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

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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!