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!