Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Springtime Jamboree THIS SUNDAY!

Oh yes siree! The Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree is finally upon us! Just 5 measly sleeps to go until Sunday 5th April!

Join the Made In The Shade team and 25 of the best indie designers, neo-crafters and vintage sellers for an afternoon of old-time fete shopping fun this weekend at Oran Mor, Byres Road (Glasgow)!

Browse the boutique stalls, pick up a treat or two! Enjoy a drink from the bar and a cake from the bake sale while enjoying the rock'n'roll soundtrack! Play dominoes with your chums in our little lounge area! You might win a prize from Flora the Tombola! Best make plans to spend the whole day with us...

Doors open at 12 noon and close again at 5pm.

For a taster of some of the fabulous products available at this season's dose of Made In The Shade, scroll on down!

Egg cosies by INTO Textiles

Scarf by Global Guru

Brooch by Feel Fuzzy

Pretty pants by Little Sister Lucy

Shopper by Sarey Poppins

Ceramic Scottie dogs by Kitty & Dude

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

MITS on Design*Sponge

Hooray! Click here to read about Made In The Shade & Springtime Jamboree vendor Cosima Sempill (Kitty & Dude) on international home and product design blog Design* Sponge

Many thanks to Design* Sponge editor Grace Bonney for including us! As avid fans of the site, we sure are plum thrilled to be featured. For those of you yet to unearth the treasure that is Design* Sponge, here's a little lowdown... I've taken this info directly from the Design* Sponge biog page.

"Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge was declared a "Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials" (NY Times, 2008) and features store and product reviews, city, product, and gift guides, diy projects, before & after furniture and home makeovers, home tours, recipes, videos and podcasts, and trend forecasting. In addition, Design*Sponge features a unique section dedicated to covering student design, national and international design shows. The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts a core group of devoted readers. Design*Sponge currently has 40,000 daily readers!

Design*Sponge editor Grace Bonney has a unique angle on the industry, working as a contributing editor at Domino Magazine and CRAFT magazine, and as a freelancer with top publications like House and Garden, In Style, New York Magazine, The New York Post and others.

Design*Sponge also hosts an annual D*S Scholarship to support up-and-coming art and design students. So far over $16,000 in prize money has been awarded to students across the country."

Go visit Design* Sponge!

Spring Out Sister on Indie Quarter

As promised, you can read the Made In The Shade spring-y post on the fabulous Indie Quarter right here

The post features the work of Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree vendors INTO Textiles, Emoni, Kitty & Dude, Covetables and Clare Nicolson :o)

Monday, 23 March 2009

We LOVE The Skinny

We do. It's true. We really do love The Skinny. It's Scotland's cutting edge culture magazine - what's not to like about that? We like Scotland and and we sure do enjoy engaging with culture and cultural activity now and again! At present The Skinny is a pretty swell guide to what's going on across Scotland: gigs, film screenings, exhibits, festivals, shopping, eating out... All in there, yes siree. The Skinny people even put our chums The Phantom Band on the cover last month. That was exciting!

Even MORE exciting is that from next month Made In The Shade takes up a blog residence on www.theskinny.co.uk! Waowsers! Now to your list of 'stuff I like to read about in The Skinny' you can add;

1. Interviews & profiles of Scottish designers & makers
2. Vintage lifestyle features
3. Indie shopping guides
4. Articles about DIY culture & indie business
5. Photo-stories about guerilla crafters
6. Crafty how-to tutorials and other bits about making stuff!

These six little items will certainly feature on the all-new Skinny blog but there'll be so much more included besides! We cannot WAIT to get started on this fabulous new project.

We are so excited that we've decided to host a little launch party for our shiny new blog space. The party takes place on Thursday 16th April at Macsorley's Music Bar, (Jamaica Street, Glasgow). We will post all the details of the evening shortly but for now all you gotta do is mark the date in your diaries and get your best vintage get-up out of the closet - ready for an evening of old-time fun! The party gives us a chance to celebrate the launch of the Made In The Shade blog but it also presents a long overdue opportunity for us to thank y'all for your support over the past year! Hoorah!

Supporting Our Local Robots

You will know of these talented fellas from Made In The Shades past! Our very good friend and my very good husband have joined forces to create a series of work that will mesmerise and beguile!

Artist Neil Slorance (Neil OSM) likes robots. Photographer Garry Maclennan (YHF) likes robots too. Brought together through their shared obsession with clunky creatures with bright eyes and glowing function buttons, Neil OSM and YHF have worked in partnership to present their debut exhibition: 'Uninvited'.

Launching on Friday 3nd April and running until Friday 17th April at Che Camille (Argyll Arcade), 'Uninvited' documents the sometimes turbulent lives of robots living in our neighbourhoods. 'Uninvited' communicates the robots' yearning for acceptance, their longing for companionship and love. The exhibition documents the struggles the robots endure just trying to stay safe in the city.

'Uninvited' is; topical, bright, beautiful, melancholic, humorous, dark, hopeful, fun, sad, reflective, relevant.

For further exhibition information, press inquiries or secret special details of the VIP opening event, please contact uninvitedrobots2009@gmail.com

Remember! You can also see Neil OSM and YHF at the Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree, showcasing their respective solo work! Come join us! (Oran Mor, Sunday 5th April, 2009 - 12noon til 5pm)

Press! Press! Press!

As always, Made In The Shade and the fabulously talented designers, makers and vintage sellers that setup shop at the event are attracting the attention of the local and national press!

Sarey Poppins (Springtime Jamboree vendor) featured in Scotland On Sunday's At Home magazine supplement last weekend. Look out for Sarey Poppins/Made In The Shade in the Evening Times in the run up to the Springtime Jamboree and we'll post the link to the Sarey Poppins story in Is This Music? as soon as it goes live!

Clare Nicolson (Made In The Shade organiser and Springtime Jamboree vendor) featured in this weekend's Scotland On Sunday and is set to appear in the A-Z of Scottish designers in the Herald next weekend.

INTO Textiles (Springtime Jamboree vendor) featured in this season's Selvedge magazine! Lorraine's fabulous egg cosies took pride of place in the special spring themed egg cosie spread! (Please note: The Made In The Shade press gal was not responsible for generating this particular piece of press, but my oh my, we're all chuffed to see INTO in one of our favourite publications!)

Look out for Kitty & Dude and Bindy Boo in The List shopping pages on the 2nd April 2009!

Read the first in a series of articles about Made In The Shade on Indie Quarter here!

Look out for more Made In The Shade vendors popping up on the pages of some of our favourite bloggy blogs, decor8 and Design* Sponge!

Friday, 20 March 2009

Lady Luck Rules OK

I interrupt your evening to bring you some Very Exciting news!

I shan't beat around the bush. I know we are busy organising our Spring/Summer events, but let's jump ahead to Autumn for a moment.

Lady Luck Rules OK will be setting up shop and adding a surprise or two to our Made In The Shade Homecoming event at The Lighthouse on Saturday 26th September 2009! Travelling all the way from super-cool design hub Superette in Brick Lane (London Town), indie business goddess and owner of Lady Luck Rules OK Leona, will join the MITS gang as part of the LLROK UK Tour 2009! We feel plum privileged to have been chosen as a creative destination on this year's tour! And guess what?? Made In The Shade customers will get a sneaky preview of freshly made, newly launched Lady Luck Rules OK collections! Woweee!!

Visit the Lady Luck Rules OK website here

Read about the LLROK UK Tour 2009 here

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Scotland On Sunday

Happy Saturday to y'all!

Preparations continue at HQ for the Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree: it's all about the bunting this season (I have some wrapped around my leg as I type - fetching!) and piles of pretty gingham are taking over our workspace! We have our baking recipes out and our aprons ironed and Clare is trying not to eat all the candyfloss.

Keep your peepers peeled for Made In The Shade in the press this weekend. The very fabulous Sarey Poppins features in the Scotland On Sunday home section tomorrow (back page) and look out for more Made In The Shade mentions/adverts in The List, the Evening Times and Is This Music? More to come! We'll post all exciting press updates here first :o)

See you on the 5th April!

Monday, 9 March 2009



Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2009

The team are excited to announce that Made In The Shade has been invited to add a touch of vintage glamour and boutique shopping to Scotland's National Street Art Festival, Big In Falkirk. Taking place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2009, Made In The Shade will set up shop in its very own wooden floored marquee in the Secret Garden area of Callendar Park, providing festival go-ers an alternative, boutique shopping experience! The Made In The Shade marquee is set to compliment a mixture of gourmet food stands, theatre performances and musical sets taking place in the Secret Garden during the festival.

We would love for y'all to join us in making this special version of Made In The Shade a roaring success! Big In Falkirk attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. This is a fabulous opportunity to promote your business and introduce your wares to thousands of new customers. For more information on the festival, click here.

The Made In The Shade marquee will be open to customers from 12 noon til late each day.

Selling space at Big In Falkrik for one day costs £40
However, we have a number of limited 'full weekend' slots available at a very special price of £65

Interested in taking part? Keen to hear more?

To register your interest in booking selling space at Big In Falkirk, drop a quick email to: madeintheshadebookings@gmail.com detailing which day(s) you'd like to attend

We will then send you full details on how to apply to be a Made In The Shade vendor @ Big In Falkirk.

We looking forward to hearing from y'all!

P.S Keep your peepers peeled for yet MORE exciting festival news from Made In The Shade in the coming months!

Friday, 6 March 2009

Made In The Shade Marquee

Good afternoon Made In The Shade lovers!

We come bearing very exciting tidings.

We are thrilled to announce that this year, Made In The Shade will be adding a touch of vintage lifestyle & boutique shopping to Scotland's National Street Art Festival, Big In Falkirk! The Made In The Shade team is delighted to have been invited to contribute to the continued success of Big In Falkirk and we're looking forward to hanging out our bunting in our very own Made In The Shade marquee!

Big In Falkirk 2009 takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May.

Since its inception in 2000, this award-winning, FREE weekend extravaganza has become one of the largest cultural events in Scotland, attracting over 100,000 people. Located in Falkirk's stunning 180-acre Callendar Park, the cutting-edge entertainment features a wide variety of spectacular outdoor theatre, pyrotechnic displays, art, comedy and big name music acts alongside activities for all ages. Just swell!


If you are interested in booking selling space in the oh-so-special Made In The Shade marquee at the Big In Falkirk festival, please drop a line to: madeintheshadebookings@gmail.com We will be happy to forward details of the application process.

For more information about Big In Falkirk, click here.