Springtime arrives!

I am so happy the sun’s been shining in recent days, it really lifts my spirits when ReMade is flooded with sunlight. I switch off the lights and heating, and open the front door. A little fresh air and everything seems possible, doesn’t it?

Springtime truly arrived at ReMade on Saturday when Jimmy Neilson (husband of Liz) arrived with twelve glorious pots of homegrown snowdrops. They sold out within a few hours! No worries though, there are more locally-grown plants and herbs on their way … all grown without the use of chemicals.

Fairtrade Fortnight has started, and as usual, we have a wonderful selection of fairly-traded gifts from The Green Gift Company. Jane and I are hosting a Fairtrade Coffee Morning on Friday 11 March from 10am. Specially-made cupcakes (with good ingredients) will be delicious with the Fairtrade coffee and tea. And I think we should have some fun. Any wee ones can decorate some bunting for us, and let’s have a free prize draw! I hope you can make it.

The Sewing Room is open for business at ReMade, with Musselburgh designer Laura Fleming setting up her machines to make curtains and home accessories to order, undertake repairs (including clothes) and to pass on a few skills to budding stitchers. We’re working on a programme of classes, both with Laura and the wonderful Betsy B. More news next time. You can contact Laura every weekday (except Wednesdays) at ReMade or on 07949 669475.

Ruches and Folds is an exhibition of felting by Heather Potten. It’s our first ever exhibition so please do come along. Heather designs and makes beautiful and sculptural felted scarves and wall hangings. Each is a work of art, very tactile and unique. See the exhibition page for more information.

Of course, there is a world outside ReMade (I suppose) and this Saturday, there are some groovy events you might like to visit. Morningside Makers is always interesting for handmade crafts, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fashion Fair is a steamy retro adventure and Portobello Organic Market may be chilly but full of organic goodness.

Just out is the latest online issue of UK Handmade. Talking of magazines, the next issue of Cloth Magazine is due next week and you’ll be able to pick up your copy at ReMade, just £3.50.

Finally … there’s lots of new things to see at ReMade. Despite a quiet period after Christmas, I’ve continued to invest in our designers by buying their wonderful work. Sweet little slippers for newborns by Jiggle Ma Wiggle, just £13. Perfect for little girls, I’ve placed an order for more, both for boys and older babies. Another newborn gift – hot off the sewing machine – is a patchwork pram/car seat quilt by Laura Fleming, with a little bird applique, £22.50. Knitted and felted bags by Judith Crombie are back in stock, prices from £23 to £40. Very sturdy, gorgeous mottled wools and vintage buttons. Upcycled vintage mirrors from Trash Furnishings are just in today, as well as new bird mobiles by Tarnish. And lots lots more. The shop is flippin’ bloomin’.

In response to the recent closure of Lilly and Grace two doors down, I’m building a little collection of recycled and/or locally-made greetings cards and wrappings. Also please tell me what you miss from our lovely neighbour and I’ll see what we can do – in a handmade, recycled, fabulously ethical kind of way, of course.

The latest news and photos from ReMade are on Frugal Cool’s Facebook.

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