Friday, 31 August 2012

Handmade Arcade is TOMORROW!

Hello friends..

Tomorrow we'll be sipping coffee down in McCoys Cafe, listening to tunes from Simon and Rhys, relaxing with the crafty friends of No Guts No Glory who will be joining us with things made by hands free enough to do the things they love! So come and support them and join us in celebrating the art of living by doing in the haven of McCoys Arcade!

Our brilliant neighbours Bunyip beads and buttons will be starting their sale tomorrow! so pop down and grab a bargain from their table...

We'll also be doing a re-work a shirt workshop, launching our SUPPORT SMALL-PRESS campaign with a zine making stall, and showcasing our marvelous zine and small-press library! Come and have a read!


See you there!

Hayles and Nath

Friday, 24 August 2012


Saturday 1st September Handmade Arcade is back!

This month we will be bringing you a wonderful musical makery in the treasure trove that is McCoys Arcade!.... where else can you peruse the best of Exeter's Independent shops, as well as buy locally made art direct from the hands of the creator?

Avoid the high street - Buy local - Visit Handmade Arcade!

Join us on the 1st September -  enjoy a cuppa from one of the many cafes, soak up the atmosphere of Exeter's uniquely independent McCoys Arcade and come hang with us outside the No Guts No Glory shop from 10 - 5.30 music all day then join us for dancing at the Bike Shed Theatre's Rockabilly night!

Things you can expect at this months Handmade Arcade...

Unique glasswork, Illustrated cards prints and things, felt made wonders, dragon headed bits n bobs, up-cycled, re-cycled and re-made, workshops, live music from locals, nail- art and lots more to be announced in the next future days!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Handmade Arcade #5

Handmade Arcade is already in it's fifth month, strange how the time has flown yet been so marked by the passing months events, we started this project after a lenghthy conversation on a train journey a few months ago, with the sole intention of extending the shop to give an outlet for all the people we meet whose work we haven't room to display within the little cave that is No Guts No Glory! Uniting Exeters creative community, and bringing life to the unique corner that is the West Quarter. We live and work on this street and are constantly inspired by the bunch of characters around us that just seems to grow - with shops like Good Golly Miss Molly and this weeks opening of Velveteen within the cover of the Arcade, creative ventures seem to be cropping up everywhere and this makes us feel good and so fortunate to live in a place surrounded by such passionate friendly people! The neighbourhood are coming together in the form of "The Fore Street Collective" a call to arms and forum for locals and traders, there is talk of more events in the area soon! Watch this space Fore Street Fans!

Next Month at Handmade Arcade....

- More Lemonade and Vegan cupcakes to tantalise your tastebuds
- Music from Great Local Bands
- Make your own Instrument Session
- DIY Demonstrations
and of couse a plethora of locally made planet friendly things to browse and buy direct from the maker!

This month's Handmade Arcade was a fantastic display of local talent and we met heaps new amazing people who came to hang tough with us for the day as well as catching up with you regular folk who pop by and see us every month!

Nath got busy with his camera and took some lovely snaps of the day here's a peek...

Autumn Jitters fantastic notebooks.. see more on her Etsy!

 Claire Close had lots of colourful prints of boats and locally inspired things
 Louise Brown and her Box-Tales were really something quite special.

 Was great to see Ben Wright once more - a true regular Handmade Arcader!

The Common Goals stall was once again raising money for various charities! 

Helen Drever is the maker of peg dolls from The Sinister Edge Of Whimsy!

 Ella Howard looking gorgeous in a fantastic NGNG Tee!

Jamie Gould played us some great tunes!

 Jasper Jillings, played a fantastic set on his drums - inspired by Animal from the Muppets..

Me: So .. what inspired you to start playing at the age of six Jasper?
Jasper: (After careful consideration) ummm I like Noise.

 Kay Stanley getting busy painting nails! She'll be back next time around.. her designs include clouds and lots of bright colours!

 Little Owl Crafts came along with her spinning wheel and fantastically hand dyed range of yarns!

 Emily and Alex from The Big V, doing there thing - which was done very well - and they will be back next time we hope!

 Madeline Bunyan's amazing glasswork!

 Rory Potts played us some tunes..

 Sarah Blackmore's handmade creatures with lots of personality!

 Simon Hodgekiss had some astounding photography!

 The Spirit Forge make gorgeous Wiccan inspired jewellery!

We also welcomed the arrival of beautiful boutique Velveteen into McCoys Arcade. Steampunk inspired clothing, jewellery and more. The store was so so busy all day and you can clearly see the effort and dedication the lovely John and Julie have put into making the shop unique - it's worth coming down just to check out the giant crow headed figure thats been lurking in the Arcade since they arrived :)

Next week will see Exeter's first ever Great Create! from 10.30 until 1.30pm - come at crafty for charity in McCoys Arcade!

Hope to see you soon! Get in touch if you're feeling creative..


Hayles xx

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Butterscotch Sunday - Shelter From The Storm

Last Sunday we took ourselves to the wonderful and intimate Bike Shed Theatre, for Exeter's latest pop-up cinema production from Butterscotch Sunday! 

Shelter from The Storm - An evening of Dylan inspired musings, music and a movie - I'm not there.. all in aid of Exeter's St Petrocks, a charity that works to help people who find themselves without a home.

Butterscotch Sunday put on a lovely spread of Butternut Squash Soup with Homebaked Cornbread, Blueberry Brownies, Dylan inspired badges and of course the most delicious Butterscotch Popcorn.

There was music from Some Sort of Threat, Count to Fire as well as beat poetry from Steve Smith. Thanks to everyone who came down! Nath took some snaps of the evening...

Keep your eyes peeled for more Butterscotch inspired evenings!

See you soon,