15 Nov, 2013


Introducing Ava Mae



I’ve been a little quiet over here lately but I have had a good excuse! I have been preparing for the arrival of my first baby and I am delighted to announce my little girl Ava was born on 30/10/13 and my husband and I have been enjoying spending quality time with her since.

In other news I am exhibiting this weekend at the Fabulous Places Christmas Market (my Mum has kindly offered to run my stand for me) but I will be popping in with Ava to have a look round and to chat to customers. If you are in the Derby are I would highly recommend a visit – it’s going to be fantastic!


Posted in Baby, Fairs


08 Oct, 2013


Maternity Leave and Nursery reveal

Hello again! It’s been a while since I popped in here – as I mentioned in an earlier post, my husband and I are expecting our first baby at the end of the month. My pregnancy has been challenging at times (and still is) but the end is in sight!

I wanted to update people with what’s happening over here at Completely Kate and my plans after our little one arrives…

Over the last couple of months I have wound down any painting of furniture and have now finished taking on painted commissions (unless they aren’t due until Christmas).

That said, I have a stand booked again at the Fabulous Places Christmas Market on 16th & 17th Nov at the Roundhouse in Derby. My Mum has kindly offered to do the show for me so I don’t have to worry about anything if I’m not able to be present for the whole event. (it very much depends when baby decides to make an entrance!) I have been fortunate to have had the time to prepare for this event before I could no longer paint etc with ease – I have lots of new pieces to sell and am looking forward to meeting both old and new customers.

Despite reducing my workload I have enjoyed a much more personal project – my husband and I have spent the last few weeks decorating the nursery. It has been lots of fun deciding on a colour palette and theme as we decided not to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. I have used Pinterest to gather all sorts of inspiration and just had fun coming up with ideas.


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We decided on a beautiful sky blue for the walls (they were originally cream) and we love how peaceful it has made the room feel.

The colour palette we chose to work with were shades of coral and teal – this is interspersed with creams and beige to avoid things becoming too overpowering.

We hung some shelving on one wall which we hope to fill with more stuffed toys and treasures – the shelving brackets were originally untreated wood and I painted them in a shade of teal to tie in with the rest of the room. (please excuse the dark photo below – It makes the wall look grey!)

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The embroidery hoop idea with different fabric swatches came from Pinterest via this blog.

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 We chose a lovely farmyard fabric (bottom left hoop) which has lots of animals included in the scene and picked out some of the colours and animals to help with deciding on the other fabrics. The two fabrics with foxes are from the beautiful Les Amis collection by Patty Sloniger.

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 We wanted to add some colour and texture to the ceiling for the little one to look at and found these beautiful pompoms here. We chose three colours: light blue, coral and cream to further emphasise our chosen colour palette. They were really easy to make and have really made the room fun.

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I love to make and sew and after searching on Etsy for a simple sewing pattern I found this shop selling all sorts of cute animal and doll sewing patterns and decided upon this one. I loved choosing the colours to make this lamb and added a little heart and our baby’s nickname.  He’s sitting proudly in the cot at the minute and looks very comfy there!

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We also created a large alphabet on the wall above the changing table using plywood letters and chosen paint colours. This is the only thing left to finish as we are waiting for 2 of the letters to come back into stock. We had lots of fun making this and used white glitter to create 2 backdrops for the letters A and Z.

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To continue the fox theme I bought a fox sewing kit and made this stuffed fox which sits beside a lamp we bought  and then removed the shade and made our own using some of the Patty Sloniger fabric and this kit. We also had our two scans framed which really adds a personal touch to the room.

I was given a Lloyds Loom nursing chair which I had as a child in my bedroom and belonged originally to my Granddad. It needed completely reupholstering and painting but we looked upon this as a challenge and had lots of fun turning it back into a beautiful, functional chair. We chose to use the other Patty Sloniger fox fabric and it turned out wonderfully.I can’t wait to use it!

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We have really enjoyed creating this room for our little one and hope it will be both beautiful and functional. We have lots of storage under the cot and changing table, a bookcase and a large wardrobe behind another door. It won’t be long now until our little one will see it for the first time :)


19 Apr, 2012


British Craft Trade Fair 2012

Phew! What a busy few weeks it’s been.

I have been somewhat quiet over here on the blog – I have been spending most days (and some evening) getting ready for the BCTF. This weekend saw my other half and parents travel to Harrogate to help me set up and take part in my very first trade show.

I had such a fantastic time, met lots of brilliant artists/designers and made lots of new contacts. I even came away with orders (I was reminded throughout the 3 days that orders are normally placed after the event once buyers have had a chance to collate all the info they picked up etc) So I am very happy indeed :)

So now I am back home I will be busy unpacking, storing and catching up on admin jobs. I will also be making/shipping orders and updating my Etsy shop.

Here’s what my stand looked like when we arrived:

The stand in the early stages of setting up:

and here’s what it looked like when it was finished:

(Sorry about the grainy images – the lighting for my iphone wasn’t great)

The setting up and final look of the stand was made so much easier with my helpers (especially the hard-to-reach areas little 5 foot 2 inch me couldn’t get to!) and I was very pleased with the final look of the stand. You don’t realise how small a 2 m x 1 m stand actually is until you’re there! It was also tiring standing for the whole day and being ‘on the ball’ all the time but it was definitely a fantastic and worthwhile experience.

When we eventually  arrived home late Tuesday evening, we had a very happy cat waiting for us :)


So I’d like to thank everybody who popped by and said hello at stand N41 and also a big thank you to the other exhibitors I met and who made the 3 day show very enjoyable indeed! 

Posted in Fairs


25 Nov, 2011


November where have you gone?!

Phew! I have only just managed to draw breath after a manic couple of weeks and it’s already nearly December!

The last 2 weeks have seen me pack ready to move house, move, unpack everything AND take part in the biggest event for me of the year – the Fabulous Places Christmas Market. (all over the same weekend – madness!)

I have been in my new house for less than a week and the internet has been playing up so whilst it’s working and before I go out for another fair tonight, I thought I’d quickly drop by and show you a few images of my stand last weekend: (I apologise for the poor photo quality – the lighting wasn’t great when we set up the evening before!)

It was a great event and I had a very successful weekend. It was lovely to chat to both old and new customers – it has definitely put me in the festive spirit! It was also lovely to launch my new reversible bags, mugs and collage packs which I hope to put up for sale in my online shops soon, ready for Christmas.

I am planning to be back into full blogging mode next week when our internet should be working properly and everything has been sorted out in the new house.

Have a great weekend everybody!


08 Nov, 2011


Organised Chaos!

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a week since I last blogged. I have been so busy I’ve barely had chance to check and update Twitter, let alone write a blog post! It’s all been for a good reason though ;)

In the last week:

We have been packing up, ready for moving house next week!

William has been back to the vets more times than i care to remember BUT finally  had his bandage and cone collar off – so no more looking like this:

I have designed and had some new items made ready for this:

and I am also in the middle of creating new lined bags to be ready for this show and also to be available online.

More photos to follow soon and there’s another great Inspirational Blogger interview coming up tomorrow so be sure to check back!

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