Indulge in Handmade at The Mailbox – November

I think I’m still finding it hard to believe that only a week ago, we hosted two glorious handmade craft fairs at The Mailbox in the city centre of Birmingham… and that we still have two more to look forward to.

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If you were wandering through Level 7 of The Mailbox on November 29th or 30th, you would have happened upon a unique and cheerful craft fair full of quality handmade gifts. The Mailbox set up 3 lovely gazebos and decorated them in festive raffia stars, wreaths, and hearts. It certainly felt very Christmassy… especially with the authentic chill in the air coming in from the canals! It certainly didn’t waver our spirits, that’s for sure.

I am so proud of our talented stallholders, and so very grateful for taking this giant risk with us.

If you missed our Handmade Christmas Fairs at The Mailbox in November, you still have a chance to catch us… We will be there at the same place on Friday, December 13th from 1pm – 8pm, and Saturday, December 14th from 10am – 5pm.

The stallholders that joined us in November were:

Anna Lawrence – Blackout Boutique

Caroline Jariwala – Mango Mosaics

Ceri Saunders – Lili of the Valleys Emporium

Christina Murray

Derek Lilley – Daddledo

Francine Schokker – Cow Studio

Gosia Weber Handmade

Hannah Rouse – Check My Box

Hazel Cooper – Hazel’s Handmade House

Jennifer Emanuel – Charlie’s Mom’s Chocolate Factory

Madeline Norris – Meeni

Magnus & Bella

Maria Wigley

Nicola Brighton Design

Rebecca Cowley – Working Clasp

Sarah Stanton





Crafty Muthas in the Birmingham Mail


Last week, we were featured in the Birmingham Mail! Our lovely Jennie Sandford was interviewed by Zoe Chamberlain, talking loads about how The Crafty Muthas got together and what we have been up to over the years. The main topic of conversation was our upcoming events at The Mailbox.

This Friday, November 29th, from 1pm until 8pm, and Saturday, November 30th, from 10am until 5pm, you can find our specially curated Luxury Handmade Craft Fair set up on Level 7 of The Mailbox!! We will be just outside the BBC and yummy restaurants, full of festive cheer. I promise we will be featuring some of the best independent artists and makers that the West Midlands have to offer. In my opinion, anyway! I know that I will be purchasing some special gifts for my family and friends from them.

We’ll be having 2 more on December 13th & 14th as well. How awesome!

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We even had Nick the Photographer come round to my house and take some photos of us! It was very surreal having a photo studio instantly set up around my kitchen table.

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Here is Jennie, IN CRAFTY ACTION! She is getting her embroidery on. 🙂

Here’s a link to the article online, if you want to have a read:


Bearwood Handmade November 23, Sunny and COLD!!

The first of our 6 (!!!!!) Winter Fairs of 2013 was a couple of days ago. Wow, was it a super cold day! We tortured our poor stallholders by insisting on keeping the main front doors to the hall wide open for the day… all to lure potential shoppers into our festive cheer. Forgive us, my crafty lovelies!

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I think that it was a good move, because it wasn’t long before the hall was full of happy browsers. All wrapped up warm, but shining in the sun.

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I tried my best to take some photographs of the main hall before I fulfilled my duties of providing hot soup, hot drinks, and bread for the Bearwood community. I’ve made a little gallery below of a selection.

So now it is time to focus on our Handmade Luxury at The Mailbox this upcoming weekend! I do hope you will join us there, as well. Friday, November 29th from 1pm until 8pm & Saturday, November 30th from 10am until 5pm.


Christmas Fairs Aplenty

Exciting News……

Nicola Brighton's stunning textile designs
Nicola Brighton’s stunning textile designs

Crafty Muthas are teaming up with The Mailbox for ‘Indulge in Handmade with Crafty Muthas at The Mailbox’. Our first City Centre Christmas market will be open for four days in the run up to Christma,s on level 7 of The Mailbox in Birmingham. Dates as follows :

Friday 29 November 1pm-8pm
Saturday 30 November 10am-5pm
Friday 13 December 1pm-8pm
Saturday 14 December 10pm-5pm

Gorgeous contemporary jewellery from Rebecca Cowley, Working Clasp
Gorgeous contemporary jewellery from Rebecca Cowley, Working Clasp

We are buzzing about this. We’ve hand-picked some of our favourite designer makers to present a range of hand crafted, bespoke gifts especially for this venue – known for luxury brands and top designers. We hope to create a fantastic experience for Christmas shoppers with beautiful gifts from our talented stallholders, many of them from Bearwood. There’ll be a festive atmosphere each day, with a huge Christmas tree, mulled wine and carol singers keeping everyone entertained with Christmas classics.

Meeni, Bearwood's Madeline Norris, and some of her latest creature creations
Dapper Foxes from Meeni, Bearwood’s own Madeline Norris

As well as The Mailbox events, Crafty Muthas are once again hosting Bearwood Handmade at St Mary’s Church Hall on the High Street. The first fair will be on Saturday 23rd November and the next, two weeks later, on 7th December. Get the dates in your diary now and please join us for what always proves to be a fab community event.

Our lovely flier, designed by our very own Erin Power

We’ll be posting more about all of these events as they get nearer so come back soon.

Jen x