I am really enjoying keeping a wishlist on a regular basis. There are so many things that I would love to have but can’t ( just yet) normally because of lack of funds and then there are also items I want which I want to get to replace something I already have ( but obviously I wouldn’t throw something away before it needed to be, that would be wasteful) I find it great to have an idealistic wishlist as it allows me to think about what I really need, what I really want and what I really can live without. As always all these items come from an ethical back ground that I support whether eco friendly, from an independent business or fairly traded. Number 1 is a bit of a cheat as I have just bought it, It’s a blusher from BM Beauty that uses all natural ingredients. I don’t use a lot of make up so I think it’s pretty reasonable that I could slowly replace all my make up and I would be happy to with BM Beauty as I’ve found the blusher amazing. I have started to gain some temp work through an agency and would like to have some neater tops and jewellery for interviews and work plus I would like a backpack that’s good lucking but can fit more in it then my handbag so I can shop while out an about (bonus points for not using plastic bags) I would love this horseradish vodka from Godminster as I really enjoy a good bloody mary and want to make some really tasty spicey ones for friends and family the morning after the night before. Lastly I would love this piece of art
You can now buy all my products directly from me via the blog. Simply click on the Shop Life button to find the shop, how to buy and all of my store policies. Hopefully this will make it easier for those of you who don’t shop on Etsy or Folksy but I highly recommend checking them out since they have such a great array of designers and creators to explore. As a little thank you for your readership and as a little incentive for the new shop I offer a gift of 10% off from now till the end of February.
Enjoy and Happy Shopping
Lorna x xxx
I am pleased to announce my first fair I will be attended with my Maker’s Meadow products. It is The Great Taste Festival of Food and Drink at Donnington Park on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December. I am super excited but I have ALOT of work to do before I get there as I want to make sure I am fully stocked up in case its a sell out (going for optimistic) I am attending it with my partners business, Geeves Brewery as part of their merchandise sales as they will be selling T-shirts, pump clips, and their own gift sets as well as bottle beers of course. Although its not a classic craft fair I am really looking forward to getting my work out there to get some face to face feedback and reactions. With Christmas just around the corner I’m hoping people will snap of my work for gifts as I do think they make great presents for beer lovers and especially hard to buy for men, though of course all of my work is very unisex. If you can make it to have a look I’d be really pleased to meet people, the festival is £7 entry and there are over 120 exhibitors to find out about and get some wonderful Christmas shopping done for the foodies in your life. Wish me luok and don’t forget to stop by and say Hey if you see us, I’ll probably be wearing one of my aprons.
I am very pleased to announce that my bottle carriers are now being sold in the wonderful shop that is Bier Huis- World of Beer in the town of Ossett, West Yorkshire. It is the perfect outlet for the product because not only do they sell lashings of brilliant bottled beer, they stock Geeves Brewery Bottles which is the brewery where I get the malt sacks to make these wonderful upcycled creations. Obviously I am super proud to be stocked in a bricks and mortar shop but I want to tell you about what a wonderful place it is too as a local independent shop.
Beer, as you can imagine, is everything to David Jones the owner of Bier Huis and this comes through in the top selection of bottled ales there is on offer. You won’t find big brands here but local, small and often rare brews that all taste brilliant. The shop is stocked to the rafters with bottles and makes it feel like a library for the real ale aficionado. You could spend a decent hour perusing the aisles before settling on a bottle or ten for that matter, and i’m sure if you didn’t know where to start Dave would lend you a hand and find you the perfect tipple. There are also plenty from further a field with a hefty selection of world beers to try all with unique styles and tastes. I’ts not all beer though, cider makes a top appearance too especially since it is hard to find real bottle cider that’s not made by big bad Weston’s.
Compared to your regular off license the selection is marvellous and this is true also in the food that is surprisingly sold here too. You’d normally find a few bags of crisps, nuts and maybe even popcorn, in a shop devoted to alcohol but Bier Huis goes much further with local chutneys, mustards, sauces, even some Yorkshire made chorizo … drool! and of course handmade crisps. There is also gifts for sale including beer packages and glasses, brilliant for when you’ve forgot a beer lovers birthday. Its great to see a small shop doing so well and that is no doubt down to picking top quality products and what better job to have then having to quality control beer. If you like your real ales this is the place to go for a good mix and some cracking tastes.
Enjoy the sun this week while you can
I love the colour mustard and since i am moving soon i would love to include it in my redecoration for the living room, so i thought i would find some great pieces that i would love to give a home to and quite likely you will too
The vintage clock from ARoadThroughTime was the first thing i spotted and i love its simple bold look, unfortunately it got sold the day i put it on the treasury! :( Guess some one saw it on my board and just had to snag it. Darn! Luckily i found some other delight to get my mustard fix. Love the backpack from ickadybag, really beautiful design and lots of pockets. Would make a great over night bag. Lastly i am charmed with the bohemiana teardrop earrings MerelaniDesigns, they are just my kind of style and a lovely colour of course ;P Click on the picture to find the rest of these beautiful pieces
If you saw my Everyday Etsy shopping feature earlier today the theme was Come Fly With Me, showing a choice selection of handmade and vintage for your holidays. This in fact was to celebrate that both Maker’s Meadow shops on Etsy and Folksy are now shipping internationally throughout the world! Hooray! Our products will now be available to purchase no matter where you are on this fine earth. I had slight trepidation about posting abroad but i have never had a problem with deliveries being sent my way so i shouldn’t worry about it vice verse and i have had such interest from America and Europe in particular that it seemed silly not too. If you have any questions that you’d like to ask me before buying feel free to get in touch on Folksy, Etsy or my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Monday every body and what a monday its been. Work at 6 this morning, finished at 9, did the food shop, put away the washing, put more laundary on, general tidy round, cut out pieces ready for sewing some new cool bags and aprons, cheese toasty in hand, writing this short post and it’s only just past 12 o’clock yet.phew! I think it must be one of the first good Monday feelings i’ve had in a while and i might just be because i love my new range of items i’ve been making for the shop. Bottle Carriers.
Made from Maker’s Meadow staple material malt sacks from Geeves Brewery, the bottle carriers came to me like a stroke of genius, even if i do say so myself. The boys at the Brewery have recently started bottling their wares and it seemed like a bottle carrier made from the malt sacks whose previous contents where used to make the bottled beet would be a perfect partner to a few of their tipples. The malt bags are sewn into a circular holder containing 6 or 4 pockets one for each beer. The sacking is super strong, so there is no chance of rips or tears, and the cotton handles make a comfortable strap to carry but are triple stitched to add further security to the holder. Nothing worse then precious beer being spilled.
We think they make a great present for beer lovers, just add a few of their favourite bevvy’s and you’ve got a ready made gift. If you want to try some of Geeves brewery new beers they are now being stocked online at Best of British Beer & Barley Hops. If your in South/West Yorkshire they are also avaliable at Beer Huis, Ossett, Yorkshire Ales, Snaith and Blacker Hall Farm, Wakefield as well as many pubs we supply cask to as well. All the bottle carriers are now avaliable online on our Etsy or Folksy Shops and more colours will be avaliable soon.
Any beer fans in the readership today?
Since it is the season of sharing and giving i shall be donating 75p from each purchase from the shop to a charity i have only just found but who share an ideal which i fully support and believe in. This crazy idea they have is that every one deserves to eat and eat well, and furthermore that the excessive food waste in this country can be distributed to those who need it rather then give it to a greedy landfill. Crazy idea right????
The Charity is Fare Share, a UK organisation that provides quality food to those who can’t afford it and training and education on food and cookery. They also campaign about food waste, the worst of which comes from supermarkets and food outlets like restaurants and cafes. Last week i blogged about finding out some astonishing facts about the affect of austerity Britain has had on UK diets. I decided to do a little bit more research and came across Fare Share. I can not stand waste, not only money wise but also the effect on the environment, and their message really spoke to me. Why let people go hunger when there is plenty to share around and that is what Fair Share is all about.
To sum up, buy anything from Maker’s Meadow whether from Folksy or Etsy this December and i will donate 75p in your name to Fare Share via Just Giving or donate personally using my Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/makers-meadow
Just a quick note to say that i will now be selling on Etsy! Another great handmade online market place. Just like Folksy it features work by designers and makers of handmade goodies but it also has a big vintage selling base. You can also buy food and drink from lots of different places and find some unique flavours. I have decided to sell on Etsy as well because alot more people are familiar with it and will provide a bigger customer base for me to reach. It also means that as well as Folksy Friday i will be showing you my favourite picks from the wonderful world of Etsy on my new series called Everyday Etsy, sharing with you even more beautiful handmade goods plus vintage items for you to delight at. Perfect for the upcoming season of gift giving. Visit me at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MakersMeadow
Hope your having a great day