On Saturday 13th May, local events management business, Avocado Events teamed up with York’s plush Hotel du Vin to host the city’s second Bump & Beyond fair. Designed to bring together new and expectant parents, local makers and antenatal/postnatal organisations, the event featured over 18 different stalls, including Nutkin Avenue!
It was the first time I’d done anything like this before so I was a little nervous to begin with (this kind of thing is WAY out of my comfort zone). But once I’d unpacked my new baby cards and set up my stall, I felt much more at ease. I even made myself walk around the room and chat to the other sellers (again, totally out of my comfort zone) before the doors officially opened.
I was relieved to discover I wasn’t the only first-timer. My ‘neighbour’, Belle + Bear who create beautiful wooden baby accessories were making their stall-running debut too. Phew!
Once the guests began to arrive, the mocktails flowed and the Avocado-branded cupcakes circulated, adding to the warm, relaxed vibe. I chatted to some lovely fellow mummies-to-be, new mums and creatives – and even sold a few cards! Hurrah!
So, all in all, it was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who made a purchase, picked up a business card (luggage tag) or simply took the time to browse my card selection. And a very big thank you to Kate at Avocado Events for allowing me this fabulous opportunity. I’m sure everyone who attended will agree it was a wonderful afternoon.
Since the launch of my Etsy shop, I’ve been busy crafting greetings cards for a number of different occasions. From woodland-inspired wonders to wedding, new baby and Mother’s Day cards, the collection is really starting to grow.
All the cards follow my trademark style; minimal, rustic and a little bit ‘shabby chic’. Garden twine, glue, a scalpel, patience and good hand-eye coordination are my essential ingredients!
Planning a wedding? Thinking of opting for simple, handcrafted Save the Dates or invites? Let’s talk! I designed and made the invitations for my own wedding in 2015 and would love to help you make your big day just as special. Get in touch via my Facebook page if you’d like to talk through your ideas.
Keep an eye on the shop for new additions!
Wedding / engagement card
New baby card
It’s been a couple of years since tying the knot and in that time I’ve realised that crafting decorations and little gifts for people who appreciate the simple things in life is what I want to do for a living. So I’ve launched my very own Etsy shop! It’s very early days and I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead but I’m determined to make it (quite literally).
The name ‘Nutkin Avenue’ has derived from my latest obsession with squirrels (or ‘Nutkins’ as I like to call them). There are hundreds of them living on the leafy, tree-lined avenue just around the corner from our home in the beautiful city of York. And as I spend a lot of my time taking photos of the cute, beady-eyed creatures and running or walking down the avenue, the name just seemed perfect. My other half agreed to it immediately!
At the moment, I am stocking greeting cards, hand-punched vintage paper confetti, hand-cut and stitched vintage book butterflies and framed motivational quotes but I have plans for a very special product range in the pipeline. Just watch this space!