Events: Crafty Beggars behind the scenes!

Hi all,

We did this post way back but the episode just aired so we thought we’d go back and take a look behind the scenes again.

So as you will know, if you are an avid reader of ours, that last weekend we were fortunate to be part of a TV show called Crafty Beggars.

We stumbled across the application a fair while ago and just thought ‘why not?’ We applied and went to meet the presenters and Hobby Craft, who sponsored the show, and were invited to be on the show.

The premise of the show is a two team competition where both teams have a £20 budget to spend on materials. They have a day to beg, borrow and buy all they need and make everything they want to sell the next day on a craft stall. The idea really is to spend as little as possible by being frugal and upcycling.

In the beginning we brainstormed (or mind mapped – ay, ay) and had tonnes of ideas from cork coasters, twig decorations, drift wood signs and map items. We thought about what the cheapest materials were we could use, aiming for low cost but with a high quantity and we decided that our best bet was felt! We love felt!

We planned and re-planned and planned again. There were sheets and lists and phone calls and recce’s!

In the end we narrowed what we were going to make down to felt brooches and necklaces, heart cork boards and beaded jewellery – we figured (even though sometimes it feels like it) that we aren’t super human and that unfortunately there aren’t enough hours in the day to make everything we had original wanted to.

We planned everything in detail including our stall:

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Ooo look at that! Pretty!

So after all the prepping and planning the day of filming arrived… well actually before that there was the manic rush home from work on the Friday evening, piling everything into the car (so much stuff) and quickly scoffing dinner. Then there was the frantic rush to Brighton and final preparations! Oh yeah and not forgetting the utter panic when I realised I had forgotten the most important bag of materials in the chaos!

We were exhausted already! But the next day arrived and filming commenced…

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The morning consisted of standing around awkwardly while people got busy establishing shots of us, most of which were of us walking un-naturally trying to generate ‘natural looking’ conversation and then rushing around collecting all of our materials!

We had arranged to collect a whole box of wine corks from a local Brighton wine bar, Ten Green Bottles and the rest was felt and jewellery bits. We then spent the rest of the afternoon, evening and a fair portion of the night, making all of our items!

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The next day of filming was a bit of a tired, hazy blur that started with the panic making of tissue paper pom poms (as someone may have left that bag at home too, but we don’t like to talk about that…)

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I would like to highlight how great Victoria is looking in that picture seeing as she was a/ tired and b/really poorly! Like a trooper she didn’t let a silly soar throat or stuffy head effect our day.

The rest of the day was spent luring people to our stall and being filmed selling what we could. We were really pleased with how everything came together and it was awesome to see it all complete and together.

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Vikki working away

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We worked hard that weekend and we’re really proud of the results. We owe a big thanks to everyone who helped us out and all of our items will be up on our ETSY shop within the week.

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The show doesn’t air until the Autumn so we’ll keep you updated! You’ll have to wait until then to see how we did.

Take care,

Victoria and Elisa

 

Events ~ Bewl Water Kent and Sussex Show.

Hi all,

Long time no speak on my part! You ever have one of those weeks where you don’t have time to breathe let alone keep up with writing!? Well it’s been one of those weeks, which has been made worse because the weather is so perfect right now and all I want to do is be outside :(. I think I might be cold blooded because I love basking in the sun.

Anyway today was another one of those glorious days and we spent it at the Kent and Sussex Show at Bewl Water. Now Bewl Water is my idea of perfect. If I was asked to describe my happy place it would be like one of those places in those American Camp movies: lakes, boats, green hills all around and happy families running around – well this is Bewl Water! I loved it.

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See what’s not to love? There were boats and everything!

Unfortunately we were stuck in a little car park and not over looking this view so I couldn’t enjoy it fully.

Doing the fair was a bit of a last minute deal and I’ve spent all week frantically getting together a gazebo, a table and then making more products! It’s really worth just going for these things even if you’re not fully prepared – I had only 5 evenings to organise myself and I managed to borrow a table and a gazebo (I just harassed everyone I knew and those I didn’t too!)

I may have also managed to blow up a glue gun, but we don’t like to talk about that!

I was a bit apprehensive because I wasn’t sure what to expect and the title ‘Kent and Sussex Show’ made it sound like a big trade show – I pictured wall to wall stalls of professional craft businesses. Even though I felt we might be a little ‘handmade’ for the show we went for it, because after all what’s the worst that can happen?

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Lots of new and awesome products we made for the stall and for ETSY. Victoria has made some really great jewellery. Talented that one, ay!

Unfortunately the day was quiet and the sales were low. However it was still worth it to meet some of the other stall holders and get to work on building a network and community.

All of our new items will be up on ETSY by tomorrow, but why not head over there now and take a look at the new flower crowns?

Take care all and enjoy the sunshine!

E x

P.S I realised half way through the day I’d dressed like Rosie the Riveter! #wecandoit!

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MeohMy! does Crafty Beggars.

Hi all,

So as you will know, if you are an avid reader of ours, that last weekend we were fortunate to be part of a TV show called Crafty Beggars.

We stumbled across the application a fair while ago and just thought ‘why not?’ We applied and went to meet the presenters and Hobby Craft, who sponsored the show, and were invited to be on the show.

The premise of the show is a two team competition where both teams have a £20 budget to spend on materials. They have a day to beg, borrow and buy all they need and make everything they want to sell the next day on a craft stall. The idea really is to spend as little as possible by being frugal and upcycling.

In the beginning we brainstormed (or mind mapped – ay, ay) and had tonnes of ideas from cork coasters, twig decorations, drift wood signs and map items. We thought about what the cheapest materials were we could use, aiming for low cost but with a high quantity and we decided that our best bet was felt! We love felt!

We planned and re-planned and planned again. There were sheets and lists and phone calls and recce’s!

In the end we narrowed what we were going to make down to felt brooches and necklaces, heart cork boards and beaded jewellery – we figured (even though sometimes it feels like it) that we aren’t super human and that unfortunately there aren’t enough hours in the day to make everything we had original wanted to.

We planned everything in detail including our stall:

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Ooo look at that! Pretty!

So after all the prepping and planning the day of filming arrived… well actually before that there was the manic rush home from work on the Friday evening, piling everything into the car (so much stuff) and quickly scoffing dinner. Then there was the frantic rush to Brighton and final preparations! Oh yeah and not forgetting the utter panic when I realised I had forgotten the most important bag of materials in the chaos!

We were exhausted already! But the next day arrived and filming commenced…

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The morning consisted of standing around awkwardly while people got busy establishing shots of us, most of which were of us walking un-naturally trying to generate ‘natural looking’ conversation and then rushing around collecting all of our materials!

We had arranged to collect a whole box of wine corks from a local Brighton wine bar, Ten Green Bottles and the rest was felt and jewellery bits. We then spent the rest of the afternoon, evening and a fair portion of the night, making all of our items!

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heart

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The next day of filming was a bit of a tired, hazy blur that started with the panic making of tissue paper pom poms (as someone may have left that bag at home too, but we don’t like to talk about that…)

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I would like to highlight how great Victoria is looking in that picture seeing as she was a/ tired and b/really poorly! Like a trooper she didn’t let a silly soar throat or stuffy head effect our day.

The rest of the day was spent luring people to our stall and being filmed selling what we could. We were really pleased with how everything came together and it was awesome to see it all complete and together.

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Vikki working away

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We worked hard that weekend and we’re really proud of the results. We owe a big thanks to everyone who helped us out and all of our items will be up on our ETSY shop within the week.

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The show doesn’t air until the Autumn so we’ll keep you updated! You’ll have to wait until then to see how we did.

Take care,

E and V x

 

Tutorial ~ DIY Polka Dot Tablecloth

Hi all,

As you may have noticed we’ve been a bit slack on the old blog front, but there is good reason! We’ve been so, so busy prepping for our Crafty Beggars stall that we just haven’t had the time!

All the time spent on preparing was well worth it though and our stall looked great! We had a vision of what we wanted it to look like and it was great to see it all coming together.

As we had never done a stall before we found that these things were really helpful:

  • Have a theme: colour/style/product
  • Think about the hardware and link it to your theme: stands/boxes/holders
  • Visually plan out what you want your stall to look like: draw/paint it
  • Prep: take the time to try things out and make things yourself.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what we envisioned our stall to look like:

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And here’s a little look at what it looked like!

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We were so proud!

Before we jump into our brilliant weekend and show you the final stall in full we are going to do a few tutorials on the ‘hardware’ we made for the stall. We wanted to make as much as we could because we like to! But also because we wanted quite specific things and the best way to get exactly what you want (on the cheap) is to DIY it!

So here’s how I made the Polka Dot Tablecloth that cost me £2.

What you will need:

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  • A cork
  • Paint
  • Paper tablecloth that you can find in Supermarkets

Step 1// Spread the tablecloth out so it’s fully open and flat and prep the paint.

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Step 2// Simply dip the end of the cork into the paint and start printing on to the tablecloth. Don’t get too much paint on the end and don’t press too hard or the circles will smudge.

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Step 3// Do it all over the cloth and leave to dry over night.

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Step 4// Admire!

We found this such a quick (30 mins max), easy and affordable way to up-style our tablecloth! We hope you find inspiration in this and try it out yourselves.

Take care,

E x

Feature Friday!

Hi all,

So it’s Friday. I’ve got work to do but all I can think about is the pending craft stall and how much we have to do! Crafty Beggars is a great opportunity for us and we want to get the most out of the experience. Super excited and a bit nervous about being in front of the camera – I feel rigid and jerky movements might be a problem!

We are able to decorate our stall and we’ve been coming up with ideas for weeks! Therefore this Feature Friday will concentrate on a few DIY display ideas.

1// Small project: Kitchen Roll stands

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A really easy and simple idea that costs hardly anything!

2// Medium project: Cluster displays

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I chose these because they are more than just displays: they’re like little sculptures in themselves. The form of these stands are as important as the function as they draw attention which will in turn draw interest into the product displayed on them. I think the dollhouse chair one is awesome!

3// Medium project again – Necklace stands

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This is a really nice, polished idea and I think makes the product look fantastic. It’s really important to have a display unit that is going to enhance what you’re selling and this stand does just that. Brilliant!

4// Bigger project – Twig stand

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These stands are only bigger because you may need power tools, paint and specialist glue. Other than that it’s a pretty basic idea that really stands out. When we went to the Country Living Fair we came away remembering the stall from PheobeJewellery stand because out of all the stalls there the display was the best.

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We will keep you updated on the progress of our stall and add in tutorials of everything we make! If you are able to pop down to the stall in Brighton on Sunday we’d love to meet you!

Take care,

E x

 

 

BIG NEWS ~ Our first ever TV appearence!

Hi all,

Did you hear we have some BIG NEWS?

The Me Oh My! duo are going to be on TV, yes TV. We are taking part in a competition show called Crafty Beggars, sponsored by Hobbycraft, very soon and you could join us.

 

farm market brightonOn Sunday 18th May we will be holding a stall as part of the show at  DIPLOCK YARD FARM MARKET (sometimes it’s called THE FARMER’S MARKET) in NORTH ROAD, BRIGHTON from 11am.

We encourage all our friends, family and (local) followers to come and visit our stall (and maybe buy something) on the Sunday at the market in Brighton.

The entrance to the market is marked with a very pretty flower stall and lots of balloons. It’s opposite the Backpackers Hostel and a bright DIY pottery shop, and it’s just up from where the end of Gardner St meets North Rd. We’ve been told there’s a lovely café at the back of the market too, so you can grab a coffee and cake.

Bring along friends, family and even the dog, the more the merrier (plus if we win, we’ll be super grateful).

We’d love to see many familiar faces and hope to see some new ones. We are really excited by this opportunity and can not wait to share our experiences with you after the filming.

See on Sunday the 18th!

V & E

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