Upcoming events at Petit Miracles

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Event name Business Name Date Time Book
Furniture upcycling workshop

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Petit Miracle Interiors 1st & 2nd Saturday of each month 1 pm -4pm Tickets

Partnership project: Viridian housing

We have been working in partnership with housing association Viridian Housing to transform a communal area creating a warm and welcoming space for their residents.  Viridian residents volunteered to learn how to upcycle furniture and work with our team, over a span of 12 weeks the volunteers have been working very hard, learning restoration and upcycling techniques in our workshop.

Residents now have a lovingly refurbished communal area complete with upcycled treasures, It’s the first space to be redecorated under the new project Changing Spaces and the photos speak volumes. What do you think of the results?

Fancy having your space receive an overhaul?  Get in touch and see whats possible! info@petitmiracles.org.uk

Viridian photos

Upcoming events at Petit Miracles

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CharityMeetup

Make Thrift London sewing workshops

Charity Meetup

Networking event designed for people who work or want to work in the not for profit sector.

Share ideas, get involved with activities and listen to an insightful talk from LID author Simon Tyler.

Weds 9 Sept 17:30 – 21:00

(arrive anytime)

Book online

Make Thrift London

Ready to Sew

Beginner’s Sewing Workshop (full day)

Sat 22 Aug 11:00 AM

Follow a Pattern

Make a Circle Skirt (includes Goldhawk Rd tour) Sat 29 Aug 9:00 AM

Book your ticket

GamePad Veronica Rowlands

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Get ready for real life social gaming with GamePad!, bringing together great games, music, fashion and tasty treats for a fun day out in London!

This is one for the gamers, cosplayers and anyone who enjoys their events served with a helping of J-Culture.

Saturday 17 Oct 2pm

Book tickets

Artist launch party

Veronica Rowlands our artist in residence is launching her product line.

This will be a gathering to view the artworks and products.

Free drinks provided.

Fri 18 Sept 18:30 to 21:30

(arrive anytime)

Book online

Upcycling Workshop Coffee with a copper

Furniture Upcycling Workshops

Every 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month we hold training sessions in our workshop so that you can learn how to transform a chair in an afternoon.

Sat 5 / Sat 12 Sept 13:00 – 16:00

Sat 3 / Sat 10 Oct 13:00 – 16:00

Book your ticket

Coffee with a copper

Come and have a Free cuppa with your local Dedicated Ward Officer.

This is an informal drop in session where residents can sit down with their local officer, ask questions and find out about crime in the area and get crime prevention advice.

Fri 28 Aug 12-1pm

Tue 29 Sept 12-3pm

Fri 30 Oct 12-1pm

Fri 27 Nov 3-4pm

Sat 19 Dec 12-2pm

 

Learning new skills and bringing volunteers together at St.Mungos Broadway

20150225_161745 Our team delivered taster sessions in furniture restoration for St.Mungo’s pilot project, Fantastic February!  A varied programme of entertainment  and opportunities for socialisation across their Camden Mental Health Hostels.

Residents and the team from Petit Miracles refurbished 8 dining chairs, turning rather ordinary looking chairs into fashionable, one of a kind, chairs.

The participants learnt how to assess and repair the chairs for damage, preparation of the surface for painting, and waxing techniques, ensuring a long lasting finish.  IF we might say so ourselves, they look pretty darn fine!

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Hub member interview – Olivia of Facial Therapy

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Olivia Ipsioco – Entrepreneur

What is your background?
I have more than 10 years experience in the travel industry (admin, customer services), 6 years in skin care plus 2 years in healthcare.

facialtherapy_hub2 Tell us about your business?
The Facial Therapy House started out as a hobby business late 2008 doing mobile facial treatments during the weekends for ethnic minorities in West London.  That time, we only had one set of imported products to deal with acne problems and uneven skin tones.

  • In 2009, I started sourcing a new range of products to cater to the needs of my existing customers.
  • In 2011, we introduced a new range of skin care products for Anti Ageing, Skin Lightening and Acne Control.
  • In 2013, the new EU regulation on cosmetics was introduced so we sourced a local UK manufacturer to supply and create our products.
  • In 2015, we joined the PM Hub to make our products more available to our customers.

facialtherapy_hub1 Where did the idea for your business come from?
My friend’s mother who had a facial business in Earls Court migrated back to the Philippines in 2006. Her customers were still contacting for services so I suggested to my friend if we could revive the business – I provide the service and she provide the products, which were imported from the Philippines. My friend had other commitments so she decided to hand over the sourcing of the products to myself, and this is how I began researching and sourcing skin care products based on my existing customers’ requirements, and named the range – The Facial Therapy House.

What is the most challenging thing about running your own company?
Cash flow. Keeping a full time job to finance a business is very challenging.  As much as I would want to spend more time on the business. I have to meet with other commitments to make sure I have cash flow.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Never give up, believe you will make it one day just like many successful entrepreneurs.  There will be obstacles, and these obstacles are part of the training process – to help us become better in what we do.

How has working with Elisicia and Petit Miracle hub helped you?
Elisicia is very supportive and enthusiastic – she keeps me going. The hub is the perfect location for me in terms of reaching out to more customers.  The hub is also a good place to share experiences and lessons with fellow entrepreneurs. We work as a team and support each other in terms of getting people in the hub and promoting each other’s products.
Shepherds Bush is one of the best locations for us because it is easily accessible by our customers based in Kensington and Chelsea, Golders Green, Kilburn, Notting Hill and some parts of South London.

In 5 years time…
We will have a good number of customers in Shepherds Bush and have other retailers sell our items in their shelves or websites.  We will continue to develop new products to keep up with new demands in the market and introduce new services.

Discover more about Facial Therapy:

Upcoming events at Petit Miracles in February / March

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Make a Jam Jar Terrarium – Make Thrift Craft Club

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-a-jam-jar-terrarium-make-thrift-craft-club-tickets-15757122979?aff=eac2

10407585_10152960236501877_2326545481352735646_n Interior Styling Workshop – Lacey & Rae

Saturday, 28 February 2015 from 12:00 to 16:00

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interior-styling-workshop-tickets-15676686391?aff=estw

workshopeliiyoubraepaintinga710x270.jpg Learn how to upcycle furniture – Petit Miracles

Saturday, March 7th & 14th 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-how-to-upcycle-furniture-tickets-15725708016

Summer Fair 2008Excel, London The 6 P’s to a Successful Global Brand – Thierry Bayle

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-6-ps-to-a-successful-global-brand-tickets-14333214029

Chiswick Buzz Features New Petit Miracle Hub

New article and video:

A new pop-up shop has opened in Shepherds Bush which inspires local kitchen table businesses and gives them a brilliant outlet for their work. Petit Miracles launched with a sparkling event which attracted a large crowd see the unique creativity on display.

Petit miracles from Localbuzz Media Network on Vimeo.

http://www.chiswickbuzz.net/all-videos/80-community/382-petit-miracles-inspires-local-businesses

Thanks for featuring us Chiswick Buzz!

Petit Miracle Hub Launch – News release

Our new enterprise at West 12 is far from petit – Pop-up retailers have taken over kiosks in shopping centre

A new and exciting way of shopping, bringing local and independent entrepreneurs closer to London shoppers, has arrived in Shepherd’s Bush.

Our Petit Miracles Hub, an incubator for business owners from Hammersmith and Fulham, opened at West 12 shopping centre on Thursday 4 December, providing a communal space for 20 emerging businesses.

Entrepreneurs who are members of the hub and sell their products from the space.

Entrepreneurs who are members of the hub and sell their products from the space.

Located on the first floor of the shopping centre, The Hub has welcomed business owners who have set up shop at specially designed kiosks, offering products ranging from candles, chocolates and cushions to fashion and jewellery.

Patrizia Galeota, Founder and Director of SensiChic Limited, who has rented a kiosk at the Hub, said: “It’s always been an ambition of mine to run my own business and I needed to change my work/life balance after the birth of my son. I wanted to develop something I could do from home and that would generate an income as well as offering the flexibility I needed as a mother.

The Petit Miracles Hub, with all its stall owners and founder in attendence, in the West12 shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush opend to the public for the first time. Founder Elisicia Moore (black dress) with Dawn Newton (paterned blue dress). Photography

“The Petit Miracles Hub is such an incredible initiative that will give entrepreneurs like myself an important stepping stone into retail; there really should be more projects like this up and down the country.”

The Hub provides a new shopping experience for visitors to West 12, where they can browse beautifully created items and speak to the people with the ideas behind them.

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Totalling 6,000 sq ft, our Petit Miracles Hub is the brain-child of the West 12 management team and our Director, Elisicia Moore, a passionate social entrepreneur and a self-confessed upcycling enthusiast who already owns the Hub’s sister store located at West 12, Petit Miracles Interiors.

The Petit Miracles Hub, with all its stall owners and founder in attendence, in the West12 shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush opend to the public for the first time. Founder Elisicia Moore (black dress) with Dawn Newton (paterned blue dress). Photography

It houses innovative meeting areas including a garden shed and presentation areas, as well as a DJ booth and café.

Elisicia said: “The Hub will provide a great opportunity for people looking to trial a business or take it to the next level. We are so passionate about creating a fun and inspirational space where people can learn and succeed independently while being able to learn skills and different approaches from others around them.

“The rates are significantly lower than normal high street business rates. This was important as often these high rates are prohibiting amazing entrepreneurs from taking their first step onto the business ladder. The Hub will get people and their great services and products in front of shoppers in a cost effective way.”

We offer the 20 available spaces first to early-stage entrepreneurs based in Hammersmith and Fulham who either have a registered company or are soon to register.

Left to right - Carl Meale (Land Securities), Councillor Ben Coleman (London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) and Elisicia Moore (Petit Miracles)

Left to right – Carl Meale (Land Securities), Councillor Ben Coleman (London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) and Elisicia Moore (Petit Miracles)

Carl Meale, Centre Manager of West 12, said: “We are proud to have worked in conjunction with Petit Miracles to create such a pioneering concept. The Hub is a fantastic platform for showcasing local entrepreneurship. Not only will it introduce fresh, local talent into the retail industry via the business incubation model but The Hub will be a new creative centre for West 12 and Shepherds Bush.”

All photos by Fergus Burnett – www.fergusburnett.com

To find out more, or to become a member/ seller at the Hub – click here

If you would like to visit download the flyer here

Download this release –

Petit Miracles Hub – press release Word doc

Petit Miracles Hub – press release PDF

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Furniture grading standards

The below standards have been created for the online sales of our vintage and pre-used furniture. We feel that grading the furniture keeps the transparency of quality high and customers can feel confident buying online.

GRADING STANDARDS 

Excellent condition: basically new and means that the piece was never used, new or near new and may come with an original box that is in unused condition.

Good condition: generally means that the piece is in very presentable state and may have defects other than how it left the factory. It may have some minor discolouration, minor wear and tear to the item, such as small scuff-marks, scratches, and minor dents.

Fair condition: a terminology used to describe a piece that is reminiscent of the wear and tear expected of vintage furniture, meaning it has wear and tear consistent with its age.

It could have a patina, or dents, scratches, which would be expected of pre-used items.

Poor condition: scratches, dents not consistent with wear and tear, perhaps need some TLC and restoration. Any piece sold in this state will come with a full description.

We had a little visit from the folks at Project Dirt

First of all, it must be said, Project Dirt is a pretty wicked name for an eco-organisation!!
Right that aside, they do some pretty cool things to and this is what they say about themselves:

Project Dirt was set up by a couple of mates (Mark and Nick) to make green living easier and more understandable. We wanted to facilitate sustainable activity taking place and to make the learning more accessible. We also believed green living should be an upgrade, it should be fun – and it should be progressive. So, Project Dirt was started on its first test site in Clapham Junction in April 2008, with 1 project and 5 members. The Project Dirt community grew over the next few years through word of mouth alone to reach 5,000 members by early 2012. The site provides individuals, community groups, companies, organisations and the government (mainly local authorities) a platform to come together and work on tangible green projects.

So anyhoodles, now that we are considered an eco-charity *hear our collective eco-warrior hurrah* we were paid a visit by the lovely Friederike. We chatted about all things green…not really, I am a techno-idiot so she came out to walk me through their site and all its capabilities. Then shot a quick video of me and the shop. Warning, a seriously over-exposed Elisicia is not a pretty Elisicia:
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If you are a Londoner and curious about green projects near you, I suggest signing up to their community, which you can do here:
http://www.projectdirt.com/accounts/signup/