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The store will be full of London based designer-makers’ goods, carefully curated by the team’s leaders and captains. (It was a very tough choice, as our team has now grown to 850 amazing members!)
To celebrate, I made this illustration, highlighting just a few of the many talented designers that will be discoverable at the pop up.
*Edit 3/8/16* Our opening hours have been changed to 12-6pm everyday, except Thursdays when we open 12-8pm.
If you’re not already following me on Pinterest, hop on over, click the follow button, and check out even more of the local artisans that you’ll see in The Hackney Shop, on this brand new board I’ve created.
Hope you’ll pop by!
The Hackney Shop
99 Morning Lane
London E9 6ND
Nearest rail: Hackney Central (5 minute walk)
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 12-6pm
Micklefield Hall is a dream venue, with the most stunning views of the English countryside, yet it’s close to London. One of my favourite things about Micklefield is the fact that you can get married by a gorgeous little pond with all your friends and family seated around it in a kind of arc. It’s such a special feature of the venue, but I also adore the great barn with its immensely high ceilings. Despite the extremely well kept, pretty gardens and beautifully restored interiors of the venue, a place with a rich, colourful history; Micklefield feels like the kind of place you can fully relax and feel at home.
At this Spring’s open day, I will be showcasing a selection of Shoshy Cadoodle wedding stationery and hosting a competition where you can win up to 100 bespoke save-the-dates! Do come and say hello to me if you’re there, I’d love to meet you and I’d also love for you to have a chance to win the competition!
There’s also going to be lots of other wonderful people at the open day, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a quick introduction to a few of them.
Their food is just as beautiful as it tastes. And believe me, it’s stunning! Have a look at their gallery for a sneak peek at the amazing yuminess.
They do classic and modern wedding cars. I have to admit, I don’t know much about cars at all but even I am in love with their vintage cars! I’m not a “car person”, but I love them all, especially those 1960s Jaguars!
Stephanie and Sian are the luxury wedding planners behind Revival Rooms and they do floristry too – how handy is that?
John’s a magician and part of the Magic Circle, an exclusive, members-only association for the very best magicians in the world. I bet he’d be an amazing addition to your wedding reception to surprise your friends and family.
Sherry Hostler is a true creative and makes totally bespoke cakes, so you can let your imagination run wild and have the cake of your dreams created.
Andre will be hosting a barbeque at the open day, which I am very excited about!
This quartet have performed with Beyoncé, Kanye West, at Buckingham Palace, The Ritz and The Royal Albert Hall. WOW. They can do chart music and film soundtracks as well as classical music.
Others that will be there, not to be missed, will be:
You can read more information about the event on Micklefield Hall’s website and book your tickets by emailing Abby firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie email@example.com or call them on 01923 778 898
The address of the event is:
Micklefield Hall, Sarratt Road, Sarratt, Nr Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 6AQ
Look forward to meeting you there!
New Year’s Resolutions can be hard to keep and it’s often not long before they’ve been forgotten about! Along with my wife, Meredith, I’ve come up with 3 simple tips to make sure you stay on track and achieve your goals.
Watch the video below and take some notes, so that 2016 can be your best year yet!
Best of luck, and remember, above all, be kind, compassionate and patient with yourself. I know you can do this.
The London Local Team is full of inspiration. Here’s a quick gift guide for what you could get for new parents and/or their newborn babies. Just in time for Christmas but will do for anytime of year!
Treat a new mum to an ecofriendly, minimalist silver bangle. What we love about this option is that you can ask Emma from Wild Fawn to stamp an inital on it… So why not ask her to put the first letter of the new baby’s name on it for a really thoughtful gift?
How adorable is this PJ Mamma set? Perfect for when you want to buy something for the baby and the mum. They’re super cosy, soft and 100% organic cotton too!
Graphic designer, Aiza’s print is a brilliant way to give a home and baby gift in one. Another great thing about this gift is you can ask Aiza to print it in a number of size options and you can choose the background colour. So convenient!
When you’re a new dad and you’re out and about, you suddenly have a newfound need for a bag. Whether you’re carrying emergency changes of clothes; bibs; toys – you name it, you need a place to store it. Treat a stylish dad to this gorgeous, strong, dark leather bag with two pockets. One for baby, one for dad, perhaps? Jalal’s bag is unisex – this could be a perfect present for a mum too!
Since last weekend was the Etsy Made Local London event, I’ve put together some gift guides of a few of my favourite things. This one is all about necklaces! So, even if you didn’t make it to the event you can still support independent makers and designers while doing your Christmas gift shopping.
Roderick from Rodology painstakingly collects watch parts and then turns them into beautiful handmade jewellery. We love this necklace and the fact that it is a subtle, pretty way to rock a vintage piece, re-born.
If you have a sister who’s just so cutting edge, you never know what to buy her, this necklace could be for you. Made by Rhiannon, a sculptor and jeweller, this is a hand-cast concrete necklace with a hint of brass, for that minimalist, industrial look.
You really can’t go wrong with this grey tassel necklace. It looks amazing on its own as a simple classic piece worn to work or at the weekend, or you can boho it up with layers of other jewellery. This is the necklace that will take you through the cold winter months right into the sunny summer festivals! Made by Melodie from SlinkyLinks, who specialises in upcycling leather.
Stay tuned for more Christmas gift guides from the London Local Team.
Etsy Made Local took over cities all over the UK last weekend. It was an incredible event and I was so excited to have been asked to organise the Wrap Party at the event’s flagship venue in London. The Etsy head office staff did a fantastic job in co-ordinating so many aspects of the event, it was pretty mind-blowing to witness! Shoppers told me all weekend how lovely the atmosphere was; from the yummy hot chocolate to the live music; getting to meet all the talented makers/designers and free gift wrapping. Win! It was very different to manic Oxford Street and even Carnaby Street.
Louise, from Super Duper Things having a good old chat!
One of my favourite things about it was that it felt like a carefully curated exhibition but without all the pretentiousness that the fine art world can occasionally emit. It was wonderful to see all the shoppers having a giggle with the makers/designers and even a cute little pooch having a mosey round!
The whirlwind of a weekend started off with a press preview on Friday. I was excited to wrap up Lucie Ellen’s design your own bunting necklaces; Jo Heckett’s gorgeous ceramic decorations and the other lovely items the press snapped up. It was also a pleasure to get to meet some awesome bloggers and magazine editors!
Once we opened on Friday afternoon to the public we had an AMAZING team of wrap party volunteers from the London Local Team.
(Photo credits: Yeshen Venema.)
Pictured just a few of the amazing team of wrap party volunteers:
Meredith made her famous American mac ‘n’ cheese on Sunday night to celebrate the awesome weekend – I am SO lucky!!!
Fancy winning a card or gift tag of your choice from Shoshy Cadoodle®?
Well, you’re in luck, because we are super excited to announce that we’ve just launched our first ever competition. More details of how to enter are in my guest post over on London Local Team. I’ll give you a hint though, the competition involves snail mail and instagram… Two of my favourite things!
There are also tips on how to get started with Modern Calligraphy in my guest blog post, so that you can make cards/envelopes to your family and friends extra pretty and extra special!
Good luck! (I can’t wait to see your entries.)
PS. I have given you a head start if you go over directly to my instagram feed @shoshycadoodle
Weddings are beautiful, happy events. And while some grooms may relish in rose-covered-cakes and lace encompassing every corner, for many, this look simply won’t cut it. This post is for all the grooms out there who want to keep their wedding stylish and masculine.
Gay Wedding Planning: 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Manly and Maculine
1. Skip the Flowers
Instead focus on foliage. Greenery can give your wedding a chic and modern edge, incorporating nature into your big day without going waaaay overboard on pink peonies and frilly lilies.
2. Put Your Own Twist On Tradition
We LOVE this cake inspired by a Mark Rothko painting, brought to life by The Whipped Bakeshop in Philadelphia.
We also love the idea of not having a cake at all and instead having a stack of delicious artisan cheeses!
This one is beautifully presented and by The Cheese Market.
Those are just two examples of how you can take a tradition and put your own twist (and personality) onto it.
3. Invitations + Stationery
Whether you go clean and minimalist or add a bit more colour into your stationery, invitations and stationery are always a great way to set the tone of the day and show off your own styles.
Shoshy Cadoodle does stationery that is either ready-designed and customisable or can be totally bespoke and unique to you.
What do you think of these ideas? Would you incorporate any of them into your big day?
When same-sex marriage finally became legal in the whole of America (thank you Supreme Court!) on June 26th 2015, my wife and I decided to make a video to celebrate the amazing news. In this video we share three essential wedding planning tips for any engaged gay or lesbian couple.
Do you have any wedding planning tips to share? Share them in the comments!