Friday, 21 November 2014

Festive Facebook Flash Sale

Put a date in your diaries, I'm having a HUGE festive market night over on my Facebook page next Thursday!
If you head over to my page at 7:30pm on the 27th I'll be listing pictures with prices of lots of handmade decorations and gifts, all you need to do is be the first to comment SOLD under the picture and it's your's! It's fast and it's fun and so much better than fighting your way through the shops on a

You can find the event info here, it's a public event so anyone is welcome and feel free to invite anyone you like.

See you there!

Monday, 17 November 2014

An Autumn Day in the Park

I am VERY excited to share with you the first few images from the shoot in October for the A/W collection, with my fantastic team of talented friends.

Photography by Alexander Petricca. Make-Up by Emma Wray. Modelled by Talulah.

 Thanks guys, you're the best!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Autumn-Winter Collection Is Here!

Hello again! It's been a while I know, but I've been squirrelled away in my work room getting my new collection ready, and finally it's all listed in my Etsy shop!
I've previewed it on my Facebook page, and at the few markets I've had recently and it's been very well received, so I'm super excited to make it available to everyone now. The prints I've picked for this collection are perfect for the cooler weather and longer nights, lots of dark florals, warm reds, plum, navy, and popping yellow and cerise for a flash of colour. I'm also very pleased to have collaborated with my friend Alex on the photo's for the new collection, I'm sure you'll agree the product shots are perfect, and I can't wait to show you all the lifestyle shoot, so watch this space!
Reef Knot Cuff in Elysian
Josephine Knot Cuff in Ros
Eight Knot Bracelet in Mirabelle
Reef Knot Bracelet in Thorpe
Re-designed for A/W - Josephine Knot Bracelet in Milla.
Hoop Drop Earrings in Thorpe
Knot Drop Earrings in Milla
Button Stud Earrings in Ros
Eight Knot Necklace in Thorpe
Reef Knot Necklace in Ros
Eight Knot Pendant in Elysian
Josephine Knot Necklace in Mirabelle
And if last season's brights are more your thing they're still available through Etsy with 40% off!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Crafty Fox Markets

I'm taking part in my first event in London this weekend. On Sunday you will find me at the Dogstar pub in Brixton as part of the Crafty Fox autumn market!
Shall I be seeing some of you there?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Very Good Week

Today is a very important day because today I get to see Kate Bush live in concert, something I never thought I'd see. 35 years since her last performances!

Tomorrow is a very important day because it will be exactly 10 years since I moved to Liverpool. It was windy, it was pissing down with rain and my friend Sarah, who I hadn't seen for about 7 years took, me out for a meal at Marantos on Lark Lane. And the next day I had my induction at LIPA.

Ten years on and I'm not working in the theatre, or at least not much, but I am running my own business and it's not too shabby! So, to celebrate both these things, I'm giving you all 35% off everything in my shop until Monday.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Local Colour

I'm in the middle of planning a photoshoot for my Autumn-Winter collection, very exciting, and went for a wander around my neighbourhood to check out potential locations. Even though I live in a pretty built-up area of a large city I'm never far from nature!

 Brambles growing out from the gardens bordering our local park, would it be cheeky to go pick some?

 Ivy covers everything in my neighbourhood.

 This fella was on the lake at the park and flew away before I could get a picture. He seemed quite happy at the very top of this tree though.
 Hawthorn everywhere.
And this little chap was just hanging out in the tangle of bushes in front of my flat! He makes a change from the usual magpies and squirrels out there.
Tomorrow I'm visiting Ness Gardens on the Wirral to do some planning for an event I'm organising there so who knows what flora and fauna I'll see there!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Etsy Picks: Time for Tea

This week is National Afternoon Tea Week! I don't know what that entails particularly, but I've made a treasury on Etsy to celebrate all things tea party. I've gone for a fresh, bright feel, lots of popping colour and strong shapes. Here's a few of my faves, I hope you like them!

I love this Scandi print tea cosy by AndShine.
These coffee pot wall decals by SirFaceGraphics are available in a range of colours and would instantly brighten up any wall.
This gorgeous macaroon photo by KeriBevan looks good enough to eat.
This pretty upcycled cake stand by AnnaJaneVintage is delicate but not fussy. Perfect for my tea party!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Making Plans

My studio suffers from an abundance of dress patterns, all safely stored away in an old filing cabinet, and of fabric, which is less safely shoved on a very bowed set of shelves for all the world to see. Fortunately there is one very simple solution to this problem; MAKE THINGS. Here is what I am thinking so far...
A Hazel dress by Colette in a retro floral cotton.
Some sort of pajama-y/night dress/shorts thing in these Tana Lawns I was given for Christmas.
 I've got loads of this poly-cotton madras fabric so potentially a cheongsam style dress altered from this pattern, and..
A 50s style shirtwaister using this Burda repro pattern.
Still not decided on this one, I LOVE the fabric, and am thinking a peplum top in a similar style to this dress. Or maybe a skirt? Or something else entirely?
 Possibly a blouse in this green print chiffon, although there's about 3m of it, so I could do a full dress?

 I got a copy of Drape Drape ages ago and haven't made anything from it yet so hopefully this navy stripe jersey will become a lovely dress like this one.

 And this blue and grey jersey might get the Drape Drape treatment too, maybe with a bit of contrast trim, or a printed yoke section.

For once I've been a good dressmaker and washed all my fabrics first, with varying success, that blue jersey is VERY blue and it's not afraid to share it. No major disasters, just might need to get some colour run remover next time I'm in town...

So, what's on your sewing pile? 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Giant Crochet and a Giant Grandma

There's always something interesting happening in Liverpool, and more often as not it's something you can get involved in. Recently, in the company of the Happy Hookers, I was busy making a giant tree cosy for the Mark It, the Liverpool Street Art Festival.
I'm just going to take  moment to sing the praises of my new crochet hooks, KnitPro Waves, I did the whole thing with the 10mm and it was wonderful. I've got lots of the bigger sizes but need to stock up on the smaller ones now!

Back to business, whilst the rest of the Baltic Triangle was playing host to graffiti and paste-up artists, we took over an entire street and at 5am we covered all the trees in knit and crochet loveliness.

That was on June 27th, and they were still looking great when I passed them on Friday to go and see another great Liverpool event, the Giant Spectacular!

Isn't she fantastic? I particularly love her patterned dress and the detail of her hair, she has such a kindly face too. They were here all weekend, with a big finale on the Sunday as they sailed off onto the Mersey (I was stuck in work though, boo).

 All the crew were looking very dapper dressed in velvet frock coats and breeches but I definitely didn't envy them in this heat!

 I would like to have seen more of Xolo the dog but I ended up stuck behind a load of tall people on the Saturday and couldn't really see him, a shame as he's a real crowd pleaser!
Just look at that grin!

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