Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Marbling Workshop at Drink Shop Do London Monday 15th Feb.

Ever wanted to try out marbling or is your New Years Resolution to learn a new crafty skill?

Well now you can, because i'm doing my first ever workshop at Drink Shop Do on Monday 15th Feb eeeeeek! I'm nervous and excited all at the same time.

The workshop will guide you through the basics of how to marble onto paper and fabric. You will get to experiment with fun patterns and colour. Making your own marbled greeting cards and paper that can be used for book binding or gift wrap yippee. 
You can buy tickets here I really hope you can make it.
I can't wait to see all your lovely crafty faces for marbling fun times and maybe a cheeky slice of Drink Shop Do's awesome cake and a few cocktails.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Getting Ready For Spring

I don't know about you but the exciting arrival of spring has left me and my little flat feeling dusty and grey. We decided it was time for some early summer fun, can I put my sandals on yet?

Introducing our new hand printed textiles featuring pineapples, watermelons and cacti.  
The prints are now available in cushion covers and tea towels over on our Etsy site. 

Yippeee, ice creams and frozen margaritas all round… Hope you like them. 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

2014 A Year Of Firsts

I'm sorry it's taken me a whole 2 months to update the blog. Christmas was way busier than I could have imagined, so everything apart from sewing bow ties went out the window. 
It being the start of the new year I am full of good intentions to be super organised and keep you up to date with all things Pup Tart, starting with a look back at the year that was 2014. Lets see if I can manage it :-). 

2014 was a year of big changes and lots of firsts for myself and Pup Tart.

The first time I visited a super tropical island.

At the beginning of last year I went on a totally tropical month long adventure to Thailand. We started in Bangkok and then flew down to Koh Samui where we swam and scootered our way across Koh Phanang and Koh Tao. So many coconut shakes were consumed and this trip was the inspiration behind starting Pup Tart Handmade, I returned home ready to tie dye my ass off. 

The first time we sold something on Etsy.

In April we launched Pup Tart Handmade, my own little Etsy shop. The first few days you spend waiting for that sale is a bit scary. I was so excited the night someone all the way over in the USA bought a pink tie dye bandana. Etsy has been such a great experience for me, I've sent out orders all over the world. Making custom pieces for Australian weddings, USA babies and Kittens moving to Japan.    

The first time we joined Not On The High Street.

In June I was accepted to join Not On The High Street, this was such a game changer for my little business. Before I joined the majority of my sales had been international, Not On The High Street introduced us to a new bunch of lovely customers right here in the UK.

The first time we got press and I went to Africa.

In late summer Indy's little face was on the Independent website and since then she's been spotted all over the place including the Guardian online and even Instyle Germany!!
In an effort to rest up before Christmas, and get a bit of september sun. I went to visit my boyfriend who was working in Marrakech. Did you know it's home to one of the worlds best ever water parks! I shopped a lot and came home with a suitcase full of baskets, poufs, Moroccan oil and indigo dye. 

The first time I went to Renegade.

Being selected for Renegade and The Crafty Fox market was a super air punch moment for us. The nerves soon took over from excitement though, as I'd had had a few quiet fairs in the Autumn. I was starting to wonder if my new pieces would ever sell.  
After a some sleepless nights and lots of marbling the Renegade Craft Fair arrived and exceeded my expectations. It felt like being on a fun craft camp, everyone was so friendly. I got to chat to lots of lovely customers and made some ace friends who previously had lived inside Instagram. It was like meeting celebrities. Renegade posted a picture of our stall up on Insagram which was amazing and doubled our followers in one day. I was so sad on the Monday when it was all over.

The first time I went to the Crafty Fox Market.

The Crafty Fox was a market I'd always wanted to take part in. I'd visited the Peckham one last year with friends so when I got selected to sell my wares there I was super excited. We had been at a wedding out of London for a few days before so getting enough stock ready was a challenge but I had enough glitter bags so all was well. I couldn't believe how busy it was, I got to meet lots of lovely customers and make some more stall buddies. 

The first christmas and The Not On The High Street christmas catalogue.

Our first proper christmas was a haze of bow ties and tipi making. We were super lucky to have one of our tipis in the Not On The High Street christmas catalogue. I had never seen so many orders before and never made so many bow ties. My tiny flat was filled with boxes, bits of thread and tartan scraps. Poor supermodel pooch Indy we almost forgot her birthday we were so busy. 

So that was 2014. This time last year Pup Tart looked completely different so I am excited to see what happens in 2015. There's lots of exciting new products planned and a shiny new website eek. 

I'd like to say a huge thank you to my friends and family for being super supportive, staying up late with me making orders and bringing me treats when I don't have time to go out. I'd also like to say another huge thanks to everyone who placed an order, posted a photo, wrote a lovely review or taken a chance on us and made my little business dreams come true. Without you guys i'm just a crazy lady making pompoms and taking pictures of her dog.

Happy New Year Pup Tart Buddies  x x x 

To say an even bigger thank you you can use this code for 15% off our Etsy shop until the end of January.


Friday, 3 October 2014

New Product: Tuti Fruti Friday

Hey hey, happy Friday everyone. To celebrate the weekend i've been busy making some new pieces available on our Etsy site and I'll be at the of Cabbages and Kings Market in Stoke Newington all weekend 10am-5pm. Our stall will be filled with the usual, tie dye tote bags and bow ties, plus new tipis, marbled cards, gift wrap and these super fun hand marbled tuti fruiti cushions:

Pineapple buddies

Watermelon family

Mini plushies

The cactus family

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Fabric Baskets

Inspired by an amazing holiday to Marrakech I bring you our new fabric baskets. Perfect for storing all your bits and bobs. We love using them as pot holders for our houseplants. My favourite is the teeny black and white one it's so cute. Available in two colour ways - handprinted or tie dyed and three sizes. Every basket is dyed, printed and stitched by hand, making each one a unique piece. 
Available here at our Etsy store.

Hand printed cotton baskets £5-£9

So cute.

What will you put in yours?

Hand tie dyed denim baskets £6-£10

DIY How To Marble

Last weekend I was super excited when my marbling kit arrived. This was a chance to try a fresh new way of creating patterns and then who knows maybe some new products for Christmas. 
I had always been a bit intimidated by the process thinking there was way to many steps for my patience. Mixing the special bath for the inks and treating the fabric or paper before hand... No thanks.
Turns out its not that hard and you get fun, pretty results. Whats not to like.

You're going to need: 

A marbling kit (I got a Jacquard one from ebay) it includes: 
  • Alum - mordent for treating the fabric and paper.
  • Methocel - this makes your marbling base or "size".
  • Set of marbling inks.
Then you should get:
  • A bowl and whisk for mixing the marbling size.
  • A bucket and sponge for treating your fabric and paper
  • Spoon measurers and a measuring jug.
  • A shallow tray 2"-3" deep, with enough room to layout your fabric or paper.
  • Straws or eye droppers to apply inks.
  • Newspaper combs, skewers or rakes for creating swirly marbling patterns ( I like to use my trusty pom pom making fork).

Step One: Prepare your fabric or paper.

Dissolve 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons of of alum powder into 1 litre of warm water. 

Fabric: For best results use a pre washed fabric. Soak your fabric in the alum water and leave for about 20 minutes wring out and let dry. Iron fabric before marbling being careful not to scorch the fabric.

Paper: Sponge alum solution onto one side of your paper and let it dry on a flat surface. make sure you remember what side you coated, thats your marbling side.

Step Two: Prepare your "size".

Carefully mix 4 tablespoons of methocel powder into 1 litre of warm water. Make sure it's all mixed in this is where the whisk comes in handy. Transfer your size into the marbling tray and leave to set for approximately 30 minutes you should have a jelly like liquid in the tray.

Step Three: It's Marbling time.

Yay its finally time to get creative, start dropping your inks into the size making sure you do this as close to the surface as you can this will stop the inks from sinking to the bottom. Some colours will spread out faster than others. Once you've got your colours begin swirling and drawing the inks around using your fork or combs creating lots of lovely pattern.

Step Four: Time to dip.

Carefully lay your fabric or paper onto the "size" (the middle of the fabric should touch first) being careful not to get any air bubbles. Leave for a few seconds and then remove, rinse with warm water. You should be left with some pretty cool patterns. Hang out to dry. 
Cover "size" in newspaper to clean and the start again.

Here's my favourite creation from my new marbling obsession.

If you give marbling a try I'd love to see the results just tag us on Instagram. Check out my new marbled products on our Etsy site.