Saturday, 3 December 2011

December news

After a few successful crafts fairs, here a quick reminder that my last fair of the year and quite possibly my favourite, I will be selling at Leeds Corn Exchange tomorrow (Sunday 4th) from 11am along with lots of other lovelies.

Here's the flyer and for a preview of who else is taking part, take a peek at the Reet Sweet blog!
If you can't make that then take a look at my etsy/ folksy shops which will be full of Christmas ideas and crafty goodness!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Best dressed stall!

I had an excellent day at Sheffield's Student Union Winter Craft fair. The day was busy and had a fabulous selection of designers. I received lots of compliments about my items which was very flattering.

To my utter suprise, I received a 'Best Dressed Stall Award'! I get to keep the lovely rosett and bottle of wine for my efforts! This made me very happy! You can see a few photos from the day just below.

I will be back with more to offer to those wonderful Sheffield folk next Sunday at the Millenium Galleries Reet Sweet Christmas Fair! Looking forward to it! Check out Reet Sweet's brand spanking new website too!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Winter craft Fair!

On Saturday I will have a stall at Sheffield Student Union Winter Craft Fair! Something new and exciting! Take a look at their lovely blog post introuding me - here! Sheffield is excellent if you loves crafts and Christmas shopping, so please come take a look if you are around!

A brief look at some new things you can buy from me at up coming fairs:

Also, you can still view/buy some exclusive items from The Bowery in Headingley, don't forget!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Winter goodness...


With November pretty much upon us, I thought I would remind you of the next craft event I will be attending:
A collaboration of two of my favourite events and people, Reet Sweet Craft Events have joined forces with Handmade Leeds to create a craft spectacular next Tuesday 8th November. Open from 11am-4pm, this event is held at Leeds University Union, Riley Smith Hall and will be showcasing 30 fabulous craft stalls. Great for Christmas shopping or to cheer yourself up, there is everything from tea and cake, to badges and prints, to jewellrey and plush items! Come have a look and watch this space for more exciting crafty news from Jil Made This!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Back to it

Hurray, I have the internet again! Settling in my new flat and lots to do! Got a good few craft fairs coming up before Christmas, so lots of opportunity to buy my crafts!

Pop these dates in your diary:

Tuesday November 8th @ Leeds University, Riley Smith Hall with Reet sweet and Handmade Leeds- 11am-4pm - 30 stalls of crafty goodness!

Saturday 19th November @ Sheffield Student's Union, 11am-4pm

Sunday 27th November @ Sheffield Millenium Gallery with Reet Sweet 12pm-4pm

Sunday 4th December @ Leeds Corn exchange with Reet Sweet's Christmas Spectacular - 11am-430pm

Here's a quick snap of part of my work are in my new abode - still got lots to organise/ tidy!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

This weekend...

This Saturday and Sunday, I will be selling at Reet Sweet Neo Craft Event at the lovely Leeds Corn Exchange. As well as the usual suspects, there will be some new sellers and lots of exciting new and original items available! To have a look at who's there and what to expect, take a look at the Reet Sweet blog!

Here's a photo of the lovely Miss Bianca who is a crafter herself and bought one of my ponies and magically turned it into an amazing hairband. I think it look fab and great to see her turn my make into something new. Check out Bianca's work at her blog. She crafts under the name of 'Bee Anchor' and creates original and hand crafted accessories. My favourites being knitted necklaces and origami hair clips! She will be there at the weekend selling her wares!

Have I ever mentioned that i started my own official website Well, it's a little basic at the moment, but take a look and tell me what you think!

My flat is coming alone nicely. I am hoping to move in next week, so will post some photos of how it's looking soon! Meanwhile, see you at Reet Sweet!

Thursday, 8 September 2011


While I've been busy working, stripping wallpaper, printing, painting walls, cleaning, screaming at the sight of massive spiders and lots of other things, I've come across a lovely website I thought worth sharing. I found the link on the lovely and very useful Print & Pattern Blog, which I follow nearly everyday.

Ferm Living are a Danish company who produce a range of interior products from wallpaper and wall stickers, to shelves and candle holders. Taking a look at their shop and blog made me very excited and wish that i could afford there lovely things. Their graphic twist on design creates wonderful tools for a chic and modern lifestyle. My favourite piece is the house shaped wall shelf which looks fabulous teamed with the house print wallpaper! Definately my cuppa tea!

In other news, my range at the Bowery in Headingley is selling well, and new items are being introduced, my flat is coming alone nicely and one of my oldest and loveliest friends has had a beautiful baby boy! I created a lovely print to go in his nursery and bought lot of other cute things for baby Noah.

Here's a sneaky look at it and two t shirts I made for myself!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Soon be September

Well with August nearly gone and signs of autumn slowly arriving, my favourite seasons are fast kicking in. I love autumn and winter best of all. They are so inspiring and memorable and nostalgic. Summer is good too, but I like the atmosphere that accompanies the dark evenings and snowy weather.

So, news... I have my own website now. It's nothing fancy at the moment but has the basics and I like it! Visit Jil Made This officially now and also take a look at The Bowery's featured artists. I am now featured and my plush Owls are selling out! I will have a some images up soon!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

A little break..

I have had a great month for crafts and sales, with a few commissions slipped in there too! After sheffield last month, I was also part of Indie Tracks festival (thanks to Amy) and then Reet Sweet's craft weekend last week. They were all successful with new fans emerging!

I am still beavering away and will have new items in my online shops in the next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

I am moving into a new flat in the next few week and have lots of decoration and sorting to do, so will be having a little break from craft fairs for a month or so. I will be posting with updates however and showing you some of the people's work that I love and who inspire me!

Friday, 5 August 2011

This weekend in Leeds!

I will be selling at this event both tomorrow and Sunday! Come along for some weekend fun, with crafters, tea and cake!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

New stockist...

I am very pleased to announce I have a new supplier in Leeds! The Bowery, a vibrant cafe/gallery/gift shop/ studio are now stocking and selling a range of my products in their fantastic listtle gift shop, placed in Headingley. It was included in friday's opening exhibition and has taken pride of place in the window display! The range includes cards, badges and plush items, some exclusively made for The Bowery, so only availbale to buy there!

I am also part of a craft stall at the Derbyshire Indietracks music festival this coming weekend, where my lovely and very crafty friend Amy is selling on my behalf. So if you're down there take a look at our stall. It's a shame I couldn't be there! My thanks go to Amy!

I will be at the next Reet Sweet craft extravaganza next Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th of August! This give you plenty of chance to see what I've been making!

Recently I have received some lovely compliments via email and telephone from people who are fans of my work. This makes me very happy and to have people like my things so much is really encouraging. Michelle was one of these lovely people and I thought i'd give her a shout out as she also has cute things on her blog! Take a look!

I will leave with a photo of me and my sister's at Craft Candy taken from their gallery:

Monday, 18 July 2011

To infinity and beyond!

Wow, what a lovely weekend!

Craft Candy Summer Fair was a-mazing! What a great venue, lovely people and lots of happy, smiling buyers! This was one of my most successful fairs, with lots of positive feedback and even queues to see my crafts! My sister's both came to help out and after a stupidly early morning wake, the day flowed steadily and we even had some last minute buyers. There were other stunning stalls selling original and innovative crafts too! I was very pleased to be part of such a lovely and busy event held in the heart of Sheffield.

Sadly this was the last Craft Candy Fair.
However, do not despair - the super lovely Becki of Reet Sweet craft events has decided to step in and ensure that Craft Candy do not leave a big craft sized gap in Sheffield! Reet sweet events - mostly held in Leeds Corn exchange are like my second home. They've provided me with a place to regularly display and sell my wares and homely place to hang out on a dreary Sunday! So hearing that they are spreading their wings to over cities, is very welcoming news

If you haven't already, please take a look at the Reet Sweet blog, for updates and information on craft events in Leeds and beyond!

I will be updating this week with news on a new stockist in Leeds who'll have an exclusive range of products by yours truly! Watch this space!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

There is a light that never goes out...

I am uber excited to finally be offered a new flat! I have waited patiently for over a year for the right place and now it has finally arrived! I will at long last have a place for all my lovely new and old household items! I will hopefully be in by the end of July!

In other news, I have a fantastic fair coming up in two weeks! It's Craft Candy's Summer Fair in Sheffield Millenium Galleries on Saturday 16th July. This amazing organisation has helped artists and crafts people from Sheffield and the surrounding area to become recognised. My first ever fair was one of their mini events last summer. The atmosphere is great and the venue is lovely, right next door to Sheffield's winter Garden's and just up the road from the train station. Check out the blog to see who will be there alonside me in what promises to be a smashing day out for art and craft lovers!

Here's some images of a few new things. I will be selling some new hair accessories in upcoming fairs as well as my usual treats!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Just came to say hello...

Don't forget about my folksy/etsy shops, here and here!

Friday, 3 June 2011

A Reet Sweet Sunday!

Come along on Sunday to another fantastic Reet Sweet Craft Fair!

I will be there along with many other crafty crafters from 11 til 4.30 at the lovely Corn exchange in Leeds! This is such a lovely fair - my favourite! Check our the blog for what's to come and if you're around, it's definately not to be missed!

Here's a few new things I will be selling:

See you there!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011


I had a lovely birthday and thought I'd post some snaps of the lovely gifts I received. Some made by our very own Leeds crafters - including Kayleigh O'Mara, Debbie Greenaway, some Bird's yard items and some by my very own sister!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Exciting news...

Good Morning!

Well I'm here briefly to update you on some wonderful craft fairs coming up! Some I have to privilege to be taking part in are:

Reet Sweet Summer Craft and Design Fair

11am-4pm, Sunday 5th June @ Leeds Corn Exchange

I am a regular stall holder here and love it. Everyone is very welcoming and there is such a high quality range of crafts and design on offer. Take a look at the Reet Sweet Blog to see who's there and what to expect!

Craft Candy Summer Craft Fair

10am-4pm Saturday 16th July - Sheffield Millenium Galleries

I've been dying to get my claws into this fair and now have the chance and what a great time to do it - summer fairs are always lovely. This event promises 30 stalls of arts and craft, carefully selected to offer a variety of super goods on sale! Check out Craft Candy Blog and see the other events they are proud to hold!

I will also be takin part in Reet Sweet's summer weekend Sale and with the lovely Amy Panda's help, I'm sure to have my items around for sale at a summer festival in Leeds - to be confirmed!

In the mean time, you Leeds folk, check out Reet Sweet @ Nation of Shopkeepers, next Saturday 12pm-5pm! Great Venue - I will be taking a look at some point.

It's my birthday this Sunday so a trip to York with my family and food and drinks with friends is in order! I will be back very soon with shop update and news!

Friday, 29 April 2011

Right Royal...

Here's a few photos from today's 'Right Royal Tea Party and Knees up' at the lovely Angel's Share in Chapel Allerton. Despite the wind we all had a lovely day and my stall looked pretty good. I'm really not into the royal family, but have to say it was quite exciting to watch and the atmosphere was ace! My sister and Mum helped out and we were sat by the screen with full view of the wedding.

Monday is another fair - 'Handmade 6' run by the lovely Amy at brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, Leeds. Come down for bank holiday crafts and cake!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Sunshine already

Well April has been quite lovely hasn't it? Lots of sunshine, bank holidays and a cheery atmosphere. I have been busy drawing, printing and sewing new items. I've chosen some new bright fabrics and tried some new themes. As soon as they're complete, I'll post some photos and update my shops!

In the mean time, good news, you can now buy 'Jil Made This' items at the lovely Bird's Yard in Leeds city centre. They are now stocking a selection of my badges, magnets and plush items on the ground floor shop! If you're in Leeds and haven't been, take a look at the amazing things on offer, from vintage clothes, and jewellrey to printed t shirts and badges! Check out the website for more details, or email me at

The West Yorkshire Playhouse Vintage and Craft Fair was great - I did really well and met some lovely people! it was lovely to see people really liking my items. I sold lots of handmade cards and badges! Don't worry there'll be more.
I have two more fairs confirmed:

Monday 2nd May - Handmade 6 @ Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, Leeds - two bank holidays in a row? No plans? Well come down to this quirky little venue in the heart of Hyde Park and eat cake whilst mooching around the fantastic craft stalls - the talented line up just gets better! Crafters this month include Memo, Amy Panda and the ladies of Fox Bunting.

Sunday 5th June - Reet Sweet Neo Craft Fair @ Leeds Corn exchange - great for those who love shopping on Sundays! The Corn Exchnage not only offers a beautiful building but unique shopping experience and although it seems I'm a regular fixture, this fair never gets boring. It's warm and welcoming both to stall holders and buyers and I thoroughly recommend you come down and see what on offer and have a cupcake and cup of tea while you're there! Once again there's lots of amazing talent. Take a look at the blog and come see me there too!

Enjoy your Easter weekend and the many bank holidays we have!

Friday, 8 April 2011


Come along to the West yorkshire Playhouse craft and vintage fair. It's FREE ENTRY and on from 11-5 in the cafe area! I will be there along with lots of other lovelies! Why not call in for a look and see what you can find from the new and unique sellers...

Monday, 4 April 2011

Spring time

Reet Sweet Fair was once again lovely to be part of on Sunday. A little quiet but some lovely crafters there including the wonderfully talented Kayleigh O'Mara, who's illustrations are so sweet and unique! Of course I had to buy a few things. Take a look at her blog and shop and see what you think...

Here's a few photos of my stall:

This Sturday the 9th, I have a stall at West Yorkshire Playhouse's with the Costume Hire folk. It's a vintage and craft fair with everything from jewellrey to costumes and crafts and is run by my lovely friend Aysha! It's 11am - 5pm and FREE ENTRY! Be lovely to see you there!

Sunday, 27 March 2011


Not long until Reet Sweet's 100% handmade craft fair, so don't forget - next sunday 3rd April (mother's day) 11am-4.30pm at Leeds Corn Exchange! Come and see my lovely things!

I will also be taking part at West Yorkshire Playhouse's Vintage & Craft Fair on Sunday 9th April too!