Friday, 23 December 2011

Monday, 19 December 2011

St Martin in the Fields Christmas Appeal

Now in its 85th year, the BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal is raising money for people in need across the United Kingdom.
The money raised is divided equally between The Connection at St Martin’s, which provides vital services to thousands of homeless people every year, and the Vicar’s Relief Fund which makes thousands of crisis grants to people in need across the UK.

It shouldn't take the cold weather to make us think about the homeless but it nearly always does. We go out wrapped up in warm coats and hats and, for once, actually take notice of those people that have been around us with no roof over their head all year.

£1 from the sale of all Tobyboo Oranges & Lemons tea towels that feature St Martin in the Fields will go to the appeal which helps not only the homeless but those that might become. They are £12 each from Tobyboo 

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Cabbages For Christmas

Yes, it's an obsession I can't help it. I love Cabbages and Roses. I could spend a week in one of the London stores and be a happy girl.

The fabrics, the cut, the pockets.... oh the pockets! So my early Christmas present this year is THE best jumper in the world, not only is it the snugglyest thing in the world and I want to sleep in it, has the cutest button detail but it has pockets, not just any pockets - VELVET LINED POCKETS! I've worn it 4 days now and each day I've had at least 3 people say something lovely about it.

I want to live in a Cabbages world, can I go on holiday there? Just look....

It's just sooooooo purdeee! Christina "Cabbages" Strutt - I salute you! (I don't my hand is in my pocket and it's not coming out)

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

About a Boy

 This is just how excited the DesignerMakers handmade Christmas shop made Toby today, the trip was only bettered by a visit to what he called "the best Cafe Nero ever" and he should know because he's been to all of them.

I thought that the giant tree made of Lego, yes Lego, would make the boy go 'wow wee' but all it made him say was "where does the train go from?" hey ho - still Cafe Nero, a winner!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Designer Makers Handmade Christmas - 18 Exmouth Market London - open till 10th December, GO!

Dulwich Deck The Halls - 27th November taken by the oh so talented Laura from Bumble and Earwig who I was lucky enough to share the day with

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Christmas Pop

Hoorah for Christmas! Lights, trees, Father Christmas grottos in the lingerie department (only in Croydon) and darn fine handmade Christmas events!

Today I dropped off some pieces (including cushions; above) to Exmouth Market for the Designer Makers handmade Christmas pop up shop at number 18 - Sophie & Sarah have done a tip top job, it looks like its going to be amazing. It opens tomorrow - 21st November until 10th December (alterations to the dates given previously)

On December 4th sees Croydon's very own Christmas Concrete Market at the Green Dragon Pub on the high street, with live jazz that coincidentally is upstairs it shall be a festive treat. And finally, on December 10th it's the rather marvellous Mary and Co from We Make London for their offering at Battersea Arts Centre - give handmade not a gift receipt!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

This Is A Lovely Site....

So my adventures on the School For Creative Start ups carries on and have met some inspiring people. One creative that no one has a bad word about is Hannah who's site is This Is Your Kingdom. TiYk is beautiful to look at as well as finding little gems around the country.

Hoorah and well done Hannah and Co!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Ace of Cakes

GUP A might have been last months cake conquest but this month it was my pleasure to make Bruno (the Godfather of our child) 40th edible creation. I just do as I'm told and this is what I was told...

and here be the icing on the cake...

no idea why birthday boy looks so scary, thats age for you I guess...

Happy 40th Mr Bruno!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

I am hugely proud to have some pieces selected for this years Christmas extravaganza of a pop up shop run by the rather fabulous DESIGNER/MAKERS. Yes, you could do your Christmas shopping at Argos but who will thank you for it......
25th November - 23rd December 2011
18 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE
Opening Times:
Monday – Friday, 11- 7pm
Saturday, 12 - 5pm
Thursday – Until 9pm for late night shoppers!
Designers / Makers present over 700 products by 75 UK based Design and Craft practitioners in our first Christmas Shop!
A collective of UK Designers and Craft practitioners brought together for a short time only in an exciting and atmospheric boutique amidst the restaurants, cafes, street food stalls and shops along the bustling Exmouth Market.
Designers / Makers supports buying handmade and is giving you the opportunity to find those unique and delightful Christmas presents, and/or that little something special for yourself!
Covering all disciplines; fashion, ceramics, heritage crafts, jewellery, contemporary home-wares, and lighting there will be something to suit all tastes and budgets.
This winter wonderland will hint on alpine chic with its timber display units by East London Furniture - demonstrating stunning carpentry using up cycled palettes. And it’s beautiful Blooming benches positioned outside on fine days for pre or post shopping with your hot coffee or delicious lunch from one of the nearby eateries. As well as this there will be a Christmas Tree Sledge adorning the interior (crafted from last year’s trees!), both by designer Tom Hatfield. The interior’s monotone colour palette will allow the products on sale to come alive, their bright and exciting colours, shapes, pattern and form will give a magic to the space.
As the dark night’s set in the shop will glow, enticing and inviting you in. The weekly Thursday late night opening - until 9pm (other days until 7pm) will offer festive home-baked edibles and warming drinks to tempt and seduce you to shop further! Under one roof, discover the plethora of makers working across Britain, making wonderful hand crafted pieces all involving expert practice and skill.
Go and visit, be inspired, and enjoy stress-free shopping!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Stocked up for Christmas

Prima Christmas Makes magazine
Styling by Selina Lake

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Lush Designs: TOBYBOO

Lush Designs: TOBYBOO: I was visited in the shop today by an interesting designer-maker called Tina Crawford. Under the name TOBYBOO she produces embroidered dra...

Saturday, 22 October 2011

"Oranges & Lemons" say Tobyboo

For a few months now I've been working on my Oranges & Lemons collection - the limited range of 6 cushions has been going down marvellously shown below - photographed by the very talented Kellie Spicknell. Each cushion feature one of the churches in the song but I wanted to have an design that used all 6 images for print....

The result of my efforts came in the post yesterday - my sample cushion cover! am very excited about the product and even more over the moon about the new product range that will be evolving from it. It is the first time that I've put in for copyright which made it all seem very ooooohhh for want of a better word.

The new cushions will be ready soon and new products in the new year. 

Friday, 21 October 2011


And now he is 4, Toby that is. Mission: to make a GUP A cake. Obviously half of you are wondering what GUP A is - well the boy is Octonauts mad and, as he would say, GUP A is a super sub - the star of the Octonauts fleet.

In Blue Peter style... here's one I made earlier...

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Back to School

Among the fireworks and rain at last weeks Thames Festival came am amazing opportunity to have a 15 minute session with Doug 'Dragon' Richard. To be truly honest I didn't think much could be told in such a short time certainly of any help - luckily for me I was wrong. Between Doug and Medeia (the course director) they showed me where I was going wrong, sometimes by pointing out the obvious but I was left feeling pretty 'refreshed' I also left with an application form to fill in.

As you can guess by now I was one of the hopefuls that was offered a place on Doug Richard's School for Start Ups and yes, of course I grabbed it with both hands.

This is day 3 of a very intense bootcamp - based in Westminster the course has introduced us to great guest speakers teaching us from web design to the neuroscience of creativity, all hugely inspiring. There would have been some photos at this point but honestly, between concentrating and well more concentrating I've just not even thought about taking any but if I did you'd see the backs of some creatives heads right now.

I've got heaps to apply now to Tobyboo, tomorrow is day 4 and the last of bootcamp then it's time for us to really do some work - the course is a year long one so it's not like I'm off the hook and I don't want to be. With mentoring and workshops ahead I'm sure they'll be some big changes in Camp Boo.....

Monday, 12 September 2011

Crawford and Cairns

Yesterday if you took at stroll near the River Thames you might have seen a new comedy double act that just so happened to be selling bleedin' marvellous stuff! Jenny Cairns and myself had such a fab time thanks to The Crafty Fox Market at the Thames Festival. 

Jenny is stupidly tall and I stupidly short we spent the majority of the time laughing, Jenny gave anyone that spoke to her the ins and outs of letterpress - her passion and enthusiasm charmed everyone - and she put up with me - the girl deserves a medal! 

Peek a Boo cards were on sale - 1960's nudey girlie cards that with the help of a clear layer overlay and a dress they were made decent but flip it up and *ahem* there was no avoiding breastage and bits! A big thank you to Mrs Cairns who did a sterling job and making sure everyone did get a peek!

 Oranges & Lemons tea towel framed in an IKEA frame - bargain art!

 Jennys badges and prints 

 Jennys t shirts that I read a bit wrong....

 the soldiers were back
 more badges - I got carried away with my maker