After two great weeks of interning for luxury travel company Mr and Mrs Smith, Saturday was my chance to unwind and reacquaint myself with the world of craft and handmade. The girls and I ventured out to the Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete in Kingston Marketplace and what a wonderful day we had!
The fete was held in the Market House, a beautiful Victorian Grade II- listed former Town Hall that has been the marketplace focal point since 1840. Beautiful jars and glasses of flowers (peonies and such) adorned every surface. Soothing smells of lavender and tea floated down from the the cosy tearoom at the top of the stairs. On both levels we found stall after stall of gorgeous handmade goodies and plenty of smiling faces. Our first stop was at the Artyard Handmade craft table in the tea room, where the girls cut and stitched and stuffed (with a little help from mummy) a sweet lavender-filled heart sachet for their nannie.
There was a treat table nearby and we had a scrummy cupcake each from Cakey Bakes Cakes, washed down with plenty of orange squash and coffee.
Emma from The Bliss Studio was on hand to provide pretty manicures and at the urging of my very girly girls, we each had our nails painted perfectly!
As we continued to wind our way around the fete, we stopped to make friends with fellow crafters. Here I am having a chat with the lovely lady behind Clovers Closet.
Fabulous accessories by gil fox included gorgeous hats and these vintage-style flower hair slides. I love the clothespin display!
My favorite find of the day, however, has to be Cheryl-ann Taylor’s “vintage perennial floral adornment accessories”. The most delightful hair embellishments I have seen in a long time! I was totally inspired and enjoyed chatting with her about mummy adventures and juggling a craft business.
And here I am rummaging through my purse to find a business card to swap!
I finally meandered back upstairs to purchase one of Selina’s books and meet the lady herself. She was warm and welcoming and I was surprised to learn that she lives just one town over from me. I was a little bit starstruck and it was the perfect way to end a lovely and inspiring day!
And of course the girls had a great time. 🙂