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  1. Adorable crochet booties for little ones aged 0 – 6 mths old so perfect for a new baby gift or baby shower present. I currently have these in stock in red , baby pink and mustard ( requests for other colours are welcome)  I am also delighted to show you these sweet crochet head bands for little ones too. All handmade by the talented Alitzah Of Blithe Spirit.

2. Helena Tyce has excelled again with another beautiful and emotive piece of artwork that can be personalised for Father’s day – ‘Another Day, Another Adventure ‘ no available to order on our website and in our store too. We have also taken this wonderful superhero print that can be personalised by Inky Minky Moo . Who doesn’t think there dad is a superhero ( I know I do ! ).  Available to order here 

3. A new artist has joined us – Angus Beaumont of Soak Monkey. Angus specialises in creating characters using digital art techniques. I originally met Angus at the Lady Bay Arts festival last year and was mesmerised watching him demonstrate how he develops his designs. So I am really pleased to have a selection of the postcards that he has created. Only available in store at the moment.

4. New designs – Harry Potter & The Gilmore Girls paper cut postcards and prints by Oh Cut it Out  Soon to be added to the website.

paper cut arwork

5. New workshop dates

Polymer clay jewellery workshop

We have a new workshop to the calendar – Polymer clay jewellery

Beginner crochet workshop

Due to popularity we have add another beginners crochet workshop to the calendar

And last but by no means least we have another glass making workshop running this June taught super talented Katherine from Number8glass.  Our glass making workshops tend to be very popular so do book your place early 🙂

Glass making workshop

Thanks for reading, catch up soon Kate 

Denise wearing one of her beautiful scarves

Turning a hobby into a business can be an exciting but also a daunting step, one of our lovely makers Denise shares her experience with you

Getting started 

In 2012, after a break of a few years, I began making things again.  All through my life, I had dabbled, let’s say.  At 7, I’d started to knit and sew, as a student I’d knitted jumpers and cardies, done a pottery course, made jewellery, fell in love with glass painting.

Then I became a teacher and found all creative space taken up with lesson prep and marking.  I was also raising my daughter and supporting my mum in her failing health.  So for a few years, I was a passive admirer of other people’s work at craft fairs and the like, but produced nothing of my own.

So back to 2012.  My mum had died, and there I was in deepest grief.  My daughter was now a teenager, and suddenly I had some time.  I began knitting scarves and small bags, in a variety of yarns and textures, with elaborate embellishments.Save

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Pretty bit bags

It was like being 7 again, only better, as yarns have really come on since then!  I was also making cards and trying out water colour painting (which I didn’t really take to, being a little too heavy handed.)

As I was amassing quite a bit of stock, I decided to see if anyone was interested in my work.  I write this now in a very relaxed way, but when I first walked into Hopkinson’s on Station Street with a suitcase full of work, I felt very shaky, having never shown what I made to anyone outside of my nearest and dearest zone.  The person I met there was very positive ( Hopkinson’s was in its infancy then, quite bare and nothing like the treasure trove it is now.)  

HopkinsonsSo I began to stock my work there, and after a few very slow weeks, got some sales.  What a thrill!  My dream was, and still is, to pass someone in the street wearing one of my scarves.  

I then somehow found Kate and Locally Produced for You and we swapped a few emails, and I was beginning to feel encouraged and a little less scared of showing my work (thank you Kate!)  There is vulnerability in creating – we expend time, money, energy, thinking, and it reflects our personal taste in colour, style and what to us looks right.  We may well feel exposed and never quite good enough.   Well, this is how I felt (note the past tense.)  

Now I have come to a more comfortable place of quiet confidence and self-belief.  I accept that some people won’t like what I make and I’m ok with this.  It really doesn’t matter.  Today I went on an acrylics course at Nottingham Society of Artists and sat amongst long time members with far greater experience.  Guess what?   I didn’t care!  During the last hour, we all produced a painting from a selection of photographs.   I did a canal scene, which I found quite dull and uninspiring but I couldn’t find a photo that I actually really liked.  I had a go, felt relaxed and happy with the end product, and Ok with the tutor and other people having a look.  And I felt comfortable asking the tutor what I could have done better.  

To get to this point, I’ve had to be vulnerable, and stepping over the threshold of shops with my work has been stressful and knee-knockingly scary.  But sometimes we just have to “feel the fear and do it anyway”.  Like so many things, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.  So for anyone starting out, I would say just push yourself, go for it, nothing terrible will happen, someone out there will love what you do, and then someone else will.   And someone else.  Best of all, you will have an outlet for your creative self, and that’s the really priceless bit.   Good luck!

Denise’s business is called Made by Denise, you can find her cards and original artwork in our gift shop.

Have you taken the step to sell ? I would love to hear your experiences 🙂

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Rag wreath workshop – 18th March 10 – 12 £20 pp

Of all the workshops we offer here at Locally Produced for You our rag rug making workshop is one that seems to evoke the most nostalgia. I have had many a customer tell me how their grandma’s used to make them or they remember them in family members houses when they were a child.

For those of you who aren’t too familiar ‘rag rugs or rag mats are hard wearing rugs made out of rags cut into strips and pushed or pulled through a hessian backing’ *

Rag rug

I am delighted that we have a wonderful lady ( seen in the picture below ) who teaches our rag rug making workshops – Sarah of Ollie Bobs  as well as rag rug workshops we have also used the same technique to decorate hessian bags.

Hessian bag rag rug workshop

Our forthcoming workshop with Sarah is a spring wreath making workshop using strips of fabric like you would to make a rag rug and attaching them to a wire frame to create the wreath, once finished you can then embellish it with extras to make it beautifully spring like. If you would like to find out more just pop to our Spring wreath page here.

rag wreath

We hope you can make it 🙂 – book your place here 

*BBC – Hooking and progging

Time to get creative

It is that time of year again when we scramble round to find items to put together that resemble a character from a book ! We also have an additional request from school to make a potato into a book character this year too 🙂 So my children have chosen to make Harry Potter potato and Mike Wazowski ( from Monsters Inc) potato  – wish us luck !

We are very lucky in the shop to have a wonderfully creative pair of ladies Bryony & Gerry from Knitted Swimsuit who design and make dress up costumes. So if you are a bit last minute like me here is what we have in the shop that are available to click and collect from Tuesday on wards  or if you are local I can pop them through your door.

Nurses outfit

Nurse Nancy book
Nurse Nancy book
Dress up nurses cape and hat for children age 3 - 6 yrs
Dress up nurses cape and hat for children age 3 - 6 yrs

Elf dress up

Elf and the shoemaker
Elf and the Shoemaker
Elf hat dress up
Dress up Elf hat - £10

We also have a super selection of super hero capes and masks and this adorable Little Red Riding hood cape too – they aren’t online yet ! but you can see them in our gift shop or just get in touch if you would like me to send you more details.

Have fun 🙂

Mother's day print
Mender of Hearts and Hems

Floral mother’s day card

New Mother’s day prints and card are now available in our gift shop and on line by Deborah Panesar.

Hello to everyone, I’m Martina and I’m a 17 years old student. I’m from Italy and I’m based in the gift shop on a work training experience. The last thing I expected to do was going from a small village in the North of Italy to a bigger city in the U.K. to try working.  When I left Italy on the 28th January I was convinced it would have been an incredible and brilliant week. “Working” in another country can be so much different from your own one. Even there can be similarities, expectations can differ hugely. I think that it’s something essential for any teenager in his/her life as it gives you a stepping stone into a completely different world from the school’s one. It’s true that sometimes it may not live up your expectations but reflecting back to my first day here it has been one of the most memorable in my life. I’ve tried crochet, I’ve learnt uploading products on a website, I’ve learnt how to use cash register,  I’ve taken some photos of the products in the shop and I’ve uploaded them on Facebook with a brief description. So..I’ve never been annoyed. I had the possibility to meet Kate and to collaborate with her, always trying to do my best even if it was my first time. She’s a very very kind person, patient, friendly, polite, funny, always smiling and everything else positive you can imagine. She gave me the opportunity to discover this incredible world: each day was a new discover. Well, I think that I cannot describe how i’m thankful to my parents, my grandparents, my teachers and finally to Kate. Saying it has been an unforgettable experience isn’t surely enough. Hope coming to Nottingham soon and why not, moving here in a near future.  These are opportunities that come once in a blue moon so, if you can try it and be sure, you’ll never regret it. 

Martina

Hello to everyone I’m Michele I’m from Italy. This week I worked for this shop from Tuesday to Friday. I agreed at the project of prof. Avanzi which provided to spend a week abroad for work and when he proposed to my school I thought it was an unmissable experience for me, so I accepted and now I’m in Nottingham! Before left Italy I was worry because this is my first test to try my English and I thought that I couldn’t understand anything but fortunately my host family and Kate was very kind and patient with me and I would like to thank them. I agreed for this project because I want to improve my English and this experience helped me. In this beautiful shop i tried to help Kate like I could and she showed me a lot of thing about the shop and she taught me that if you have a dream you can realise it. I did some different thing so I’m never bored here rather I’m enjoyed. For example I took some picture of new products then Kate taught me how I can upload on her website. Another day I priced new objects and I recorded them on Kate’s archive. She also taught me how to help the customers and to use the cash register. Today is my last work’s day in Nottingham and I’m very sad because it was a beautiful experience. I’m sure that Nottingham will miss me but maybe one day I will come back, I hope so… I want to thank again prof. Avanzi for the chance that he gave me, my host family for them hospitality and Kate for all. Thank you very much!

 

Michele

 

We’re happy to welcome a new designer:

Inky Minky Moo.

Inky Minky Moo comes from an idea from Jenny she wanted to create extra special gifts for her family and friends. The project developed and now she is able to offer  lots of beautiful prints that you can personalise.

We are delighted to welcome new designer Petrichoralia with concrete jewellery.

About the artist:  Esther Reil lives in Derby and she started making jewellery as a hobby, but soon she started to make items for her friends and her family. Now she is a talented designer and she can make jewellery with concrete transforming it into delicate unique pieces of jewellery.

All pieces are lovingly cast, deburred and polished by hand. Concrete jewelry is very durable and completely fine to be worn in water.

As shown in the image above

Concrete Rectangle (approximately 15mmx10mmx5mm).
Partly Dipped in Silver Enamel.
Silver Plated Cufflink Back.

January tends to be linked with looking back and evaluating the previous year and also looking forward hopefully with excitement and anticipation for the possibilities of what may happen in the year to come.

If you are the type of person who loves to capture moments in time through sketches, collages or a diary, or whether you love nothing better than to be organised with lists and plans for the months ahead – maybe you are both !  We have just taken stock of beautifully designed notebooks that you can fill to the brim with your ideas.

 

A6 blank notebooks – £3.50

A5 blank notebooks – £4.50

A5 spiral bound blank notebooks £6.95

Remember post it notes – £3.50

A5 notes – £5.95

Write that s**t down – £4.50

Weekly A4 planner – £9.95

All in stock in our gift shop

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