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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 email@example.com or Julie firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!!!
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!
Everyone likes receiving cards, they’re more personal than email or text and they show you’ve gone to so much more effort. Plus, they can contain pictures and phrases that really represent the giver/receiver in a way that modern communication like email and text has limitations on.
So if everyone likes them, why am I focusing on developing cards for specifically for LGBT people? Isn’t that a bit silly?
Well… uh… no, not at all.
The problem is, when I go to a card shop on my local high street and I look at the collection, I’m struck by the lack of choice, and often there isn’t really a choice or any options at all. I don’t want to give a “Mr & Mrs” card to my gay friends getting married… I don’t want to give an anniversary card to my wife with a picture of a man and a woman on it! That would just be weird. I want to feel represented and I want other LGBT people to feel represented too.
We struggle enough as it is feeling accepted and valued in society sometimes… So why does it have to be this way on really special occasions when we want to go to the effort of finding the right card and celebrating with people we care about?
So, that’s why I have made Shoshy Cadoodle with the intent on developing more and more, worthwhile LGBT cards and will continue to do so. This journey is just getting started. I’m curious what kind of cards would you like to see in the future?