Wednesday, 30 December 2009

January Schmanuary

Good evening Shaders.

My - we have been very poor in keeping up with this blogging malarkey of late haven't we? Christmas chaos had us in its crazy grip there for a while, but I think the shopping shackles have loosened a little now! We're working hard to restock The Maisonette after y'all cleared us out of handmade fabulousness and we're toiling like trojans to lay plans for 2010. We have a lot of stuff buzzing about our heads and we have a LOT of lists to write!

Despite our Made In The Shade boutique shopping event still being... well - homeless, we're concentrating on The Maisonette for the time being and we're super-duper focused and gearing up for another tremendous year. We want to make our shop - as tiny as it is - your favourite place to be, to buy and to nosy around in. January is traditionally a pretty dismal month and even though we have been praying to the goddess of tropical beach lifestyle and sunshine religiously, we're guessing that we'll probably be stuck with sleet and cold air for a good while yet before the sun shows its face and our fingers thaw out long enough to stir a mojito. So. Here's the plan. We'll be unveiling our in-store events schedule shortly. We want to invite y'all to The Maisonette for tea and biscuits, for demos, workshops, meet-ups and general creative fun. We want to brighten up your bleugh winter evenings and we want you to share ideas, learn something new and get to know folks in your neighbourhood. We have some fabulous ideas up our sleeves already (we'll tell you more very soon), but if you'd like to host an event or if you have an idea for a workshop you'd absolutely like to take part in, then drop us a line! Reach us at: We love to hear from you.

Monday, 7 December 2009

The Maisonette goes BUST! (No, no, no... in a GOOD way!)

Yes, this weekend sees the Made In The Shade Maisonette travel southbound to London Town where MITS gal Carrie and her fine beau, Beardy, will set up mini shop alongside some of the country's finest crafty maker types.

In the spirit of supporting and nurturing new talent, we'll be handpicking some of our favourite Maisonette residents to represent The Maisonette during our debut at the BUST Craftacular. Perhaps rather predictably, we're placing a 'homeware' slant on our product selections this time around. If you're in London on Saturday 12th December and you're hankering after high quality, unusual and gosh darn beautiful cosy, homey wonderfulness, then do swing by and see us!

Amongst others, we'll be showcasing the work of needle mistress and textile designer Angharad Jefferson, ceramicist Kitty & Dude, subversive cross-stitcher Miso Funky, box art champion Navarone Paul and of course, Clare Nicolson and Lady Wurlitzer. It'll be a blast!

by Angharad Jefferson - available at the BUST Craftacular 12.12.09

by Angharad Jefferson - available from the BUST Craftacular 12.12.09

The BUST Craftacular takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 12th December between 12 noon and 7pm. There'll be music and crafting and cake and fun and loveliness.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Last Chance Saloon

A little bundle is accumulating on our mobile office (aka the Maisonette hostess trolley). As beautiful handmade items fly out of our doors, destined for new homes and new owners, we inevitably reach a stage where one little lonesome gift is left behind :( Rather than neglect these little pieces of handmade treasure, we'd like to encourage y'all to come and adopt 'em!

This is the Last Chance Saloon. If y'all don't grab these while you got the chance, you'll be sorry.

Cherished Coin Purse by Dazed Dorothy £15

Knitted Tea Cup Coaster by Knit & Destroy £4

Little Vintage Linen Notebook by Leah Halliday £7

Other items you might want to nab sharpish before the disappear include...

Cat Mart print by Gemma Correll £12

Knitted Bow Scarf (Pink/Blue) by Knit & Destroy £20

Ceramic Ornamental Grenade by Knitty & Dude £36

Bow-Tie Brooch (Lilac/Powder Blue) by Ding Ding Designs £8

Insect Badges (ladybug, dragon fly small, dragon fly large) £1.50 - £3

Small Stag (guilt free taxidermy) by Madness of Many £20

When we say, 'If y'er no' fast - y'er last', we really do mean it!

Swing by The Maisonette and ask us about Last Chance Saloon items. We'll sort you out ;)

Monday, 23 November 2009

YHF Photo at The Tiny Gallery - Coming December 2009

As sad as we are to bid a fond farewell to Jennifer Nicolson and her hilarious post-it note exhibit, we are excited to welcome long-time friend of Made In The Shade (and husband to Made In The Shade gal, Carrie) YHF Photo to the Tiny Gallery this season.

From Tuesday 1st December until Thursday 31st December, YHF Photo (aka photographer Garry Maclennan) will show a series of work at The Maisonette in keeping with the tiny theme of the space.

We'll be releasing full details this week, but for now, we'd like to give you a sneaky peek at a couple of pieces you can expect to find in the gallery come December. Fabulous aren't they? All work will be for sale and Garry may have some extra exhibit momentos to offer y'all too. Keep the 1st December free in your diaries. We'll be throwing an exhibit opening bash for Garry at the Maisonette. Don't miss it

"Can we just nip into Primark?"
Photo by Garry Maclennan (YHF Photo)

"What're you doin' after this, Joe?"

"F*ck all".

Photo by Garry Maclennan (YHF Photo)

Central Station/Tiny Gallery Project! And the winner is...

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Central Station/Tiny Gallery project is...
artist Lindsay Grime.

Lindsay will install a collection of hand painted ceramic plates, tiles, tablets and cameos exploring imagery relating to the notion of 'Home Sweet Home' in The Tiny Gallery in February 2010.

Rather fittingly, Lindsay's inspiration for this particular piece of work comes largely from her granny's dining room. As Lindsay explains so eloquently, "One vast wall of my granny's dining room... was adorned entirely with china plates, collected over many years and each with a significance and history all its own – some precious, others populist; some flawless, others rendered whole by clumsily applied glue, oozing grubbily between the cracks. My installation would aim to examine this nostalgic aesthetic - redolent of family heirlooms, souvenirs of an antiquated domesticity - and conjure fragments of invented personal histories. Curiosity shops and the worlds of European and American folk art also inform my vision for the space, which I would veritably line with objects, creating an environment rich in domestic narratives and glistening with intrigue and neo olde wordly charm."

We are thrilled that our Tiny Gallery space appealed to Lindsay and we cannot wait to play hostess to her - and her fabulous collection of ceramics early next year.

We'd like to offer a big "Thanks!" to everyone who submitted proposals and we'd like thank all the guys and dolls over at Central Station for suggesting Made In The Shade take part in a joint project - 'twas a lotta fun! :)

To find out more about Lindsay in the meantime, please visit her online profiles:

Thursday, 19 November 2009

The Maisonette Welcomes...

... this week's group of fabulous Guest Designers!

Say hello to Michelle Aaron - owner of creative (and sometimes culinary) indie business, Covetables; trigger happy Gillian Hayes aka Dapple Photography and our guy Monty - the bike-mad brains behind innovative crafty enterprise Missing L:nk.


Look at this 'lil fella! His little cousin, Brown, has moved into The Maisonette with us this week. He seems to have settled on the chair by our window. It seems he's made friends with Mitten Kitten by Donna Wilson. Y'all can take them home if you like? Brown needs a good home. He's huggable and loveable and highly covetable! Handmade pets. It's all the rage. Brown can be yours for a princely £15.00.

... And look at these purty aprons! These are designed and handmade by Michelle too. A prettier kitchen outfit you ne'er shall find. You can browse and buy work by Covetables until 7pm on Thursday 26th November.

Dapple Photography

We are thrilled to welcome photographer Gillian Hayes (aka Dapple Photography) to The Maisonette as part of our Festive Shopping Shindig this season! Like Covetables, Dapple Photography is another favourite of the MITS boutique shopping event. Gillian is showcasing a series of framed work at The Maisonette this week alongside her beautiful collection of filmstrip postcards. Prices start from just £1.50 for a filmstrip card and for a princely £25 you can own (or gift!) an original framed piece by Dapple.

Missing L:nk

Monty is the bike-mad brains behind crafty upcycling business, Missing L:ink. Monty reclaims unwanted bike chain, spurces it up all shiny nice and then fashions it into highly desirable fashion pieces and practical accessories. This week The Maisonette will be showcasing and selling a range of Missing L:ink keyrings and wallet chains. These make the perfect gifts - not just for keen cyclists, but for fidgeters and footerers! Have you ever played with a bike chain?! Therapeutic isn't the word... Keyrings cost £6.00 and wallet chains cost just £12.00. Grab 'em before they disappear again! You have until 7pm on Thursday 26th November to get your mitts on some Missing L:nk presents.

Keep visiting the blog in the next few days for more info on The Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Shindig! We'll be welcoming another group of guests on Friday 27th November!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Making Your Handmade Shopping Dreams Come True

Ok - so we've dropped the 'boogaloo' part and replaced it with a 'shindig'. Sounds better. We have 'boogaloo' earmarked for other things... but regardless of what we call it, hell! I do believe we have ourselves a veritable Festive Shopping dream scenario set up for y'all at The Maisonette this year!

How so?

Well... Picture it.

1. You don't have to engage with potentially (probably) infuriating city centre/highstreet/mall
episodes involving crowds, elbows and toe stomping.

2. You can avoid the ordeal of having your wee ears assaulted by poor, copyright free
"Christmas music".

3. You will not be met with blank (or hard) stares - as seen on sales assistants in Run Of
The Mill Chain Store Ltd - when you ask where your gift was made, what it was made from
and who by!

4. Your friends and loved ones will be thrilled to receive a thoughtful, handmade, limited gift
over a copy-cat, mass produced, high street design. Times are tough. Invest wisely!

5. We will feed you free treats and pink lemonade. What more do you need?!

Now. If that doesn't sound like a dream, then I don't know what goes on in your subconscience at night! Sounds pretty darn swell to me! On top of all that - remember that we have a lovely cafe downstairs - AND an ice-cream parlour. AND pubs. Perfect combo.

From Friday 20th November, we're welcoming groups of Guest Designers to The Maisonette for special 1 week showcases. That means - every weekend, you'll be able to peruse and buy the work of different makers. Nifty, huh? We'll be posting info about each of our guests on our blog/website/social networking sites in advance so y'all will know what's going on and what to expect - we'd hate for you to miss your favourite maker!

Come join us. Get gifting!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Central Station at The Maisonette

Incase y'all haven't heard (how could you NOT?!), this weekend marks the official launch of fabulous new online creative community, Central Station.

The Made In The Shade gals have been following the progress and development of Central Station for a few months now. We're so excited that the time has finally come for the e-community and fabulous creative resource to truly blossom and grow. Not only that, but we're super excited to be involved in the official Central Station launch weekend celebrations!

We'll be welcoming a group of Central Station members and their chums to The Maisonette on Saturday 14th November (that's tomorrow!) Visitors will be greeted with classy paper cups of pink lemonade, some homemade mini cupcakes AND they'll have the opportunity to meet and chat with the Made In The Shade gals and this month's Tiny Gallery artist - Jennifer Nicolson.

Best get our frocks on!


Goodbye Festive Shopping Weekender... Hello 4 WEEK Indie Shopping Boogaloo!

Yes. We are still very sad that our 2nd annual Festive Shopping Weekender will not be going ahead at The Lighthouse as planned - but we've pulled our socks up, turned our frowns upside down and pinched our wee cheeks til they're rosie and come up with an alternative plan to make sure y'all are able to shop handmade this Christmas :)

Oh yes... Forget the 2 day rush to buy all your gifts at the Made In The Shade Festive Weekender! This year, you will be able to shop when it suits - every bloomin' day between now and Christmas Eve if you really want! We've decided to host The Made In The Shade Festive Shopping SERIES at our new retail/gallery and social space, The Maisonette. 'What's that? what's that?' we hear you cry...

Well. It's all very simple really. Between Friday 20th November and Thursday 24th December we'll be welcoming a selection of your favourite Made In The Shade vendors to The Maisonette as guest designers each week! The upshot? You get to peruse and purchase a glorious pick of the best handmade gifts this side of Knitonia AND we get to support indie business by providing our vendors with a platform to showcase and sell their work. Everyone's a winner (baby). That's the truth.

We'll be announcing the Guest Designer line-up very shortly. You can get planning your gift buying and we'll get the pink lemonade on the go for your arrival! ;)

Remember - The Maisonette is open 7 days a week. We're working hard to satisfy your every handmade desire! Come see us!

Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 12noon - 5pm

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Page 4 Pin-ups: The Maisonette & De Courcy's in The Herald

Did you see it? Did you see it?

The Made In The Shade gals' new retail venture, The Maisonette, was featured in The Herald today! There we were, with our new friends & colleagues Justina and Allan from neighbouring businesses in the Arcade, peeping out from Page 4.

Would you like to read the little article?

Here it is.

If you think you might like to write a little something about the new space or if you think you might want to photograph some of our products for your shopping spread or gift guide - then please do just holler! Get in touch with Carrie at: for info.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Late Night Shopping at The Maisonette

Oh... what a dreary ol' week it's been. What's that Frankie? Weather-wise it's such a boggin' day? Yes, indeed fella.

We'd like to invite y'all to our very first late night shopping evening at The Maisonette. We're experimenting with late opening on Thursday evenings. We'll be open 10am til 7pm. So - you think you don't have time to come visit us? Well - you do! Hoorah!

Oh - and to celebrate our first late night at The Maisonette, we'll be offering customers who arrive after 5pm a special wee treat :)

We can't wait to see you!

Carrie & Clare

De Courcy's Arcade & The Maisonette - FRONT PAGE NEWS! :)

Well, whaddayaknow? If you pick up a copy of The Evening Times today, you'll see the faces of two very tired Made In The Shade gals and their new neighbours at De Courcy's Arcade staring right back at y'all from the front page!

Yes - 'tis true. The lovely Maureen from The Evening Times interviewed us, alongside the owners of neighbouring businesses Just... For You and Not Now Cato! for a piece on the re-opening of the upper floor of De Courcy's Aracde in the west end of Glasgow.

We're not entirely sure if Cresswell Lane is the new Covent Garden - and we're even less sure whether we want it to be, but hell - there have been worse comparisons! ;) Give us Brick Lane anyday!

You can read the article by following this link - but really, to get the full 'front page/double spread' effect you must buy a hardcopy of the paper! :) Clare thinks we look like NKOTB 'hangin' tough'. I'm Donnie. Clare is Jon. Obviously.

So. Huge thanks to the guys and gals at the Evening Times for their continued support. Come and see us at The Maisonette and support your local indie businesses! There's a revival going on down this little cobbled lane and y'all should be taking part in it!

Keep your peepers on the blog for upcoming events and special indie shopping opportunities in the coming weeks :)

Saturday, 31 October 2009

An Important Announcement - The Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Weekender

In amongst all the excitement at The Maisonette yesterday, we received a call from our contact at The Lighthouse. We've all been awaiting some news about the future of Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City since administrators took over the management of the building in August. We are real sad to tell y'all that we've received notification that our Festive Shopping Weekender, scheduled to take place at The Lighthouse in December has been cancelled. The administrators have taken the decision to cancel all events booked after mid-November and a date has been set to officially dissolve The Lighthouse Trust. The building will return to the hands of Glasgow City Council in the coming weeks and months. what happens after that - we have no idea. Let's hope the building is rejuvenated in some way.

We've had a fabulous time working with The Lighthouse and the staff there. The Lighthouse has been integral to the establishment and development of Made In The Shade and we're grateful for all the help and support we've received from 'em over the last two years.

Clare and I will work our socks off to find a new home for our calendar of boutique shopping events in 2010 and in the run up to Christmas you can all rest assured that we will offer tonnes of fantastic indie shopping opportunities through The Maisonette. Let's not think of the event being cancelled, but that we're now able to host a Made In The Shade shopping shindig every single day of the week from now until Christmas Eve! Look out on the blog for more details of our plans.

The Made In The Shade Gals


The Maisonette is OPEN!

The Made In The Shade Maisonette opened its doors to customers for the first time yesterday. We are utterly overwhelmed by the support we've received so far. We've met so many lovely people in the past couple of days who've had such swell things to say about The Maisonette and the talented designers and makers whose work is showcasing with us this season.

Thanks so much to everyone who has visited us so far and a very special thanks to everyone who has delivered cards and gifts! We've had champagne, we've had gorgeous home baking, fresh flowers and umpteen pretty cards wishing us well. You're all so thoughtful and oh-so generous!

Clare and I are real exhausted. We're having a relaxing evening tonight to recoup some energy. Look out for lots of diary entries, photos and Maisonette news appearing on the blog and on the website next week.

We're open 7 days a week. Come see us!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Bleary Eyes, Runny Noses & Impending Hysteria

Oh. My. Oh my. Clare and I sure are a pair o' tired gals. Over the last two and a bit weeks, we've spent nigh on every waking hour at The Maisonette, preparing our new multi-functional Made In The Shade retail space for visitors. We've scraped, we've scrubbed, we've painted, we've hammered, we've humphed, we've hung. We've polished and preened and priced. We've shopped and shuffled (and re-shopped and re-shuffled). And here we are - sleep deprived and physically exhausted! Clare has a nasty cold and I my eyes resemble 'pee holes in the snow' - as my dad would say.

Despite having spent far too little time in our jammies over the last while, we are super excited about welcoming visitors to The Maisonette. We'll be adding finishing touches to the space over the next few weeks and we hope you'll visit regularly to keep up to speed with all the plans we're laying. From Friday (that's THIS FRIDAY!!) The Maisonette will be open to customers between 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday (late night opening til 7pm on Thursdays) and between noon and 5pm on Sundays. We do hope you can find a wee minute or ten to come see us.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 18

It's a veritable woodland party at The Maisonette this season! These little creatures have found their home in The Cushion Case :) They like it there. Please do come visit them from Friday 30th October!


Saturday, 24 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 17

Clare Nicolson: Sign Writer.

This is our pretty new logo that appears on the back wall of The Maisonette. Wheep!

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 16

So tired. Tired. Tired. Oooooo.

All is well now that the Kitty & Dude peg birds have moved in to The Maisonette. We've left them in charge of the 'to do' list.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Made In The Shade & Central Station

We're thrilled to announce that Made In The Shade is working alongside fresh faced creative online community, Central Station during October/November 2009. Coinciding perfectly with the launch of The Maisonette and the Tiny Gallery therein, we've teamed up with the guys and dolls at Central Station to action a little project. We're inviting proposals from Central Station members interested in taking up a fortnight's worth of free exhibition space in the Tiny Gallery in February 2010 (exact dates tba). Included in the prize is a private viewing party, online promotion (including design work) and a keepsake photography package. Swell, huh? The invitation is open to all Central Station members, regardless of creative discipline or theme. All we ask is that you can think of an ingenious way to utilise tiny space (the floor in the Tiny Gallery measures just shy of 1m sq.!) and that you engage in some way with what Made In The Shade is all about ;)

Take a peep at our Made In The Shade/Central Station project page, here.
Make friends with us on Central Station, here.

If you'd like to submit a proposal, drop us a line at:
Please make sure you include your Central Station username in the message.
All proposals must be received by 9th November 2009.

Central Station is a space where artists, film-makers and designers can talk about their processes, showcase their work, share tools and tips and access resources.

Members are part of an online community. They have their own showcase area including unique web address, plus the opportunity to get involved in events, projects and discover hidden gems in the collections part of the site.

If you haven't taken a peep already, you oughtta!


The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 15

We had a really exciting day yesterday. Not only did lots and lots of fabulous stock arrive at The Maisonette - sent to us by our very favourite designer makers - but we made our very first sale! Imagine that! We're not even open yet.

Claire Brown of Miso Funky fame stopped by to add some of her lovely cross-stitch samplers and cute mugs to the Maisonette's Autumn/Winter collection. She hung around for a while to have a little 'oo' and a little 'aaah' at all the glorious handmade delights on offer. Before we could say, "Have you seen the fabulous new work by...?" Claire had honed in on the 'moustache on a stick' by Ding Dong Designs. "Can I buy one of these now?" asked Claire. "Uuum. Eeeh...", mumbled Carrie & Clare! With no packaging, no labelling and not even a till to keep the money in, we handed over the moustache in return for 6 of Claire's best pounds! Voila! Our first sale.

You can own your very own moustache on a stick from Friday 30th October! Swing by The Maisonette at De Courcy's Arcade. We'll even give you a bag to take it home in and everything! ;)

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 14

Yes. I am posting Maisonette Peep Show pics at 5.30am. I've been awake since 4am. So far I've sent out launch party invites, have caught up on various bits of emailing and I'm just about to start writing out price tickets. Yaaaawn. I reckon I'll be asleep again by about 8am. We've been so, so busy over the past couple of weeks that the days are all starting to run together into one big Maisonette fest - so please forgive us for the odd glitch in posting the daily pic. Since y'all missed a peek on Monday, I'm posting two insight images today.

Here's Part 14 of The Maisonette Peep Show...

These are our new price tickets for The Maisonette Autumn/Winter collection. They'll be handwritten and attached to beautiful handmade treasures with brown thread.

The Made In The Shade Maisonette opens on the upper floor of De Courcy's Arcade, Cresswell Lane on Friday 30th October 2009. We'll be welcoming our first visitors from 10am. Please do sinwg by and see us. We'll give you sweet treats and maybe a little drink of something. x

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 13

Sunday, 18 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 12

Check. It. Out.

The Made In The Shade Maisonette opens on the upper floor of De Courcy's Arcade on Cresswell Lane on Friday 30th October. Swing by! Say hi.

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 11

Clare sure is a dab hand with a pot o' polyfilla! Now that the gaps and cracks have been smoothed over and the walls are a nice bright white, the Tiny Gallery is just about ready to receive its very first installation. Jennifer Nicolson launches her new zine, 'Suredy Bop Bop' at The Maisonette in November. In celebration we're hosting a month long exhibit of Jennifer's post-it note illustrations. It'll be swell. If a little creepy.

We reckon the Tiny Gallery must be the smallest exhibition space in the city! At under 1m sq., it fits just one visitor at a time! If you'd be interested in showing work in the Tiny Gallery, holler. We want to hear your ideas.

Friday, 16 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 10

We've enjoyed yet another productive day at The Maisonette today. All the painting is finished, the wallpaper is up and the furniture is waiting patiently in the adjoining unit to be brought into its new home. Once the furniture is in place, we'll be filling it up with lots and lots of fabulous handmade products designed by the pick of creative talent from home and from further afield.
Like this. Obsession Zine. Oh, how we love Gemma Correll!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 9

So many fabulous leaps forward were made at The Maisonette today that it's difficult to pick just one peepshow image. However, one is all y'all are gettin'! We thought you might like to see one of the loveleeeeeey pieces of furniture we'll be installing into the space for the Autumn/Winter season. Our room of choice for this season is, naturally, the cosy living room and this baby will set things off just nicely...

P.S have y'all noticed that my camera lens has been getting grubbier day by day? Must rememebr to clean it tomorrow!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 8

You know, I'm really enjoying this litte blog/photo series. I think we might have to continue this on in some way even after the opening of The Maisonette!

Today, we thought you might like to have a wee look at the De Courcy's Arcade building. The stairs and hallways have been cleaned up and decorated and are looking swish. Rumour has it that the Made In The Shade gals will be contributing some design touches to the look of the hallways and stairwell. What will we do? What will we do? Here's what the spaces look like now...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 7

My oh my, what a busy (and long) day it's been. The Made In The Shade gals are pooped.

Want to see what we've been up to in The Maisonette today?

More tomorrow. Night night!

Monday, 12 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 6

Today is the day, kids! It's Key Day!

Prep. work at The Maisonette commences today! As we await the delivery of our autumnal vintage wallpaper, we get set to sweep and dust and scrub and buff every surface in sight!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Made In The Shade & The Park Gallery

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 5

Whoof! A double whammy today.

Feast your eyes on these little fellas. We love Wooden Tree. 'Tis true that we do. Handstitched right here in Scotland by the lovely Kirsty Anderson, cloud pins will be on sale at The Maisonette from Friday 30th October. You can wear your very own silver lining. Swell.

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 4

Gosh darn it! The days are whizzing by so fast now that we're missing 'em! We'll have two peeps today since we missed the peep yesterday!

Carrie & Clare's 'To Do' List
The Maisonette

Pick up keys to The Maisonette
Buy a feather duster
Take a trip to B&Q
Await delivery of fabulous furniture
Hang fabulous wallpaper
Remember to eat dinner (not crisps)
Send launch party invitations
Order a new needle for the record player

Saturday, 10 October 2009

The Maisonette on Indie Quarter

The gals and fellas at Indie Quarter have been really, really supportive of Made In The Shade since we launched the boutique shopping event in May 2008. We're pleased to see that Indie Quarter approves of the opening of The Maisonette too!

For those of you who haven't visited Indie Quarter yet - what is WRONG with you?
Get over there.

Click here to read about The Maisonette on Indie Quarter.

Festive Shopping Weekender - Vendor Applications OPEN

My oh my, these sure are exciting times at MITS HQ. Not only are we inches away from opening our very first permanent retail/ space (The Made In The Shade Maisonette @ De Courcy's Arcade) but we are pleased to announce that bookings for our next shopping event are... NOW OPEN!!

The second annual Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Weekender will take place at The Lighthouse, Glasgow on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2009.

The event will open to customers between 10.30am - 5pm on Saturday 12th December and between 12 noon and 5pm on Sunday 13th December.

If you are a designer, maker, artist, vintage seller or other creative entrepreneur and you'd like to set up shop with us, then please get in touch!

For details on how to apply, drop a quick line to the MITS gals at:

Applications will close again on Friday 23rd October, so be sure to register interest quickly!

You can find out more about Made In The Shade at:

You'll also find us on Twitter and Facebook. Come join us!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Maisonette Peep Show - Part 3

It's day 3 of the Maisonette Peep Show blog series. Just a quick note this evening as the gals are winding down to enjoy the novelty of a night infront of the magic box of lights and digi images.

Here's another sneaky product peek to whet your appetite for all things Maisonette...

This is a piece of fabulous handmade textile art by the lovely Angharad Jefferson. This fella has attracted the attention of a fancy book publisher. He's scheduled to appear in a book all about everyone's favourite facial adornment - the moustache! You can own a moustache of your very own come Friday 30th October!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 2

Oooo! Wheet whoo! Who is this?

This, my friends, is Pie Girl. She's handmade by Lucy at The Cat In The Shoe and I love her. She and her pie (and pumpkin!) pals will be moving into The Maisonette with us. The Cat In The Shoe - exclusive to Glasgow. Exclusive to The Made In The Shade Maisonette. Come meet her on Friday 30th October!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The Maisonette Peep Show - Part 1

Every day, in the run up to the grand opening of The Made In The Shade Maisonette, we'll be giving you a tiny glimpse into the lives of the Made In The Shade gals as we work our socks off to prepare The Maisonette for visitors. We might post a sneaky product pic. We might post a 'To Do' list. We might post a photograph of Clare up a ladder. Or of Carrie in an apron and marigolds. You get the idea.

To start this mini blog series off, here is a rather saucy picture of The Maisonette. Naked.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

The Made In The Shade Maisonette

I know, I know... We've been teasing y'all for far too long with dribs and drabs of information about The Made In The Shade Maisonette. We're sorry. The time has arrived for us to reveal all. Wheep!

The Made In The Shade Maisonette is our permanent, dynamic retail, gallery and social space dedicated to showcasing and promoting off-beat design, creativity and vintage lifestyle. The Maisonette, or 'little home', is a friendly hub of activity set in a friendly space in Glasgow's old-time indie shopping institution, De Courcy's Arcade on Cresswell Lane. We'll be opening our doors to customers on Friday 30th October 2009.

Not just a one-stop shop for all things handmade, unusual and beautiful, The Maisonette is also home to the Tiny Gallery AND to a fabulous program of creative and sociable get-togethers. From October 2009, the Made In The Shade gals will continue to conduct their event and agency work in The Maisonette too. We'll have a real-life Made In The Shade home at last!

Although small and dinky, the vintage styled Made In The Shade Maisonette showcases work by directional Scottish designers, makers and artists and introduces the work of creatives from across the UK and beyond. Crossing disciplines, product categories and styles, the Maisonette offers customers the pick of handmade delights and vintage finds.

We are so excited about The Maisonette and we really, really hope you are too.

Keep visiting the blog for more information and details of our launch week celebrations!

Monday, 28 September 2009

Made In The Shade Homecoming Thank Yous

Wowee! What a weekend! It may be Monday already, but we're still reeling from the fun we had on Saturday at the Made In The Shade Homecoming. We've received so many kind messages from vendors and customers in response to this weekend's event. We love to hear that you've had a splendid time at Made In The Shade and we love to hear all about your purchases! If you would like to share a story or a photo of your handmade haul, then please get in touch.

As always, we have a number of people we need to thank for helping make the Made In The Shade event swing along hitch-free. Preparations for this season's event were particularly challenging at times and without a whole load of support from a gang of wonderful people, we could have ended up in a real pickle!

Many, many thanks to the staff at The Lighthouse - to Sallyann and Cat in particular. The Lighthouse staff did everything in their power to accomodate us in difficult circumstances and went out of their way to make sure the event went ahead at all. We really, really appreciate that. We'd also like to thank all of our Homecoming vendors for their patience and support when we were struggling to keep the event afloat in light of developments at the venue. Thank you to everyone at the Glasgow DIY Festival, Central Station, The Lighthouse: Renewed, Scottish Craft, The Research Club and other creative organisations that helped us spread the word about the event at such short notice. Muchos gracias! Thanks too to everyone who Facebooked and Tweeted and Myspaced their fingers off to help promote The Homecoming. Of course, special thanks need to be afforded to the 1000+ customers that took the time to come see us and shop handmade!

Thank you to our fabulous volunteers: Davina, Julie, Lynne, Charlotte and Joanne. Y'all did an amazing job and we couldn't have managed without you! Thanks to everyone who contibuted prizes to Flora the Tombola. And, as always, we're grateful to YHFphoto, Prpl Photography and Ken Robertson for documenting the day and allowing us to play our Made In The Shade shopping soundtrack respectively!

We'll see you all again in December for another installment of the Made In The Shade event but remember - we'll also be launching our very first permanent shopping and creative space in October 2009. Keep your peepers peeled on the blog and our social networking profiles for updates and launch party news.