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Hi, I'm Siobhan the face behind HAH. Here on our blog I share behind the scenes photos and work in progress, my favourite pieces from other brands and one or two DIY projects for you to try at home.

By hahonline, Feb 4 2017 02:42PM

This is a really cheap and easy way to create a cute Valentine's posy that would look super sweet on a tray with your Valentine's breakkie.

In total this make cost me £2.50. I only needed clay (Hobbycraft only £2.50) as all the rest I found laying around my studio - except the twigs, I pinched them from the local park on my way home from work!


You will need:

- Air dry clay

- Scissors

- Acrylic paint and paintbrush

- Twigs

- Glue

- Bottle

- Twine (optional)


To start, roll your clay into "pea-sized" balls, then flatten those balls out and create a point at one end.



Using your scissors, snip a small slit in the opposite end to the point. This will help form the top of your heart.


Fold either side of the slit into the centre and press flat (you might need to fiddle about a bit to get your desired shape) repeat over and over until you have a nice little pile of hearts. Leave for 12-24 hours until the clay has hardened.


Once your clay is dry, your hearts are ready to paint - you'll probably want to give them a couple of coats. I chose to paint mine candy pink. Once painted leave your hearts to dry.


When dry you need to start attaching your hearts to your twigs. These twigs were collected on my walk home from work. I used a glue gun to attach my hearts (although next time I think I would use a stronger super glue). Alternate your hearts as you glue and repeat until all your twigs are covered.

Tip: Don't start to glue your hearts too low as they will stop the twigs from fitting in the bottle.


Once you've glued all of your hearts onto your twigs you will want to arrange them in your bottle. I've used a mini milk bottle from Clas Ohlson but you could use a empty wine bottle or similar (it all depends on the size of your twigs)


For an extra bit of detail and to hide the screw top I wrapped twine around the neck of the bottle, this is totally optional. You could perhaps wrap some pom pom trim or ribbon around your bottle instead.


And there you have it, a super cute take on a bunch of pussy willow.

By hahonline, Feb 1 2017 04:23PM

Last month we finally added a brand new product to our Etsy Store - our Mini Pin Banners!


Now Christmas is not the best time to develop, make and market a product but I'm (stupidly) impulsive and once I'd made one of these for myself and others had spotted it on IG, I was asked to make more.


Behind the scenes - Making pin banners in the studio and the finished banner hanging in pride of place.


Origionally I bought this fabric to make some curtains for our spare room and becuase I cant waste good fabric, I put the scraps to use. Combined with some wooden dowells left over from a stall display I'd made in the summer I sketched out a pattern and got to work on creating our medium pin banners. They fit around 25 pins on comfortably and can be hung anywhere. The cotton canvas is really hard weraring and can tolerate being stabbed again and again and again.


"Wonderful" banner at Norwich Makers Market and "Jolly" and "Wonderful" banners at Crafty Fox Market


Christmas is actually a great time to test the water when it comes to new products and I guess this is becuase people are shopping more than they do throughout the rest of the year.

I took our banners to Jon at Ink and Stitch and got him to apply a couple of our designs to them. I thought that I needed to make the banners multi functional and boy, was I suprised with how well they went down. Every fair we attended we sold out!

Later this month I'll be listing both our "Wonderful" and "Jolly" printed banners. These look great hanging of walls of studios, nurseries or living rooms and can help inject a little more positivity.


Mini Pin Banners showing of my absolute favourites and one of our printed "Wonderful" banners


Post-Christmas I developed our mini pin banner, which can be used to show off your very favourite pins or it is also a pretty nifty way to display earrings. The mini banner holds around 15 pins and is more compact (hence the name) they are super cute and I'm thinking of printing some tiny designs on these little guys too. What do you think?


For information on all the pins featured in this post, check out our instagram where all makers are tagged



By hahonline, Jan 30 2017 08:53PM

I've always despised the word "blog" it sounds like something you'd find logded in your plug hole. You know, like one of those indescribly terrible smelling lumps of god-knows-what that you find when you unscrew the filter in the shower basin.

I also dispise writting. I'm dyslexic and unfortunatly my brain works a lot faster than my hands can type, its incredibly fraustrating. Everytime I write it's like I'm desperate for the toilet but stuck at a standstill on the M25. It needs to come out and there's a lot of it, I just lack the facilities and instead of making a mess I just hold it in. It's incredibly embaressing when mid flow I miss a word due to my hast or spell something so funky that my iphone cant even correct it.

These are just two reasons why I haven't tried blogging before today but that's going to change. This is a blog and I am therefore blogging.


I am Siobhan, the creator of HAH. This is our brand new blog and it will be where I share what running a small business is like. I'm going to share a few DIY ideas, what it's like behind the scenes in the studio and information about various markets, fairs and festivals that you can find us at in 2017. I'll be showing you some of my favourite products from other small brands and if you're lucky some sneak peaks of upcoming products. One thing I will promise is that I will be totally frank throughout, this blog is my voice and hopefully you'll get to know me and my little brand a little bit more by reading it.


Siobhan


(Print in photo by Sarah Abbot)

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