Tag Archives: Brixton

Where do I begin?


I’ve been really neglecting blogging of late.

I’ve been so busy what with Diane’s Puppets  
and making all things crochet, I’ve hardly had time to think, let alone write.
But I’m not complaining, not a bit of it!

Since learning to crochet just over a year ago now I’m now have my crochet being stocked in three shops, one in my local area, Brixton in a brand new gift shop in Market Row, right next door to the best pizza place in the UK , Franca Manca’s . If you haven’t had a pizza at Franca Manca’s you’ve not eaten pizza, trust me. And it’s really reasonably priced too. (You can tell I’m hungry can’t you? ) Well while you are there, pop into the gift shop next door called 20 Storey and check out Crochet Bright and Beautiful and also some Crochet Dark and Decadent.

One of my pugs in the window at 20 Storey.

Cute crochet for cool kids .

I’ve also got stock in a lovely new boutique : Harriet Jade Boutique  in the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth. Have a look at the facebook page here .

Crochet Bright and Beautiful hits Derbyshire! My stock in Harriet Jade Boutique

Then I’ve got five of my ‘scaries’ that I’ve made over at Crochet Dark and Decadent in a lovely toyshop Heelgoed Speelgoed 

Scary collectable dollies in Amsterdam toyshop Heelgoed Speelgoed

As if that isn’t enough, I’ve been asked to make some collectable dogs and cats for a lovely tea party shop in Putney. As soon as I’m finished that order, I’ll let you know the details.
I’m busy making new stock for my Xmas Eve market stall in Brixton for Crochet Bright and Beautiful. Here is a little taster of what I’ve been making:

Baby headbands

Cute soft ear hats



The ‘fluffy ears’ range of hats


Boy hats


Super luxurious newborn baby fox hat


Fish hat


Flower power hat

Girly hat

Daisy hat

The Quick Brown Fox hat



Red Admiral hat


So as you can see, I’ve been busy. Got lots more ideas to come, and lots more to make.
Oh, exciting news too, Crochet Dark and Decadent will be featured in two alternative magazines in the near future… I’ll keep you posted as soon as I get news.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you all soon(ish).
Now where’s my hook?















Ms Jo Bangles ( with apologies to Mr Bob Dylan)

Along with the necklaces I’ve been making , I’ve been making elasticated bangles as well ( mainly for girls ) Well, you can’t have naked wrists now can you?

So here they are :

Pure pretty pinkness with pink glass heart charms

The ‘Barbie’ one.

Word bracelets.

Butterfly pearl

Pink floral

Rainbow cubes

You’re a star


Dancing Dolls


All bangles are a bargain £3.50 each (plus p+p) but if you want to avoid the p+p and fancy a trip to lovely Brixton , come and see me at my stall Crochet Bright and Beautiful tomorrow ( Saturday 30th June ) in Station Road.

I’m not there very often, ( probably 4 times a year) so this is your chance to come and grab yourself something unique and locally made.

Come and see me !

I’ll be there from 9.30- 5pm and if you don’t know what to look for, this is a hint:

Busy Making, Selling and Growing the Brand

Wow, how busy I’ve been .

In the last few weeks since I last posted ( yep, sorry for that, time just flies past) I’ve made lots, sold lots and made some more. I’ve sold at a market stall, a local event and a NCT Nearly New Sale and through my facebook page.

Here’s my stall at Brixton Makers Market,  through the heady smoke of Jerk Chicken that flavours that particular part of the world ( I’m a local lass, so I love it).

The stall grows in size every time

I met loads of great local people and seriously felt the love. I sold a few bits too!

Then there was the Croydon St Georges Day event . That was a splendid day, held in Croydon Old Town to bring back a more positive vibe to the area after the horrid riots . It was a wonderful affair, with the Pearly King and Queen and two rather smart gentlemen called Felix and Felix  who rode around on their penny farthings what what what.

Me and my darling granddaughter

My granddaughter did a sterling job of modelling my tiger hat. She was rewarded by keeping it . ( Well, I tried to take it back… )She loves being a ” Rarrr” as you can see.

Granny can growl with the best of them!

The day after the Croydon event  I held a stall at the local NCT Nearly New Sale.

Crochet Bright and Beautiful hits Vauxhall

It was an interesting affair, I’m not sure that putting hand made crafts in the middle of what is intrinsically a jumble sale ( albeit good quality jumble) is terribly good business sense. But it was worth a try, and to be fair, I did get lots of admirers, gave out loads of cards and sold a few bits. So it wasn’t a waste of time. ( My granddaughter did fairly well out of it too, I came back with more stuff than I went with… )

So my next plan of action is Spitalfields Market. I hope to trade there soonish.

In the meantime I’ve been making some more stuff:

Vintage style cherry brooch

Ladybird necklace

Granny square scarf

Crochet rings

My persian cat

Lulu collectible fairy

Coral pink mohair boots

Magic wishing necklace

Poppy Pug number 2. She's found a new owner already.

Super funky furry shaggy hot pink boots ( with bows)

Pitbull number 3, she's gone to her new owner.

So, I’m off to , you’ve guessed it, crochet!





Meet Diane This Weekend!

Crochet Bright and Beautiful hits Lambeth!

There are two chances to come and see my crochet in the flesh this weekend:

First, tomorrow, Saturday 21st April, brave the elements, ignore the stormy weather and come and join in Croydon’s St George’s Day event held in the Piazza, Old Town Croydon ( near Surrey Street) from 11-4pm.

There will be a stage with live entertainment, food stalls and face painting and stuff for all the family including…

Crochet Bright and Beautiful ( aka me! ) will be there at a very pretty stall, something like this :

Crochet market stall

At Brixton Makers Market recently

Let’s bring the fun back to Croydon and banish the horrid memories of the recent riots.

Then as if that weren’t enough fun, I shall be holding a stall at the Riverside branch of the NCT’s Nearly New Sale on Sunday 22nd April, from 9.30 -12pm. Here are the details:

Come and see me!

Expect an array of cute baby stuff like this:All items are unique, and hand made by my own fair hands .

So, if you are looking for hand made stuff that is made with love, at a fair price and you are a South London person, what are you waiting for? Come on down this weekend !

Snow White and Rose Red: pretty beanies

Here are two beanies inspired by the fairy story of Snow White and Rose Red.

Doesn't she look gorgeous in her new rose hat?

Red rose baby beanie crochet pretty hat

Rose red: a pretty hat for a pretty baby

Rose Red is the smaller of the two beanies and would fit up to three months of age. It is made with double strand DK yarn , in bright red and fuschia . Edged in the bright purply pink and finished off with a pretty scarlet rose with two green leaves. Just adorable.

Rose red beanie crochet baby

Bright and beautiful.

Big sister Snow White’s hat would fit 3months to 9 months , made in soft,chunky champagne acrylic yarn, edged in pure white and adorned with a snow white rose with two deep green leaves. Purity and innocence in a pretty beanie. How darling would your little baby girl look in this?

White rose beanie crochet baby hat

Pretty Snow White's rose hat.

White rose crochet baby beanie

Simple and pure

All my new creations will soon be listed in my folksy shop.

Crochet Bright & Beautiful

If you are around the South London area on the 30th March I shall be holding a stall at the brand new St Matthews Sundowner fair , in the craft  tent in St Matthews Peace Garden, Brixton between 5-10pm.

Alternatively, I’m going to be at the Riverside ( Vauxhall) branch of the NCT’s nearly new sale  on Sunday 22nd April , at the Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5JT, between 9.30am and 12 noon.

Do come along and see my stuff in the flesh. Save yourself the post and packaging charges!