I just adore this little creative space in London (Islington) called The Make Lounge — isn’t it just darling? You can sign up for craft workshops at their studios and meet other groovy crafters like yourself. Then in August, they’ll be adding a retail space that will stock fabrics, books and mags, notions, handmade goods, sew kits, patterns, and more. I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of shop meets learning space. It’s community building and I like that aspect best — you can get to know those in your city and have fun doing it.
I see this as a growing trend in America and parts of Europe, Australia and beyond and hope these types of places just continue to grow especially since more and more women are getting back in touch with using their hands to make things. Sewing, embroidery, knitting, these are all invaluable skills to have and once learned, there is no stopping you from making original one-of-a-kind things that not only are functional but also look beautiful and build your self confidence. Plus, there is a great need for us to get back in touch with our local community. Most of us don’t even know our neighbors and that’s a bit sad. Retail/Craft spaces like The Make Lounge is a great place to make new friends and to give yourself a little “you” time away from work and home responsibilities, too. Three cheers for that!
The Make Lounge is located at 49-51 Barnsbury Street, London N1 1TP.
Have you ever taken classes at a similar setup in your local city? What was your experience like?
(images: the make lounge)
I was talking to Clare over at Selvedge Magazine recently and she told me that the magazine will now have its very own shop opening on July 11th! This is so exciting for those living in London, I think fans of the magazine will just love this new getaway where you can stroll through the pages by walking in the front door. A magazine brought to life – how fun!
If you visit, please let me know how it was okay? I want to go in August when I’m in London… The shop opens on the 11th at midday with cupcakes, elderflower cordial and discounts of 25% off everything and up to 50% on some lines. Have fun and eat a cuppy cake for me. :)
P.S. I love that these ladies are all wearing different color tights. Makes me want Autumn to come soon!
Location: Selvedge, 162 Archway Road, London, N6 5BB. T: 020 8341 9721
Want to come along with me for a moment and play pretend? Imagine we just had the most delicious tea and cake and now we’re heading off to shop at Lapin & Me, this sweet little space is located in giddy London where we will spend some time ooooing and ahhhhing over everything. There are lots of charming French things here. With full tummy’s and some extra cash from the money fairy (we’re playing pretend, remember?), we race down the lane in our super cute skirts and cardigans, you with your gray scarf and me with my purple handbag, all aglow from excitement combined with to much caffeine and sugar… Oh goody, there’s the shop — we’re here. Let’s step inside of Lapin & Me, shall we? Yes we shall.
Do you see the handmade Fatina Doll brooches by Chocolate Rain? Lovely, aren’t they? All that French stationery, now what do you think about that? And yes, I know I’m all grown up but um… do I really need to resist this sticky sweet cuteness just because I’m over thirty? I don’t think so.
Now it’s time to go, I’m afraid. But don’t worry… you and I have lots more to see and places to visit and of course with Lapin & Me online, they are only a mouse click away.
(images from lapin & me)
Ready to drool like a fool? Barb Blair was nice enough to contact me and the result ended up being so nice — a tour of her gorgeous store, Knack Studios, located in Greenville, South Carolina which happens to be my home state (go SC!).
It’s great to see how she incorporates wallpaper into so many of her pieces — she’s fearless which is such an inspiration to me. I want to own one of everything I see. Barb offered to give us a little shop tour today along with some additional great shots of her merchandise, would you like a little more eye candy to kick off the week? Good. :)
Where Barb sits down for a little inspiration.
I know what your next question is, when can you move in — right? That was going through my mind as I looked through these images. Sigh. So lovely. Barb thanks for taking us on a trip fantastic to your storefront. Next time I’m down your way I’m stopping in for a visit now that I know your store exists. Thanks again!
(images from knack studios)