A different kind of focus for our Leeds craft fair…

I don’t know about you, but here at Reetsweet HQ we feel like at the moment in the world, there’s some seriously bad juju. People are hurting people, racism is rearing it’s ugly head, and everyone is arguing about Brexit still. Sad times. So we thought it might be nice to put on a different kind of fair this summer and do a little good…

We’ve teamed up with Natasha who runs the lovely Social Bar on Merrion St in Leeds city centre, to bring you a one-off charity edition of Reetsweet. All proceeds will be going to PAFRAS, and we’re not just curating a whole bunch of awesome makers, we’ve also got a summer fete going on, special cocktail deals, and a BBQ.

“I’ve known Becca at Reetsweet a while after she used to pull pints here, and we thought it was high time we teamed up and did something special together. Positive Action for Refugees is a cause very close to my heart and I think it’s important at the moment that people come together so what better way than a crafty summer fete?!”

If you’re free, come and join us for a chinwag, general cheer-up and some crafty fun on Sunday 31st July from 12pm…email socialbarleeds@gmail.com to book!

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Reetsweet Spring Fling 2016…

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So the dust has settled on another fair, and our big thanks go out to the peeps at Leeds Corn Exchange for hosting us, the makers who made the day so colourful (and talent-filled!) and all the lovely customers who came down to see us!

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This is my little market manager haul (above), but if you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed- just click the links to shop online (where available)…


Colour your spring with Maggie Magoo


There’s just something about having a day pottering at home over Easter, having a little clean, cooking something tasty and relaxing – it really puts us in the mood for spring! We think Maggie Maggo’s contemporary patterns are just the thing for brightening up your Easter weekend and rewarding yourself for your spring clean…


“I’m a surface pattern designer/maker/printer. I design bright, colourful contemporary textiles, prints & notebooks. I have a shop on Etsy & sell in several independent shops in the UK. I‘ve recently rediscovered my love of embroidery & have begun translating some of my printed textile designs into embroidered pieces…” Maggie

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Come and find her at our event this coming weekend and as they say in Parks & Rec – ‘Treat Yo’self’…

Meet our Instagram crush…

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Hands up those of you who have a Instagram crush?  *waves hands* Yes, we all have a person – male or female, a blogger or maker that we simply LUST after.  Not necessarily in a sexy way – more in a ERMAGHERD I LOVE YOU way,  what they make, and their general vibe.  You feel me?

Corin Beth Designs is ours at the moment… and she’ll be exhibiting at the next reetsweet YAY!!  High fives all round…Corin boasts a strong collection of home and giftware, which serves as a decorative and functional purpose for the home.  Her collection offers a range of playful illustrated products such as coasters, tea towels and cushions, as well as printed cards for all occasions.

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She can’t go a day without drawing and working on her designs from her studio in a little town called Hinckley, taking inspiration from her everyday travels, translating her drawings into patterns and placement prints for her design collection.  She’s our kinda gal pal, come and meet her in person on Sat 26th March at Leeds Corn Exchange!

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A tree-lightful new booking…

Bio Photo Lia Haynes Damson Wood Necklace

Every now and again we come across a new maker that simply make us smile! New booking Lia Haynes is one of them. Making one of a kind wooden jewellery her simple statement pieces are minimal and elegant, yet utterly warm and lovable…

“Growing up I was always a hoarder of bizarre or mundane objects that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away. Within these items away from their original purpose, I saw some form of beauty, or interesting feature. My favourite of all were pieces taken from nature, such as broken or fallen wood. Using this inspiration of beauty in the used, the pre-loved or abandoned, I finally found a way to utilise these items into a craft – by creating beautiful objects for people to wear!”

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“My mission is to bring attention and appreciation to used wood, promoting up-cycling and recycling by crafting one of a kind, bespoke items! I live and work in Leeds, with organic/found/sustainably sourced wood to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, alongside my large scale mixed-media canvases of woodland landscapes…”

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Music to get you feeling creative by Melodies


Feeling stuck in a creative rut this week? Need to get your juices flowing? We chatted to maker extraordinaire Gemma Fozzard aka Melodies who’s a regular Reetsweeter and all-round GOOD EGG about what her ideal studio playlist would be…

“Well first of all, I’m a bit of a full on fangirl at the moment and spend most of my time listening to The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones Podcasts! The life of a maker can be very solitary!…Buuut when I do put on the tunes BBC 6music is my station of choice and the tracks I would chose to get my creative juices flowing would be…”

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
2. Primal Scream – Swastica Eyes
3. Jake Bugg – King Pin
4. The Research – Lonely hearts still beat the same
5. Pavement – Flux = Rad
6. The Stone Roses – I am the Resurrection
7. iForward Russia! – Twelve
8. The Strokes – Hard to explain
9. The Futureheads – The old dun cow (acapella)
10. Le Tigre – Deceptacon

We’ve event created it for you on Spotify, get it here and get your groove on…!

Catch Gemma at the next fair in Leeds on Sat 26th March from 10am.


New bookings for spring…


It seems that spring is *almost* in the air (let’s ignore the rainy days and focus on the odd blue skies, okay?) and everyone’s feeling creative!

We’ve had a slew of exciting new bookings, from illustrators, to felt makers, to mega zine writers…Reetsweet March is looking hella good. Top of the newbies includes ‘Plewsy’ aka Fiona Fawcett…

Tell us about how ‘Plewsy’ came about?

It all started with six greetings cards, an etsy shop and a lot of support from my pals! After graduating with a graphic design degree in 2012, I spent some time working in a branding and marketing agency, learning lots about paper stocks, pantone colours and printing techniques. In 2014 { with a little help from The Princes Trust } I fully launched Plewsy and now my range of paper products and homewares are stocked across the UK in some lovely shops!

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What’s your favourite piece?

It’s got to be my grumpy little Bobby bear – he’s wrapped up for winter in his wooly scarf. The original illustration was created from layering watercolours and inks, but now he’s popped up on a greetings card, notebook and china mug!

How do you stay fresh and motivated?

I spend a lot of time outdoors in the countryside with my puppy, Noddy – fresh air, colours and textures are a big inspiration! Motivation is a tricky one, mostly I’m really easily self motivated by setting small daily, weekly and monthly goals to work towards!


What do listen to when you’re working?

Yesterday was a throwback of 90’s RnB (hahaha)… but usually it’s calmer acoustic stuff.

What fairs are you doing this year?

I’m kicking off the year with this fab Reetsweet fair, then onto two trade shows in the summer; Pulse and Home & Gift. I’d love to do Renegade too!


Catch Fiona and our other reetsweeters on Sat 26th March at Leeds Corn Exchange!

Faves from December and new plans for 2016!

We hope you all had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas, we’ve been busily planning 2016 already – including a new date in Leeds for March! Yay! Start getting your pennies at the ready!

Meanwhile, here’s a little peek at some of Rebecca’s personal faves from the last event…(click to shop!)

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Lou BijouxSarah Pearson began her line of unique handmade jewellery in 2009 – the same year that reetsweet first got off the ground, Loubijoux was born.

Using carefully sourced one off vintage findings mixed with new, she creates whimsical and charming pieces that anyone can wear.  She’s pretty much our go-to for that hard to buy girl at Christmas and to be honest, we usually get one for ourselves too…

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Shop her latest pieces this Saturday in Leeds at our winter market at Leeds Corn Exchange!

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Maker Preview : You Make Me

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A few years ago Etsy and Folksy were awash with the whole laser cut jewellery trend, some makers did some amazing work, others gave this type of jewellery a bad name.  Now only the strong survive in the laser cut game and Emily is a stone-cold winner at this craft!


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Her brand ‘You Make Me’ is the result of  life-long obsession with all things kitsch! From 1950’s tea pots to 60’s toys, she’s inspired by bright colours and cheerful characters and every piece is laser cut and hand assembled in her studio on the North east coast.


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We think that some of these pieces are going to make some pretty darn awesome xmas gifts at the fair this coming Saturday at Leeds Corn Exchange!


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