Friday, 21 June 2013

Washing Days Made Beautiful With a Handmade Peg Bag

Well hello and wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to the latest edition of the Tigerlily Makes Blog. Today is a very exciting day for me as I launch one of my favourite designs... the Regalily Wash Days Peg Bag.

This stunning peg bag has been handmade with the best quality ethically sourced wool felt fabric, with feature trims and handmade roses. The peg bag comes complete with hanger and 6 hand painted, co-ordinated wooden dolly pegs.

It comes in a range of colours and will be available from the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham from the 1st July 2013. It will be available online at a later date.

The Handmade Boutique is a collective of midlands based designers who have teamed up to fill this wonderful shop full to bursting with unique and original gifts, home wares, vintage furniture, children's clothing, soaps, candles and so much more.

But for now I will leave you with a sneak peek at the peg bag itself.




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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Todays Featured Handmade Buttons are the Vntage Lilalia Buttons

Well a wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcome to the latest edition of the Tigerlily Blog.

Today I thought I would share another stunning button set in the Tigerlily Makes and Button It (please see the post below for the story of this beautiful collaboration)collaborations range. Todays featured button set is the Vintage Lilalia Bag Button set. Each button has been lovingly handmade with the original artwork for the actual real life Vintage Lilalia bag. I think the colours are fantastic and I love the way the bag and the colours pop on this vanilla ceramic button.

So I will leave you with the button set itself and the original felt bag which is available in a make your own kit on our website.

Vintage Lilalia Handmade Buttons
 
Vintage Lilalia Felt Bag Making Kit

Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com   www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk   www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes   www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes  

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Buttons! Buttons! More Buttons and Buttons Galore!!

Well hello and a warm woolly welcome to the latest edition of the TM blog! For those of you who follow our page you will know that I have been collaborating with another amazing designer  for quite sometime, to bring you an exclusive and unique product.

That product comes in the form of a handmade ceramic button made by the wonderfully talented Skye at Button It and... Tigerlily Makes original designs and artwork. This collaboration is a fusion of handmade made and original artwork and designs, it has created the perfect partnership between two passionate designers, to bring about a really unique overall design.

These collaborative buttons are exclusive to Tigerlily Makes and Button it... we are the only two authorised sellers in the UK.  They are not available for wholesale and they are limited editions, which means that they are produced on very short runs and are collectors items.

We are launching 10 designs to start with... but there will be more.

The main collectors edition is the one pictured below Which is the Lily the Lamb range of buttons, these will have more Lily's dressed in gorgeous outfits over the coming months, so you may just want to bag yourself these designer beauties right from the outset as I have mentioned before they will not be mass produced.

The wonderful thing about this collaboration is that Skye and I met purely by chance through an eBay transaction would you believe!! Several years on we have become the best of friends and have worked very hard to bring you a bespoke collection of designer handmade buttons.

So I will leave you with a picture of Lily and a couple of other designs and for more designs in the range please visit the Facebook page.

Lily the Lamb Handmade Buttons

Vintage Lilalia Handmade Buttons

Vintage Tea Handmade Button

Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com   www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk   www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes   www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes  

Friday, 14 June 2013

Dilly's Daff's A Daffodil Ready To Go Tea Cosy has just arrived...

Well hello and wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to our latest edition of the TM blog!

Today I thought it would nice to share one of the very latest in the designer handmade range that, will be making its way to the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham.

Introducing Dilly's Daffs a Daffodil handmade tea cosy. This range comes in a range of colour ways and is made with beautiful vintage and vintage style fabric linings and the very best quality wool felt.  It features a uniquely designed daffodil style applique and is just one design in a range of tea cosy designs coming to the boutique.

As always all of Tigerlily Makes ranges are made with a high standard.  Care and attention is always given to source ethically considerate materials for use in the making and design process.

So I hope you like the new design and help me celebrate its launch very soon.


But for now keeeeeeeeeeeeeeep felting!

Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com  www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk   www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes   www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes  

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Hang your Heartalily Handmade Heart Card

Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! Wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to our latest edition of the Tigerlily Towers blog!

Back again with another sneak peep at another of our lovely handmade designer ranges available at the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham on the 1st July 2013...

As with all our card here at Tigerlily Towers, they are made with 100% recycled card and envelope, ethically sourced wool felt and unique and creative designs. Each card comes in a protective cello bag and retails at £4.50.

But for now have a lovely heartalily day!


Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com   www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk   www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes   www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes  

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Fabulous, Feltastic Felt Making Tea Cosy Kits...

Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! Wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to our latest edition of the Tigerlily Towers blog!

So here we are with another of our lovely handmade designer ranges available at the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham on the 1st July 2013...

Today its all about tea, tea and more tea if you please and very properly done if I may say so. This one is for all of you tea lovers out there who like to make, make and make some more... not only tea but making and creating lovely things for your home!

Introducing two lovely tea cosy kits, the Dilly Dally Daisy Tea in lovely blue and pastel floral tones and the Regalily's Time for Afternoon Tea kit. Both kits come with full instructions, re-usable printed template, re-usable plastic template, all the lovely wools and full colour step by step photographic instruction's Making felt from scratch is so much fun and it allows you to make fantastic seamless items without the need for sewing, stitching, knitting or crochet! Yes it really is amazing! So these two kits amongst others will be available from the boutique... you will need a piece of nylon netting, and bamboo blind or bubble wrap. There is a basic how to guide along with other useful video's on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/tigerlilymakes.

But for now keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep felting!




Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes

Friday, 7 June 2013

Hang your Heartalily... handmade decorative hearts...

Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! Wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to our latest edition of the Tigerlily Towers blog!

So here we are with another sneak peep at another of our lovely handmade designer ranges available at the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham on the 1st July 2013...

Well today I thought we would talk about our much loved and talked about handmade decorative hearts, introducing the Hang your Heartalily range of beautiful decorative and embellished hearts.

These hearts retail at just £9.50 each and come in a fabulous range of colours and embellishments, it makes for the perfect small gift or stocking filler.

But for now hang your heartalily somewhere safe!




Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com   www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk   www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes   www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes  

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Fabulous... Feltastic Felt Corsages

Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! Wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to our latest edition of the Tigerlily Towers blog!

So here we are with another sneak peep at another of our lovely handmade designer ranges available at the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham on the 1st July 2013...

Today its all about corsages, corsages and more corsages!

Available at the boutique you will find and array of gorgeous handmade corsages in a wonderful variety of colours. These corsage are a good generous size and will be perfect for any occasion! So if you want to jazz up your summer or winter mac, an old jacket, favourite cardi or even something to add some sparkle to your wedding outfit, Tigerlily Corsages are the perfect fit. Priced at just £10.50 per corsage you can't go wrong, ideal for your bridal party or special occasions.

But for now have a very rosy day!


Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com   www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk   www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes   www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes  

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Sweet Tooth Princess Lily & The Vintage Sweet Shop


On a trip to Lichfield recently, Princess Lily decided that she fancied something sweet, so she headed straight for Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in Bore Street.

Once inside this Aladdin’s Cave of sweet delights, Princess Lily was quite literally spoilt for choice, and immediately sent back in time to when she was a mere slip of a lass, and the plethora of traditional “sweets in jars” shops that used to be the only place to buy your sweeties. 
 
 

Who can fail to smile at memories of cola cubes, sherbet pips and pineapple chunks – and the sore tongue that often followed after eating them!   Hot summer days spent dipping an orange ice lolly into sharp lemon sherbet crystals, the funny fizz of a packet of Space Dust and the sheer joys (and frustrations) of trying to break a slab of treacle toffee, without the aid of a toffee hammer!

For those of you who enjoy days out at places like the Black Country Living Museum or Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge – it’s always the old fashioned sweet shops with the longest queues, and it’s not always the children queuing!

Forget buying multi-packs of mass-produced sweets.  Instead, head to your nearest old fashioned sweet shop and treat yourself to whatever takes your fancy.  I bet you won’t stop at one bag either …….!

After buying a quarter of her favourite rhubarb and custards, Lily packed her confectionary treasures into her handmade felt bag http://ow.ly/luEKM and bid farewell to Mr Simms and his jars of sugary gems, until the next time!




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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Designer Handmade Cards

Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! Wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to our latest edition of the Tigerlily Towers blog!

Well as many of you know I will be launching many of my new designs at the opening of the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham on the 1st July 2013. As promised in my previous post I would share another designer handmade product making its way into the boutique.

Introducing Campalily's Great Camper Adventures Handmade Card, this card is made with 100% recycled card and envelope and is made with the finest ethically sourced wool felt. These cards come in a range of colour ways to suit all tastes and are blank inside for your own special message. They are packed in a protective cello bag and retail at £4.50 per card or 3 for £10.00 mix and match from other designs.

But for now happy camping!

Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com   www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk   www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes   www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes  

Monday, 3 June 2013

Sneak Peaks at Tigerlily Makes Designer collectioncoming to the Handmade Boutiqe...

Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! Wonderfully warm, woolly and fully felted welcomes to our latest edition of the Tigerlily Towers blog!

Well as many of you know I will be launching many of my new designs at the opening of the Handmade Boutique at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham on the 1st July 2013... that's just 4 weeks until opening!

So with that said this week I thought I would feature some of the fantastic new designs and popular felt making kits that will be available to purchase in the boutique.

Todays feature designer handmade product is the Regalily's Very Properly Done and ready to go Egg Cosy.  It is made of ethically sourced wool felt, features a range of handmade felt roses and is beautifully line with pretty fabrics... many vintage and reclaimed. These will retail at £10.00 each or Two for £16.95. All of Tigerlily Makes products are made right here in the UK with UK sourced materials and made by yours truly... me Lisa Marie Olson. Hope you like and look forward to sharing the next creation with you very soon.

But for now keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep felting!




Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Princess Lily Networks!


My regular readers will know that our very own beautiful Princess Lily The Lamb loves nothing better than getting out and about whenever the opportunity arises.  She recently took a step away from her regular haunts of National Trust properties and country estates and embarked on her first ever business networking event!  

On a warm, sunny Wednesday morning in the upstairs room of Lichfield’s Spark CafĂ© Bar, 22 women and one Princess Lily gathered for the first meeting of the Lichfield Women’s Business Brunch group – a newly formed networking group which has been put together by several local business women following the demise of a national networking club they all belonged to.  

Lily looked very smart, sporting her brand new felty flower in her fleece and she was pleased to see a very good turnout for the first meeting, with a real buzz and lots of positive energy in the room – although at times her sensitive lamb ears were overcome with the volume of all those ladies!  
 
 

Lily was amazed at how powerful business networking can be.  Just by listening to what was being said, she learnt about 22 businesses, all local to Staffordshire and all run by women!  For some in the room it was their first networking event, whilst others were old hands at giving their 60 second(ish) pitch and extolling the virtues of their products or services.  

Lily picked up some valuable tips, which she’d love to share here with you.
 
  • Don’t be nervous.  Everyone experiences their first networking event at some point.  Yes, it can be difficult talking in front of a room full of strangers but it will get easier over time
  • Be yourself.  People buy from people and the best way to sell your business is to act naturally and get to know others in the room
  • Take lots of business cards!  It may sound obvious but you’d be amazed at how many people go to a networking event without any ….
  • Think before you speak.  Sometimes nerves can make us talk faster which makes it harder for others to understand what we’re saying.  Take a deep breath, stand up straight, shoulders back, chest out ……. and tell the room how great your business is!
  • Respect the timings given.  Most networking groups give members 60 seconds to present their “elevator pitch”.  This doesn’t mean that you can talk for 10 minutes.
  • Have an idea of what you want to achieve from the networking meeting before you even arrive at the venue.  Are you looking for new business within a certain sector?  Are you looking for someone who can help you with your business, such as an Accountant or VA?  Being prepared will be far more productive that “winging it”.
  • After the event has finished, remember those follow-ups.  Too many of us are guilty of promising to connect and then never making that call or sending that email.  Following-up is the key to successful networking.
 
After a delicious brunch and learning more about local businesses, it was time to leave – Lily was exhausted!   

The Lichfield Women’s Business Brunch meets once a month in Lichfield.  For more information about meetings look for the Lichfield Women’s Business Brunch group on Facebook. 



Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Something For Everyone In Ironbridge


Just a ten minute drive from the M54 sits a wonderland so integral to the industrial revolution yet so pretty and quaint with a laid-back ambiance all of its own.

Welcome to Ironbridge!

Our day out begins at the Blists Hill Victorian Town, and our first head-scratcher of the day – exchanging our 21st Century pounds into Victoria pounds, shillings and pence.  Strangely enough, there isn’t an iPhone app to help us so we have to rely on good old-fashioned brain power (together with the conversion tables in many of the shops!)  It really is like stepping back in time, with the Victorian characters going about their daily business.  It doesn’t feel like a museum – although we are learning so much as we make our way through the 52 acre site.  Oh yes, flat shoes are a must!   Having worked up an appetite, we treat ourselves to some “real” ice cream before heading off to our next destination – the Museum of Iron.

 One of the best things about Ironbridge is that once you’ve paid car parking in one location, you can use it all day in any of the other locations within the Ironbridge Museums – which is just as well as the museums are spread quite a distance from one another. 

And so we find ourselves at the Museum Of Iron in Coalbridge, a true homage to the early days of the iron industry and Quaker, Abraham Darby, the man who developed blast furnacing, which was  so important to the industrial revolution.   The gift shop sells some beautiful cast-iron kitchen accessories – yes, cast iron CAN be beautiful!  Cookery book stands, kitchen towel holders, spoon rests and door stops are all hard to resist but you may want to buy them at the end of your visit and put them straight in the car – cast iron is very heavy to carry around!   

Just around the corner from the Museum of Iron is Enginuity; a scientific playground for children of all ages …… yes, even those of us who left school in the 1980s!  Here we used a pully to pull a steam train engine, we got wet trying to figure out how to turn water into electricity and we saw the insides of many everyday objects with the brilliant giant x-ray machine.   We also loved the scan and learn terminals, where you can pick a nearby object, scan it with your own scanning hand-terminal and learn more about it.  Absolutely brilliant!  

Our final stop of the day was the Darby Houses, also located at Coalbridge.  A five minute uphill walk from the Coalbridge car park (the views are stunning, by the way - see below!)  takes you to the Darby Houses, where the rooms have been recreated and set  back to the time when the Darby family inhabited them.  And who said historical houses can be dull?  The final room in the main house is devoted to the art of dressing up!  Hats adorn tables, and grand dresses for the ladies and frock coats for the chaps await!  Don’t be shy – they’re there for a reason!   The curators within the house will even help you into the costumes and let you have your pictures taken in the grand kitchen – so much fun! 
 
 

Sadly, we ran out of time to explore the main centre of Ironbridge but I am confident that the many gorgeous boutiques and artisan cafes will receive our patronage later on in the summer months when we go back to this beautiful Shropshire gem called Ironbridge.
 
 
Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X Thank you for taking the time to visit Tigerlily Makes The Felt-making Blog Lisa X All content and design work, including text, photos, etc are © copyright 2013 Lisa Marie Olson owner of Tigerlily Makes (unless otherwise stated and named whereby copyright resides with said named person)and cannot be copied without prior permission from the copyright owner. Tigerlily Makes is a member of ACID (Anti Copying in Design and all designs are registered and protected. www.acid.uk.com www.tigerlilymakes.co.uk www.facebook.com/tigerlilymakes www.twitter.com/tigerlilymakes