A new beginning

Just in! Cutie Baby Booties by ReCraft

It’s been busy, busy at Frugal Cool’s Pop-Up and we’ve been receiving lots of love for remade, handmade and local. Just two weeks to go, and we’ll be closing down … for ONE week only. Last Friday, I signed the lease for our little shop and soon it’ll be all change at 147 North High Street.

ReMade – Musselburgh’s new store dedicated to sustainability and local handmade design – will open at 10am, Tuesday 26 October. A date for your diary, I hope. And yes, of course there will be cakes!

With a new name and new paintwork comes a new interior design. Some Pop-Up things will be staying (including that horrid carpet meantime, I’m afraid). I have a few other cool ideas though, and if they work out, the new shop will be something different – a worthy setting for our wonderful collection of remade craft and sustainable design. Such as Lil Bubba Things.

I first spotted Lil Bubba Things’ gorgeous dresses earlier this year at a craft fair. Made from reclaimed vintage and contemporary fabrics, their sustainability credentials are spot on. Having the new shop has given me the opportunity to offer a small selection of these clever designs. As your wee one grows, the wrap around dress becomes a sweet swing top.

As Christmas hovers into view, I’ve found a solution for my annual tussle with wrapping paper (I loathe the waste of it all). Reusable wrapping by EverGreen Wraps is inspired by the ancient Japanese custome of ‘furoshiki’. In other words, cleverly tie a big fabric square around your gift. Beautiful and reusable. Watch and learn. I’m personally a fan of the Usagi Tsutsumi or the rabbit wrap … it’s so obviously the only way to wrap a melon. I’ve chosen three bright designs, which can be used again and again.

Cushions are big sellers in Musselburgh. Who’d have known …

We’ve raised just over £100 so far for Mae Sot, Campie School’s partner school on the Thai-Burma border. Thank you to everyone who has bought a little something from the Pop-Up shop, from which we’re donating 5% of our takings to support the children’s boarding houses.

Elsewhere, Friends of the Earth Scotland are hosting a Green Fashion Show at the Voodoo Rooms on Wednesday 10 November, 7pm to 10pm. It’s a fundraiser and tickets are £15.

If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, follow local fitness expert, Tracy Griffen. Her pages are full of great advice and ideas about healthy living and eating. We’re going to Tracy’s Seasonal Eating for Energy evening at Real Foods later this month. A few tickets are still available, I think. £5 each.

Borders Scrap Store is holding an Open Night at Fisherrow Community Centre this Thursday from 5pm to 7.30pm. And on Saturday, Transition Edinburgh South is hosting an Eco Festival in South Morningside School, 11am to 3pm. Highlights include live music, a bustling marketplace and a clothes swap-o-rama. Robin Harper MSP and Ian Murray MP will take part in a Climate Question Time at 11am. Entry is free.

Some of our most glorious days out and about have taken place in Autumn. If you fancy an interesting dander on the farm, it’s just a 25 minute drive to Whitmuir The Organic Place in Lamancha. Take one of their planned walks in search of ducks, cows, chickens and the cutest little pigs. And there’s always the added reward of a GREAT cafe. We were there on Saturday, and it was glorious.

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget, I’m always looking for wonderful new design work that fits with our sustainability ethos … local, remade and natural. Traceability will be an important issue for Frugal Cool in 2011. If you spot anything that would be perfect for our ReMade shop, please let me know.

Designers, get in touch. I’d love to know what you’re making now. Anyone looking for a space to hold workshops? I might just have one.

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