Happy New Year to you all. Sorry we have not written a journal in a while, we got back in the studio after Christmas and we have just been so busy getting ready for Top Drawer and still sending lots of parcels. We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year!
We are so excited about 2018 and it all begins this weekend at Craft. Craft is part of the wonderful trade show, Top Drawer. Top Drawer is a fantastic design let event that showcases lots of companies who are there to find outlets for their work. We are so looking forward to being back there again this year and to hopefully find some more lovely shops to stock our work. We will also be launching some new designs at the show which are now available on the website.
Craft is a section of Top Drawer, that promotes British design and manufacturing. Craft showcases one of handmade pieces that are individual and contemporary. We will be in Craft on stand CR320 so please come and see us. We are hand picked a few of our favourites who will be with us at Craft this weekend.
Sevak Zargarian is a ceramic designer maker based in London, UK. Working from his garden studio at home, he has since kept a focus on process, investigating different surface finishes and making techniques, with an aim to create beautiful objects for the home. We love Sevak's work and his use of colour within his pottery. You can see Sevak's work on stand CR721. https://www.sevakzargarian.com
Giannina Capitani LTD was established in 2013. Based in London and from Italian - Scottish ancestry Giannina Capitani is known for juxtaposing bold, colourful, graphic pattern with luxurious tactile knitwear. Using her heritage as a starting point she draws inspiration from Italian design and combines it with Scottish textile tradition. We love Giannina's use of bold colours and contemporary patterns. You can find her work on stand CR115 http://gianninacapitani.com
Heather McDermott Jewellery specialises in contemporary jewellery made using stainless steel and precious metal. Each piece is made in Scotland and the materials are all sourced from Britain. She takes her inspiration from her island home, the Isle of Skye. Fisherman's nets, stacked creels and weathered buoys scatter the ever-changing shoreline. We love Heather's work, especially these earrings pictured above. Her use of different materials makes her work so interesting and great pieces to wear all the time. You can find Heather on stand CR222. https://www.heathermcdermott.co.uk
If you are at Top Drawer this weekend, please pop and see us and everyone else is Craft. We will between the 14th and 16th of January on stand CR320. We can't wait to go back!
Now to start with we have got to apologise that this has taken so long to do, we have been so busy with Christmas fairs and lots of Christmas orders. But, we thought we would tell you all about last weekend, which was jam-packed with 5 Christmas fairs! Why do we do it to ourselves I hear you say...well we couldn't do it without the help of family. Izzi's family kindly stepped in and helped us so we could do all the fairs over the weekend.
The weekend kicked off with Deepdale Christmas market, where I was for 3 days, from Friday- Sunday. Deepdale is a fantastic local market that has over 100 stalls, most of which are local designers and producers from Norfolk. It was so busy throughout the weekend and it was fantastic to see so many familiar faces and met lots of new customers too.
On Saturday Izzi and her Mum, Sally, went off to Glebe House School in Hunstanton for their Christmas Fair. They had a great day and managed to get some Christmas shopping done too...always a bonus!
Olivia, Izzi's sister, spent the afternoon at Gresham's Prep School for their small Christmas market. A big thank you to Olivia for stepping in such short notice and braving the cold weather too!
And while all this was going on...Izzi's Dad, Graham, was kindly setting up our stand at our village's, Hindovleston, Christmas fair. This picture above was the village hall that the fair was in. It was so beautifully decorated, it looked like it could have come straight out of Country Living magazine. Graham wouldn't let us get a snap of him behind the stand...but it did look fantastic!
Izzi and I then went to Gresham's Senior School on Monday evening. It was such a lovely event, it felt so festive with all their decorations in the beautiful school chapel and the choir singing carols. It was great seeing lots of our old teachers and of course seeing all the other stall holders and customers too.
What a fantastic few days we had. We really want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that helped us, we couldn't have done it without you and all of you support. Thank you to everyone that came and bought from us that weekend, it makes it all so worth while. Also, a massive well done to Izzi who managed to organise everyone enough stock for each fair...she was spot on!
Sorry that we haven't taken any pictures of all of the other fantastic stands that were at all these fairs like we normally do. We were just SO busy that we didn't find the time. We have one final fair left this week on Wednesday at Taverham Hall School. They are holding a Christmas shopping evening, so please come and see us there for some last minute gifts.
We had a wonderful day on Saturday at Norwich Maker's Market. Norwich Makers Market houses some absolutely fantastic designer makers from the area. There was such a mixture of different work, we loved it all. Ella organises about 4 makers markets throughout the year and she always manages to hand pick companies with beautiful work and definitely gets a lot of people coming to the fair too. We have just picked out a few of our favourites from Saturday that we wanted to share with you.
Sally Nencini designs and knits lambswool cushions, toys and blankets for the home. She also recycles and upholsters furniture with hand embroidered fabric or felted lambswool. We just fell in love with Sally's handmade Bunnies with their very own outfits on; we especially loved their fairisle jumpers. https://www.sallynencini.com
Ella Elizabeth has a quirky and contemporary range hand screen-printed textiles and digital printed stationery. We think Ella's new range of stickers are just fab, we especially love her cacti ones! https://www.ellaelizabeth.co.uk
We fell completely in love with Karen Woodcraft's intricate hand painted and handmade wood work scenes. Karen finds old bits of wood, stones, driftwood etc from the beaches near her home and creates these wonderful street scenes. She has done a beautiful range of Christmas scenes as well as others too. We think her work is just fantastic, we could have bought it all! https://www.facebook.com/Karen-woodcraft--352995701555532/
Mr.NorrisofNorwich was there with her quirky range of handmade cacti planters and embroidery loops. We love her new embroidery loops with beautiful hanging baskets of flowers in. You can now get your very own DIY embroidery kit from Mr.Norris too. https://www.facebook.com/mrnorrisofnorwich/ If you didn't manage to make it to this event, then definitely try next year as it is not one to miss.
We are back in the studio this week preparing for our bumper weekend of fairs. We will be at the wonderful Deepdale Christmas market from Friday- Sunday so try and catch us there if not we are at Gresham's Prep School Christmas fair on Saturday afternoon, Glebe School's Christmas Fair on Saturday between 10-6 and also we will be at our village fair in Hindolveston on Saturday evening between 6.30- 9 and all day Sunday too. Please try and come and see us at some point over the weekend, all come to all four it is up to you. We lots of wonderful Christmas gift ideas and also some of our Christmas goodies left too! Please take a look at our events page to see where you can find us over the next few weeks. https://www.izzirainey.com/izzirainey-events.html
What a fantastic few days we had at the Wealden Times Mid-Winter fair. The fair is full of some amazing designer makers, delicious food stalls and lots of things to see. It was great being back in Kent, it was lovely seeing some of our old friends, meeting new customers and getting to know some new stallholders too. Here are a few of the lovely stalls that were there...
Nick Hubbard is a jewellery company run by Nick's family. They have a gorgeous collection of contemporary silver jewellery in figurative designs- definitely take a look on their website. It was lovely to see them all again. http://www.nickhubbardjewellery.co.uk
Holly from Duck and Dog had such a fantastic selection of Christmas decorations, gorgeous homewares and lots of Christmas goodies! Holly's stand always looks amazing, it was so lovely to se her- and she kindly let us stay! http://www.duckanddog.co.uk
Halinka Fairies are the most beautiful handmade pieces of art. Halinka creates a stunning display of her stunning handmade fairies. The fairies are clothed with beautiful fabrics and have wonderfully expressive faces created with beads and sequins. Take a look at her website to see her stunning work. http://www.halinkasfairies.com
My Sweet Fairy's stand also stood out to us with their beautiful handmade decorations and tiny village scenes that are all handmade.
It is fantastic going to fairs when you see such amazing products and can talk to people about their work. The Wealden Times fairs are lovely and always have such a wide selection of things to buy. We would really recommend going next year if you didn't make it this year, we will see you there!
What a lovely weekend we had a North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Christmas fair. It was fantastic to be surrounded by so many wonderful designer makers who are all from Norfolk. The fair was so well attended and it was great to speak to so many customers and see lots of familiar faces too. We would definitely recommend coming to the fair next year if you didn't make it as it is full of wonderful one off handmade pieces.
Here are a few of our favourites from the fair.
Abbie Conway's beautiful handmade jewellery is contemporary and quirky, we love her use of colour and especially like her new range of 'Disco Diva' earrings which were a sell out. http://www.abbieconway.co.uk
It was great to see Leanne, from Birch Lea Soaperie. We absolutely love all her natural handmade soaps, and they all smell delicious, especially the peppermint and patchouli one. https://www.birchleasoaperie.co.uk
Mims Heritage have the most gorgeous collection of cashmere booties, gloves and clothing for children. Mims heritage garments and accessories are made from restructured boiled wool, individually handmade and finished, we wish they did them in adult sizes. http://www.mimsheritage.co.uk/home/4551341643
It really was a wonderful weekend and we are looking forward to next year already. We are back in the studio today and getting for the Wealden Times Mid Winter Fair, we hope to see you all there.
What a wonderful evening we had at John Lewis in Norwich Christmas Shopping event last night, promoting our products and the 'Made Locally' section of the store. Every year John Lewis hold shopping events for their loyalty card customers, where they have the opportunity to shop after hours, they get some fantastic discounts and of course food and drinks too! We were so pleased that they asked us to come along to promote our range in store and talk to people about our products and our story behind the brand. It was lovely meeting so many customers and talking to them. It is always lovely to know people are intrigued to learn about local companies and the 'story' behind our company too. It was great to meet so many of the shop staff, including the store manager, who all seemed so excited to have a local company in store too, which was lovely.
We will be at another event in John Lewis on December the 9th between 6-8, so if you are nearby please pop in.
We are really looking forward to next weekend at Swanton Novers village hall for North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Christmas Fair. North Norfolk Arts and Crafts is a group Norfolk artisan designer-makers, an organisation that supports and promotes artists, designers and craftspeople in East Anglia. Every year there are two fairs when you can come and see then work of these Norfolk makers. It is lovely being at a fair when all the other stallholders design and make all of their products and are all from Norfolk too. It is definitely a fair that we would recommend you come to as there is some absolutely amazing work.
Here are just a few of our 'Top Picks' of what you can see next weekend...
Karen Downing hand throws the most simplistic yet stunning porcelain all in white. We absolutely loved seeing Karen's work at the Summer event, her stand looked absolutely beautiful with little pops of colour from her fresh wild flowers. We are really looking forward to seeing her again next weekend too. https://www.karendowning.co
Abbie Conway will also be there exhibiting her contemporary and unique jewellery. Her work combines precious metals, silver, 18 carat gold, precious stones and plexiglass. We love the pop of colour that Abbie uses in some of her work. We may have to our Abbie Conway jewellery collection...http://www.abbieconway.co.uk
Holkham Forge are a collective of Artisan Blacksmiths based on the beautiful Holkham estate, creating bespoke metalwork. The forge always create a beautiful display at the fairs we have seen them at, so we are looking forward to seeing what they do along with their intricate and amazing work. http://www.holkhamforge.co.uk
We of course will be there too with lots of fantastic Christmas gift ideas, our Christmas collection and lots more...! We really hope to see lots of you there next weekend, the 11th and 12th of November between 10-4 each day at Swanton Covers village hall. https://www.facebook.com/northnorfolkartsandcrafts/
We know it seems so far away, but with November just around the corner we thought we would share with you our range of Christmas textiles and fantastic Christmas cards and wrapping paper. This year Izzi has designed two prints for our festive textiles, our Norfolk Black Turkey design and Robin design, which you can find on our festive tea towels, oven gloves, gauntlets and hob covers. Definitely a must have this Christmas for your kitchen but also would make lovely gifts for friends and family.
Our range of Christmas cards and wrap have already been extremely popular, so don't forget to put your orders in. We will also be selling all of our Christmas products at the various fairs we are going to plus our full range too. You can find us next at Erpingham Christmas fair this Saturday from 10-4, then at North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Christmas Fair on the 11th and 12th of November before heading to Kent for the Wealden Times Mid Winter fair from the 16th to the 18th of November plus lots more. Please take a look at our events page to see where you can find us- https://www.izzirainey.com/izzirainey-events.html We hope to see you before Christmas at one of our events, there is lots to choose from!
We are excited to introduce the lovely Duncan who owns Guist General store, just a few minutes down the road from us in Norfolk! Duncan has a wonderful, shop, tea room and post office in the lovely village of Guist. We pop and see Duncan most days to post our parcels and sometimes grab a homemade cake too! Thank you so much Duncan for joining us...
Please tell us a bit more about Guist General Store?
We are located in the small North Norfolk village of Guist, the village shop & café offers local produce, meals & sandwiches, and essentials to the community. The shop and the post office have always been a feature in the village but the decision to change the range of products that are sold, the style and the tearoom came from observing other village shops and tea rooms in the surrounding villages in Norfolk. It was interesting to see what worked well. We knew we wanted to create a local place for people to come and relax but also somewhere easy for people to stop by too- we hope we've done this! We always have a selection of homemade cakes, fresh sandwiches, cooked breakfasts and delicious coffee too!
You definitely have. We love it in there. Have you always dreamt of owning your own shop?
No, I hadn't ever thought id actually own my own shop and tea room or run a post office! I trained as an accountant and worked in private banking after my training, but I had always like the idea of working for myself and having my own business. When the opportunity came up, I thought I would give it a go, and so far so good!
What we love about Guist General Store is that you stock local products and use local produce for your cooking- is something that is important to you?
Definitely! I stock local artists cards and products- including IzziRainey's range of greetings cards and Cecily May Rose cards too, I have local honey, Adnams (our local wine merchants) wine and beer, local meat and vegetables too. I feel it is important to support local business' from my surrounding area and give them the opportunity to build their own business like I have had the opportunity to build mine. I wanted to create a business that supported the community but also promoted community life too- I feel it is a local platform.
We also have wine tasting evenings at the shop which is lead by Adnams which is based in Norfolk. This again is a great opportunity to promote local business' as the food we provide is all local and of course the wine and beer too!
Well we love it there and would recommend anyone passing by to pop in. You will also find our cards on sale in there too! https://www.facebook.com/guistgeneralstore/
We are back in the studio today after a wonderful weekend at Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace! The Handmade fair is bursting with wonderful workshops, delicious food, lots of wonderful stalls full of handmade products and has the most fantastic atmosphere. The Handmade Fair is a fantastic event showcasing British design and manufacturing, which is something that is very important to us here at IzziRainey. It was great meeting lots of our lovely customers, meeting lots of new stall holders and of course catching up with old ones too. We also had the pleasure of Kirstie coming to our stand to talk about our products and prints, it was lovely to meet her again.
Below is just a little snippet of our time at The Handmade Fair, if you did not make it this year then definitely pop it in the diary for next year.
We absolutely fell in love with these wonderful TillyBob Bunnies. Holly creates these beautiful handmade bunnies in a variety of colourful and different prints. We think these would make such a wonderful gift for a new baby and be one of those toys that children will have for a lifetime. Take a look at Holly's to see her wide range of handmade bunnies- https://tillybob-bunny.myshopify.com
Hello Marilu's stand really caught our eye over the weekend. Her range of quirky hand painted cactus planters, electric range of prints and handmade Christmas decorations were gorgeous and extremely eye catching. We fell in love with her work and even bought two of her prints. Take a look at her website to see her creative lifestyle brand- https://www.hellomarilu.com.
It was great to see Sam and Lottie from Lottie Day- another Norfolk company at the fair too. We love Lottie's illustrated screen prints which have been inspired by our home county of Norfolk. Lottie designs a range of gorgeous homewares- take a look at her website to see her full range- https://www.madebylottieday.com.
We were lucky enough to be opposite the lovely Beth and David from Walter and May. Walter and May is a fantastic selling platform for British designer makers. Beth handpicks beautiful handmade products ranging from gifts to homewares. She has a beautiful range of products- we are lucky enough to sell on her website too! Take a look at Walter and May's website- http://walterandmay.co.uk.
Charlotte Stockley's hand thrown quirky, porcelain tableware was fantastic. We loved the simplistic shapes that she used for her products, making it perfect porcelain for the everyday. Her illustrative designs on the pottery made her work really stand out; her stand looked lovely! http://www.charlottestockley.co.uk/index.html
All in all we had a really great weekend- it's a fantastic event that you should definitely try and get to next year if you can!
Izzi and Lara
IzziRainey is a Norfolk company, based on a farm, designing and manufacturing high quality homeware and interior products within Norfolk and the UK.