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The new iPhone 5 has arrived at Quirky Bee!

In case you hadn't heard the hype ... Apple have just announced the new iPhone, the iPhone 5, much to the excitement of tech fans across the globe.  Its out this Friday, with over 2 million pre-orders already!

However anyone dashing out to get the new device will notice something - their old cases won't fit!

It's the worlds slimmest smartphone, now 20% lighter and with a new 4" screen. Making any phones case designed for the iPhone 4 too short.  

So QuirkyBee have leapt into action at the sewing machines, and now all our phone cases are suitable for the iPhone 5. Customers now have the option to order their handmade phone case to fit phones up to the size of an iPhone 5, iPhone 4 or a Samsung Galaxy S3.

Hopefully these options will cover most phone models, whatever the make, however if yours wouldn't fit please do get in touch as we may be able to rustle something up!

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Ho Ho Ho!

 Love it or hate it.  Christmas will be here in just under 4 months, and the time for preparation can never come too soon for all us crafty makers.  To speak the truth, I’ve never been a really big fan of the joyous season, but choosing festive fabrics, signing up to craft fairs and designing new products have all proved to be part of the transformation.

Quirky Bee have already signed up to several Christmas craft fairs and markets this year, so keep an eye out for more details in future posts.  We could be in an area near you!

Now, we’ll give you a sneak peek of what we’ve been working on for this season’s festivities.  However, we won’t be listing Christmas items until late September, for fear of being lynched by all the Baaaar Humbugs out there!

Reindeer Compact Mirror

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Quirky Bee Bunting for a Fabulous Seaside Wedding

Here's an exclusive sneak preview of the marquee decor at the highly anticipated Crowe-Lyall wedding next weekend... 



Beach huts, boats and sky blue spots make up the gorgeous nautical themed bunting. 

- especially created by Quirky Bee for our good friend Miss Lyall ... soon to be Mrs Crowe.  

We're chuffed to bits to be creating something special for such an important day!

In a 'Hello'-style exclusive, we have found out that the bride will be wearing a beautiful Angelina Faccenda dress, and the groom may well be wearing something picked up two hours previously in a last minute mad-dash to the Sunderland Debenhams...
 

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Folksy Finds: Best Birdies

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Quirky Bee has always had a bit of a soft spot for our feathered friends. You may have noticed that a few of them have sneaked their way into our products. If we spot a bird in a fabric print, we're aways interested!

One our favourites is Prestigous Fabric's 'Berkeley Square' cotton duck:
Berkeley Square fabric Prestigious

It's a good quality, heavy cotton that has been featured in Quirky Bee's Kindle and iPad case designs, as well as cushions and a tote-bag.

Berkeley Square Bird iPad Tablet Case  Berkeley Square Bird Kindle EReader Case  Berkeley Square Bird Tote Bag
Kindle/E Reader Case: £12.99 iPad/Tablet Case: £15.99 Tote Bag: £9.99

We also love Anorak's Bird and Seagull oilcloths.

Anorak Birds fabric oilcloth PVC  Anorak Seagulls fabric oilcloth PVC 

And - new fabric just in :

Bird fabric

Soon to be made in to items in our gadget case ranges!

Of course, we just had to sneak a bird design into our range of Thank You cards:

Thank you card Teacher: Bird Quirky Bee  Stitiched Fabric Greetings Card: £3.49



So while on this theme, we've a few Folksy bird-related finds on a Saturday - who says it has to be Folksy Friday?!
Put your feet up and check out our favourite birdie items:

Noodle Bubble's handmade soaps

http://folksy.com/items/2661693-Bird-Domino


Lotus Blossom's Bird Card


http://folksy.com/items/3281226-bird-card


Buttercup Design's Bird Brooch
http://folksy.com/items/3235142-Bird-Brooch 


Peony and Thistle's beautiful Vintage Bird Bunting

http://folksy.com/items/3492897-Bird-Bunting-


Alexandra McQuade's Bird Brooch

http://folksy.com/items/3169974-Bird-Brooch


Some beautiful creations, I hope you'll agree.  Now time for a tea-break...


Keeping in the bird theme - do get in touch with Quirky Bee via Twitter!  
@QuirkyHandmade

We'd love to hear from you! 
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Meeting the Mayor...and a Quirky BEE give away!

 Well, yesterday was National Market day in Stratford Upon Avon where Quirky Bee proudly had a stall full of their goodies.  The day got off to a wet start but gradually brightened, bringing along a steady drift of customers our way.

We decided for the first time to try out a Quirky Bee bargain box which proved very popular, and as long as the pope remains a catholic, people will always love a good bargain or two!

 








  The highlight of the day was of course meeting the Mayor and councilors of Stratford Upon Avon.  They were there to promote the day and chat with stall holders about the success of the local market and how it helped our small business.  We had our photographs taken and the local councilor even purchased one of our oil cloth Kindle covers!


To celebrate our day and just because we haven't yet done one, we are holding the first Quirky Bee give away!  We were undecided as to what people might like, and knowing that not everyone has a Kindle or an iPhone, we went with a general goody! The lucky winner will receive a Limited edition Liberty peacock feather case, which is big enough to hold notebooks, pens or would even make a lovely scissor holder. (Or really, you can just do with it what you please!)  This cotton fabric has been discontinued so will be one of a kind once we have sold the remaining Kindle covers.


To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is share our giveaway status on Facebook and Twitter.  But you will NEED to comment on this blog post leaving your name and where you have shared, as this is where we will be picking the winner from.  All entries will be put into a random number generator and announced on Sunday 15th July. 








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Oil Cloth Creations!

 Today I had new some new oil cloth arrive in the post and was eager to get to work on it.  I made up two Kindle cases which I am planning on trialling at our fair in Stratford Upon Avon tomorrow.  The bright coloured Petal Kindle Case has also inspired me to get to work in the garden!




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National Market Day in Stratford Upon Avon

 Quirky Bee have been working away on the Sewing machine this weekend in preparation for the National Market day in Stratford Upon Avon on Friday 29th June.  This is just one of many organised market days being held around the country in aid of opening up more local markets to small businesses.

Mary Portas is behind the whole venture and is encouraging small businesses to get involved -' The focus of National Market Day will be providing opportunities for new start-up businesses. Mary’s idea of providing a “stall for a tenner” is something that we are embracing and we are asking market operators to make special efforts to provide opportunities for local people to trade on a market and, potentially, start a new business.

 

Quirky Bee's Goodies available Friday! 

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The Great British Stay-cation

Cancelled flights? Grubby hotel rooms? Dicky tummies? And not to mention several tonnes of carbon per flight...
Not something you want for your holiday?

Rather than just simply booking that annual package holiday abroad this year - why not consider good old Blighty?!

Theres been a recent surge in us Brits plumping for 'Stay-cations' in recent years.  And with good reason, if so many people from around the World are spending a fortune on coming to visit the UK, why not appreciate what you're lucky enough to have on your own doorstep. And not only that you can feel good that you've helped boost the income of those in the area you visit, and not travelled so far.

Quirky Bee looks at a few of our faves:

Edinburgh
City of contrasts, the stunning Scottish capital has few rivals for scenery and character. One of our all time favourite destinations, it seems like there is more to see each time.

With more than its fair share of gruesome history, there's ghost stories around every corner and some fascinating buildings. Interesting bars and restaurants can be found at the Grassmarket and fabulous antique shop and tearooms at AnTeaques on Clerk Street. Don't miss The Dome on George Street, the Castle (of course!) or nearby Joppa Beach.



Margate
Traditional seaside town seeing a bit of a resurgence of late, with the new Turner Contemporary gallery. Turned used to love to paint the beautiful skies here because of the light, the sunset across the sands is still definitely  worth a look.

Jellied eels are a traditional seaside snack, if you dare you can still try them at the London Pie and Mash shop. On Sunday's do do do get yourself along to the Vintage, Antiques and Food market! We couldn't drag ourselves away...



West Coast of Scotland
This is THE place to go for world-famous, stunningly dramatic scenery. Jaw-dropping views around every corner and great local hospitality. Hire one of the many cute little cottages, or perhaps you might like to relax in a rather grander lodge hotel.

We think that a trip to Glen Coe simply cannot be missed, or to the waterfall at Glen Nevis. Surprisingly there's many white 'Caribbean' style sandy beaches in this area - honest!  Try exhilarating outdoor sports at Stramash, Oban,  or for something more relaxing visit the Little Soap and Candle Company's tea room at Drumbeg http://www.drumbegdesigns.com/Shop-and-Tea-Garden.html  .



Brighton
Brighton should be visited for all those fascinating independent shops of Brighton Lanes alone. Never mind the glorious Brighton pebbled beach, or the riotous nightlife. Catch a show at the Brighton Dome Theatre and try a delicious smoothie at  Utopia cafe. If you're there in November, you HAVE to check out MADE12 Design and craft fair at the Corn Exchange...




If we've convinced you, think about our sunglasses and gadget cases while you're packing, to stylishly protect all your precious goodies!  


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Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee!

It's the Jubilee weekend!! So whether you're a full-on Royalist or just appreciate an extra bank holiday, we're sure you're making the most of it. (Or perhaps you're a little like Quirky Bee, and are not particularly bothered about the Royal family, but do have a penchant for bunting, cream cakes, street parties and tea).

Our bunting's been proving popular, mostly the Union Jack variety of course, and all this bunting sewing has been making us feel the Jubilee spirit just that little bit more.

Enjoy the rest of the Bank Hol, from all at Quirky Bee! P.S - at least someone found a use for our bunting in all this wet weather!


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A Royal Knees Up!

 We’re slowly but surely approaching the Jubilee weekend and the celebration planning should be well underway!  If you are still patiently awaiting your invite to the Queen’s revelry, then we have to break it to you…it’s time to make other plans! 

The Quirky Bee team are still umming and ahhhing as to which wonderful celebration they should adorn with their presence.  There are more merriments and festivities this bank holiday weekend than you could shake a  jubilee stick at, so we’ve let you in on a few of our favourites!

If you fancy more of a relaxed celebration to soak up the atmosphere then this one might be for you!

 

The historic market town of Warwick will be embellished with red, white and blue flower beds alongside the rows of pretty bunting.  On Sunday 3rd June, a Jubilee parade will take place, followed by afternoon lunch in the square.  Extra picnic tables will also be provided, but of course there is always the castle you could take a wander around if you get itchy feet! 

A more lively event for the lovers of vintage will most definitely opt for this little gem! 

 

‘Victorious Vintage’  will take place over the Jubilee weekend in the harbour town of Portsmouth.  There will be an array of beautiful vintage stalls selling everything from frocks to collectables, you can get vintage make-overs, listen to music, go dancing and even dig out some quirky little treasures! The Historic Portsmouth harbour will be transformed into the destination for a vintage fabulous Jubilee weekend! 

 

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