I was definitely in the pink yesterday ...
We had such a wonderful day.
The blondies and I went to Leicester Market's Artisan Festival. Believe it or not, Leicester has one of Europe's largest undercover markets and yesterday it was crammed with stall after stall of art, crafts and food. A few of the market regulars selling plastic ephemera had obviously slipped through the net; 'artisan' they were not. However, I spent a lovely couple of hours browsing.
Well, together with the obligatory Melton Mowbray pork pie and some handmade Baileys fudge for handsome hubby, I bought this beautifully hand embroidered brooch ...
The lovely lady, Julia, who made it sells on Folksy as Bodkin And Bead. Do go and peek at her wares if you can, they're gorgeous.
My other favourite stall was a paper and ceramics stall by a very talented lady called Katie Almond. Her handcrafted 'high tea' decorative ceramics are stunning. I didn't have enough money with me to buy one of her beautiful jugs with which I fell utterly in love, so I purchased a pack of her cards ...
Mention too of my pal noodleBubble who had a fabulous stall - hope you had a fruitful day! x
Little soapbox bit now ... I always get a bit deflated, as a jewellery maker, when I see so many jewellery stalls selling mass produced stuff or crap. As a craft fair organiser, I know only too well that there are about a dozen jewellery makers to every one other craft and they are ALWAYS the first stalls to go at any event.
There were loads of jewellery stalls at the market yesterday and, in my opinion, only about three were worth a proper look. One was handmade glass - truly an art, another used recycled paper (gorgeous - a lot more skilled and decorative than it sounds) and the last, sterling silver very similar to my own style. None of them were particularly cheap but we simply can't compete with plastic beads strung on elastic for £1.50. I just wish more people would get the 'handmade' quality thing. Please please please, next time you buy some handmade jewellery, pay special attention to how neatly the beads are wire wrapped, how secure the clasps are and examine the quality and combination of the materials used. Ask the seller whether it is sterling or silver plate, (plated silver only has a certain life whereas sterling or Thai silver can last forever), what type of glass the beads are and how many they have made of any one style. It'll be very telling.
Anyway, after our morning's shopping we went to join Handsome Hubby at the Golf Club where he had been playing in a charity competition and had a scrumpilicious lunch of roast chicken and trimmings! Shopping always makes me peckish!
Before I go, I should like to thank the lovely Jille for this award ...
I get so very flattered when people find my blog interesting enough to follow, not to mention pass an award on to me! I shall fulfill it's requirements when I've had a wee think!
In the meantime, with my bickering blondies back at school today, my first priority is this ...
Lucky, lucky me!