Friday, 3 December 2010

The Supermercado Christmas Specials - Parts I & II

Now, we love to crack on with our very best Bing Crosby impersonations as much as the next person around this time, and, in theory, I guess I am dreaming of a White Christmas - but if it could just be white on Christmas Day then nice and dry and clear on Boxing Day - that'd be great. As things stand though, we have a white-run-up-to-Christmas and the darned weather is causing havoc up and down the country. Spare a thought for your friendly crafty types during this bitter cold, won't you? There are troupes of hardy indie business owners setting up shop in the courtyard of The Barras Centre every Saturday until Christmas and they are downright chilly willy! We can feed them cup-a-soup, we can ply them with tea, but really, what will surely warm their hearts is having some customers to talk to. Give them a reason to get up from their icy cold stools and show you round their fabulous array of handmade wares! Don your long johns, your wellies and your fur lined coat and shop local, shop indie this Christmas!

Supermercado Christmas Specials:  27.11.10

Last week marked the first in a series of Supermercado Christmas Specials. It was flippin' freezing in the courtyard even with the indoor heating (goes without saying) and while the snow lay thick on the pavements, customers were thin on the ground. Despite the crazy conditions though, our ever-cheery vendors kept themselves perky, enjoying home roasted coffee from Alastair Moodie, delectable sweet treats from Flamingo Bakery and live music from Julias' Daughters (we particularly LOVED the gals' cover of Made in the Shade shopping soundtrack favourite 'A Teenager In Love'!). Sadly, many a rock'n'roll cowgirl was left disappointed as The Meat Men had to call off at the last minute. The ol' red Meat Machine (aka Richard's van) did not cope well with the cold and left the fellas stranded on the other side of town :(

Supermercado Christmas Specials:  27.11.10

This week, despite the snow, we're gonna give it our best shot and go for round two of the Christmas Specials. Weather/engine permitting, we WILL be joined by The Meat Men and we'll be breaking open our stock of mince pies and offering y'all a little treat or two as you browse a selection of work by fabulous designer makers! Setting up shop in the courtyard this week we have... mavens of vintage style, Hot Tam-Ali plus jewellery and accessories makers t-boo, We Are The Robots, Suzy Loves, Dazed Dorothy, Canary Yellow, Sydney's Studio Works and Fantoosherie. 'Lil Bubba Things show off their latest collection of handmade gorgeousness for little 'uns, Purple Herb returns with a glorious selection of handmade bath and body products and Ula & Lucy join us for the first time to debut their beautiful printed products. Fresh from the Country Living Fair at Glasgow's SECC, the fabulous Leah Halliday will be in residence at Supermercado too - selling a whole host of wonderful vintage homewares, accessories and hand stitched gifts. Our favourite man maker Kevin Morris - will wow y'all with his super-stunning handmade bird houses, home accessories and gifts. To top it all off? We do, of course, have the BEST group of foodie DIYers you ever did see. Zoe Makes Cakes is back with us and she'll be bringing a stonking spread of pie, loaves, preserves (and cake). Cupcake-tastic residents Flamingo Bakery will have their barrow choc-full of takeaway and eat-now treats, Venues to Menus will provide the French macaroons (I cannot WAIT) and Sprinkle Happiness will tempt you with tasty homemade tablet and other irresistible sweeties!

Supermercado Christmas Specials:  27.11.10

The Supermercado sellers need you. Keep your crafters cosy this Christmas and come visit us at The Barras!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Rock Around OUR Christmas Tree at Supermercado!

Yes! Ditch boring ol' Buchanan Street for the bustle of The Barras this Christmas. Swap bad-mannered elbow jabbers for loud-hailer-voiced traders, hot donuts and a whole heap of bargain hunting and off-the-beaten-track gift options!

Christmas starts here. We're not ashamed. We're not hiding the tinsel any more. It's coming out. We're hanging it up - and by Saturday? We'll be rockin' round the ENORMOUS Christmas tree at The Barras Centre like a pair o' crazy ass elves. To save us looking like eejits, we need you to join us.

Over the next four Saturdays, Supermercado comes over all 'festive'! And why not, huh? It IS blinkin' Christmas! If ever there was a year to make Christmas last a little bit longer than usual, it's this year. Dance your cares away - save your worries for another day. Eat, drink and be merry (etc., etc.). Complete with free edibles and drinkables, live music, Christmas craft-offs, swap shop stalls and the customary pick of handmade wonders, vintage treats and super-special gifts - now is the time to get in touch with your East Side - and venture 5 measly minutes beyond town and join in with the spirit of Supermercado!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

EVENT CANCELLATION: The Festive Shindig at The Roxy

On Friday night, some kind soul posted a link on our Facebook page. The link, a news item about our fabulous Edinburgh venue - The Roxy Art House, came bearing bad tidings. Due to financial problems of The Roxy's parent charity, the building has been forced to close its doors leaving staff and management without work and leaving Edinburgh without this great multi-purpose arts and creative space.

To read more about the closure, click here or here.

The MITS Springtime Jamboree (Edinburgh)

Made in the Shade has been resident at The Roxy since the start of the 2010. In The Roxy we found our ideal base. We are absolutely crushed to hear of its closure. These unexpected developments leave us in a real tricky spot. At this time of year, alternative events spaces are booked up for other festive soirees (and the ones that aren't are well outwith our budget). We have already spent our marketing money on printed promo for The Roxy event and we've already completed our press work. At this late stage it is simply not practically or financially viable for us to arrange a second event from scratch and hope that within just 20-odd days we can promote it well enough to make it a success for us, our customers and our vendors. As such we have made the horrible, horrible decision to cancel The Festive Shindig. If you are a vendor and have booked selling space at The Roxy on Saturday 27th November, you will receive a full refund shortly. We are so sorry. We know you will be disappointed and if we could find a way to prevent the inconvenience, we would. To our customers in Edinburgh, thanks so much for supporting our move to the city. We'll hopefully be back some time soon.

If it's any consolation, the cancellation of the Festive Shindig and of all other Made in the Shade events in Edinburgh for the time being has serious implications for our little business and Clare and I will need to figure out the best way forward over the coming weeks and months.

Sorry everyone.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Learn to Screen Print at MITS HQ!

Book your place on our all-new screenprinting course! Over four 3 hour sessions, you will learn all you need to be able to make simple screen-prints from home with minimal investment. Pretty neat, huh?

Screen Print at Home Course

The MITS HQ, The Barras Centre, 54 Calton Entry, Glasgow

Wednesday 10th November
Wednesday 17th November
Wednesday 24th November
Wednesday 1st December

6.30pm - 9.30pm

£60 deposit, then £20 per session thereafter
(all materials + takeaway kit worth £40 included)

Book at:

Week 1:

Software setup ( image manipulation, preparation and setup for screen printing) Bring an image you want to print and learn how to prepare it quickly for efficient screenprinting!

Week 2:
Screen-making (simple mesh stretching/adhesion) You will learn about image burning and you will learn how to fix your image onto the screen. Tutor Peter Vallely will share some tricks of the trade to allow you to set up your own screens at home without the need for fancy, expensive equipment!

Week 3:
Printing using water-based ink onto fabric and paper.

Week 4:
More printing! Time allowing, Peter will share tips for multi-colour printing, printing on dark fabrics, plastisol inks, halftone printing etc.

This course will provide you with all the basic skills you need to get going. Once you've perfected them, the opportunities are endless. Endless I tell you! :)

Each course guests leaves the class with a 'lil kit containing a screen with their image on it, a squeegee to print with, a cotton tote bag they've printed on and around 1/4 litre of ink to play around with later. It'll be air drying ink so you won't need curing equipment either. Get printing at home!

The course costs £140. Pay just £60 to secure your space then £20 per session there after.

To book your place, email us at and we'll send all the details you need to make your deposit.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Supermercado: The Early Days

Well, this Saturday we'll be hosting the fourth of our introductory market events at The Barras Centre. Over the last month we've been joined by 20-odd fabulous indie businesses in our new courtyard home. We've enjoyed the company of secondhand booksellers, wonderful bakers, designer makers, illustrators and photographers, fashion designers and vintage collectors. We've munched handcrafted sushi bites and we've giggled at pictures of naked Japanese men in the bottom of saki glasses. The courtyard may be chilly during these autumnal afternoons, but the atmosphere is warm and the support we've had from y'all so far has cosied up our wee hearts and overworked brains! Our Supermercado venture is in its infancy and as such needs some serious nurturing, love and care. We want our weekly indie market to grow into a real worthy shopping destination on the already mighty Glasgow style map. With continued help from you and additional help from others like you, over time, we'll get The Barras buzzing again :)

Supermercado at The Barras Centre

Over the next few weeks we have a TONNE of treats in store. Some of the upcoming Supermercado vendor highlights include...

Rebecca Johnstone

Rebecca (formerly Cotton Candy Corsage) returns to the market scene following a break last year. She'll be showcasing a new collection of handmade corsages, necklaces, belts and other textile accessories. Rebecca is also offering a range of wonderful craft supplies to Supermercado customers - get in quick to snaffle 'em up.

Hot Tam-Ali

If you're on the look out for the perfect vintage frock (and let's face it, we are always on the look out for the perfect vintage frock), then make sure you stop by and pay the Hot Tam-Ali ladies a visit. Hot Tam-Ali offer a fine range of high quality, genuine vintage items - and they also have a keen eye for a hot retro buy here and there too! Don't miss it.


Designer maker Sara Greig joins us in the courtyard for the first time :) You may recognise Sara's beautiful fascinators? We stocked them in The Maisonette last year and many a gal came over all a-flutter at their feathery prettiness. Stop by and see Sara for gorgeous handmade headpieces and other textile accessories.

Morag Macpherson

A long-time Made in the Shader, we welcome textile designer, Morag Macpherson (formerly Global Guru) to Supermercado! She'll be showcasing her latest collection of luxurious pure wool scarves, silk accessories and glorious interior pieces.

Florence Box

one of the first vendors to jump aboard the Supermercado train, smiley-faced Sally Reid offers y'all a peep inside her jewellery box! You will find kitsch brooches, retro necklaces and upcycled charms galore. Our current favourite? Her twin swallow pin :)

Leah Halliday

Leah Halliday is BACK. With a range of vintage homewares and crafty collectables fit for a retro queen, Leah will be wooing you with beautiful ceramics, kitchenware and textiles - plus a smattering of handcrafted gifts to boot!

Zoe Makes Cakes

'Tis true. Zoe does make cakes. However, at Supermercado she'll be coming over all savoury and providing customers with tasty pies and scumptious jams! Cannot WAIT for this. If there's one thing a gal needs in Autumn - it's a pie.

Lynsey Robertson Textiles

Recent textile graduate, Lynsey Robertson, makes her first foray into Supermercado-land and showcases her latest collection of beautiful silk scarves and accessories.

Love Me Again

Last time Laura (the gal behind the treasure trove that is Love Me Again) set up shop with at Supermercado, we had our beady eyes firmly set on a beautiful, pearly French teaset. Amongst other things. Visit her in the courtyard and peruse her vintage craft supplies, patterns, books, textiles, glassware and ephemera.

t-boo & Stella My Star

Jewellery making crafty chums Tracey and Jo show off their respective collections. With an ever-growing and truly lovely selection of brooches, rings and necklaces on offer you will be sure to find the perfect vintage-style accessory. By using found objects, vintage charms and upcycled materials, each piece is uuuuuuuuunique :)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Supermercado & MITS HQ Grand Opening Party!

The Made in the Shade Supermercado Grand Opening & The Barras Revival

On Saturday 6th November, Made in the Shade hosts the official launch of Glasgow's only weekly indie market, Supermercado. We invite y'all to the undercover courtyard of the newly refurbished Barras Centre to experience for yourselves, The New Barras.

The Barras:  Supermercado & MITS  HQ Grand Opening

Grand Opening Party - Bring your friends!

Indie businesses - including specialist bakers, artisan coffee roasters, vintage clothing sellers, designer makers, indie thrifters, florists, fashion designers and secondhand music and books traders - set up shop in the courtyard between 10.30am and 4pm.

Supermercado at The Barras Centre

As you shop, expect to be served a heap of old-style treats from The Barras Buffet, choosing from broken biscuits, hot donuts, peas & vinegar and cockle-warming beverages.

The Barras Buskers provide live entertainment during gaps in the Supermercado shopping soundtrack. The live music line-up features a special live acoustic set by rock'n'roll honky tonkers, The Meatmen.

The Summertime Hop - Edinburgh 2010

The Made in the Shade HQ will have a 'doors open day' for visitors to sneak a peek at our new creative base and workshop space - with the opportunity to take part in drop-in sewing workshops with seamstress extraordinaire, Leah Halliday.

Oh-Sew-Pretty Workshop

The Barras Centre Cafe will also be open for business providing a comfortable hide-out for public crafters and people watchers.

The Barras: Glasgow with Personality

The launch also marks the beginning of a DIY campaign by Made in the Shade to encourage shoppers back to the market district.

With a mighty budget of zero pounds, we've devised the first steps in their campaign to ignite a Barras revival. We're gathering quotes and stories from people about The Barras for use in our crusade. Local film makers, photographers and musicians are already onboard to help us raise the profile of the Eastend shopping hub through a series of guerilla events, online promotions and impromptu stunts. :) If you would like to lend a hand, let us know!

We will be offering guided tours of The Barras Centre and the surrounding area on launch day and we'll be presenting information on our plans and efforts to rebuild The Barras.

Like a wise man once said, "Let's get back on it!"


Vote The Maisonette your Best Small Shop!

The Maisonette celebrates it's 1st birthday on 30th October. A whole YEAR has gone by since we opened our clattery black shutter and welcomed the first waves of jolly customers to our little home. Mad, huh? It seems just a moment ago that we were bopping around in our paper suits covered in green paint. It definitely doesn't feel like a year has passed since we bought up pretty much the entire stock of the Salvation Army to use as shop fittings! Remember when Angharad and Laura bounded up to the new shop with armfuls of homebaked cupcakes? Yes! Me too! And you remember when Elvis showed up? Yes! Like it was yesterday! Bonkers.

12 months on and we've settled into our hidden secret spot in De Courcy's Arcade. We have lots of new neighbours and - our shop's considerably larger than it used to be! :) We now stock designer makers from all over the UK and beyond and we have introduced goodness only knows how many new designers to our roster in the last year. We've hosted tiny workshops, curated tiny exhibitions, hosted pop-up shops, put on the Piney Gir matinee gig and we've played hostess to the Lady Luck Rules Ok tour! We've catered to rock star requests, styled a tv pilot and featured in the blinkin' Easyjet mag! Waowsers.

Vote The Maisonette!

We need your help. We would love, love, love it if you would vote The Maisonette one of your Best Small Shops as part of The Telegraph/Mary Portas campaign. Please submit a vote for The Maisonette in the homes/interiors category. Ah, go'awn, Y'will.
We need to gather enough online votes to be shortlisted. After that, the winners will be selected by a panel of judges. We're not usually ones for competitions and accolades, but on this occasion - yes siree, we want to be included, if only to receive a letter from the Queen (of Shops). The categories don't really work for us since we're as much a gift and lifestyle shop as we are an interiors store, but the silly categories are pretty rigid.

Vote for The Maisonette HERE!

Decorative Plates by Le Petit Oiseau

Foxy Print by Fledgling

Knit Print Cushion by Justine Ellis

The Maisonette - August 2010


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Dressmaking Course: Rescheduled & Ready To Go!

We are thrilled to announce that bookings for our Dressmaking Course with seamstress, Laeah Halliday have reopened and we've managed to reschedule the workshop dates for you! Hoorah! And the best bit? Even with the slight delay in getting started, you will still have your frock made in time for the Christmas party! :)

Here's all the info you need.

Make your very own 50s-style frock in time for glamourous festive fun. You'll be the envy of the Christmas soiree in your handmade, made-to-measure gown!

Make a Frock

During this six week course, you will build on your existing basic sewing skills. You will learn how to read a commercial pattern, you'll learn oodles of dressmaking techniques AND Leah will treat y'all to some indispensable hints and tips of the trade!

Sounds pretty swell, huh?


A fabulous 1950s-inspired frock. You will make your dress from vintage Vogue pattern V8615. The pattern fits UK sizes 8 - 24. It includes two style variations. You will take your pattern home at the end of the course so why not make one dress style in class and tackle the other on your own at home using your new found skills?


You will learn how to do all these things...

1. Take your measurements

2. Understand & use a commercial pattern

3. Put a dress together

4. Sew darts

5. Sew eased seams

6. Sew a basic hem

7. Sew pockets

8. Insert zip

9. Line a garment

10. Get to grips with topstitching

11. Pinning, cutting & ironing techniques

12. Insider hints & tips of the trade!

Level: Intermediate

Course Length: Six 3-hour workshops

Cost: £30 per 3 hour session = £180 (£60 deposit required at booking then £30 instalments weekly thereafter)

Date: Monday 1st November, Monday 8th November, Monday 15th November, Monday 29th November, Monday 6th December, Monday 13th December

Time: 6.30pm till 9.30pm


Materials provided:

Vogue Pattern V8615

Basic tools of the trade*

Materials required:

Fabric: No more than 4 metres of Fabric

Lining: No more than 4 metres of polyester lining

Zip: 40cm

Thread: 2 x 100m polyester thread spool

More information on sizes, buying fabric and a list of suppliers will be emailed to you on booking.

Please Note:

This is NOT a beginners class. This is a great introduction to dressmaking but basic sewing experience is required. If you’re new to sewing or just a little rusty you can sign up to our Oh-Sew-Basic class in preparation for fancy dressmaking. Simple!

*If you have your own sewing machine, please do bring it with you - but don’t forget the instruction manual.

To book your place, email

Starting from Stitch with I Heart...

Starting from Stitch: A Beginners Taster Course

with Iona Bruce (I Heart...)


Friday 5th, Friday 12th, Friday 19th & Friday 26th November 2010

The Made in the Shade HQ at The Barras Centre, 54 Calton Entry, Glasgow

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Course fee: £60 (£20 deposit then 4 x payments of £10 per week)

Starting frrom Stitch with Iona Bruce

Taking place at the Made in the Shade HQ over four weekly sessions, Starting from Stitch is the perfect taster course for would-be crafters and curious stitchers. Starting from Stitch is a fun, relaxed platform to try out something new, learn a new skill and to share some crafty ideas with likeminded souls.

Tutor, Iona Bruce (I Heart...), will offer beginners instruction on hand-sewing, embroidery and knitting - sharing tips and handy hints throughout. Iona will demo all the techniques you need to get started, providing one-to-one tuition where needed. You'll even get to take home your very own workshop booklet detailing all the skills you've acquired and featuring a variety of alternative crafty projects to try at home!

Not only will you learn the basics of a crafty discipline every week, but you will start and complete an entire project! You'll be showing off your handmade creations right from the start of the course. Pretty neat, huh?

You'll learn to do/make all these things...

WEEK 1: Hand-sewing

Learn basic sewing techniques and basic stitches as you start (and complete) a fun textile figure project.

WEEK 2: Embroidery

Pick up a variety of basic embroidery stitches as you learn to design and make your own craft book cover.

WEEK 3: Knitting

Learn to cast on, cast off, knit and purl as you learn to make your own knitted purse!

WEEK 4: Recap/Group Project

Iona will spend time in week 4 making sure you leave with all your new skills intact and all your projects complete. You will contribute to a final fun group project - designed to show off all the new crafty techniques you've learned!

Each Starting from Stitch session costs £15. All materials are included in the course fee - as are all Friday night treats and refreshments. You'll be provided with all the tea, coffee, soda pop and cake you can fit in your tummy. There will also be more than enough opportunity to enjoy a 'lil mug o' wine here and there too!

To book your place, email:

Workshop News: Gem Sweater is GO!

At last! At last! It's time for Gem Sweater!

Everyone's favourite textile artist, Kirsty Anderson (Wooden Tree), leads this super-fun customisation workshop - just in the nick of time to get your woollens spruced up for winter! We'll be livening up dowdy ol' sweaters with a touch of colour, blingy-bling and zsa zsa zsa whilst enjoying trashy snacks, soda pops, special gem sweater punch and Leslie Hall videos!

Bring garments of your own, or pick some from our Gem Sweater closet.

Kirsty will offer instruction on gemology, affixing your embellishments and other crafty ways to bring your sweaters up to scratch for a night on the tiles.

All materials and treats supplied.

Gem Sweater Poster

So! Embrace the gold lame jumpsuit and join us at MITS HQ for a night of Leslie Hall, music, wine and crafting as we gem up our wardrobes and add a bit of sparkle to an otherwise dreary Autumn... Fellas? Ladies? Everybody needs a gem sweater :)

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Oh-Sew-Basic Workshop!

We welcomed our very first group of workshop guests to our new HQ space on Monday for Leah Halliday's Oh-Sew-Basic beginners sewing class. Clare and I primped and preened the room in preparation for the arrival of our happy stitchers. By the time Leah arrived to prepare her work spaces for the class, Clare and I had gone a bit wild with with the furniture polish and the Dettol spray (our new favourite cleaning product)! The room smelled like a mixture between sun-cream and apples. Or - according to everyone's favourite Meat Man - like one of those retro traffic light in-car air fresheners. In short? Quite nice really.


I think we must have been more of an irritating hinderance than a help to Leah as she set up her materials. Excited by the all the beautiful things she was pulling out of her (Cath Kidston) luggage, we ooo-ed and aah-ed and squeaked and squealed everytime she brought out some other sewing tool or crafty aid. We were very nearly sent out of the room when we caught sight of the spotty handmade sewing tool belts! Wheeep!

Oh-Sew-Pretty Workshop

The workshop guests arrived right on time and were each welcomed with their very own handstamped name sticker and piece of shortbread. (We had invested in some Pink Lemonade for our guests - but failed to remember to purchase some suitable drinking vessels - so the bottle remained unopened. Sorry!) Following some pretty hardcore sewing phobia chat, we left the stitchers to overcome their fears and enjoy their Oh-Sew-Basic sewing session.

Oh-Sew-Basic Workshop with Leah Halliday

And overcome their fears they did! When we returned from our meeting in the courtyard, our stitchers were all beaming with pride as their clutched their handmade cushions! We were oh-sew-proud...

Happy Stitchers!

Happy Stitchers!

Leah will be running regular sewing classes at the Made in the Shade HQ - including reruns of the beginners sewing session and a fabulous 6-week dress making course. Keep your eyes on the blog for details or get in touch with us at:

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Supermercado is HERE!

So. We opened the big silver shutters of The Barras Centre to Supermercado vendors and visitors for the first time on Saturday (2nd October). My, it was nerve wracking... There were a few hairy moments where we feared we may have lost a couple of our star-turn vendors to stupid taxi drivers and unfortunate incidents, but in the end, everyone arrived in (just about) one piece and we were able to get fully set up, ready for kick off.

Supermercado at The Barras Centre

Made up of some friendly new faces and a whole load of smiley loyal residents, our vendor line-up for mercado numero uno was quite, quite splendid. Jo Sushi provided guests with tasty sushi boxes for lunchtime nibbling and Flamingo Bakery made darn sure that sugar cravings were satisfied. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm as big a fan of Pia's Fish & Chicken Bar on The Gallowgate as much as the next person(they do a real mean steak pie supper), but I'm guessing that Jo Sushi - without too much of a doubt - offers the healthiest snack in The Barras aside maybe from the fruit & veg guy.

Jo Sushi! at Supermercado

As far as cakes and buns go, Flamingo Bakery surely has to be up there with some of the best quality Barras treats! :) I enjoyed a veggie sushi box for lunch and chipped in with Beardy to take a box of 6 cupcakes home for private living room enjoyment!

Albert the Flamingo

Made in the Shade newcomer Sparklecandy and crafty old-timers (?!) t-boo and Stella My Star showed off their respective jewellery collections in style. Jewellery consigner, Lauren Anderson, stocks all the best indie accessories brands including a few of our very favourites Love From Hetty & Dave, Cherryloco and Tatty Devine. Stella My Star & t-boo make their handcrafted collections from found objects, vintage charms and other upcycled treasures to style a range choc-full of one-offs. Perfect additions to the Supermercado.

Love Me Again and Leah Halliday set up shop with their respective spreads of fabulous vintage finds and crafty ephemera (oh how we drooled over Love Me Again's French teaset!) and the lovely Kirsty Anderson of Wooden Tree showed off her beautiful display of textiles, homewares and gifts. She even hosted a mini badge making workshop at her stall! ;)

The lovely Mairead Macaulay (aka Breagha) wowed our visitors with her latest collection of beautiful handmade tweed bags and accessories and Jane (Funky Frilly) stocked up her market barrow with her upcycled ceramics. We'll be looking forward to seeing Funky Frilly and Breagha back at Supermercado again soon! :)

We welcomed a lovely bunch of customers to The Barras Centre during the day. We noticed a great mixture between familiar Made in the Shade faces and new visitors and everyone we spoke to reported that they enjoyed hanging out with us in the courtyard. The overwhelming piece of feedback we've received was that The Barras needs Supermercado - and that Glasgow needs The Barras.

Supermercado at The Barras Centre

So - 'tis a good job that we'll be setting up shop every Saturday from here on in then, huh?
This week, come along to sample handmade sushi, tasty cake and coffee by our all-new artisan roaster. You'll also find handmade jewellery by Florence Box, fashion and accessories by We Are The Robots, art & photography by YHF photo and a wonderful collection of secondhand film, culture & lifestyle books by Ottoline Books. We'll also be joined by the fabulous Bedcrumb and new comer Eilidh Muldoodles! Look out too for our very own Clare Nicolson and our favourite new jewellery designer, Canary Yellow :)

Oh! And if you missed out last time, we'll be setting up the Made in the Shade Trunk Sale again this week. With a bargain suitcase of past designs by Primarko, secondhand retro clothing and accessories from the likes of Top Shop and H&M AND a brilliant selection of vintage dresses, jackets, shoes, bags, blouses, knits and accessories - you can't possibly not find the perfect thrifty fashion steal!

The MITS Trunk Sale at Supermercado

We love The Barras - warts and all. We don't wanna change the overall feel of the market district - we just want to add something new. Come join us! We need vendors, we need visitors, we need folks to get chittering about Supermercado and we need y'all to explore The Barras and embrace it as an integral element of shopping culture in Glasgow. You don't get much more indie than The Barras now do you? More chatter about the Supermercado and the wider landscape later. Viva Las Barras!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Supermercado Numero Uno


It is official. The Made in the Shade gals are feeling the pressure. So far though, we have resisted the temptation to pull on our woolly onesies and crawl under our beds for respite from the madness. Armed with plenty of hot donuts, cigarettes and Lucozade orange (why, of course!), we're powering through. We are truly juggling our 'lil arms off. We're hoping, if we juggle hard enough, all will be well and someone might come and give us a huggle at the end. The end?! This is only the beginning!


On Saturday 2nd October (that's THIS Saturday), we'll be opening the doors of The Barras Centre and welcoming Supermercado shoppers to the courtyard for the very first time.
We are excited. We are nervous. We are giddy. And we're a little bit queasy. However, aside from all that, we are utterly thrilled to be involved in the NEW Barras and we're set to work our bobby socks off to make Supermercado a super success. We are in for the longhaul, baby!

To kick things off in week one, we have a splendid group of first time vendors for y'all. You want a wee peek? Here are some of the stalls you'll find in the courtyard on Saturday:

1. Flamingo Bakery

Delectable cakes and yummy (and oh-so-sweet) treats homemade by the lovely Mark and his 5ft flamingo. Seriously. We recommend the strawberry cheesecake cupcake. Flippin' marvellous.

2. Konnie Kapow

The couple Kapow offer up their selection of off-beat greetings cards, stationery items and art pieces especially for you! A schmaltz free-zone :) Screw you Hallmark!

3. Love Me Again

On the look out for the perfect cocktail forks? The most delicate china teaset? Or some pretty table linen? Pay Laura a visit and peruse her wonderful range of vintage and retro homewares and collectables. Droooool.

4. YHF photo

Currently preparing for his next robot-themed exhibit in London Town this Autumn, YHF joins in the Supermercado fun and offers visit a little peep at some of his latest photographic work. Look out for some comedy favourites too :)

5. Sushi:::Baby

The fabulousy talented Joanna Susskind (who you may know as artist and animator extraordinaire), joins us at Supermercdo armed with a stallful of tasty sushi bites ready for you to munch or to take away in beautiful vintage-style packaging! Don't miss it.

6. t-boo

Jewellery maker and crafty queen, Tracey Burns showcases her collection of pretty wearables at Supermercado for the first time. Found objects, vintage treasures, charms, handmade adornments - love it.

7. Breagha

Designer maker, Mairead Macaulay, makes the most beautiful Harris Tweed bags and accessories. I own a dusky pink shoulder bag with a great big retro bow on the front. I adore it. I think everyone ought to own a a little bit of handmade special! Find yours here at Supermercado.

8. Wooden Tree

Our gal Kirsty Anderson swoops in from the 'Burgh to join us at the Supermercado launch event. A wonderful textile artist and flippin' great maker, Wooden Tree will be showing off her latest upcycled, eco-friendly creations. Homewares, gifts, wearables, vintage finds - they're all in there! (Pssst... Kirsty will also be running workshops at Made in the Shade HQ. Keep your peepers peeled for more info. Or - better still - chat to her about our plans on Saturday!)

9. Funky Frilly

We're all about reusing and reinventing at Supermercado - and nobody does it with more style than Jane at Funky Frilly. Come peruse her super-swish collection of upcycled ceramics. Nab yourself a beautiful handmade cake stand, sweet smelling candle, decadent teacup wine glasses or even a ceramic clock! We can't get enough of Funky Frilly.

10. Canary Yellow

Honourary Made in the Shade gal, Jennifer Nicolson, launched her jewellery business last year and my, oh my, is her label in demand?! Jennifer designs and makes a small but perfectly formed range of silver wearables including necklaces, rings and earrings. Canary Yellow has proven to be a sell-out hit at The Maisonette and we've got high hopes for Canary Yellow at Supermercado too!

11. Sparklecandy

Sparklecandy is a jewellery consignment store run by the lovely Lauren Anderson. Stocking some of our favourite labels like Tatty Devine, Love From Hetty & Dave, Biscuit Boutique and Cherryloco - you're sure to find the best of indie jewellery design right here.

12. Leah Halliday

Leah Halliday has the eye of a magpie, the style of a retro goddess and the taste of... well us! This woman is damned nuisance! She knows EXACTLY what will make our 'lil hearts a pitter-patter and she tempts us with beautiful rose-adorned decanters and pretty trays, multi-coloured 60s eggcups, squirrel money boxes, gorgeous textiles and wonderful ephemera... Jeez Louise.... And! Budding stitchers! Don't forget to ask Leah about her upcoming workshop dates at Made in the Shade HQ. It's not too late to join in!

13. Clare Nicolson

Yup - our very own Clare Nicolson will be snaffling up a 'lil stall space at Supermercado! Check out her fresh new textiles designs, greetings cards, homewares and stationery items.

14. Lady Wurlitzer

Now - I bet you haven't heard THAT name in a while, huh? Take this rare opportunity to nab yourself some handmade, sudsy treats from the Lady, Wurlitzer (aka Carrie) herself!

15. Made in the Shade Trunk Sale

Hunting for a bargain? Then the Trunk Sale is for you! Bag yourself a raggle haggle bargain from our suitcases brimful of thrifty textile treasure. We got vintage clothing (everything from western shirts to retro denim, pretty frocks, accessories and shoes), linen, craft remnants and tonnes of soft homewares!

Sounds pretty swell, huh? I know! We are excited.

Not only do we welcome you to the courtyard to enjoy some shopping and chatting with great indie business owners, but we want you to come hang out. Enjoy a wee seat on our benches. Have a cup of tea in the all-new Che Marche Cafe and explore the shops and creative workspaces round about. Viva Las Barras!

This is... Supermercado

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Dressmaking Workshop: Get Frocked Up!

Yes! Get frocked up with seamstress extraordinaire, Leah Halliday, at our new dressmaking course!

Make A Frock Workshop Series

Make your very own 50s-style frock in time for glamourous festive fun. You'll be the envy of the Christmas soiree in your handmade, made-to-measure gown!

Make a Frock

During this six week course, you will build on your existing basic sewing skills. You will learn how to read a commercial pattern, you'll learn oodles of dressmaking techniques AND Leah will treat y'all to some indispensable hints and tips of the trade!

Sounds pretty swell, huh? Read on for further details...


A fabulous 1950s-inspired frock. You will make your dress from vintage Vogue pattern V8615. The pattern fits UK sizes 8 - 24. It includes two style variations. You will take your pattern home at the end of the course so why not make one dress style in class and tackle the other on your own at home using your new found skills?


You will learn how to do all these things...

1. Take your measurements

2. Understand & use a commercial pattern

3. Put a dress together

4. Sew darts

5. Sew eased seams

6. Sew a basic hem

7. Sew pockets

8. Insert zip

9. Line a garment

10. Get to grips with topstitching

11. Pinning, cutting & ironing techniques

12. Insider hints & tips of the trade!

Level: Intermediate

Course Length: Six 3-hour workshops

Cost: £30 per 3 hour session = £180

Date: Starts on 11th October and runs every Monday evening until 15th November.

Time: 6.30pm till 9.30pm


Materials provided:

Vogue Pattern V8615

Basic tools of the trade*

Materials required:

Fabric: No more than 4 metres of Fabric

Lining: No more than 4 metres of polyester lining

Zip: 40cm

Thread: 2 x 100m polyester thread spool

More information on sizes, buying fabric and a list of suppliers will be emailed to you on booking.

Please Note:

This is NOT a beginners class. This is a great introduction to dressmaking but basic sewing experience is required. If you’re new to sewing or just a little rusty you can sign up to our Oh-Sew-Basic class in preparation for fancy dressmaking. Simple!

*If you have your own sewing machine, please do bring it with you - but don’t forget the instruction manual.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Workshop: 'Oh-Sew-Basic'

We're thrilled to announce details of the very first workshop session booked to take place at our new Made in the Shade HQ at The Barras Centre :)


A beginners sewing class...

...with seamstress extraordinaire, Leah Halliday!

Monday 4th October

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Course fee: £30

Never used a sewing machine before? Or just a bit rusty and keen to get back on that pedal? This class is for you!

During this 3-hour workshop you will learn to use a sewing machine and you'll complete a simple textile project - a pretty cushion cover - as you pick up oodles of new skills! You'll leave with your cushion cover at the end of the class AND you''ll take away the pattern too so you can make even more cushions on your own at home!

Seamstress and dress-maker extraordinaire Leah Halliday will lead this class. She'll teach you how to do all these things...

1. How to thread a machine

2. How to change a needle

3. How to use the presser foot

4. How to fill and load the bobbin

5. How to stitch in lovely straight lines and how to get to grips with back stitching

6. How to adjust stitch length

7. Basic pinning + cutting and ironing techniques

Material included. Basic tools of the trade are provided*. So all you have to do is show up!

*If you have your own sewing machine bring it with you but don’t forget the instruction manual :)

To reserve a place at Leah's 'Oh-Sew-Basic' workshop session, email:

Let's get stitchin'!

Supermercado: Call for Vendors!

Glasgow's new (and only) weekly indie marketplace sets up shop in the courtyard of The Barras Centre for the first time on Saturday 2nd October. Eeeeep! Excited.

Are you a prospective vendor? Wanna join in? Stall bookings are OPEN NOW!

Whether you want to showcase your original handmade designs, sell your fabulous vintage stash or peddle your thrifty wares and secondhand collectibles - we want you to get involved in Supermercado.

We're open to all stall ideas but we're particularly keen to welcome traders that might fall into these broad categories: Fashion, homewares, edibles, music, books/magazines.

Supermercado offers customers a brilliantly balanced, but varied and fun, indie shopping experience.

Supermercado offers crafters, designers, artists, vintage collectors, thrifters and other small indie businesses an affordable retail platform.

Get on it!

For all the event info you need and details on how to make a booking, email us at

Supermercado needs YOU!

The Barras Peepshow

Oh, we are mean aren't we? We start off what we intend to be a daily peepshow of all the developments at our new unit in The Barras Centre and then we leave you hanging after just a couple of days. Booo! Booo!

Well, you see, our moving in plans hit a few unexpected glitches last week. None of these glitches would have made particularly fun or attractive photographs (leaky pipes, rickety stairs, creeping holes...). All in all - there wasn't much to peep at. However, we are pleased to say that problems have been resolved and the big move will gain momentum over the next few days. There will be peeping-galore by the end of the week!

Stay tuned :)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Introducing... Supermercado!

Judging by Scotland's now choca-bloc craft/music/vintage events calendar, the lowly craft fair has been well and truly revived - and our work here is well and truly done. Hoorah! So. We've bid our boutique shopping event adios. It's time to move on to pastures and projects new. Our new pasture? Glasgow's most famous marketplace. Our new project? Read on!

Made in the Shade is flippin' thrilled to (finally) announce details of our new indie shopping venture: The Made in the Shade Supermercado. (We just call it 'Supermercado' - less of a mouthful!)

This is... Supermercado

Based indoors in the cobbled courtyard of The New Barras Centre, Supermercado offers a fresh, new dimension to city centre market culture. Taking place every Saturday, Glasgow finally has its own permanent weekly indie shopping hub. Pheweee. Thank goodness for that. These are exciting times. They really are.

Supermercado kicks off it's Saturday residency at The Barras Centre on 2nd October.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Barras Peepshow - Part 2

Eeeep. I do love the Peepshow blog, you know. I kind of wish we had reason to run it all the time. Today, we're offering up a double whammy peep.

The Barras Peepshow - Part 2a

Yes, yes. It's a 'coming soon' sign stuck on our window. Pretty ain't it? Even prettier are the pieces of freshly painted furniture you can just about spot through the window - if you have a keen eye and sneaky streak!

The Barras Peepshow - Part 2b

And this! This is just one of the beautifully restored barrows that live in The Barras Centre courtyard. We ADORE these. You can expect to be seeing a lot more of these fellas in the coming weeks and months. Rumour has it, that we might - just MIGHT be getting our hands on a Made in the Shade branded barrow all of our very own! Imagine that! (Carrie gazes off into the distance and imagines that...)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

The Barras Peepshow - Part 1

As we gear up to unveil our new space at The Barras Centre, we thought we might rekindle the good ole Peepshow blog series to give you a little taster of what we're up to.

Today, the lovely Salvation Army delivery men popped round with our new (old) filing cabinets. We have four altogether but not all are ready for their close-up just yet. However, we're particularly pleased with this fella. Look at him! Isn't he handsome? Inside his bottom drawer I found a remnant of old newspaper dated 1994. Russ Abbot was on the front page.

Barras Peepshow - Part 1

Part 2 coming your way tomorrow :)

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Another One Opens!

Made in the Shade is changing and expanding.

We are in the process of establishing our new premises at the newly refurbished Barras Centre and setting up our Made in the Shade HQ in the way we'd always dreamed we would. Our new space allows us to set up a fully functional office on our mezzanine floor PLUS we have ample space to host our programme of creative workshops, talks and social events. Better still, we now have the perfect, permanent home for our all-new shopping experience. These are exciting times.

The Barras Centre 2010

The Barras Centre 2010

Made in the Shade HQ - Looking out into the courtyard

As One Door Closes...

It seems such a long time ago since the first Made in the Shade event took place at The Lighthouse. It's not that long ago really, but so much has changed in the city and the craft scene has grown and developed at a crazy rate in these past three years that it's hard to remember a time when craft markets were few and far between and 'handmade' was a dirty word. Glasgow now boasts a healthy calendar of fun, quality events for crafty types and vintage lovers and the interest in making, mending, making do and living it up vintage style has increased dramatically. Hooray!

While this is very good news for the good people of Glasgow and for designer makers and vintage sellers all over, for Made in the Shade it means it's time to get to work on some new projects and time to overhaul existing ones. Exciting!

Saturday marked the end of a chapter for us. Our Summertime Hop at The Lighthouse was the last in the series of the Made in the Shade Boutique Shopping Event in Glasgow. And what a lovely farewell shindig it turned out to be!

Farewell Summertime Hop - August 2010

Thanks so much to the 40+ vendors who set up shop with us. Thank you to the 1789 (very specific!) customers who took the time to come visit. Thank you to Hana at Benefit for adding an extra special touch of retro glamour to the whole affair and to Auntie M for packing up the Cake Lounge and making sure everyone's sugar cravings were satisfied. Kirsty Anderson (aka Wooden Tree) did a sterling job as our workshop hostess! It was a joy to see visitors (small and big) wandering around The Lighthouse sporting their handmade fox and owl masks. Fabulous. Thank you to Much Too Fun and Emily Moir and thanks too to 61 Steps South for choosing Made in the Shade as the launch platform for their new projects and collaborations. We hope you had a lovely time and that the experience was a productive one.

Farewell Summertime Hop - August 2010

There are a load more people we'd like to mention. Special thanks to Nikki Kane - our wonderful event volunteer. Nikki did an excellent job and we couldn't have managed to get everything organised without the addition of her capable hands! Thanks to Jennifer, Laura and the team at The Lighthouse for their continued support. Thanks to Ken, John, Jennifer and Garry for helping out at this event (and all the others!) Thanks to Claire at The List, Alex at The Skinny, Rachel at The Evening Times and to all the other bloggers and social networkers who helped promote the event and who continue to take an interest in what we're up to!

Farewell Summertime Hop - August 2010

I am absolutely sure that I've missed some folk out (too many to list by name!) - but rest assured we're super, SUPER grateful for your help and support.

So. Glasgow. We hope you've enjoyed our Made in the Shade events. We hope that we've been able to offer a little something special from season to season and we hope that you will be just as excited by our new event ventures as we are. It's Made in the Shade - but not as we know it. We'll be back with a new shopping experience for y'all in December 2010. Keep your peepers peeled!

Edinburgh - we'll see you at The Roxy in November! :)

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Introducing... The Summertime Hop Vendors - Glasgow!

With just under 2 weeks until The Summertime Hop and Made in the Shade's final Glasgow fling under its current guise, we thought it about time we unveiled this season's wonderful vendor line-up! Get a loada this!

1. Much Too Fun

Creators of everyone's favourite Scottish Slang jewellery collection, Bonnie Bling, set up shop at The Summertime Hop. These ladies all but sold out of their fabulous 'Och' brooches and 'Peely Wally' necklaces last time round, so y'all best visit their stall fast! The ladies are also launching their all-new collaborative project with creative chum Emily Moir on 21st August :) We're proud to help 'em celebrate their union!

2. Morag Macpherson Textiles

Previously known as 'Global Guru', textile designer Morag Macpherson offers a selection of luxurious handmade wearables and homewares inspired by the palettes and textures of far flung places!

3. Gillian Kyle

Gillian Kyle designs and makes fabulous, accessible products with lasting appeal. By incorporating edible icons of the Scottish larder (Irn Bru, Tunnock's Tea Cakes, Mother's Pride, Creamola Foam) Gillian's textile gifts spark a wonderful nostalgia - and look just swell!

4. Canary Yellow

New jewellery label Canary Yellow is already making a mark on the indie craft & design scene. Jeweller and silversmith Jennifer Nicolson creates delicate, whimsical wearables inspired by nature and FUN!

5. Clare Nicolson

Made in the Shade gal Clare sets up shop at The Summertime Hop. You know those beautiful little lavender birds y'all love so much? Clare made those! She's also the creator of a whole collection of soft furnishings, homewares and stationery items. Be sure to drop by and see her brand new collection as it makes its Made in the Shade debut!

6. The Night Owl

Fast becoming a Made in the Shade favourite, designer maker Ellen Munro creates a range of handmade accessories and homewares all with a super-pretty, folksy flavour.

7. Magic Alice

Magic Alice aka jewellery and accessories maker Jennifer Field quite simply, makes pretty things! From button badges to fun rings and brooches - all of 'em pretty as a picture!

8. Emily Moir

Emily sets up shop with us to showcase her fabulous range of handmade wearables and homewares AND to launch a brand spanking new collection of work in collaboration with Much Too Fun. We cannot WAIT to see it!

9. Fantoosherie Fancies

According to jewellery and accessories maker Jennifer, fantoosherie is the new black. We'd be inclined to agree with her! Look out for upcycled fabrics and found objects in Jennifer's range of handmade wearables. We particularly love her textile necklaces!

10. Frajul

Knitwear designer Julie McConnachie joins us at Made in the Shade for a Summertime Hop double-take following her Made in the Shade debut in Edinburgh last month. Be sure to get acquainted with her growing range of colourful, quirky knitted accessories.

12. Hingmy by Flore

Hingmy by Flore offers Made in the Shade visitors a range of calico bags and badges, all made in textiles and inspired by the great Russian avant-garde artists.

13. Paleface

Paleface (Catherine Barthram) makes clothes and accessories using a combination of re-purposed, vintage and new materials. She designs and makes beautiful dresses, tops, jackets, corsages and purses amongst other things ;)

14. Wondrous Makes

Rosie reminds us of the loveliness of handstitching and the odd little thoughts that cross our minds! She presents her collection of cushions, bags, purses and odd little soft things inspired by real-life stories at Made in the Shade! Peas please! (You'll see).

15. Lindsay Grime

Did you see Lindsay's Home Sweet Home exhibit in our Tiny Gallery? Did you? This season at Made in the Shade Lindsay showcases a selection of illustrated ceramic earrings, brooches, fancy tiles, plates AND prints and illustrations. Giddy just thinking about it...

16. Libby Walker

Libby Walker is ALL about pattern, pattern pattern! This is her first foray into Made in the Shade land so be sure to offer a warm welcome. Peruse Libby's beautiful collection of bright fabric designs and prints. She makes 'em into fabulous notebooks, stationery, art and upholstery for upcycled furniture and much, much more :)

17. Miso Funky

Handmade gifts and homewares to funkify your life! Our very own subversive stitcher shows off her latest collection of upcycled treats and emo-broidery slogans - bold enough to make you blush!

18. Magic Alice

Crafty maker Jennifer Field offers up her latest range of handmade jewellery and accessory pieces to customers at The Springtime Jamboree :)

19. t-boo

Home of the ever-popular Scrabble piece charm bracelet, Tracey Burns offers a splendid array of vintage inspired, quirky and fun jewellery.

20. Lemonart

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.

21. 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.

22. La La Loop

Making a Made in the Shade debut this season is textile outift La La Loop. If you're looking to brighten your life with some fabulous knits - then, you're in for a treat!

23. 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.

24. Bindyboo

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

25. 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!

26. 61 Steps South

Darren Kabloom moonlights as one half of this new design project alongside photographer Susan Castillo. Together the pair make up 61 Steps South. The creative super-team launch the design label's first product, 'Treet' exclusively at Made in the Shade this season. Setting out to blur those lines between design & craft (hoorah!) 61 Steps South create decorative and functional products that are playful, classic and innovative!

27. Breagha

Designer maker Mairead Macaulay returns to Made in the Shade to showcase her latest collection of beautiful, contemporary bags and accessories made from luxurious tweed fabrics. A MITS favourite.

28. Florence Box Jewellery

Inspired by the treasure found in her relative's button box, jewellery crafter Sally Reid upcycles pretty objects and vintage fixins to create a delightful collection of wearables

29. Miss Lottie Lou

Totally immersed in vintage lifestyle in all aspects of her life, Charlotte Newell presents her collection of 1940s/1950s reproduction and vintage inspired clothing designs to the retro hungry Made in the Shade clientele!

30. Almost Vintage Clothing

Based upon an eco-friendly ethos, Almost Vintage Clothing specialise in pretty vintage, new and nearly new retro garments. Almost Vintage gals Mari & Ivanna will be showcasing a range of their current vintage line at Made in the Shade this season! More interested in style over label clout, look out for purty frocks and gorgeous prints and patterns!

31. Summer of Love

Samantha Kennedy is the textile designer behind craft outfit Summer of Love. With a penchant for vintage style, Samantha incorporates found objects and reclaimed fabrics and finishings into her designs. Summer of Love presents her range of accessories at Made in the Shade for the very first time :)

32. Elaine Eckford

Illustrator Elaine Eckford also makes her Made in the Shade debut at The Lighthouse this month. Mixing childlike aesthetic with darker undertones, Elaine's work is truly beguiling! She prints and cuts her own pieces and when she makes pretty little art books, she binds those herself too! Not to be bypassed.

33. Tarnish

We are pleased to welcome jewellery designer Erica Stahl to Made in the Shade! Based around floral and insect themes, Erica produces a beautiful range of earrings, cufflinks, necklaces and bracelets. When she's not metalsmithing, Erica also tinkers with textiles, producing a lovely assortment of wearables and items for the home.

34. Madness of Many

Whoopeee! One of our original Made in the Shaders, Kim Diamond, returns to the event for one last jaunt at The Lighthouse before we do the off! You remember Kim - she's the gal who makes the wonderful guilt-free taxidermy pieces, 'lil owls, textile robots and other fabulous creatures and creations!

35. Hot Tam-Ali Vintage

Stylish mamas Ali Moore and Tami Rex join us at The Lighthouse. We've been trying to get these ladies onto our vendor line-up for AGES! Specialising in 1940s and 1950s frocks, Hot Tam-Ali Vintage is definitely one 'lil booth to be visiting on your Made in the Shade shopping journey!

36. Flossy & Dossy

Made in the Shade favourite Wendy Harman (aka Flossy & Dossy) joins us for a final frock-off at The Lighthouse. Whoop! Wendy designs and makes a beautiful range of clothing all based around the styles and shapes of bygone eras. We're excited to see Wendy's latest offering too - mother and baby ranges! :) Can you believe it? How cute?!

37. YHF Photo

Everybody's favourite photoman, Garry Maclennan, sets up shop at Made in the Shade. Garry will be showcasing a new collection of work and quirky items for the home including fridge art, wood mounted retro interiors images and prints.

38. Lady Wurlitzer

Purveyor of fine lather (and Made in the Shade gal) Carrie Maclennan brings the soap show BACK to Made in the Shade for a final sudsy send off!

39. Inner Wild

We met Flora at one of our early Made in the Shade events at The Lighthouse in 2008. She presented me with the loveliest 'thank you' gift - a handknitted slug! He lives in my bookcase. We are thrilled to have Flora return to The Lighthouse with us.

40. Auntie M

Last, but certainly NOT least... We are thrilled to welcome Auntie M (of De Courcy's Arcade Cake Lounge fame) to The Summertime Hop! Super-baker Michelle Aaron will be offering up a tasty selection of sweet treats for y'all to nibble as you shop or to take home and enjoy later!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Bye Bye Baby! The Summertime Hop - Glasgow

We may be up to our shoulders in paint and plaster while we renovate The Maisonette, but we're still working our socks off behind the scenes to make sure our Summertime Hop event at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on Saturday 21st August goes off with a bang! :)

This year's Summertime Hop event is extra special in that it'll be the last MITS event in our home town for a while - and the last ever we'll be holding at The Lighthouse. We'll be taking a break until Christmas when we'll be introducing you to a whole new world of Made in the Shade! We're arranging an entirely new calendar of events - new venue, new approach. It's time to shake things up! It's Made in the Shade, Jim. But not as we know it.

On 21st August, we'll be setting up shop in the beautiful level 1 exhibition space at The Lighthouse. We can't WAIT! The room is amazing. With huge windows, high ceilings, bare brick walls and lots of cute nooks and crannies for special features, we're sure you'll love the set up!

Over 40 of Scotland's most talented design makers will join us for a whole day of indie shopping and crafty fun. We'll be publishing a full list of vendors shortly. You can plan your attack in advance! :) Aswell as perusing and purchasing a whole bunch of fabulous handmade wares and vintage treats, we invite you to take part in our drop-in Wooden Tree paper mask workshops and to get in touch with your creative side with some public crafting! We are THRILLED to be joined by some very special guests this season. Benefit Cosmetics - that's, BENEFIT Cosmetics, will be offering y'all free make up lessons and helping you out with our make-up woes in the exclusive Made in the Shade Benefit Beauty Parlour AND... Should you feel a little peckish, pick up some cake (I'd go as far as to say this is quite possibly the best cake in town!) from Auntie M - or nibble some super-cutsie handmade sushi from Joanna Susskind's vintage styled sushi stand!

Do come join us, won't you? We'd like to see your wee faces at The Lighthouse just one last time :) Help us make this event one of our best ever. We'd love to pop out on a high! :)

More info and vendor details coming soon!

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday 21st August. 10.30 til 5. The Lighthouse.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Big News

We can't hold it in any longer. We have news. Big news. And it's not anything to do with any of the big news we've already been banging on about. It's nothing to do with our brand spanking new website. It's nothing to do with our extra 70cms of space at The Maisonette. It's nothing to do with book deals either.

Guess what?

We're opening a second Made in the Shade premises HERE!

This, my friends, is the newly refurbished Barras Centre. And that shiny new unit you can see peeking out there inbetween the two pretty wooden barrows? That's our NEW MADE IN THE SHADE HQ!! Infact, if you squint, you can just about see Clare and I standing outside it :) Billed as Glasgow's new cutting-edge creative quarter, we'll be working alongside Camille Lorigo and some of Scotland's most exciting fashion & design talent to make darned sure the fabulous vision for this East End creative hub comes to fruition!

Made in the Shade premises number 2 will serve as our new office, as an interactive workshop & events space and as a shop. We cannot WAIT to move into our new home and we can't wait for you to come visit us - and our wonderful new neighbours - very, very soon.

Oh phewee. Feels good to have that out there...

Watch this space for further updates and regular wheeping and whooping about it all.