Handmade Christmas Shopping…From the Comfort of your own Home!

2015 is almost over….How did that happen? Can it really be Christmas AGAIN? I’ve somehow done quite a bit of my festive shopping, much of it online, so some part of this truth must have dawned! And I might put up some decorations this weekend, and jolly the place up. This year has been a bit of a struggle, healthwise, and consequently I’m not doing my usual round of fairs and markets. For one thing I’ve had to cut right back on my making. But you can still shop with me, by visiting my Etsy and Folksy online shops! There are links here, on the right of the page.  Or shop locally and visit Urban Folk in Shrewsbury (the cute place just up Grope Lane, for the uninitiated. It’s adorable; you have to visit). I’m going to be adding new items online and posting right up to Christmas. So have a peep and make life easy, by shopping from the comfort of home and knowing your order will be packed up and shipped to you super quickly…..Handmade and technology heaven!IMG-20151202-05797 (1024x1024)IMG-20151120-05758 (1024x655)IMG-20150920-05578 (1024x796)

Made in Shropshire – a 10th Birthday Milestone!

mini fleece elephant

The Made in Shropshire group formed 10 years ago, in 2005, initially the idea of and a collaboration between Shropshire Rural Hub and WIRE – Women in Rural Enterprise. Ten years on and the group is still going strong, with many new faces having joined to showcase their making talents and wonderful products, alongside a few original members (of which I am ALMOST one, having joined a month or so after the group formed. I can’t believe it’s that long. I’m sure I don’t look a day older).

To celebrate there’ll be a few special touches to tomorrow’s Fair in the Square in Shrewsbury town centre, and even the Mayor is coming down to have a look around and sample some of the celebration cake! (Served on a specially commissioned ‘Pots and Dots’ plate). There’ll be balloons a-flying and cupcakes to share, by Lynne Morgan of Baked for You; though I’m loyal to my favourite nibble and will be starting with one of her glorious shortbreads with my first coffee of the morning.

So if you’re around tomorrow and can come along, then do! It’s 9am-5pm, as normal and the sun will be coming out to celebrate too, I’m absolutely confident! I have bought some delightful new fabrics and have made some cute bits and pieces with it – it’s nice to have something new and fresh each month – and would love to see you!

December Vintage Escapades….Last One of the Year!

Photo: I will be here on Sunday as Buckle Bunny Kate for my last fair before Christmas.xJust a quick note to remind you to pop along to the last Vintage Escapades of the year, this Sunday, the 8th December. That’s at Woore Victory Hall, Woore, Cheshire, from 10am-4pm, for festive shopping and fun!

Dearnford Lake Country Fayre 18 and 19 May!

Pam Kitty and Retro Kitty

This weekend I shall be heading to Dearnford Lake Country Fayre, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May. Vintage Escapades have a very special little marquee alongside the country fayre, where there are dog shows and displays, crafts, activities, face painting and a fairground, plus the  cafe, car boot sale and other attractions. Do come along! From 10am-4pm on both days. You can find directions here to Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, SY13  – www.dearnford.com. It’s about a mile from Whitchurch railway station and easily accessible by car on the A49. See you there!

Made in Shropshire, Saturday 11th May

Tiny Bunny in a Skirt

It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means it’s Made in Shropshire day! We’ll be in the Square in Shrewsbury town centre from 9am-5pm, so please do come along and take a look at all the lovely handmade crafts and local food produce. This tiny bunny is coming with me. See you there!

Made in Shropshire, Saturday 14th July…Come Rain or Shine!

Regardless of what the weather might be doing, I can assure you that the market will go on! This Saturday, the 14th July, Made in Shropshire is holding its monthly arts and crafts market (with a little bit of gourmet food thrown in for good measure) in the Square in Shrewsbury town centre. Do come along…I have some pretty new bags and purses, more spiffing animals from my vintage zoo, lots of lovely lavender filled goodies and plenty of squashy cushions, perfect to brighten up your home this summer. See you there! 9am-5pm (though I haven’t usually finished setting up before 9.30 or 10….as I’m very busy drinking my morning latte(s).

Who says a cat and a dinosaur can’t be friends?

Retro Kitty and Daisy Dinosaur

New friends! These two cuties will be coming with me to Kate and Lexy’s Vintage and Handmade Festive Fair at Woore Victory Hall in Nantwich on Sunday 6th November. It’s on from 10am – 4pm! See you there….