Author Archives: lisabenn

…new eco-friendly packaging & gift wrap upgrade

A re-think of the ‘In The Making’ gift wrapping was in order when my supplier of spotty paper retired! A Folksy blog piece about gift wrapping, started me thinking about using boxes and doing it recyclable and plastic-free.

The box is recyclable and part made with recycled material – the brown wrapping paper and tissue paper is recyclable and from certified sustainable forests – 100% cotton twine, (UK made since 1850’s), re-usable and biodegradable – the parcel tape is made from paper with plant based adhesive, biodegradable, compostable …. oh and apparently “Vegan Friendly”!

Meet In The Making Aprons in Brighton this month…

The first Made+ Good pop-up shop has opened this month in Brighton. The shop will stock a range of beautiful small batch and handmade products from over 40 different British designers and makers. Three of my crossback aprons along with kids aprons exclusive to Made + Good will be in the shop. A percentage of profits go to charity visit madeandgood.com/pages/charities for more info.

….cardboard, paper & glue

Quite regularly I make batches of game pieces/cards to replace lost ones from the Myatt Garden School Storysacks Library – missing pieces stop play! Some years ago I scanned all the Storysack game pieces, so when they are lost I can print them out on paper, glue them to cardboard and seal with more glue – making new pieces so the games and Storysacks can continue to be used!

Occasionally I need to make replacement clothes for character dolls, this week it was a pair of new pj’s for the lazy farmer in the Farmer Duck Storysack – a few weeks ago a tiny shirt for Nelligan from the Pig in the Pond Storysack. Recently all the dinosaurs were ‘lost’ from ‘Harry & the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Storysack, so I did some scanning (from the storybook) and drawing in Photoshop to make ‘lollystick puppets’, then found some great Harry and the Dinosaurs activities online, improving the educational value of the sack too!

Christmas decorating…

I was very keen to try out chalk pen art this Christmas, so bought an Edding 4095 chalk marker (bullet nip) from Amazon (although since then have noticed WH Smith have a few different ones, including colours). I drew out my designs on paper first, taped them to the outside of the window, then ‘traced’ on the inside of the glass with the chalk pen – took the paper off and drew more little branches, baubles and ‘snow’ to balance the design here and there. It was really fun and also inadvertantly provided street entertainment for the people visiting the school fair over the road!! AND – I won a prize from Folksy as part of #12daysoffolksy Instagram challenge ‘Let it snow’ !!!

This year’s door wreath is a bit early – to be part of #12daysoffolksy Instagram challenge – it’s entirely made of cuttings from the garden and some green gardening wire.

New apron design No19….

Introducing the No19 – a new ‘bib and skirt’ apron design – in the Folksy and Etsy shops today.

No19:2 – A black linen bib apron with a heavy lace trim, inspired by Austrian Tyrol folk dress – we had a wonderful summer holiday there once, when I was 11, on Sunday women passed the hotel in their way to church, dressed in long plum colored skirts, lace and big black hats! Folksy

No19:3 – A royal blue cotton canvas apron, inspired by 1940’s wartime ultility clothing. Etsy

Folksy Favourites this week…

Very pleased to discover Folksy added No12 blue denim Makers Market Apron to ‘Folksy Favourites’ this week (appears on rotation on the Folksy homepage) and last night No12 ochre denim Makers Market Apron appeared on their ‘Gifts for Makers’  gift ideas selection, alongside my No 4:3 and No7 crossback aprons already there! The ‘No12 Makers Market Apron’ has taken quite a bit of time to develop, I realise it’s a bit niche, so I’m particularly pleased it’s getting a spotlight.

‘Celebrate Handmade’ Weekend…

‘Celebrate Handmade’ weekend is an antidote to the ‘race-to-the-bottom’ of the Black Friday and Cyber Weekend Sales, which seem to last a week either side too!

In contrast ‘Celebrate Handmade’ encourages shoppers to avoid the global high street chains and choose to buy direct from UK independent designers and makers – Find a wealth of diverse, unique and beautifully crafted work, to be treasured.

….and Folksy (Home of British Craft) has featured one of my aprons for their ‘Celebrate Handmade’ marketing!!!