NEW Online Shop…!!

I’ve taken the big step of opening a small online shop.

I’ve just taken the big step of opening a little online shop. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while about but hesitated because a) it’s not really what I do and b) I see a lot of online ‘handmade’ items of possibly, slightly questionable origin that again, really isn’t me.

Which is why I’m delighted to be working with Numonday who champion British makers and small creative business. I love their ethos of supporting only truly handmade products and selling the most beautiful range of unique gifts.

I’d really urge everyone to support small makers who put so much care and love into everything they do. Whether it’s online, in person or at a fair. Even the smallest purchase is so much appreciated, you won’t regret it.

Pop over to my ‘shop’ and have a browse – here.

I’d love to hear your experiences of buying handmade. Do you enjoy meeting the makers in person or have you ever bought a special handmade gift online? Drop me a line  info@melanieblaikie.com

 

Kindest

Melanie x

NEW Gift Cards Now Available

It’s the perfect, instant present solution. Buying a gift card is quick and easy…!!

I’m really thrilled to announce we’re now working with Gift Up! a leading online gift voucher specialist to offer easy and instant purchase of gift cards for our classes. I’m so excited because this is something I’ve wanted to do for ages but I knew it had to be quick, super-easy and flexible enough for you to choose the amount you want to gift – no fixed amounts. Also, because special occasions are well, special, when your card arrives, it has to look the part.

After weeks of research, I’m delighted that buying a gift card will be quick and easy. It’s completely online and only takes a couple of clicks. It’s also totally flexible, you choose the exact amount you want to gift. And most importantly, a beautiful e-gift card will be emailed with a personal message from you. Recipients can choose from any of our Ipswich based classes and start their own creative adventure – thanks to you!

If you’re a super-organised type, buy now for Christmas or if like me, you tend to leave it till the last moment, it’s the perfect, instant, present solution.

Order your Gift Cards Here

Autumn Inspiration

Brighten the dull days of Autumn with bold, bright, jewellery.

They may be getting shorter but don’t let the grey days of Autumn dull your accessories. I’m a big fan of colourful costume jewellery – think Prue Leith – bold colours and simple shapes. Polymer clay (or FIMO) may not spring to mind here but in fact it’s perfect for creating colourful, wearable jewellery designs. Even better, it’s easy, inexpensive, fast and great fun. There’s still time to join me for a luxury, all-inclusive creative break at Denman and start making your own fabulous designs. You’ll soon have enough beads, bracelets, brooches & necklaces to brighten your Autumn and kick-start your Christmas gifting list!

We love Prue’s jewellery style. Read more about her inspiration and amazing necklace collection here.

NEW Jewellery Maker TV Projects

This week I loved presenting these two new projects for Jewellery Maker TV

I feel very fortunate to have been invited to appear as a guest designer for Jewellery Maker TV several times now. Being part of a live TV show is always daunting.  So although I still feel nervous, I’ve done it enough times that I know what to expect. I know which camera to look at, how to prepare my demo pieces and how to answer questions from the audience. Years of teaching mean I’m comfortable with explaining tricky techniques or knowing which parts of the creative process might cause problems. And because I love sharing my jewellery making skills, being part of the Jewellery Maker UK family and meeting a worldwide audience via the small screen is just amazing.

Metal clays are still very new to most people so I’m trying to keep all my projects suitable for beginners. However, there’s one form of silver clay that seems to capture the interest of everyone I talk to, it’s the syringe-type silver clay. It’s simply a slightly softened form of silver clay in a syringe applicator that can be extruded freehand or over templates to create the most exquisite, filigree designs – I love it!

So, this week for Jewellery Maker TV, I presented two new syringe projects which went down a storm.

       

If you missed the show there’s still time to catch both projects here (fast fwd to 2.00pm when I start the first demo). Don’t have the materials to try these at home? No problem. There’s actually very little you’ll need. Email me for a silver clay syringe, costing only £15.00 and either of these designs can be yours – tomorrow!

If there are any techniques or designs you’d like to see me make on Jewellery Maker TV do let me know. I’d love to hear your ideas…!

Melanie x

Interview with Mollie Makes magazine

I’m passionate about the benefits of sharing creative skills so it was fabulous to be asked for my thoughts by one of my all time favourite magazines – Mollie Makes.

I was completely delighted (and slightly start-struck) to be interviewed recently by Mollie Makes magazine on the subject of teaching creative classes. I’m passionate about the benefits of sharing creative skills so it was fabulous to be asked for my thoughts by one of my all time favourite magazines. It’s true that nowadays we all want to spend on experiences to savour rather than just buying more ‘stuff’. We’d much rather tell friends where we’ve been and what we made rather than what we bought. Social media has been a huge driver behind this and the ‘experience economy’ is now the fastest growing retail sector. If you’re a maker and finding it tough selling on Etsy or in galleries, it’s worth considering how hosting a pop-up class might introduce you to an exciting new audience. If you’re already interested in teaching why not spend a day with me learning how to plan, price and promote your classes. Email me for more information. Read more about how I prepare for my classes and why teaching can be a great boost to any creative business, Mollie Makes summer issue out now of grab a copy of my book ‘Teach What You Do’.

NEW Class: Summer Special – Bees & Roses

If you’re quick, there’s still time to join me for this summer special class learning new techniques with silver clay. There’ll also be strawberry’s and cream for tea and a glass of fizz to toast our success !

If you’re quick, there’s still time to join me for this summer special class on Sunday 11th August – learning new techniques with silver clay . On the day you’ll learn

  • How to create a delicate filigree rose using silver in a syringe.
  • How to make a ring from silver clay – that fits!
  • Forming a super cute little bee to adorn your ring

There’ll also be strawberry’s and cream for tea and a glass of fizz (alcohol free of course) to toast our success….!

Book your place now – click here 

Jewellery Maker TV – next week!

I’m back on JewelleryMaker TV next week, with two more brilliant silver clay projects. My show is Monday April 29th with my first project at 7pm, the second at 9pm ! Find JewelleryMaker TV – Sky Channel 674 – Freeview HD Channel 74 – Virgin Media Channel 756

I’m very excited to share with you that I’m back on JewelleryMaker TV next week, with two more brilliant silver clay projects. My show is Monday April 29th and for the first time, I’ll be on in the evening. So great for those of you who are at work or busy during the day. I’ll be demo-ing and talking about two easy projects that both have the real wow-factor. A simple, textured pendant that’s great for beginners and a beautifully detailed pendant made with the moulding technique. And, once you’ve watched the show, to save time,  you’ll be able to order project kits directly from me – another first. The first project is at 7.00pm, the second at 9.00pm. Tune in early to catch them both and don’t forget you can send in your comments and questions to me live in the studio. See you there!

Find JewelleryMaker TV – Sky Channel 674 – Freeview HD Channel 74 – Virgin Media Channel 756

Anyone In Oxfordshire?

Relax and enjoy our expert-led sessions on looking good and eating well for summer. We’ve included a delicious, healthy lunch & masses of easy tricks and tips to inspire you. There’s even a take-home goody bag …

It’s another first for me ! Join me for an inspiring day-retreat in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of the Oxfordshire countryside. Relax and enjoy our expert-led sessions on looking good and eating well for summer. We’ve included a delicious, healthy lunch and masses of easy tricks and tips to inspire you. There’s even a take-home goody bag to keep those new intentions going. I can’t wait to welcome you … !

Our morning session will be led by Ashley Keen. Ashley is a trained chef who has cooked all over the world keeping the uber rich well fed on their super yachts. She is also a qualified personal tariner with a special interest in free-from, fermentation and plant based cooking.When not giving talks on fermentation at Soho Farmhouse or inspiring the Adidas team, you may have spotted Ashley live on stage at Country File Live, last year. Or caught her on the BBC Sounds podcast talking about the Art of Fermentation.

After a delicious two course lunch, we’ll meet Laura Mortimer. Professionally trained in mime and theatre Laura has also worked as an actress and voice artist. More recently, a passion for helping women to look and feel their best, inspired Laura to train as a make up artist. Laura will demonstrate for us a natural summer look for day time. Her easy style and expert advice will give you confidence and skills with makeup to enhance your everyday look. We’ll look at basic colour theory, the psycology of makeup and a range of products and colours. Bring your makeup bag, mirror and be ready to try something new … !

OUR EXPERTS

Ashley Keen ans Laura Mortiner are professionally trained experts in their very different fields. Both are passionate about bringing you new ideas and easy techniques to transform your table and your summer looks.

Read more about Ashley www.ashleykeen.co.uk                                               Follow Laura on Instagram  @lauramortimermua

OUR VENUE

Just a few miles south of Oxford city centre, our beautiful venue is part of a boutique-style country house with accommodation. Set in 6 acres of woodland and with views of the glorious Oxford countryside and adjacent to Frilford Golf course. Flooded with natural light and with plenty of parking, it’s the perfect, peaceful setting for an inspiring day out. Why not stay the night either before or after the day and enjoy all that Oxfordshire has to offer.

BOOK NOW & READ MORE  HERE.

 

 

Making & Eating – Special Event

A special two day summer event in June with a focus on creativity and eating – my two favourite things!

I’m very excited to be sharing news of my special summer event on the beautiful Isle of Wight, famous for its music festival and beloved by Queen Victoria. I’ll be hosting a special two day summer event in June with a focus on creativity and eating – my two favourite things!

We have a super-secret, special venue – pictured here – where we know Queen Victoria was a visitor on more than one occasion. You’ll arrive in time for coffee, homemade cookies and introductions.

After a short demo, you will design and make your own, unique, real silver jewellery. Working through the steps, with guidance, you’ll be amazed as you turn clay into silver. Ideal for beginners, this is a perfect introduction to the wonderful world of silver clay. All designs will be super shiny and ready to wear by the end of the class – or send for hallmarking.

The highlight of each day will be a magnificent three-course alfresco lunch ( weather permitting) of locally sourced ingredients and home cooked dishes, with a glass of fizz….!!

Come for both days or just one, find local accommodation and make it a mini break. You’ll leave relaxed, rested with new creative skills and your summer silver accessories sorted…!!

WHEN – Saturday 8 June & Sunday 9 June 2019

SAVE – Earlybird discount available NOW  (Book before end of March)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Melanie x