Bearwood Handmade December…Cakes, Bakes and Sweet Sweet Treats

Along with the truly beautiful biscuits that Honeycat Cookies will be selling on Saturday we have lots more delicious sweet treats for our lucky visitors to enjoy. Make your way to the back room for a cuppa and you’ll meet the double delight of Bearwood favourites Jenny and Ita.

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Jenny aka Charlie’s Mom’s Chocolate Factory will have a stall ‘choc full’ of luxury chocolate treats at affordable prices. No Christmas stocking is complete without something from her stall.

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Ita McKenna of The Time For Company makes prize-winning jams and preserves using fresh produce in season and where possible home grown. “I love to look for new recipes as well as the firm favourites.” Ita’s delicious homemade cooking went down really well at the Crafty Pantry Food Festival and her beautifully packaged preserves make lovely, thoughtful gifts.  And don’t forget the mincemeat for your pies! Alongside the preserves Ita sells a range of handmade items like cushions, aprons, bunting and little keepsakes.

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Priscilla from Made With Fudge will be keeping our sweet tooth more than happy with her wonderfully decadent and totally irresistible melt in the mouth fudge. Homemade and hand crafted, it’s pure indulgence.

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Finally, The Baking Housewife, Joan, is bringing us a slice of the Caribbean for Christmas with her famous rum cakes, cordials & preserves. Spice up your festive table!

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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…Even More Lovely Makers

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Kate Pennington produces greeting cards, Christmas cards, prints and commissioned work under the name Little Penn, as well as tea towels, hand printed tote bags and textiles. “I am currently in the process of designing and making a series of hand printed Christmas decorations and table runners for the festive season. I love to doodle and sketch and take inspiration from all sorts of areas including folklore, myth, wildlife and the world around me.

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Pat Wilkes aka Starlight Keepsakes and Gifts will be selling a mix of wooden and stitched gift items, some made from recycled materials. “I love to create – it means so much it has become a way of life and I get inspiration from all sorts of places and love to put my own twist on to everything I make. I use mixed media but my true love is stitching and using recycled and reloved materials. I love vintage and spend hours treasure hunting to find the materials I can use to bring unloved things to life so they can be loved again. I would describe my products as vintage inspired gifts with meaning.

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Yi-Jhu Huang (Vivian) is a Taiwanese jewellery designer and maker based in the UK. Yi-Jhu trained in Metalsmithing & Jewellery Design in Taiwan and now she is studying a Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing and related products at Birmingham City University.  Jewellery for Yi-Jhu is like a wearable art work. Yi-Jhu is inspired by stories and visual art images and all of her works are handmade and unique.

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 More Makers

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Peta Jackson of Squeaky Clean Soap says “I began making soap as a school holiday project with a friend’s daughter. I source my ingredients as ethically as I am able and aim to produce good quality soap that looks gorgeous, smells fantastic and is a joy to use. Everyone deserves a little bit of luxury!” Peta will be selling palm free soap, hand made using the traditional cold process method. Vegetarian and a substantial range of Vegan options too.

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Rebecca Smith of The Paper Rose Boutique joins us again with her multi media crafting, with a focus on flowers made from handmade and unusual papers.

Rebecca says “I geek out over crafting supplies. I have now been doing this for almost 4 years and my style has evolved over this time and incorporated more elements. I am always trying something new, including bridal bouquets.”

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Discovering Blacksmithing after his Art and Design education, Ian Moran‘s work involves site specific sculptural, functional, interior and exterior elements.

As a constant I strive for simple well executed details.” Ian says. He’ll be selling finely wrought domestic items and giftware on Saturday. 

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 the Makers

They’ve been with us since the very first Bearwood Handmade and we’re always delighted to have them back – three generations of artists from the same family under one roof!

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The White Flamingo Gift Company promotes the artwork of the mother and daughter team of Eliza Harris and El Swain who both live and work in the West Midlands. Eliza, who trained in fashion and textile design, is an artist making hand crafted brooches, earrings and hair accessories using both new and vintage fabrics. She also produces a range of hand-painted champagne and wine cork characters called ‘corkies’. Her daughter, El Swain is an illustrator based in Rugby. She produces work in watercolour and pen and ink of which we sell originals as well as cards and prints.

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Black Horse Gifts promotes the work of West Midlands artist, Barbara Neave, who uses new and recycled wood and a combination of painting carving and pyrography to produce original art pieces inspired by folk art and a love of nature. All items can be ordered and Barbara also takes commissions.

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 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.