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.
Great news for savvy shoppers in Bangor, North Down and the Ards - Northern Ireland’s favourite vintage & lifestyle shopping event, our spectacular Frock Around The Clock Vintage & Handmade Fair, will be returning for its Fall Into Winter extravaganza, appearing at Marine Court Hotel on Sunday 2nd October.
As thoughts turn to hunting for unique Christmas gifts for our loved ones, we have been sourcing the best in crafty talent and vintage collectors to take the headache out of festive shopping. With around 40 high quality vintage dealers and creative designers specialising in vintage, handmade and upcycled fashion accessories, jewellery, furniture, homewares, collectables, art, textiles & decor, artisan food, curiosities, and so much more, there will be a spectacular variety of unique, quality and interesting things to see and buy.
Whether you are in search of stunning fashion accessories, authentic vintage treasures, beautiful and original handcrafted designs, or delicious edible goodies, this event has it all! It is the perfect place to find gorgeous things for you, your family and your home!
The impressive exhibitor list will include Norma Jean Vintage, offering a fabulous selection of vintage collectables and fine jewellery, The Natural Room Emporium, connoisseurs of authentic vintage furniture and homewares, Loving Spoonful, purveyor of silver jewellery upcycled from vintage and antique cutlery, Crafts By Inga, showcasing beautiful handmade merino felt scarves, hats and children’s accessories, The Beagle & The Blackbird, creators of a treasure trove of delightful needlefelted dolls and woodland animals, Rebecca Denley Textile Artist, designer of home décor and fashion accessories inspired by Ireland, and Emily Loves Vintage offering beautiful, limited-edition eclectic jewellery and quirky prints.
In addition to all the fabulous stalls, there will also be craft workshop taster sessions run by the lovely ladies from Crafty Teas and another fun opportunity to participate in the NI Big Sock record breaking attempt to create the world’s largest patchwork Christmas stocking right here in Northern Ireland. Co-ordinated by Pamela Emerson (aka The Crafty Historian) this year-long community project aims to get as many Northern Ireland people as possible involved in creating the world’s largest handsewn Christmas stocking – and you don’t even have to be able to sew to take part!
The Fall Into Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair will take place from 12-5pm on Sunday 2nd October 2016 at Marine Court Hotel, 18-20 Quay Street, Bangor BT20 5ED. Admission costs only £3 for adults, and children go free.
We are delighted to announce that next year we will be holding 2 bridal fairs, the first of which will be taking place at Belfast Cathedral on Saturday 6th May! The Cathedral is undoubtedly one of Belfast's greatest and most magnificent buildings in terms of size, architecture, mosaics, stone carvings, textiles and history. Above all it is a sacred place of worship and we are proud to have been invited to hold Rock The Frock : The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair in the beautiful main nave of the Cathedral where this event will feature 50+ sellers of gorgeous and original vintage and handmade treasures including bridal fashion & accessories, floral design, wedding cakes, stationery & jewellery as well as original, alternative and high quality photography, wedding transport, food, music & entertainment, and much more besides. Everything you will need to create the wedding day of your dreams! If you are planning your own big day then watch this space for lots more news about this exciting event coming your way.
Wishing all our readers a happy Bank Holiday Monday! This week's favourite finds are a selection of lovely art & craft works by a few of the great artists and designers who will be exhibiting at our next event - Total Stitch & Craft Fest at Ramada Plaza Belfast on Sunday 11th September.
How lovely to see the sunshine again. As summer is back we know you won't need cheering up but here are our favourite vintage and handmade finds of the week anyway because we always need lovely things to look at!
A big favourite at our wedding events, we're delighted to announce that Simon Hodge from Shoot For The Moon Media will be back with us for The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Castle on Sunday 8th May. Simon provides beautiful, quirky and alternative wedding photography throughout Ireland & beyond, and once more he will be running a fantastic competition on the day of the fair. All you have to do is visit the Shoot For The Moon stand on 8th May and sign up to enter a draw for the chance to win a free engagement shoot! Please visit the Shoot For The Moon website and follow on Facebook to view Simon's work and past weddings and engagement shoots.
We hope to see you at Belfast Castle on 8th May and good luck in the draw!
We are delighted to be welcoming Robin Cordiner Photography back to The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Castle on Sunday 8th May! As well as beautiful wedding photography, Robin also offers a wide range of photographic services from corporate and social event cover to product & food photography as well as cutting edge fashion editorial. We will always remember him for this iconic 'Let Them Eat Cake' bridal photoshoot that he worked on for us back in 2011 - pure decadence!
Make sure to check out Robin's work on his website and don't forget to visit him at Belfast Castle on Sunday 8th May - he is going to be giving an engagement photoshoot worth £200 to all couples who book their wedding photography with him on the day of the fair!