Thursday, 15 September 2016

Detola & Geek wins Theo Paphitis's Small Business Sunday award!

Some things are so rare that the chances of it happening is equal to one winning the lottery.

My one woman small handmade business won Theo Paphitis's small business Sunday award on 12th September 2016.

So you could imagine how amazed. elated, gobsmacked & speechless atimes I have been since Monday.

All kind of emotions happening at the same time!

At some point I could barely breathe.

Hard work really pays off. You've got to be in it to win it. I live by this mantra 100%.

You also have to be very passionate about what you do. I so love picking out colourful vibrant African wax print textiles. They are the backbone of my teeny weeny business that I call Detola & Geek.

Thanks again Mr Theo Paphitis, Shopkeeper & ex-Dragons Den judge for propelling my small business into the big world of business & super brands.

Will share my official award winning badge once I've received it. 

....... and here it is, as promised

Keep your eye on Detola and Geek as it is certainly going places!

To learn more about the award, see my profile as well as find out how your small business can enter, visit

Please feel free to visit my Detola & Geek website:

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

London Autumn Handmade Market Prep

Some of my new cushions that I have made recently for my Crafty fox market debut. Making some more covers so that you will have a variety to choose from :-)

I can safely say they look absolutely fab ....

My Detola & Geek African inspired handmade cushions are a quick & easy way to inject splashes of colour into your spaces.

Quite functional & at the same time trendy. These vibrant designs always get the conversation started. Right?

A quick reminder that I'll be here ↓ on the Sunday (i.e. 18th September)

If you can't make it, don't fret. You can buy online from my new Detola & Geek website

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Bank Holiday Weekend Flash Summer Sale

As it's the UK long Summer Bank Holiday this weekend, I am having a flash sale. Yaay!!! Detola And Geek's Summer Sale is on until Tuesday 30th August 2016.

There's 20% off everything apart from my lampshade making craft kits & clearance items.

Please remember to use code SUMMERVIBES when checking out.

The sale extends to custom orders placed as well ;-)

Here are my Detola & Geek online shop links:

if you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment below.

If you snooze, you lose!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Open an Etsy shop: 40 Free Listings

Are you a designer / maker / crafter with no online shop yet?

Taking that first step seems so daunting?

Have you been toying with the idea of opening an Etsy shop?

To start showcasing your creative talent online?

Why not start off with 40 free Etsy Listings.  Basically costing you nothing to open your own Etsy shop. So you an really start listing your first 40 items without paying any listing fees. Not a dime ;-)

So there's no stopping you know.

Go on you know you wanna.

This is the perfect Motivation Monday if you ask me.

Find me elsewhere:


Friday, 12 August 2016

Detola and Geek on the road: Autumn Crafty Fox Market, Dogstar, Brixton

Detola and Geek will be selling in person at this "Crafty Fox Market". So delighted as it will be our first time!

This special handmade market will be part of the 'Brixton Design Trail' during the London Design Festival. 

3 floors full of many wonderful handmade designer/makers, craft workshops & pop up tea room as well as music (of course).

DATE: Sunday 18th September 2016

TIME: 11am - 5pm

PLACE: The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ

ENTRY: Free of Charge

More info here:

Be there or be square!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Birthday Flash Sale 20% off by Detola & Geek

Detola & Geek's 1 DAY SALE IS ON TODAY

It's my birthday, so I decided to treat you all!

You can shop my Detola and Geek handmade items & get an extra 20% off today only. Ends midnight 25/07/2016.

Please note: The sale excludes Craft Kits & Clearance items

Shop at:

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Detola And Geek's brand new website

Extra !!! Extra !!! Read all about it

I am happy so share with you my brand new spanking website on Bigcartel.

Ta!!! da!!! my Detola And Geek site is now open for business. Go on, take a look.

I decided to set up using this well known brand because they

 "Believe in the artist ........... are indie-pendant ....... built for makers" 
~ Bigcartel
Fingers crossed this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship :-)

You can hook up & be social with me on:


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Handmade Teachers Gift by Detola & Geek

Looking for that unique ‪‎Teacher gift‬, I have small handmade ‪‎Keepsake gifts‬. ‪

Detola and Geek‬ is to the rescue. You can always count on me :-)

I have online (& can custom make to order) Zipper Pouches, Tote Bags, Make Up Bags / Cosmetic Purses, Fabric Bookmarks, Drink Coasters, Tealight holders / candle votives, Gift Cards/Vouchers.

Also, if there is other fabric that you would like me to use please contact me first with a link to the item which has the fabric you are interested in.

If you need gift wrapping & a personal short note included, please send me a message via inbox or my Folksy shop.

Items are ready to post too (If stock / products run out & have to make more, will take between 1-2 days to send out).

Online shops:
Etsy Shop:
Folksy Shop:

Connect socially with me :

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Detola & Geek Lampshade Making Workshop

I have been up to my eyes in lampshades that I never got round to sharing pics from my workshop in Letchworth!

Oh what am I like hay!

So here are some pictorial 'walk-throughs' to give you an idea of what goes on at the workshop as well as the end result.
The next workshop has come round so quickly though. Its tomorrow evening in Lethworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. 

If you want to learn how to make your own please send an email to Vicki at The Makers Cabin:

If you can't make it or live to far away I also sell lampshade making craft kits in my etsy shop.
To buy please click on this link: Detola & Geek Lampshade Kits 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Lampshade Making Workshop hosted by Detola & Geek

Spaces are filling up for my first lampshade making workshop at the Makers Cabin in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. 

Date: Tuesday 24th May 2016
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

It'll be fun & relaxed with absolutely no sewing involved. There's homemade cake and drinks too!

For more info & to book your space or two, click here: Detola & Geek's Facebook page

Monday, 18 April 2016

Detola & Geek: Looking for Wholesale Stockists

I am very pleased to announce that Detola and Geek is now searching for In store brick & mortar stockists.

Are you based in the UK?

Do you have brick an mortar shop?

Sell unique handmade products & gifts?

Love African inspired home decor especially lampshades?

Get in touch & let's discuss!

You can email me at:

Etsy Shop:
Folksy Shop:

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter Sunday from Detola And Geek

Happy Easter everyone. Hope you are enjoying the long bank holiday weekend.

I am totally loving these 'Soap Stone' eggs made by Swahili Modern (whose handmade  products I adore & they also help in building communities in Africa).

I've got a couple of new lampshade designs to share with you during the week. If you can't wait til then,  you can check them out in my Etsy Shop  now!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

First Day of Spring 2016 & International Day of Happiness!

It's here! It's Here. Hello Spring, you have atlast Sprung :-)

 "Come Spring with all it's splendor. All its birds & all it's blossoms. All it's flowers & leaves" ~ Goodfellow

This is the last day of my Detola & Geek handmade Flash Sale! Ends at midnight today, 20th March 2016.

Get 17% off all products online with code: LUCKOFTHEIRISH

Colourful African Wax Print Fabric Lampshades & Home Décor. Designs maybe Bold, Geometric, Retro & sometimes Geeky too!

Perfect time for getting your new Spring Décor,  African Inspired by moi.

Any questions, please send me a comment below,  ✉ or send  an inbox message via Facebook: detolaandgeek. Thank you!

Nearly forgot to mention it is also " International Day of Happiness" today. A real nice double whammy.

Have a great Spring Sunday :-)