A Creative Adventure – Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

Mini Cushions at the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards - by Nikki McWilliams

I’d booked my tickets to Blogtacular at the end of last year, but my travel plans all changed when I found out that I had been shortlisted at the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards!

I entered the Established Business category and was totally delighted when the mag’s editor, Lara, emailed to invite me to join them for a day of creative fun alongside pitching to their panel of judges in London.

The awards took place at The Proud Archivist in East London and the day was packed with a whole host of activities to keep us busy while each category pitched. I was really looking forward to Xanthe Berkeley‘s photo walk (as I couldn’t make the one on Saturday with Blogtacular) I’ve followed Xanthe’s beautiful instagram feed for quite some time, so I was excited to meet her for some real life chats and photo fun.

Xanthe Berkeley snapping a picture of Kat Molesworth of Blogtacular

Xanthe Berkeley snapping a picture of Kat Molesworth  (Blogtacular)

We walked along the canal, met some friendly pooches, found some brilliant photo backdrops and had an altogether smashing time. I’ll definitely be scheduling some photowalks of my own from hereon!

Pompadou the Bulldog in East London

We then had a super talk on the publishing process from the ladies at Pavillion Books. Writing a book is something that I’d love to do one day- so this was particularly interesting and full of useful pointers.

A delicious hot lunch of proscuito chicken and salad on the the terrace followed, and then it was time to pitch!

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards - Established Business Finalists 2015

Go team Established Business! L to R: Amy, Myself & Kirsty

I spent lots of time with the ladies within the Established Business throughout the day- and they were both so lovely. Kirsty of Wild Things Funky Little Dresses makes super fun dresses which are primarily for kids- but I would happily wear on any day of the week. It was great to meet Amy of Super+Super (Claire couldn’t make it on the day) too- as they’ve been on my radar since way back.

I was last to pitch. I wanted to show the panel as much of my work as possible, without rolling into the venue with 15 suitcases stuffed with giant biscuits. So- I put my creative problem solving skills to work and came up with this:

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards - Pop Up Studio by Nikki McWilliams

I made a set of around 25 miniature cushions (see top image for them all) to represent my textile collection, as well as a pop-up cardboard replica of my studio workspace. My 15 minute slot seemed to be over in a heartbeat!

The rest of the afternoon was filled with crafting, musical performances and watching cyclists whizz up and down the sunny path along the canal.

Mollie Makes Editor, Lara, hosted the awards ceremony at the end of the day and I couldn’t believe it when my name was called. I’d spent the day with a group of welcoming & passionate creatives- and this was the icing on the cake (biscuit)!

Mollie Makes Established Business Award Winner 2015 - Nikki McWilliams

I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with the friends that I made on the day- and hopefully bumping into a few of them at Kirstie’s Handmade Fair this September- as part of the prize included a stand at the show! I’ll post more info about that soon- but in the mean time- keep a note of E59a– that’ll be our stand number!

Thank you again to the team at Mollie Makes and everyone who helped make it such an awesome day.

Love & Biscuits,


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