Thursday, 15 December 2011

Craft Fair 2011 Season ends here.

Sadly the Christmas Crafternoon scheduled to take place this Saturday 17th December in Islington has been cancelled by the organisers due to problems with the venue. This was to be the last craft fair for me this year and I am sorry to have missed it.

Obviously a last minute cancellation means there are still some festive goodies on offer. . Any unsold seasonally restricted goodies - particularly treat bags containing edibles and 2012 calendars - will be donated to local community groups next week.

I am just finishing the last of the orders for this year and then it will be time to pack up the Santa's, reindeer and snowmen until next year...

I have great plans for some new lines for the New the meantime Thanks to all my lovely customers - it has been a pleasure making special projects for you. I wish you all a Very Merry, Happy Everything...and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Take care


Friday, 2 December 2011

Wish Em Well Fair

Just packing goodies in readiness for the Wish Em Well Christmas Fair at the North Romford Community Centre in Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row  from 11.30 - 4pm on Saturday 3rd December. Wish Em Well is a charity doing great work for local children and families, please do come along and support them if you can.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

THE ad is live so it can only mean one thing...

The holidays are coming....I have just made my final craft fair booking of the season...another  Christmas Crafternoon, this time to be held at St Mary’s Community Partnership
 in Upper Street Islington on 17th should be a fabulous end to the craft fair season.

It has dawned on me that I need to get a wriggle on with my own Xmas shopping. I did manage to pick up a few gifts in the USA in October, but I really wanted to try to buy handmade this year... With this in mind I turned to my fellow crafts people at the Crafts Forum and in particular my friend Anna who does the most wonderful things with Fimo.  I got some really cute things...  a pair of crumpet earrings that look good enough to eat

 a pendant teeny  jar of peace, love and calm

and this amazing steampunk pendant....

so if you are looking for sweet little gifts please do check out the fabulous creations by Anna at Sweet Fimo Heaven ... you won't be sorry.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Clearing the decks

The Christmas Crafternoon on Saturday was lovely -  HUGE Thanks to all involved and to all the lovely customers who came through the doors.

A few more craft fairs coming up  between now and the festive season.

Prelim dates :
Sunday 27 November at The Horatio on Holloway Road
Saturday 3 December at the Wish Em Well charity fair event in Romford
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December the Festival event at The Assembly Rooms in Stoke Newington Church Street
Saturday 17 December another Christmas Crafternoon in Islington - details to be confirmed

 I have a busy couple of weeks ahead. This week has been spent on making up orders and I have had a great time making a variety of birthday cards, which come as light relief amid all the Santas, reindeer, snowmen and of course all the glitter that goes with seasonal crafting.

I also recently made a fun card for an 80's themed hen party with a purple colour scheme.

As well as one for the boys with this vintage style 3D birthday card

I am currently working on pre-orders for Christmas cards this week too and there is still time to get an order in for a special card for the special people in your life.....and I do like a challenge so don't be shy if you have an idea you'd like to see on a card you send just let me know.

 This year  I also have a range of treats  and stocking fillers, tree gifts and table favours..not forgetting those festive bags of reindeer poop and snowman poop Christmas will be complete without a bag of Reindeer poop!

On a practical note... Please note that the last long distance posting dates:
Australia and NZ 4th December
 USA & Canada 9th December

after that date there are no guarantees that goods will reach there in time for Christmas.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Busy busy

Getting ready for what should be a fabulous Christmas Crafternoon  tomorrow. Run by  Happily Ever Crafter it promises to be a great afternoon with lots of stalls laden with lovely goodies. It is being held at

Hornsey Vale Community Centre
60 Mayfield Rd
Crouch End
N8 9LN

from 2.30pm until 6.30 pm on Saturday 12th November 2011

Hope to see you there... 

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Christmas Crafternoon

Delighted to be taking part in this fabulous event organised by Happily ever Crafter and am busy busy busy preparing goodies for the event. Hope that you will pop along and support this crafty endeavour.

For me its make make make from now until Friday night and then it's check and pack...

If you missed the advertising  for The Christmas Crafternoon event here it is...

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Festive preparation begins

And now for something different...

It is always a challenge trying to please everyone with festive offerings...especially who are not quite as filled to the brim with joy and so perhaps the fabulous and quirky images from the pen of  Lily Chilvers will fit the bill this year.

Despite the glittery stickles, this is definitely a non traditional card  which I hope will appeal to a slightly neglected corner of the market.

And as a kind of counterbalance  to the above, there is this quirky little elf bringing gifts and love for the festive season.

This is just a little sneak preview of a couple of things that will be available for this year...There is lots more variety to follow...Watch this space, as they say

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

October Update

For once I can say hand on heart that  the lack of posts recently is not because I have been neglecting this blog, but rather because I have been on my travels...a beautifully mixed trip visiting old friends and gathering new crafting supplies in the good old US of A!

I do love shopping for goodies and ideas in the States - the ranges of products are far more extensive and they are often at least one step ahead of the UK in craft releases....and of course thee are bargains to be had - although the exchange rate was not all that kind this trip. I have yet to unpack all my new materials but over the next few days I hope to find a place for everything and then I can start using it - which is clearly the fun part.

The past 48 hours has been spent fulfilling orders made before I left and it is now becoming time to turn thoughts to things festive. I have been taking orders for Christmas cards for some time now but they are coming in thick and fast and my order book is becoming delightfully full.

I have two craft fairs booked for next month and two for December - details will follow shortly.  But for now let me close this post with a sneak peak at one of the cards I did today.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Cinderella Shoes

 Recent make for a fashion conscious birthday girl  who loves a little glitz.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Quick update

Apologies for the criminal blog neglect of late. It  has been a very busy crossover period, affected by life events beyond any reasonable control...but things are starting to settle, dates for upcoming craft fairs and events are being confirmed and new stock lines are in all is rosy once more.

There will some sneak peeks of new lines in the next week or so, but until then, here are a couple of more recent makes.

Cakey Birthday

Butterfly Wellness Wishes
Octopode AliceTea Party

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Paper Therapy

I love that I enjoy what I do,  and today I  have been enjoying a spot of paper therapy... This was the result.

Monday, 18 July 2011


I always find it hard to turn my attention to things Christmassy when everyone else is still thinking about their upcoming summer holidays, but this year a combination of a regional Stampin Up! training day (which was such fun and there will be more about that soon)  and the great British summer weather (has not stopped raining for days now)  have really helped me get started.

Anyhow as things may seem a but slow after the daily posts during the 30 days of creativity, I thought I would share what I was doing last evening. I

This framed 3D scene is all made from paper and card (including the frame). This project comes in a variety of  sizes and options... for cards there is an option of either A5 or A4 sizes,  and as framed hangings there are two sizes  7"x6" frame  and  a 10" x9.5" frame (these are individually hand-crafted and so of course the sizes are  approximate). There are a number of schemes and styles to choose from and these will be a limited run for this year. 

Saturday, 9 July 2011


I have been holding off from posting these so that the little pirate (or his Mummy/Daddy) wouldn't see them on the web before his big day...but I had such fun making pirate cards and eye patches for Kris' birthday.

Above is the front of his card and to the right is the inside.

His pirate party was a huge success

Happy Birthday Cap'n Kris

Thursday, 30 June 2011

30 days of was

Monster fun!
It has been really good fun and I enjoyed every minute of it. Hats off to all involved.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Almost there...30 days of creativity - day 29

Busy busy day today and so a simple birthday card in gorgeous neutrals  for day 29.

The message on the outside says
"Lots of people will be thinking of you on your birthday..."

and continues on the inside with

"And I wanted you to know that one of them is me.
Happy Birthday!"

The final day is 30 of the 30 days of creativity.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

30 days of creativity - day 28

 Bookmarks for today...giant paper clip style... using an image of one my favourite things - ice cream ...with a cherry on the top!

Monday, 27 June 2011

30days of creativity - day27

My goodness the month has flown 27 already and I have managed to keep up. I have impressed even myself!

Today's offering is this pair (brace?) of humorous cards featuring the cute owl from Stampin' Up!

In case its not too clear on the photo (the cards were already in polybags waiting to be despatched when I remembered to get pics) the sentiment reads If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

30days of creativity - day26

A change from cards with today's offering ... a couple of handy post-it note holders.

30 days of creativity - day 25

Tomorrow will be an animal free day but for today we're left seeing elephants with this cute birthday card with a funny message inside.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011

30 days of creativity - day 24

 Day twenty four finds me in funny its a Hippo Birthday card for today.

30 days of creativity - day 23

The offering for day 23 is something for the kids with this fun decoupaged Noah's Ark card which can be framed as a keepsake after the event.

I plan to develop a wider range for children to compliment and coordinate with cards and invitations.
All children's products can be personalised upon request.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

30 days of creativity - Day 22

And today's offering is another card..this time its one for the boys... The motorcycle image is by Stampin' Up!

Monday, 20 June 2011

30 days of creativity - day 21

One of a set of cards...for you, from me....

30 days of creativity - day 20

Wow its day 20 already - just ten more days to go until the end of June...where does the time go?

Today's offering is an A4 framed decoupage card.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Grow delightful

30 days of creativity: Day 15 and I made this card using a digi image provided by Faith as part of the progressive challenge over at designed2delight

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

30 days of creativity ~ Day14

Perhaps this really belongs on day 19 (which is Father's Day this year) but this needs to go in the post and so day 14 is an owl in a tree - a Hoot and a Holler for Father's Day.

For this project:
Owl stamp and punches are from Stampin'Up!
Embossing folders and distress inks from the Tim Holtz range.

Don;t forgot to pop across to createstuff on Pinterest to check out what other people are creating this summer.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

30 days - day 12

An old favourite - a joke from my childhood
Q:What is black and white and red (read) all over?
A: A newspaper   ha ha ha ...

Okay so I admit its maybe not so funny now,  but it was the basic inspiration point for today's bookmark and my pin at createstuff for 30 days of creativity day 12.

Creativity continues

The days are slipping by and already we are well into June and the 30 days of creativity project. I have been uploading each days project to the createstuff board over at Pinterest and my daily makes can be found here.
So far I have made a selection of cards, gift tags, treat bags and melted ribbon flowers
A little card...Just because...

Scalloped embossed easel card

Scallop edged Treat bag with butterfly

There are a lot of fabulous projects on the main createstuff board and it is well worth a look.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Day 6 - what could be better than....

Thirty days of creativity and its day six...and what could be better than.....
 a set of versatile note-lets ready to be personalised.

What could be better chocolate; shoes or shopping...or footie or fishing... the choices are endless.

Day seven will be here shortly...time to start thinking about the next item. Watch this space...

Sunday, 5 June 2011


 Day five of the 30 days of creativity sees me making butterflies...some are embossed and die cut, some stamped and punched  - all are pretty.

This white one was made with the Beautiful Butterflies BIGZ die from Stampin'Up! and the watermelon vine embossing folder through a big shot
This one was stamped with Stampin' Up! stamp set Punch Potpourri with memento ink onto cream cardstock.

Thanks for dropping by....

Saturday, 4 June 2011

JUNE 2011 = 30 days of creativity

  I am taking part in the 30 days of creativity drive with a pledge to make something new each day for the thirty days of June.

Today is day four and I have made this scallop edge birthday wishes  card... and the stamped and ink edged message panel inside reads
 Happy Birthday 
with a cherry on top

The results of all the collective creativity of those taking part can be found  here on Pinterest - where you can also see my efforts on days one , two and three...                                                                 

Hope you check in again during the 30 days of creativity. Thanks for dropping by xx

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Mummy's Day

The Artsans Craft Market is coming up again this weekend...and it is the last one before Mother's Day  -which in case you didn't know, falls on 3rd April this year.
So here is a sneak preview of just one of the card designss available for Mummy's Day 2011.

Monday, 14 February 2011


Delighted to announce that Serendipity Originals has joined other UK handmade sellers at wowthankyou and will be uploading stock in the next week.

We are also hoping to be able to confirm new regular market dates for 2011 shortly....Watch this space.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Artisans Market tomorrow

Just a quick update that the Artisans Arts & Crafts market is on tomorrow Saturday 12 February form 10am until 4pm in St. Albans Town Hall (huge white building in the centre of the main street and market) do please pop in, have a browse and maybe pick up something nice for yourself (because you deserve it) or for someone you love.

Hope to see you there....

Thursday, 13 January 2011


Happy New Year to all.
In our household we are recovering from an encounter with this little piggy flu,  and so 2011 started with a whimper rather than an impressive pyrotechnic display...BUT  things are slowly getting back to normal and orders were fulfilled and smiles sent as promised.

So what's new for 2011? 

January is our time to regroup, to make stock (for the February events) and to plan ahead. We hope to expand the range of paper goodness on offer and are looking to new styles and techniques and new products coming onto the market.

 The general plan for January is to make at least one new thing every day for the rest of the month....We will post some pictures so please pop back and see what we've been up to in our crafty creative space.

Our next main event will be the Artisans Art & Craft Market at St Albans Town Hall on  Saturday 12 February - hope to see you there. Please do stop by and  say hello.

Summer fun at St Joe's

So once I week I volunteer at our local hospice (St Joseph's) as part of the Arts Programme there. I work with patients in the Day Ho...