spotlight on our springtime stall holders

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

 

it’s time to meet the lovely Kiran, from kjmakes, a very talented jewellery maker and bearwood resident too. lucky us….

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

What can I say I love making stuff, always have since I was a little girl and always hope to. I love jewellery and I’m always on the look out for the next bit of treasure I can get, but now I hunt out beads and make treasure for others to collect.

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

My motto is to be Bright. Fun. Colourful and Inspire others.

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

Up next in our spotlight on stall holders we’d like you to meet the very talented (and succinct) Marie…

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My mother taught me to knit and crochet when I was small. I hadn’t touched a crochet hook in over 20 years until I was travelling in 2010 and I bought a hook and a ball of yarn from a tiny wool shop in Ho Chi Minh City.

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After hours of practising I became a bit obsessed with all things crochet and now I have my online shop where I sell my handmade earrings, pendant necklaces, hairclips and brooches.

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Our next stall holders represent three generations of one family. First up, there’s Eliza and her daughter Ellz…
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work from home producing hand-made and unique items which we sell locally & through our Facebook group ‘The White Flamingo‘. We aim to offer good quality items at a reasonable price and believe that we provide something different to items on the market already. We are inspired by vintage style, our cats, popular culture, films & music. We sell hand-made felt brooches including our character ‘cats’ range & tattoo inspired ‘loveheart’ brooches. 
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We also have our own range of ‘corkies’ which are hand-painted champagne cork people inspired by well known characters such as Super cork, Cork Guevara, & Leprecork. 
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We also sell hand-made cards based on original paintings & photographs.

We are happy to take commissions, so feel free to ask. We like flamingos that don’t eat enough shrimp.
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Black horse Gifts sells a range of carved and painted wooden pictures for hanging or standing on surfaces made by local artist Barbara Neave who describes her work as ‘inspired by nature and by folk art’. She uses locally sourced wood in her work, which she carves & decorates using a mixture of acrylics & pyrography [burnt work] to create different effects. She also sells a range of home-made jams & chutneys.

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Finally I have grabbed myself a quick 5 minutes to put up a blog before i get my weakened bleeding fingers back to the sewing machine….bit of an over exaggeration there, but only a bit.

  So here are a few of the things I have been beavering away at for the last couple of weeks, the first pic is wedding present for a gorgeous friend of mine who it getting married this coming Saturday…a bit bloody inconsiderate, doesn’t he know we have our Handmade Fair the week after…pah.

  I love the toilet people frame, it has a map on their bodies of where both the bride and groom are from originally, quite cute to hang up in their toilet, so every time they are there they can think of me….hang on……

  My cushions are well lush, got the sweet Japanese Little Red Riding Hood print of a famous auction site, and it looks soooo cute, got myself a bit of Cath Kidson fabric to do my heart cushions and just random remnants for the bunting ones, i just love them, and have loved doing them, although have developed a slight bend in my spine from all of the bending over the sewing machine night after night.

  They cushions will be for sale at the spring fair along with some other things that frankly i haven’t got time to take pictures or blog about….must dash, see you on the 9th April. xxx

 

 

dotty spring garlands

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i’ve been cutting out circles for more dotty garlands at crafty mutha get-togethers and kids play dates for the last couple of weeks. when i finally ran out of felt (a lovely soft wool blend in fantastic spring colours from lupin) i spent a good bit of time on my sewing machine stitching 5 metre lengths of them together. hang them from the ceiling, drape over a banister, dangle from a bunk bed…however you choose to use them, they’ll instantly brighten up your day. 

spotlight on our springtime stallholders

spotlight on our springtime stallholders

My name is Amanda and I am a self-confessed lover and hoarder of bags! My love of making them is more recent and was inspired by some fabulous COW workshops that I attended at the Custard Factory last year. My kind parents bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and I have been enjoying a stitching frenzy ever since!

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On 9th April I will be selling lovingly made handmade bags: tote bags, bucket bags, messenger bags… using bold and vibrant fabric.  Stylish, practical bags at peachy prices!  I look forward to seeing you on the 9th…

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first up is Ilovekitsch. this is what the lovely laura has to say…

Ilovekitsch is a handmade jewellery and accessories business which is all about the kitsch!

 

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I like to take ‘found’ items and make them into something new and unique to wear and love.

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I use scrabble pieces, dominoes, lego, dice, buttons, tape measures and anything else I can find! I also make a range of frames and recycled record bowls. 

Click on this link to visit laura’s ebay shop and be sure to stop at her stall at ‘i heart bearwood in the springtime’ on april 9th. 

Creative Open Workshops in the Springtime

i have officially started a countdown until the I ❤ Bearwood in the Springtime craft fair. 18 days! i’m starting to get a little anxious now… wondering if i’ll have everything finished in time. i’m also getting very excited because this time, there’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in a couple of workshops happening at the fair!

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the lovely Francine, who we have worked with at Handmade Birmingham and who also runs Creative Open Workshops approached us to ask if we’d be interested in hosting Printmaking & Birdies workshops during our Springtime fair. how could we say no? Francine’s projects are always fun and inspiring.

the printmaking workshop is at 10:30am – 12:30am and the spring birds workshop is from 1:30pm until 4pm. each workshop costs £15 and Francine is taking bookings right now. the spaces are limited, so if you are interested in either of the workshop, it’s better to book sooner rather than later, to guarentee your space. you can book and pay online if you follow the link below where Francine has written a blog post with all the info you need.

Sign up link for Francine’s workshops!

the only downside for me is that i won’t be able to participate in either workshop because i’ll be busy at my stall!

well, i better get back to my makings for the fair. i still have to sew some faces onto my bunnies… and i haven’t managed to take any photos of my wares to show you all. that is next on my to-do list. so until then…

do you remember the good old days before the ghost town

do you remember the good old days before the ghost town

the first single i bought was ghost town by the specials. cool eh? i don’t think i got the political sentiments. i used to turn all the lights off in my bedroom and scare myself with the spooky intro. you think that’s sad? a few weeks later i bought green door by shakin’ stevens. now that’s sad. but ghost town has stood the test of time. i was ten when it came out. i’d spent years worrying about the 4 minute warning and whether we could insulate our garage to ward off a nuclear attack. thatcher was in power (say no more). they were rioting on the streets of handsworth just a few miles from my front door. and i was just discovering music. it is amazing to think that 30 years later i can listen to this song and recapture a little bit of my ten year old self. i was just a baby. the intro still gets me but i also get the message now. and sadly it’s just as relevant in 2011as then. and ghost town or not, i do remember the good old days. (can’t remember yesterday though, or where i put my pinking shears)

do you remember the good old days before the ghost town

i ignored the smiths as a teenager. i was quite a positive, happy little thing and i seemed to jump from duran duran to the beastie boys and miss the whole indie scene. now i’m a happy, not so little thing i’m all about the indie. then, i didn’t get the melancholy. hadn’t lived. now i totally get it. i love the jangly guitars and the despairing lyrics. the dark humour and cynicism. this song in particular just moves me. i play it every week, sometimes several times a day. somehow, listening constantly to what some would say is ‘depressing’ music makes me feel very happy and hopeful. and it’s great to sew to.

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and finally….if you hit the ‘i heart bearwood in the springtime’ link in the sidebar, i’ve posted details of the upcoming spring fair. not far away now. we’ll be updating this page and the facebook page regularly so keep a look out and let us know if you’re coming along.

honey, i shrunk the plastic!

honey, i shrunk the plastic!

i have been waiting for AGES to post this – but had to hold off until after CM Erin’s birthday, as it involved a present I was making for her and it was a surprise!

I rediscovered my childhood love of shrinkie plastic last summer, and recently realised you could buy shrinkie plastic you can PRINT on! O.M.G! Seriously.  The opportunities are endless, but most importantly you can now make shit with photos on!  Aye carumba.

I had seen a fabulous tutorial and couldn’t wait to try it out when my printable shrink plastic finally arrived.  The best idea was using Erin’s own fantastic images, and a quick trawl through her facebook photos threw up the obvious choice – feet!  Erin has taken some amazing feet shots, and the resulting bracelet is personal, without being too twee or advertising the fact you have your child’s image on your wrist, which might not appeal to everyone!  So I chose a handful, and had to lighten the images in photoshop first, as the shrinking process deepens colours.  Then I estimated the size I would need to print them at to account for how much they would shrink and what size I would like the end pieces to be.  Then I cut them out with a guillotine to get really straight edges and used a punch I have to round the corners of straight edges so they wouldn’t be sharp.  Then I decided on my eventual order and punched holes top and bottom, left and right, apart from the two edge pieces, which needed a single hole on one corresponding side for the catches.

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Then the pieces went into the oven on a low heat for about a minute.  I watched through the oven door as they start to buckle and warp, and you panic they are going to never straighten out, but eventually they do.  It’s really cool to watch, and I can imagine it being set to music, like a nature stop-motion film speeded up to show a flower blossoming and dying!!  As soon as they flatten back out you can whip them out of the oven and I place a hard flat object like a place mat on top of them and press down to make sure there’s no lumps and bumps, as they are still a little pliable now, but that passes VERY quickly and they cool almost immediately and become so rigid.

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And look how small the end square is, and how much deeper the colour is.  I also did this with some images of birds I had, and a round punch, and these end up just the right size for a charm bracelet, like the one I made for Jennie last year, but that was all hand illustrated.

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And here are the finished pieces.  I am mighty proud of the end results – and have some plans for more designs for the Picnic in the Park!  I also made some little Easter themed necklaces for little girls, but they are not my finest work!

honey, i shrunk the plastic!