Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thanks for coming!

Thanks to everyone who came along to, helped at, and exhibited at Christmas Tea & Make - t'was a lovely festive day - as you can see here

Thursday, December 3, 2009

heart zeena

We're really happy to have heart zeena with us for the first time for our Christmas Tea & Make. Here is a sneak preview of her gorgeous cushions and lavender bags. Zeena will also be running a Christmas Cracker making workshop (including bad jokes!) between 2 and 3pm if you fancy joining in and making something! heart zeena also has a brand new etsy shop, so you can buy all year round -

Sadly Polly's out, but Jennifer is in!

Very sadly, the lovely Polly George ( is now unable to attend on Saturday - we'll really miss her there but look forward to having her at our next Spring/Summer event.  However, the great news is that we have a very talented milliner joining us - Jennifer Levet.  Trained in costume design and period millinery, she has an extensive background in running theatrical wardrobes, and "grew up with a mum obsessed with quilting - I love collecting printed cottons as a result and always instantly fall in love with trimmings and beads".  Check out some of her gorgeous creations:

Jennifer says she "will be bringing some funky patterned printed cotton headresses and hats, with one or two feathers thrown in for good measure!".  Can't wait to try them all on and make a cheeky purchase?  Nor can we. 

07970 546073

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tea & Make are happy to be supporting Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum

'The Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum is an organisation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of local young people. We run training courses for young people on various topics, advertise local free events and activities on our web site, run youth-led forums to continually get young people involved in issues that affect them. We also hold adult-based meetings to relay our consultation back to those who provide services to young people. We are also in the process of setting up a community fund based on small monthly donations from the community that will go towards funding current gaps in youth provision.

With the money donated from Tea & Make we hope to run creative sessions with local teenagers, getting them to design some t shirts to advertise our forum. We also hope to build up a relationship with Tea & Make and find ways art can improve the overall feel of Forest Hill, Sydenham and Perry Vale.'

Melissa Knight - Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum

Join in this Saturday - free workshops at Tea & Make

1-2pm. Animation Station with Esther Yarnold. Work with Esther to create a collaborative Christmassy Tea & Make stop-frame animation. Get involved in the whole process and then see your animation projected at the event for the rest of the day!

2-3pm. Christmas Cracker Making with Zeena Shah. Join Zeena to learn how to make your very own stylish crackers for Christmas Day, from materials you’ll have around the house! Fill them with special little gifts and pretty them up with gorgeous ribbons.

3-4pm. Snowflake Tree Decorations with Sara Tierney. Get making with Sara to help us decorate The Honor Oak’s Christmas Tree! Sara will be showing you how to make beautifully simple hand-cut paper decorations.

4-5pm. Gift Topper Making with Cassie English of English Design & Co. Cassie demonstrates some of her simple upcycled gift topper designs. Learn the techniques for Paper Bows and Curly Bows to transform old envelopes and used carrier bags into beautiful and unique gift bows.

All day. Artic Explorer-Beard-Mask-Making.  Visit the Artic’s Stall to make your very own Explorer-Beard-Mask !

All day. Decorate with Tea & Make. Pick up a sheet of Tea & Make’s limited edition paperchains, cut out and glue together, to add to our decorations on the day.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mr Scruff's 'Make Us a Brew' tea at the Sponge U Like Christmas Tea Room

The great DJ, producer and cartoonist Mr Scruff will once again be providing us with his "top quality, great tasting, 100% organic and ethically produced brews".  Enjoy a cup of classic English Breakfast Tea, or extra-warming Mint & Chilli to blow the cobwebs away.  The perfect accompaniment to a slice of yule log, gingerbread Christmas-shaped biscuit or crumble-topped mincepie - just some of the delicious offerings from Sponge U Like at their Christmas Tea Room this Saturday!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Decorate with Tea & Make

Esther has designed some gorgeous paper chains which we'll naturally be covering The Honor Oak in on Saturday but if you'd like to make some yourself (as a Tea & Make Christmas pressie from us to you), simply go to the Tea & Make website and download, print, cut out, stick and hang!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Roddy & Ginger - gorgeousness at T&M

Fellow South East Londoner Virginia Armstrong and her lovely company Roddy & Ginger will be joining us for the first time at the Christmas Tea & Make.  Everything is made by hand in their SE London studio and has a very special, sophisticated retro feel.  Choose from cushions to tea towels and aprons, all hand-printed using only water-based dyes, or from prints to greetings cards, individually screen-printed in limited edition runs.

The generously-sized stockings below are available either in white (as shown) or a rather beautiful natural linen...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Laerke Feld Andersen at Tea & Make - gorgeous!

Paul Farrell's brand new blog!

Paul is of course joining us for Tea & Make on the 5th, but you can also follow his new blog to keep up to date with his work -

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sara Tierney at Tea & Make - not long now!

The rather clever and multi-talented Sara Tierney will be joining us again at the Christmas Tea & Make - and this time she'll be armed with more than just her gorgeous lino-prints of natural, organic forms.  There'll be felt and paper-cut silhouettes (order a bespoke one of a friend or member of your family whilst you can - it's a must-have Christmas gift), handmade blanket-stitched felt tree decorations, recycled applique T-shirts and more!  Looky here...


Sara Tierney 07806 950 759;

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jazz at Tea & Make. Nice...

Jazz singer Kamala Katbamna will be treating Tea & Make to her powerful, rich vocals; with special guests Darragh Kilroy on keys and Andy Evans on bass. Come and join us from 5pm to enjoy their music as we switch on the Christmas Tree lights and decorate the tree!

Kamala has been descibed as having "showy sparkle"; as bringing "refreshing new interpretations of standards, transporting audiences back to foregone eras with her powerful, rich voice"; and as being "a talented and empathetic singer with a beautiful timbre to her voice".

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Crackin' Crafty Crackers at LauraLaura

The most perfect "tree present" (as we call them in our house) or stocking filler for 2009 has to be these rather fabulous Christmas crackers by LauraLaura.  These are the festive treats that they promised to unveil to us a little while back - cleverly crafted from recycled materials, if you are brave enough to pull yours, you will find a traditional paper hat, obligatory joke, and a pair of lovely LauraLaura button earrings inside...

LauraLaura Christmas Crackers, £5 ea or £25/set of 6

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New BFR Mag - screenprinted loveliness

We're really looking forward to meeting the young and talented Barbara Ryan (Rob Ryan jr) at Tea & Make - the new and 13th issue of her BFR Mag is out, and as much as we love the proper photocopied quality of her zines in the past, she's gone for screenprinted this time around and it looks rather nice...

Images courtesy of Barbara Ryan

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cup of Sea at Tea & Make

After all of the rushing around at our first Tea & Make, I (Sally) never did have a really good look at all of the stalls properly - and that's kind of half of the indulgent point of Tea & Make really if we're honest!  It's a collective of designers whose pieces we really love all in one place for us (and lots of other people) to coo over and spend all of our pennies on!  One of the stalls I'd like to have a proper look at at the Christmas event is Cup Of Sea - I love the colours on their Lightning and Clouds Acrylic Rings and at just $8 on Etsy it's a pretty bargainous piece of "ring candy" as Cup of Sea founder and designer Leese Johnstone calls it.

Meeting Paul Farrell over cognac cocktails

We went along to the party in Leicester Square tonight and met Tea & Make exhibitor Paul Farrell for the first time - showcasing some of his gorgeous new bag colours, we were very impressed and really pleased he's looking forward to T&M so much!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

On the home stretch

We met at The Honor Oak this morning to finalise the details for the Christmas Tea & Make (followed by a huge lunch - it was just too tempting!) The pub looked great with the flyers dotted around :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wife of Brian

They're kinda crazy but we love them - Vicky Eames' little company Wife of Brian creates knitted and crocheted beards, moustaches, gloves with eyebrows and eyes, and our favourites, crocheted beard brooches - totally random but handmade and lovely!  Buy your own hand-crafted facial hair at Christmas Tea & Make...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tea & Make Christmas - the venue...

The lovely Honor Oak pub in London SE23 is the venue for our Christmas Tea & Make - thankfully it's big enough for us as we'll be taking over the whole place! It's been our local for a couple of years now and we're looking forward to a great day.  If you are in the Forest Hill area next Thursday 5th and want to check the place out, head along for some bonfire night action plus fireworks, sparklers, hot dogs and toffee apples from 19.00!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

LauraLaura at Christmas T&M

We're very happy to have LauraLaura back for Christmas Tea & Make and sure they'll go down extremely well with the Christmas shoppers - I'm hoping I'll have one of the 'If You Please' jumpers under my Christmas tree this year....  Here is one of LauraLaura's new A/W designs, and we'll be showcasing some rather interesting "top secret for the time being" Christmassy LauraLaura pieces on here soon...

Friday, October 23, 2009

The wonderful Paul Farrell at T&M!

How lucky we are to have the very clever Paul Farrell ( with us at the Christmas Tea & Make?  Here are just some of his designs (check the new gold, mirror vinyl decals - loving them!):

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hannah Waldron at Christmas Tea & Make

We're really excited to have Hannah Waldron and her lovely prints and handmade books at the next Tea & Make - we're particularly looking forward to seeing her brand new book - "Rain Day".  Hannah explains "The book gives you a glimpse of the life of a town, through the eyes of a boy trapped indoors because of the rain, looking out through his window. Through the situation of being bored and frustrated the boy begins to notice all the details of his surroundings and think of others who might be in a similar situation".  Here's a sneak preview from her website - it looks beautiful....

Friday, October 9, 2009

BFR Mag at Christmas Tea & Make!

We are SO excited to have Rob Ryan's daughter Barbara Ryan at our Christmas Tea & Make event.  She's still at school but ridiculously cool - you may have seen her doing a spot of moonlighting over on the Tatty Devine website modelling their gorgeous jewellery but at the next Tea & Make, she'll be selling her 'zine, BFR - a collection of observations and lovely illustrations - "all hand drawn, glued and sewn in my bedroom" she explains on her Etsy shop ( - as soon as you get a copy in your hands, you'll be addicted!

Images courtesey of 

Friday, September 18, 2009

Getting in the Christmas spirit for Christmas Tea & Make...

Cassie English at English Design & Co has already been busy in anticipation of Christmas (and Christmas Tea & Make) with her new Christmas card collection - we can't wait to see her Christmas garlands either...

We're staying close to home for the next Tea & Make at Christmas - how could we resist - we've been offered to do it on a particularly Christmassy day at The Honor Oak pub.... more details coming soon!

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Christmas date is set....

Christmas Shopping Tea & Make - Saturday 5th December 12-6pm. More details coming soon...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Belated THANK YOU...

It's been nearly a week since our first event - can you believe it?! We want to say thank you to everyone for coming last Saturday and for making it such a wonderful day - great people, great handmade things, great workshops, great cakes, great tea, great weather, and a great setting. We were so pleased to see people trying things on, asking how things were made, getting stuck in with the workshops, wearing beards, relaxing with their children - it was a totally chilled day so...

Thank you card by Cassie of English Design & Co.

News of our next event coming very soon - promise!