Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone

See you in 2012 !

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It nearly blew us into next week !

The howling wind and rain made life rather exciting on Saturday at the Artsmix Art Market in Leeds but it didn't put those hardy Leeds people off - I had a wonderful day meeting lots of new customers and catching up with existing ones ... including my cousin who just happened to be passing by and didn't realise I was there !


Today was much more civilised (weather wise) with Reetsweet at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield - we were as warm as toast singing along to the festive tunes ... I feel quite Christmassy now !


Next weekend I'm back in Leeds on Saturday with Artsmix on Albion Place (nr WHSmith) 11am to 5pm (here's hoping the weather is kinder to us) followed by Christmas in Saltaire on Sunday at The Victoria Hall 11am to 4pm with HTG Events


Phew ... busy, busy, busy .... better get beading !

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Get a wiggle on !

WOW ... I can't believe how time is whizzing by - it's the middle of November already and I'm no where near getting myself organised for my upcoming Christmas Fairs - I shall have to get a wriggle on !


My Christmas fairs start in earnest next weekend

Saturday 26th November Find me at the Artsmix Art Market on Albion Street, Leeds (Nr WHSmith) 11am to 5pm (http://www.artsmix.co.uk/)

Sunday 27th November Celebrating Christmas with Reetsweet at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield S1 2PP 12 noon till 4pm (http://www.reetsweet.com/)


Both events are free and I'd best get cracking .... see you there !

Friday, November 4, 2011

Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles



My good friend Jill of Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles has made me proud again by being the subject of an article in this month's Yorkshire Life. We thought it was going to be a paragraph or two but when we opened the magazine it was a fabulous two page spread ... WOW!




See more of Jill's work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillgovier



Monday, October 31, 2011

Scary goings on in Barnsley town !

I had a great fun with Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles, Cottonarts Bags, Cheery Amour Jewellery and Cupcake Cottage at the Halloween designers market in Barnsley last week

(that is apart from when I fell backwards off my stool and ended up in a giggly heap on the floor ... hence forth to be known as "doing a Karen" !)













We had a lovely visit from Barnsley Mayor, Karen Dyson, which cheered us all up on a very chilly and windy day





I can't wait for my next event which is "I Love Craft" taking place on Saturday 12th November at The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley ... not least because it is an indoors event - Woohoo - no need for the snow boots (I hope!)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Autumn in Croatia




I've just returned from a glorious week in Dubrovnik, Croatia - what a fabulous place. The scenery is awesome, the weather was perfect, the food was wonderful and the people were the most helpful and friendly people I've come across in a long time.


We stayed on the Lapad peninsula just outside Dubrovnik Old Town. There was a regular bus service to take us into the Old Town which ran every 15 minutes until 2am so there was no problem getting around.


We plumped for a hotel but I would have no problem recommending staying in one of the many Apartmen or Sobe's that are in and around both the Old Town and Lapad Bay - self catering would be no problem as there are plenty of supermarkets and restaurants knocking about to suit every pocket.


A fabulous place to visit if you get the opportunity ... and the view from the top of the cable car is something else!


My "friends" on facebook can see more photographs on my personal page ... awesome!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One man's rubbish is this woman's treasure!


I've been lucky enough to receive lots of lovely treasure this week !

My local charity shop has been saving me all the broken bits of jewellery it gets given

and my lovely new friends at Paperchase have given me a whole host of colourful posters to play with


I'm going to have a really happy time sorting through everything and creating some Utterly Unique gorgeous goodies!

Friday, August 26, 2011

If music be the food of love ...

As you know I’m all for recycling, especially paper, so when I got my hands on a whole load of sheet music I couldn’t believe my luck!
It’s been fabulous to work with and has made some sensational beads for my jewellery ...

... which I launched at The Emley Show at the beginning of August and
which has been selling like hot cakes ever since
People have even been making requests for their favourite music which is amazing!
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For the gift wrappers amongst you sheet music also makes a useful alternative to standard gift wrap
For a personalised effect you can choose the recipient’s favourite music then
if you team it with luxurious black velvet ribbon the finished result is stunning. I hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend, I hope the sun shines and if anyone is out ‘n’ about in North Yorkshire this Sunday
why not call at Castle Howard where you will find me in the Stable Court Yard with the Artmix Art Market (10am to 5pm)
(http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fore!!

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to organise the table decorations for the Lady Captain's Day celebrations at Low Laithes Golf Club in Ossett
I was able to locate these gorgeous butterfly place name cards and Lady Captains Day table sprinkles



which toned in with Marilyn's gold and "cadbury" purple colour scheme perfectly

The ladies had a wonderful time and everyone left with a special golf themed cupcake made especially for the day by the lovely ladies over at Cupcake Cottage in Barnsley



Yummy!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Emley Show



I will be in the craft marquee at the Emley Show, Emley Moor, Huddersfield on Saturday 6th August 2011 with my Utterly Unique Paper Bead Jewellery

The weather is forecast to be fabulous and it would be fabulous to see you there!

Factory Farm, Factory Lane, Emley Moor, Huddersfield

For full details see http://www.emleyshow.org.uk/

Monday, July 18, 2011

Groovy Baby!


Yee Harr ! I had a brilliant time at BOMfest this weekend.

It was my first taste of festivals and I can really understand why people flock to them ... what a fabulous vibe!!



Where else would you get Buddhist monks, jugglers, face-painters, stilt walkers, guide-dogs for the blind, punk rockers, people wearing a tutu with hold-up stockings + socks n wellies, burger vans and ME !



It was completely BONKERS and I LOVED it ... look out Glasto here I come ... tho I'm still not so sure about the camping bit !!

Monday, July 11, 2011

BOMfest - Saturday 16th July


OM Good Grief ... I've got a stall at the Barnsley Original Music Festival this coming weekend - I've never attended a music festival before - I've no idea what to expect but I'm sure it will be great fun ... wish me luck !

PS. I drew the line at camping though !!!


BOMfest 2011

Saturday 16th July 2011

Worsborough Mill & Country Park, Barnsley

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

All A-Glow!

I spent a fab afternoon last week at The Glow in Leeds with my good friend Diane having a mini makeover.



Neither of us wear much makeup as a rule so it was a bit of an experience having our nails, hair and makeup done - not to mention spending an hour with Leroy having our photo's taken - though the HUGE glass of rose definitely steadied the nerves !

For anyone thinking about a makeover I can highly recommend The Glow in Leeds (http://www.theglowleeds.co.uk/) their prices are very reasonable and there is no hard sell on the photos at the end - in fact I had to ask them !

Monday, July 4, 2011

Handmade at the Corn Exchange Update


Wow .. what a fabulous venue The Corn Exchange was for the craft fair this weekend

I had a wonderful time, though it was a teeny little bit warm under the glass roof at times !

I met some lovely new crafters and artists - I recommend that you take a look at their work

Gorgeous handmade lampshades by Lisa and Sally
www.etsy.com/shop/twomaterialgirls

Fabulous Handcrafted Paper Products by Carrie-Anne Coupe
http://www.coupe.co.uk/

Ingenious textile jewellery by Kim Gibson
http://www.kimgibson.co.uk/

Beautiful artwork for the kitchen by Adele
http://www.artforthekitchen.co.uk/

Amazing creations from comic books by Ste Hope
www.folksy.com/shops/stehope


Thanks to Rebecca for organising everything, she did an excellent job ... can't wait till the next one !

Friday, July 1, 2011

Handmade at the Corn Exchange

I will be at the Handmade at The Corn Exchange in Leeds tomorrow and Sunday (2nd and 3rd July) 10am to 5pm with my Comic Book Jewellery Collection - everything from The Beano, Twinkle and Rupert Bear to The Wombles and Finding Nemo !



Elasticated bracelet


NEW keyring


Spiral Bracelet



Spiral Bracelet




Asymmetric Necklace


NEW Brooches

"Tube" Necklace



"Tube" Earrings



NEW Brooches

Thursday, June 30, 2011

What a Nightmare !

I am astounded at just how dependant I am on technology ... internet, mobile phone, palm-pilot ... just one of them 'goes down' and I am a complete shambles!


Anyway, after 6 days without a broadband connection I am now up and running again and catching up with the big wide world.


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Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's been a funny old week !

Do you ever get to the end of the week and think "what have I done this week?"

That's what I was thinking to myself today ... but then I sat down and thought about it and, actually, I've been pretty busy....

On Monday my friend Carole cooked me a gorgeous curried chicken lunch, we also swapped Birthday presents which sounds very efficient but when you learn my Birthday was in May and Carole's was in January maybe we're not as organised as we seem !!

Then on Tuesday I spent a few glorious hours sifting through goodies and seeking out treasure at the Scrap Creative Reuse Art Project with Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles followed by lunch with girlfriends at Blacker Hall Farm in Wakefield. I make it sound like I go out for lunch all the time but like buses they all came at once plus today's lunch was well deserved before I had to visit the dreaded dentist for a tooth extraction after loosing my year long battle with a tooth abscess ... I definitely deserved a nice lunch don't you think?

Wednesday was a visit to see my Mum who spoilt me rotten as usual !

Thursday was a shopping trip to Leeds to buy Birthday presents for my Mum, my better half and my most bestest friend - how come the three people closest to me have Birthdays over a 3 day period - what kind of planning was that?

After a quick visit to Sainsbugs Friday was a work day making my paper beads into necklaces, bracelets, brooches and keyrings ready for the Notton Village Gala on Sunday. I'm very excited as I've been working on a couple of new comic book and atlas collections - I can't wait to see what people think.

Saturday found me in Barnsley at the absolutely excellent Paper Works Art Exhibition in The Civic - OMG I thought I had patience rolling my paper beads but some of the people exhibiting there are clearly saints !



My week was rounded off with the Notton Village Gala, we were hoping for a glorious sun drenched afternoon but the British weather had another kind of drenching in mind and reluctantly I had to pull out of the event - fingers crossed the sun will be shining next year!


Wonder what's in store for us all next week???

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Scrap Creative Reuse Arts Project

I spent a wonderful couple of hours this morning at the Scrap Creative Reuse Arts Project in Leeds seeking out lots of glorious treasures.


Came up trumps with some fab wallpaper samples, sugar paper, posters, tissue paper, pink netting and even half a dozen christmas pudding pots !


That little lot should keep me busy for a while !


For more information look up Scrap Creative Reuse Arts Project on facebook


Keep on Making !
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Saltaire Arts Trail

I had an amazing time this weekend with Bev Madden of Mrs Madden Makes (http://www.mrsmaddenmakes.co.uk/) at the Saltaire Arts Trail and Makers Fair meeting lots of very talented people creating the most gorgeous goodies.

It was a pleasure to be a customer rather than a seller and having time to browse, chat and swap ideas with people.

Can't wait for the next Saltaire Festival in September !

In the meantime, if you like individual and usual gifts take a look at the following, they are awsome
http://www.stitchart.co.uk/
http://www.suecandy.co.uk/
http://www.fabricwithpinsin.co.uk/
http://www.flossielinejuice.folksey.com/
www.frooly.com/zincwhite
http://www.leighshepherddesigns.com/
http://www.dear-emma.com/
http://www.handmadebypipo.com/

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jaygo Touchy Feely does Radio Sheffield


I am SO PROUD of my chum Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles after she made her debut on the Rony Robinson show on Radio Sheffield on last Tuesday.


Click on the link to Listen Again www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00g9dz6/Rony_Robinson_3 from 0.30 to 0.54



and spread some of that Touchy Feely loveliness !!



http://touchyfeelytextiles.wordpress.com/





Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mellor Ware by Lianne Mellor


I met a lovely lady by the name of Lianne Mellor at the Devonshire Street Market last week. Lianne is a wonderfully talented illustrator and the designer and maker of the beautiful timeless tea ware called Mellor Ware.


Lianne Mellor's illustrations are derived from observations of British wildlife, mixed with a generous helping of imagination and a pinch of the bizarre.


Mellor Ware has just been accepted by Liberty of London - how wonderful is that??


Take a peek at Lianne's website www.mellorware.co.uk

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Devonshire Market, Sheffield



Celebrate the Royal Wedding in style

with all your favourite PS, I Made It crafters

at the Devonshire Market, Division Street, Sheffield

April 29th - 11am to 6pm


We look forward to seeing you there.


For full details see www.frooly.com

or Google Devonshire Market, Sheffield


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fun in the sun @ Castle Howard

Well, it was "fun in the sun" at Castle Howard this weekend - not even the fire alarm and subsequent evacuation could take the shine off the day !



After meeting some wonderful customers, some of my Utterly Unique jewellery is now winging it's way to such far away places as Australia, Spain and Prague ... how fabulous is that??

I also met some wonderful fellow crafters including Carol Cooling with her gorgeous wirework jewellery and Jane from Abundant Glass with her beautiful handmade glass crafts to name but two.



The day was finished off perfectly with a visit from The Easter Bunny ... I didn't realise bunnies grew to such a height!!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter "Egg"citement @ Castle Howard


There's much "Egg"citement taking place at Castle Howard this Easter weekend with the Traditional Fair & Shire Horse Experience which runs from Good Friday through to Bank Holiday Monday


PLUS on Easter Sunday the Fair also includes the Artsmix Easter Art Market 10am to 5pm
Where you'll find a unique selection of hand made art, design and contemporary craft
ranging from fine art paintings, jewellery, wood work, ceramics, photography,
textiles and much more … including me!





It’s set to be a "Egg"citing weekend … hope to see you there !



For more information including directions check out www.castlehoward.co.uk

Monday, April 18, 2011

Treasure!

We've had a truly wonderful day today meandering round art shops, craft shops, charity shops and antique shops collecting lots of lovely beads, books, mannequins, fabrics, wall hangings ... not to mention some glorious homemade flapjack !


Tomorrow will be another wonderful day deciding what to do with all those lovely treasures ... !



Monday, April 4, 2011

Undiscovered @ Albion Place, Leeds & The Designers Market, Holmfirth


This week finds me busily preparing for two fabulous and exciting events this coming weekend.

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On Saturday 9th April it is the Artsmix Undiscovered at Albion Place, Leeds arts market 11am to 5pm ~ come along and explore best of the region's art, design and contemporary craft

Then on Sunday 10th April it is The Designers Market at Holmfirth from 11am to 5pm ~ there will be over 40 stalls selling designer goodies for you and your home as well as live music, wine tasting, art and cake decorating demonstrations PLUS a fabulous Easter Egg hunt !

There will be a £2.00 admission fee to help raise money for cancer research.

Be Original ~ Buy Original





Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blackhouse Ladies Lunch - March 31st 2011


Just one week to go to the Ladies Lunch at the Blackhouse Restaurant on East Parade, Leeds raising funds for The Eve Appeal

Thursday 31st March 12 noon till 3pm


There will be food, wine and fashion not to mention some fabulous goody bags !!


I will be there with my Utterly Unique paper bead jewellery and gift packaging

PLUS I will also be giving gift wrapping demonstrations with tips and ideas on how to gorgeously wrap your Mother's Day presents and Easter gifts

Liz Earle will be on hand to offer hand and arm massages and Cupcake Cottage with there with their yummy cupcakes ... mmmm

If you'd like to join in all the fun as well as help raise money for The Eve Appeal research into ovarian cancer, contact Sophia on 0113 246 0669 for more details and to book your table for lunch

http://www.eveappeal.org.uk/

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Recycled Bag Workshop ... the Result!

I had a fabulous time with Jill of Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles yesterday at her Recycled Bag Workshop - if that was a taste of things to come I can see I will have no time to myself as I will be booking on all of her workshops !!!

From my old jacket to a gorgeous new shoulder bag ... what do you think?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Recycled Bag Workshop


Decisions, decisions, decisions ... what to take along to the Jaygo Touchy Feely Textiles workshop tomorrow to chop up and recycle into a gorgeous shopping bag ?
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Check out http://touchyfeelytextiles.wordpress.com/ for full details about Jaygo's fabulous textile workshops

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Undiscovered at Albion Place Arts Market

I will be at the Artsmix
Undiscovered
at Albion Place Arts Market
on
Saturday 12th March 2011
11am to 5pm
@ Albion Place, Leeds (next to WHSmith)

Come along and explore best of the region's art, design and contemporary craft

As the advert says ...

Be Original - Buy Original

www.artsmix.co.uk


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Speaker/Talks & Demonstrations 2011

I am looking forward to kicking off my 2011 Speaker Season with a demonstration and workshop at the Skipton Dalesway Handicraft Guild tomorrow afternoon.
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I hope the WI ladies are ready for me !
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If you are searching for a Speaker for either 2011 or 2012 please do not hesitate to contact me on 0779 306 1263 or at parties.gifts@gmail.com for full details of my talks, demonstrations and workshops as well as to check availability.
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I confirm I have a few dates available for 2011 and I am taking bookings for 2012

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Golden Wedding Gift Wrapping

I've spent a lovely afternoon, up to my elbows in cellophane, tissue and ribbon wrapping bottles of wine for golden wedding presents.
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I think they turned out pretty good ~ I hope the happy couple do too !

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Craft, Hobby & Stitch Show @ The Nec



What an amazing day I've had today at the Craft, Hobby & Stitch Trade Show @ The NEC in Birmingham . Soooo much fantastic inspiration .... my mind is boggling ... can't wait to start working on all my new ideas !

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Newark ... a heavenly weekend !


I have just returned after being treated to a romantic weekend in Newark - we stayed in a wonderful hotel in the heart of the cty and had a lovely time taking in the museums and walking along the banks of the river Trent in the sunshine (yes, sunshine!) as well as taking time to browse round the antiques and collectibles market and even investigate the deepest, darkest corners of the amazing antiques centre!
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I've arrived home with a plethora of wonderous bead making materials including sheet music, 1980's Queen & Freddie Mercury calendars, tatty books and magazines not to mention oddles of gorgeous vintage beads ... I am in heaven !