20 Apr 2014

Happy Easter

We hope you all have a cracking Easter! I am super excited about finally cracking open my giant Kinder Egg... why can we not have these all year round? Think I might start a petition ;)
I hope you all got something sweet to enjoy the day with too!

18 Apr 2014

Don't Be Afraid To Fail...

If I could give you one piece of advice today, it would be don't be afraid to fail; be afraid not to try.

This week I have been totally consumed with setting up our new Etsy team; whilst I'm really excited to be working on it, I'm super out of my comfort zone! I hope to be networking with as many sellers in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian as possible as well as setting up various events and workshops so we can help each other build stronger businesses and a better community for our makers ... I've never done anything quite like it before, but great things only come from leaving your comfort zone! 

I'm delighted to share that I have just been selected alongside 30 other Etsy Team Captains in the UK to attend the London Summit with Etsy this May... With over thousands team captains contacted to apply for the event and some stiff competition, I couldn't believe it when I got the email saying I had been picked! 

So, I'm looking forward to getting our team on its feet, and setting up various events and workshops with my lovely new team leaders and I'm going to make the most of being out of my comfort zone. I hope this little artwork inspires you to try something new today too!
I'll be sharing everything I learn from the event with you as soon as I'm back... I can't wait to get stuck in so keep your eyes peeled and watch this space :D

16 Apr 2014

What I wore... to the Grand Prix at Monte Carlo

Fancy a ride? Haha! Ok ok, unfortunately I wasn't in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix ... in fact this was the fastest machine I rode whilst I was in town, but it's a pretty sweet ride none the less, right?!

I wore my summery watermelon dress for this lovely little day trip. It's delicious! It's by SugarHill Boutique and it was an exclusive design for Oliver Bonas but I think they're all gone now (sorry!) It's got a pleated skirt going on which is really popular right now, but I find these kinds of dresses always need a good belt on them. It looks a little bare with just a seam on your waistline!

Being only away for a few days, you'll notice that my black cardigan and polka dot shoes were both worn in my last blog post... They might be simple, but they go with everything, see? That's the most important thing to learn about fashion - invest in a few key pieces in your wardrobe that can match up with lots of your clothes. If I can ever afford anything from Chanel, it will be a key piece that you'll never see me taking off! 

It just goes to show, a girl on a budget can do lots of things if she sets her mind to it ;)
If you missed my blog post on our Top 5 Things To Do In Monte Carlo, you can catch up here

15 Apr 2014

Edinburgh Etsy Team

Hello Edinburgers! We're super proud to share that we've been asked by Etsy to set up a brand new team for our community... we've named it the Edinburgh Etsy Team and we're incredibly excited about what's to come! This will be our little hub for learning, promoting and improving our Etsy stores as well as being great place to share upcoming information and events (as well as any relevant things like business talks and craft fairs etc)... Exactly what our little city needs! 

We'd love to build a really strong community for our local makers and try and get to know as many of you as possible. If you're based in our wonderful city and have started an Etsy shop, we'd love to have you on our team! Please sign yourself up here and keep your eye out on the forum as we'll be hosting our first ever Makers Meet Up in the very near future. This will give us all a chance to finally get to know one another and collectively decide what type of support we'd like to get from Etsy to help us get the most from our shops. Sounds good, right?

Want to get involved?
I'm currently looking for a few motivated makers who'd like to help out by becoming one of our Team Leaders... If you're interested, shoot me an email and let me know! Together we will be working alongside Etsy and using the various educational tools from the Etsy School to help share the knowledge and support our team. We've got plans to host a pop up shop for the team at the end of the year and maybe some super fun crafting events to get our creative juices flowing as well... we're going to need your help as it's going to be epic :D The more active our team is, the more incredible our shops are all going to become, so let's get stuck in!

Can't wait to meet you all and hope you're as excited as we are!
Vicky & David 

14 Apr 2014

Hidden Door Exhibition, Edinburgh

While we were away on holiday, Edinburgh unveiled an incredible installation art exhibition called Hidden Door on Market Street. Fortunately the day we came home we had just enough time to pop down and get a quick look before the show closed, which we were both really excited about!

The show took place in the old empty archways that lead to Waverley Station. These little spaces have been boarded up for years and never opened to the public before, so it was really great to finally take a peek inside. Edinburgh's old town is infamously haunted so I suspect these dark, damp cellars have some pretty great stories behind them! 

Disappointingly this will be the only time these spaces have ever been enjoyed by the public in recent years. Our fabulous artists managed to get in here and bring 9 days of installations, art, music, poetry and performance before the council replace them with shop units and other ugly things that we probably don't need (another tiny supermarket perhaps?)

After making such an amazing discovery, we can't help but feel quite frustrated and bitter about the new decisions. Why can't we have more shows like this in our city? We clearly have a lot of incredible artists with all kinds of different backgrounds that just need a little bit of space to show you their talents. 

I'd hate to think about the level of planning and permission that went into running this event, but with so many passionate people behind it you can see how well their time and efforts paid off. In the evenings there were a series of bands playing gigs in one set of archways, in another there was a cinema... not to mention all the beautiful paintings, videos, and odd collections behind each wooden doorway along the road too. 

To come home from holiday to discover this transformation was incredibly inspiring. Not only does it make us want to experiment more with the mediums we use when creating our own artworks, but it makes us think about how we're utilising our spaces too. I want to find tiny hidden spots to shove some art in too! 

Each room felt like stepping into someone else's mind. One room had a twisting corridor that was pitch black inside so you had to feel the walls to be able to navigate through it. It was a bit like being blind! Another was full of pianos that you could go in and play - I imagine these created quite a racket whilst we were away!

I think my favourite room would be the one that had half a circle of film projected onto the back wall. The artist had filled a shallow tank of water on the floor of the cellar and, when the room was completely dark, you could see a full circle of film. You felt like you were floating! It was really beautiful - I wish I had caught the makers name because it's someone I would love to research!

Overall, we had a wonderful visit during our short time there. I would have loved to been able to share this post for more of you to go and see it before it ended... hopefully Edinburgh's big wigs will see the value in hosting these types of events and start doing them more often.

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in and helped organise Hidden Door  - you've all been an inspiration to us! We can't wait to see what wonderful things you come up with next...