Monday, 6 December 2010

'The Advent Calender of Wonderfulness' 6: Holly Fulton

Whoa! Scottish designer Holly Fulton's collections are absolutely stunning. I am a huge fan of the art deco grand aesthetic which she incorporates in such a bold and modern way. Stunning.

'The Advent Calender of Wonderfulness' 5: Finch and Fouracre

Finch and Fouracre are Glasgow based modelmakers. Specialising in architectural models and their very own, simply wonderful DIY tenement kits, their detailing and accuracy is amazing. I particularly like their motto "measure twice, cut once"! Very wise words indeed.

'The Advent Calender of Wonderfulness' 4: The Coveted Magazine/La La Land

"The Coveted Mag is Scotland's FIRST and ONLY fashion magazine dedicated to supporting & promoting The Scottish Fashion Industry. We promise to bring you cutting edge fashion talent from designers, illustrators, models, photographers, bloggers, writers and more without resorting to stale stereotypes.Scottish Fashion is not all tartan. FACT." Nuff said! Issues are available to purchase at selected Scottish boutiques. This magazine forms an important part of Scotland's rich and diverse fashion industry.

A tangible continuation of The Coveted is La La land, a gorgeous boutique selling many of the designs featured in the mag. Run by the editor, Sarah, it is preened for the best in Scottish design and beyond. Well worth a visit if in Glasgow.

Friday, 3 December 2010

'The Advent Calender of Wonderfulness' 3: Kitty & Dude

Behind today's window is Edinburgh based ceramic artist Kitty & Dude. Love love love her work. Ceramics come alive as beautiful bird brooches, plates and flying pig wall ornaments painted and appliqu├ęd with pristine detail. I also love how she exhibits her work, all her pieces flow together perfectly in a whimsical array. I wish my room looked like this!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

'The Advent Calender of Wonderfulness' 2: Jennifer Robson

Whimsical and delightful artist from Dundee Jennifer Robson. This collection of drawer art is playful and magical, snipets of animal mischief. Some of these pieces are set designs in miniature.

(all pictures taken by artist)

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

'The Advent Calender of Wonderfulness' 1: The Hidden Lane Tearoom

Behind the first window is the most beautiful, cosy, creative and scrumptious tearoom in the world. The Hidden Lane Tearoom. If you haven't discovered this gem of a place yet then it is the perfect getaway from the biting cold. It's hidden away down the aptly named Hidden Lane in Glasgow's west end.

The owner, Kirsty, reinvented this cute mezzanined building into a cake grotto! Filled with masterminded cakes, vintage crockery and teas galore, I'm there at least once a week for her tasty deli board scones. She also does high tea! Everything is served on dainty mis-matched crockery and tastes delicious. Some of her vintage teasets are for sale as well as selected work from exhibiting artists and local designers. She also welcomes local artisans and musicians to put on workshops and gigs in a warm environment. So far there's been life drawing, live music and knitting classes. Check it oot!
The Hidden Lane Tearoom

Advent Calender of Wonderfulness!

Hello Fancy Ones!

I've decided to compile an alternative advent calender to count down to Christmas this year. Each day I will feature a Scottish designer, artist or small creative business that I adore. There are so many wonderful things out there to choose from and probably hundreds more that I am yet to discover, but as of now these are my Advent Calender of Wonderfulness!

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Sneaky Peeks

Hello! The sun is sneakily peeking through the clouds so I'm going to post some new Fantoosherie peeks in the hope to coax it out! Especially for Saturday's extravaganza in Edinburgh.

I've been working with lots of chiffon, lace and organza for a light fairy-summer feel. I've also been collecting lots of gorgeous charms and lockets and received some wonderful bejewelled donations from kind followers, so nestled in the light folds these little gems are hiding.

Hope to see you on Saturday fancy peeps xxx

*Remember Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, 10.30-5*

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


Gorgeous designs, stupendous bunting, friendly faces and Fantoosherie selling like hot cakes! Nuff said - thanks fancy folks and roll on the 15th May when Made in the Shade go East Side!

The Made in the Shade Edinburgh Springtime Jamboree.

Fantoosherie will be there selling fanciful accessories and sipping tea from my dinky new flask. Sneaky peaks on the way soon.

Stay fancy xxx

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Fantoosherie Knows Where Spring Is Hiding

If some of you are peering out your windows today and sighing over the gray, grim gloom outside do not fear because Fantoosherie knows where spring is hiding! - and it's only 18 sleeps away! Actually that is still a bit too far away for my liking!

I'm talking about the Made In The Shade Spring Time Jamboree!!!

Not only is the event taking place in the Lighthouse ("yes the Lighthouse is open for this event"!) but it will be packed with 30+ independent designers, makers and crafters and Fantoosherie is one of 'em!

The MITS girls are also organising cool activities for the day too like a retro photo booth, a packed vintage dressing room (guys and girls clothing) and collective bunting making! I'm really excited. And it's something warm and colourful to look forward to in all this gray gloomy rain!

They will also be giving away free goodie bags for the first 100 people to arrive and Fantoosherie will have some money off vouchers hiding in some of them. Over the next two weeks i'll be posting sneaky peeks at some of the new fabric accessories i'll be selling there. Hope to see you there - these events never disappoint.

Oh and Freeeeeeee Entry!

Stay Fancy

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Fantoosherie Goes Screen Printing

Hello Fancy People! I've been dying to make some funky packaging for all the new Fantoosherie goodies and being a stationary obsessive it took me quite a while to make a definite decision! I wanted everything to reflect the fact that our jewellery is re-cycled and re-worked so I found a fantastic local supplier of 100% recycled boxes and thought I'd screen print all my labels and business cards on re-claimed tweed and denim.

All I had to do was convince the boys at Glasgow Badges to let me come up and screen print my fabric. They screen print t-shirts and merchandise for bands and clubs so my demands weren't what they were used to but they got well stuck in! They suggested I use a hot pink ink with a puff gel in it so the text is slightly raised off the fabric for maximum tactile appeal!

Ooo I love it, thanks boys you are talented! The new packaging will be available with Fantoosherie purchases from our etsy shop and all upcoming crafty events which I will be posting soon.

Until then stay fancy xxx

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Beautiful Maya

Today I started watching films by Maya Deren again. I used to watch these all the time when I was studying. If I was struggling with something I'd nip off to the library and watch them to escape. I just love the truly experimental images she creates, in the 40's I'm guessing she didn't use Adobe filters so I marvel at them! I also like that she didn't make her beautiful films on a big budget (she bragged once "I make my pictures for what hollywood spends on lipstick") haha!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Trash to Treasure

LinkI'm so delighted to see shards of scrap pottery used to make the daintiest looking jewellery. And the cotton reels make fun (and potentially practical) beads. This collection of jewellery by Yarborough finds unexpected beauty in traditionally unwearable things, recycling being key.

I've always been a bit of a hoarder of broken pottery and china after seeing a garden wall encrusted with the stuff as a child. I always wanted to build one when I "grew up"! And now, here are the accessories to match! Grand.

Stay fancy xxx

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Happy New Year/Happy New Hangover!

Happy New Year to all I hope it was a feast! We had a delightful Christmas sliding all over Scotland in the snow to be with family and friends.

This year I asked santa for some outrageous tights and I was not disappointed. Thanks to my Mum; Santa heard of Pamela Mann :) ! The tights are amazing and have certainly brightened up my wardrobe.

Now myself and Kirsty can't wait to get stuck in to a fancy new year.

Stay fancy, J x