With Valentine's Day fast approaching we have been looking at some of the gorgeous offerings from our great exhibitors with a love theme. If your loved one has a sweet tooth, what better way to their heart than with these sweet and scrumptious offerings!
Happy New Year to all our readers and followers! We're back to sharing news on our blog now after a break over the festive season and are excited about all the fantastic events we have coming up in the first part of 2017. Kicking off the event calendar for this year is Stitch & Craft Fest which will be returning to the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Shaw's Bridge, Belfast on Sunday 5th February. We will have lots of news on this over the next few weeks but for now we would just like to introduce you to a few creative folks who are either new to our fairs for 2017 or who joined us towards the end of 2016............
We were spoilt for choice this week when it came to choosing our favourite handmade finds! And as all these designer makers will be exhibiting at The Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair at Malone House on Sunday 6th November it really will be the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping off to a great start!
Big thanks to everyone who came along and visited us at our event in Lisburn at the weekend, your support of our fairs and exhibitors is greatly appreciated! We hope to be returning to Lisburn at the end of the year and more news will be coming on that as soon as we get a date confirmed.
This week's Favourite Finds are all handmade lovelies from just a few of the fabulous exhibitors who will be taking part in our next event - Total Stitch & Craft Fest at Ramada Plaza Belfast on Sunday 11th September.
Getting Autumn off to a great start with a creative burst of energy, TOTAL STITCH & CRAFT FEST will be returning to the Ramada Plaza Belfast on Sunday 11th September in a big celebration of all that is handcrafted and unique in Northern Ireland. It will be the perfect opportunity to get your hands on authentic Irish artisan products, stock up on quality craft supplies for your own creative pursuits, enjoy fun make-and-take workshops, and participate in the NI Big Sock record breaking attempt to create the world's largest patchwork Christmas stocking in Northern Ireland.
TOTAL STITCH & CRAFT FEST is a highly popular event held just twice a year and Sunday 11th September will be its 6th outing. A great hit with all ages, the event has become known as a fantastic creative day out, featuring not only a quality marketplace of over 50 Irish crafters and artisans, but also a popular Drop-In Workshop area where visitors of all ages can sit down to learn crafts in a fun atmosphere. Run by the ladies from The Craft Market the drop-in workshop area is free and participants get the opportunity to make and take something away with them.
Visitors will love to browse the quality stalls and select gorgeous fabrics and haberdashery from Fiddlesticks Fabrics and other craft purveyors like Norma Jean Vintage, Nitted Things and Iveagh Crafts.
There will also be a superb selection of designer and artisan stalls selling unique handmade products including fashion accessories, art, home décor & soft furnishings, jewellery, gifts, toys, artisan foods, and much more! Exhibitors will include Rebecca Denley Textile Artist, specialising in beautiful wall hangings and other stitched artworks, Emily Loves Vintage, maker of beautiful eclectic and limited edition jewellery, Rachel Julca Design, creator of ceramic pictures, birds and buttons, and Sea Dog and Sea Maiden, architect of handcrafted cosmetics, beard oils and balms.
Also on offer will be various other craft demonstrations and make-and-take activities including ceramics with Ciara Campbell, furniture upcycling with The White Cliffs Studio, decoupaging with Crafty Teas, and fabric flower making with Strombolitwo. We will be posting a full list of activities closer to the time.
TOTAL STITCH & CRAFT FEST will take place from 12-5pm on Sunday 11th September 2016 at Ramada Plaza, 117 Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP. Admission costs only £3 for adults and children go free.
After what seems like a really long break since our last event on 5th June we are getting super excited for this Sunday 31st July when we are back with The Great Summer Holiday Vintage & Handmade Fair taking place at the Marine Court Hotel on Bangor's beautiful seafront!
With the fair opening at Noon and ending at 5pm there will be lots to see, buy and do. On arriving at the Marine Court Hotel you will be greeted in the ground floor reception by a fantastic showcase of vintage, antique and industrial furniture, curiosities and homewares from two of our favourite vintage collector dealers - The Natural Room Emporium and On The Square Emporium.
Making your way to the Ballroom on the first floor, using the lift or stairs, you will then be greeted by not only a fantastic marketplace of vintage and handmade treasures but you will also have the opportunity to participate in taster craft sessions with the lovely ladies from Crafty Teas and to get involved in an attempt to beat the world record for the largest patchwork Christmas stocking with NI Big Sock (and you don't even have to be able to sew to take part).
Not forgetting our fabulous stallholders, you will also be able to shop til you drop from a great selection of vintage, handmade & upcycled wares including clothing and fashion accessories, china and homewares, fabric, haberdashery and soft furnishings, sweet treats and artisan foods, jewellery, original art, candles, male grooming products, toys, children & baby wear, beauty products and much more. With 30+ stalls there will be something for everyone - here is a little taster of what to expect on the day...........
The Great Summer Holiday Vintage & Handmade Fair takes place at The Marine Court Hotel, 18-20 Quay Street, Bangor on Sunday 31st July. The event takes place from 12-5pm and admission costs £3 for adults and children go free.
Don't forget Father's Day is on Sunday 19th June! If you're not sorted yet in the card and gift department then take a look at some of our favourite finds from just a few of our creative, crafty and vintage friends - there's something here to suit all budgets!