Barry based Paula of p& d designs has become a familiar face at Little Otter Events, showcasing her beautiful range of textile jewellery and accessories. I caught up with Paula to discover what is on her studio table at the moment and how her preparation for the busy Christmas season is going...
How was your summer Paula?
I had a great summer. Being my own boss means that I pretty much do the bare minimum work wise through the school holidays as I'm looking after my boys full time, which can be difficult trying to juggle things but I also appreciate how lucky that makes me. We hung out at the beach, went camping with friends and family and generally spent as much time outdoors as possible.
What were your highlights?
Probably our camping holiday in Cornwall, even despite the fact that we had poor weather! I grew up there so it will always have a special place in my heart. Also my husband & I both turned 40(eeek!) so we had quite a few celebrations with family and friends.
How did it go at the Norwegian Church? Will you be back there in October?
It went really well and we've had some very positive comments from customers. The church always attracts such a lovely diverse mix of overseas and local visitors so it's a pleasure chatting to different people when taking my turn to man the shop. Yes, I'll be back in October, the shop will be open from Monday 8th until Sunday 21st and then again from mid November right up until the 23rd December.
What are you working on at the moment/any new products?
So many things! I'm busy making stock for my Winter markets and growing my new Contrast Collection.
How is your Christmas season shaping up? What events are you doing?
I'm thrilled to be back at Penarth and Rhiwbina's Handmade Markets, along with both the Cardiff Etsy Team's event at The Tramshed and the Hereford Etsy Team's market at The Left Bank. I've also got applications for stalls out with other events and pop up shops so it's certainly going to be a busy one, but that's all good!
What are you looking forward to this Christmas?
I love seeing everyone's new products and displays at the Christmas markets but once all of the above events are over and done with, I can't wait to have fun with my boys and relax with the family, G&T firmly in hand!
Come and meet Paula at Penarth's Handmade Market on Sunday 18th November and Rhiwbina's Handmade Market on Sunday 25th November. For contact details, visit the p&d designs directory page.
I am so excited to launch our online directory this weekend on our Little Otter Events website.
Since the very first Rhiwbina's Handmade Market back in November 2013, I have been approached by people who came to an event, got home and regretted not getting the contact details for a maker. Over the years, I have been asked for details of "the maker with the brown hair who was by the stage". Or for "the lady who sold beautiful silver jewellery and had a stall in the hall".
I love that people get in touch, and often ask me for contacts and ideas on who to approach if they have a gift in mind. So this weekend, I have launched an exciting new venture that I have been working on for a while - the Little Otter Events online directory.
The directory is a carefully curated collection of makers who produce the high quality of work that you have come to expect at Little Otter Events.
Each maker has their own page showcasing their work, all the contact details you need to get in touch with them, and then a little bit about the maker so that you get to know the face behind the brand.
One of the very best things about coming along to a Little Otter Event (apart from the cake!) is the opportunity to chat to makers and get to know them. I wanted the directory to reflect this and I hope that you enjoy getting to know this talented bunch.
The directory is very much a live venture - so content will change as more makers come on board or existing makers add new products.
I will be blogging with gift inspiration every week including ideas for those special Mums as Mothers' Day is fast approaching. So keep in touch with us over social media to be the first to hear about promotions and events from our talented makers.
I'm so excited that we are returning to the beautiful Paget Rooms tomorrow for our Mothers' Day special Penarth's Handmade Market.
Tomorrow this hall will be full of stalls from some fabulous makers. There will be so much talent in the room and I can't wait to see what everyone has been working on.
Upstairs, Lucy from Dippy Egg will be running a watercolour workshop where attendees will have a go at painting a rose and then making a special card to take away with them. I'm looking forward to seeing how they get on.
David & Fiona from Wern Ganol Smallholding are running a popup cafe too serving cream teas, a delicious selection of home bakes and hot & cold drinks too.
I hope that you can join us! Doors are open 11-4. Here's a selection of some of the amazing work you will discover.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.