[What’s On] This weekend: The Renegade Craft Fair, London 2013!

 

london-renegade-snowflake-finalOne more sleep till the Renegade Craft Fair here in LONDON! woo! :)

This will be my first ever visit! Having heard soooooo much about the Renegade Craft Fair (massively renowned in US, hosting events in several cities since 2003 and now on our shores holding their 3rd event in London!) I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to dropping by tomorrow afternoon to check out all the wonderfully talented designer-makers that will be showcased there. There will be a few friendly faces I hope to catch up with again (And Smile, The Fox In The Attic, Make Thrift London, Zeena Shah to name a few) and of course, meeting new ones too! :) I will also be on a mission, looking out for some potential Christmas gifts so let’s hope I don’t get into a coma from scouring through all the amazing handmade goodies! ;)

To learn about the Renegade Craft Fair or to find out more on all the autumn-winter events being held this year (see which one’s are near you!) and a list of makers for each city, then do have a look at their website. Once you’re on their homepage, simply click onto the hosting city that you’re interested in which you will find on the top of the screen. (as seen below)
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So then…. if you’re in London and looking for something to do this weekend (9th and 10th of November) then pop along to the Old Truman Brewery, in Bricklane (East London). There’s going to be lots of makers, workshops and entertainment on both days……and it is free to enter! Seriously….how can you possibly not have this penciled into your diaries?! ;)

Oh and if you use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook be sure to follow all the creative antics using #renegadecraftfair and for when tagging your own images and posts too!

Have a lovely weekend folks whatever you chose to do!! x

 

[Image credit: The Renegade Craft Fair]

[Handmade gifts] Hush Little Baby

And here’s another one I made, that will be available on my Etsy shop later today. This piece is bigger than the one in my last post, measuring 30 x 40 cm. White card stock is used for the cutout piece which is mounted on recycled brown card – a more neutral and organic look. Again, this can be done in different colours (for both the cut-out piece and the backing board)  so if you fancy something custom-made for whatever the occasion, simply drop me a line via my ‘contact page‘.

Hope you like what you see so far as there’s plenty more coming in this range of work! :)BLOG_STRIP_hushlittlebaby_Web[Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]

[Handmade Gifts]: Faith. Hope. Love. but the greatest of these is love

This is taken from one of my favorite verses from the Bible (1 Corinthians 13:13) and one that we used at our wedding  that I find so understatedly powerful. And whether you are religious or not, I think these three words can be so poignant to all aspects of our lives; from career paths to relationships to general lifestyle. In this day an age where we live in the fast lane, driven by ambition, financial and social statuses, and materialistic things, I do find myself musing over what’s important in life, and it’s those days when I stop to reassess, I realise how much strength and peace you can seek from just living by these three simple words. Anyway, I’m not here to philosophise but show you how I turned those three words into a bespoke wall art for the home….or for a special occasion! :)

It’s a paper-cutout technique I love (and used many times before) where the layout is first designed, mapped out, each letter individually hand cut and then mounted in a way that it sits a couple of millimeters off the backing card to give you that beautiful shadow gap between the two planes (it’s the architectural side of me coming out here, sorry!) This piece fits an 8×10″ box frame and can be made using various backing card stock to suit your home decor. I’m going to be listing this up on my Etsy shop soon, along with a couple of other ‘paper-cutout’ wall art pieces, so I’ll keep you posted when I do! I can obviously do custom pieces based on your requirements, so if you’re interested – I may be the gal for you! :) x

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Made by Molu Etsy Shop – now open for business!!

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It’s been long-awaited and I cant believe this day has come (!!!) but I am pleased to announce that my shop doors (albeit virtually) are officially open!  You will find a range of bespoke handmade goodies (all made to order) from wall art to cushions to baby accessories whether it’s for the home or for a special occasion. Please do stop by and have a wee look – you can click here or the ‘Etsy’ tab on my sidebar to the right of this post to take you directly to the shop!  I will still be available for commissioned pieces and custom orders so just drop me a line and we can take it from there! Oh, and there’s plenty more handmade prettiness coming to the store as I’ll be listing them up as I go along, so do make sure you stay keep in the loop!!!

A massive ‘thank you’ goes out to my awesome husband, family and dear friends who have constantly stuck by me and all my creative antics (and having endured all my ramblings on wanting to set up a business) over the last two years. It is because of them and the amazing support from my readers/followers that I have finally taken the plunge to make this a reality. FYI – if this goes tits up, you are all to blame!  JUST KIDDING!!! :) I seriously cannot be any more excited (and nervous!) about this and hope one small step to bigger and better things in life! My love and humble gratitude goes out to you all! xxx

Anyway, I sincerely hope you like what you see and if you have any feedback or comments then, as always, I’m all ears! In the meantime… happy browsing/shopping folks!! Oh and please, pleeaaasee do spread the word too!! Thank you!!! xx

Prepping for the Etsy launch!

So, I’ve been super busy prepping for the opening of my Etsy shop in whatever spare time I could find – making sure all my images were picked and edited accordingly, getting all the text right for my listings and giving the website a little spruce up (as you may already see) – all in time for the big announcement. I must say that I realised quickly that it takes time for these things if you want to get it done right (if you’re as OCD as me that is) but then seeing how my work evolves constantly (mostly driven by commissioned pieces and personal gifts to date) I also realised that the shop should grow to reflect that, where I’m not trying to have it stocked up with 101 listings for the sake of the opening! Not only is that physically not viable but makes no sense in the type of products I’m offering. So I’ll start off small and grow progressively over the next few months and years. Anyway, so when does it launch I hear you ask? One more sleep!! Yep – i’m launching it tomorrow so stay tuned for it. In the meantime, here are some of my work you’ll soon find in my shop to be made to order! Eeeek! :P xx

[Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]

[Private Commission]: personalised lavender-scented cushion

This was a commissioned piece for a dear friend and new parent who, after seeing my baby ‘BOY’ cushion that I had made a while back, wanted to have a cushion personalised with her baby boy’s name for his nursery. Since she didn’t know if she was having a boy or a girl, the colour scheme for the nursery was kept neutral with shades of green and yellow. The choice of fabric was therefore picked with this in mind by opting for a lovely green and white chevron fabric (by Riley Blake Designs) for the back panel, plain ice white fabric for the front panel, onto which the personalised and hand cut appliqué in this gorgeous leafy colours (by Jenn Ski for Moda Fabrics) were sewn – All fabric used in the making of this cushion were premium 100% cotton, stuffed with polyester filling, and laced with lavender. I will be listing this on my upcoming Etsy store for anyone that wishes to have personalised (30x25cm) cushions made to order.  Please do let me know what you think!! :) BLOG_STRIP_Ayaansh-Cushion-Web[image credit: Made by Molu]

Labour of Love: Letterpress prints (limited edition)

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So here they are all framed – my labour of love in print!! :D  I must say, after photographing these for this post, I feel even more chuffed for accomplishing such a challenging piece in just three hours! Give me a challenge any day!! :) Baby Blue and Baby Pink ink on both off-white (above) and grey (below) card stock. Which one would you go for? Hard for me to say….I think I like them on both :P xx

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[image credit: Made by Molu]

[What’s On]: Crafty Fox Market’s Cut & Paste Camden Pop Up

If you haven’t already been then please do stop by at Crafty Fox and Brixi’s Cut & Paste Pop Up shop held in Camden Collective‘s new space on Camden High Street which has been open all week – and today’s the last day!!! If’ you’re looking for that something ‘unique’ then there’s plenty of lovely handmade and bespoke goodies to choose from; ranging from jewellery to cushions to wall prints to crockery and many many more! You’ll find the works of artists and designer-makers such as Hope and Eden, Mr Peebles, By Emily, Lucy Loves This, Oh My Clumsy Heart, Jimbobart and lots more. I managed to pop along yesterday morning, before my manic day of errands and work began, and I can tell you it looks pretty amazing including the way the shop is set up inside! I even got  the pleasure of chatting to Sinead of Crafty Fox for ages seeing as I had missed the opportunity at the Blognic last month. I did actually come back home with lots of photos from yesterday to share on here but thanks to my new iPhone, which did a random sync, it somehow erased all the photos I had taken since the day I got it last week.  It wasn’t my day with technology yesterday! Anyway, Sinead’s been kind enough to let me use a few of Yeshen‘s photos to give you a little glimpse of what you’ll expect to see (thank you!!)

Anyway, do pop along as it’s only open till the end of today! For more up to date info – follow Crafty Fox on Twitter or Facebook. You can also find more information on the designers here.

When: Tues 16th – Sun 21st July
Where: 69 Camden High Street, NW1 7JL YESHEN_2_WEB YESHEN_6_WEB YESHEN_7_WEB YESHEN_5_WEB YESHEN_3_WEB YESHEN_1_WEB

(image credit: Yeshen Venema)

Oh I say! We Make London’s 5th Birthday fabulous Good Bag!

This post is long overdue (sorry folks!) but June has been rather busy and I got sidetracked with numerous other things followed by our holiday last week. So without further adieu, here’s a look at the contents of my We Make London‘s 5th Birthday goody bag! This is probably one of the best goody bags I’ve received in recent years that consisted of bespoke pieces of jewellery, stationery, bags and accessories – a fabulous selection of handcrafted goodies! You’ll find names such as Kate Rowland, And Smile, Triptych Designs, Crystal & Stone, Tagada StudioSanna Panda and more. If you’d like to see more about the designer-makers listed from that day’s handmade market you can find that here. What do you think – not bad eh? :)
BLOG_WML5th-bday_4 BLOG_WML5th-bday_5 BLOG_WML5th-bday_3 BLOG_WML5th-bday_1 BLOG_WML5th-bday_2 (Artists from left to right: Mister Peebles, Lemonstone Art,  Melody Seal, Alfamarama, Lucy Jewellery, Paper Moon Illustration)