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New hand stamped bracelet workshop at Creative Space Bristol - 25th July 2019

Workshops, EventsAmanda TaylorComment
Pouss Design hand stamped workshop 25th July 2019

I’m happy to be back teaching my hand stamped bracelet workshop at Creative Space this summer. Join me on the evening of Thursday 25th July from 6:30pm to 8:30pm to make a pair of your own hand stamped bracelets.

I’ll provide the music, prosecco and nibbles, along with tuition for you to make two aluminium stamped cuff bracelets. You’ll come away with your finished pieces in gift bags ready to give as presents. Previous students have given away their makes as baby gifts, end of year teacher presents and even wedding favours! I’m always touched by how personal this jewellery can be, such a lot of thought and love goes into making them.

Don’t worry if you’re stuck for inspiration or worried about being a beginner, I bring a stack of ideas, magazines and a guiding hand to help you. This hand stamped technique is easy to achieve with the right tools, which I will provide for use at the workshop. You don’t need any previous experience of jewellery making to join in.

Classes are kept small so that I can give you lots of help, don’t worry about coming on your own as lots of people do! It’s always a super friendly group of likeminded creative people, I love having the chance to help you all make pieces you can be proud of to show off.

If you have any questions do let me know in the comments below. Hope to see you soon!

-Amanda x

My favourite craft and art markets in Bristol

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Flowers at a market stall Pouss Design

I love supporting fellow small creative businesses and what better way than shopping. A lot of brands and makers that I follow are online only so markets and fairs in Bristol give me a chance to shop in real life with them. Here are my favourite market and fairs in Bristol, some of which are seasonal, some of which happen year round:

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There are always more markets that I want to attend. On my wish list this year:

Have you got any more markets that you think I’d love? Let me know!

-Amanda x

Kit list for beginners metal stamping

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Jewellery workshop hand stamped bracelets pouss design
pouss design metal stamped bracelets jewellery workshop

I’ve been running hand stamping workshops over the past 2 years now (wow time flies!) and love being able to teach and pass on jewellery knowledge. I know not everyone can make it to a workshop so if you want to give stamping onto metal a try here is my beginners kit list.

I will be selling starter metal stamping kits at my future workshops - if you’re interested in these do sign up to my newsletter and I will let you know when they’re available.

-Amanda x

Kit list for hand stamped jewellery by Pouss Design


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Style your craft market stall - my top 5 tips

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Photo by  Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs . Etsy Made Local in City Hall, College Green Bristol in December 2018

Photo by Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs. Etsy Made Local in City Hall, College Green Bristol in December 2018

You’ve chosen a craft market to attend, your fees are paid, your items are ready(ish) - but how will you set up a beautiful enticing display for potential customers? With a million and one other things to do the answer may be ‘who knows?’ - so here are some handy tips to help with your next market display.

Interior of  Anthropologie , Orlando, Florida, USA taken in April 2019

Interior of Anthropologie, Orlando, Florida, USA taken in April 2019

Anthropologie  is my favourite shop, each store has its own unique style but is still distinctly part of the brand

Anthropologie is my favourite shop, each store has its own unique style but is still distinctly part of the brand

These are a few tips and tricks that I have used over my years displaying at markets, designing displays for shops and styling inside of shops too.

Height - Most stalls, regardless of what you sell, will look better with varying heights to help display your items rather than all being on a flat surface. You don’t have to have anything fancy to do this, I used to use old cardboard boxes wrapped in lovely wrapping paper (see the 2016 Etsy in Bristol pop up shop window display for evidence!). This is a really inexpensive way to add depth and interest to the basic layout of your market table. You can also invest in acrylic stands (I have used these from Morplan) or a larger sturdy wooden stand if your budget allows for this.

Bird Can Fox  at Etsy Made Local Market

Bird Can Fox at Etsy Made Local Market

Alignment - symmetry is your friend. In a sea of amazing and overwhelming choice at markets I always think that an ordered and considered display really stands out. Even if each of your items is unique, you can still create balance and symmetry by having similar shaped items or coloured items together, laid out evenly. I don’t think this needs to be rigid, I just find that my eye is drawn to order when I am in surrounded by lots of choice. I wonder if there’s some psychology behind this? Answers on a postcard!

A gorgeous stall by  Annah of Girl and Bird  at Etsy Made Local December 2018. Photo by  Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs

A gorgeous stall by Annah of Girl and Bird at Etsy Made Local December 2018. Photo by Ellie Longhurst of Little Paisley Designs

Signage - beautiful on brand signs will really elevate your aesthetic and create a professional impression to customers. There are so many options to choose from, banners from Vistaprint, A4 signs you can print yourself, lasercut wooden signs or even small acrylic frames to display your business cards. I love Ellie from Little Paisley Designs market stalls, they look so warm, interesting and professional, like a little pop up Anthropologie store which appeals to me on so many levels!

Make sure that any signage fits cohesively with your brand identity, including colours and the choice of materials. For instance as much as I love green glitter it wouldn’t be the right choice for my market stall display.

My Pouss Design display at Etsy Made Local Bristol, December 2018

My Pouss Design display at Etsy Made Local Bristol, December 2018

Props - chosen carefully and without dominating a display, carefully curated props can really enhance your craft stall. I always like to use fresh or dried flowers in little posy arrangements to complement the delicate and pretty nature of my jewellery in my signature pastel colours (like the ones pictured below made for me by the gorgeous Lucy Coco Floristy for Etsy Made Local). Using dried flowers will give you more longevity and you could use them in product photos too. I’ve also styled pop up shops using small succulents on glass and ceramic white tiles (sourced from Ikea and B&Q!). Props don’t need to be expensive, usually you can find items at home or items that you use to style your photographs. I love to hunt for potential props at DIY stores (wallpaper samples to wrap on boxes, paint samples to paint offcuts of wood, tile samples for displaying things). If you’re selling jewellery then don’t forget to take a mirror so that customers can try on your designs and see them (also don’t forget to take cleaning things like a duster and some Mr Sheen for the mirror, I speak from experience!).

Have you seen any amazing market stalls or shops lately? Let me know, I always love to discover new designer and makers.

-Amanda x

Make your jewellery - my workshop at Creative Space, North Street, Bedminster, Bristol

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Another month, another workshop, but this time in the lovely light of Creative Space on North Street, Bedminster, Bristol. My workshop studio for the evening was set up to welcome eight makers to create their own hand stamped jewellery, this time a set of four bracelets.

I love teaching people to make their own jewellery, it’s so satisfying to see the different pieces that people design and make. Metal stamped jewellery is particularly satisfying as the more practice you have, the easier it becomes.

A co-ordinate bracelet made by Kayleigh in my workshop

A co-ordinate bracelet made by Kayleigh in my workshop

The trend for stamped jewellery is still strong this year, the ability to personalise jewellery yourself so easily is what drew me to this style. I’ve noticed that co-ordinates and dates are my most popular request for personalised bracelets this year so far, with lots of brides giving them as gifts for their bridesmaids which is lovely.

Pinterest boards provide inspiration for making finished hand stamped bracelets

Pinterest boards provide inspiration for making finished hand stamped bracelets

I opened up the inspiration station for this workshop, featuring Pinterest boards and creative magazines such as Frankie and Mollie Makes to give ideas for finished bracelet designs. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what designs to choose to stamp to make your bracelets when the choice is limitless! I loved seeing the range of designs that everyone made, co-ordinates of hometowns, names, birthdays and even some Beyonce quotes (because why not!).

Creative Space on North Street set up for my Pouss Design jewellery stamping workshop

Creative Space on North Street set up for my Pouss Design jewellery stamping workshop

I love this light workspace in the heart of some brilliant independent businesses in BS3. I lived in this neighbourhood for many years as a student, it was a bit different back then (it was a long time ago!). It’s now thriving with a mix of small businesses, Creative Space included, plus the gorgeous Albatross Cafe, The Old Bookshop, Rhubarb Jumble, Toyville, Mon Pote and so many more, definitely worth a visit when you’re next in the area.

If you’re interested in DIY’s, crafting or learning some new skills there are a heap of workshops on at Creative Space. I’ve spied a lampshade workshop by Hannah Redden that I’m going to book onto shortly. Emma, who owns the studio, is a talented upholsterer and hosts a short evening course throughout the year, if you walk past the window you’ll see some of her refurbished pieces. I hope to be back in BS3 soon for another workshop, in the meantime let me know what you would fancy making if I run some more workshops by leaving a comment below.

-Amanda x

A new jewellery workshop at Studio Cotton, Bristol - Saturday 23rd March 2019

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Pouss hand stamped silver initial tags
Pouss jewellery workshop stamping
Pouss Design jewellery workshop
Pouss hand stamped bracelet cuffs

I’m pleased to announce a new workshop date to craft your own hand stamped silver initial tag necklace. Join me on 23rd March 2019 at Studio Cotton, this gorgeous central space in Bristol is worth it for the Instagram photo opportunities alone!

Limited tickets are available from my shop now, I teach in small groups so that there’s lots of time for questions and for me to help you if you need it. Don’t worry if you’re coming on your own, this workshop is very relaxed and we have plenty of time for me to support you making something beautiful to take home.

No previous experience is necessary, the technique for making is very straightforward. We will start to practice on aluminium, making our own stamped cuff bangle. Then we will move onto stamping onto sterling silver, creating three initials to hang on your necklace.

If you know someone who would be interested in joining in do feel free to give them a tag in the comments below. I hope to see you soon.

-Amanda x

Etsy Made Local Market in Bristol 1st December 2018

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Pouss Jewellery Design Etsy Made Local market Bristol City Hall 1st December 2018

Many thanks to everyone who braved the weather and turned up for the annual Etsy Made Local Market held this year in Bristol in City Hall on College Green. Having lived in Bristol for a number of years I still can’t believe this was the first time I’d ever been into City Hall!

The beautiful high ceiling space was filled with local designer makers, 60 different sellers showcasing their work each day over the weekend. I was so impressed with the curation of the range of work by the Bristol Etsy Team, everything fitted together perfectly to make one large giant pop up market of gorgeous lustworthy gifts.

Pouss Jewellery Design Etsy Made Local Gift Market 2018 Bristol

As well as selling my jewellery I picked up a couple of gorgeous ceramic art pieces by Bird Can Fox (a snake and a pink shell dish), a giant massive roll out poster by Dixon does Doodles and brooches from Little Paisley Designs. My assistant on the day, Beth, had a mid-afternoon spend-a-thon with Nellies Treasures gorgeous children’s wall hangings and Victoria Williams covetable earrings. We could have easily spent a lot more, but these were just gifts for ourselves!

I also am delighted with my beautiful blooms on my stall created by the lovely Lucy Coco Floristry. Lucy created gorgeous vintage pastel posies for me, hand tied in glass jars and even added in my favourite things at the moment, dried flowers.

I loved meeting you all and thank you for coming to support myself and the Etsy Bristol community. In this world where we are overwhelmed with buying choices I’m always grateful when someone chooses to support my small business. So thank you again, it does mean a lot to me to be able to keep making and dreaming up new ideas.

What a wonderful weekend, it’s a shame it was all over so soon! Roll on next year’s Etsy Made Local market in Bristol. I will no doubt be popping up somewhere else very shortly to sell in person, updates will be here on the blog.

-Amanda x

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Pouss Jewellery Design Etsy Made Local Gift Market 2018 Bristol City Hall display stand

Hand stamped Jewellery workshop at Etsy Made Local Bristol - 1st and 2nd December 2018

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Pouss Design jewellery workshop gift bag
Pouss Jewellery workshop Etsy Made Local 2018

Etsy Made Local in Bristol kicked off this weekend and I had a brilliant time teaching my workshop group how to make their own hand stamped silver necklaces. Along with the Made Local market with 60 sellers each day, I hosted a workshop to teach how to made stamped silver initial necklaces.

Pouss hand stamped bracelet from jewellery workshop Etsy Made Local market Bristol 2018
Pouss Etsy Made Local jewellery workshop 2018

Everyone made some gorgeous silver necklaces to take away along with a handful of aluminium cuff bangle bracelets too. I love seeing how everyone’s style evolves and is so different even though we all had the same tools and materials.

Many thanks to the Bristol Etsy Team for hosting this weekend and having me in to do my workshop in the historic City Hall on College Green, Bristol.

If you’re interested in future workshops or would like me to host one in your space please do get in touch.

-Amanda x

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Jewellery workshop hand stamped Etsy Made Local Bristol 2018


Pop up shop with Meggie's - Saturday 24th November 2018 12-4pm

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I’m excited to be popping up with the beautiful gift store Meggie’s in Stow-on-the-Wold very soon. Come and see me in store hand making your personalised initial silver jewellery orders, especially for you, in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Meggie’s is a treasure trove of gorgeous gifts, stationery, homeware and beauty, all carefully selected and sourced by Meg. Supporting independent and handmade businesses is a big part of Meggie’s, showcased through a rotation of unique workshops and popups each month featuring local artists and designers. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see what events are coming up next.

I’m delighted to be popping up on Saturday 24th November from 12 noon to 4pm to make personalised jewellery gifts in store. Choose your initials to be hand stamped onto silver or rose gold to make beautiful keepsake accessories for gifting, or as a treat for yourself.

Come and join me at:

Meggie’s

The Old Forge

Church Street

Stow-on-the-Wold

GL54 1BE

Hope to see you there!

-Amanda x

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