Thursday, 14 February 2013


Some of you may be aware of my addiction to teacups, especially really old delicate ones, they just don't make them like this anymore and the replicas they do make don't  have the history attached to them. When I come across a teacup in a charity shop or flea market I instantly think of a little old lady and the teas when they would be brought out for special occasions.  Proper tea with a strainer, homemade cakes and sandwiches eaten in the parlour which was only used for special guests.
My husband curses me when I come home with yet another teacup and I have made some into teacup candles using recycled candle remnants but it seems such sacriledge, teacups are for tea !

Friday, 16 November 2012


I really can't believe it has been 2 years since Lori and I were getting nervous and excited about our opening day here at Tenderfoot. Looking back it really was a lovely day, we had spent 3 months working hard transforming the shop to our beautiful new haven and there was an abundance of hope and anticipation between us.  The day was all we were hoping for, lots of eager locals and friends crammed into the little space that Tenderfoot is, children crafting, lots of cake eating and wine drinking and Lori's hubby was squeezed into the corner playing with his band, it felt so good.

Since then things have changed alot, the main change being that the lovely Lori has moved onto pastures new and an exciting new project and little old Tenderfoot is just me ! But my belief is everything happens for a reason and what will be will be and as I celebrate the 2nd year at Tenderfoot, I can only hope that the future and the 3rd year will be good, that the business will continue to evolve and flourish.

There is a new element to Tenderfoot in 2012 courtesy of Kirsten Clarke aka Mrs Make and Do who has brought her crafty emporium to the back of the shop, selling an array of lovely fabrics, ribbons and buttons as well as less frivolous goodies. She has also brought to Tenderfoot a renewed enthusiasm and vitality with her passion for all things handmade, crafty and also for the vision of her little business and it's partnership with Tenderfoot. 

So tomorrow not only marks 2 years of the old Tenderfoot but the start of the new Tenderfoot.  I would love for you to join me for a drink and a cake and you may see something that takes  your fancy and I'm giving 20% off tomorrow only. Look forward to seeing you x

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The post about when Lori leaves Tenderfoot.

Today is my last day at Tenderfoot. This may come as a surprise to many of you,but sadly it's time for me to leave. I've had the most amazing 2 years of my life spent creating this lovely space with Helen. But it's time for me to move forward and take on new challenges.  Tenderfoot has evolved into a fantastic shop, full of whimsy and little treasures and now with Kirsten on board with The Make and Do Emporium,Tenderfoot is going into a new direction!  Tenderfoot is and hopefully will  always be the Creative Hub for Brislington, helping new up and coming artists branch out into other shops and also a launching board for the crafty novice that just wants to learn something new.  And even in my absence I'm sure Tenderfoot will be all those things, and possibly more. The same spirit will be kept alive, just by different souls.

I'm so thankful for everyone I have met in this journey. And so thankful to the people of Brislington for being the biggest driving force in Tenderfoot staying open. I'll hope to guest every once in a while on the blog and don't fret I will never be too far from Tenderfoot's doors.

I'm also the most thankful to Helen for beings Tenderfoot's backbone! Without your support well, of course we wouldn't even have a Tenderfoot!

I will miss this so much. It has been, and always will be, the greatest and most rewarding challenge I've ever endured.

So till we meet again good pals and friends! I cannot say it enough I will miss you so much!

With all my heart,


Wednesday, 10 October 2012


This is my favourite piece of art at Tenderfoot at the moment, by the talented Emma Garner, it's so funky and witty and sexy all rolled into one. I just love it and I'm sure it's a reflection of how many of us feel about our other halves. Emma also has a range of greeting cards available at Tenderfoot.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Make and Do Partay!

This Friday Tenderfoot welcomed a new addition to our little family; The Make and Do Emporium!  Lots of cake and wine were consumed and of course lots of drooling over all the lush fabrics and ric-rac and strands of pom-poms! So don't forget if you need sewing supplies or a nice sketch book or a kit this lady has what you need! Happy Monday!

Friday, 5 October 2012


Tonight see the Launch of The Make & Do Emporium at Tenderfoot, an absolute Aladdin's den of lovely craft and haberdashery and an array of colourful fabrics, ribbons and buttons.  If you are into making then you will be in your element and with the talented Kirsten at the helm there will be someone to advise on any of your making dilemmas or help you source that elusive item you are looking for.
Kirsten will also be running a variety of workshops as well as her regular make and do club on Friday evenings.  You will be able to hire a sewing machine by the hour as well as just pop along and work on a project whilst enjoying our cake of the day with a nice cuppa.
Why not pop along tomorrow and take a peek out the back and check out out our lovely new stock at the same time. Pictures to follow !

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


How delicious do our beautiful bath creamers look. Made with cocoa and shea butters and pure essential oils, they smell luscious and are highly moisturising so are a really indulgent treat for your bath. We have lots of varieties to choose from and they make great gifts, packaged in cute egg boxes or our pretty panatonne boxes.