Friday, 25 November 2011

The news


There's a lot of jewellery to make around here. Pictured above is a floristry-themed bracelet wip (the 3D watering can was a challenge. It does hold water, but doesn't sprinkle).

It's so lovely to have orders and commissions but it eats into blogging time. I feel a little out of touch. I thought I'd pop by for a summary of the news.

The arrival of the Christmas fair season means that I need packaging. Lots of it. I use little buff envelopes and oval boxes on which I draw the little bird motif that seems to have become my logo. My Grandad used to draw a very similar bird on little notes he wrote to me.



Recently Ali made the very sensible suggestion of a rubber stamp to save time. She asked me to sketch the bird in her notebook when Tracy, Ali and I grabbed lunched at Raystitch a couple of weeks ago .Then she proceeded to carve one for me. I think it's perfect and I've been using it alot - visit Pomona's blog for a well-lit image of the resulting boxes and of her poorly wrist. 

Thankyou so much Ali. (Excuse the terrible dark photo - it's been hectic here today).  

                              Image from Pick N Mix Makers Market blog

Tomorrow is the Pick N Mix Makers market in Holt, Norfolk, organised by Lisa of BoboBun. It's always such a fabulous event - a very tempting mix of handmade and vintage and an excellent Christmas shopping opportunity. If you're nearby it would be lovely to see you. Celia and Penny will also have stalls there tomorrow.


The Selvedge Christmas Fair is in just 2 weeks' time on Saturday 10th December. The full lineup of exhibitors is here. It's hard to describe the feeling at seeing my name up there alongside Emma Lamb and Julie Arkell. I am rather nervous but hope that all will be well. 

I have ordered some Moo business cards for the first time.



I will be holding some new silver clay workshops in the New Year, both here at my cottage and at The Make Lounge in London. Click the links to find out more. Above is a mosaic of the silver charms made by attendees of my recent Make Lounge classes. In the middle is Kristina's beautiful charm bracelet made by imprinting vintage buttons into the silver clay.

The silver clay kit and Kirstie Allsopp 'Craft' book giveaway will close at midnight tonight. Juliet and I will draw the winner next week.

The next Making Winter week will start on Monday 12th December rather than Monday 5th. Apologies for the change of plan. The flickr pool is looking beautiful. Here is the premise of the Making Winter project if you'd like to join in.

...and finally, next week I will be making monkey cake pops with chocolate button ears for a small someone's sixth birthday party.

Amongst the playlist for her party is this song:



which is a firm favourite around here and feels quite Friday-ish.  

29 comments:

kat @ slugs said...

OOOH. I love that bracelet!!

kristina said...

Oooh I'm famous! But a bit embarrassed to have my silver button pictured anywhere near yours!

And what a wonderful idea Ali had re the stamp. It's so perfect.

Can't wait to see you at Selvedge!

K x

L is for Love said...

All the very best for your Pick 'n Mix market tomorrow, I'm sure you will do well. As for being in the Selvedge Christmas Fair I couldn't think of any one who deserves to be there more, your work is truly beautiful. Right up there with Julie Arkell and Emma Lamb xox

Pomona said...

I really love those bracelets with little charms - I wish I could come and see you at your fairs, but perhaps best not?! I am supposed to be shopping for other people, not myself!

I am sorry that my gammy hand rather detracts from the beauty of the birdie boxes - I'll have to try for a more tasteful picture without surgical appliances lowering the tone next time . . .

Pomona x

andamento said...

Love the new stamp, an excellent idea. Things seem to be going very well for you just now, well deserved I think. Enjoy!

by Teresa said...

I sure wish I could go to the show you'll have your things in. I'm crossing my fingers to win your draw! I love your work very much.
((hugs)), Teresa :-) in Oregon USA

Thrifty Household said...

It all sounds hectic! We need to catch up on a winter walk as well...where is the time going to?

Pennyblossoms said...

Have a lovely time at Pic'n'Mix. Wish I could be there too!
Loving all you great news...your work definitely holds its own with Julie Arkell. (Don't know of the other lady...but will check her out!).
Just sooo happy for you!
Z xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Enjoy all your up-coming fairs and that special birthday party!
Vivienne x

Mrs. Micawber said...

The stamp is beautiful and the little boxes were the first thing I noticed in Pomona's photo.

All that lovely silver - I especially like the scissors and the little ball of twine. Selvedge! (What very exalted craft circles you do move in.) Good luck with the craft fairs.

Ali said...

I cannot imagine how frantically busy you must be. Hoping your market goes well today and at Selvedge (which I am gutted to be missing).

The future holds some very exciting things for you, methinks.

Gina said...

What a lot of exciting news! Good luck with it all. x

Sew Create It - Jane said...

oooh such pretty things! Hope all the shows go well!

VintageVicki said...

Hope the fair today goes well - wish I could get up there but sadly it clashes with the start of MrVV's christmas brass engagements.

dragonfly said...

Have a fab day at the fair and the 10th is looking good for me now : )

Tabiboo said...

Gosh it all does sound like it's busy, busy, busy - but all good.

Happy sixth birthday to your small one next week and happy cake baking.

Nina xxx

Rachel said...

Yes, the stamp will make life a lot easier for you, and you've clearly been very busy. I hope the shows go well. Unfortunately I won't get to them. I'm just back from Harrogate K&S, and want never to move again!

Toffeeapple said...

The bracelet is beautifully executed, I like your work very much. You've been busy for the Pick and Mix I think. I hope that it all went very well for you.

dottycookie said...

Hope today has gone well! Mine was quiet but fun - doing the school fair next week then finito (and I think I mean finito for good this time). I am looking forward to doing some sewing for myself and my girls now!

Sorry to have been so rubbishly out of touch. I have stuff to show you - any chance of a pre Christmas tea, maybe a small person tiny tea party once school is over?

Jane said...

Hi Emma, you have been very busy producing some gorgeous work. Those craft fairs look brilliant. I think the bird stamp finishes off your work perfectly!
Jane x

Magic Bean said...

Hulloo.
Have fun with it all but mostly with the Birthday Party. When all the crazies are over we must have tae. And cake. Ax

Locket Pocket said...

Please wish little Miss Pebble the very happiest birthday from all the Lockets - especially Dottie! Ali's stamp is a brilliant idea. Hope you are not working yourself too hard. Lucy xx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Loving your birdie design on your boxes, I still haven't grown out of my love of birdie things. Have a fab time at your up and coming fair, your work is lovely so you will be fne. Love the Vampire Weekend tune, me and the Sweetpeas always dance round the kitchen to that one :-) x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Emma, I love all your Jewelry and especially the first bracelet. It is really special. The fair looked amazing. I think the bird stamp will really finish off the presentation. Congratulations! xoRobin❤

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Mrs. Pebble -- you've been a busy, busy girl! I hope you had a good show this weekend -- and that the rest of December will be good to you too!

Julie said...

The stamp looks great - amazingly simple idea!
Hope all the fairs go well. The little charm bracelets from your class are very pretty. I would love to come along to a class but its a bit far from East Lothian sadly (thankfully would probably be John's view on it!). Juliex

mandy said...

Good luck with the show :)

Jackie said...

Its so great to hear you are being seen in all the best places ! You deserve it with all your hard work. I love the little stamp and need to make one for myself. I love potato prints but I fear they are a little ephemeral. What is the material of yours?
I wish I'd been here in time to enter for the kit, but with 109 entries I think the odds are pretty slim.
Your work is looking so lovely.

wonderwoman said...

such gorgeousness!!! Im sure you will sell loads. xxxxx