HAND MADE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOME

name GreyTransparent FB-fLogo-Blue-broadcast-2 untitled-1_201

By knittykittybangbang, Jul 16 2019 02:26PM

I make an effort over the summer to take things easy as I don't get much of a break any other time but somehow we're already 2 and a half weeks away from craft fair autumn season starting again, which for me means I'm already back to working on Ministry of Crafts.


Don't get me wrong, I love my job and am very lucky to have it, but gosh am I tired!


My 'quiet summer' has consisted of my sorting out my Etsy shop and trying to catch up on restocking both Celestial Earth and 11 Blackbird ranges, as well as working on my next range which I plan to have out at the start of September. Summer is the perfect time to resin as the air is warmer and drier so you have a longer working time with your resin once mixed.


The new range is still secret, but it's something I've wanted to do for some time and the opportunity arose to do it so I've grabbed it and ran with it! It's somewhat of a departure, while still staying in my style. I feel like, for those of you who personally know me, this range is very 'me', and currently has the working title of '1st House Neptune' which in true me style has a meaning to me but may not mean anything to you!


I best get back to it, it's boiling in here so I'd quite like to get finished and maybe go lounge in the garden with a g&t. Chin chin!

Photo by Michelle from North Hop at House of Dun, Angus
Photo by Michelle from North Hop at House of Dun, Angus

By knittykittybangbang, Nov 13 2018 10:00AM

The last order dates for items needed by Christmas are below. These are for items already in stock not for items made to order which each have a different, individual date. We will still send out items after these dates but there is no guarantee they will get to you in time. Please also keep in mind that should it get very very snowy here and I can't get to the post office that that will affect order times too! If this is the case I will do everything I can to still get your item to you otherwise I will check that you still want to go ahead with your order. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch!


UK – 17th December

USA – 13th December

France – 17th December


Africa, Middle East – 3rd December


Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), Caribbean, Central and South America – 4th December


Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand – 9th December


Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Finland, Sweden – 13th December


Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland – 16th December


Belguim, Ireland, Luxembourg – 17th December



By knittykittybangbang, Nov 6 2018 10:12AM

It’s that time of year again! Christmas crazy season. As ever I’ll be out and about and different events where you can come see me and check out the stock I have in person. I put as much as I can in the Etsy shop but with 14 different standard colourways and 20 core products in just the HubbleBubble range it’s not possible!

I’ve been very picky this year in the events I’m doing just to have a viable work life balance. I’ve learnt from previous years when I’ve taken everything I could get then didn’t manage to enjoy any fun Christmas stuff with family, friends or colleagues (you’re all family to me really!) And what is life if you can’t enjoy your loved ones? Ah I’m getting smushy in my old age…anyhoo…


Here's a list of the events you can find knittykittybangbang at between now and Christmas. If you want to keep a hold of the info, just share this post on social media and you'll be able to find it again easily! I’ve also added all the events to the ‘Events’ section of the Facebook page so you can always check there. I’ve added links on each of these so you can find out more info on those.


10th November – Forfar Farmers Market

22nd November – Christmas Fayre at Langlands Primary School, Forfar

24th November – Dundee Ministry of Crafts

25th November – Christmas Fair at Maggie's

29th November – Christmas Night Market at The Stables at Taypark House

1st December – Aberdeen Ministry of Crafts

6th – 9th December – Aberdeen Christmas Village, times vary.

15th December – Dundee Ministry of Crafts



By knittykittybangbang, Oct 11 2018 12:24PM

Copying happens to everyone in this industry. I honestly can’t think of a single designer or maker I know who has any sort of clear social media presence who it hasn’t happened to. It happens with content sharing without credit, it happens with items ‘inspired by’ those of others and it happens with flat out copies.


I’ve been in this job 7 or 8 years now (I’m no use at time) and it’s happened to me various times over that period and I pretty much just laugh and shrug it off…ok I might share it with a close friend and have a bitch (hallelujah to the sixteen loyal fans!) about it but I never publicly acknowledge it or feel like I need to say anything.


Until now. Now it’s just getting ridiculous.

I’ve had my work ripped off 7 times in the last couple of months (there’s that time thing again, can’t get my head round it. It could be one month, could be 2, I’m really not sure…it’s def not as many as 3). I’m not talking the ‘inspired by’ kind either, I’m talking flat out copies. And that’s….well it is what it is. There’s no point getting upset about it, the only person that hurts is me and what’s the point in that? There is something that’s bothered me lately though.


In all cases, the people who are copying me, behave as though they are better than me.


I’m not kidding. I’ve met some of them and they’ve treated me like garbage. Some are friends of friends and they STILL treat me like garbage with no heed to the disrespect that shows to our mutual friend/s. They’ve made it very clear that I’m below them, that they are stars and artistes and I am….not. And LMAO to that! I'm blown to the maxim, two hemispheres, battlin' over that right there.


Babes, you’re copying my work, I ain’t copying yours. Get down on your mothafuckin' knees - YOU come to ME when you need inspiration.


ME.


Scruffy, fat, weird, rebellious, never-quite-fits-in, me. Me who writes snarky as fuck blog posts and peppers them with niche musical references to see if anyone notices. Me who will never quite come off as cool. And that’s HILARIOUS. I’m just here, living my life, doing my thing, giving zero fucks about looking insta-perfect or being seen with the ‘right people’ at the trendy places, just doing my best to be a good person and live an authentic life.


I’m not intimidated by you and I certainly don’t strive to be like you, but you could strive to be a bit more like me I think. After all, I do appear to actually have better ideas than you, otherwise why would you steal them? <bats eyelashes innocently>


And kindness and just being polite would cost you nothing, even if you do think I’m somehow less than you. It's really disrespectful to our mutual friends and I'm assuming you care for your friends because I certainly care for mine.


Now I’m not gonna call anyone out here, you know who you are. I’m also not going to ask you to stop or ask you to give me a cut of the money you’ve made, and sweethearts, if you’ve got your Etsy sales visible I know how much you’ve made in that instance alone.


I accept that I have no way of stopping you, and nor can I be arsed trying to tbh however there is something I'd like you to do though. I got a few more minutes, so I'll cut to what you need.


BUY SOMETHING FROM MY DAMN ETSY SHOP AND LEAVE ME THE BEST REVIEW YOU’VE EVER SEEN!


That’s it. Take 10% from what you’ve earned from my work – fuck 5% even, I know how many hundreds some of you have made (I shit you not, I really do know, I'm like the eye of Sauron me) and spend it on stuff I’ve made. Buy it, get it home, then do whatever you like with it – charity shop, bin, whatever – but keep me working, that’s only fair (and hey you need my inspiration right?). Assuage your guilt.


Launder your karma.





Credit to Pigeonhed. <<<<this is how you credit someone btw, not hard eh?



By knittykittybangbang, Jul 31 2018 10:46AM

On 18th August we will be launching our *new* Celestial Earth jewellery range.


The range will feature brand new designs plus a brand new, on trend, colourway so fit in with your autumn / winter looks! The pieces will be available in limited colours, although special orders will be possible, and there will be something to suit all pockets!


This range is inspired by some of my favourite things – the sky at night, stars, magic, art history, fashion, girls etc etc. The idea of opulence in jewellery, the feeling of dripping in gems, is a big trend for autumn winter 2018/2019 along with stacking jewellery and big statement pieces, so I’ve introduced some big earrings and bigger statement necklaces – colourful and statement but in a pared down style as jewellery should enhance not overpower – you wear the jewellery, the jewellery doesn’t wear you.


You may also have seen the star ear studs which have been hugely popular on social media! I am delighted to have those as part of the range as stars are a very important symbol for me personally and when I use a star in my work I feel like there is a part of me attached to it.


We are stardust, we are golden

We are billion year old carbon

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden

(Joni Mitchell. Woodstock)


There will also be some more expensive pieces in the range, by popular demand! It’s always been important to me that my jewellery was affordable (“I don’t want to make things I can’t afford to buy myself”) however I am aware that my current range doesn’t necessarily offer a high end option for when you need a special gift or really want to treat yourself. These come in the form of a pair of earrings which have been in my head for years as well as some solid gold!


You’ll have seen lots of pictures of the navy colourway on our social media channels however the new colourway is a secret still! I gotta say though, I think the navy will always be my favourite – I’m a sucker for that opulent blue: night skies, deep pools, flecked with gold like a renaissance painting of the Virgin Mary. Lush and luxurious. Yum.


Sorry! Thinking about colour sets me off! If you ever want to chat about colour, come speak to me at an event, I will happily talk to you at length!


The range will be out on 18th August in the Etsy shop first then will be available at the August Dundee Ministry of Crafts event on 25th August and at all events after that unless it sells out! Pieces are limited in number and I would strongly suggest that if there are any items you want for Christmas that you should get in early to avoid disappointment. The full range will be available until the end of the year.