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Bodgers Cottage, 7 The Street
NR34 8DZ
United Kingdom

+441502575963

We produce hand-crafted items using found objects and materials including: painted pebbles, fabric collages, free machine embroidered pictures, carved wooden spoons and tin-can ink pens. We accept commissions too, such as wedding place settings and one-off textile pictures.

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Blog

Some musings on our life in Suffolk and beyond.

Looking forward...

Edwin Mitchell-Finch

Welcome to 2017 and thank you to all our amazing customers that bought our work over the last year! The lead up to Christmas was promising with lots of appreciative comments and sales and we met some lovely people while at our festive fairs! Now we are in a new year with new challenges!

We introduced letterpress Christmas cards to our collection of wares and we are hoping to show case some new designs over the coming months.

New brooches are being planned with nature, as always, the inspiration along with some other quirky objects thrown in for good measure!

Fairs are being earmarked and booked and they will appear in our events section on the website so you can find out whether we will be near you and of course you can shop 24 hours a day on the web site and remember if there’s anything there that you like but is sold then drop us an email and we will always try to help!!

I will endeavour to keep you up to date with a bit of ‘chat’ throughout the coming months and add anything new that might be happening?

Here’s to a peaceful and creative year!!

FolkEast & beyond!

Edwin Mitchell-Finch

FolkEast festival fell over three days mid August at Glemham Hall Suffolk and was, as always great fun, but a lot of hard work.

How can you feel so tired when all you’ve done is put your stall together and then stood and chatted, explained the ins and outs of free machine embroidery or tin can nib pens and hopefully sold your work to all of the interested customers that wander in and out of the brilliant Art Marquee!!

If you’ve never been then let me whet your appetite with all of the different arts and crafts that are going on, you will find prints, paintings, paper cutting, stained glass, ceramics, jewellery, instrument makers as well as vintage stalls, knitting, crochet and felting! 

Many of these stalls hold daily workshops so no one is miserable or bored and if it’s food and music you’re interested in then you are so spoilt for choice.

We absolutely love the festival and it’s one of the highlights of our year find out more by going to www.folkeast.co.uk

In September we took part in our first Open Studios Art Trail as part of Old Dairy Studios in Beccles.

Over a week 13 artists opened up there work places and welcomed the public in! We kicked off with the Private view at the studios in Beccles, feedback was great and a good weekend followed with a quieter week, still it’s a learning curve and you can always tweek things for up and coming events, on the whole we all felt that it was well worth doing!
Find out more about the artists by going to www.olddairystudios.co.uk

Towards the end of September I was asked to do the Reach Festival near Cambridge. It’s a wonderful traditional village with the pub, village hall and Church right at it’s heart.

The village green was a hive of activity with stallholders setting up. An eclectic mix of makers were there on what was thankfully a dry sunny but rather windy day. 
Apart from having to hang on to my gazebo occasionally I had a very pleasant day of appreciative comments and sales.

It’s been a busy few weeks of stitching, making, painting  and updating the web site shop, if you have a gander you will find new fruit, veg, moths and button brooches plus watch out for the Christmas section to be up dated!!

Ahead there are a few up and coming fairs which you will find in our events section, if you happen to be close to any of those it would be great to meet you and say hello.

Thanks for reading!!

Southwold Arts Festival & 'I make fun stuff' Fairs

Edwin Mitchell-Finch

It all started on Saturday morning with glorious sunshine and a beautiful morning to kick start Southwold's Arts festival week!

The street fair is always popular with visitors and locals and the high street was buzzing with anticipation of a colourful parade and some brisk trading! When the parade went through there were dancers, bands, stilt walkers and children all dressed in their circus themed finery, everyone enjoyed the display. People were out in their summer clothes and we had a brilliant morning of sales and lovely comments as we had our new range of ' fruit & veg' brooches on display with our other new addition some pretty bumble bees brooches!

But as the morning went on the clouds built up, the skies darkened and by 2pm the rain began followed by more and more heavy downpours which put paid to any more browsing and a mass exodus for somewhere dry!

The packing up began and the fight to keep all of the precious stock, so carefully made, dry and safe. The gazebo would have to be taken down and left in a heap in the studio as on the Sunday we were off to 'I Make Fun Stuff's' St Peter's Street fair!!

Sunday morning started, in contrast to Saturday, very wet with pouring rain all the way to Ipswich. We arrived at about 8.40 and had to sit in the car as it was obvious that no set up could happen in the wet, the organisers were dreading the thought of having to cancel but a break in the grey appeared and with some trepidation all the stallholders started to arrange their beautiful arts, crafts and vintage wares! The sun shone through most of the day and lots of sales were made and I now have lots of new friends and followers on Instagram!

Thanks to all of you that picked up a business card at the weekend, if you saw things you liked or if there is anything you love but see is sold on the site then please don't hesitate to contact us as a new similar unique piece can be made to order!!

Until the next fair!!