Bearwood Handmade December…Meet Decoupage Fairy

Marta aka Decoupage Fairy came along to the Crafty Pantry Food Festival in September to do face-painting. This is her first Christmas Bearwood Handmade although she sells her work in craft boutiques around Birmingham.

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I use decoupage technique to change ordinary and plain objects into magical gifts and decorations. I use beautifly patterned napkins and rice papers which I collect from all around the world and unique handmade wooden boxes from Poland.  Specially for Christmas I have made christmas candles, plaques and baubles.

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Bearwood Handmade December takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3rd December at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.

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Bearwood Handmade December…Meet Tracey, Bea and Maddy

This year we’ll be joined by Tracey, Bea and Maddy – who run a family pottery business. It’ll be their first time at Bearwood Handmade but they have sold their spiky ceramics all over the country including Henley on Thames Christmas Fair, Luton Museums Service Christmas Fair and Moseley Craft Market.

osheaoshea-2B&M Pinesparks and Urchins began life in a shed at the bottom of our garden. My 2 teenage daughters, Bea and Maddy, wanted to start saving money for their college funds and so our pottery and pinecone enterprise was born. We make stoneware and porcelain multi- purpose pots and ceramic sculptures.

Our creations are based mostly on natural forms and can be used for decoration, food, plant pots or anything else you fancy. Bea collects pinecones locally and in Wales and creates tiny pinecone elves, pinecone firelighters, pot pourri and seasonal decorations.

Bearwood Handmade December takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3rd December at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.

 

 

Bearwood Handmade December…Meet Leigh Pipkin

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Bearwood local Leigh Pipkin has been a regular at our fairs over the years. She’s an artist and accomplished seamstress who once made a giant pink bra for Brum’s much-loved Floozie in the Jacuzzi to mark the launch of a breast cancer campaign. 

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We don’t think there’ll be any giant bras on Leigh’s stall this year but we are expecting paintings of flowers with alcohol inks and watercolor landscapes. Also  “…a pile of angels and saint icons too.

Bearwood Handmade December takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3rd December at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.

 

Bearwood Handmade December…Meet Eleanor Jackson

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Eleanor Jackson makes a return to Bearwood Handmade with her beautiful, shimmering off loom bead woven jewellery, handmade to her own designs, using high quality Japanese seed beads and Czech crystals.

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I am a self taught beadweaver with a passion for colour and texture. I find it exciting how these tiny pieces of glass work up together, and how tones and finishes affect each other according to the light.

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Bearwood Handmade December takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3rd December at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.

 

 

Bearwood Handmade December…Meet Michael Slyzyk

Michael approached us at last year’s fair and told us about his hobby. He brought along some pieces to show us, wondering whether people might buy them –  we were blown away by his craftsmanship. He’s a first time stall holder and just starting out in the handmade world (no website or social media yet!) We’re pleased to be able to give him a chance to show off his beautiful hand carved products.

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I make hand carved wooden spoons, using only traditional hand tools and methods. The majority of the spoons are finished with the knife which leaves evidence of the process and a finish that doesn’t need sanding, to create a pleasing surface texture. I began carving wood a few years ago when I noticed the texture and colours in the wood I was cutting and chopping for a log burner, it seemed such a waste and so I began rescuing some and so started a wider interest in types of wood and their respective uses. One beauty of it is that there is always something new to discover. There are other objects I make like loose linked wooden hearts from a single piece of wood and recently I began making bowls. The wood for spoons and bowls is food safe and finished with raw linseed (flaxseed) oil, and what I use is generally beech, birch, rowan (mountain ash), hazel, holly and cherry.”

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Bearwood Handmade December takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3rd December at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.

 

 

 

Bearwood Handmade December…Meet Honeycat Cookies

So pleased and excited to have lovely Lucy Samuels of Honeycat Cookies back with us at Bearwood Handmade December. These biscuits are what biscuit dreams are made of. I don’t know how she does it – well actually I do because she has a fab blog where she goes into detail, with videos and everything! 

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In her own words…

Honeycat Cookies handcrafts decorated cookies using original, richly-flavoured biscuit and royal icing recipes. Imagery inspired by nature combines with luxurious elements such as edible gold and lustre dusts to create unique and memorable gifts for all occasions. From bespoke ‘thank you; presents, to unusual wedding favours, from the bizarre to the beautiful, this edible art is both unusual, and delicious!

She’s not wrong.

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Lucy will be selling her decorated cookies, meringues and sugared nuts sold in prettily packaged gift boxes, tins and jars, perfect for gift giving.

Bearwood Handmade December takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3rd December at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.

Bearwood Handmade December…meet Daddledo

We had a great day at Bearwood Handmade November, crowds of people kept stall holders busy all day and we were pleased to welcome back some old friends as well as introduce visitors to some handmade artists who joined us for the first time. We have high hopes that the next event will be just as great.

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Bearwood Handmade December takes place on Saturday 3rd December which gives us just under a week to show off some of our lovely makers and bakers (we’re upping the sweet treat content at the next fair – t’is the season!)

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We’re kicking off our ‘Meet the Maker’ series with one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Derek Lilley a.k.a Daddledo will be bringing his intricate crafted book art back to Bearwood Handmade. Yay!

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Using outdated and discarded books, encyclopaedias and dictionaries I give them a new lease of life.
I turn a sad and unloved item into something which can be enjoyed on a daily basis by its new owner.
Books can be adapted in many ways. The creations I produce are varied and include carved books, collages, folded books, clocks and personalised pieces.

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Bearwood Handmade December takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3rd December at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.

Some photos – Bearwood Handmade November

Before we start the blog fest lead up to next week’s Bearwood Handmade December I thought I’d post just a wee snippet of pics from last week’s gorgeous affair.

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The day started off frosty but inside the hall the atmosphere was warm and welcoming – and the cake didn’t hurt!

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Many thanks to all of our fabulous stall holders, Bearwood Pantry for keeping us fed and watered and of course everyone who visited the fair, bought a gift, a raffle ticket, a cup of tea. We really appreciate your support.

 

Advent-ageous

I have always loved a good advent calendar. I still remember the nativity scene one we had when I were a lass and the excitement of opening a door, even though it was the same one we had every year and we carefully folded the door shut ready for the following year when we were done.

There’s even more excitement in the countdown in our house these days, as it’s my eldest’s birthday on Christmas Eve as well!

So we have always made a big thing of the Christmas season, and it’s still my kids’ favourite time of the year. When I spotted a wooden Santa figure with 24 drawers when they were really little, I knew I had to have him, and every year I intend to fill the drawers with something more exciting that chocolates or sweets, but so far have not managed to do so. I also see ideas for advent garlands and envelopes (damn you, Pinterest!) and think “ooh that’s a lovely idea”! and then somehow never manage to get around to putting it into practice.

So this year I am determined to do something different. My youngest and I spent some time in September learning how to make origami stars, and writing positive messages on them for when she had her own stall at Bearwood Crafty Pantry Food Festival. And we have as a family spent a lot of time in 2016 talking about what is right and wrong, what is kind and what is fair, in light of global and local news events. My girls are both turning out to be conscientious global citizens, and have a strong sense of what they believe to be right or fair, I am delighted (and not at all surprised) to see. So I thought perhaps we could combine a little sweet treat each day with a bit of thoughtfulness; by us adults, by them and sometimes requiring some action too. Last year we did a Christmas parcel for Ryan and Wayne, the two homeless men who used to sit outside the car park I use for work, and their dog, Bella. The girls were really into it, and had lots of suggestions for what we might include in it.

So I had a look at what other people had done, like the Padbury family with their random acts of kindness countdown, and also these great ideas in Country Living, and decided to come up with a combination of family treats (like a trip to the German Christmas market in Birmingham, or ice skating), some thoughtful consideration of others (from putting some coins in vending machines or parking meters through to smiling and saying hello to strangers in the street or bringing in cakes for colleagues), and some positive action like helping out the local Foodbank in the run up to Christmas, as well as some quality family time at home watching Christmas films, baking treats and going for walks. My intention is to print these off in long strips on paper and fold them into the origami stars, which would fit perfectly in the little drawers.

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As long as I also put some chocolate in there, I think we should be OK….

Crafty Muthas and Craftivistas at Bearwood Handmade

Our final ‘Meet the Maker’ post and I’m pleased to introduce you to some very special stall holders and a fantastic local action group.

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Our Ceri makes anything. Well, she’ll have a go at everything! Over the years since the Crafty Muthas got together, she has knitted, crocheted, made jewellery out of buttons, beads and gemstones, made cards and other paper crafts, lino carving and printing, fabric printing and hand painting, shrink plastic, wood burning, sewing, pinecone crafts, a bit of pottery, mini scenes in glass domes, plaster of paris gnomes and skulls, resin and even made jewellery out of parachute cord.

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I’ve reined myself in a bit this year, and I’m going to be showcasing my toasty hand knitted and crocheted accessories alongside some rustic wooden Christmas decorations. There’s bound to be some kitsch jewellery in there somewhere though. Bound to be!

Come and have a look for yourself, and suggest a new craft for her to try!

Rachel

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I’m the cake baking Crafty Mutha, it’s not my job, just something I enjoy doing when I have the time and Christmas baking is what I enjoy most of all.  I’m normally in the tea room at the back of the hall and I’ll be there again on Saturday 19th November bringing you a range of cakes and sweet treats such as brownies, mince pies (Mary Berrys’ recipe so there’s lots of brandy in them!), Christmas cake, spiced nuts, gingerbread, fudge, Guinness cake and whatever else I can rustle up in the two manic baking days before the fair! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Smethwick Craftivistas

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We asked Craftivista Madeline to tell us what’s happening on Saturday: “Smethwick Craftivistas will be at the Bearwood Handmade Winter Fairs adding new pieces to the ‘Welcome’ quilt that was started at this year’s Bearwood Action For Refugees Refuteaparty. Feel free to join us for some thoughtful activism between 10am – 1pm

 

Bearwood Handmade November takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 19th November at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Rawlings Rd and Bearwood Road, B66 4HA.