Our Event Manager Norma Smallwood (of Norma Jean Vintage fame) has launched her new jewellery range Arsenic & Old Lace. This venture showcases her own silver jewellery designs, inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna of Northern Ireland, as well as redesigned vintage jewellery pieces, and a gorgeous collection of old Irish linens and lace.
You can find out more by visiting Arsenic & Old Lace on Facebook and Instagram. You will also be able to see Norma's beautiful creations when she exhibits at The Belfast Cathedral Wedding Fair on Saturday 10th March.
Karen, how would you describe your creative business?
I have been making resin jewellery for just under a year and I generally incorporate flowers, feathers and shells, although over Winter I have included a bit of diamanté bling - who doesn't like a bit of bling?!
What influences your designs at the moment?
I love, while out for walks, finding a little piece of nature that I can take home and transform into a beautiful piece of jewellery, thereby permanently preserving the natural beauty that constantly surrounds us. My two young children are great at helping with this and, when we walk along the coastal path, are the best feather and flower-finders ever!
What plans do you have for the future?
I am currently looking forward to the warmer weather and the myriad of beautiful flowers it will bring with it, so my pieces can capture the blossoming and new beginnings of Spring.
Karen and her Blue Feather Jewellery creations will be appearing with Frock Around The Clock at the following events:
4th March - The Marvellous March Vintage & Handmade Fair
2nd April - The Spring Into Summer Vintage & Handmade Fair
COMPETITION ALERT!! One lucky person will also soon be able to win the beautiful dried rosebud necklace on an 18" sterling silver chain shown below as part of our April Prize Package - more details on this will be coming soon!
To see more of Karen's beautiful creations please visit Blue Feather Jewellery on Facebook.
We love this glorious sunrise view of Blackhead Lighthouse in County Antrim, captured by our friends at Tandem Photography. What a fabulous view for their first photograph of 2017 and we look forward to seeing much more from them when they appear at Stitch & Craft Fest on Sunday 5th February!
And carrying on with the sunshine theme, here are just a few more bright offerings from some of the other wonderful exhibitors who will also be taking part in our first event of 2017.
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 are looking forward to getting our Christmas shopping off to a great start this Sunday at The Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair! With 50 fabulous exhibitors taking part we are going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to unique and beautiful gifts. These are just a few of our favourite handmade finds this week from some of the sellers who will be there............
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!
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!
From upcycled industrial pieces to cool contemporary design and vintage treasures to vintage inspired loveliness, our collector and designer friends have some amazing things to offer! These are just a few of our favourites found this week.......(click on the images to go to the seller's Facebook page).
With only a few days to go until The Midsummer Vintage & Handmade Fair is back at Belfast Castle on Sunday 5th June we have been having a bit of an online window shopping browse in anticipation of all the wonderful treasures that will be available on the day. There's everything from artisan silver to industrial & refurbished design and vintage chic to handstitched home textiles so there is something to suit all tastes! These are just a few of our favourite vintage and handmade finds from a small selection of our amazing exhibitors.....
Today's spotlight is on some of the gorgeous textile creations that can be found at our fairs. From beautiful patchwork and felt pictures to stitched dolls and quirky embroidery, these are just some of our favourites from a few of the talented creative designers who will be taking part in our next event The Midsummer Vintage & Handmade Fair at Belfast Castle on Sunday 5th June.