Thursday, June 11, 2009

Simply H? - simply gorgeous!

Simply H is a fair professional, running her own events in Whitstable. It will be lovely to have Helen at the do for experience, but more especially for the gorgeous items she makes!

1) If you were a cake, what kind of cake would you be?
Well, I am away with the fairies most of the time and love chocolate so a chocolate fairy cake!

2) What will you be doing at “A Makey ‘do’”?
I will be selling my handmade fabric bags, dolls, mermaids, appliqu├ęd kids t-shirts and clothes and handmade cards.

3) Fish and Chips or Curry?
I do love fish and chips, but it would have to be a curry – preferably Thai!

4) Where else can your wares usually be found? I am about to set up a Folksy shop, but apart from that I run craft fairs in Whitstable where I sell them and also sell a few bits in the little shop in Whitstable where I work part-time ‘Taking the Plunge’.

5) Do you usually hang out in Sandwich, or are you a visitor?
I love Sandwich; we have been a few times, but not as many as we should since it is so near to us! It is a lovely little town.

6) Who is your all-time hero?
Ohh, do I have to pick one! A new hero is Heather Ross because not only does sew, create patterns and fabric but she is also an amazing illustrator too! I love illustrators Julie Morstad and Edward Gorey and Felicity Wishes illustrator Emma Thomson - anyone who illustrates or creates at home as an actual career is a hero to me!

7) Who got you started on your crafty journey?
My dad, sister and nan are all very artistic and I have always drawn and went to art college. I am not sure where the sewing came from! My mum had a sewing machine, which she gave me a couple of years ago as she never used it and I just fell in love with sewing and making things

8) What colour draws you most?
Blues and greens – but funnily enough I don’t seem to have nearly enough fabrics in these colours!

9) Where do you go for inspiration?
I get lots of inspiration from reading blogs, my kids and family and their funny ways and living by the sea is very inspirational – Whitstable has some lovely, independent shops, which are very inspiring such as Taking the Plunge for lovely gifts and Frank – which sells work by British artists and crafty sorts!

10) Do you dunk?
Oh no! I’m afraid I don’t really understand soggy biscuits! I like them nice and crunchy!
I know my little girl is going to be spellbound by the mermaid dollies, well actually I am!
Thanks for telling all Helen. (even if you are a non-dunker!)
I have been out all morning talking to local shop keepers and handing out posters, I have had some lovely conversations and am confident that anyone having a mooch around town can't fail to see the adverts for the 'do'. Next I shall spread the net a little your local notice board- you never know where I might pop up next!


  1. jenny you are SOO prejudiced against us sensible non-dunkers ! Welcome Helen, I look forward to meeting you in the non-dunking section.

  2. I'm a fellow dunker!! Love those mermaids. We have such a lack of craft shops in these parts that perhaps I really do need to get my back end in gear and do something about it.

  3. ooh, you have made me want to live somewhere lvely like whitstable now! Maidstone doesn't quite do it! oh well, if I can get my passport stamped with an exit visa I am sure I will make it down for the makey do - have been telling everyone, especially my hairdresser - who knows EVERYONE!

  4. I am so looking forward to going and meeting all of these crafty people - non-dunkers and dunkers!
    Thanks for your comments, better get making more mermaids as I only have 1 doll left from the other fair! Oh and missmakesstuff - I have nice memories of maidstone as that is where I went to art college! It's not that far from sandwich.....


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