So happy! One of my potters aprons is featured in the Christmas Gifts Guide of Creative Boom Magazine, it’s such a ‘cool’ publication! creativeboom.com/features/the-ultimate-christmas-gift-guide-for-artists-designers-and-makers
Feeling very proud! From Monday 30th September – Sunday 13th October 2019, I will be the featured maker/shop on Folksy.com! There is a ‘Meet the Maker’ interview on their blog and ‘In The Making – Aprons’ shop will be featured on the Folksy homepage for the whole 2 weeks!
These aprons are now in my Folksy and Etsy shops. Named for it’s distinctive kite -shape, I am so pleased with how this apron turned out, it perfectly fits me (5’6″) and my partner (6’4″), and looks great. An adjustible crossback apron, in beautiful quality cotton canvas with tough marine cord ties.
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”!
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.
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!
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.