It was a fantastic meet this morning, hearing all about Beths journey to becoming a Folksy shop owner, chatting to lots of new mamas and we even got some tiny newborn snuggles in!
For those unfamiliar with Beth’s work think ‘Marni-esque’ chunky rope pieces beautifully bound in delicate muted shades of silk embroidery thread. Beth is a multi talented maker with her shop also carrying charming handcrafted homeware.
If you’d like to read a bit more about Beth before Fridays session then there is an interview with her on the Folsky blog which you can access here.
Beth’s lust-worthy Instagram gallery also provides a wonderful snapshot of her daily life and is definitely one to check out! @peggypeg_
Hi, I’m Beth Pegler, a mum of 4 (3 girls including identical twins and a little boy)
I’m originally from Stroud in Gloucestershire but have lived in Sheffield for about 18 years.
I came to Sheffield for University in 1997. I did a degree in English Literature and creative writing and later a primary years PGCE.
My brand is called ‘Peggy’ (a nickname) and is mainly embroidery thread and rope jewellery.
What do we need to know about your brand?
I enjoy combining colours to create wearable pieces out of thread and rope. Everything that I make is something that I would wear myself.
I sell through my online folksy shop www.peggy.folksy.com and also in shops in North Wales, Leeds and in Sheffield in the wonderful Moonko. Over the Christmas period I sold my necklaces in a Sheffield makers shop in the winter gardens. I also did my first stall at Julefest which was great fun, it was so nice to meet the people that buy my work.
We love to walk through the woods to Forge Dam, the girls can take their bikes and scooters, Arthur can find lots of sticks and at the end there is a park, ducks to feed and a cafe for ice creams and hot drinks so everyone’s a winner.
Just to enjoy it all really. Everyone says it but it really does fly by so fast. My eldest is 8 and a half now and it only seems like yesterday that she was a tiny baby.
We’re honoured to have local artist and woodcarver, Roanna Wells as our speaker this week. Roanna is coming to talk us through her career as an artist and in particular her latest project which your little ones have the opportunity to be a part of.
Roanna says of her new work “this latest project is a way of linking me back to my interest in child development and communication through the aesthetics of children’s drawings and spontaneous mark making. Following on from my curiosity into child psychology and how I might explore this with my artwork”.
We’re looking forward hearing about the project and seeing some new faces this week!
You can read Roanna’s interview with the Toast blog here
Sally Mastin, owner of Vintedge and mum of five
I grew up in Sheffield
Vintedge – a vintage shop based on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter
I set it up when my youngest daughter was only 6 months old it started as a pipe dream in 2013 and has grown into a vintage arcade with various trades people all under the one Vintedge roof including the newly opened tea room which is available for hire!
444 Abbeydale Road our opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-3
or Instagram @vintedge448
I spend hour after hour looking for cheap deals and book weekends away for us all; sometimes the shitter the place the better it is!
Lazy Sunday watching Zack play rugby, taking the dog for a walk, eating a roast an watching Disney films in bed with my girls whilst they do my hair and nails.
Get out of the house, don’t stay in and go crazy in the first few weeks/months. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t breastfeed or don’t want to. Drink Gin.
It’s a massive life or death thing that happens every minute of every day in every country of the world.
The expectations, the exhaustion, the euphoria. The shock, the sadness, the stupidly long shifts. The joy, the pain, the mess. Oh, and that first cup of tea that tasted better than anything, ever.
Third Angel delves into the myths, the statistics and the politics of birth, engaging with real people and real stories. There will be laughter, hand-gripping tension, dancing, tears, shouting, singing and love..
Third Angel has been making extraordinary, funny, curious and adventurous theatre for the last twenty years.
Partus is currently at the Crucible and looks like an amazing production. There is also a child friendly matinee perfomace at 10:30 on Tuesday where you can take babe in arms. (Please note that the performance is recommended for ages 15+)
BOOK TICKETS here
This week we braved the freezing temperatures to see Rosie from The Sheffield Sling Surgery speak at our meet. It was a truly enlightening talk which not only saw us trying out the slings (sleepy nico slings went down a treat) it also left us all feeling a lot more relaxed and confident about parenting. Rosie’s views on attachment parenting and in particular safe co-sleeping left me feeling less guilty and more reassured about having my little one in bed with me!
Here is the link to the Durham Institute of Sleep website which Rosie talked about (unfortunate acronym!)
Mama Social x
I am a mum of two, a GP, and also run an educational resource showing parents in Sheffield and around the country about the importance of carrying children from birth, in arms or in a sling.