Monday, 20 June 2011

Events a plenty....

Click on the links for more information and start planning your crafty adventures....


Looking for Trouble, Malt Cross, Nottingham

If you know of any more craft events please feel free to post them on here or onto the Nottingham Craft Mafia facebook page! Share the crafty love! 

Thursday, 16 June 2011

"Ding Dong the bells are gonna chime...

..pull out the stopper lets have a whopper but get me to the church on time!" Sorry I couldn't resist a bit of a sing song there! Amidst all of the crafty adventures that the Mafia have been trying to undertake this year, the summer of 2011 holds some VERY exciting dates for two of our Dons here in Nottingham!

Our very own Don Liam is to wed the lovely Lynne next week and our lovely crochet queen Don April is to marry her beau Sean in less than 4 weeks time! That's right people! Two Don weddings in less than two months! EXCITING stuff huh?

With this in mind we'd just like to Thank you all for your continued support and interest this year so far with the Nottingham Craft Mafia. We have so many big plans and exciting cards on the table regarding the Mafia and we're so happy to have you all on board with us. These next couple of months are going to be very much a whirlwind of excitment for the newly weds so please bare with us in terms of the next couple of socials and any further progression with the Mafia.

While the other two Dons are mad busy planning and prepping for their big day I intend to beaver away at the blog, facebook and hopefully bring you a shiny new website over the summer time! So please keep watching this space and dropping by the facebook page to show your love and share your creative adventures! We love it and can't do any of this without you!

So waffling aside... I hope you'll all join me in wishing April & Sean and Liam & Lynne all the bestest in their bright new futures together! Here's to Summer 2011 and lots of exciting fun times all round! HUZZAH!

Here's to the happy couples!
Lots of Love

Monday, 6 June 2011

Join us for tea & cake & a natter! Everyone welcome!

Tuesday 7th June from 6pm
Station Street, Nottm

Come along to our social, meet new faces, talk projects and new ideas AND find out about our shiny new plans for this year! 

There will also be some tasty offers on TEA & CAKE courtesy of Hopkinson Gallery, Studios and Teabar ... and everyone loves cake!

We know it's been a slow start to the year Mafia wise but with day jobs and weddings in the pipeline we three dons have been a tad busy... BUT we haven't forgotten about you lovely crafty folk of Nottingham and we'd like to share some exciting plans with you regarding the future... which is bright, shiny and exciting!

So come along, bring a bottle of plonk if you wish or some pennies to spend on tea & cake and we'll see your smiling faces there any time from 6pm!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Something for the weekend if you fancy a trip to Leicester!

The Bazaar and Art Fair at Sumo on Braunstone gate is happening this Saturday! It starts at 5pm and goes on until the early evening. They are hoping to get some live art on the go as well as Shisha pipes and food!

There will also be lots of bands and entertainment going on all evening on Braunstone Gate with the Tales of the Riverside - Riverside Festival Fringe.

So lets hope the sunshine stays out for this fab event! Happy Friday people!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Events & Diary dates...

I hope you're all enjoying the bank holiday weekend! Here's a mini update for you with a few dates for your dairy...


Tuesday 7th June

Come along from 6pm onwards
Hopkinson Gallery : Station Street


Join fellow Etsians and makers for the second global Etsy Craft Party 2011 - Derby!
Date: Friday 10 June 2011

Time: 6pm-9pm

Venue: The Book Cafe in the Cathedral Quater, Derby DE1 1QH (Google map)

Open to everyone!

Saturday June 25th 11am – 6pm
The United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood

If you have any other events that you know of be sure to stop by our facebook page and let us know... or just drop us a line to let us know what you're up to!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Next social news!

Are you free to join the Mafia for tea & cake on Tuesday 7th June? Come along from 6pm onwards to show us your latest wares and projects. There will be tea & cake on offer from the Hopkinson Tea bar and the 'Dons' have some exciting plans to talk to you about!

Check out our facebook page for the most up to date information!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Exciting Curiosity.Haus Celebrations & Events!

Come and show your love for local craft, talent and all things handmade this Saturday at The Orange Tree in Nottingham. Curiosity.Haus are hosting their regular Contemporary Craft & Design fair from 12-5pm. It's their 2nd Birthday so what more of an excuse do you need to buy beautiful things? Check out their website for more information.

I hope you'll join me in wishing Curiosity.Haus a massively HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY and we hope to see lots of smiley faces down at the Orange Tree this weekend. You can also find out more about their events and adventures by signing up to their wonderful newsletter
Curiosity.Haus Contemporary Craft and Design Fair


▲ This week we are excited to be celebrating our 2nd Anniversary of running Craft and Design Fairs in Nottingham! For two years we have been providing regular indie markets in Nottingham and have had an unbelievable amount of artists, designers and makers gracing our stalls, selling their wares to the Nottingham public!

This is really to say a massive thank you to everyone that has supported and encouraged the markets to grow and continue, from our loyal customers to every exhibitor and all the venues who have played host to our fairs!

 Come and celebrate with us in style at The Orange Tree on SATURDAY 21st MAY, 12-5pm and here is a sneak preview to give you a little taster of some of the fine handmade work you can expect to see at Saturday’s Fair.  You can see more in our Birthday Blog Posts, so don't forget to have a peek! Read more...
Curiosity Haus Contemporary Craft and Design Fair Nottingham: Design Preview of The Orange Tree Nottingham Event 21st May 2011
Clockwise from Top: Alys Power Design, Alison Kent Handmade, Lucie Pockets and NorthernToff

On Saturday at The Orange Tree, from 12pm – 5pm you will find an incredible mix of goods from Illustration and Prints to Jewellery, Ceramics and Textiles. Who could resist a beautifully handmade gift from a local maker? Treat someone or treat yourself! ;)
Curiosity Haus Contemporary Craft and Design Fair Nottingham Preview: Kate Broughton, Hannah Sawtell and Hello Sunshine
Kate Broughton, Hannah Sawtell and Hello Sunshine
With a great selection of wares available, come along and pick up an original treat for yourself! Tea, cake and cocktails available too… what better way to shop? :)

 ...Extract taken from Curisoity.Haus blog & newletter 16/05/2011

Monday, 2 May 2011

Looking for events? Check out this gem of a site!

Craft and Design Month

"What is Craft and Design Month?

Hundreds of craft events already take place successfully every year during the month of May; now Craft and Design Month can bring them all together under one banner to collectively target national and regional media. There are also lots of opportunities for people to organise something especially for Craft and Design Month.
The overall aim is to achieve wider publicity and public awareness of the fine craft and design that exists in the UK today.
This project receives no funding or grant aid. It is entirely based on the simple concept of people working together for the benefit of the whole creative community and is sponsored by craft&design magazine, who have launched this unique opportunity to celebrate and promote crafts across the UK. 
To find out more about the aims of Craft and Design Month, download our proposal 'An opportunity to help raise the profile of British Crafts'"
-Taken from the Craft & Design Month website, May 2nd 2011.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Looking for a new outlet to sell your wares?

The Mosaic Craft fairs could be the answer for you!

If you're crafty and you're looking for a new outlet for your beautiful items, Mosaic Fairs may be just what you need!

Mosaic Fairs intend to be at the BEST craft events happening and will be taking a tempting mix of high quality crafts from a selected number of talented makers.

All that you would just need to provide are the items you wish Mosaic to take to the fairs. Your work would then be presented on a gorgeous stand to show case your wares to the best of standards. Mosaic will also be doing their very best  to rally visitors to the stand to promote your work to help all those lovely customers to buy as much as possible!

Imagine.... time for you to be making while Mosaic Fairs are selling for you! 

Please have a look at their website at and let them know what you think. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Fancy a trip to Leicester? Check out Pedestrian's events...

Made in England : 23rd April

Made in England will take place on Saturday 23rd April from 11am - 5pm our studio space will be transformed in to a wonderful easter wonderland. 

Local artists and makers will be showcasing their products as well as fun participatory activities for young people will be happening throughout the day. These will include the infamous Cultural Quarter Dragon Hunt, Face painting and Story telling.

For more information about the day please check out our website where you can download the dragon hunt map and check out all the activities going on throughout the day.

Cool Britannia : 30th April

An event we're running in collaboration with the LE1 club, Superfly. It's going to be a big fundraising event for the work that we do with disadvantaged young people, the gallery we run for the local community, and the opportunities we create for artists and tutors to get involved.

The day after the Royal Wedding Superfly and Pedestrian Arts are joining forces to bring Leicester a mix of workshops, live bands and the usual Superfly Superclub experience - until 4am.

:: Workshops ::
Free Entry and all ages welcome!
12pm - 4pm
Break Dance, Graffiti Art, DJing, Music Production, and MCing.

:: Bands ::
Free Entry
8pm - 11pm
Local bands - details to come soon!

:: Superfly Superclub ::
Free Entry
Full details to come soon!
It's not only our DJs that are fantastic mixers,
join the finest bartenders in LE1 for cocktails from £3!

For more info check out their facebook event page

Please help to spread the word - we'd love to see you on the 30th! 
If you'd like to get involved on the day - to share your art form in the workshops, help with our community collection, or support the event to make sure it runs smoothly - get in touch!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Love shoes?

Then head on over to The Hub in Sleaford to see the exhibition 'A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes'. Soooooo many weird, wonderful & wacky shoes in one place with some stunning fashion photography to boot! Get it... boot... shoes... ahem!

The Hub has several exhibitions on at the moment, all of which are worth a wonder round, not to mention their lovely Craft Shop & Tea Rooms too. Go on... take a venture and spy on some spectacular shoes!

"A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes opens at the National Centre for Craft and Design on 29th January 2011 (closing 2nd May 2011), featuring an opulent display of footwear by the doyenne of British fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood. Westwood, best known for the creation of punk fashion with Malcolm McLaren in the 70’s, has a reputation for innovation in design, often using traditional styles and materials in surprising ways.

This exhibition is based around a collection of shoes amassed over the past 15 years by a private collector. It spans the entirety of the designer’s high fashion career, from the 70’s onwards, and showcases some of the most innovative and iconic examples of her work in shoe design."

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

This is Bazaar - Easter event

Vendor callout
Applications are now invited for This is Bazaar's Easter market at CUBE Cafe, Deda
5 spaces available
Date:  Saturday 16 April
Time:  9.30am - 3pm (setup from 9am)
Venue: CUBE Cafe, Deda (Google map
Cost: £25/stall (includes table and chair)
Alternatively, if you're unable to make it to the event we can sell a smaller sampling of your products at 20% commission.
Market audience: Children and mums/parents; open to general public
Saturdays are a busy day at Deda with four classes running back to back for kids aged 5-7 years old. The last class is at 1.15pm with families staying for lunch at CUBE Cafe.  

If you are interested in participating please email us and we'll send you a vendor application. Details for payment are outlined in the application. Deadline to confirm a space is Sunday 3 April 2011.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

For more info please contact Bernice and Sasha

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

NEXT SOCIAL: Thursday 7th April

Come along to the Mezz Lounge (upstairs at Broadway Cinema) for our next social event. We'll be having a couple of beverages, discussing our latest pretties & crafty adventures as well as collecting your thoughts on events. So bring a smile and come along for an evening of crafty chat & fun!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Craft Candy & Curiosity.Haus : Sat 26th March

So will we see any familiar faces next Saturday at Craft Candy's Spring fair?

A few members of the Nottingham Craft Mafia have stalls at this fab event so if you fancy a day trip to Sheffield to see some treasures & friendly faces pop on down!

If you can't make the trip to Sheffield then fear not! The wonderful Curiosity.Haus will be hosting their fantabulous market with lots of treasures by more local talent on offer! 

It's going to be a craft filled weekend next week! Lets hope the sunshine plans to join us again! 

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Do something funny for money...

"Red Nose Day is on Friday 18th March. It's a day like no other when the whole country gets together to do something funny for money and change countless lives in the process." -

So then Nottingham crafters and the like... what will you be doing this Red Nose Day?

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Dates for your diary.... update!

Hello Crafters!

Just stopping by to share some events with you... Spring is on the way! YAY!


Textiles Waste – Best Practice Event

Tuesday 8th March, 9.45am – 1pm, 
EMMAT / Designer Forum Office, Nottm
The Materials Recycling and Reclamation project (MATREC) is organising a Textile Waste Event
Companies come along and discover the alternate methods of disposing of your textile waste, what you can do with it and what will it be used for. Can you make money out of your cut offs and roll ends, or benefit the environment by recycling and diverting from landfill?
What can be done with old carpet or carpet cutoffs, is there a way to recycle them? Come along and discover.
Individuals Interested in recycling and the environment? Ever wondered what happens to your textiles waste? What happens to clothing you donate to charity, how do they get processed and what actually happens to them. What products could you buy or use that are made from recycled textiles.
There will be displays of locally made products using recycled clothing and textiles. If you are interested in displaying your products please call us. A question and answer session will be held after the presentations and there will also be networking opportunities.
Open to all. There is no cost to attend this event so come along and discover the opportunities. For more information or to reserve a place contact Kelly on Tel: 0115 9115339 or email:
This project is being part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through emda's 2007 - 13 ERDF Competitiveness Programme.


Curiosity.Haus Events

Get them in your diary & most importantly get your applications in NOW!

Find out much more on their Facebook page


Craft Candy SPRING fair

Millenium Gallery, Sheffield
Saturday 26th March
10 - 4pm

Find out more at the Craft Candy website


Monday, 21 February 2011

NEXT SOCIAL : Thurs 3rd March, 7.30pm

Be there or be square! 
Thursday 3rd March, 7.30pm at The Malt Cross
For more info check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

A quick Thank you and lil' craft fair reminder...

A little note to say a BIG Thank you to everyone who could make the social on Thursday, it was lovely to see some familiar and some shiny new faces and we were so chuffed with all the beautiful things people brought to share with us.

We're hoping that you'll all keep on bringing us pretties to show and talk about at our socials as it's a lovely way to gain inspiration and build each others confidence - there's nothing more valuable than a chin wag and bouncing ideas off other crafty peoples noggins!

So a big thank you and to those who couldn't make this month... fear not! There will be March's meet coming up before you know it so get the date in your diary: Thurs 3rd March!

We'll be sure to send you an update about the next social soon but until then keep up to date and sharing your events and thoughts on our facebook page and don't forget about next weekends crafty event in the name of luuuuuurve...

Curiosity.Haus Contemporary Craft & Design Fair

Sat 12th Feb : 12 - 5pm
The Orange Tree