Harborne Handmade is back for 2017!

Harborne Handmade will be taking over Moor Pool Hall in Harborne once again on Sunday 10 December 10am-4pm and I’m looking for creatives based in the Midlands to sell their handmade and original products. This will be the second Harborne Handmade Christmas market and the 2016 market was a fantastic showcase of the very best local craftspeople and…

Harborne Handmade line-up confirmed!

With only 7 weeks left until Father Christmas comes crashing down our chimneys it’s about time I announced the line-up for Harborne Handmade on Saturday 10 December! We have some awesome stall-holders who will be selling the most beautiful and unique items, all handmade in the West Midlands.  Here’s a taster of what we have in…

I think I’ve finally nailed my craft fair display!

Last Sunday I had a stall at my second Paperdolls Handmade craft market in Kings Heath, Birmingham. It’s a lovely market run by Jo and Carolyn and held in the Hare and Hounds, a pub with fab original Victorian details (gorgeous tiles, high ceilings, exposed brick walls..). When preparing for a craft fair I always worry…

Applications now open for Harborne Handmade!

Harborne Handmade will be taking over Moor Pool Hall in Harborne on Saturday 10 December 10am-4pm and I’m looking for creatives based in the Midlands to sell their handmade and original products. This will be the inaugural Harborne Handmade Christmas market and my vision is to provide Harborne residents with a unique and high-quality shopping experience,…

Crochet x cross stitch

Recently I’ve been intrigued with the idea of using crochet as a canvas for cross stitch. I first stumbled upon this footstool by Rose Hip on Pinterest a while ago and loved the combination of a floral cross stitch pattern with a plain crochet stool cover. I pinned several other examples for inspiration, including this gorgeous…

How I prepared for my first craft fair

On 5 December, I had a stall at my first ever craft fair.  It was the Bearwood Handmade Winter Market run by local craft collective, the Crafty Muthas, and I was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to show off what I’ve been working on since October. When I found out that my application had been…

Advent traditions old and new

I’ve been really busy this week making a few crochet Christmas elves for the Bearwood Handmade Winter Fair on 5 December. The inspiration behind these little chaps was the American tradition of ‘Elf on the Shelf’, now growing in popularity here in the UK.  Each Advent, families welcome an elf doll into their home.   The elf’s…

The Handmade Fair 2015

On Friday a friend and I went to the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court.  We kicked ourselves when we missed out on it last year so my friend booked tickets for my birthday back in January.  It was definitely worth the wait! We were up at ridiculous o’clock to catch the first train to London…