Every year at Little Otter Markets, I try to ensure that we have new makers in our lineup so you are always discovering fresh, exciting work. This year, we have a product launch at our Christmas markets, as Rhiwbina based maker Sian Mayer aka boodiebags, launches her range of beautiful handbags and accessories at Penarth's Handmade Market.
boodiebags are made from 100% wool felt and come in a range of tones. Beautifully lined with cotton fabric, you can choose which combination of felt and fabric you would like, making your bag truly unique.
I asked Sian to tell us a little bit about herself and how she spends her Christmas.....
It's great to have you on board Sian! Tell us a little bit about your work...
I am a compulsive creator - my lifelong obsession with making stuff has recently evolved into 'boodiebags'. My bags are handmade with 100% natural wool felt and 100% love. Using natural tones and fabrics with a colourful twist and a sense of fun, boodiebags are ideal for practical,stylish individuals.
What do you love about Christmas?
What I love most about Xmas is the smell of a real Xmas tree - and laughing at my husband for the whole 12 days as he tries to shoo the cat out from under its branches when it's time for him to go out (the cat, not the husband!)
How do you spend Christmas?
I spend Xmas drinking prosecco and regretting saying yes to those last two Brussels sprouts.
What's the worst present you've ever been given?
In my college days, a friend gave me a beautiful handmade mohair jumper - loved it -until I put it on! I nearly itched to death and I could never get to enjoy it.
What's your favourite Christmas song?
'White Christmas' - as sung by 'The Ronettes' - and a bit of Michael Bublé is OK too!
Come and discover the complete Boodie Bags range at Penarth's Handmade Market and Rhiwbina's Handmade Market this Christmas.
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.