Tuesday, 24 March 2015

NEW Vintage Inspired Mug Range

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you may have seen my new Clumsy print mugs. I am really pleased with the excellent quality and the fact that they are manufactured in the UK. I have released 4 designs all inspired by Mid Century and Vintage prints, with my own Clumsy twist.

The first design is probably my favorite. Based on one of my best selling cushion prints, the Tiki Island mug has all the hallmark Clumsy things; Pineapples, Tikis, Palm trees and Sock Monkeys! Whether you use it to drink your morning coffee or down some rum on a Friday night, it's up to you! As you can see, this little fella can hold his own with some of the big boys of the Tiki Mug world...
The second design I released features one of my favorite characters, my little cactus riding a pinata! I collect vintage Mexicana, so i've presented it here with one of my little vintage Mexican men! His sombrero matches the Mexican Print mug perfectly!
Third to be released is a new print featuring adorable 1950s style poodles. This print will be featuring on many new accessories including hair ties, bags and a skirt, as part of my new Spring range. Here I present the Poodle Print Mug!
Last but not least, and also featuring a new print, is the Under The Sea Mug! I love this print and I can't wait to release all of the other items in this design. The octopus featured in the print is something I have been drawing for a few years now. His name is Bert, and I will be writing a blog post all about him very soon. But for now... here's the mug...

These mugs are dishwasher safe, and come securely wrapped in bubble wrap and inside a special box. At the moment I am offering them at an introductory price of £8 which will o up to £10 in May. Find them all on my Clumsy Kate website before stocks run out!

I'll leave you with this lovely feedback left on Etsy, which made me very proud :) ...

Monday, 16 March 2015

Top 5 Repro Vintage Necklaces Made in the UK - By Clumsy Kate

If you follow my Instagram you will know how much I love statement jewellery and novelty prints. I also love to wear Rockabilly and Vintage Reproduction jewellery, made in the UK by small independent businesses.

I've put together my Top 5 Repro Vintage Necklaces and what I would wear with them. I am always on a tight budget when it comes to buying new clothes each season. So I try to concentrate on a couple of key pieces of jewellery to refresh my outfits. Its a cheap and easy way to update a tired old wardrobe.

Rock Lobster Necklace

As soon as I saw this Luxulite lobster necklace I knew I had to have it. Katy is one of my favorite jewellery designers, and I am constantly adding her items to my Etsy wishlist.

This is a really bold piece and so far I have worn it with plain tops only, so the necklace really speaks for itself. Obviously it's still winter here but when the sun comes out I would love to pair it with these Miss L Fire sandals...

 and this NEW Clumsy Kate Under The Sea print sunglasses case...

Tiki Bamboo Necklace

Another one of my favorite Repro jewellery brands is Bow and Crossbones. I have a couple of her necklaces but my current favorite is definatly this 1950S fruit and bamboo necklace set...

It has a really authentic vintage look without the price tag associated with a genuine 1950s piece. I've been accessorizing this necklace with a peach pineapple print hair tie from my own collection.

This necklace also comes with adorable bamboo earrings to match. Perfect for the pool party at Viva Las Vegas.

Dancing Skeletons Necklace

This skeleton necklace is a bit different, and I love to wear it when i'm feeling in touch with my inner goth.

It's dark and moody but also with a sense of humor. I bought this from the fabulous Razorblade Mermaid and it is made from vintage skeleton charms. You can also purchase earrings to match. Once again because of the size of this piece I only wear it with plain tops, and it looks great with this Topshop beaded spiderweb jumper I purchased on Ebay, and a Clumsy Kate cat brooch.

Playful Pooches Necklace

This is fast becoming one of my favorite necklaces for day to day wear. From my own collection, this is a smaller scale necklace, but still an eye catching conversation piece.

This cute sausage dog necklace looks great with a fluffy pastel jumper for that 1960s sweater girl look. There are lots of jumpers like this available on the high street at the moment. Top of my want list is this mint fluffy jumper from Select, which was bought to my attention by the lovely Atomic Amber.

Jumbo Pineapple Necklace

If, like me you love pineapples, you will adore this jumbo pineapple necklace by Dolly Cool.

She has lots of statement necklaces in her collection, all at very affordable prices, and once again hand made by a small independent business. I love to pair this necklace with my Tropicana Pineapple print skirt from my own collection.

It's as if they were made to be worn together!

I hope you have enjoyed this selection of necklaces. What are your favorite statement necklaces or Repro Jewellery brands? I'd love to hear your recommendations. xxx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Clumsy Kate is looking for people to model our new Spring line!

Are you a fan of Clumsy Kate prints and products? Would you like to get your hands on our new Spring line before it is available to anybody else? If yes, read on...

We are looking for models with a fun personality, you don't have to be conventional looking, and we definatly don't want anyone serious and pouty :) You don't have to be a professional or with loads of experience, but you do need to be confident in front of the camera, and able to do your own hair and make up. It would also help if you have your own camera, and a friend who knows how to use it properly. :)

How we work with our models...
Clumsy Kate is a one woman operation with no background funding, and so at present we can't afford to employ and pay for professional models. So, we pay in the one thing we do have, which is great new Clumsy Kate products. :) We'll send you a whole load of goodies, in exchange for high resolution, clear and in focus shots in front of a plain background. We'll always credit you wherever possible and tag you in the photos on social media. And you get to keep all the goodies!

If this sounds like fun to you, please email me with no more than 5 photos of yourself either modelling for someone else, or posing in your favorite outfit. I'd like to see pictures that show your true personality. Please also let me know the following:
1- your age (you must be over 18)
2- location (this can be anywhere in the world)
3- how did you first hear about Clumsy Kate
4- Please give me a few words about what it is you like about Clumsy, and which are your favorite prints and products.
5- if you are based in the UK please let me know if you are planning on attending any of the following events; Atomic, Hipsville, The Hot Rod Hayride, The Trip Out

Email all of this to kate@clumsykate.com before the 14th February 2015. :)

Good Luck and I look forward to hearing from you all!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Clumsy Christmas Gift Guide - Womens

So last week I gave you my Gift suggestions for the fellas. Here are some great UK small businesses making products for Women...

Ok, so not strictly just for the ladies, Pennychoo offers fabulous mid-century inspired greetings cards for everyone; Men, Women, children, dogs. My favorites are from the Boibles range, Inspired by the spiky look and feel of 1950s Vegas casino imagery, with a dash of Rat Pack swagger. The perfect cards to send to your mid century loving chums!

Keeping on the theme of Mid Century inspired design, next up is the emporium of sparkly delights that is Bow and Crossbones. If you are looking for something with a little sparkle then look no further. Bow and Crossbones has a wide range of jewellry, homewares and accessories. And there is even a section on their website with gift ideas under a tenner! These beautiful red and gold lucite drops are just £15.

If the lady in question prefers the darker side of life, perhaps this gorgeous hand made resin Skull Moth necklace from Dead To Me? Making handcrafted accessories, for rockers, reprobates and the recently deceased, Dead To Me is all handmade in London UK.

Prefer something cuter? What about these adorable hand crafted snowman earrings made by Little Miss Delicious. Don't they just melt your heart? There are loads more adorable items like these to be found on her website, and once again, all handmade in the UK.

Of course your lovely lady will also need something to wear in her hair. And I am head over heals with this fabulous Christmas Lights print hair tie from Dolly Cool. You can find lots of other Christmas prints and Christmas versions of her jewellry line on her website.

Want to buy your lady of choice a gorgeous pin up inspired outfit for Christmas Day? How about the Frankii dress from Miss Fortune? Check out the website for lots of gorgeous dresses and seperates. All designed by Miss Fortune.

Looking for something cosy and luxurious? How about this beautiful hand woven scarf made by The Weaving Room in Gloucestershire? Made from a Silk, Merino and linen blend this gorgeous scarf makes the perfect luxury gift.

I hope you like my suggestions, these are all designed and made in the UK. You can also find lots of lovely gift ideas on my website too! 

If you are a small business and would like to be added to the guide, please drop me a line and if I like what I see I will include you in the post :)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Clumsy Kate's Christmas Gift Guide - Mens Gifts

So it's December now and I can really get stuck into talking about Christmas shopping! Anyone who follows my Instagram or facebook accounts will know how much I value and admire other small businesses. People who work for themselves and design and make truly unique items you can't find on the high street. I want to hi-light some of those businesses which I admire.

I'll start with the guys! What DO you buy the man that has everything?

Korero Press

Korero Press puts out some fantastic books about art and counterculture. What's more, worldwide shipping is free so you really can't go wrong!

The Best of Mens File

Since 2008, the cult magazine Men’s File has explored the authentic roots of men’s style. Whether expressed in the counter-cultures of surf, cafĂ© racers or hot rods, or in creating retro revivals of the gentlemanly pursuits of cricket or sailing. This book is a stylish chronicle of the magazine, put together by photographer and writer Nick Clements.


Got a fella who is crazy about the weird and the wonderful and the slightly freakish? Head over to the Skumbags website and check out their new range of resin figures and bizarre plushies. There's even a pizza slice with a mouth!
This is Pierre Piston Head from the Workshop Weirdos range. They also have some fantastic Tikis and the aforementioned pizza. Prices start at just £5. Great for stocking fillers.

The Closed Monday Leather Co create practical handmade leather goods built to last. Made in the UK with ethically sourced UK leather. Their products are made with care and attention and are of outstanding quality.
This stylish black 6mm round leather lanyard has solid brass findings. The idea gift for the motorcycle loving man who has everything.

So, there is a small selection of mens gifts, if you make products for men, let me know and if i like what I see I will include you in this post.

Ladies gift guide coming soon!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Clumsy Christmas Market Schedule

Ho ho ho, it's that time of year again! Yes, the time for getting up at the crack of dawn, loading up the car, and bringing my goodies to you my dear customers! It's Christmas Fair season. This year i've been quite select with the fairs I will be selling at, only the very best! So *drumroll* here they are!

Nov 22nd and 23rd: Renegade Craft Fair - The Truman Brewery, London FREE ENTRY
Dec 6th: The Secret Vintage Fair, Tap & Kitchen, Oundle, Cambridgeshire Just £2 ENTRY
Dec 7th: Last Gang's Alternative Christmas Market, The Blue Moon, Cambridge FREE ENTRY
and Last but DEFINATLY not least....
Dec 14th: The Mid Century Market Christmas Edition, Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London Just £3 Entry

If you can't make it to any of the above events, you can find most of my range online at www.clumsykate.com :)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Clumsy Kate's Summer Season Re-cap

Last weekend was my last big show of the year. L I love doing the weekenders, they are hard work but loads of fun, and always an excuse to hang out with some lovely talented designer makers who I share stalls with. Here’s a little round up of the 5 big shows I did this year…

It was Atomic’s first year, and so I was a little unsure what to expect. I shared a stall with the lovely Dolly Cool and Kalandra Jane Designs. We were so lucky to experience glorious sunshine given that it was the first weekend in May.

There was such a fantastic selection of cars and vintage caravans as far as the eye could see! Plus we could see the drag racing and funny cars from our stall! I was in heaven! And I went to my first ever Poodle Parade...
Then, to top it off Johnny from Lipstick and Gearstick Kustom took me for a quick drive in his prize winning Hot Rod. What a great end to a fantastic weekend.

It was a last minute decision to book a stall at the Hipsville Weekender at the end of May. Myself and my boyfriend Nik were supposed to be going to Germany for Kustom Kulture Forever, but unfortunately our travel plans fell through.

Hipsville more than made up for it. What a cool show! Everyone dressed up in a 60s b-movie theme on the Saturday night and then on the Sunday loads of cool cars turned up! It’s held in the same venue as the Hayride but it’s a much smaller more intimate show, and the atmosphere reminded me a bit of how the Hayride used to be a few years ago. A really chilled out weekend and a great party!

I’d never been to Inkfest before and was invited by Dolly Cool to share a stall. Loads of great bands played, and our stall was positioned so we could see the bands whilst selling! We did get a bit tipsy and have a boogie behind the stall! 
This was a really fun weekend and great to hang out with Clare and re-live our dancing days back when I lived in Manchester! I also got to meet her fab new Bedford Rascal van.

The Hayride is my favourite show of the year. I love the venue, I love the people, I love the cars, and we always have a really busy weekend on the stall. Once again I was sharing with Dolly Cool and Kalandra Jane and we started off the weekend with a BBQ on Von Leadfoot’s stall, and a catch up with old friends.

Clare kindly watched the stall for us on Saturday and myself and Kally got a ride in a 50s Chevy Truck to the dirt track where we caught some racing! 
On Saturday night we hung out in front of the pavilion, having a few drinks and a lot of laughs, and I even came away with a new nickname…Bumsy (don’t ask).

On Sunday I managed to squeeze in a slightly hungover photoshoot with the wonderful Tracey Ryan and photographer Nick Grant, before heading home with a big smile on my face and a head full of memories!

Last but defiantly not least was The Trip Out, last weekend. The Trip Out is quite different to the other shows I sell at, but it’s defiantly one of my favourites. The event is held on a really beautiful farm called Scald End, near Bedford. This time I was sharing with my fella, Nik (Skumbags), and the Pinstriper Von Leadfoot, seen below in their natural habitat...

It’s a really chilled out show and we spent most of the time just hanging out by the stall eating donuts (we ended up with about 60 donuts from Sainsburies, as you do). In the evenings we went to the farm shop and bought burgers and sausages and had a BBQ. It was really relaxing and such a beautiful setting to be trading in, with hot air balloons waking us up in the mornings.

There were loads of vintage bikes and cool cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I even ended up with an awesome Harley taking cover under our gazebo for a while. My inner 11 year old came out to play, and I had to pose for a picture! A fantastic end to a great show season.

This Autumn and Winter I have plenty of events lined up, including Stamford Secret Vintage Fair, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, and The Mid Century Market. Hopefully I’ll see you all somewhere along the way!