Wednesday, 18 November 2015

studio loo | christmas artist's open house brighton and hove

We are very excited to be back at Studio Loo this winter for the Christmas Open Houses. We were part of the May Open House and it was so much fun, there was delicious homemade cake, tasty rhubarb drinks for none tea drinkers (me!) and a whole host of awesome work!

Just off the main road, and next to the school, you can't miss it! 

Tasty Rubarb drink I mentioned!

This time round you can find these awesome designer makers!

designosaur (obvs) | Claire Potter Design | Penelope Kenny | Kate Forrester | Claire Cameron-SmithThe Intrepid Camera Co |Vivienne Ridley | Chris Murphy | Hello DODO | Parkminster CandlesRarebit Design | Peter James-Field | Mark Reeve – Piano Planetarium

Our designosaur set up!

Planters by Chris Murphy

Beautiful jewellery by Vivienne Ridley

when you visit between 11am – 5pm on:

Sat 21st – Sun 22nd November
Sat 28th November
Sat 5th December
Sat 12th – Sun 13th December. 

We will be there this Saturday 21st between 11-2pm, so if you want to have a chat with Jacques and I, then come along then!

Claire Potters Edible City Guide, great for marking your foraging hot spots!

You know we love these dispensers, this one contains seedballs and is only 20p a go! How cool is that?

Obviously all the photos are from the summer open house, as the Christmas Open House hasn't started yet! But we can promise that it will be even better, as you have these designers featured and more!

The Studio will be stuffed full of fun gift ideas, and Claire has a fantastic eco design ethos which means that items are made from sustainable materials, or are organic, have been upcycled or designed with their life span carefully thought through!

A Minor Bird by Mark Reeves, made from old piano keys, there are Piaon People too!

Need directions? You can find us at Studio Loo, 201 Portland Road, Portslade, Hove BN3 5JA.

Make sure you chat to Claire herself, it's so fun hearing about where all the different parts of the Studio came from and her restoration story! This is a really quirky and awesome space filled with quirky and awesome products, I'm not sure what else you could want?

See you on Saturday,



Tuesday, 10 November 2015

back once again for the renegade craft fair

This weekend we were at Renegade Craft Fair for the fourth year running! There are always a huge amount of round up posts that go round so we thought we'd get ours up before you were sick of reading them!

Our new beaver vending machine filled with newly designed charms and DIY bracelet kits

Our new display is all the colours of the rainbow!

i Like CATS | Woah There Pickle | designosaur | hello DODO | Juream Box | Oh Someday 

We were very lucky this year that most of the Brighton crew were placed next to each other so we were able to create a HUGGGGEEEE Brighton booth space which contained Woah There Pickle, i Like CATS, hello DODO and ourselves, next to us were the wonderful Jureum Box and Oh Someday too.

Juream Box hand dies all these super soft gorgeous products in the most beautiful ombre brights!

YUK FUN had lots of new things, dresses, crop tops, make up bags! All the joy!

I got the most awesome gift from Ruth and Brendan aka i am acrylic, a little cheese ring! I'll put a photo up on instagram soon, when it's not so greeyyyyyyy outside.

Zodiac signs by Oh Someday, this are much more delicious in real life! Poor Kate is doing exactly the same markets as us this season, so you can catch her when you see us!
Keith made it to the blog as he won the "Best Male Salesperson" Award for looking after Sally from Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes stall, you should check out her stuff, it's awesome and none of it is shown here... (sorry Sally!)

Renegade, for those of you that have not been before is the biggest and bestest Craft Fair in the UK, it's an established event in the USA and they now run two events a year, here in London in the ever trendy Shoreditch.

Now the problem with my round up posts each year is that we are normally so busy behind our own stall that there isn't much time to escape to go and visit all the other awesome people that are there, BUT we did manage to run around on the Sunday afternoon (when everyone is looking frazzled and sweaty) to say hello to some of our faves and online friends that we only get to see during craft fair season! Obviously they are the most colourful too!

Pygmy Cloud's new egg cups, I want to know if you get the googly eyed egg included?

And Smile had the most beautiful booth! All the colour and Viktorija always has a massive grin on her face!

Kirstin Stride is part of the Brighton Massive! Check these cute little birdy necklaces, each one is individually hand drawn!

If you came along to see us, play with our new machine, and stroke the dinosaurs, then thank you, it was awesome to see you, we have two more markets coming up, The Brighton Etsy Christmas Market and Crafty Fox, find out more by clicking on them!

Woah There Pickle's crazy new Chrtistmas cards and fun prints. She's got sweetie Christmas decorations too!

Deborah Ballinger's stall is an awesome mix of BRIGHT and stylish, mexican themes running though her new Christmas range.

Cute brightly coloured vinyl decorated bottles by Ladybird Likes

Stall buddies, hello DODO's new dinosaur baby wear! Mini clothes for mini people! They are doing ALL of the fairs, so make sure you catch them!

Hopefully see you all before Christmas,



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

etsy video filming | behind the scenes

​Now you may remember a few months back we were doing so top secret filming!

We can now tell you that we were filming with Etsy to create this little video!

It's part of a series of four videos Etsy has made to help sellers to improve their Etsy shops. You can find the whole series here.

I wanted to do a little behind the scenes post so you can see what it takes to make a little video like this...

Amanda the producer, Danny the cameraman and Parker, Etsy Admin and presenter for the day, arrived at our home studio at 8am, half an hour before scheduled so I arrived at the front door with half my make up done! Luckily they needed to grab a few extra bits from the car so that gave me a bit longer to get my face on!

We started to chat about what a regular day looks like and went through the list of shots they had planned. It was a hot sunny day hence the shorts and tee, and we filmed all morning until we started to get hungry and wilt a little.

Lunch time and we headed down to Iydea for some delish grub! It was only a short break and dip into the North Laine, before heading back to work.

We did some shots outside the front of designosaur HQ where we were constantly stopped by passers by jumping into the shot before heading to the laser cutting studio to get some shots of Jacques working on the laser cutter.

Finally we finished down by the Pier, Jacques and I looking out to sea, we hadn't seen each other all day, and were catching up, but this got us in trouble with the director for talking too much!

It was a long day and we were finished around 8pm. Filming is tiring but we hope you love the end result as much as we do.

If you want to find out more about the project, you can have a read on the Brighton Etsy Team blog.


Karli and Jacques

PS It's impossible to take photos whilst you're being filmed ;)