Meet Meeni and Queenie

Well, as promised, we have more lovely products for you, all handcrafted by local artisans for Bearwood Handmade. In the Crafty Mutha spotlight today is Tapestry regular, Madeline from Meeni.

Meet Meeni and Queenie

 

These stunning decorations are so beautiful we’d want them hanging in our homes all year round.

Meet Meeni and Queenie

 

Madeline, from Smethwick, also runs a wedding business, so if you’re planning your special day and looking for bespoke invitations, or custom favours and table decorations, hit the links to Madeline’s website and blog.

Meet Meeni and Queenie

Now, Queenie Love is a self-confessed eccentric who likes to “vandalize vintage delights and graft photomontage onto stuff”. At least one Crafty Mutha has a little collection of customised china plates on her wall and we’re sure there’ll be a few more destined for walls in Bearwood by the end of Saturday.

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Look out for some divine fascinators too (we saw them being made at the last Tapestry). You can follow Queenie Love on facebook by clicking here.

Bearwood Handmade is back in December

So it’s time to introduce some more of the lovely stall holders who will be bringing their delightful wares to St Mary’s Church Hall on Saturday 3rd December for the second installment of Bearwood Handmade.

Bearwood Handmade is back in December

 

Helena Moss has been with us since our very first craft fair and returns with her gorgeous beaded, silver and resin jewellery
Bearwood Handmade is back in December
Bearwood Handmade is back in December
Also joining us, are the lovely ladies from Delilah. Cheryl and Helen will be bringing their range of vintage and handmade accessories, plus the odd vintage household gem.
Bearwood Handmade is back in December
Bearwood Handmade is back in December
We’ll be updating the blog until Saturday with more gorgeous pics featuring Saturday’s stallholders so do come back.

 

 

Creative Open Workshops at Bearwood Handmade

Creative Open Workshops at Bearwood Handmade

I wanted to write a quick blog post to say that there are still spaces available for the ever popular Fabric Bib Necklace Workshop run by Francine Schokker of Creative Open Workshops being held at our lovely Bearwood Handmade Fair this Saturday.

This necklace is the perfect handmade accessory to wear to all the Christmas parties you have undoubtedly been invited to! The workshop is alway very relaxed, a perfect outlet for your mountains of creativity, and lets you have the opportunity to make something very unique.

Creative Open Workshops at Bearwood Handmade

Creative Open Workshops at Bearwood Handmade

This piece is also very customizable and if you like it can be make into a gorgeous headpiece or a brooch… the sky is the limit!

You can read more about the workshop, as well as booking online here at the Cow Studio website.

Can’t hang around….

….got too much to do. Making more of these bad boys for the upcoming events. Everytime I’ve made these mini owl mobiles I sell out, so I’ve been up in the woods collecting sticks this afternoon (bbrrrrr! who knew crafting would involve braving freezing winds)

So, as far as the next fayre is concerned, one third of the muthas (me and Ceri, Ceri and I) will be in Kings Heath this Saturday 26th November for the All Saints Craft Fayre in the All Saints Community Hall, 2 Vicarage Road, B14 7AA.  It’s on from 10.00am until 2ish. Would be nice to see some of the Kings Heath massive out in force. And if they can’t make it, just friends and family would be lovely.

 

Bearwood Handmade, November 19th

so in my usual frantic haphazard way, i ran around the hall for a brief time before the doors opened and tried in vain to capture everything with my camera. obviously, i failed miserably, and only got a few corners here and there and missed loads… BUT here are ALL the photos i took… for better or for worse 🙂

the hall looked beautiful… and it was full and buzzing for most of the day. i had such a lovely time…. and i can’t wait for the next one! less than 2 weeks! see everyone again on December 3rd.

One down one to go…..

Christmas

credit to Bob for the photo, which I have pinched from the Bearwood blog site, but I forgot my camera and I know Erin took some great shots which will surely follow.

Just a wee note to say thanks to the hundreds or even thousands of people who piled through the doors today.  It was an amazing day, and I have to admit to finally giving in to some nerves about whether it would live up to last year’s vibe, but Bearwood, you totally rock!

Thanks too to all the wonderful stallholders who came along and participated with such joy and talent, and please all come along again on the 3rd December for round 2, with plenty of new people to meet and things to buy!

Big thanks for supporting local artists and craftspeople, and for keeping it real this Christmas.  Christmas in Bearwood this year won’t come from a store…..it will indeed mean just a little bit more.

love the crafty muthas xxxx

L.O.V.E. Handmade Bearwood!

well you can see from the photos that I don’t have the photographic or staging skills of some of the utha muthas, but in a stolen ten minutes before the mad school run I have quickly snapped a selection of my creations to give you an idea of what you can expect from Lili of the Valleys Emporium (or L.O.V.E.) tomorrow at Handmade Bearwood.

I lack the ability to focus on just one thing, so have been frantically making my Julie Walters Dahlias, fabric baskets, DS cosies, mini bucket bags, larger bucket bags and one oversized tote, alongside my handknitted lovelies and some slightly more upmarket jewellery….  In addition you will also find my wool and silver chain bracelets, a clutch of slippy purses, a sprinkling of organza and kanzashi blooms, a Bearful of I Heart Bearwood badges, bags and babygros, a handful of pencil rolls, oodles of button and stud earrings and hair slides, some odd bits of scrabble and shrinkie plastic jewellery, handmade Christmas cards and probably something else I’ve temporarily forgotten!

So do swing by and admire our avalanche of handmade paper snowflakes on Saturday – and please come back on 3rd December to see what further delights Bearwood has to offer.

LOVE Bearwood.  LOVE Christmas.

Full Circle

It’s the day before, the day before the day which means it must be Thursday and I’m in my usual state of stumbling around, unfocussed, excited and even more forgetful than ever. I think I’m on top of everything though. There’ve been a few niggles. I’ve been struggling with some pesky doily bowls. They’ve been refusing to stiffen. I’ve given them a stern talking to and ‘re-stiffened’ them in a stronger solution and now all I can do is wait.

Full Circle

I’ve had trouble taking photos of some of my makes…the light, my useless camera phone, tricky materials etc. I’ve made the usual army of owls, or parliament for the pedants, but a lot anyway. I decided to make a few cushions too. It’s sort of come full circle actually because way back when I first started felting wool jumpers it was to make cushions. But then I had loads of sleeves left over, so made the owls, and they have been such a hit with people they’ve become a mainstay. So this time I decided to embellish the cushions with owls! This obsession has got to stop sometime I know, but not anytime soon.

Full Circle

And to prove it I’ve been continuing the theme with framed textile collages.

Full Circle

So, that’s just a little taster of the things I’ll have on my stall on Saturday. If you read this and come to the fair, do stop and say hello.

If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake…

Well, I have baked a cake or two so all you have to do is come and get them!
The third in line of hugely successful Bearwood Craft Fayres, brought to you by the Crafty Muthas, is being held this Saturday in St Mary’s Church Hall just off the High Street.
There will be a host of beautiful handcrafted items on offer, plus me, bringing you cupcakes, Christmas cakes, gingerbread, fudge, rocky road, shortbread, muffins, stollen and I’ve also been beavering away making jars of Yummy Plummy Jam, Brandy Butter, Cranberry and Orange Preserve and various chutneys and pickles! So hopefully something out of that lot should tickle your fancy. You will also be able to order Hampers and Christmas cakes which can be delivered locally up until Christmas Eve. Just pop along and ask me for details (I’ll be the first table to greet you as you walk in the front door).
I love cooking and baking all through the year, I’ve made a good few wedding cakes and many a celebration cake for friends and colleagues, but I especially love this time of year when the days get shorter and colder; it makes me think of comfort food, chutneys, jams and of course, Christmas food. There is something so homely and comforting about stirring a huge pan of chutney or jam on a dark evening and the smells that fill the house are delicious. And nothing beats the sweet, heart-warming smell of Christmas cakes baking in the oven on cold Sunday afternoons. I guess the feeling I get reminds me of my parents cooking and baking and the encouragement that they gave me to experiment and enjoy cooking and eating when I was growing up.
Anyway, enough now, you know where to come to satisfy your sweet cravings, or to buy something to satisfy some-one else’s sweet cravings and to purchase beautiful hand crafted Christmas presents. If you can’t make it on the 19th, we are also holding a second fair on Saturday 3rd December, or you can always come to both!
Rachel

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

This Saturday at the first of our winter Bearwood Handmade fairs, I’m going to be sharing a table with the lovely Francine Schokker (owner of the amazing Creative Open Workshops). I’ve been knitting up a freaking storm the past couple of months and sewing up some lovely pinecone ornaments to hang on the tree.

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

 

I adore the label that Francine has developed for her line of mixed media accessories and bags… Framboos.

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

Her wares will include Washi Tape Letter brooches, crochet sea anemone brooches, fabric link necklaces, and giant statement bags!

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade

Framboos & Eep! at Bearwood Handmade