Category Archives: Retail adventures

Fascinating vision!

In December I got asked if I would make a fascinator for a friend’s wedding. Of course I said YES.

The next day after a bit of work on Google, I realised that a birdcage veil did not mean that Gem wanted a headress involving a birdcage and some veil. A birdcage veil is a well-accepted STYLE..

Disappointing… Undaunted, I watched a couple of you tube videos and got sketching.

With a three week deadline, I got it finished on time but could only take a few quick photos – which my phone then decided to delete. So here’s a close-up from an official wedding photo. Apologies to the groom for cropping him out.

Gem's birdcage veil

Gem’s birdcage veil

It worked so well, I made another for Kiri as a leaving present in more vibrant colours.

Kiri's fascinator for the Races

Kiri’s fascinator for the Races

The wedding version¬†had three layers of feathers (in cream and yellow), was finished with gold binding and had a small gold chain draping across the feathers for effect. I’ll add a better photo if one emerges.

Thanks for the commission Gem and for trusting this part of your big day to me. It was a lot of fun to design and make this and I’m pleased with how well it turned out – and I know you were, too. :)

Steampunk-ing it up!

The Leeds Steampunk market held at the Left Bank was a brilliant, morale-boosting event. We covered our costs and made a small profit which for a first time specialist market, we felt was pretty good going. We made a few changes to our stall set up since Christmas, namely by getting more height on to show off the smaller terrariums. Stacks of ancient volumes of Plato’s Republic would do nicely! We also left a lot of the bigger glassware empty as I found that customers loved to mix and match their favourite toy characters with a terrarium they fancied the most.

Despite our success, there is still a lot to learn about marketing particularly from the other stall holders – “damn, we need a big sign” – featured a lot through the day and – “what do we do with the care instructions?” -¬† highlighted our inexperience. Still here we are, dressed warmly in pre-war style garments, still smiling in the freezing conditions.

Naziya on the left, Sam on the right.