When I got invited to the Yelp! Edinburgh event at Hill Street Design House there was no way in heck I was going to turn it down. Why? Because the theme for the party was Space Cat’s, that’s why. Do you see that table of treats? I KNOW!! This is what my happy place looks like too 😀
With bubble tea flowing from the new Tempo Tea Bar and all the sushi and Japanese candy you can eat, you can guarantee that I was bustin’ full of sugar and happiness during this event, which was perfect for the task at hand… Custom Trikky workshop! If you’ve ever stepped into a comic book store, you’ve probably spotted these super cool vinyl toys. Created by Kid Robot, they’re is a whole bunch of characters you can customise (I have quite a few Munnys and Dunnys at home!) and they can very quickly become your favourite thing to make. I actually know an artist who specialises in customising Munny’s, visiting his studio is like a world of wonder. Needless to say I was excited about giving this a proper go – plus these are cat shaped, which is spot on considering the theme!
During the event I got to chat to lots of lovely fellow locals and discover some great new shops, restaurants and bars that are worth visiting in the city that I’ve not had the chance to go to yet. Yelpers (that’s people who put reviews on Yelp) are full of great tips and advice on how to spend a day in town, or where the best Kung Pao Chicken is, so you know they’re the best people to hit up when you have a friend coming to visit. I often get asked for things to do and places to see in the city, so it’s great to know that this little community has got my back for when I’m out of suggestions or looking for something new to try myself. Going online and checking reviews before I choose a place to spend my money in is kind of second nature to me now. If I want to get my nails done on the go, I want to know if the place I visit are trustworthy and worth the money, you know? I love how much information you can get at the tips of your fingers now; the website is great, the app is even better because it fits in my pocket and it’s there for me when I’m out and about. Not to mention I’ve found it really helpful on visits to other cities that I haven’t been to before too, because it’s not just exclusive to the UK, it’s absolutely everywhere!!
Being able to have a natter and meet new people whilst making something was a lot of fun, because you get to see how everyones Trikky was coming along. I spent ages trying to decide what to make, because naturally it was going to be vintage inspired, and I eventually settled on an homage to Bettie Paige… which seemed like a really great idea in my head but didn’t quite go to plan! I was using Sharpie pens to illustrate straight onto the kitty, but messed it up a little. Using nail varnish and a Q tip removed a lot of the ink, but it left a bit of a messy stain, which I like to pretend is eye shadow. This is what happens when you eat all the sugar and start getting the shakes 😛 worth it though, I don’t regret a thing haha!
Once I got Bettie home, I decided to go all out and re-paint her. Here she is after her acrylic make over. I started off by making her lilac before adding in all the details. The ink did seep through the paint initially, but it covers up well if you do a few coats. Aint she sweet? I definitely plan on doing some more of these, they’re a really fun and easy way to get creative without getting too messy. I love that anything can happen when you’re given a blank canvas – it was so fun to see what everyone else made too. I foresee another party like this happening at my house soon too, I have a feeling this post is going to make a lot of friends jealous. Thanks Yelp 😀
Check out my Yelp! reviews here and be sure to sign up and start reviewing if you fancy the chance of coming along to one of there amazing events too. You’re going to love it, I promise!