Bearwood Handmade – Tasty, Tasty, Very, Very Tasty

This is the final update on our Bearwood Handmade Spring stall holders.  And we know that for some, the food is just as important as the crafty stuff!  Indeed, all the food at our fairs is handmade and expertly crafted.  And delicious!

First up, in the main hall, is Stevie of Maiden’s Fayre:

“I make homemade preserves. It started as a hobby and was never intended as much more than that. I found it suddenly took off and I was being asked to attend events, so production went into overdrive. Almost a year ago I registered as a business. All my products are made with ingredients as locally produced as possible, with Salop Drive and Northfield Eco Centre being part of my supply chain. If I see a glut of fruit or veg – I just HAVE to find a recipe to use it up!”

Maiden's Fayre Home Made Preserves
Maiden’s Fayre Home Made Preserves

Jennifer of Charlie’s Mom’s Chocolate Factory is a well known face at our fairs and so is her chocolate. She’ll also be in the main hall:

“Chocolate, fudge & all things sweet, handmade at home by me. Started with a little help from Google searches and here I am, 2 and a bit years later and still loving every inch of chocolate making. I am inspired by happy faces and people saying how my chocolate made someone’s day!”

Chocolate Buttons from Charlie's Mom's Chocolate Factory
Chocolate Buttons from Charlie’s Mom’s Chocolate Factory

And in the tea room we have a triple whammy of Bearwood Pantry, Albert Smith from Ubuntu Bread and Crafty Mutha, Rachel.

Bearwood Pantry will be serving a range of food from 10.00am – so skip breakfast and come and join us! For lunch there’s gorgeous veggie soup, Spanish tortilla and mini pork pies. Albert has made Hot Cross Buns and a lovely range of artisan breads AND he’ll be serving up his fab South African street food.

Albert's bread
Albert’s bread

And of course Bearwood Handmade wouldn’t be the same without the sweet treats of our very own Rach. Afternoon tea anyone?

Rachel on her cake stall
Rachel on her cake stall

So there we are. My mouth is watering just thinking about tomorrow. Come on down and enjoy the day. And remember, we’re in our NEW VENUE!!!

Bearwood Handmade Spring – Focus on Stall Holders

Another day, another round-up of stall holders who’ll be with us this Saturday for Bearwood Handmade Spring.

First up is Erica from Pear Tree and Stitch.  She’ll be doing Bearwood Handmade for the first time, so be extra nice!

” All my creations have a retro feel, I love playing around with fabrics and embellishments. I do a lot of free motion embroidery and also use a small range of hand-cut lino prints in my work. I am inspired by all things vintage and retro and love up-cycling old vintage fabrics, but also love the great outdoors and British culture. This is a very new venture for me, only having started my blog and facebook page in January of this year. However I am determined to make this something great!”

Free Motion Embroidery by Pear Tree and Stitch
Free Motion Embroidery by Pear Tree and Stitch

We love Hazel Cooper’s original silver jewellery here at Crafty Muthas. Hazel is another local talent who had stalls with us last year in Bearwood and the Mailbox.

“Trained at The Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, I work mostly in silver, making one off pieces of jewellery, sometimes set with stones or incorporating semi-precious gemstone beads. I find inspiration from the environment around me.”

Silver Bird Necklace by Hazel Cooper
Silver Bird Necklace by Hazel Cooper

Next up, two friends who are sharing a stall as well as their name.

“Rogue and Me represents two friends and artists: Marta with PersonaliZe Me and Ashley with Rogue Red. We sell a mixture of hand-painted ceramics and glass, handmade unique jewellery and more recently, home decor items, which are made using a decoupage technique. Marta uses every spare moment for her passion – decoupage. She makes one of a kind, shabby chic items including clocks, jewellery boxes and trays. Ashley is an Art School Graduate who makes quirky  jewellery.”

Rogue and Me Craft Stall
Rogue and Me Craft Stall

A regular at Stirchley Market and CoCoMad, Elizabeth from Papier Trouvé is bringing her unique range of woven baskets to Bearwood. Yay!

“I make woven baskets, dishes and ornaments from recycled newspaper. The business is called Papier Trouvé, meaning ‘found paper’ – a combination of ‘Objet Trouvé’ (the style of art based on found objects) and ‘papier maché’, since I use a lot of old paper and a little bit of glue. I use a basket-weaving method that I taught myself, based on a dish I bought years ago in a market in Sydney, Australia. The woman at the stall showed me the basic method and, when I finally got around to having a go myself, I went on from there. Since I started, I’ve developed new techniques and I’m still learning. I love the seemingly limitless possibilities of the medium, and the fact that I can weave at my kitchen table without making too much mess!”

Small Egg Baskets by Papier Trouvé
Small Egg Baskets by Papier Trouvé

Finally, Bearwood Handmade regular Sarah, from Felti, returns with her beautifully tactile pieces.

“My felted work is inspired by the nature that surrounds us, the forms and textures translated into organic, sculptural pieces of lighting, quirky vessels and pods, and unique jewellery. Each piece starts by laying out fine layers of carded wool fibre. A soap solution wets the fibres and then the physical work begins. The fibres are rubbed and rolled until they’ve tangled and bonded to form the felted fabric. Additionally, each piece incorporates other wool fibres, fabrics or yarns for texture. In my latest work I’m experimenting with printing images and text onto silk, this is then nuno felted into the wool fibres.”

Felted Loveliness by Felti
Felted Loveliness by Felti

We’re getting really excited now. Can’t wait to meet up with the stall holders and welcome the public through the doors. Please do remember that we’re at a NEW VENUE – Bearwood Baptist Church, Rawlings Road, B66 4HA. But we’ll be open between 10am and 4pm as usual. Going to try and get one more blog post in before the big day – with the focus on handmade food! Yum!


Behold the loveliness of Bearwood Handmade Spring 2014

Just thought we’d give you a little taster of some of the lovely things you’ll find if you wander down to Bearwood Handmade this Spring. Next Saturday 5th April actually.

Eloise Lee is a first time Bearwood Handmade stall holder.

“I am a landscape photographer and book artist who fell in love with book binding whilst studying photography in Cornwall. I specialise in handmade coptic bound sketchbooks, notebooks and journals. I also make handmade felt which I originally learnt how to do at Glastonbury Festival. The felt is made using a wet felting technique and I use it to make a variety of products. I am inspired by my love for the outdoors, mountains and the sea and all my work is incredibly colourful.”

coptic bound book
Coptic bound book by Eloise Lee

Rebecca Vincent is another new, though much experienced, seller with us this time round.

“I run a micro business called Mommy Bears Soy Wax Melts & Candles. I hand make all the candles and melts in my kitchen. I use eco soy wax in my melts and candles as it is kind to the environment. This is very important to me. I love attending craft fairs as a trader as it gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to people. I sell mostly from my Facebook page but I love selling face to face at fairs.”

soy wax melts display by Mommy Bears Soy Melts
Soy wax melts display by Mommy Bears Soy Melts


Our good friend Collette Waudby was a roaring success at our Winter Bearwood and Mailbox fairs and so we had to welcome her back.

“After studying art & architecture at Art School in Hull I came to Birmingham to study BA (Hons) in Silversmithing & Jewellery. I set up my craft business in 1995 and continue to work from a studio in the Jewellery Quarter. I create a studio range & one off items using both traditional & ancient techniques. I am inspired by Mother Nature & her seasons & the beauty they offer so effortlessly. It is this I try to harness in my work.I have lived in Bearwood for fifteen years and feel passionate about its creative community.”

Collette Waudby silver butterfly necklace
Collette Waudby silver butterfly necklace


Local artist blacksmith Ian Moran is also joining us again.

“I am an Artist blacksmith, who designs manufactures and installs site specific, sculptural & functional, interior & exterior metalwork. Fundamentally for me Blacksmithing is the art of moving not removing material. I have been attempting to distill the ethos of my larger work into varied smaller domestic and household items, like hooks, brackets, candlesticks ornaments & objet.”

Metal hooks and ornaments by Ian Moran
Metal hooks and ornaments by Ian Moran

And rounding up this little taster is Kiran Johal, another talented jeweller from the ‘Wood.

“I am a self taught jewellery designer who makes jewellery from a range of materials including hand torch fired beads to laser cut wooden butterflies, incorporating a range of semi precious and glass beads. Most of my jewellery is hand wrapped using either copper or brass wire to create my signature look. I also make a small range of clutch bags from designer fabrics or vintage fabrics.”

Black and blue carved glass flower bead bracelet by Kiran Johal
Black and blue carved glass flower bead bracelet by Kiran Johal

So be sure to join us this Saturday 5th April at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, B66 4HA, between 10am-4pm. Spring is here and the sun is shining. And Bearwood Handmade is going to be ACE!!!!

Jennie x