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.
Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete
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

I am developing a very healthy obsession with thrift/charity shops.  The deals you can find are so awesome and easy on the wallet!

My latest finds were treats for my wardrobe: a fabulous floral garden party dress and a beaded geometric necklace.

Dress cost: £7

Necklace cost: £3

That’s a sweet new summer outfit for just £10!  Happy indeed!

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I love playing dress up! 🙂

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Quick Vintage Button Necklace – Tutorial

I love home-made jewellery.  You get to create designs to suit your style and when someone admires it you can proudly say “I made it myself!”

Today I’m going to show you how to make a quick, quirky vintage button necklace.  It really is super simple!

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Lately I’ve been raiding my jewellery drawer to find old, broken, or “out of fashion” pieces that I haven’t worn in ages.  A few days ago I found a bracelet that I’ve never worn. It had a pretty piece of floral chiffon type fabric woven into it so I pulled it out and thought, yep I can make something out of that!

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Have a dig through your own jewellery stash or just snip some fabric from an old dress, sheer curtains, or any type of airy material.  Go on a rummage at your local charity/thrift shop and scoop some vintage-y buttons.  A bit of felt and a hot glue gun are the last two ingredients required to make this snazzy piece.  Ready? Get to it!

You will need:

  • 2 thin pieces of fabric long enough to tie around your neck
  • a piece of felt in your choice of colour, cut into a wide triangle shape
  • loads of vintage buttons, beads, fabric rosettes, whatever you fancy!
  • hot glue gun

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How to make your necklace:

  1. Lay your buttons out on top of your felt until you are happy with the arrangement. Don’t be afraid to overlap or experiment with different sizes and shapes of buttons!
  2. Using little dabs of hot glue, glue each button in place.  Working from the middle outward helps.
  3. Grab your strips of fabric and tie a knot at one end of each piece, leaving about an inch of fabric loose at the end of each knot.
  4. Flip your felt/button piece over and hot glue the one inch loose end (the end with the knot in it) of each piece of fabric to each side of the felt triangle.
  5. Ta da! All done and ready to wear!

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I feel pretty! How about you? 🙂

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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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