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MCDC Workshop

2nd April 2016 I’m a pretty regular visitor to Manchester Craft and Design Centre, having spent ...

1st September 2019

Chorlton Arts Festival Window Exhibition

We’re not going to be appearing in person at this years Chorlton Arts Festival, but we’re sti...

20th May 2016

Reykjavik

Iceland has been such an amazing place to visit. I loved the city of Reykjavik, and everyone was so frien...

6th November 2015

Studio Lates

Manchester Craft and Design centre has long been one of my favourite haunts in the City Centre. Home to a...

21st October 2015

#ExtraORDINARY

Part of the ExtraORDINARY exhibition at the Lowry museum in Salford, ADA is a work by Karina Smigla-Bobin...

11th October 2015

Choccywoccydoodah

Whilst on a trip to Brighton I had to stop off at the Choccywoccydoodah shop. This hidden gem is the subj...

16th August 2015

MMU degree show

I trained at university as a Graphic Design student, but now whenever I visit degree shows I find myself ...

12th June 2015

Seville

If you get the chance to visit Seville, go. It's a beautiful city full of palaces, museums, food, ...

6th June 2015

Crafts with added cake

Today I returned to Event City in Manchester for the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft show, only this tim...

7th February 2015

It's nearly Christmas!

We're finally getting in the festive mood, and you can see us out and about at various markets over t...

23rd November 2014

Blog & Buy Sale – Christmas Wish List

We're pleased to be a part of this years Blog & Buy Sale Christmas Wish list. Our Reindeer egg cu...

16th November 2014

Crookilley Crafts Emporium Launch

Today is the official launch of the Crookiley Crafts Emporium. We're been stocking in Maggie's sh...

4th October 2014

Arts du Sucre

Having just returned from a holiday in the South of France I have realised that most of my holiday pictur...

13th September 2014

Poynton Summerfest

Today we spent the day at Poynton Summerfest, after a wet start to the morning the clouds cleared and it ...

13th July 2014

Together Trust Cheadle Festival 2014

The Together Trust is a charity in Cheadle that offers care and support to families that have complex nee...

14th June 2014

Chorlton Arts Festival 2014

We were lucky enough to be chosen for this years Arts and Craft Market as part of Chorlton Arts Festival....

17th May 2014

XVA Art Hotel

We took a trip to Dubai over Easter. It's an amazing country and we were fortunate enough to do lots ...

22nd April 2014

Crookilley Crafts Emporium

We're so excited that our products are now stocked in a real shop! Crookilley Crafts Emporium is a...

13th April 2014

Blog and Buy Sale – Spring Wishlist

We're proud to be a part of this wish list for spring from Blog and Buy Sale this year. It's full...

30th March 2014

Belle Vue Exhibition

Belle Vue Zoological Gardens and Showground was a massive attraction in Manchester in its heyday, attract...

26th March 2014

Peacock Faux Taxidermy

This beautiful fabric featuring peacock plumage was the inspiration for our latest project. The Bird ...

16th March 2014

Knitronica

The Whitworth is closed at the moment, but instead of having time off, they're hosting events in loca...

23rd February 2014

Creative Stitches Show

The exhibitions at the Hobby Craft and Creative Stitches events are our favourite part of the show. Event...

12th February 2014

The Empty Shop

There is a great initiative going on in the Arndale Centre, Manchester at the moment. The Empty Shop has ...

29th January 2014

Thank you

At Purple and Orange we love to hear from you so that we know our hand crafted gifts have gone to happy h...

1st January 2014

Heart and Sold

The Heart and Sold exhibition arrived at the Royal Exchange theatre in November and I've been meaning...

30th December 2013

Giraffe Faux Taxidermy

This was a very special commission, for a little girl who loves giraffes. It needed to have a nice face, ...

7th December 2013

Hand.Written. Letter.Project

HAND.WRITTEN.LETTER.PROJECT 2022NQ 8th–21st November 2013 Finally the Hand.Written.Letter.Proje...

9th November 2013

MCDC – Forming Words

I love the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, I used to visit as a child when I came into Manchester w...

7th November 2013

Altrincham Arts Festival

We spent a lovely morning in Altrincham having a look around the fantastic art galleries that have been s...

26th October 2013

The Knit Parade

We got our copy of The Knit Parade in the post today and we're pretty excited! Buy one on Amazon. It&...

23rd September 2013

Knitted Garden

I spent today having a look around the Creative Stitches & Hobby Craft Show at Event City in Manchest...

14th September 2013

Poynton Show

August bank holiday weekend was an early start for us as we went to set up our stall at Poynton Show. We ...

24th August 2013

Stalybridge Handmade Market – August

This was our first time at Stalybridge Handmade Market and it was in a lovely building, all decked out in...

3rd August 2013

The Cowardly Lion

Whilst July has been a quiet month in our craft fair calendar, this little project has managed to keep me...

26th July 2013

Get Kids Gardening

One of our best sellers this year has been the kids gardening sets. I remember spending hours in the gard...

1st July 2013

Craft market at Limes Nursing Home Didsbury

Today is National Care Homes Open Day, and Limes Nursing Home in Didsbury are having a little craft marke...

21st June 2013

Egerton Hall Strawberry Fair

I am a member of Girl Guiding and run a Rainbow Unit in Macclesfield. Egerton Hall is a lovely place whic...

13th June 2013

Making Mice

When I was about 8 years old, and not as good at sewing, I made a little mouse. He doesn't look like ...

25th May 2013

Chorlton Arts Festival, Arts & Crafts Fair

I've counted this as my first proper craft market. It's the culmination of hours of har...

18th May 2013

Why Purple and Orange?

When I decided to set up a website to sell some of my creations I was told the hardest thing would be to ...

1st May 2013