Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Season's Greetings!

It was a frantic few weeks in the run up to Christmas and as usual I need to thank family
and friends for their patience as they haven't seen much of me these last few weeks!
A HUGE HUGE thank you goes out to all my customers both old and new for your support over the last year - I couldn't have done it without you!
Wishing everyone a Happy, Prosperous & Utterly Unique 2011 !
(Keep reading my Blog, Website & Facebook for all the exciting Events taking place in 2011)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

PS, I Made It Independent Barnsley Crafters

Followers of my Blog will have seen over the last few months that I have mentioned a group I am very proud to be involved with called PS, I Made It
PS, I Made It are a group of independent Barnsley crafters whose aim is to design and create original, imaginative and innovative handmade goods. Everything from fresh funky fashion designs and jewellery to quirky homewares, cupcakes and body art.
The founders of PS, I Made It were Jill Govier (JayGo Touchy Feely Textiles), Jilly Gough (Cottonarts Bags), Nina & Louise (Cupcake Cottage), Jenny Hallam (Cherry Amour) and Rebecca Beckett (ReCyClEd JuNkIe).
Group Members to date include all the founders plus myself (Utterly Unique Handcrafted Jewellery), Raychel Perks (Raynbow Studios), Emily Sharp (Fashion & Couture), John Hanson (Photography) Chris Rose Linacre (Jewellery) and John Dudley (Signs of Stone).
PS, I Made It is a group of passionate, hard working and creative minds and over the next few weeks I will be blogging about each of the members of PS, I Made It giving you the opportunity to get to know each of them including finding out more about their particular crafts, and their inspiration. I'll also be giving you details where you can buy their work.
In the meantime the PS, I Made It crafters will be out in force this weekend starting with our "Pop-Up" shop in The Mall, Alhambra Shopping Centre, Barnsley on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th December 9am to 5.30pm (outside Iceland) and then on Sunday 19th December you will find us at the Barnsley Specialist Market which takes place in Barnsley Town Centre 9am to 3pm (in the gazebos outside Boots Chemist)
A dedicated PS, I Made It Fan Page can be found on Facebook simply search PS, I Made It and away you go!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Otley Victoria Fayre - Sunday 12th December 2010

Sunday 12th December 2pm to 8pm
Join myself, Jaygo Touchyfeely Textiles, Raynbow Studios, Cupcake Cottage and Cherry Amour from PS, I Made It PLUS many more crafters, stalls and attractions for a festive afternoon at the 25th Otley Victorian Fayre (http://www.victorianfayre.co.uk/)
Find us in The Stable Yard at O'Malleys (formerly The Black Horse) where we will be showcasing or gorgeous handmade goodies including my Utterly Unique paper bead jewellery

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Barnsley Specialist Market Cancelled

Unfortunately the Barnsley Specialist Market due to take place tomorrow has had to be cancelled as it isn't possible to erect the gazebos in the town centre due to the accumulation of snow - we hope that the weather improves in time for the next market on 19th December!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

PS I Made It & Barnsley Specialist Market

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December
Myself and the PS, I Made It crafters are showcasing our handcrafted and Utterly Unique goodies in the warmth of The Mall at the Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley 9am to 5pm (outside TKMaxx)
Sunday 5th December
I will be with the PS, I Made It crafters in the gazebos outside Boots Chemist between 9am and 3pm for the penultimate Barnsley Specialist Market of 2010

PS, I Made It is a community of like-minded and passionate Barnsley crafters and designers - for full details of all the PS, I Made It crew take a peek at our Page on Facebook.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fab4Events - Children In Need Christmas Fair - Holmfirth

After a superduper day at the specialist market in Barnsley I am now busy preparing for the Fab4Events Children In Need Christmas Gift Fair

Saturday 20th November 2010

10am to 4pm

Civic Hall, Holmfirth HD9 3AS

Entrance is FREE and there will be stalls from all over Yorkshire. Lots of lovely cakes and refreshments. So if you get chance to come along and support Children In Need it would be much appreciated.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Specialist Markets - Barnsley 14th November

Here I am with the rest of the PS, I Made It crew at the last Specialist Market in Barnsley.
PS, I Made It are a group of independent crafters passionate about creating individual unique handcrafted goods - everything from jewellery and fashion to homewares and cupcakes.
If you like the cut of our jib then come visit us at the next Specialist Market taking place in Barnsley on Sunday 14th November 9am to 3pm
We will be in the usual place in the gazebos outside Boots Chemist in the precinct.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bonfire Weekend

After surviving a bonkersly busy week I've enjoyed a lovely day off today at Southwell Races. Backed a few winners (and a few loosers!!) and now looking forward to a relaxing Bonfire Weekend before starting yet another bonkersly busy week !!!
Look out for me on 14th November at the Barnsley Specialist Market in the usual place in the gazebos outside Boots Chemist
In the meantime, enjoy your Bonfire Weekend !

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween @ Barnsley Specialist Market

I will be enjoying a "spooky" time on Sunday 31st October at the Barnsley Specialist Market with the PS I Made It crafters
Cupcake Cottage
Cottonarts Bags
CherryAmour Jewellery
Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles
John Dudley Signs of Stone
... to name but a few ...
Why not come on down to see what all the fuss is about ??
(9am to 3pm in the gazebos outside Boots Chemist)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Autumn Fairs

This weekend sees the start of my autumn and Christmas fairs

Mrs Madden Makes @Home Christmas Gift Event
Saturday 23rd October
11am to 4pm
Church View Cottage, Vicar Lane, Ossett, West Yorks
(for full details see www.mrsmaddenmakes.co.uk)
Kingstone School of Creativity Autumn Craft Fair
Sunday 24th October
10am to 4pm
Kingstone School of Creativity, Broadway, Barnsley

Friday, October 15, 2010

Specialist Markets - Barnsley 17th October

After spending a lovely evening presenting a talk and demonstration to the very appreciative ladies of the Wetherby WI I am now busy preparing for Sunday 17th October when I will again be joining the other PS, I Made It crafters at the Specialist Market in Barnsley Town Centre

We will be in gazebos outside Boots Chemist from 9am to 3pm so please come along and take a look at all our gorgeous unique handmade goodies.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Specialist Markets - Barnsley 3rd October

I will be showcasing my new "wallpaper" jewellery at The Specialist Market in Barnsley Town Centre
Sunday 3rd October
Come and join myself and the rest of the PS, I Made It team outside Boots Chemist 9am to 3pm

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Specialist Markets - Barnsley Sept 19th

I will be joining the PS, I Made It crafters again on Sunday 19th September 9am to 3pm at the Specialist Market in Barnsley Town Centre.
The PS, I Made It group is expanding so there are even more exciting crafters for you to meet!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Jean Genie Fashion Show

The Jean Genie Fashion Show
in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice
is taking place on
Thursday 16th September 2010
The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley
Hosted by the fabulous Miss Fanny Dee and Lady Bacardi with the amazing Cabalesque Dancers
FEATURING all the gorgeous entries from the recycled denim competition not to mention wonderful recycled and vintage fashions, handmade goods & crafts, raffle, music and dance
PLUS don't miss the auctioning of the all the competition entries AND Gok Wan's jeans - signed by the man himself.
Why not make a night of it and invite your friends along too!
Tickets for the show are available from The Civic Box Office by calling 0845 1800 363 or book online at http://www.thejeangenie.co.uk/. Tickets are just £7.50 or £15 for VIP tickets and every penny will go to the charity!
(VIP tickets include early entry, bubbly, nibbles and guaranteed front of house seating)

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Great Craft Revival

Fame at last !!
A very nice reporter from the Sheffield Telegraph has written a piece about last week's Craft Candy Mini fair - no photos of yours truely but I do get a mention in dispatches !
Click on the link above then search for Craft Candy

Monday, August 16, 2010

Barnsleys First Fashion Fair & PS, I Made It

After having an absolutely fantastic day at the Craft Candy Mini Fair at Bungalows & Bears in Sheffield last Saturday, next weekend looks like it is going to be even better !!

On Saturday 22nd August (11am to 4pm) I will be at Barnsley's First Fashion Fair @ Che Bar, Peel Street, Barnsley
and on Sunday 22nd August (9am to 2pm) I will be at the Barnsley Specialist Market with the PS, I Made It crafters in the gazebos outside Boots Chemist

Why not come along and join in the fun and meet all the crafters

There are lots and lots of amazing stalls for you to browse and entry is FREE to both events.

See you there !

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Craft Candy Mini

Find me at the
Craft Candy Mini Fair
taking place on
Saturday 14th August 2010
1pm to 4pm
Bungalows & Bears, Division Street, Sheffield

Sunday, August 1, 2010

PS, I Made It

PS, I Made It is a passionate community of local designers and creative minds.
August 8th will be the launch of this well awaited group of Barnsley creators who cover a wide range of arts and crafts.
The event will be held in four marquees situate in Barnsley Town Centre between The Mall Alhambra and Marks & Spencers and provides the perfect opportunity to meet us, touch, talk and get a taste for what we aim to bring to Barnsley on a regular basis.
Keep your eye on my Future Events panel for more PS, I Made It craft fairs taking place between August and December 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Jean Genie Craft Market

The Jean Genie Charity Craft Market
24th, 25th, 31st July
and 1st August 2010
The Mall, Alhambra, Barnsley S70 1SB
If you are out and about in Barnsley tomorrow (or if you just fancy a day out somewhere different) why not call in to see myself and my fellow crafters at the Jean Genie Charity Craft Market.
We will be on the Ground Floor in The Mall of the Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley raising lots and lots of money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.
If you can’t get along to the Craft Market but are feeling creative then why not
join in the Recycled Denim Competition instead? see
www.thejeangenie.co.uk for full details of how to enter.
I look forward to seeing you and raising oodles of money for this worthy cause.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Heeley City Farm

I am very excited .... my recycled paper bead jewellery is now available from the Cafe at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, why not drop in this summer and take a peak - visit http://www.heeleyfarm.org.uk/ for more information about the farm and the activities taking place there.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Crafting

Can you believe it’s mid July already and the school holidays are looming on the horizon?

Are you already wondering what to do with the kids to keep them entertained over the holidays?

How about a fun and friendly craft afternoon making paper bead jewellery, door/wardrobe hangers, book marks and keepsake origami boxes for something a little bit different?

Craft afternoons are suitable for girls aged 7+

Contact me for further details and prices
t: 01226 726655 or 0779 306 1263
e: parties.gifts@gmail.com

Have a fabulous summer ... let’s hope the weather cheers up!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Low Laithes Ladies Invitation Day

I was recently engaged to wrap the prizes at this year's Low Laithes Ladies Invitation Day

Marilyn, the Lady Vice Captain, chose a fabulous purple and gold colour scheme for the prizes then generously gave me a free hand to go wild with tissue, net and lots and lots of luxurious gold satin ribbon - a gift wrappers dream!!

From the smiles on the lucky prize winners faces I think they were happy with the results!!

Butterfly table sprinkles and embellishments gave the whole prize table a wonderful finishing touch.

Thank you to Marilyn, the ladies at Low Laithes Golf Club and all their invited guests for a truely wonderful afternoon.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Notton Gala 2010

Well, it was galoshes and rain-mates all round at this year's Notton Gala on 13th June
Nevertheless we made the most of it even if the weather did let us down this year!!
Thank you to everyone who came along to support us.
As well as making new friends it was lovely to see some familiar faces
Let's hope summer is on it's way and we've seen the last of the rain!
Keep your eye on my website
I am busy updating it with lots of new and exciting handmade jewellery and party ideas
You'll also be able to find me of Facebook very soon - woohoo!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Elephant Parade 2010

I was recently treated to a glorious weekend in London by my better half. We had a marvellous time lazing around in the sunshine in Hyde Park and seeking out the fabulously decorated elephants in the Elephant Parade 2010. Though, whilst I adore both elephants and pandas, the elephant decorated as a panda is just wrong on all levels!!!

The Elephant Parade 2010 is is a conservation campaign that shines a multi-coloured spotlight on the urgent crisis faced by the endangered Asian elephant and is taking place in London from now until 4th July 2010.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gift Wrapping Course

Basic Techniques Gift Wrapping Course

Monday 10th May 2010
10am to 1pm
Low Laithes Golf Club, Flushdyke, Ossett, Nr Wakefield, West Yorkshire

£25 per person including refreshments, materials and handouts

This 1/2 day Basic Techniques Course will teach you how to gift wrap
boxes, bottles, awkward shapes and round objects

quickly, easily and effectively
plus you will learn how to make gorgeous inexpensive bows that will
provide your gifts with that important finishing touch!

Low Laithes Golf Club provides the perfect venue
as it is situate just off Junction 40 of the M1
giving easy access from the M1, M62 and A1

This workshop is now fully booked
Contact me on 01226 726655 or 0779 306 1263
for details about future workshops and courses

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Triumph in Taba Heights!

I have just returned from a well earned rest in the wonderful resort of Taba Heights. It was our third visit to the Resort and the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The weather was a glorious 30 degrees and the staff at the Hotel and the Golf Club took exceptional care of us as usual.

The week was rounded off perfectly as I managed to win the Taba Heights Golf Resort Weekly Golf Open Competition - wow how amazing is that ? I'm pretty proud I can tell you. Please take a look at the link below for the full write up (I feel like I've just won the US Open!!!).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Gift Wrapping Course

My next Gift Wrapping Course will take place on Monday 10th May 2010
10am to 1pm
Low Laithes Golf Club, Flushdyke, Ossett, Nr Wakefield, West Yorkshire

£25 per person including refreshments, materials and handouts

This 1/2 day basic techniques course will teach you how to gift wrap
boxes, bottles, awkward shapes and round objects quickly, easily and effectively
plus you will learn how to make gorgeous inexpensive bows that will give
your gifts that finishing touch!

The venue for this course is Low Laithes Golf Club which is situate
just off Junction 40 of the M1 providing easy access from all
directions including the M1, M62 and A1

If you would like further details please contact me by e-mail at
My courses are often popular and numbers are limited so
please book early to avoid disappointment

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mrs Madden Makes Spring Fair 20th March 2010

Saturday 20th March 2010
11am to 4pm
Church View Cottage, Vicar Lane, Ossett
My good friend Bev Madden is once again opening up her beautiful home for her Spring Fair.
Mrs Madden Makes lovingly upcycles vintage materials
to create
gorgeous individual and unique handmade home wares and handbags
The other artisans joining Bev at her Spring Fair are:
Myself, with my full gift wrapping range including some fab wrapped
Easter Eggs, Crackers + great wrapping ideas for weddings
Jeanette Sargent with her exquisite gold and silver jewellery
and Betty Bentley with her unusual cards for all occasions
In addition Angela will be providing relaxing mini facials for £5
And Lizzie will be on hand perform magic on your nails for a mere £7
(please ring me to pre-book to avoid disappointment)
Plus... If you would like to learn how to wrap the perfect present
and give it that all important finishing touch
then join me at 12 noon and 2pm when I will be giving
bow making and gift wrapping demonstrations
Mrs Madden Makes Spring Fair provides the ideal opportunity to buy
unique work directly from the makers and artists at affordable prices
So why not bring a friend and join us for a cup (or a glass!) of something,
a few nibbles, and browse round our stalls then top off your
afternoon with a mini facial or manicure
See www.mrsmaddenmakes.co.uk for further details

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mothers' Day - March 14th 2010

Are you searching for an usual and unique Mothers' Day Gift?
Well search no more as I have the perfect solution ...

One of my personalised handmade paper bead necklaces
will make the perfect gift for your Mum this Mothers Day
Take a browse round my on-line shop
for my full range of necklaces
Personalised necklaces start at just £14.99 + pp
and can be tailored to your requirements
My handmade necklaces are made using a combination of
paper beads (handmade by myself) and reclaimed/upcycled beads
Go on ... spoil your Mum this Mothers Day with an
individual and unique necklace ... she'll love it !

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Romantic weekend away - Ravens Hall Hotel, Ravenscar

I have just returned from treating my beloved to a romantic couple
of days at the Raven Hall Country House Hotel & Golf Course
in Ravenscar (between Scarborough and Robin Hood's Bay).
Considering the time of year the weather wasn't bad so we manged
to get in a few holes of golf though the course is challenging and we were
more than happy to make use of the sauna and pool afterwards to
relieve our aching bones !!
The hotel has a fabulous location with spectacular views, the
food was excellent (we ate far too much!) and the staff were very
friendly and efficient.
No doubt this will be the first of many visits !

Friday, January 29, 2010

Valentine's Day Gift Wrapping Service

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, have you considered boosting
sales by offering a gift wrapping service to your customers?


I can provide a full gift wrapping service at your store
or if you prefer I can provide training courses
for your staff giving them the skills to provide a professional
gift wrapping service all year round.


For full details of our services please
take a look at my website www.karenkaye.co.uk


In addition to corporate gift wrapping services I am also
happy to provide a gift wrapping service to individuals
So, if you have a VIP (very important present) that you
would like wrapping for that special person in your
life do not hesitate to contact me

t: 0779 306 1263

Monday, January 25, 2010

Totally Relaxed - Titanic Eco Spa

Today I have spent a fabulous pamper day with my Mum and Sister at The Titanic Eco Spa at Linthwaite in Huddersfield.

We were greeted on arrival with coffee and juice and then shown to the changing room where we donned our luxurious dressing gowns and slippers. We had a swim in the pool taking in the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room before a "healthy" lunch in the bistro (that is if you ignore the wine and fudge cake!).

In the afternoon we powered our way round the gym (!) and then meandered our way round the Heat Rooms - our favourites being the aromatherapy room and the saunarium -bliss!!

All in all it was an excellent way to spend a chilly Monday in January - I can heatily recomment it!

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 2010 - Website Launch

Woohoo !
Yes ... at long last ... my new website is finally here!
Please click on the link and take a look around.

I would love to hear from you with your comments
and suggestions for how I can improve my website

Don't forget ...
Visit my website at www.karenkaye.co.uk
for the perfect solutions
to all your party organising and gift wrapping needs

Hope to see you soon !

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Update for 2010

What a week this has been ... snow ... snow and more snow ... I can hardly believe the view from our back garden - it's a gorgeous winter wonderland. Though I suppose it is only gorgeous until you want to get out and do something then it loses all it's wonder, especially when you're digging yourself out with a snow shovel!!!

Christmas is over and done with, the new year has begun and it's back to the grindstone - as always I have lots of great ideas for the coming year and I am really excited about sharing them with you so .... watch this space !