Monday, 23 May 2011

What a Marvellous day!

Just wanted to say a quick 'Thank You' to everyone who came down yesterday to show their support.

The stall holders were all fabulous as usual and we all had a great day.

Pictures coming soon, plus more excitable talk about what went well yesterday!

MQ xx

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Third Marvellous Market is almost upon us!

Hello MollyCoddlers,

Its nearly THAT time of the month again, yes..... Market time! I've decided to do a break down of all the artists and features that will be taking place at this market on Sunday May 22nd.

We've got loads of tasty treats for you, with the wonderful UnderGround Bakery providing the savouries, including a picnic that you can carry to the lawn for a snack, OR you can toddle off to the arboretum for a spot of Green Festivalling. Anyway, enough mumbo... here's the info you really want:

Featured Artists:

Laura Stephenson - a fond favourite of ours, Laura will be there with her beautiful pictures, cards, vintage goodies, handmade hair clips, paintings, prints and more.

Caroline's Vintage shop - A beautiful selection of vintage items, including a wonderful collection of items that would compliment any eclectic decor. 

Sam's Jam - A wonderful range of home-made jams and home-fashioned jewellery. 

Loveable Sockies- Gorgeous Handmade Sock puppets for you to love, made with lots of care, with loving detail. And not a smelly sock in sight!

Brilliant Bunting - Lovely handmade personalised bunting, made to order with letters, pictures and extra pretty fabrics at very reasonable prices. Perfect for summer parties, decorating bedrooms/houses or as gifts! Gorgeous!Stacey's Cakes - A scrummy collection of beautiful cupcakes handcrafted by the lovely Stacey. A proud mother of two little beauties, this lady has started her own business making cupcakes and commissions for weddings and parties. Be sure to pick up a business card with your cakes! Yummy!

Jessica Hayes Gill - A debut Marvellous Marketer, Jessica has designed and made a range of tea towels which she will be showcasing in our restaurant. Eco- friendly and genuinely lovely, both Jess and her merch will leave you warm and with dry pots. (if you can bear to use them!)

Maurizio's lady - A wonderful selection of screen prints, home-made cards, gifts and more. This lovely lady has an eye for beauty and we look forward to her debut Market appearance.

Christine Stevenson - A collection of clothing, vintage goodies, home-ware and books, Christine's stall will leave you feeling that you've been lost in a back street antique shop in Portobello. She lived there once, dont ya now.

Lorna and Callum - This brother and sister duo will be supplying the paintings, ranging from Banksy style beauties to the surreal and less surreal. Lorna will also be supplying her range of Children's decorations.

Bees Makes Honey - We look forward to having the lovely Debra back with her fine selection of handmade bags and purses. Debra is one of those crafty creative types that 'has never attended a craft fair before' but has the natural air of someone who has done it their whole life. 

Serena's Chocolates - This lady, who makes festival clothing in her spare time, has created a lovely selection of handmade chocolates which also happen to be dairy free, wheat free and gluten free -and especially tasty! What more could we ask for?

Terrance The Totally Green Tiger - The first of the MollyQueen Children's collection, A Children's song, written by Lauren Hunt, Put to music by the incredibly talented Will Jeffrey and the reading supplied by local artist Emily Martin. Available for a weenish three pounds and fifty pence, With a whole pound of your cost going to the Sumatran Tiger Fund, Sumatran tigers are the smallest in their species and the most endangered. Sample the song on the day and take one home for your chiddlers!

MollyQueen Decoupage - A selection of decoupaged furniture and frames, book art and quilled pictures - also available on commission.

Activities and Art Projects:

Indian Head Massage - thats right, come and sit in a quiet corner of the room and let Tara massage that stress away. 

Mendhi/Henna- A lovely lady who decorates your hands with delicate mendhi patterns, an Indian wedding tradition. bBeautiful and very reasonable pricings at just £3.00 per hand (or both hands for £5)! Can last for up to 3 days depending on how often you wash your hands! Great for kids and grown ups, see Bali's portfolio for different designs and ideas.

The Travelling Scrapbook - contained within a suitcase, the travelling scrapbook is there for you to take to your table and add your entry to the book. Inside the case are pictures, stickers, magazines, photographs, scissors and glue - everything you need for a scrap booking session. 

The Expression Camera - Express yourself. We would like you to take a photo using our disposable camera, of an expression you have experienced strongly that day. Exaggerations welcome! 

Picture Line - Paper and Crayons supplied, you do the rest!

Public Poetry - Hidden around the venue is a small book entitled 'Public Poetry'. The rules are explained within! Keep an eye out as it wont stick around once it's been found! Public Poetry Three by Anonymous Nottingham. 

And MORE! because I'm sure i've forgotten something!

The doors will be open from 11am until 4pm, with the bar open from 12. 

See you there!

waves and wallpaper paste,

MQ xx

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

MollyQueen in May

Here are a few photos and a bit of an update on what we've been up to. Big plans in the making for the next couple of markets, also a fishy pop up restaurant event at the end of the month. I'll add the link at the end so you can take a look-see.

After the second market, which was a great success, we've been busy booking up the artists and stallholders for the next event, which is May 22nd - just a few weeks away. There is a much wider range of items at this market including on the day therapies such as 'Indian Head massage', there is also a Jam stall, Jewellery, Olives, Paintings, Locally designed Tea towels, Bags, Vintage Clothes and Goodies, Books, Children's poetry and Song and much more, including all the activities on the day. The Underground Bakery will be providing Picnic style food so you can take your savouries and sit on the lawn or take a toddle off to the Arbo for a spot of green festivalling. This makes it the perfect stop off on route! No?

Heres the MollyQueen 'Picture Line' in action. This was the first one, at the Market on the 27th March. Since then, we've had an Easter themed one and are looking forward to another twist on the tightrope. This is one of the activities for people to take part in during our Marvellous Market, along with 'Public Photography', the 'Travelling ScrapBook' and a Poetry Project by Anonymous Nottingham. (Keep an eye out for that one!)

A Woody burrow
This is an event at Woodborough Hall that we attended over the weekend, we had a fantastic time, met some lovely ladies, the men were sparse as it was a WOMENS event for WOMEN, it was a pamper day and all! I also discovered a beautiful little fable about the origin of my name, as told by a fellow name sharer. Best "other me" meeting ever! Heres a photo of the stall, set in a beautiful room, spread across 3 tables surrounding a window overlooking the lawns, the horse field and the place i wanted to be - next to the giant, outdoor Jenga.

 Terrance the Totally Green Tiger

We launched the first of our Children's collection CD at the last market, Its a colourful tale about a green tiger and his friends aimed at young children. The response was great, we've had lots of positive feedback from purchasers and most people just say "more, please!" which we are working on!

Terrance will be appearing again at this market and is available for a measly three fifty with one whole pound of that going to The Sumatran Tiger Fund. Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the tiger species and the most in danger, so we've decided to help him out. 

To find out more about Terrance or any of his friends, or to purchase a CD, please get in touch via the website

Terrance Display

Finder Keeper finds a frame

 This is a giant Print i found in Forest Fields, a very generous man was busy clearing out his garage and was more than happy to be rid. Getting it home with Molly and my bike was a challenge but well worth it. Its so huge and such a random piece of novelty i smile every time i look at it! The guy couldn't remember where it came from but he did say that he did exhibition displays for a living and that it was "Probably Anti-Depressants" or something. Woop!

Molly is there to show exactly how big it is! 
The Queen Quilled Quietly

This was my first attempt at Quilling and i am quite happy with the results. It is an attempt at a tree above a map of cambridge and has so far had quite a positive response. The next one i've started is going to be amazing IF i can get it to look how i want it to. Tough one!

I've also been trying to paint.... which i have discovered is not a talent i was born with..... i quite like them though.... need a bigger house with a room i never go in to display them.

A good excuse to drink

Then theres the bottle cap candles i made, recycled bottle-caps, old crayons and a bag of IKEA tea lights for wicks and wax. Lots of mess and lots of fun!
I'm selling these in little parcels of four for a pound fifty each! Yay!


And here is my new friend, he keeps me company during my cig before work, after work and occasionally during work. He's the most lovely dog and he even licked my hand today! Bless.

And on that note, i'm off as i have a messy kitchen to clean, a child to carry to bed (she's fallen asleep on the sofa), a living room to try and make sense of and some quilling to do.

Hugs and Hilltops!

See you at the next Market, MQ xx

The next Marvellous Market is Sunday the 22nd of May @ Hotel Deux
Doors open at 11 am and close to the public at 4pm. The bar will be open but closes at 4pm so the venue can get ready for the evenings events.