Friday, 10 January 2014

Wedding Plans

Taken on rather a grey day - hence the grainy shot!
Great Wedding Lou and Ponty! x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

News!

Yey I have a Newsletter! 

if you have subscribed - it will sort of look like this....


Private View Friday 29th November - 6.30-9.30pm. Come along for a festive evening of mulled wine and mince pies!









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The Chocolate Factory N16 Winter Open Studios

Farleigh Place, London, N16 7SX



Private View
Friday 29th November
6.30-9.30pm

Helen Rawlinson
Lighting and Design

Studio F5 will have plenty of special offers on lights, cushions, tea towels and more, plus stocking fillers for all and up to 20% off my current range of home accessories.
You can take a peek at my online shop here but I'm hoping to have a few surprises for the weekend that you won't find online.
25 studios will be open, so it's definitely worth a trip if you haven't been here before and equally nice to come back and see what's new!
Our neighbours at Jacksons Fine Art Shop will be open on the Saturday and The  Dalston Christmas Market in Dalston Square is on the Sunday. There are rumours of an indoor market in Farleigh Place over the same weekend and three other studios in the area will also be open....you can check out our Website or Facebook Page for more info.

New Mailing List!

I've finally managed to accumulate all my contacts to one easy list and will continue to send you news about future sales etc. It will be no more than the usual but If you don't wish to be on 'the list' - it's easy to unsubscribe - see below
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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sketch & Note

One of these little lovelies landed on my doorstep the other day...


You can't get more hand made than this, book making at its absolute best! Thank you Katherine x

Available in her Etsy shop here

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Half Way...



























Last day tomorrow for our Summer Open Studios! What with the heat and Murray on for Wimbledon we might be a bit short on visitors, but it's been good to see people today and the Private View was a nice buzz. Special prices for all my stock this weekend only. See more pics on Instagram #HelenRawlinson or my Facebook Page and the Chocolate Factory Page

Monday, 1 July 2013

Summer Open Studios - This Weekend!

Apologies for the silence!
I'm still working hard and will be open this weekend, just need to do the usual tidy up!
Pop in and say hi! Lots to see, quizzes, talks, workshops and more.
All the info is here
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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

48 hour Sale!

I'm having a flash 48hour sale in my BigCartel Shop. Use the discount code FLASH48 at checkout and get 20% off your entire order.  Only available for in stock items. It's mainly lampshades and in limited supply so if you see one your want it's a good time to buy now!

Easter is coming and I'm going to be away from work for a while and shutting up shop, so if you have been tempted in the past - now's the time to take the plunge!

So this little poppet will cost you just under £55 instead of the usual price of £69 and there are just two left!
Sale ends at 10am this Friday 22nd March. Happy shopping!

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Anyone looking for a personalised lampshade for their little one, please read on.....

Should I really try and do these commercially???
I made this shade for my little niece Imogen - as ordered by her mum my SIL (she knows what she wants!) It's a bit of an extension from the personalised cushions which had me going a bit nuts before Christmas. It was made rather hastily (but with much love!) and it's on fabric rather than paper so the edges had to all be hand rolled etc. I need to try a few more out before I'm ready to set sail with them but not sure who to make the samples for - any volunteers - do you think I should run a competition..the lucky winner etc?
Any suggestions or comments gratefully received! (the base isn't ideal by the way - but my wooden ones made it look a bit tall and I wanted something more sturdy for a child's room - so I'll have to work on that one)

Meanwhile this little lad is growing up fast:
A fun project we tried with the Woodcraft Folk - inspired by the wonderful photos of Jan Von Holleben

By the way, Stanley already has three lampshades in his room and I can't possibly force another one on him!

Oh yes Valentine's  - one of these might come in handy!
Available here


Just a little add on.....

So that was January! I never much like January and this year was no exception if a little worse. I had a bit of a health scare back in December which is now being dealt with and I'm almost ready to bounce back. I closed all my shops just before Christmas and had a really lovely break with the family etc. Thankfully when I reopened them a couple of weeks ago, all these magical customers appeared and have been wonderful at waiting for their packages to arrive - so thank you most sincerely to the Not On The High Street shoppers especially, who have been in full swing, then to the finders and seekers of my Big Cartel Shop which now has more than just lighting to tempt you in and finally the Etsy and Folksy crew for those special custom orders from far and wide.
I've not quite written my list of things to do, but plans are hatching, so apologies for the late start!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Phew!

 



 
Sunday morning people pottering
Time to go home

There were lots of people here, honestly!
My weekend was swallowed up with the great machine that is The Chocolate Factory Open Studios. I'm glad it's all over but it was great fun and went amazingly well. I sold something of everything - bags, lampshades, cushions, tea towels, books, mugs all went off to happy homes. Kids came and doodled, mince pies got munched and so many nice things were said. I'd got my studio into such a state the week before that I didn't think I'd get it all done in time on top of Christmas orders, so apologies for a few belated ones that went out today! It's not easy working on your own sometimes, making decisions and wondering if you're going in the right direction, so it was just nice to see friends and family as well as new faces and get some support and positivity from everyone.  The Chocolate Factory is certainly an ever changing band of individuals which has its ups and downs but, having been here for almost 20 years, it's hard to imagine being anywhere else. Thanks to all who came along and I say this every time with little effect, I WILL try to be a bit more organised next time....

Thank you honeypie!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Open Studios at The Chocolate Factory N16

Thought I better start shouting about this!
Private View is Friday 30th November 6.30-9.30pm - so if you are a secret local reader of my blog...please come and say hi and have a mince pie on me!

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