Selina Lake’s Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete

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!
Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete
Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete
Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete
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.
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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.

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Handmade and Vintage Summer FeteEmma 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!

Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete
Handmade and Vintage Summer FeteAs 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.

Handmade and Vintage Summer FeteFabulous accessories by gil fox included gorgeous hats and these vintage-style flower hair slides. I love the clothespin display!

Handmade and Vintage Summer FeteMy 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.
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Handmade and Vintage Summer FeteAnd here I am rummaging through my purse to find a business card to swap!

Handmade and Vintage Summer FeteI 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!
Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete
Handmade and Vintage Summer FeteAnd of course the girls had a great time. 🙂
Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete
Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete

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Thrifty Tuesday – Upcycled shopping bag pouch and butterfly lace headband

I’m back and I’m crafting! Hooray! 🙂

And what better day to return than on a Thrifty Tuesday?

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My first scoop was found after a quick rummage through the hodgepodge craft section of one of my favourite local charity shops.  Two sparkly sequinned appliqués for a cool 50p total! (not sure if appliqué is the proper name, but it’s the best way I can describe them!)

I decided that the smaller butterfly appliqué would be perfect as an embellishment for a headband. A few strips of stretchy lace, a discount shop headband (99p for 5 bands), and a couple dabs of hot glue produced lovely, chic results!appliquecollage

I have plans to make a 1920’s style headband with the leaf appliqué. So very Great Gatsby!

My second thrifty treat came by way of a crumpled shopping bag I rescued from a skip (dumpster) at the top of my road.

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It was a bag from Joules — a lovely shop — and the print was simply gorgeous! I had to make something with it. The bag, literally, said it all…

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Ta da!!  A super cute upcycled pouch!  I lined it with a bit of cotton fabric to make it a tad sturdier and perfectly suited to all sorts of make-up, toiletries, and knick-knacks.  I keep thinking of things to put in it — snacks, hair accessories, spare undies for a cheeky night out? Hehe.

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This week’s finds were just the thing I needed to pull me out of my crafting funk and I’m so happy to be able to share them with you!

Have you found any thrifty treats lately?

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Blog makeover and Thrifty Tuesday

Howdy! If you’re reading this, you are seeing my brand new blog theme!  I love the subtle handmade look — the notched ends of the pages bar reminds me of ribbon and the dividing lines on the sidebar are perfect pinked edges! I also added a new header combining my love for craft, photography, and writing.  Yes, that’s my handwriting (hehe) and it is an excerpt from my favourite poem, “The Walrus and The Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll.

What do you think of the new look?

T1Today is Thrifty Tuesday. Which simply means I’ll be showing you my weekly haul from local charity and thrift stores.  I scooped the vintage thread spools, wooden buttons, and ribbon rosettes all for 50p.  Absolute bargain and great craft room decor!

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This is my absolute favourite find of the week — old postcards. From all over the world.  At 10p each I grabbed 19 of those with the most interesting  photos, handwriting, and subject matter.  The oldest is dated 1939.  With a few strips of washi tape I created a collage out  of some of the nicest ones above my mantle. Each time I glance at them I get a wonderful sense of nostalgia and feel a bit privileged to have a sneak peak into the personal correspondence of people I’ll never meet.

PC3I also love trying to decipher the handwriting.  My former job as an archivist comes in handy for this — I used to spend hours poring over historical documents and updating databases!  This one was easy to read:

Thank you so much for the photo, we think it splendid Mr. Wright is a very good amateur; you are on the mantlepiece of our new dining room…

Lovely.

canAnd my final thrifty item is actually something I made rather than bought.  A soup tin, some patterned tissue paper, and a few dabs of watered down pva glue created this sweet little holder for my crochet hooks (or pencils, or scissors, or paintbrushes…). It was simple, took 5 minutes to make and cost me nothing at all.  My kind of crafting!

Have you scooped any thrifty finds lately? Send me a link below!

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How to Make a Fabulous Fabric Flower Clip – Tutorial

Recently I’ve been collecting fabric like a mad woman.  Remnants, and trimmings, and offcuts, oh my!  All the lovely colours and patterns have inspired me to create loads of cute projects and this fabric flower clip is one of my favourites!

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This tutorial includes an extra special touch as it uses embellishments from a broken necklace I found in the bottom of my jewellery drawer.  If you’re like me, you’ll have the odd earring whose match has gone missing or a necklace with a broken clasp.  Time to UPCYCLE!

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I grabbed a gem from this necklace (hence the gap between the bird and the bead) and used it as the centre for my flower.

Here is how you can make your own fabulous flower!

You will need:

  • gem or bead from an old/broken piece of jewellery
  • fabric of your choice
  • sewing machine and thread (or needle and thread)
  • elastic thread for bobbin (if using a sewing machine)
  • hot glue gun
  • alligator clip

How to make your clip:

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1. Cut a strip of fabric 2 inches wide by 9 inches long.

2. Using your sewing machine with elastic in the bobbin, sew all the way down about 1/4 inch in from one edge. This makes the fabric ruffle nicely.  If you don’t have a sewing machine, simply sew a wide running stitch all the way down one edge.

3. Grab the loose end of elastic (or thread if hand stitching) and pull gently to create the ruffle and bring the two ends of the flower together.

4. Stitch the two ends together

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5. Grab your lovely jewel/gem/bead

6. Place a dab of hot glue on the back

7. Attach jewel to the centre of your fabric flower (I pulled a few of the loose threads from around the flower to create a frayed look)

8. Place a generous dab of hot glue along the length of your alligator clip and attach to the back of the flower

All done!

Now you are ready to clip your flower to anything your heart desires! The possibilities are endless:

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Hair clip

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Headband (simply clip onto a plain headband)

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Handbag clip (my personal fave!)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial — if you make a clip please come back and share a link so that I can see your gorgeous creation!

 

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How to make a Summer Bunting – Tutorial

Today was a glorious, sunshine-y day.  I sat at my dining (aka craft) table in front of the sliding glass doors that lead out into my garden. With the smells of cut grass and BBQ floating in on the breeze, I was inspired to make something quintessentially summer — a lovely, bright bunting.  Perfect for dressing up the mantle or for quick and easy garden party decor, I absolutely love how versatile they are!

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Now, I have to admit that this is my very first sewing tutorial and I am an absolute beginner — I took tons of photos to try to show every step and I am sure there are probably faster/easier/better ways to make a bunting but this is my own little home-made version and I quite like it. 🙂

You will need:

  • Four 8x8in squares of fabric each in a different colour/pattern
  • A ball of jute twine
  • A safety pin
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine, thread
  • Iron

To make the bunting:

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1. Lay your first square of fabric out and fold in half with wrong sides together.

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2. Fold over into quarters and turn the square around so that the fat folded edge faces you.

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3. Cut a simple triangle shape from the cardstock. Mine measured 4 in across the top and 4 1/2 in along the sides. This is your bunting template.

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4. Place the top edge of the template against the folded edge of your fabric and cut out.

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5. Remove the template and open out the fabric. You will have 2 diamond shapes.  Fold these in half with wrong sides together. Now you have two double sided bunting flags!

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6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the remaining squares of fabric and give your bunting flags a good press with an iron.

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7. Pop a flag into your sewing machine and sew a zigzag stitch down the long sides (not across the top, that comes next). Repeat with all flags.

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8. Now stitch a straight stitch across the top of each flag, leaving space between the top of the flag and the stitching — approx. 1/2in.  This will allow you to thread the jute twine through each flag.

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9. Grab your safety pin and hook into one end of your ball of twine.  Thread the twine through the top of each flag, spacing them out neatly.

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10.  Continue to thread all of your flags onto the twine.  Leaving about 12in on either side, cut twine and tie two loops at each end.

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Hang and enjoy!

Note: I did not bother to secure the flags to the twine — they can slide along freely. However, the rough edges of the twine help to keep the flags in place and they don’t easily move around.  If you plan to use this bunting outdoors or in a way that it is likely to be touched, you can always stitch or hot glue each flag in place.  I was just too lazy to complete this step and couldn’t wait to display my newest creation! 😉

Please do let me know if this tutorial is helpful to you or if there are any adjustments/suggestions.

Thanks for reading!

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