Holly and Ruby to exhibit at the British Craft Trade Fair 2013

Despite the good intentions of my previous post 5 reasons why I am useless at blogging, I have not been updating this blog much recently (hanging head in shame). However, my reasons are good as I have been working furiously (but happily) on a new range of bags, featuring original screen printed designs alongside some of my trademark applique and embroidery.  Designs include the ever-popular skulls as well as more dainty butterflies, florals and animal prints. I have created a range of clutch bags and now all handbags have a removable strap (available in leather or chain, your choice). I have also created a couple of size variations, added inside pockets and can now make small quantities of the same bag design (thanks to the joys of screen-printing). I am very excited about this and the wonderful photoshoot I had recently (more on this to follow) and I can’t wait to upload some images but I am patiently biding my time to upload these as soon as I get them.

The reason I have been working so hard is that I am thrilled to be exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground between 7th – 9th April. This event is a trade-only fair which showcases the work of many talented designer-makers and celebrates some of the best of British design talent.

Products range from sculptures, paintings, prints, textiles, fashion accessories, jewellery and more. The event draws in buyers from fashion, textile, furnishings, interiors, jewellery, craft and giftware industries.

I am really excited to be in the newcomers gallery at stand N1. If we have any buyers in the art or design trades reading this, you can find out about how to visit us by visiting the BCTF website. It is a great opportunity to see emerging talent and experienced practising artists in one space whilst also perhaps seeking out some new designers for your shop. The facebook page gives you lots of photos from previous events and you will find plenty of inspiring work to give you an idea of some of the quality work exhibiting at these events.

The British Craft Trade Fair will be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground between 7th – 8th April 2013. See www.bctf.co.uk for details.

Photo Shoot with Heinz Schmidt Photography – latest photos

I am very excited to get the latest set of photos from my photoshoot with Heinz Schmidt of Heinz Schmidt Photography. The photographs were taken at Renegade Hair Salon in Leeds, so a big thank you to Renegade for letting me use their wonderful salon. The lovely model is Kelly Jay, who did a fabulous, patient job and looks stunning in the photos.

Hope. All photos by Heinz Schmidt Photography. Model: Kelly Jay. All hairstyles by Radha M.P Hair. All make-up by Dorota Make-up. Dress by Call Me Betty Vintage. Jewellery by For the Love of Kitsch.


Pony Club

Hair was my the lovely Radha of Radha M.P Hair who creted this wonderful vinatge-inspired do. I wish I could make my own hair look like that.. Make-up was by the delightful Dorota of Dorota Make-up who made the transformation from delicate and soft to glamourous and pouting with her make-up wizardry.


The Duchess.

Secret Garden. Dress from Bird's Yard, Jewellery by For the Love of Kitsch

For the Love of Kitsch lent me an amazing selection of vintage jewellery, I had so much to choose from I could have accessorised everyone in Leeds that day. If you haven’t checked out their page, I heartily recommend having a look at some of her fabulous jewellery. Clothes were supplied by my good friend and super-talented Betty at Call me Betty Vintage. Betty makes wonderfully fun and pretty dresses inspired by vintage styles. so thanks to the lovely Bird at Bird’s Yard for the loan of some fabulous clothes (one of which I loved so much I bought it).

Abracadabra. Top and trousers by The Wardrobe Fashion Boutique. Jewellery by For the Love of Kitsch.

Also, a big thank you to The Wardrobe Fashion Boutique in Hedon, who very kindly lent me some items for the shoot which look  perfect.

Delilah's Revenge

Bags featured include Secret Garden, The Duchess, Garden Party, Polite Society, Delilah’s Revenge, Hope, Pony Club, Wild Child and Abracadabra. More photos to follow for bags Route 66,  Rio, Saddle UpLady in Red, plus others.  Watch this space!

Jewellery galore with Life’s Big Canvas

Jewellery time! Magpies have got the right idea when it comes to the twinkly stuff. For unique jewellery that is that much more special and individual than the mass-manufactured high street offerings, visit www.lifesbigcanvas.co.uk and indulge yourself in a jewellery heaven. Life’s Big Canvas is the creation of friend and fellow Bird’s Yard tenant Chloe McGenn. Chloe’s creations are whimsical fancies that appear to have just stepped out of a fairy tale. In her own words, “I’m an artist who wants to make people smile.” I particularly love this delicate pleated paper cuff made from a vintage fairy tale page.


I also like this antique bronze charm necklace, charmingly named Cycling in Paris. Now doesn’t this just make you want to take your penny-farthing for a spin along to the Moulin Rouge? Well, if you can’t you can purchase the next best thing.


What is that you say? Your ears feel left out? I LOVE these little bees. The leftovers of Mellifera’s experiments with wire and look what we have! Beautiful bees earrings.



A fantastic array of Chloe’s work can be found online at Life’s Big Canvas and via her facebook page Life’s Big Canvas.  Chloe also has a lovely nest of beauties at her shop located within Bird’s Yard, which can be found on Kirkgate in Leeds. As well as Chloe’s own creations, you will find many other desirable delights from other talented jewellery designer makers.  It doesn’t stop at jewellery though.  You can also treat yourself to many other accessories and gifts.  An afternoon choosing from these lovelies is an afternoon well spent in my opinion.

Holly and Ruby join Bird’s Yard, Leeds

I am very excited about this! Holly and Ruby has become one of the latest designers to join the wonderful Bird’s Yard. Bird’s Yard is a fantastic independent shop on Kirkgate in Leeds. If you haven’t found it yet, I strongly recommend you get yourself there. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of vintage and handmade goods including jewellery, fashion, accessories and homewares.  One of the saddest facts of current times is the lack of independent stores in British towns and cities, so its great to see Bird’s Yard in Leeds. And what a store it is! The shop is divided into mini-shops inside, with each offering a fantastic selection of goodies to buy. Holly and Ruby can be found in Bird Shell (ground floor), where you can find one-off haute couture vintage and handmade pieces by numerous designers.  But do take a walk up the stairs of this fabulous building to find other fashion, jewellery, hair accessories, furniture and much more! With an ever-increasing selection of designers onboard, this little gem in the heart of Leeds is well worth a visit. To see more visit their website or their facebook page Birds Yard.


2. I WANT THIS: Sweet Delirium Jewellery

Every once in a while I stumble on something truly unique and quite amazing. Sweet Delirium is one of those finds that you don’t chance upon every day. Sweet Delirium have produced a macabre and magnificant range of jewellery that use ethically-sourced real animal and bird skulls. Ethically sourced, folks. No harm to any animals, just a clever bit of sourcing what left the world naturally.  The skulls are enamelled and hang gracefully as these stunning pendants. Wowie. I love them.

Sweet Delirium also offer plenty of vegan-friendly options too. I am very fond of this stag necklace.  This fine stag has Swarovski eyes. He’s lovely.


Many of these pieces can be customised to order. What a perfect and original present they would make.  I am also very taken by these Day of the Dead cameo earrings.


There are plenty more delights where these came from.  Go see for yourself. You can find Sweet Delirium on folksy Sweet Delirium or on facebook SweetDelirium Jewellery