Craftacular 2017, York Hall, Bethnal Green

What happened to May? I swear it didn't even happen, for me it was a blur of sewing up cat butts and glueing pom poms on bears. It was all worth it though in preparation for my first ever BUST Craftacular at York Hall in Bethnal Green! I had such great time meeting other crafty folk and new customers, it was a fun and safe bubble that cushioned us from from the awful events that happened in London the previous night. Even the stamps on the door meant that everyone who came into the hall was branded with the word 'Love', it really did feel like all who went and took part really meant that. 

I had a lot of new products which I was excited to share with everyone including a new range of pom pom cards made for Pearl and Black, decorative cat cushions and pencil cases. There was a hugely positive response for my new (and old) additions and lots of love for my stall display. Designing my stall is one of my favourite aspects of taking part in craft fairs, I think it's really important to create an engaging space that reflects the fun in my products. On a low budget you really have to get creative with mount board, old wine crates and sharpies!

Once I get some nice photos of all the new things I'll put them up on my etsy shop. 

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New!

Hand embellished pom pom cards 

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Next up is another fair I haven't done before which is  SoLo Craft fair in Balham Bowls club  that means this week I have to stock up on my business cards and make some more of my popular grumpy cat pins.

Hopefully see you there!  

Christmas 2016 round up

Let's not mention that it's February and I'm only just posting my Christmas fair photos....  

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Christmas 2016- Crafty Fox Market, The Dogstar Brixton 

Christmas 2016- Crafty Fox Market, The Dogstar Brixton 

Christmas 2016- Crafty Fox Market, The Dogstar Brixton

Christmas 2016- Crafty Fox Market, The Dogstar Brixton

Christmas 2016- Innocent drinks HQ

Christmas 2016- Innocent drinks HQ

Christmas 2016- Innocent drinks HQ

Christmas 2016- Innocent drinks HQ

Hand decorated bone china bauble  

Hand decorated bone china bauble  

Crafty Fox Market - Bussey Building

I had a great time at the Crafty Fox Market my stall was nestled between the lovely Margarita from Chocolate Creative (check out their great wooden hooks!) and Lisa Stickley (signing her  cute children's book). I went for a feminine theme with loads of pink and flowers and it wasn't until I put it all together that I realised how girly I am... 

I'd say the hot seller of the day was my grumpy cat pin; a pin made for Mondays. I've added these to my etsy shop add this moody little dude to your ever growing pin collection!

I'll be back for another Crafty Fox Market on Sunday 4th of December this time at Dogstar in Brixton. I will be stocked with christmas cards, novelty cushions and more pins for it. Now begins the TERRIFYING countdown until Christmas and I can't believe it's been nearly a year since my Hallmark placement!

London Artisan Market - Truman Brewery- 12th June

This week I am preparing for my upcoming market with The London Artisan at Truman Brewery where I will be selling prints, mugs, cards and more! 

I've made a new sign which I've painted with my own fair hands, I won't be wearing it as a necklace but look out for it. If you do come to see me and you fancy a free greetings card just say "madcowabunga"  and I will gladly let you choose one on me.

SEE YA THERE!

So much to catch up on, let me say it with pictures:

I've added a few new ranges of cards including the Floral collection, the Howdy Cactus collection and the Grumpy Animals collections which I will keep adding to over the next few months. They are all available through my Etsy shop as well as my new collection of bone china mugs! I'm just doing a few for now but planning to have more, so keep an eye out.

Last month I had the opportunity to get involved with the Crafty Fox markets at the Bussey building in Peckham, London. The stall looked great (massive thanks to Alex for her set design skills!) and my new ranges were well received and it was such a good opportunity to get one-to-one feedback, everyone was so lovely and encouraging.

Also make sure you visit Pick Me Up festival at Somerset House, it's on for the next two weeks. There are some incredible illustrations on display, live demonstrations of letterpress by Alan Kitching and really fun workshops to get involved with. I took part in the bookbinding session with Hato Press, it's the perfect way to combine my love of paper and embroidery so I'll be making a few handmade notebooks over the next few weeks.

Hopefully in my next blog I'll be able to share with you my illustrations for the new lifestyle magazine, Heiter. Enjoy the weekend and why not send a friend a nice card?

The Avon Lady of Cards

For the last few weeks I have been in Christmas mode, designing my new range of Christmas cards for the markets that I will be involved with. The first one is with The Crafty Fox and I'm really excited for it. I love that they're an engaging and welcoming community and I've enjoyed meeting fellow traders at talks and meet ups, so fingers crossed that it all goes well!  That's on the 8th of December at the Museum of London Docklands from 5pm-9pm, come and see me, I will have new prints and mugs for sale alongside my cards. For more info click here.

I dropped by Hand & Lock with my cards, I think this might be the start of a new tradition, they named me the 'Avon Lady of Cards'. Unfortunately I don't have a catalogue with scratch n sniff pages but I do have an etsy shop so you can see my cards there. Click the pug!

 

Haaaaaave you met my friend Ned?

Meet Ned, one of my latest commissions:

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I was asked to create an illustration of Ned the cat in regency style attire for a circular regency styled frame.

I'm always a fan of personifying a pet so this was a great opportunity. I also loved that Ned's white fur on his chest looks a lot like ruffles anyway!

Like most of my drawings I start with a loose pencil line and then draw in the detailed lines with pen and I added a touch of gold leaf for his medal. Fancy.

SO much fun to do! Contact me to discuss a commission... as you can see, the weirder the better. 

So the blog has gone slightly stale for the last few months... mainly I've been busy and having fun between Brussels and Portugal, Northumberland and London. I've managed to fit a few illustrations and commissions along the way which I'm better at documenting on my Instagram feed (The lazy bloggers blog). Not really sure where to start on what I've been up to, but I think I'll start with my cards which I've listed on my Etsy store, you can find them here.

I've been selling cards for a few years just as a side thing but now I've started to sell them in Shoreditch at Charlene Mullen's shop. It's weird that people other than friends and family are buying them but also reassuring! 

I'm working on a few more cards to create a bigger collection, so I hope I can share them with you soon. I welcome commissions, so feel free to contact me, any project weird and wonderful is welcome. 

Hand & Lock Window Display

Those walking past Hand & Lock's Atelier this week have been lucky enough to see me sitting in the window. Not as a new art installation piece but to create an illustration drawn directly onto the glass  for Hand & Lock's first capsule collection.  After receiving a commendation for my entry and baboon illustration. Hand & Lock offered me the challenge of decorating their 2.25m x 1.75m window using chalk pens.

The illustration is based on the brief of their capsule collection,  inspired by human and animal hierarchies and the endless power struggles featuring riot imagery like guns and grenades  with wildlife motifs.

I completed the window in 2 days, admittedly not so gracefully at times but getting encouraging thumbs up from van drivers every so often meant that I knew I was doing a great job...


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More pictures to follow, once the collection is put in the window. If you're in the Oxford St area over the next few weeks, have a look.