Makers Corner: Alisha Lestrade

As a self taught sewer Alisha made her first dolls for her niece’s because they wanted dolls that looked like them, with skin colour and hairstyles like theirs, but couldn’t find anything similar in shops or online.

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She wanted to give making dolls a chance so headed to her favourite local market, Camden Lock, fitting in perfectly with its diverse and multicultural offering. Alisha opened Sugacandipop as a pop up shop in the Dingwalls Gallery area, next door to the Lower Market Hall in August 2012.

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Alisha made her dolls onsite and sold them 7 days a week and, with a lot of  help from her sister and a good friend, the shop soon became part of the tight community of market traders.

Initially only booked for a 2 weekk run, the Sugacandipop Pop-up Shop was so well received that it stayed open until December 2013.

It only closed when Alisha was due to have a baby starting a family of her own.

Her professional background is in childcare and playwork, specialising in crafts and she has worked with children for 15 years.

She has relaunched her diverse doll making business under a new name Thimble & Doll ready for Christmas 2017. The dolls are still designed, drawn, cut and stitched by hand by the lady herself.

 In 2012 she started with 5 skin tones but has now doubled this to 10! You can buy a selection of pre made dolls from Alisha’s online shop or make a bespoke order for you own doll. There are currently 4 styles of doll available and different sizes to choose from, with lots of customising options for that really personal touch.

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 “Diversity is a core value of my business and is important because representation matters. We don’t all look the same, we come in all different colours, so dolls should too!” – Alisha, Founder

Find Alisha and her amazing dolls on 4 May at The Beehive Pub (http://beehiven17.com/), Stoneleigh Road, N17 9BQ at our May Makers Market.

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Etsy Made Local Tottenham 2018

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Following the success of Etsy Made Local Tottenham 2017, we are glad to announce that the Crafty North Londoner Etsy Team have been confirmed as a host for 2018.

We will once again open our doors and bring the sellers of Etsy.com offline and to two  venues near you!

A few places remain for our upcoming Etsy Made Local Christmas Market on Saturday 1st December. We are no longer able to accept applications from the categories of art, illustration and jewellery sellers. Application form.

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About Etsy Made Local

Etsy Made Local is an annual seller-led, Etsy initiative celebrating crafters, collectors and artisans from across the UK. Between 30 November – 2 December, towns and cities will play host to a pop-up market featuring some of the best handmade gifts, vintage goods and craft supplies available on Etsy.com, to local customers.

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Introductions

The Crafty North Londoner Etsy Team is organised on a voluntarily basis. The sole purpose is to provide a platform for sellers who wish to reconnect with their customers in a face-to-face setting.

At each market we have held this past year, customers have commented on the high quality items produced. Simply put, we are all amazing designer-maker crafters in our fields! For that reason, if you are not selected to trade, please do not be disheartened. Most importantly, it will not be because your products are not up to scratch, but instead,  your category is over subscribed, or because through experience, we have learnt what does/does not trade very well on market day. We do not want to accept your application fee for the sake of it.

 

Once again, the Crafty North Londoner Etsy Team is operated on a voluntary basis. As this is a community event, all successful applicants will be expected to participate in the promotion of the market, may it be online or offline and assist with the setup or breakdown of the market. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one!

And just in case you’re not sure where to locate the application form, apply here for Etsy Made Local Tottenham and we look forward to seeing you at our bumper handmade only Christmas Market on December 1st (Tottenham Town Hall) and 2nd (The Beehive Pub).

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Gift Guide – Kids

Little people equally deserve something special and we have collated our top picks of vendors who make cool little items for our little angels. We look forward to you joining us on March 3rd at Green Rooms, Wood Green! Did someone say Red Velvet cake*…!!

 

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www.etsy.com/shop/afropuffltd

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www.etsy.com/shop/pinkmushroomdesigns

Tash Hatcher

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HatchlingMakes

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www.etsy.com/shop/chasingtigers

Wiity Ditty mugs

www.wittydittydesigns.com

 

*Hurry! While stocks last!