Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Off-One Midsummer's Dream Night

Off-One is certainly one one Belfast's cutest and quirkiest hidden gems. If you haven't already checked out this tiny vintage boutique, that is also the home to local creative talent's and unusual kitsch jewellery, here is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Off-one is having a
'Midsummer's Dream Night' on Friday 27th June from 7:00 pm onwards. This event will introduce new collections from the Designer Maria Tilyard and an extensive range of vintage jewellery. Off-One will also be showcasing innovative pieces from local graduates in fashion, textiles and ceramics. Please come along and enjoy, music in the courtyard, strawberries, chocolate and wine.

Off-One 1b, Jameson Street,
Off Ormeau Road,
Belfast BT7 2GU
Tel: 07513029159

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Curiobot - the best kept secret of all the best kept secrets!

Curiobot is an archive of strange and wonderful products for sale online. They're kind of like a blog, except they're all images... hardly any of this boring text stuff. They scour the internet for fantastic and unusual products and drop them into an explorable database for all to enjoy. Their theory is that ecommerce can actually be a beautiful thing, if you frame it right.

I think it's a wonderful website and teeandtoast was honored to have our MR T mugs on the same site of so many cool products. I've been looking for websites like this for a while & I don't think i will ever be stuck for a prezzie idea again.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Randox Polo Day & Prince's Trust NI

On Saturday I attended my 1st ever Polo game, it was a Charity event held by Randox, with the proceedings going to the good people at the Prince's Trust. When I first set up teeandtoast I was lucky enough to receive a loan from the Prince's Trust, so thats why myself and 4 other fresh, young business' where at the event to showcase the talent that the PT has supported and help to grow. After a lovely meal, the weather took a turn for the very worse & all the guests huddled in the marquee, peeking through the windows at the poor drenched polo players. Despite the weather, the day was still at great success & a perfect opportunity to meet new people. So a big thanks to all the guests who took the time to learn a little bit about teeandtoast and to the Prince's Trust for my new pop-up stand!

the 4 other companies displaying their talent were:

Thursday, June 19, 2008

what is tee and toast?

teeandtoast is a funky t-shirt brand based on a quirky sense of humour and the ability to make people smile. we also try as best we can as a small business to be ethically responsible and environmentally friendly in sourcing our materials and packaging. we don’t want to sell you a million t-shirts, just a few that you will want, love and wear forever & ever & ever & ever ... something you’ll wear during the fun adventures of your life or to brighten you up on those dull, grey, boring days!

teeandtoast's owner & designer claire, inherited a heat transfer t-shirt press from uncle Joe the fisherman, along with vintage transfers and started making tee’s for her family and friend's. an idea started brewing that it was possible to live the dream of owning and running a creative t-shirt brand/design service and be her own boss.

eventually a hobby became a job and teeandtoast the company was created in april 2005. a company that loves doing its job - designing t-shirts that make you smile! without the encouragement and support of friends, family, Invest NI and the Princes Trust, teeandtoast and claire would have found this an impossible challenge.

we offer unique and independent graphic designs and illustrations on t-shirts which we sell worldwide online at our website, locally at our stall at St George's Market & we wholesale to shops & boutiques across the UK and Ireland. the brand has now expanded beyond just t-shirts, we now offer hoodies, babywear, tea, mugs, teapots, badges, brooches, purses and shopping bags. with more ideas already brewing for the future.

we also offer a bespoke design service - with exclusive designs for independents, small business, groups/clubs and big corporate clients. our client list includes:

- belfast festival at Queen's
- channel 4: ink bites creative factory
- lush! at kellys nightclub in portrush
- roast coffee co, belfast
- belfast oxjam festival
- belfast soul club
- cream the coffee shop, belfast
- university of ulster surf club
- totally mojo, belfast
- the prince's trust
- oxfam ireland

most t-shirts for events and occasions are only used for short length of time, at tee and toast we try to design t-shirts to outlive the event. if they are designed well they will not just be used just once as promotion material but will become part of some-ones wardrobe for years to come.

so if you ever need t-shirts for an event or occasion - no matter how big or small - please get in touch:

likewise if you know a shop or boutique that would be our cuppa tee, please contact:

St George's Market Belfast

In May we celebrated our 1st year at our lovely stall at St George's Saturday Market in Belfast. We love spending our Saturday's there, the buzz of local people mixing with tourists, the kaleidoscope of colour and vibrancy of all the different foods. You really should make the visit! If not for our wonderful t-shirts and hand doodled goodies, there is sure to be something of interest. Some of the best kept secrets of belfast are there...

- Belfast pasta, a bowl of warm goodness is perfect for the chilly & windy days.
- Steve's canvas artworks are super!
- Suki tea is the best brew in Belfast!
- Jean Claude has colourful & wonderful kids toys
- It's also the best place for organic veggies, cakes and mmmmmmm...mexican food :)

Pop on by and say hello - we always love to have a wee chat... 9 til 2.30 every Saturday.