real lady or gent and download it on iTunes like I just have. 

Oh and I've just realised I can stick it on my blog here. Bingo!


Thursday, 7 February 2013

Spring Fair 2013

The Spring Fair in Birmingham at the NEC was an insight for me as a designer to see whats out there this year and what traders are into. I wasn't too sure where to head first as it was a huge event, 100s of stands crammed into each hall, but I had to start somewhere and headed to find my friend Helen over at Mode Information. (They do trend books/magazines/Pantone etc..)
Helen told me about how there was going to be an interview with Kirstie Allsopp starting within the hour, so I thought I would stay to have a listen at what she has to say (love homemade home & her xmas programme). 
Kirstie Allsopp was lovely. Although she did say she dislikes interviews cause she's never sure if she's talking about the right thing! Also what I didn't know is Cath Kidston is her cousin. 
She spoke about how she got into crafting, work experience, some of her favourite designers and her new stationary collection for Blueprint Collections (not 100% sure on the launch). She was also asked a question down the line of "Is the stereotypical crafter a female?" Straight off her answer was "No. There are so many crafters out there, men, women, older, any age, there are so many different kinds of people crafting that there can't be a stereotype." 
A few of Kirstie's favourite designers...
Kaffe Fassett (I hope I've got that right!) who specialises in knitwear, patchwork, needlework. 
Emma Bridgewater pottery, stationary, textiles.
Matthew Rice painter, author.

All in all, an interesting interview. 

I have a huge interest in cute stationary, so I headed to the greetings & stationary hall where I was in my element! I spoke to a couple of people in there which led me on to feeling inspired. 
Obiko - Lovely lady called Linda who hand draws and uses illustrator/photoshop to colour her designs. I love her style. It was simple but still detailed. She was very nice and told me to keep at what I want to do :) 

arthousemeath - very inspiring group of people and i absolutely love the drawings and designs that happen here. They are a social enterprise that works with adults with epilepsy and learning difficulties which through art they can express themselves, create and raise money for charity. 

Gillian Kyle - Lovely scottish lady. Gave me a chocolate tea cake (YUM! - I did enjoy it.) Gillian has a wonderful drawing style, I recognised her work from seeing her tea towels on the To Dry For website. She was also very inspiring and advisable. 

Inspiring afternoon but my toesies needed to be rested from all the walking!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Chinese New Year.....Fortune Cookies.

With Chinese New Year approaching & having just read Mollie Makes Magazine issue 22, I was feeling inspired to create the fortune cookies to send to one of my friends. (Sorry if your reading this in advance!..surprise!)
Having tried and failed to follow the step by step guide in the magazine I looked for a simpler way online and found a very quick and easy way of making little felt fortune cookies to send little messages!

Wonder Forest is an amazing blog which features style, design, crafts and life.
I happened to come across these cute and simple fortune cookies and just changed the colours and a few techniques along the way.

Click here to view the step by step tutorial on how to make the cookies.
Here's how I changed them..firstly I wanted fortune cookie colours, so I changed to brown/cashmere coloured felt, secondly instead of using the wire, I found it easier to use the same/similar coloured pipe cleaners cut to size and stuck down with a glue gun. Finally I hand wrote my I didn't have access to a printer. All in all they looked rather sweet.

Happy Chinese New Year folks, (for Sunday!) 

Photos Ahoy!

 Hooray! I finally have access to load photos again! 
What a treat for you & me! 
So here's a peak at some of the jewellery I've been selling in Vintage Cottage. Scrabble tiles, dominoes and wooden owls...

Will be making more things over the next few weeks...look out for more treats soon!
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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Saturday Nights & Rodger the Prawn.

Good evening lovelies,

I am still struggling to get photos uploaded! The samsung tablet doesn't seem to support uploads on this website and my laptop has seen better days, I think its time I got a new one really, it'll be almost 7 years old this year. Time I got a mac I think! 

On a brighter note, I am off to the spring fair on monday/tuesday for a nose and meet my friend helen for food. Also a fellow graduate, matt plowright has his first solo exhibition in nottingham starting next week, so would be great if any of you guys/gals could go show your support, check it out or tell friends in the area. I believe it starts tuesday/wednesday and goes on til about march/april time. 
Location: Duncan Macmillan House, Porchester Road, Nottingham, NG3 6AA. 
Come and see Rodger the Prawn!!!

Time for steak and chips!