If this blog post were a library book, I’d be liable to pay some hefty long overdue fines!
Last month, as part of a pact my business partner & pal, Clare Nicolson made to ‘get out and about more’, we hosted a pop-up library event feature at one of London’s biggest indie shopping shindigs – The BUST Craftacular.
The project unravelled, just as some of the best ones often do, kind of by accident. A fleeting idea developed into a Proper Idea and with a little help from our crafty pals in London Town, the library was soon fully stocked with the best craft titles of 2011 AND we managed to recruit a gaggle of amazing authors to take part.
Clare is the design whizz of our little Made in the Shade duo and boy, oh boy, did she bring my geekfest library dreams to life! Never short of a great idea, Clare’s also pretty amazing when it comes to interpreting my own gobbledigook visions and madcap design notions. Everything from our library cards (actually discount cards for our online shop) to our book plate receipts (date stamped – of course!) and pretty book bags, librarian badges, banners and signage turned out just as I’d hoped.
To have Jazz Domino Holly, Tatty Devine, The Craftivist Collective and Cicada Books all involved in our little library was quite something. I was proud to place my copies of The Busy Girl’s Guide To Sewing alongside some of the best craft titles of 2011. Pretty neat, y’know, if I may say so myself.
I shall, for the moment, spare you the usual chat about the Megabus journey – but if you happened upon my Carrie Not The Kind Of Girl You’d Marry Facebook page during the trip, you’ll have been treated to some mental commentary from a sleep deprived eejit about some mental, equally sleep deprived eejit co-passengers.
I thought you might like to see some of the brilliant photographs Beardy took on the day…