Month: February 2013

Featuring Fourteen Exhibitors at this year’s Craft Hobby Stitch International Trade Fair – NEC, Birmingham UK

Manufacturers and distributors of yarns, threads and haberdashery items, and makers of other specialised craft things, are one half of a partnership that is finding that the revival of all things handmade and vintage style to be popular and highly lucrative for many wholesale businesses. The other half being shop keepers or online retailers selling this stuff to the public directly, or designer makers and crafters who source these kinds of materials and use their talents to produce new, saleable items, who then go on to sell through various shopping channels and retail outlets. Indeed my visit to this year’s Craft Hobby Stitch International Trade Fair at the NEC, Birmingham had me acknowledging rather than appreciating the necessity for the sale pitch (I was not there to buy). My eyes were trained however, on the technique ideas on show. Overall, I was struck by the variety of form and function, the striking colours, the novelty, the prettiness, and most of all the refinements available to turn basic design into lovely finished pieces. I came to …

Driving Miss Daisy – Theatre Review

A sedate play this, comes across as a relatively easy gig for the trio of leading actors, namely Gwen Taylor, Don Warrington and Ian Porter. And it really does not matter if David Esbjornson (Director) agrees, as he presents us with a lovely thing. This play succeeds in illustrating the political and social changes relating to Civil Rights in America, from the latter part of the nineteenth century onwards, while focusing on the ordinariness of two individuals. The play is set in Georgia. The year is 1948 and the hard up and happy, Hoke Coleburn is hired by Boolie Werthan to chauffeur his mother, Daisy around.  The independent, Daisy, is Jewish. An ex teacher, with a determined mind, she is a reluctant receiver of Hoke’s services at first. Hoke is patient and gracious nonetheless. This couple are not dragged into any whirl of emotional turbulence themselves, but they do act as commentators of the bigger picture, in regard to racism against black people and antisemitism in the south of the US particularly, through the reminiscing …

Review of STEENBERGS ORGANIC online retailers at www.steenbergs.co.uk

I admit I had some preconceived idea that this company, Steenbergs, manufactured and supplied just a small, yet beautifully formed, range of organic baking products. How wrong this notion turned out to be! After researching on their website http://www.steenbergs.co.uk/ I was astonished, yes, astonished is the word, to see that this company is nothing short of an online ethically trading supermarket! There are enough culinary, kitchen items, health and beauty/house cleaning products available to do a one-stop household shop. Gift items are also available. STEENBERGS Postage/Packing, and Pricing: • Postage and packing is free for online orders over £19.99 (UK only). Items are delivered in well packed, sturdy cardboard boxes as many items are fragile • There is a vast range of quality items, many unique to Steenbergs’s specific manufacture and blend, yet prices are not inflated • Disadvantage is, as with any web retailers, you will miss ‘in store’ type offers shopping this way, but it is my understanding that any special offers running are advertised on the website and that signing up to …