Monday, April 30, 2012

Saltaire Arts Trail Makers Fair 2012

Over the last few weeks I've been giddily preparing for the Saltaire Arts Trail 2012 Makers Fair which takes place 5th to 7th May 2012 at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire ... I'm sooo excited to have been chosen to exhibit at the event I can barely contain myself!  

This year’s event showcases the work of over 60 selected artists, designers and makers including exhibitors from right across the country as well as right here in Yorkshire including (unbelievably) yours truly !  

I've been preparing lots of new Utterly Unique ranges which will be available for the first time at the Makers Fair including handmade decorated leather belts, badges, keyrings, bookmarks, cufflinks and my All New wire wrapped beads - they're amazing!

For more information about the fabulous Saltaire Arts Trail including a list of all the makers exhibiting at the Makers Fair see 

If you're able to join in the fun please feel free to "drop by and say Hi"
you'll find me in the Harmonium Room at the Victoria Hall

See you there ! x

Monday, April 16, 2012

British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate

I had a fabulous time at the BCTF in Harrogate today.

I met some lovely wonderful talented people but it was especially nice to be able to catch up with the familiar faces of Jill from Touchyfeely Textiles, Rebecca from Rebeccamaryjane's, Rachel from Rachel Lucie Jewellery, Carrie-Ann from Carrie-Ann Coup Handcrafted Paper Products and Leigh from Leigh Shepherd Designs 

The absolute excitement came though when I met Phiona Richards 
I have long admired Phiona's work so I was awestruck to finally meet her.  
So awestruck in fact that I completely embarrassed myself by babbling at her incoherently - she must have wondered what the heck was going on - anyway I did finally manage to get my mouth under control and hold a coherent conversation with her and she's as gorgeous to chat to as her work is to look at.

If you haven't had the pleasure of Phiona's work then please take a peek at - I'm sure you will be just as impressed as I am with her fabulous talent.

BIG question now is ... do I launch myself on the world at next year's BCFT? 
... decisions ... decisions ...???

Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Gift Wrapping Ideas

March has marched on by and April is now upon us which can mean only one thing ...  Easter is but a short hop away and with it a weekend of scrummy hot-cross buns (Mmmm) and delicious Easter Eggs courtesy of The Easter Bunny !

I adore giving presents so giving Easter Eggs to friends and family is an essential part of my Easter celebrations and, as you can imagine, I like to make them “egg”stra special by wrapping them in my own Utterly Unique way!

Here are my ideas for wrapping your Easter eggs this weekend

Small Individual Creme Eggs

These look fab pleated with just a little bit of tissue and pretty bow to decorate

Tools = tissue (pale yellow, pink or green are ideal), scissors, 6mm satin ribbon

1.  Cut 2 x 10cm squares of tissue (doesn’t matter if they are the same colour or different colours)
2.  Sit the egg in the middle of the tissue
3.  Pleat the tissue round the egg
4.  Tie the ribbon round the tissue at the top of the egg to hold the tissue in place and tie the ribbon into a bow to finish

The same wrapping method can be used for larger eggs by simply scaling up the size of tissue paper used.

This wrapping method is also ideal for wrapping little bundles of sugar coated mini eggs which make adorable table favours for Easter lunch

Boxed Easter Eggs

The No1 rule when wrapping a box is to use just enough paper to cover the box and cut off any excess and also to use tape sparingly

Tools = wrapping paper, scissors, tape (3 x 1ins pieces – cut ready to use), ribbon

1.  Measure and cut the paper to the right size (enough to go round the box and half way up the ends of the box)
2.  Check that the box sits evenly in the middle of the paper so that the amount of paper at each end of the box is equal

3.  Wrap the paper round the box (keeping the paper tight) and seal in place with one piece of tape
4.  At one end, fold the paper to make a point (run your finger along the creases to give it a professional look) then tape in place with the second piece of tape

5.  Again, keeping the paper tight, fold the paper at the other end of the box and tape it in place with the third piece of tape

6.  Tie a length of ribbon round the box and in a bow to finish

For the WOW factor decorate the box with Easter chicks and other embellishments

I hope I've inspired you have fun with your Easter Wrappings and if any of you are brave enough to photograph your efforts I would love to see them ~ I'll give a prize to the best effort !

If you would like to learn how to make a quick and easy gift tag or a simple triangle gift box please visit the Tutorials Page on my website

Till next time …