Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Call For Vendors: The Springtime Jamboree (Glasgow)

Good morning everyone!

We are absolutely delighted to declare vendor applications for The Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree 2010 (Glasgow) NOW OPEN! Whoop! Whoop!

If you would like to set up shop with us at The Lighthouse, Glasgow on Saturday 17th April please email us at: On registering your interest with us, we'll issue you an e-application form and send you more information about the event, details of what we look for in our vendors and advice on what to do next.

Applications will close at 5pm on Monday 1st March.

We will confirm the vendor line-up for the Springtime Jamboree on Monday 8th March.

We'll post info about how to apply for our other events in the next day or two.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Boutique Shopping Event: Homeward Bound

Ok. So. You're not gonna believe this. Guess what? (We're all about the 'guess what?' these days. You say, 'What?' remember?)

As if we weren't excited enough to announce that we're hosting a calendar of seasonal events at The Roxy in Edinburgh - we are seriously about to pop - because... We're heading on home to The Lighthouse in Glasgow for a smasher of a seasonal 2010 set-up!

We are squeaking with delight!

We have literally just confirmed these dates so event info is limited at the moment. However, we guessed you might like to know that not only is the Made In The Shade Boutique Shopping Event well and truly back in business, but The Lighthouse IS open and IS functioning - how great is that?

Put these dates in your diaries, people:

The Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree (Glasgow)

Galleries 4 & 5 @ The Lighthouse
Saturday 17th April 2010

The Made In The Shade Summertime Hop (Glasgow)
Galleries 4 & 5 @ The Lighthouse
Saturday 21st August 2010

The Made In The Shade Halloween Special - proper name tbc! (Glasgow)
Galleries 4 & 5 @ The Lighthouse
Saturday 30th October 2010

The Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Shindig
Galleries 4 & 5 @ The Lighthouse
Saturday 11th December 2010

LOADS of opportunities to get involved: sponsor the event, advertise with us, set up shop, volunteer, get public crafting! We'll post more info shortly but if you'd like to get in touch then you can email us at:

More soon!


Saturday, 13 February 2010

Rewind to the Mad Hatters' Craft Party!

I'm working from our new Made In The Shade satellite office today. My living room. While spending some quiet time with the trusty computer, I came across a whole series of hidden photos of The Mad Hatters' Craft Party on our Flickr profile. "How can this be?" I thought. "We hosted the hat party nearly three weeks ago..." Turns out, we hosted, we made, we had a whole heap of fun - and then I forgot to tell y'all about it! Not like me, I know...

So. Let's rewind.


One of our favourite aspects of having a permanent space to work from is the proper real-life contact we have with real-life people. We have great fun chatting to visitors and we love to get to know 'our regulars'. The Maisonette's like that. It's not so much a shop as a little tiny hub of activity. Even when the space is empty, we're still busy - making links, laying plans and coming up with ideas.

Anyway - one afternoon, we were visited by the charming Sabine Mitsch. As the conversation unfolded we learnd that Sabine made hats in her spare time. We arranged that she'd swing by some time to show us some examples of her work - and swing by she did. Having ooh-ed and aah-ed over her delicate and pretty designs, we began to hatch a plan. A Mad Hatters' Craft Party. We'd host a Mad Hatters' Craft Party.

Last month we gathered together a little group of enthusiastic crafty guests who huddled around our gateleg table to learn some basic hat making skills - taught by Sabine. Cocktail hats, fascinators, embelished headbands - Sabine encouraged the worshop attendees to experiment with luxurious silks, voilles, glamorous netting and a whole box full of pretty adornments to create their own item of handmade headwear :)

New Season! New Look Maisonette :)

It doesn't take much time of us sitting still before we get ants in our pants, does it? We've decided that this winter has lasted far too long. We're sick of the cold and the dark and so we've decided that, at The Maisonette at least, it's Spring :)

As y'all know if you visit us regularly, The Maisonette isn't really your average sort of shop. We do sell things of course, but we also use the dinky space to do all sorts of work and we invite people to join us there in the evenings sometimes for workshops and meetings and nice 'lil get togethers. Oh. And we also have an old changing room that we use as a Tiny Gallery.

When we opened The Maisonette back in October '09, we styled the room as a cosy lounge or living area. We wanted to feel at home and we wanted you to feel at home too. Now that Spring is round the corner, we thought we ought to zing things up a little bit and give The Maisonette a mini makeover. In the end, we didn't manage to do the repaint we'd planned, but we have revamped and rejiggled our existing fittings, we've wallpapered and reupholstered and we've rearranged just about every last thing. Did I mention that we also bagged ourselves some AMAZING 1950s kitchen cabinets? We adore them.

Here's a little photo tour for those of you who can't make it up to De Courcy's to see us and our new look Maisonette in person :)

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Look out Edinburgh! We're a-comin'!

Maaaaaah! We are uncontrollably excited this afternoon. Infact - we've been pretty wild all morning. Guess what? (you say, "What?") We are beside ourselves with glee to announce that we have secured the first round of dates for our 2010 Events Calender! The Made In The Shade Boutique Shopping Event is back - and... it's expanding!

For some time now we've heard customers and potential vendors in Edinburgh complain that the capital is lacking a little Made In The Shade-style shopping shebang. So. We've decided to test out an eastside version of our seasonal Boutique Shopping Event. Wheep!

Taking place in the stunning Main Hall of The Roxy Art House, Made In The Shade will play hostess to over thirty designers, makers and creatives in what we hope will be a veritable DIY-shopping fest! As always, we'll be offering a barrel load of extra special event features, freebies and surprises. Keep those peepers firmly on the blog for details as they are confirmed!

Ok - so when are we making our roadtrip east?


The Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree
The Roxy Art House (Main Hall)
Saturday 15th May 2010
10.30am - 5pm

The Made In The Shade Summertime Hop
The Roxy Art House (Main Hall)
Saturday 24th July 2010
10.30am - 5pm

The Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Shindig
The Roxy Art House (Main Hall)
Saturday 27th November 2010
10.30am - 5pm

If you are interested in taking part in the event as a Made In The Shade vendor, volunteer or sponsor, please send a quick message to: and we'll add you to our Edinburgh-specific mailing list :) Vendor applications for The Springtime Jamboree will open on Monday 15th March 2010 and will close again on Friday 9th April. All selling spaces will be confirmed on or before Friday 9th April 2010 with payment due by Friday 30th April 2010. You can find out more about our events and how we go about our business by browsing the 'Boutique Shopping Event' pages on the site. You can also catch a glimpse of previous events by visiting our Flickr profile or scrolling through here.

More news to follow - we're in the process of securing even more dates in other swell locations!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Home Sweet Home by Lindsay Grime at The Tiny Gallery

Y'all might remember several months ago we collaborated on a 'lil project with online creative community Central Station? We offered one lucky Central Station member a two week artsy stint in our Tiny Gallery at The Maisonette with the view to making new links and welcoming even more new talent into our little space. We received lots and lots of lovely proposals but one - oh yes - one special idea stood out.

We are thrilled to annouce that illustrator and ceramicist Lindsay Grime will be shacking up with us at The Maisonette between 17th - 28th February as she installs her latest collection of handpainted ceramics in The Tiny Gallery.

'Home Sweet Home' explores imagery relating to the notion of home. Embracing nostalgic aesthetic and celebrating souvenirs of an antiquated domesticity, Lindsay has been greatly inspired by the fabulous array of ornamental plates and decorative ceramics on display in her Granny's dining room. Lindsay has successfully created a series of work rich in domestic narrative and neo olde-world charm and she'd like to share it with you!

Hand-painted plates, tablets, tiles and cameos will be exhibited in The Tiny Gallery between 17th - 28th February.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Hey Good Lookin'! Whatcha Got Cookin'?

Well doesn't this feel weird? The Maisonette is closed today. Not quite sure what to do with ourselves... If you happen upon our door and you find our 'lil black shutter pulled way down tight - fret not! We will be whinging it open again at 10am on Saturday 6th February to reveal our new layout and a whole heap of new products! Between October and January our Maisonette was decked out like a cosy living room. During February and until May, The Maisonette will take on the guise of a zingy, springy kitchen :) Clare is busy upholstering our furniture, sewing new curtains and planning The Big Wallpaper Project. Carrie is umming and aaahing over where to put the bureau (in her living room?) and pondering other logistic puzzles.

We're welcoming lots and lots of new designers to The Maisonette this season too and we can confirm that our new product range will blow your mind! :)

Come visit us this weekend to help us celebrate the sprucing up of our little home!

'Unoccupied' by YHF & Dapple Photography

We are lending full Made In The Shade style support to our friends, photographers Garry Maclennan & Gillian Hayes, as they unveil their very first joint exhibition of photographic work at the 13th Note Cafe this month.

'Unoccupied' shows at 13th Note, King Street between 3rd - 28th February. Entry is free.