Thursday, 9 December 2010

Magpie Market 1

This Sunday.....

Joanne MacFayden

Love Me Again

Rosita Handmade

Susie Maroon

A Wooden Tree
Magpie Market is still very much planning to go ahead this Sunday despite the cold, snow & awful travelling conditions of late. We're really hoping that the weather continues to 'warm' up and that we'll be able to welcome all of our stall holders from across Edinburgh.

Friday, 12 November 2010

A little bit of vintage....

Vertiline in Love will bring a mixture of vintage pieces and a selection of fabulous vintage style, reworked accessories from a variety of designers. 

Love Me Again has everything from vintage nightwear, babycham glasses and knitting patterns to old school satchels, teasets and vintage dressing table sets...and everything in-between. You're sure to find some treasures! 

Excuses, excuses!

Well, apologies for the lack of sneak peeks and meet the maker posts....I got struck down with the Dreaded Cold (which is thankfully almost away in time for the weekend) which left me barely able to move let alone think up questions to email to our exhibitors!

SO. Instead you will just get a barrage of sneak peek images over the next couple of days! Starting NOW!

Alexandra Fiddes, part of the Such & Such collective makes stunning silver jewellery...I am coveting her twig ring .....hint hint Santa Claus!

Little Sister Lucy creates sumptuous, hand-dyed, hand made lingerie and sleepwear from gorgeous silks and Liberty print fabrics. 

Caroline Clougley, another memeber of Such & Such makes beautifully dark & sinister jewellery....

Charlotte Hannett, the third member of Such & Such with yet more fabulous jewellery. 


We have a little opportunity for a cheerful, friendly, approachable somebody that doesn't mind the wind and possible rain...We're looking for a flyerer or two for this Sunday and also Sunday 12th December for the next Magpie. It's a paid opportunity, and we will also provide tea! 

We'll need you from 11.30 - 4.30 or thereabouts. 

Get in touch magpiemarket(at)gmail(dot)com. 

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Meet the Makers

Louise Smurthwaite

A favourite of mine, cute repeat prints, innovative use of building blocks & knitted facial hair. I'm not sure you could want much more?

I heart dot dot dot

The lovely Iona makes a variety of things from cross-stitched cards with oh-so-sweet sayings, to headscarves, knitted treats & zines! Lots to look at & lots to buy! 

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Meet the Maker

Whooops! Long time no blog, bad me!

Next week will be the start of a little series 'Meet the Makers' where you can find out a bit more about some of the designers, makers and sellers appearing at the upcoming Magpie Markets.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Penny Forbes, Rosita Handmade & Lost in the Forest with some textiley goodness. There will also be fabulous handmade clothing from 'if my name was....' whose pictures I can't seem to find - but trust me....beautiful dresses, headbands and more! 

Monday, 4 October 2010

Returning to Magpie Market are Nekocherry, Plastic Bat and Mina Braun, so if you were kicking yourself for missing that amazing thing fear not as you've been given a second chance! 

Friday, 1 October 2010

October sneak peek pt. 1

There's been an overwhelming response to our call for vendors for the A/W season of Magpie. We're just really sorry that we can't accommodate everybody's fabulous things – we're trying to squeeze as much as we can into our mini-markets!

First up....October 10th just over a week away...

Here's a little sneek peak at the vendors...

Suzy Loves, Wildcat Designs, Cissyface loads more...!

As always, it's free entry with free goody bags for the early birds!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Magpie Market winter season

The nights are drawing in and there's a definite chill in the air....we're busy preparing for the next few months Magpie Market. Expect some fabulous handmade & indie sellers. 

Please distribute the flyer on your blog, twitter, facebook and wherever else you feel like putting it :)

Vendors for October will be previewed in the next few days... 

Friday, 17 September 2010

Upcoming workshops at The Spider and The Fly

Upcoming Workshops at The Spider and The Fly. We provide all materials, expert tuition &; some lovely refreshments! 

Cardi-hole Surgery & Jean-etic engineering 

Is your favourite cardigan tired and worn out? Give it a new lease of life with some cardi-hole surgery...

Not so much Make do and Mend but Mend and Make Fabulous!

Week 1: Fix & darn holes, make some fancy patches and generally transform your cardi back into one piece!

Week 2: Make that cardi beautiful again! Choose some fabulous buttons, embroider on some patterns and make your other cardigans jealous!

Week 3: Jean-etic Engineering: Patch up and fix your holey jeans in a rather beautiful way.

You will be provided with expert tuition from Ellen Munro and learn the skills you need to patch, darn, embroider, sew amongst other techniques.

You will also be provided with tea & biscuits!

£15 per session or £40 for all 3. Booking essential as places are very limited! Please email or visit The Spider and The Fly at 65 Bread Street. EH3 9AH

Meet and Make Badge-Making Workshop

Join Nikki McWilliams for a drop-in badge making session: bring along your own art, photos or doodles, or use my collection of collage materials to create your own badge collection. 6.30pm - 9.00pm 5th Octiober. 

Free to attend. Small cost per badge. 

DIY Drop-in - On the last Tuesday of every month join us for tea and cake, crafting and chatting. Bring along your own project, or buy one of ours! Bring friends, make friends, craft and chat. Share your crafting dilemmas and see if you can find a solution! From 2pm - 6pm. 

Free! No Need to book! 

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Magpie Market....update!

There will be a review post of Septembers Magpie in the next few days, but just now I thought I'd give you a little update on the rest of the year....

Due to overwhelming demand applications for October are now closed. Applications for all future markets will close on 19th September, which gives you a few days to get an application in if you've been hanging on....

We're currently trying to see if we can squeeze more people in for the markets leading up to Christmas as there really has been such a high quality of applicants we really don't want to have to make some tough decisions! 

We hope to notify everybody of the decision by 20th September!

Thanks for your patience! x

Conversation Pieces & Tea Cakes

(image from Nikki McWilliams)

Nikki McWilliams exhibition opening was on Tuesday evening. Lots of lovely people turned up, wine was drunk, amazing house/tunnocks themed biscuits were eaten (I have no pictures of these....) and drawings were purchased. There is now only two out of the four amazing original drawings left for sale, so I'd advise getting down to the Spider and The Fly early if you think you might like to buy one!

In celebration of the exhibition, all things Scottish and Conversation Pieces blog birthday The Spider and The Fly  is taking part in a give-away over at the Conversation Pieces blog. You can win one of Nikkis Tunnocks cushions! All you need to do is say why you need it in your life in the comments over here

Saturday, 11 September 2010


We will have a giant stall full of fabulous prints and works by some great Edinburgh based illustrators. I'm enjoying calling the stall Neko Cherry & friends....

Neko Cherry

Mina Braun

Olly Paterson

Friday, 10 September 2010

Not long to go now....Sunday at 12pm....come and see....

Glittery Sah

Jolly Good Studio


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Sneak 3

Such and Such are.....

Alexandra Fiddes

Caroline Cloughley

Charlotte Hannett

Caroline, Alex and Charlie are all makers of contemporary jewellery. Their work (lucky for us!) compliments each others due to the theme of nature running throughout. Caroline uses real butterfly wings and unnerving "little people" to create jewellery with a rich internal narrative that stems from her fear of the much adored insects. Alex's bud-like structures are hand forged oxidised and raised then mixed with dyed felt and thread, forming organic pieces which seem to have been grown in an underwater garden! Charlie's jewellery is inspired by her home town of Islay. In her evocative pieces you will find pearly moons, silver waves and boxing hares.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Sneak 2

Rosita Handmade

PegEggLeg (Penny Forbes)

Sneak 1

We have some fabulous vendors lined up for this Sundays Magpie Market.....

Plastic Bat - kitsch jewellery & accessories

The Jazz Emporium - an curated collection of vintage, retro and re-worked clothing & accessories.

Friday, 3 September 2010


In homage to the humble Teacake, Nikki McWilliams presents a collection of drawings and sculpture in tribute to the humble tea-time treat, a family business and scottish culture.

Opening night 7th September 6.30 - coming?

Magpie vendor lists will be revealed shortly....there's only just over a week to go! If you want to help spread the word we could do with some help flyering both before the event and on the day. We pay in tea, coffee and cake. Drop us a line if you want to help out, or pop into The Spider and The Fly! 

Monday, 23 August 2010

Apologies and Opportunities....

So, you may have noticed there's been a slight delay in notifying applicants about the next Magpie Market? Time issues, difficult decisions and now computer issues have all played a part. We have now whittled it down to a fine selection of vendors....who will all be notified when I can access the correct files. I really hope it's just a glitch and that it will all be fine tomorrow (fingers crossed). The wait will be worth it I promise! 

Anyway...on to the opportunities...

We're going to give away some early bird goody bags to the first 50 shoppers through the door. 

We would love you to contribute a little something - a badge, tutorial, zine. Something fun, something that shows people who you are and what you do....something a little more exciting than your business card! You can contribute any amount of things from 1-50.

If you'd like to contribute email for more information! All submissions should be received by 8th September. 

We will also be running a bunting (and other things that hang) making workshop on Tuesday 7th September from 6.30....Come down to The Spider and The Fly and help us create some fabulous bunting (and other things). We'll provide the tea and biscuits just drop by! 

Friday, 6 August 2010

Magpie Market returns....

Magpie Market is returning to The LOT in the heart of the Grassmarket, Edinburgh for a series of monthly markets. These will be held on the second Sunday of September, October, November and December. We're looking for the very best, freshest, newest, most interesting designers, makers, vintage sellers and artists to come together and set up shop at the Magpie monthly markets.
Magpie Market will run alongside Sunday Brunch at The LOT, which will see fabulous live music and brunch served in the café.

What does it cost?
Single space - £20.00
Shared space - £30.00
How do I apply?

Please email (magpiemarket(at)gmail(dot)com) with......

Your Name:

Business Name:

Contact number & email:

A little bit of information about your business:

Dates which you're applying for:
September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th?

Plus 3 good quality pictures, or a link to somewhere we can see your work online.

The application process
Fill out the application and return it to us ( with 3 high quality images of your work. These images are what we will use to choose stall holders and may be used in our promotion, so please ensure they are fabulous!
The closing date for applications for September is 15th
 August – 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. We want to create a fabulous shopping experience, so will be carefully choosing stallholders in order to provide a great range of handmade products for shoppers. All applicants will be notified of our decision by 22nd August.  Sorry, but due to the venue license we're unable to accept food. 

Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Spider and The Fly is open!

Well, I probably should have updated by now to say that The Spider and The Fly is now open!! Hooray! 

65 Bread Street. Edinburgh. EH3 5LP

Come down and see (and buy!) some fabulous hand made jewellery, gifts, clothing and accessories from some amazing designers. You can also see the excellent Cut-Click mail art exhibition, which lots of you contributed to (thanks!)