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Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre

28 Mar

Brand new designs in a very old building

I enjoyed my time yesterday at Gainsborough Old Halls first Wedding Fayre event.  I had never been before, but it is quite an unusual building, as you will see in some of these photos from the day:

© Original Minnie Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre March 2011

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre March 2011

I’m sure I looked funny in the morning arriving with boxes of plants and sweetie jars to a Wedding Fayre, but it was all for a reason = new designs for quirky favour labels, name places, and table numbers.  I also designed some new table number plant signs, with the background patterns from my final degree project inspired by afternoon tea – can you see the tea cups in the pattern?

© Original Minnie at Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre 2011 handmade favour labels, name places, and table number tags

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre handmade favour labels, name places, and table number tags

My old favourite ‘button table numbers’ were displayed with some new menu designs, and co-ordinating plates hand painted by me.

© Original Minnie handmade Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery table setting with menu, button table number, and hand painted crockery

© Original Minnie handmade Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery - table setting with menu, button table number, and hand painted crockery

The day seemed to go so quickly, but I did have a quick wander and found these quirky internal features next to the tea shop (any excuse).

© Original Minnie at Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre old street lamp

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre old street lamp

© Original Minnie at Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre old telephone

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre vintage telephone

The venue people were friendly as were the other people displaying, including the photographers either side of my display.   There was Paul from local studio Red Pepper Studios based in Gainsborough, and Reg Moore whose work is featured in magazines including Lincolnshire Pride.

For more designs take a look at my Wedding Stationery page; keep up to date with other Events I will be attending by joining my official Facebook page or check my Events page.

If you have a stationery design or idea in mind, please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss the possibilities.

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6 days to Christmas

19 Dec

As you know, I love Afternoon Tea and all the trimmings and pretty vintage crockery that comes with it.  (See what I did for my Afternoon Tea inspired degree show here.)

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Scented Vintage Teacup Candles by Home Sweet Home

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Scented Vintage Teacup Candles by Home Sweet Home

That’s why when I saw these handmade scented candles made by Home Sweet Home, at the Belton House Christmas Market last month, I couldn’t resist them!  They were even ready wrapped up as you can see in the photo, so I will be spreading the love and giving most of them away as gifts, but I may have to keep onto one myself as they are too pretty.
You can find similar handmade candles in teacups by various UK makers on Folksy.com, just use the keyword search.

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I’ve been featured …

11 Nov

in the NEW ISSUE of UK Handmade

ukhandmade  Autumn 2009©  UK Handmade

This is very exciting news!  I have been featured in the new online issue of UK Handmade!

In the Autumn 2009 edition I have been featured as a ‘new talent’ – you can read the interview, and see some pics of my previous degree work in the magazine. On their website, just click on the cover of the Autumn 2009 issue, and you will find me and Original Minnie between pages  54 – 61.

UK Handmade is an online magazine which promotes and supports a ‘handmade’ ethos, as well as having recipes and ‘do-it-yourself’ instructions for crafts and cooking that you can try yourself.  The autumn fruit recipes in this issue look very tempting! Yum


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Introducing… Original Minnie

13 May

WHO OR WHAT IS ORIGINAL MINNIE

I should really start with properly introducing myself, and what I do.  My name is Helen, and I am Original Minnie.  I design and make (by hand) beautiful and quirky Jewellery and Greetings Cards.  I always prefer to use vintage / recycled / reclaimed materials as much as possible.  I love vintage, fashion, colour, and a (proper) Afternoon Tea – a cake stand, and china cups are a must! 😉 

In fact, my final degree show (Summer 2008) revolved around some of these favourite things… the Afternoon Tea inspired wallpapers and fabrics were all designed and hand printed by myself.  After hours and hours (actually months) in the printing room, and with the invaluable help of several peeps to decorate the room and bake the yummy cakes, the finished result was this!

Helen Mear Afternoon Tea Degree Show 2008

© Helen Mear Afternoon Tea Degree Show 2008

Helen Mear  Afternoon Tea  Degree Show 2008

© Helen Mear Afternoon Tea Degree Show 2008

I also printed the fireplace tiles, and hand-painted the ‘fabric’ pattern design onto one of the tea sets, but that is a story for another day and another blog… 

 

For more information about Original Minnie, or to see more of my creations, please visit www.originalminnie.com  or the shop at www.originalminnie.folksy.com