Sunday, 29 May 2016

May Madness

Sorry! I am painfully aware that Fickle Me has been quiet late lately, but F.I.C.K.L.E. M.E..... have we been busy!
I need to keep numbering in my brain all the things I have got going on, so I don't miss anything! So here's what we've been up to:

Photo credit: Mariam El Mofty
  • Meeting up with Denise from Three Wise Monkeys Emporium, regarding a selling space for us within their gorgeous premises. I cannot wait to don my wellies and get involved with the whole doing-up of the place, as the premises are absolutely gorgeous. More on this soon.
  • I had a meeting at a lovely gift shop in St Albans this week, about stocking a couple of my jewellery ranges with them. I don't know yet how this will progress, but the ball is in my court, with designing a co-ordinated collection asap in summery colours.
  • Converse recently got in touch with me, via an East London- based experiential marketing company. They were interested in ordering 30-40 pairs of bespoke, hand-embroidered shoes to be given out to selected celebs at Glastonbury!
  • I've been hearing about Blogtacular for some time now, but my friend OhGoshEm recently tweeted me about their indie designer/maker marketplace. Since then I've signed up for a stand, so need to get some stock together, stationery printed, and some stall designs decided upon!
  • I'm part of an 8k strong Facebook group of local mums... I occasionally post or comment, but rarely share my work on there... my friends often urge me to, but I feel funny about it. Not only is it the self-promotional 'selling' aspect of it, but also the fact that I'm actually putting myself 'out there' as me, rather than my brand (if that makes any sort of sense!) that I find a bit scary. Anyway. I bit the bullet a couple of weeks ago, and posted a couple of photos of my baby-friendly crochet jewellery on there, and what happened? They bit my hands off!! I sold a LOT of necklaces within a single evening, and repeat orders are still trickling in... there's a lot to be said for supporting local businesses, and these ladies are kicking ass! 
  • One of the aforementioned local mums turned out to be a wonderful photographer, as she liked her necklace so much that she's not only made multiple repeat purchases, but also offered to do some of my product photography! So watch this space for some new and beautiful images...
  • Another of the local mums came up with the idea of hosting a jewellery party at her home! She's invited a group of friends over to come and meet me and have a look at my designs - I'm so grateful to her and can't wait! 
  • I also need to complete a bespoke commission for some black and gold- themed jewellery to be worn at a posh wedding!
Fickle Craftroom black and gold jewellery commission

So excuse me - I promise I'll be back soon! Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my progress on all of the above xxx



Monday, 9 May 2016

Mini Crafter: 7 TIPS FOR MAKING CARDS WITH KIDS

I totally realise that encouraging our children to make their own greetings cards is nothing new - and I swear I'm not writing this to try and teach my grandmother to suck eggs, as it were! But I wanted to write this post to share some thoughts and some tips with you all.

7 top tips for making greetings cards with kids!
Keep it simple!

  • Don't make it too complicated by offering too much choice. Children are easily overwhelmed, and what might look like a large and exciting array of materials to us, may put them off entirely. Some card and foam shapes (or old birthday cards to cut out), some pens and some sticky dots in various colours can be enough sometimes.
  • In a similar vein to the above - and especially if your child is anything like my impatient boy - make sure there aren't too many steps. Two or three is perfect, eg potato-printing, sequin-sprinkling, and writing a simple message. Otherwise they just lose interest.
  • Personally I prefer not to use picture or character stickers, as this can take away some of the creativity and imagination that plainer or more open-ended materials can offer.
  • If there are lots of little pieces, or glitter *shudder*, I highly recommend using a large tray - we have a huge Ikea one that is perfect
  • If you're a perfectionist parent, then only actually offer materials in your chosen colour or theme - otherwise your stress levels will not cope when your little darling chooses, say, snowflake stickers for a summer birthday, or a 'daring' combination of orange/pink/green...!
  • Follow your child's lead. If they're happy to get on with it by themselves then don't hover (although obviously take the necessary precautions and supervise if there are scissors involved). Alternatively, this can be a lovely bonding activity and your child may love to have you sit with them and make your own card. 
  • Have fun! 

7 top tips for making greetings cards with kids!
Quick fun crafting = one happy boy
7 top tips for making greetings cards with kids!
Hapee birth day


Thursday, 5 May 2016

A Tour of the (Current) Craftroom

Hello you nosy parkers! Don't you just love a tour of somebody else's house? I know I do. And my favourite part is getting to see how they organise all their belongings. So I am throwing the doors - and drawers - of the Fickle Craftroom, wide for all to see!

Currently, I work at home...... where I can keep an eye on my kids, make my coffee the way I like it, and ignore the laundry pile. This, however, does mean I get little hands 'helping' rather a lot, so I need adequate storage to keep all my bits and pieces hidden away when not in use!

Here's our dining room, with my beloved mid-century modern walnut table and Eames-esque chairs...



The alcove is home to our 5 year-old's desk, which makes him feel very important! The chests of drawers are cheapie Ikea Rasts, with a lick of paint. I was originally going to paint all of the outer casings with this blue, but Mr C rather surprisingly said he liked the effect of alternating the units (he's usually quite conservative in his design choices)! The knobs are a mixture of gold, turquoise and grey.

The majority of my stationery is kept in the drawers, as well as my packaging supplies for Stitches & Lace and Fickle Craftroom.

1. general odds and ends: stapler, stamps, stickers, rulers
2. ugh. receipts ready to be sorted for tax return time!
3. felt flowers, my bead box, pretty papers, Diana camera, embroidery hoops
4. A4 notepads, scrapbooks, magazine cuttings
5. small notepads, notecards, address book
6. envelopes, tags, mailing boxes
7. business cards, stickers, gift papers & bags
8. beads, pom-poms, lollipop sticks and other kiddie craft paraphernalia
9. diamante tool, metal stamping blanks, jewellery findings, washi tape and duck tape
10. crayons, chalks, paints and sponge shapes
11. Fickle Craftroom packaging - boxes & bags
12. collage materials and stickers
The dining room flows through to the living room, which is decorated in the same colours; mocha/oyster/grey and turquoise.




However... did you note my cunning use of the word 'CURRENT' in the title???? Well. This little beauty is soon to be mine!


I have just started a new Pinterest board with She-Shed inspiration, and I have no doubt this will grow daily!

What would your dream She-Shed include?