Saturday, 13 December 2008

Breaking News: The Parsonage

Oh! How exciting?!?! Breaking news! Breaking news!

We are utterly, splendidly, delightfully thrilled to confirm that our very favourite choir (of all time), The Parsonage, will be entertaining Made In The Shade customers with a special set of alt. classics and country tunes (and maybe even a Christmassy vibe or two?) at our special Festive Shopping Weekender at The Lighthouse.

The choir, led by choir mistress Janis Fyfe Murray, will perform around 3.30pm on the afternoon of Saturday 6th December.

If you have never heard The Parsonage sing before, you oughtta purchase your tickets for their Hank Williams tribute afternoon on Sunday 1st November. The Parsonage (and chums) will perform at Glasgow University's Debating Chamber from 2pm. Visit the choir's Myspace for more information. Oh. And be sure to take along plenty Handy Andies. I'm not sure if this is just me, but I become a little 'overwhelmed' when I hear those voices swirl around! Just beautiful. Best be prepared! :o)

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Dear Senor Santa Clause

Dear Santa,

It's that time of year again. It doesn't seem so long since my last letter. Thank you for last year's lovely gifts. You really do have fabulous taste.

I have been a very good girl this year. I have worked hard alongside my fabulously talented friends to create a wonderful new shopping event in Glasgow. It's called Made In The Shade. People seem to like it. I admit, there has been a little pouting and even a little crying on the odd occasion during the past twelve months, but over all I think I have been very well behaved. Though you probably know that already, huh?

There are lots and lots of things I'd like for my Christmas this year. Since I can't decide, I thought I'd send you a huge list and you can just choose what you like. I won't be disappointed.

Ceramic Russian dolls by Kitty & Dude

Scrapbook jotter by Helen Gallogly

Beautiful fabric shopper by Emoni

Oh-so-cute domino pin by *pipless jam

Illustrated doillie by Made By Mother

Pretty pony by Lullabylily

Handmade books by Bindy Boo

(Etsy store coming soon!)

Thanks so much Senor Santa Clause. I'll be sure to leave you a pink wafer biscuit and a glass of pear juice for when you arrive at my house on Christmas Eve.

Say hi to Mrs Clause and the elves for me won't you.

Yours faithfully,



Monday, 8 December 2008

MITS III Loves You!

My! Hasn't time flown!? The Made In The Shade team have successfully made it through an entire year's worth of events, positioning Made In The Shade as a key showcase for neo-craft, quirky design and vintage lifestyle in the UK.

Since the event launched in May we've welcomed around 9000 discerning shoppers through the Made In The Shade galleries at The Lighthouse and we've established an ever growing population of loyal fans and visitors. The feedback we have received from customers has been fabulous. Handmade lovers and vintage aficionados have truly embraced the arrival of Made In The Shade and I suspect we may even have converted some mainstream high street shoppers too as the Made In The Shade word has spread via enthusiastic chatter and press coverage! We have exciting plans for 2009 and we look forward to telling y'all about 'em soon!

For now, we'd like to thank a few folks who made our Festive Shopping Weekender such a success last weekend. 2886 visitors came to see us on Saturday and another 1896 came to see us on Sunday! Quite remarkable really! Thank you to all those customers who showed their interest and support in the event. Thank you to the 70+ exhibitors who set up shop over the two days, providing customers with a vast array of wonderful design pieces and vintage items to browse (and purchase!) and thanks to the makers who offered Christmas gifts up to our gift tree! Thank you to Hollie & Gillian and the staff at The Lighthouse. Thank you to the CEC members for taking part in the CEC showcase. Thank you to Ken, Jennifer, Dominic, Garry and Pauline. Thank you to the team at The List and the team at Selvedge. Thanks too to Maureen Ellis at the Evening Times, Jennifer at Indie Quarter and Caishnah at She's Crafty. Special thanks must go to Janis & The Parsonage for their beautiful peformance on Saturday. We have probably missed some names, but rest assured all your efforts are truly appreciated and we're thrilled to have your support.

We wish you all a fabulous Christmas and a swell New Year and we look forward to sharing our 2009 plans and events calendar with you shortly.

Subscribe to the blog to keep up to date with the adventures of the MITS team and keep abreast of updates and opportunities.

Happy Christmas!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Press News

Made In The Shade is featured on the very splendid Indie Quarter design blog this week ahead of our Festive Shopping Weekender! Follow this link to read the lovely feature. Product images by Pea Millinery included!

The event also appears in The List's trusty Hit List this week and we are featured in the special Christmas Shopping Directory too as part of the mag's seasonal gift guide. Made In The Shade sellers' products feature in the guide. Hooray! Oh - and our beautiful ad is in the issue aswell! Oh how pretty!

Keep your peepers peeled today for a Made In The Shade mention in the Evening Times.

Our gorgeous ad appears in this season's Selvedge magazine. We are SO excited!

Many thanks to those who have posted Made In The Shade promo on their websites and blog sites and thank you to those who have been adding the event to listings sites aswell. We appreciate all your efforts! We thank you in advance for helping make Made In The Shade a success!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

THE Vintage Hair Parlour Comes To MITS



We are beside ourselves with excitement that Nina's Vintage Hair Parlour is setting up salon in the Made In The Shade Vintage Nook at this season's event! For those of you who haven't happened across the fabulous Nina and her team of talented stylists and grooming experts just yet, then read on - and be prepared for your life to change forever!

In 2006, Nina's Hair Parlour in London Town revolutionised hairdressing for a baying audience of style savvy individuals unhappy with the fashion for homogenisation and Kate Moss cast offs. Building a loyal clientele, Nina Butkovich-Budden wowed the nation's press with Victory Rolls, Finger Waves and Beehives of such exacting style and sophistication that an appointment with the headdresser became more precious than cocktails before dinner! The Guardian, The Independent, Elle Magazine, French Vogue; Nina was wooed by them all, yet no amount of good press could guarantee a Saturday afternoon appointment without at least a month's notice.

(Photograph by Tony K Photography and used with kind permission of NVHP)

Moving away from replicating the same old fads, these vintage hairstyles are crafted to suit the wearer. Rockabilly Rebel, Screen Siren, Burlesque Beauty, Bounder or Cad, Nina's Hair Parlour caters for everyone and every look. Stocked with original 50s chairs mounted with full hair dryers, original metal marcel waving clips and the unbeatable retro know-how, the irresistible team at Nina's team offer a service unrivalled by any other salon in the country. And the experience doesn't need to end with your hair appointment! Make up and styling classes are a regular feature at the parlour on London's Edgware Road, allowing Nina to burst the bubble of everyday dressing down.

Nina has a history of working as a period style consultant at the Young Vic Theatre and has been the hair creator of the new Ray Davies's musical, 'Come Dancing' at The Theatre Royal. She has worked on international fashion shows with a myriad of photographers, music video directors and filmmakers and has joined celebrity hairstylist Danilo twice this year working on The Kylie Minogue Show for ITV and The Life Ball 2008 in Vienna. She recently feautred on the BBC's Celebrity Scissorhands programme as a guest stylist.

(Photograph copyright of Tony Rusecki, used with kind permission of NVHP)

Now, how's that for special event feature!? If you're not impressed, then you oughta be! If you are doubting the impact one little hairdo can have on one's life, then book a styling slot for yourself at Made In The Shade!

As soon as we have all the finer details confirmed, we will open booking inquiries. As soon as we have Made In The Shade price lists etc., they will be posted here first. Keep your peepers peeled on the website for more info!

The MITS III Exhibitors

Announcing... The Made In The Shade III exhibitors! Here are just 60 of the exhibitors busily preparing to set up shop at the Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Weekender next month. There are a few more exciting names to be added to the list over the next few days but we felt we'd left y'all dangling long enough waiting to hear who'd be taking part in the event, so these guys and dolls should be enough to well and truly whet your appetite while we put the final finishing touches to the exhibitor line-up!

1. Leah Halliday - gorgeous giftware

2. Off With Her Head - fabulous millinery and headwear for the burlesque goddess in you

3. Genna Designs - beautiful jewellery for the special guy or gal in your life!

4. Magic Alice - unusual accessories by Jennifer Field

5. Syrah Jay - felt and textile jewellery and accessories

6. OSM - robot and spaceman inspired art and design pieces

7. Kes Designs - clothing and gifts for mini Made In The Shaders!

8. Nana Moon - vintage treasures and ephemera by Carrie Maclennan

9. Clare Nicolson - textile design for the home, for the perfect gift

10. YHF - street culture photography by Garry Maclennan

11. Lady Wurlitzer - vintage inspired bath & beauty products handcrafted at home

12. Tahira Iqbal - fabulous accessories and jewellery

13. Elfie Loves - vintage clothing by stylist and journalist Diana Kiernander

14. Haberdash House - acrylic jewellery and accessories! The circus is the new black.

15. Ding Dong Designs - celebrity-style finger puppets and quirky felt accessories!

16. Suzy Loves - cute clothes, bags and accessories

17. Covetables - friendly stitched creatures AND home baking! Perfect combo!

18. Bindy Boo - beautiful handmade books and journals

19. Pea Cooper Millinery - super swell millinery and headwear by Paula Cooper

20. INTO Textile Designs - felt and knitted accessories and cosifying items!

21. Made By Mother - art and design pieces by the fabulously talented Mhari McMullan

22. Liz Tainsh Photography - abstract photography

23. Dazed Dorothy - unique clutch bags and accessories by leathersmith, Corinne

24. Boxart - vintage inspired canvas art collection by Kate George

25. Scrumptious - luxurious textiles by a fabulously talented collective

26. Tea 'n' Cake - 50s inspired accessories and homewares by Joy & Gerry

27. J'emmajo - pretty pashminas by Emma Jo Webster

28. Girl Industries - cute handmade gifts for your chums

29. re:made - beautiful knits and handmade gifts by Victoria Neil & Chloe McDonnell

30. Elisabeth Ingram - jewellery inspired by nature, japanese prints and craft techniques

31. *pipless jam - fabulous up-cycled accessories and gifts by Rosemary Cunningham

32. Gorjuss - wistful artwork and gift selection

33. Global Guru - electic textile design by Morag Macpherson

34. Pumpkinsputnik - elegant handmade stationery and gift cards

35. Little Sister Lucy - indulgent designer undergarments for the gals

36. bYMi - wonderful origami accessories and gifts

37. Kitty & Dude - quirky handmade ceramics that laugh at your behind your back

38. Helen Gallogly - textile design and homewares inspired by nature and pretty prints

39. Emoni - beautiful handmade fabric bags

40. We Are The Robots - geek chic accessories and nautical naughtiness from Kerri and Nina

41. Lost In The Forest - unusual, enchanting gifts by Emily Chandler

42. Miso Funky - naughty embroidery and handcrafted homewares

43. Asking For Trouble - giftwares inspired by Japanese culture & style

44. Feel Fuzzy - reclaim your childhood with upcycled retro products by Debi

45. Anna Whyte - classic tailoring in luxury fabrics by designer Anna Whyte

46. Pammie Annie Mackay - gorgeous bags, belts and purses by seamstress Pammie Annie

47. The Dandelion Project - handknits, stationery and prints by designer duo

48. Marion Barclay - contemporary jewellery made from anodised aluminium

49. Librarian Barbarian - the home of the cassette purse and record bag!

50. Electra French - indie clothing and accessories company with a electro/citrus edge

51. A Curious Swift - Scary sperm? Angry cloud? Quirky jewellery and giftwares by Gini

52. Cherryloco - jewellery and pretty charms

53. Natalie Farrell - sweet as candy pastel fabric purses and accessories

54. Florence Box Jewellery - wonderful vintage inspired accessories

55. Pistol Whip Vintage - vintage fashion treasures

56. Stella My Star - quirky handmade jewellery by Jo Gurney

57. Suzanne Smith Design - vintage craft supplies and giftware

58. Lullaby Lily - loveable handknitted creatures by Flora Kennedy

59. Nina's Vintage Hair Parlour - stylist to the stars, Nina Butkovich-Budden sets up salon

60. Raw Vintage - vintage fashion treasures by Southside boutique, 'Re-cycle And Wear'

Monday, 27 October 2008

Made In The Shade II Thank Yous

My word... Two days on from our second event at The Lighthouse and the Made In The Shade team are still exhausted! Although I am most pleased to see that the darn rain has dried up (albeit temporarily) and that the blue skies are back to lift our spirits for a little while, it is taking all my might not to just curl up and slip back under my duvet!

Anyway... Firstly, we have an enormous amount of thanking to do. Many, many thanks to the 2000 handmade and vintage lovers who came to visit us at Made In The Shade despite the gale-force winds, the hail and the torrential rain! Glasgow shoppers truly are dedicated followers of fashion. Thank you so much for supporting our event and the 55 makers, designers and vintage collectors who showcased their work.

Of course, Made In The Shade would not have had such a prestigous home were it not for the fabulously talented Lynsey Smith, Manager of the Creative Entrepreneurs Club at The Lighthouse who invited us to hold the event in Gallery 5 in the first place. Lynsey has worked in tandem with the Made In The Shade organising team over the last year or so, ensuring that Made In The Shade runs smoothly and that the event continues to develop and grow. Lynsey took up the role of Mistress of Ceremonies at Made In The Shade II and my oh my, we are grateful to her for all her running around! Lynsey - you are wonderful x Thank you too, to the staff at The Lighthouse for overseeing the event and for ensuring that all Made In The Shade visitors were well looked after! Special mention must go to The Lighthouse Conference & Events team and to the lovely Gillian and her helpers. Muchos gracias!

Without the pick of wonderfully creative and talented makers, designers and vintage collectors eager to take part, Made In The Shade simply wouldn't work would it?! Why would thousands of people come to walk around an empty room? Thank you so much to all the exhibitors who went out of their way to build interesting, stunning, effective product displays and thank you to those who really embraced the theme of the day and got a little dressed up for the occasion! We appreciate your efforts and we appreciate your support and interest in Made In The Shade. May the event continue to flourish!

Thanks also to: Ken Robertson, Jennifer Nicolson, Ruth, the promo gals, Claire Sawers, Susie Cormack, Diana Kiernander, Maureen Ellis, Kirstin Innes, She's Crafty, Indie Quarter, The Skinny, Robson & Mason, the exhibitors who donated items to our goody bags, Joanne Quinn... and thank you to the exhibitors who noted the amount of work, time and energy that goes in to building a Made In The Shade event and took the time to thank the team (Carrie, Clare, Suzanne and Jo) for their efforts. Flora - thank you so, SO much for your thoughtful gift! Carrie Slug has moved in to my house and is having a lovely time. Gini, Elfie - thank you for your messages. Thank you to everyone who has gone out of their way to help us in the last few months and thank you to those who have positive, encouraging things to say! xx

You Love Made In The Shade

Dear diary...

Click here to read a little Made In The Shade retrospective by Covetables

Click here to read a little Made In The Shade retrospective by Lullabylily

Here's another little post on Made In The Shade by Lost In The Forest

Read about I Like's shopping trip at MITS II here and here

Lullabylily & Covetables - Made In The Shade II display

Flattery! We love it!

Here are a few testimonials from some of the October 25th Made In The Shaders!

"We have nothing but positive feedback about our time on Saturday, we were so impressed with the nice people spending time in the rain handing out flyers. So a huge thank you to them...Anyway just a huge thank you to everyone involved from us and hope to see you again soon"

The Dandelion Project

"I can't believe how busy it was?!?"

Pistol Whip Vintage

"Thanks to you guys for a lovely day. You did a swell job!"

Ding Dong Designs

"Thanks to everyone at Made In The Shade for all the effort they put it in. It was a great day - despite the weather!"

Kes Designs

"Thank you so much for having us at Made In The Shade! We were thrilled to be included and had a fabulous day. You all pulled off an amazing experience and I am so excited about the festive one coming up!"


"Everyone looked fabulous and it was great to see so many people come and visit despite the bloomin' awful weather!"

Leah Halliday

"Well done girls! I can imagine how much work went into such an event!"

Anna Whyte

Got a story to share?

If you would like to share any of your MITS II stories, please drop us a line at If you'd like to share any event photos, please add them to our Flickr group :o)

Thursday, 23 October 2008

The Evening Times

Phew! Hi there!

Despite being in the throes of creativity, frantically making beautiful things for Saturday, we find the time to draw your attention to a rather splendid little article on Made In The Shade II featured in The Evening Times today! Many thanks to Maureen Ellis and Kirk The Photographer (that's his full name), for putting the piece together so well for us!

Products by Librarian Barbarian, Clare Nicolson and Nana Moon feature. Hooray!

Swing on over and have a peek at the full article here!

Friday, 10 October 2008

The Made In The Shade Vintage Nook

Made In The Shade II takes place on Saturday 25th October. Doors open at 10.30am and remain so until 5pm. Last time at Made In The Shade we showcased work by over 40 designers, makers and vintage collectors. This time we have increased the size of the event and are playing host to nearer 60 sellers! Hooray! You can expect to find creative businesses catering to your every shopping whim. From homewares to jewellery, to art to photography and illustration, from clothing and stationery to beauty products and accessories - there are few extra special items you can't find at Made In The Shade! However, in addition to the fabulous array of talented young designers and makers, October 25th marks the launch of the Made In The Shade Vintage Nook. Since we're still all wrapped up in vintage lifestyle dreams following our trip to London Town, we thought we'd give you a little taster of some of the products you will see in the all-new Vintage Nook during your next visit to Made In The Shade!

Luxury Vintage Teaset for 1 by Bedcrumb

50s inspired swing dress by Flossy & Dossy

Field mouse wallet (made from reclaimed vintage teatowel fabric) by Feel Fuzzy

Handmade vintage inspired garter by Crikey Aphrodite

Handmade clothing (reclaimed vintage fabric) by seamstress and designer Jennie Loof

Joining these special collections will be several other fabulous vintage sellers including Elfie Loves, Pistol Whip Vintage, Off With Her Head and Nana Moon! Don't miss it!

Nina's Vintage Hair Parlour

This week, Made In The Shade co-organisers Carrie Maclennan + Clare Nicolson were lucky enough to be invited to attend the grand opening party of Nina Butkovich-Budden's Vintage Hair Parlour & Ladies Boudoir in London Town this week. The party was hosted by Nina and her team and held at the Pheonix Artist Club in London's Westend on Wednesday 8th October. Carrie & Clare were (unsurprisingly) in their element - meeting and mingling with London's glamorous underground vintage enthusiasts and other likeminded makers and creative entrepreneurs. The Sunday Times (oh yes) sent a photographer to cover the ladies' old time evening so keep your eyes open for shots from the Pheonix Club in the press! May Made In The Shade now be on the lips of jivers and designers alike!

As if we weren't ecstatic enough to have been able to join in the celebrations with Nina and her glamorous chums and the fabulous burlesque starlets, we're also thrilled to announce that Nina will be setting up salon at Made In The Shade during the course of the Festive Shopping Weekender at The Lighthouse on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December. We will shortly be taking limited bookings on Nina's behalf. So - vintage enthusiasts! Glamour pusses! Burlesque godesses! Pin-up dreamers! Keep your finger tips at the ready over the next few weeks and remain poised to reserve your slot for an up-do! As Ophelia Bitz announced to the crowds on Wednesday, 'This woman will change your life!' Oh and she will....

To read more about Nina and her Vintage Hair Parlour, visit her website here.

To read more about Carrie's last trip to the Boudoir, follow this link.

Amelia's Magazine

Why, hello there! Happy Friday y'all.

Ooo - looky here! Made In The Shade II is previewed on the Amelia's Magazine website this month. Whoop! How exciting?! Amelia's Magazine is one of our very favourite publications and we are truly thrilled to be included. Exhibitors Gorjuss, Aubeebop Jewellery, Lady Wurlitzer, Jennie Loof, The Dandelion Project and Bedcrumb all feature in the story. According to the article, 'This crafty bazaar might be overflowing with timewarp treats, but it's got its experimental eyes set on being the shopping experience of the future'. Indeed! Many, many thanks to Diana Kiernander for researching and writing the piece.

To read this fabulous article, just click on through here.

Handmade clothing (reclaimed vintage fabric) by Jennie Loof as featured in Amelia's Magazine

Friday, 3 October 2008

i-on Made In The Shade

Be sure to pick up your FREE copy of Glasgow lifestyle magazine i-on this month! Made In The Shade II features in the city highlights section, 'Eye On The City'. This glossy little handbag-sized mag is the perfect read while enjoying a Sour Cherry Soda and a cupcake!

To find out more about i-on, visit the website!

Many thanks to i-on too for the generous contributions they have made to our early bird goody bags! Hooray!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Festive Shopping Weekender

Pardon?! Santa Clause is coming to town already? Yes. Yes he his. Well, actually - he's just laying the ground work for his trip right now but he will be arriving shortly! So... you better not cry and you better not pout. Instead, you ought to get your pen and paper out and start writing your Christmas list!

Made In The Shade will host a weekend of indie shopping and design appreciation at The Lighthouse, Glasgow on Saturday 6th December and Sunday 7th December. Showcasing the work of over 60 designers and makers, the Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Weekender encourages customers to relish in the delights of the handmade one-off and the vintage find. Forget the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. Illustrators, jewellers, milliners, vintage sellers, homewares collectors, soap makers, textile designers, tailors and seamstresses, photographers and painters, felters, knitters and sewers will all set up shop for this special festive edition of Made In The Shade. What better way to find unique one-off gifts for your friends and loved ones AND beat the credit crunch? Shop handmade. Shop vintage. Shop Made In The Shade this Christmas.

If you are a designer or maker or if you run your own creative indie business, we would love for you to be involved in Made In The Shade. For booking information please refer to the Seller Info pages and for details of advertising and promotion opportunities, please email: and we will do all we can to help.

Visit the site regularly for product previews and the Made In The Shade festive gift guide! Coming soon!

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Our New Flickr Profile

If you just can't contain your excitement or if your curiosity refuses to be tamed, you can sneak a peek at some work by the designers and makers attending Made In The Shade II on Flickr. Hoorah! You can browse the Made In The Shade photostream here.

If you already have a Flickr profile or if you're now just about to open one, please do make Made In The Shade a contact. You might want to join our group? If you have any pretty pictures of a previous Made In The Shade event, you might want to add them to our pool?

Come snoop around!

Made In The Shade loves you


She's Crafty! We're Crafty!

Why, looky here! A selection of Made In The Shade II sellers are featured in a lovely post on Glasgow-based neo-craft resource, She's Crafty! Swell!

She's Crafty is a blogsite run by 'Miss Crafty' as a salute to those old-timey and creative things which inspire her. Sprinkling the internet with crafty gems and witty insights into the mind of a craft connoisseur, the site is really rather wonderful! She's Crafty is a celebration of the joy of making things - from a batch of scones to a fifties inspired ballgown. The site provides light relief from the cube farm of work and the blandness of mass-produced goods. It's a window into the world of Miss Crafty and a magical crafty portal which will transport visitors into a realm of inspiring crafters and fabulous goods. In short, it's fun, it's friendly and it's worth a visit!

Clear here to read the post!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Introducing... Made In The Shade II Exhibitors!

Why hello there!

Autumn 2008 sees Made In The Shade gravitate toward all things indulgent and luxurious! As the afternoons become drearier and the nights become longer, what better time of year to throw the credit crunch to the wind, treat yourself and enjoy a little bit of pampering before cosying down with your honey after a hard day's indie shopping?

Come visit! Spend the day browsing a fabulous range of truly unique, ethically produced and affordable products brought to you by some of the UKs finest, most innovative creative talent! When your feet get a little bit tired, a cup of tea and a bun from the gorgeous Doocot cafe is just what you need!

We are so excited to announce the talented designers and makers joining us at Made In The Shade II at The Lighthouse for the shopping event of the season! Get your notebook and your pen out - you may want to make a list of gifts you need to buy on the day! You don't want to miss anything!

From the Made In The Shade team, we have...

1. Clare Nicolson Textile Design: Clare brings her birdies along for a day out at The Lighthouse!

2. Suzanne Smith Design: Suzanne showcases of her vintage-inspired crafty supplies

3. Stella My Star: Jo, Godmother of Craft, presents her range of handmade jewellery and accessories

4. Nana Moon: Carrie brings along her magic suitcase filled with vintage treasure and ephemera

From across the UK, we have...

5. Feel Fuzzy: wonderfully nostalgic, handmade journals, accessories and art

6. Gorjuss: beautiful art work and gifts by Suzanne Wolcott

7. Pammie Annie Mackay: handmade bags, belts and purses from the very talented Pammie Annie

8. Pistol Whip Vintage: The PWV gals spill out their closets for Made In The Shade vintage lovers

9. Flossy & Dossy: 1950s inspired frocks and accessories by seamstress Wendy Richardson

10. Madness Of Many: Foxes! Robots! Creatures! Wonderful handmade gifts by Kimberley Diamond

11. Aubeebop Jewellery: Fabulous, colourful space-age style accessories

12. The Curious Swift: Unusual, handmade jewellery and accessories by Gini

13. Off With Her Head: Glamorous millinery for the burlesque goddess in you!

14. Haberdash House: Marie introduces her new jewellery range inspired by the circus!

15. The Dandelion Project: Knitted collars and cuffs + beautiful printed gifts by designers Vala & Ian

16. Elfie Loves: Vintage connoisseur Diana Kiernander brings a touch of vintage exclusivity to the affair!

17. Jennie Loof: Beautiful garments, handmade from reclaimed vintage fabric by seamstress Jennie

18. Emily Chandler: Handmade jewellery and accessories by designer and maker Emily

19. INTO Textile Design: Felted and knitted designs from INTO - cosy!

20. Kes Designs: Oh so cute items for mini Made In The Shaders!

21. J'emmajo: Luxurious scarves and accessories from Emma Jo Webster

22. Made By Mother: Art & Gifts by Mhari McMullan

23. Bindy Boo Designs: Handmade books and journals by Eva Gustavsson

24. Lullabylily + Covetables: Enchanting creatures knitted and sewn with love!

25. Bedcrumb Boutique: Indulgent gifts for the home: think cushions and oddment teasets! Beautiful!

26. Crikey Aphrodite: Handmade garters and glamorous undies: perfect for those cosy nights in!

27. Leah Halliday: Talented designer and seamstress Leah Halliday showcases at Made In The Shade!

28. Anna Whyte Clothing: Quality, luxurious, classic tailoring from Anna Whyte

29. Syrah Jay Jewellery: Ecclectic textile and beaded jewellery from Syrah Jay

30. Magic Alice: Charms and trinkets become gorgeous accessories with help from Magic Alice

From the Creative Entrepreneurs Club we have...

31. Lady Wurlitzer: vintage inspired bath & beauty

32. YHF Photography: street art oddities by Garry Maclennan

33. Cotton Candy Corsage: corsages, fascinators and accessories by the lovely Rebecca Holland

34. Jacqueline Graham Jewellery: jewellery and accessories

35. Showpony: beautiful textile design by Emma Henderson

36. Crazy for Ruthie: jewellery and accessories by Ruth Patterson

37. The Cake Goddess: tasty, eadible treats by Laura Macdonald

38. In A Pickle: fabulous millinery and pretty accessories

39. The Rainbow Effect: Cheery, colourful clothing and accessories for people big and small

40. Jocelyn Turley: Design pieces by Jocelyn

41. The Lighthouse Shop: For all your design needs and gift ideas!

From Glasgow Craft Mafia we have...

42. Marionette: Home of the vintage cup candle, Marionette's range of accessories and homewares is swell!

43. Natalie Farrell: Sugary sweet textiles and beautiful handmade bags and purses

44. Librarian Barbarian: Cassette tape accessories and reclaim designs by Markie. Hoorah!

45. Global Guru: Indulgent, eclectic textiles by Morag Macpherson

46. Electra French: Pants! Tshirts! Citrus coloured accessories and day-glow wonders by Dougie & Chums!

47. Pumpkin Sputnik: Handmade stationery and notebooks for those all-important lists!

48. Miso Funky: Homewares, emobroidery and kawaii stationery

49. Ding Dong Designs: Get your handknitted celebrity-style finger puppets here!

50. Dazed Dorothy: Leathersmith Corinne creates the most gorgeous and intricately designed clutch bags

51. Florence Box Jewellery: Sally uses reclaimed vintage materials to create a beautiful range of jewellery

52. t-boo: Scrabble letter bracelet? You saw it here first!

53. OSM: Neil Slorance is the OSM robot boy and we love him and his beautiful paintings!

54. We Are The Robots: Handmade jewellery and accessories with a rock'n'roll twist!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

We're in The Skinny!

Yes, yes. Made In The Shade is popping up in all the right places these days!

Click here to read our little mention in The Skinny Student Guide.

The article is really very useful and gives a great overview of some of the otherwise hidden style treasures in Glasgow. Brazen, Raw Vintage, Mr Ben and Betsy Labelle all feature! Hoorah!

Oh - and a quick thank you too to those Made In The Shade II exhibitors who have included Made In The Shade news on their social networking profiles and in their blog pages already! Made In The Shade loves you.

Be sure to keep those peepers peeled for more Made In The Shade tittle tattle in your favourite mags, papers and on your favourite websites over the next few weeks!

Monday, 15 September 2008

Robson & Mason

Early bird customers who made it along to Made In The Shade back in May received a wonderful FREE goody bag as a memento of their visit. To ensure our gifts were super-special, we gathered contributions from generous Made In The Shade exhibitors and from our lovely hosts at The Lighthouse. Bags included beautiful accessories, gocco prints, badges and pins, sticker sets, framed photographs, designer mugs and an assortment of other handmade wonders destined to put grins on the faces of any indie design lover!

If you missed out on free treats last time, never fear! The early bird goody bag fairy will make her return visit to Made In The Shade on October 25th and this time the gifts are set to be even more impressive - if this is, indeed, possible! We are currently accepting contributions for inclusion in this season's gift bag. To find out more please contact

However, aherm, a very, very special mention must be granted to the incredible contribution we received from haberdashery masters Robson & Mason. Customers and crafties who manage to get their mitts on the free packs we received from the very generous Robson & Mason will surely whoop with joy! To learn more about Robson & Mason, please do visit their blogsite. Bringing together a delightful mixture of posts about up-coming designers, artists, film makers, embroiderers, pattern designers and photographers with reviews of some of the quirkiest clubs, websites, books and blogs that attract their keen eyes, the blog is both beautiful and engaging. It's worth popping over just to see their gorgeous promo shots! Brightly coloured buttons, ribbons and pin cushions... Exquisite! Visit to shop for trimmings, fabric, buttons, beads and, and, and, every little bit and bob you could dream of to make your crafty creations that extra touch of pretty.

Made In The Shade on Indie Quarter

My oh my! We are awfully excited to be featured on the fabulous Indie Quarter this month! For those of you who may not be regular readers of Indie Quarter (yet!), the site is jam packed with wonderful blogs, interviews and shopping previews from the world of independent design and is a wonderful resource for both handmade lovers and makers and designers.

We are lucky to have received such strong support from the guys and gals at Indie Quarter and we're thrilled that Made In The Shade will receive extended coverage on the site in the run up to our October and December events at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

To read our first Guest Blogger article, click here!

In the coming weeks, you will be able to read interviews with event organisers and sellers and you will be treated to a sneaky peek into a Day In The Life of Glasgow-based textile designer, Glasgow Craft Mafia Don and Made In The Shade Co-organiser, Clare Nicolson! How exciting!? To whet your appetite, you can have a little flick through a past Indie Quarter Day In The Life written by Made In The Shader, Carrie Maclennan aka Lady Wurlitzer: click here for more.

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The Summertime Hop - Latest News

Good afternoon Shaders,

Since it's such a miserable day, I thought y'all might like a little update on the fun we have planned for you at the Made In The Shade Summertime Hop next month - something to look forward to!

Made In The Shade is hosting Glasgow's first indie shopping festival this Summer. Inspired by our London-based counterparts, we've decided to make the leap and hold an event that combines our favourite things: off-beat design, neo-craft, vintage, cake, rum, rock'n'roll, public crafting, lounging, dancing, All Tore Up, Dave Arcari & The Tennessee Hotshots. Yes, yes. It's a veritable extravaganza!

Taking place on Saturday 20th June at GUU Debating Chamber & Reading Room, The Summertime Hop is a 12 hour music & craft-fest designed to set your little hearts a-pitter pattering with glee. Here's the deal...

Between 12 noon - 7pm we have...

Indie Shopping in the Debating Chamber

Over 20 of the best Scottish designers, makers and vintage sellers set up shop in the Made In The Shade boutique marketplace. Ditch the humdrum of the highstreet and treat yourself to some one-of gorgeousness: fashion, accessories, interiors, stationery, bath & beauty, textiles, art, photography, vintage ephemera, interiors, giftware, jewellery... ooph! You'll be spoiled for choice!

Vintage Soundtrack!

Lady Wurlitzer and the Made In The Shade Gals treat you a swingin' shopping soundtrack! Browse the delights of the boutique stalls while shimmying around to the best in wartime tunes, rock'n'roll gems, country 'n' western classics and our favourite contemporary ditties. We'll be warming up for the Wanda Jackson show on the 23rd June so expect a whole lotta Wanda AND, it's Kris Kristofferson's 73rd birthday on the 22nd - need I say more?

Flora the Tombola in the Debating Chamber

Come play with Flora! She'll be offering visitors a chance to win a whole range of gifts and prizes including handmade treasures from The Lighthouse, YHF Photography, Madness of Many, Suzanne Smith, Clare Nicolson, Little Sister Lucy and Lady Wurlitzer!

Knitting Gallery upstairs in the Debating Chamber

Want to get out the way of the hustle and bustle? Need a little space to do soem chillin'? Take your seats in the Knitting Gallery. Grab a drink from the bar, grab a cake from the Bake Sale, grab a chum, grab your yarn and stitch away til your heart's content. Oh - you'll also have prime seats for the live show! Yayee!

Craft Lounge in the Reading Room

Want to learn a crafty skill? Want to meet some likeminded people to make with? Join our craftsters in the Reading Room for a bit of hands on fun over a rum or two. Hook up with the GU Stitch 'n' Bitchers. Craft along with Miss Moovelous. Go wild with Country Crafting!

Get sociable in the Reading Room

If really you'd rather just have a wee seat while you mull over which gifts you'll treat yourself to, then the Reading Room has plenty comfy seats for you. Nibble a cake from the MITS Bake Sale, enjoy a tipple from the bar and relax and chat with your chums.

Live Music in the Reading Room

Our good friend David Duffy, dons his Saturday best and treats the loungers in the Reading Room to some old time cover-versions. Everybody sing along now! 3pm - 5pm

Crafty Lucky Dip in the Reading Room

A measley £1 donation gets you a little bundle of craft goodies to add to your collection! Many thanks to Robson & Mason for their generous contributions! Fabulous!

BETWEEN 7pm - 8pm

The quickest clean-up in history! Enjoy a drink and a cake in the Reading Room while we work hard to get the party started in the Debating Chamber :o)

FROM 8pm - midnight we have...

50s killer record hop, All Tore Up! in the Debating Chamber

Live music from guitar madman, Dave Arcari in the Debating Chamber

Live music from rockabilly trio, The Tennessee Hotshots! in the Debating Chamber

A fully stocked bar in the Reading Room!

Did y'all get that? There's a lot going on isn't there?! And you know what? An all day pass for the Made In The Shade Summertime Hop costs just £3.00! Yep - £3.00. You are free to come and go as you wish. Come shopping in the day. Go home and get your glad rags on, then join us in the evening for a right old knees up! Wristbands are available at the entrance to The Hop.

Keep up to date with event developments by visiting our Myspace profile