I love this time of year. The slight chill to the air returns, the conkers on the horse chestnut tree outside my house are almost ready to drop, and my girls have gone back to school so I can return my attention to my blog!
Our directory makers have been working hard all summer long, and many are already busy preparing their Christmas ranges. I know it is too early for some people for me to mention the C word but I have been working on our November events since January this year so I feel that C is just around the corner.
Here is a roundup of the latest news from our talented directory makers. Remember you can find out more about them and their work over on the directory.
Quil from Love & Lovelier is busy preparing for two new workshops! Two separate dates to make your own pennant flag. Daytime at Cobbles Kitchen and Deli in Ogmore-by-Sea 12th Sep OR evening at Umber & Sienna in Taffs Well 17th Sep.
Head over to Love & Lovelier website to book!
Lovely Melanie Constantinou is baking up a storm ahead of her return to the Abergavenny Food Festival on 15th & 16th September. Now in its twentieth year, the festival has grown so much since it started back in 1999 and is now one of THE annual foodie events to visit in the UK. As well as loads of yummy food stalls, there is a whole programme of activities and food demos. Visit the AFF website to find out more.
Mel will be selling her amazing range of baked goods all created in her kitchen in Llantwit, including her famous bara brith, persian rocky road and chocolate brownies. Yummy. (I'm in the photo above with Mel from a few years ago!)
Hayley from Zac & Bella has been busy recruiting brand reps to help her promote her fabulous range of children's clothes and accessories. Here are just some of the crew! To find out more about becoming a Zac and Bella brand rep, visit Zac & Bella's instagram feed.
Alys aka The Pocket Pirate will be showcasing her range in Kington for @herefordshireartweek open studios 8th - 16th September, 11am - 5pm. More details & directions, visit the Herefordshire Art week page on Facebook.
Susannah Bulpin aka oh! Susannah is busy working on her Christmas range of cards, stationery and accessories. Susannah will be at both Little Otter Events Christmas markets in November so come along and get your Christmas cards and wrap!
Lise from Tommelise Danish Design has been working really hard juggling a new job and her handmade business. This is a bespoke order for an XL washbag with handles which she sent out to a lucky new owner this week. It's made with a beautiful ditzy gorgeous red, pink and mint blooms glossy oilcloth and has a wipeclean lining of course. If you would like to order a bespoke accessory from Lise, get in touch with her asap! Details on the directory.
Elena Floarea of Lolo's Cake Away is already getting enquiries for 2019 Wedding Cake bookings! Every year in September they get a wave of enquiries for 2019 💕 👰 🎊 Elena advises that if you want to book your date with them be fast and secure it with a deposit! She cannot hold dates without a deposit.
Remember that Summer dates, especially weekends will book the fastest. So email Elena today if you are planning a 2019 wedding! firstname.lastname@example.org
And remember friends of Little Otter Events get a 20% discount.
Sara of Seascape Curiosities has created some beautiful new additions to her range this month including these gorgeous bee themed purses. Find out more on her facebook page. Sara will be joining us in Penarth and Rhiwbina this November and I can't wait to see the new range.
Alex from Stitch City has been working on new wall hangings to add to her beautiful range of embroidery, stitched and illustrated products. Alex will be at Rhiwbina's Handmade Market on Sunday 25th November. Find out more about Alex on her directory page.
I wear my bracelet from Lou Gray Jewellery every day and I am sure the lucky recipient of this beauty will do the same. Lou made this bespoke sterling silver flat profile bangle with more traditional engraving on the inside and a little sunflower on the outer. How pretty. To get in touch with Lou, visit her directory page.
It has been a busy summer for Paula of p&d designs as she has been juggling spending time with her two small sons and manning the gallery giftshop at the Norwegian Church, where she is currently showcasing her range alongside 11 other artisan makers. The Church is open daily 10.30 until 4pm but be quick as the gift shop closes 17th September until it returns later in October.
After visiting her parents back in Denmark this summer where she had a few photo shoots booked in, Marie Palbom has returned to the UK and has a busy autumn lined up. As she is entering the busiest season of the year with lots of autumn shoots, Marie advises if you are looking for a shoot before Christmas to get in touch with her ASAP to secure a weekend spot 🙌🏼 Details on her directory page.
Last but by no means least, Lynda Shell has been busy welcoming her new addition to the family Stanley. He is just the cutest puppy! Follow Lynda on instagram for more cute pictures. Lynda will be joining us at both Little Otter Events this Christmas with her beautiful range of bags and accessories. Have a look at her work on her directory page.
That's it for now! Make sure you are following Little Otter Events on Facebook and instagram for all the latest news.
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.