Norwich Makers Market – Easter 2014

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Yesterday it was one of our crafting highlights, the Norwich Makers Market! The Spring fair always falls close to Easter, so many of the stalls cracked out bunting, bunnies and lots of chocolate treats to keep the kids entertained. It was great to see some new exhibitors with us this Spring, and I was lucky enough to be sitting right next to Yogi who sell the most amazing handmade soaps. The heady scents of lavender and lemon were wafting through the hall all day!

I set up stall nice and early, but as usual people couldn’t help popping in early to have a peep at what we’re up to. Luckily, it was such a glorious sunny day, and everyone seemed in good spirits.

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First thing’s first was our Porcelain Animal Range, our very latest collection. This was the first time these little critters had been available to the public, usually they’re just on the website! There was lots of interest, with someone suggesting that I should make an aardvark! Now there’s an idea…

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Also new were these Ladybird Brooches- I made these a while back for a press launch, and they went into the goody bags. Had a few left over so thought some of the public might like these little guys. I particularly love how vibrant they looked on my new teal tablecloth.

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The whole PinPinFinds stall in all it’s glory. Usually I would use crates and boxes to add height to the stall, but I was without a car this time, a bit of a pain. But I’m pretty impressed that I managed to haul all of this there myself!

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Our Gigantic Moth and Butterfly necklaces caught a lot of people’s attention. The Yellow Shell moth being a firm favourite because of all the intricate patterns on it’s wings. Each one is custom made to order, so not found on the website (yet). If you’d like one they’re £36, just send an email to: pinpincreations@gmail.com

All in all, the market was lovely. The vibe is always fantastic and the venue as stunning as always. We’re hoping to get into Cluttercity again soon so do keep your eyes peeled!

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Under the Magnolias

It’s that time of the year again- spring is well and truly on the way and we adore all of the wonderful flowers that seem to be cropping up lately. My neighbour has the most gorgeous magnolia tree in his garden, and Hyacinths and Crocuses have been popping up everywhere!

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Of course, that means updating our wardrobes-this season there has been a massive uprising of pastel shades- especially mint green. If pastels drown you out, why not try something really wild like coral or hot pink- both these colours have been spotted on the Burberry Prorsum & Fendi Spring catwalks.

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As for accessories, we think our Porcelain Animal range truly captures to pastel shades and wonderful calmness of spring! The full range will be up on the website soon, once our lovely photographer has all the images snapped! 🙂

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Norwich Fashion Week also starts on March 6th, so I’m super excited to be making some HUGE Butterfly and Moth necklaces especially to wear at the shows. The Designer Show and Retailer Show are set to be extra special this year as Mercedez-Benz will be their sponsor. I can’t wait to see some fresh new talent hitting the catwalk this year. If you spot me, come say hi ! We’d love to see what you’re wearing on the FROW!

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Do keep checking back, as soon we’ll be opening our concession stand at Boutique Fusions- a new 5 story department store stocking only independent designers. Its a breath of fresh air as far as I’m concerned, and there will be some truly inspirational brands taking that first leap into running their own business full time. Sounds daunting, but is actually very exciting indeed!

Autumn is finally here!

It seems like just yesterday I was licking an ice-cream and basking on a sunny beach. Those days are totally over, so I’ve overhauled PinPinFinds to a more autumnal layout. Hope you guys like it!

This is our brand new autumn banner!

 

And an overview of the whole page!

You’ll also be glad to hear that we’ll be doing our first ever photoshoot soon with our fantastic photographer Emily-Jane Morgan. Her work has been featured in PHOTGRAPHY magazine, and she hasn’t even graduated university yet! You can find all her amazing imagery here: Emily Jane Morgan Photography

We are also working with the beautiful models Panayis Yiasimi (tattooed dude with a passion for music) and Pip Cross, who, despite her young age, has a fantastic portfolio of shots.

Pop Art millianer Pearls & Swine will be providing an alluring array of fascinators, masks and headresses for us too!

Keep your eyes peeled for the photos- they will be cropping uphere as well as on our Twitter and Facbook feeds. Behind the scenes shots will also be on Instagram (@pinpinfinds). Just type in “pinpinfinds” to google and you’ll find everything! Or use the handy animals on the sidebar to this blog! ;D

We are also excited to announce that we are currently working on a catalogue, which will be powered by Issuu- coming out every 3 months (seasonally) it will have some gorgeous photos of our new lines, lovely lifestyle shots, and we are considereing stocking wholesale too! All wonderfully exciting things!

I’ll leave you with a few images of our latest products from our Instagram feed, hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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Mega Key Necklace- one of a kind!

Big love for the Dove in a Hat ring!

3 days – The best of Norwich!

I have had such a great time this week! On Friday it was the Olympic Torch relay, Saturday was the Lord Mayors Procession and Sunday was the Nowich Lanes Fayre. Phew! What a week!

I think it’s safe to say that Norwich has so much to offer. Not only an amazing range of cultural events, but also an array of fantastic independent retailers who are proving that you don’t need to put up with the deja vu of huge retail chains. So here’s to celebrating the independent:

Face-painting at Arts Desire. The shop runs a range of craft sessions and also sells a beautiful range of handmade an british-made goodies. You can follow then on twitter: @artsdesireuk

Stunning vintage and retro finds from Prim Vintage on St Benedicts- a fabulous boutique with two floors of gorgeous shoes, clothing and acessories from days-gone-by. You can follow them on twitter: @primvintage

The blissful Bicycle Shop, which is actually a bar. Experience delicious local food in a quirky setting. They support local bands too, with their underground lounge. Great people, great food and great atmosphere. You can follow all their shinnanigans on twitter

Butterfly Giveaway!

Hello there everyone!

Been hectic at PinPinFinds, as we have moved our HQ! We currently have a giveaway that you can join in with on our Facebook page! To join in simply head here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PinPinFinds/283058735038804?ref=tn_tnmn

One lucky winner will be chosen at random and could win this gorgeous necklace!

We also have a new line in store, which features gorgeous laser-cut and printed butterflies, and have booked a stall at Norwich Maker Market to showcase all our goodies! If you’d like to join in for an afternoon of crafts, cupcakes, bunting and gorgeous gifts then head to their facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/220867528022682/

On top of that, we’ve added a few more products to the website, to see them all just head to: http://pinpinfinds.storenvy.com/

Cat Ears Ring $8.00

Whistle Necklace (really whistles!) $15.00

Wolf Earrings $6.00

Geek Glasses Necklace $8.00

Carousel Necklace $12.00

Hope to see you all at Norwich makers Market, and join in with our fabulous giveaway! See you next time, you gorgeous people you! x

Strictly from the Hart

“My name is actually Tia. My mother’s name was Karen Hart. She passed away in 1996, when I was only 13. I decided to name my business after her, to keep her memory alive for myself and for my children.”

And this is how Hart of Karen was born, Tia now carries on her mother’s name by making a rainbow of beautiful hair ribbons, headbands and tutus that any girl would be happy to wear. Each one is lovingly handmade by Tia, who is not only a crafter but is also a mother of two wonderful children.

“I started creating different flowers and such for my own daughter just about a year ago. I just got tired of only seeing one demintional daises. A couple months later I started making hair bows. It has just grown from there. I had friends ask for me to make things for them, this inspired me to create a fan page on Facebook as well as a store on Storenvy.”
What strikes me about Hart of Karen is the amazing feeling of comfort and nostalgia- any woman who used to play dress up when they were little will adore this shop. Perfect for mums and girls alike, Tia is inspired by the world around her:
“My inspiration comes from current trends mostly. What is in as far as colors and big boutiques. My style is unique, in that I don’t re-create other looks. I try to be completely unique in my own right.”
Tia will gladly take custom orders for you, so you can have your own customised hairpiece or tutu. You can find her enchanting store at hartofkaren.storenvy.com – and you can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Just search “Hart of Karen”.