Getting ready for Padstow…

Very much looking forward to Bolla Tay’s annual design fair in Padstow.  Just finishing off some final stitching before packing it all up ready for the show.

This year we will be joined by some fabulous designer-makers –  Damian Miles, Really Big Bubbles and Paper Pamela…  Check out their websites for a sneak preview and hopefully we’ll see you there.


Bolla Tay Poster 2017

A fab time in Padstow….

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at our Bolla Tay Design Fair in Padstow, we had a really great time.  There were some early starts, late finishes and a lot of hard work beforehand, but all made worthwhile as we really enjoyed meeting everyone, talking about our designs and products and enjoying a pasty or two! Both myself and Alice had a record-breaking show this year! We have all our lovely new customers, and precious returning customers to thank for this.  So thank you all!

We love meeting people who appreciate our handbags and we hope all our customers are enjoying using their new purchases. Many of you have already been in touch to say that you are getting admiring comments, glances and enquiries; this makes us very happy and this is why we put in all the effort.

We love hearing from customers, so if you’ve enjoyed your Handmade by Ellie experience, please get in touch and let us know.  We hope you have a lovely summer and hope to hear from you soon.

Design Fair in Padstow….

Looking forward to another trip to Padstow for the Bolla Tay Design Fair.  We shall be there from 31st July – 4th August, so come and say hello if you’re around.

Bolla Tay

Clutch bags now available!

I had a fabulous few days in Padstow with the Bolla Tay girls earlier this month.  Thanks to all those who came by to see us, it was lovely to meet new customers as well as customers from previous years……  I hope you all enjoy your new handbags!

I promised I would be adding more to my online shop after its launch a few weeks ago, so here are the first new editions…. These clutch bags are the result of my collaboration with designer C F McEwan.   They are made using her special silk and hemp fabric and they feel gorgeous!

For all the information, please click here to visit to visit my shop.

If you are interested in purchasing the matching scarves, please click here to contact Clare to check availability.  Oh, and Clare currently has a summer sale on some of her gorgeous scarves…..


Summer news!

Looking forward to heading to Padstow again with the Bolla Tay girls for another Design Fair in a few weeks….

Check out the other artists and designers  – Clare McEwan, Rebecca Williams and Alice Povey

Bolla Tay Summer Design Fair

Hoping to get another few projects finished before the show; here’s a look at the fabric combinations of my current project….

Craft events and illustrations….

Looking forward to being at the beautiful Woodlands Castle in Taunton next Saturday for the first show of the year –

Miss Ivy Events Poster

Also, if you haven’t already seen, do check out what illustrator, and fellow member of the Bolla Tay Collective, Alice Povey has been up to recently –  see Alice Povey on Facebook and/or Alice Povey’s blog; her new illustrations are FABULOUS!

Bolla Tay Design Fair

I’ve just come back from the most amazing few days in sunny Padstow, having been involved with my first Bolla Tay Design Fair.  It was wonderful to meet so many new customers and thanks to those who stopped by to say hello and sign up to my blog.  To all the new “Handmade by Ellie” owners, I hope your bags bring you as much pleasure in using them as they did for me making them….

I’ve also been making a few changes to my website; I now have a permanent Home page and my blog is the final tab on the menu bar.

For more details on Bolla Tay, click the link in the Links I Love section.

Here are a few pictures from the show, click to enlarge and scroll through the gallery.

Bolla Tay

In support of all these artists/designers/creative people, I have to post this link –

Please check it out.