The Story so far...

The Scavenger Studio

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The Story so far...

The Story so far…

Hello I’m Annie McGee, an alternative embroiderer & seamstress in Warrington, England. I love to create textile gifts, clothes & accessories with an unusual twist, from rock & tattoo inspired pieces, to kawaii & steampunk. I set up my embroidery business when my son was born & I found that the clothes out there just were not alternative or “rocky” enough for my little fella. Quirky threads stitched with a twist soon grew from baby clothes to adult wear & accessories. With a range of home wares now available, Scavenger Annie’s is full to the rafters with all you need to ensure your lifestyle is suitably outfitted with the most rockin’ threads around.

Karina's review of the Pattern Perfection class

Karina’s review of the Pattern Perfection class

In the last 12 months I have started offering sewing & craft workshops with the Scavenger Annie twist. You can join me to reveal the bare basics of your sewing machine & stitch up a voodoo doll pin cushion, or discover pattern perfection & learn how to decipher a commercial pattern. With each class there’s a rockin’ take home project to help you progress with your stitching.

Hen party stitching

Beautiful ladies with beautiful bunting!

With your help I am seeking funds to build a sewing studio from which I can embroider, sew, design & teach. I currently work from the family’s dining table so as you can imagine space is limited & it restricts the number of lessons that I can provide as well as student numbers per class. It will cost around £5000 for the make, construction & fitting out of a log cabin studio.

This building project will enable me to continue to work from home, generating a regular income whilst looking after my four year old son. Since being made redundant from my day job last year I’ve found that running a small business from home is flexible to fit around my family commitments, keeps business costs low and is creatively fulfilling. It does however mean that I have taken over nearly every room in the house with fabrics, supplies & equipment, as well as relegating my family to the living room when I host classes in the kitchen/dining room.In order for Scavenger Annie to grow I desperately need the space to stitch in!

The money

The cabin will be built by a local company & the costs are as follows:
The log cabin itself (3m x 3.5m) : £3500
Concrete base: £630
Build: £390
Electrics: £400
Total: £4920
Insulation, painting & decorating will be done by myself.

The Perks

By contributing to Scavenger Annie’s Sewing School you can choose from the following perks:
  • £5 = My thanks & an exclusive Scavenger Annie patch
  • £10 = Gift voucher valued at £15
  • £12 = Embroidered Death Before Decaf calico tote bag
  • £20 = Gift voucher valued at £30
  • £24 = 1 x Cheshire Cat Cushion
  • £35 = 1 x 3 hour sewing class voucher valued at £40
  • £100 = 3 x 3 hour sewing classes valued at £120
You can find full details of the perks & make a purchase from my website here. All funds from this campaign will go towards funding the sewing studio. If the goal of £5000 is not reached within the 30 days of this campaign any monies raised will still go towards the build of the studio, it just may take me a little longer.

The Impact

Not only will the studio provide me with a space to design & embroider the rockin’ threads, it will provide a space for individuals to learn or refresh their sewing skills, to try out new craft practices and also will enable me to offer guidance to small craft businesses with social media workshops.

Each step of the way I will provide updates on the campaign via my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/scavengeranniesalternativeemporium and this blog.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are unable to contribute financially then please share my campaign to build a sewing school with your friends & family.

Find out more about the Scavenger Studio campaign here.

Handmade Fair 2014
#handmade100

The Handmade 100

Handmade100, Small Business, The Handmade Fair
Handmade Fair 2014 #handmade100

Handmade Fair 2014
#handmade100

It was a great honour to be featured in The Handmade Fair’s #Handmade100 list of Twitter’s top 100 crafters as voted for by the public.

The Handmade Fair was on this weekend at Hampton Court and from the looks of their Instagram feed it was a great event. I would have loved to have gone but unfortunately it clashed with my Little Man’s birthday. Here’s hoping for next year!

Check out the list here and discover some wonderful creations!

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Christmas In July event

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All this week I’m celebrating Christmas in July. Why, you ask? Well believe it or not, it t’is now the season in the handmade gift world. Gift guides are being written, festive magazine articles are being composed and so I thought it best to give an early preview of the rockin’ Christmas threads I’ll have available.

Santa with a kawaii twist

                 Santa with a kawaii twist

To make it extra special, this week you can find my festive threads at exclusive prices in my Etsy shop here. These are the top threads from last Christmas including the sinister, yet festive, Gothic Tree stocking adorned with skulls and the fabulous tree decorations in the form of nibbled and whole quirky Gingerbread Men.

 

Rock around your Christmas Tree this year with gifts stitched with a twist!

Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a present so be sure to head over to Instagram and join in the competition for your chance to win an embroidered hoop art featuring the cute Kawaii Gingerbread Man.

Happy Christmas in July my dears!

Annie

 

We’re All Mad Here – Treasury Tuesday on Etsy

Treasury Tuesday

‘We’re All Mad Here’ by scavengerannie

Treasury Tuesday with an unusual twist!A collection of the amazing & very much wonderful hand crafted gifts from the Craft Hour crew that remind me of my literature favourites, from Wonderland to Neverland, Narnia to Oz.


Handmade Art Journal ‘Al…
$50

Jackolantern / pumpkin – tea…
$10

Handmade miniature bottled c…
$10

Under The Stars A3 Print
$9.95

Mermaids Pendant – Shell Wir…
$30

Chain Scarf for Kids – Rainb…
$24

Polymer clay pendant green h…
$15

Burlesque Peacock Bustle
$105

Playing card upcycled gift t…
$3

7 flag Bunting Pirate theme …
$13.5

Cute baby/toddler booties/sl…
$5.5

Hedgehog illustrated brooch….
$6

Celebrate greetings cards
$2.8

Hand Made Custom Pet Portrai…
$75

Vintage button and Felt Adju…
$8

CS Lewis Narnia – Tea with M…
$45

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A sign of the summer

Treasury Tuesday

‘A sign of the summer’ by scavengerannie

Looking forward to the warmer months with these lovely crafted items that remind me of summer. Shops discovered via Craft Hour Facebook page


Floral Crown Ring Vintage Pi…
$26

Handmade Yellow Bird and Hea…
$22.4

Handcrafted Beautiful Button…
$3.5

Orange and Cream Flower Bowl…
$16

Pretty Enamel Copper Flower …
$12.5

Personalised Print “Dad…
$30

Fabric Plane Card (No1) – Bo…
$3

Wedding Owls Card
$2.5

Campervan fabric Tablet Cush…
$15

Wire Wrapped Pendant – Tiger…
$27

handmade yellow ipad mini sl…
$19

Felt Safari animal bunting -…
$22

Fathers Day 8″x8″ …
$12.49

Buzz -closeup Fine Art Macro…
$4

12 Sunny Vintage Medium Butt…
$4.5

Camper vans wet bag for napp…
$4.5

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Treasury Tuesday – Feeling Blue

Treasury Tuesday

‘Feeling Blue’ by bethcornwell

Pretty blue gifts to brighten your day


Watch Movement Cuff Links
$45

Live love laugh scrabble art…
$10

Tube of Purple Cylindrical B…
$4

Blue Twist Bracelet
$7

Ceramic Plant Pot – Blue Pla…
$15

Blue beaded balls earrings
$10

Greetings Card. Blank Card….
$2.6

Blue Folk Earrings: White Fl…
$12

SALE 30% DISCOUNT Mer Queen-…
$6.95

Aquamarine mens masquerade m…
$200

Cat purse, cat bag, Handbag,…
$28

Christmas Ball Ornament Fant…
$25

Dr Who inspired TARDIS appli…
$12

Shades of Bora Bora Sparkly …
$32

Green Contour Pattern Staine…
$9

she dreamt of adventure on t…
$45

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Here comes the sun. Long may it stay!

Treasury Tuesday

‘Here Comes The Sun!’ by billarah


Here Comes The Sun Digital A…
$18

A4 print ” Bexhill Blue…
$15

The Sun Hares
$187

Joy Citrine Wire Wrapped Rin…
$22

Yellow and Blue Vase / made-…
$26

The Rosemary
$49.99

SUMMER 2014 *Blue Polka Dot*…
$176

White Kawaii Cloud Pillow – …
$22

Authentic Wayuu Mochila Bag …
$94

Poppies fused glass light-ca…
$10.95

Natural Turkish Towel, Pesht…
$28

Sun Flower Mouse Pad Mat
$7

Sun and wheat etching
$35

Kawaii Sun Acrylic Stud Earr…
$8.5

Sun Flare Cufflinks – Sunshi…
$22.99

Jasper 5 Wrap Bracelet / Lea…
$64

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