Sunday, 31 May 2009

Mad Ferret Festival

In two weeks time, I'm having my first stall of the season at the Mad Ferret Festival in Platt Fields, Manchester.
Its a 2 day festival with all sorts of music, mainly street/dance/dub/jazz (headliners are Finley Quaye and The Steets). There is also a comedy stage, stalls (including me!), food, beer etc.
There is attendance of about 5,000 people, EEK! Im a bit scared, but looking forward to it.
This weekend I have been madly making stock for the event...and will be mostly doing so for the next two weeks! Weekend tickets are £55, available from the website and usual ticket providers.

See website for full line up and info: http://madferretfestival.com/content/index.php

Friday, 29 May 2009

Dolly Cool Banner for shows


Hooray! My Dolly Cool vinyl banner arrived today which I'm going to use for shows, festivals etc.
Here is a photo of it pegged out on my washing line!
Im really pleased with it and it was a bargain at only £25 delivered...and it took less than a week! Check out Giant Imaging if you need one :)

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Eurocultured - Manchester's Street Festival






This weekend was Eurocultured, The 6th annual Street Festival in Manchester. I was live painting at the event as part of the Counter Culture Collective Team. It was a brilliant weekend and the weather was scorching! Here are a few pics of the event and the finished piece - 'Attack of the evil Monkeys', based on a B Movie Poster theme.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Made In Manchester monthly team meet


Today was the Made in Manchester team meet. We are a group of local crafters and artists, who meet once a month to share ideas, tips, suggestions, and also have some tea and cake to help things along. As always, today was great and we had a good natter and found out how we are all getting on, and what we have coming up. The craft centre was nice and warm today, and I was feeling a bit sleepy after a delicious home made cherry and almond muffin and English breakfast tea from cafe aromat......yummy.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Little old me featured on some Blogs!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been featured on two blogs = yay!

On May 8th I was featured on Cuteable with the Panda Cupcake from my In The Pink range;

http://cuteable.com/cuteable-finds-330/5573

And then today, I am featured on Contest Corner as part of the The British Invasion feature;

http://contest-corner.blogspot.com/2009/05/giveaway-dolly-cool-jewellery.html

Had a hectic week, but really looking forward to meeting up with the Made In Manchester craft group tomorrow, and Eurocultured Sun & Mon. Lie in planned for Tuesday :)

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Eurocultured!


This weekend, I am taking part in the Manchester Street Festival, Eurocultured (on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday).
I will be painting live (scary!) with 4 other artists as part of the Counter Culture Collective team. There are live bands, stalls, other artists making live artwork and a general party and carnival atmos! Photos to follow after the event.... See website to find out more...why not come on down and say hello!

Friday, 15 May 2009

Busy Friday!


Today I have been busy making jewellery for customer orders, and to stock shops. Im just making my first order for Cardiff based Lunacy Boutique, which I'm very excited to be a part of! http://www.lunacyboutique.co.uk/

I thought Id take a photo of my workspace, which is my kitchen table. I love my kitchen table!

Its an original 1960s table, which has retro pop flowers embedded in the formica top. I rescued it from the local Salvation Army shop a few years ago. It was in good condition - but filthy! I spent hours scrubbing it, and re-upholstered the seat pads in some vintage fabric which matches perfectly and made some cushions too. It certainly gets a lot of use anyway and was more than worth the £20 donation!


Wednesday, 13 May 2009


Hello and welcome to my Blog! My name is Clare and I run my own business, making hand drawn jewellery which I sell on Etsy, Ebay and through my own websites ;

Today I received my weekend tickets for the Tutti Frutti Festival in Morcambe in the North of England on the 24th and 25th of July this year. Its a 50's themed rock n roll weekend and Im very excited to have a stall for my Dolly Cool range at the event. Check out the website to find more and book tickets :)