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.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Carrie's MITS Shopping Basket (PART 2)

We're getting closer to the big day now! Just 5 more sleeps until Made In The Shade descends on Galleries 4 & 5 at The Lighthouse. My pocket money stash is still growing and I'm hoping that it'll stretch far enough for me to purchase some gorgeous, gorgeous gifts for myself and for my friends and family. Dare I say the word *Christmas*? Eep!

Here's Part 2 of the Carrie's Shopping Basket series! Part 3 coming soon.

Pretty blue frock by vintage gurus, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

Divine textiles by Natalie Wain. I don't just want one of these. I need one!

Gorgeous, vintage sunflower teaset by Love Me Again

See you on Saturday everyone!

Bloggy Support!

In the run up to the next Made In The Shade event, we've noticed that lots of lovely bloggers have been affording us little mentions on their blogsites. We thank y'all for taking the time to type about the event and we really appreciate the support. Muchos gracias!

Read lovely blog posts by clicking the links below...

The Glasgow Craft Mafia

Lady Luck Rules

Conversation Pieces

Lost In The Forest


Thanks to everyone else who's been Myspacing and Facebooking and Twittering about the Made In The Shade Boutique Shopping Event. Remember - we'll be at The Lighthouse on Saturday 26th September between 10.30am and 5pm. We can't wait to see you!

Thursday, 17 September 2009

An Autumnal Update

Hello Made In The Shaders,

It's time again for another monster catch up post! We have lots and lots of news to tell you. Brace yourselves...
The next Made In The Shade event

Our next boutique shopping event takes place on Saturday 26th September (that's NEXT weekend!) at The Lighthouse, Glasgow between 10.30am - 5pm. Over 40 fabulous designers and makers and other clever creative people set up shop en masse in an indie shopping celebration of off-beat design, vintage lifestyle and creativity.

Vendor highlights this season include, Lady Luck Rules OK (trendsetting jewellery label all the way from London Town!), Kabloom (originator of the Seedbom product - the best thing to happen to guerilla gardening since someone invented it!) and Natalie Wain (creator of the loveliest textile designs y'all ever did see!)

Stop the Press!

You may have seen Made In The Shade in the press recently. Whoop! We're mentioned in the Head's Up section of this month's issue of The Skinny and our gal Leona Baker of Lady Luck Rules OK was interviewed for a little preview piece in the Sunday Herald. We'll post scans on Flickr as soon as we have 'em organised. Look out for Autumn 2009 Shadette Sarey Poppins in the Evening Times on Saturday and scan the Scotland on Sunday for a little Made In The Shade mention too! If you spot us anywhere else, do let us know: Oh! And did I mention that Clare was interviewed by Enterprise Nation this week? Well - she was. The lovely folks at E-Nation are taking a road trip around the UK, documenting the everyday shenanigans of folks who have created their own little homebased industries. Clare and her birdie homewares were featured as a swell example. Other crafty chums are set to appear on the road trip film too - keep your peepers peeled! :o)

The Made In The Shade Maisonette - OPENING SOON!

As y'all know, we've been laying plans to open our very own permanent Made In The Shade home for a while now. Well. It seems all our dreaming and scheming is finally paying off. The Made In The Shade Maisonette will open in the West end of Glasgow this Autumn/Winter! The Made In The Shade Maisonette will be a one-stop shop for all things handmade, beautiful and unusual - not to mention home to our Tiny Gallery and our program of creative and sociable get-togethers. We're in the throes of picking fabulous designers, makers, vintage sellers and other wonderful creative types to be involved in our new venture at the moment. We are working our socks off to ensure that our first collection is mind-blowing! ;o) Visit the blog and our social networking sites regularly for updates on featured designers, new suppliers - and (of course) launch party!

More soon Shaders!

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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Carrie's MITS Shopping Basket (PART 1)

Laura Donald is a stitchin' wonder! Would you just look at this fabulous Dot Cotton sampler? Amazing. Just amazing. I'll put one of those into my MITS Shopping Basket please!

As a vintage crockery obsessive, this handmade cakestand is a dream come true. I have been planning on putting my mind to making one of my own, but it's so much more convenient to shop with Laura at Love Me Again :o) Into my basket it goes! (Carefully, mind).

Now. I already have the coin purse version of this darling Liberty print handbag by Sarey Poppins. I purchased it at the Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree earlier in the year. I absolutely adore it. I think I need the matching set.

Introducing... this season's Made In The Shade vendors!

Yup, yup. You heard correctly! The next Made In The Shade event is taking place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow as planned. On Saturday 26th September, over 40 fabulous designers, makers and vintage sellers will set up shop in Galleries 4 & 5 in the Centre for Architecture & Design in an afternoon celebration of off-beat design, vintage lifestyle and creativity.

Want to know what sort of handmade delights you can find there? Well. Look no further. Here it is. The Made In The Shade Vendor Line-Up!

Seedbom by Kabloom
Kabloom is a small product design firm based in Glasgow. These dudes specialise in eco-friendly, ethical, innovative products. Seedbom is a flippin' wonderful guerilla gardening product that we - quite simply - can't get enough of!

Ding Dong Designs
Local purveyors of the legendary handknitted celebrity finger puppet, this mother-daughter outfit offers whimsical, textile based gifts and accessories for children and adults

Laura Donald
As you will see from the Craft Juice blog link we've posted above, our gal Laura Donald is well known for her stitchin' interpretation of our very favourite Eastenders character, Dot Cotton! What more do you need to know?

Miso Funky
Searching for handmade gifts to funkify your life? Some saucy stitchin' perhaps? Well!
Look no further.

Come meet Pamela Atchison's dolly creations! These gals have wardrobes to be envious of!

Clare Nicolson
Made In The Shade gal and textile designer Clare Nicolson brings her family of birdie homewares and beautiful gifts to The Lighthouse!

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Re:cycle, re:make, re:use. That's the philosophy of these vintage aficionados. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea rework preloved fabrics into unique one-off garments. Swell!

Lost In The Forest
Handmade jewellery, accessories and giftware by Emily Chandler. Love Magnetic Fields? Emily has the perfect handmade treat for you.

Sarey Poppins
Fabulous textile creations by Sarah Martin. If you're in the market for pretty fabric accessories, look out for Sarah's upcycled Liberty print purse/bags. Gorgeous.

Natalie Wain Design Studio
Natalie is a fashion/textiles designer with a penchant for pastel and collage - resulting in dreamy collections of clothing and accessories to make your heart flutter.

Lady Wurlitzer
Made In The Shade gal, Carrie Maclennan brings the handmade soap show to this season's event. Violet, rose and pomegranate feature highly. Yum yum.

Lady Luck Rules OK
Leona Baker aka owner of trendsetting London based jewellery label, LLROK is ditching Brick Lane in favour of The Lighthouse this month! We are HONOURED!

Madness of Many
Hankering after some guilt-free taxidermy? A family of fabric owls? Or a squishy robot man? Kimberly Diamond, owner of Madness of Many, will satisfy your every desire.

Pammie Annie Mackay
Pammie brings her beautiful collection of belts, purses, clutch bags and roomy shoppers to Made In The Shade. Pammie's attention to detail is super impressive!

We Are The Robots
Visit the home of the pixelated pendant! We Are The Robots produce a fabulous collection of fun, quirky jewellery handmade from treasure and found objects.

Off With Her Head
Burlesque and rockabilly style millinery for the goddess in you! Queeny will select the perfect piece of handmade headwear just for you.

Baker, maker and designer Michelle Aaron offers a range of colourful edibles, gifts and clothing for adults and children. Indulgence? Devour a Covetables cake!

Aerie Faeire
Where else might you find a handstitched tea cosy sitting alongside a handpainted fairy door? These talented ladies bring cute gifts and homewares to Made In The Shade this season!

The Dandelion Project
Edinburgh based design house, The Dandelion Project showcase their fabulous collection of art, printed stationery and unusual knitted accessories. Turn every sweater into a Fair Isle with a handknitted Dandelion Project collar! Don't mind if I do!

The Cake Goddess
Made In The Shade favourite, Laura Macdonald returns to fill our tummy with chocolate goodies, sugary sweet treats and a range of cute cakes. Yum yum.

YHF Photo
Photographer Garry Maclennan produces photographic work based around street art, sneakers, robots and tiny little people. He'll be bringing prints, stationery and quirky gifts to Made In The Shade this month.

Wooden Tree
Designer and collector Kirsty Anderson creates work with a fantastical, yet old-time feel. Reclaimed fabrics and vintage objects are upcycled and given new life. Find the perfect gift here!

Syrah Jay
Syrah Jay makes beautiful, functional, wearable textiles: jewellery, bags, hats - you name it. Syrah also accepts commissions.

Global Guru
Global Guru, aka textile designer Morag Macpherson takes inspiration from all over the world. her work is eclectic, colourful and highly covetable!

Gillian Hayes Photography
Gillian Hayes is a wonderful photographer. Her collections take nature, vintage lifestyle and found objects as inspiration.

Librarian Barbarian
Designer maker Markie creates new, functional items from cassettes, vinyl and found fabrics. Cassette purse? Record bag? Go for it!

Feel Fuzzy
It's never too late to have a happy childhood. The lovely Debi gives your favourite childhood ephemera new life. Jigsaw piece brooches and magnets, kids' book jotters and reclaimed textile accessories - all wonderfully nostalgic!

Silly Lily
Browse a collection of gorgeous giftware by Sharon Goodwin. Cute yet understated textile pieces make the perfect pressie or the perfect addition to your home!

Bindy Boo
Designer maker, Eva Gustavsson returns to Made In The Shade with her adorable range of handmade, handbound books and journals. A favourite.

Suzanne Smith Design

Made In The Shade gal and jewellery designer, Suzanne combines her own handmade gift collections with a range of beautiful vintage linens and craft kits.

Lilly Wiggler
Lilly Wiggler Couture adds a touch of glamour and spice to Made In The Shade this season with her range of vintage style corsetry, lingerie and accessories.

Love Me Again
Attention vintage lovers! Love Me Again answers all your internal pleas of gorgeous vintage homewares, craft items, ephemera and accessories. 'Tis always worth spending time at Love Me Again. You never know what treasure you might find.

Leah Halliday
Leah offers a perfect mix of handmade gifts and keepsakes with handpicked vintage pieces. From ceramics to art, jewellery to stationery, Leah has an eye for those stand-out objects that demand your love and attention!

Art by Neil Slorance
Neil loves robots. He paints wonderfully engaging pictures of robots going about their daily business. He lives with his friend, Herman. He's a tortoise.

Eyes Wide Open Vintage
The gals behind Glasgow music club fixture, Eyes Wide Open, turn their pretty hands to this little vintage clothing and accessories venture with great success! The ladies never fail to offer an amazing collection of handpicked fashion from the 60s and beyond.

Susie Maroon
A fellow Starter for 6 award winner, design label Susie Maroon make and sell real cosy and nostalgic collections of homewares and fashion pieces. My favourite? The disco lamp.

Little Sister Lucy
Little Sister lucy designs and produces unique handmade jewellery, clothing and accessories. Lucy has a passion for texture, fabric and colour and my word - the gal knows how to make the cutest night wear and under garments!

Jennifer Lemon is a textile artist who produces a variety of work. Whether you are in the market for a large-scale art piece for your home or work place or a unique necklace, Lemonart can meet your requirements. Love maps? Love Lemonart.

Catherine Aitken
Catherine produces a luxurious range of handbags and accessories made from the finest of materials. Catherine specialises in Harris Tweed products. Mmmm... cosy luxury - just in time for Autumn.

Rachael Albert Clothing
Looking for an alternative to 'off the peg' fashion? Rachael Albert Clothing provide customers with a full consulation service. Garments are made with the wearer in mind - not the tailor's dummy! With real flair and a touch of vintage charm, a Rachael Albert piece is a must-have addition to your wardrobe.

Hannah Zakari
We are thrilled to welcome Rachael Lamb, owner of consignment boutique Hannah Zakari, back to Made In The Shade! Fresh from her appearance at the BUST Craftacular, we cannot WAIT to see what indie design treats Rachael will bring :o)

Another BUST Craftacular designer, textile designer Emma Henderson designs and makes ethical - not to mention beautiful - collections of accessories and homewares. My favourite? Hot dog!

Jennifer Nicolson
Jewellery designer and silversmith, Jennifer Nicolson makes her Made In The Shade debut this season. Jennifer will be showcasing her first full collection of jewellery and accessories. Be sure to say hello to her!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Boutique Shopping Event - Saturday 26th September!

Following several weeks of speculation and uncertainty, the Made In The Shade gals are absolutely thrilled to 100% confirm that this season's Boutique Shopping Event WILL indeed take place at our base venue: The Lighthouse, Glasgow!

Over 40 fabulous designers, makers and vintage sellers will set up shop in Gallery 4 and Gallery 5 of The Lighthouse: Scotland's Centre for Architecture & Design on Saturday 26th September between 10.30am and 5pm.

Now that we know exactly what the event arrangements are (at last), we'll be issuing lots of extra info over the next few days! Keep your peepers on the blog and on our social networking sites for updates and exciting tidbits!

Join us in a chorus of 'Hip! Hip! Horray!' why don't you! :o) Please help us spread the word that The Lighthouse IS open and that Made In The Shade IS taking place there at the end of this month! We appreciate it and we're certain that folks at The Lighthouse will appreciate your support too.