Thursday, 27 June 2013

Craftaganza Live Talk - MIY Workshop

I'm Meme Dendy, little (sometimes annoying) sister of Karli. Karli has introduced me into the world of social media and now she's getting me into the world of blogging. So you lucky people get to read my first ever ever blog post EVER! 
Flyer from last nights talk (we didn't take any photos!

Last night I was thrown into the world of craft which my sister has become so accustom to. She very kindly took me along to a Craftaganza Live talk. I got to meet some of the people who I've seen so much about on social media and I got to put a face to the craft. 

Wendy Ward was the speaker and she did a talk telling us all about how she got started and how she has ended up running her own business MIY Workshop

The talk was very friendly and informal, and not too long! It was also positive, making the process of going from crafter to business owner sound challenging but not unachievable. Wendy detailed the journey she has been through to get to the point she is now, talking about the low points and tough decisions along the way. 

I think the talk was particularly interesting if you shared Wendy's passion for her craft as she is clearly very talented at what she does, not only teaching but also designing and creating her own patterns. However I think the message and ethos she talked of is beneficial to any one trying to make the leap from doing something as a hobby to doing it as a real grown-up job and all that that entails. 

Photo from Wendy's website of Patten Cutting
It was a great experience and excellent for those of us who are a bit nosy (myself included)! It was interesting to hear about someone's craft, experiences and journey. It was a lovely, informal night out, nothing like the dreadful talks you used to get in school, also I'm pretty sure you were never allowed an Amaretto and coke during a talk at school.  

If I lived in Brighton I'd definitely be up for going  to the next one as it was mentioned the next talker could be someone who makes big things out of little things, which left me confused but interested! I'm sure Karli will update us all of what that talk entails. 

(designosaur model/ Karli's Sister)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013


Everybody loves sparkles and glitter, no?


and our latest products are made of the most sparkly stuff ever!

Our little dinosaur brooches have been vamped up and are ready to rave in five awesome glittery colours

designosaur Triceratops Glitter Dinosaur Brooch
Black with Gold Glitter
designosaur Brachiosaurus Glitter Dinosaur Brooch
Red with Red Glitter
Black with Silver Glitter

Turquoise with Turquoise Glitter
designosaur Stegosaurus Dinosaur Glitter Acrylic Brooch
Clear with Silver/Holographic/Rainbow Glitter
(yeah you can see the colour but I don't know what to call it officially)

You can get each dinosaur in any of the five colours, just select from the drop down boxes on Etsy.

So you're wondering what can I match this glittery goodness with?

I've done that fashion blogger thing of finding other glittery things for you, no need to thank me.

...well I started to do that, and then I got bored, so I found three glittery pairs of shoes instead. Let me know what you think of the shoes, and obvs the brooches.

Glittery Converse
Glittery Lazy Oaf x Kickers
Glittery-and-I-own-these JuJu Jelly Shoes


Monday, 3 June 2013

Etsy Craft Party 2013


The Brighton Etsy Team is hosting an Etsy Craft Party!

Say what? I don't know what you're chatting about?

OH! So the Etsy Craft Party is a global party held on the 20th June where Etsy buyers and sellers get together to celebrate craft and have some fun!

We are holding a Craft Party at Super+Super from 6.30pm and you are very welcome to come along. We have a limited capacity at the venue so you'll need to buy a ticket here. Don't worry it's not expensive, we just need to cover the venue and a few craft materials!

What are we going to be doing? I hear you say...

Well at the moment we are looking at Skill Sharing. We have a few Brighton Etsy Shop Owners who are willing to show you a craft they know. We aren't quite sure about the format yet but we can promise party rings, cake and smiles all round!

Right then, enough of talking to myself, see you on the 20th June, (you can buy a ticket HERE)


Karli x