Dec 24, 2008


What a great day was had by all! With workshops running throughout and the day, and the tuneful sounds of the Furies choir, we would like to thank everyone who came along and supported We Make and look forward to seeing you all at future We Make events.

We would also like to wish you all a fantastic christmas and wish you all the best for 2009

Here are a few photos from the day…
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What Katie Does

What Katie Does

We Make Tote Bags

Dec 4, 2008

Designer Spotlight- Blackrose

Blackrose has a day job as a Training Consultant with a major Awarding Body/Examination Board, but still manages to find time to squeeze in crafting between this and a busy life. As a child she was always doodling, colouring in or cutting out shapes and people.

Val remembers fondly:
“My mother was always knitting, crocheting and sewing clothes for myself and 5 siblings. At the time she had a lovely old singer sewing machine with foot operator controller, but later got an electric modern one. I used to make clothes for myself ocassionally using simplicty, vogue and burda patterns up to probably the early 1990's. I also used to knit things which I never finished :)”

After various creative crafting endeavors over the years, Val then discovered Etsy last year and started making things to sell there. Recently she found out about and is also now on there selling her handmade delights.

At the moment all Val’s fabric creations are hand sewn and mainly aimed at women - to make them feel good inside, to comfort and encourage/motivate. Her best selling herbal pillows certainly do this!) Val says:

“I now know that being creative feeds my soul. I am so contented when surrounded by fabric, yarn and lots of buttons and embellishments. My boyfriend bought me a sewing machine last Christmas. (a lot more sophisticated than my mums old singer)....I need to get my head around the instructions and start using it!.”

Waiting for We Make Christmas?
Watch out for lots of fragranced wardrobe sachets and fabulous fabric brooches- great to wear with casual clothes or more formal outfits. There could also be some knitted scarflettes and maybe wrist cuffs too!

Can’t wait for We Make Christmas?
There are plenty of pleasing creation to check out at Blackrose etsy shop and have a browse at Folksy for some fabric brooches and spirit art dolls.

Dec 2, 2008

Designer Spotlight- Simply Scrumblicious

Mary and Gracie both have a passion for baking. They love making delicious cakes and chocolates. Mouth watering delights that are just Simply Scrumblicious.

Finding time in between their busy city jobs is a challenge in itself. They love using what spare time they have trying out new recipes and perfecting their favourites. Gracie is also a keen photographer which is perfect for capturing their delights.

‘The cakes we make vary, some are just old favourites; maybe with a twist and others have been delightful experiments evolved from flavours that inspire us, be it seasonal, or just a current hankering… Our cakes tend to be an amalgamation of different recipes and baking techniques, constantly tinkering with different ideas to get the desired texture and flavour. ‘

Mary was inspired by We Make London in June. She thought how wonderful it would be to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake while you are browsing and buying beautiful items.

Mary’s favourite cake at the moment is the Raspberry Almond cupcake as they are light and healthier so she can eat more than one.

Grace has preferences depending on her mood at the time, summer calls for light and refreshing – the mango raspberry charlotte cake had the zing to hit the spot, though when the nights draw in as winter looms, nothing beats the warmth of a delicately spiced carrot cake, with its velvety smooth cream cheese frosted duvet.

Waiting For We Make Christmas:
For We Make Christmas Simply Scrumblicious’ main focus will be on cup cakes and mini versions of larger cakes. One in particular is their mini cheesecakes. They will also be bringing a range of handmade chocolates consisting mainly of classic truffles.

Can’t Wait For We Make Christmas:
If you simply can’t wait till We Make Christmas to have a look at more of Mary and Gracie’s mouth watering creations then take a look at their blog I promise you, its full of sweet toothed loveliness.