Wednesday, 20 November 2013

handmade happiness

A couple of weekends ago Missy Big and I had a girls day out, just the two of us. We went to Spitalfields, had a wander around the market and after a fancy burger popped to the Renegade Craft Fair. What a treat! 

We picked up lots of handmade goodies, some for us and a bunch of Christmas presents too, which will have to remain a secret. 

But the best bit for Missy Big was that she got to meet Jane Bull and take part in a workshop with her. If you craft with your children you've probably used a Jane Bull book, we have several and regularly borrow them from the library. She has a new book out - Crafty Creatures, from which we each made a sweet bird.

Aren't they lovely! We will be making plenty more new friends from this book I'm sure.

The only trouble with Christmas shopping is that I see so many things I want for me! I'm very fond of a brooch, and there were many to choose from. I did very well and just came home with one for me.

Mine is by Louise Dawson

and brooches for the girls, from Lady Snail

coasters from Ketchup on Everything

There were so many talented makers and gorgeous products. I came away completely inspired and plan to make this Christmas as handmade as possible, either by making for people or buying handmade. 
I think I'd better get a move on! 


  1. Lovely finds, especially your brooch. I'm always really inspired to make things at this time of year, if only there was more time. If only we didn't have to sleep...

  2. those birds are so cute! Love them :-D

  3. How lovely! Good luck with your handmade Christmas. :-)

  4. I always love popping in here. I think those birds are great. Jo x

  5. Cute birds! And you have given me coaster envy!

  6. Love the birds. Mat have to investigate the books you mentioned.

  7. Sounds like the most wonderful day out. Those birds are so sweet. I'll have to keep an eye out for some Jane Bull books. The broaches and coasters are so cute too.

  8. Ooh, you found some treasures there! I love the brooches in particular. I can't be let loose in those sorts of markets as I want to buy everything I see... x


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