Monday, 30 November 2009

Happy St. Andrews Day

Blue & white things....maybe a bit of a tenuous link to St. Andrews day...?
From top: Lindsay Grime (who will be the next exhibitor in the Tiny Gallery at the Made in the Shade Maisonette!) Global Guru, Julia Smith Ceramics

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Stick 'em up!

So, you're probably wondering where all the paper promo stuff for Magpie is....'who knows' would be the answer to that! Flyers & posters ordered, but nowhere to be seen, I'm beginning to worry a little as there is little over a week to go....flyers really are no good if they are floating around the ether rather than in somebodies hand!

So, is the poster. If you want the full sized file, just email me and I'll send it to you to print out and plaster around the place! Or, just grab this one and stick it on your blog, facebook, peoples backs or wherever  you see fit! Hopefully the real ones will turn up soon...


Top to bottom: Asking for Trouble, GlitterySah, Piece of Cake  - all will be at Magpie next Sunday!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


Head over to The Coveted Mags blog to read a lovely feature on Charlotte Hess who will be appearing at Magpie

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


With just less than two weeks to go until Magpie descends, it's a little like a scene from the Birds around here - but with less scary birds and more craft...maybe nothing like The Birds at all then - but hey, it's a good picture!

So anyway, there is a point to this post - we're after volunteers to help us out with the set-up and running of Magpie on 6th December. You could be helping us decorate the venue, showing people to their stalls, going on coffee runs, handing out fliers, directing people to the event, supervising Frank the Christmas Tree, helping out in our crafting area and various other things...

What we're after: a fun, friendly and cheerful soul who doesn't mind getting stuck in.

What we can offer: experience, references, a tea, coffee & lunch allowance (depending on length of time helping), a fun (but possibly hectic) day!

We've not set a time limit for volunteers, but we'd love one or two really fabulous people to be with us all day, but if you can only offer an hour or two that's fine aswell! Email us ( with a little bit of information about yourself and what you might be able to help out with!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Rain rain go away....

So, the weather in the UK is pretty horrible right now, Edinburgh included. Luckily the Magpie team have been holed up inside with warm cups of tea, blankets and a fire unfortunately that's been in conjunction with horrible viruses (you win some, you lose some)

If you do have to venture out, make sure you wrap up in something fabulous, like one of the Dandelion Projects knitted collars, and pin your own little happy cloud, from Wooden Tree somewhere about your person.
All of which will be appearing at Magpie Market in December, so if you want to stay inside for the next two weeks that's fine by us!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Meet the makers...

Top L-R Isobel & Cleo, Angharad Mclaren
Bottom L-R Lindsay Grime, Sunlight on closed lids

We are excited and very delighted to announce such an amazing array of talented designers for our first Magpie Market! With everything from cards to ceramics, plush squids to knitted jewellery I think we will have a little something for everyone!

We'll have a closer look at the designers between now and December, but for now, why not lose a couple of hours browsing through the websites below? Be sure to write a wish list and make sure you come along on 6th December!

Little Silver Leaf
Isobel & Cleo
Julia Smith Ceramics
Angharad Mclaren
Magic Alice
Glittery Sah
Orange Fishy
Edinburgh Vintage
Asking for Trouble
Lost in the Forest
Sunlight on Closed Lids & Piece of Cake Crochet
The Dandelion Project
Hatform & Global Guru
Leah Halliday
SusieMaroon & Wooden Tree
Bread & Circuses
Lizzy Stewart & Lindsay Grime
Vertiline in Love

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

home sweet home

The LOT will be our home on December 6th and we are very much looking forward to moving in!

Housed in a converted church in the heart of the Grassmarket in Edinburgh is the LOT. We are commandeering the whole building, which includes the airy space upstairs (with fabulous ceiling!), balcony and cosy bistro!

So, how do I get there? I hear you ask....

The LOT is situated at the west end of the Grassmarket, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. it is around a ten minute walk from the city centre and Waverley Station (exit via Waverley Bridge).

The Grassmarket and surrounding area is well known for it's unique boutique shops, and we are so pleased to be a part of that for the day!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Get Involved

So, you want to get involved with Magpie, but you're too far away/too busy/enter other reason here? (delete as appropriate) Well, do we have the solution for you!?

Why, yes we do! 

As part of Magpies festivities, we shall have a little Christmas tree (called Frank) and we want your decorations to adorn the little fellow and your gifts to sit under his branches! These will be sold off throughout the day, with all proceeds going to the Woodland Trust. Think of it as a wee promotional opportunity (attach a business card or label to your decorations and make your wrapping out of flyers and adverts for your business) and a chance to do a good deed for trees everywhere!

Interested? email or leave a comment for details!

Keep an eye out for more opportunities coming soon!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Monday 16th November


Well, what a hectic week here at Magpie headquarters! I shant go into the ins and outs of what has happened this week, as I'm sure it's not very interesting to read!

We've had a fantastic response to Magpie, with some excellent applications, lovely messages and lots of support from everyone! Special thanks to our twitter followers or spreading the word!
I was very surprised when I started getting emails from people who had read about us in the Evening News on Saturday night! There have been a few people who contacted me yesterday to say that they wouldn't be able to get their applications in until today, so in the interest of fairness I have extended the deadline until today! However, I won't be sending out any new applications. So, if you requested an application pack and thought you'd missed out please send in your applications quickly!

A full vendor list will be announced on Wednesday!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Funky, Funky...


The first Christmas present I remember getting was a New Kids on the Block mix tape from my mum. Why buy one album when you can squeeze their entire back catalogue onto a double tape, and for free if you 'borrow' it from the library? I don't remember how old I was, although it was definitely before my 25th birthday. Anyway, it included all of their Christmas hits. I played it to death. It was special. It was handmade. However...It should not be repeated. 

To ensure that we are not invaded by crazy NKOTB fans and have our ears bleed Magpie wants you to suggest some fabulous festive tunes for our winter playlist to accompany us on December 6th.

Leave your suggestions in the comments.....

Friday 13th....

Happy Friday 13th! Hopefully that means nothing more than there being only 2 days left to get your applications in! Have lucky days everybody and if you see Mr. Magpie...don't forget to say hello!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Vendor Applications - Now Open

Magpie will be a collection of some of the finest contemporary craft and design talent that is on offer right now....a veritable Magpies nest of treats and treasures. Housed in a converted church in the centre of the Grassmarkets, Edinburgh, will be a one day festive market. We are currently looking for stall holders, so if you think you fit the bill and are free on 6th December please get in touch by emailing me (emily.chandler(@) and requesting an application pack.

We are looking for: jewellery designers, illustrators, textiles, vintage, trinkets, fancy edibles, clothing.....anything that really catches Magpies eye!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Magpie is.....

Magpie is.... a new petite boutique shopping event coming soon to Edinburgh.

Magpie is.... in love with vintage style, contemporary design, indie craft, quirky illustrations and general fabulousness.

Magpie is.... looking for you. Contact us ( to find out about selling opportunities at Magpie Market in December.

Terms & Conditions

Please read the terms & conditions before applying. An application to Magpie means that you have read and agreed to the T&C's.

The application process

Register your interest with us by emailing You will be sent an application pack out soon after (if you don’t receive anything within 7 days please get in touch!)
Fill in the application and return it to us with 3 high quality images of your work. These may be used to advertise the event, so please ensure they are 300dpi and preferably on a white background.
The closing date for applications will be specified on the form – if you wish to be considered please return it to us by this date.
All applications will be reviewed and a final list of vendors will be selected. Unfortunately due to the amount of applications received and space restrictions not all applications will be successful. All applicants will be notified of our decision.
If you are successful you will receive a confirmation email, it will have details of how, where and when to pay the stall fees. Bookings are not secured until full payment is received.
If you aren’t successful this time around, don’t be disheartened, it doesn’t mean we don’t like you and your products! We will keep you informed of future events and happenings in Magpies nest.

Terms & Conditions

Date & Time
Magpies Winter Market will take place on 6th December 2009 and will be open to the public between 12pm and 6pm. Vendors will be allowed access to the building between 11am and 6.45pm

Magpie can take no responsibility for loss or damage to your products or belongings on the day.
It is your responsibility as stall holder to have Public Liability Insurance – if you need insurance we can recommend a good deal – just give us a shout!

Payment is required by the date specified in the confirmation email. Bookings are not secured until full payment is received. Bookings are not transferable.


A full refund of the stall fee is available if you cancel within 7 days of payment.
A refund minus 20% is available if you cancel after this time.
No refund will be available if you fail to notify us of cancellation and don’t show up at the event.
If you need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible!

Contact Us

Any questions, queries or problems please contact Emily –