Sunday, 18 December 2011

It's...Christmas........!!!!!!!

Well, the last fair of the year is complete....it is now all systems go for the bestest Christmas ....ever!
Yipeeeee

I wish all my customers and readers a very very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

See you in 2012 with some exciting new fairs, products and adventures!

xxx

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A Familiar Face...

at the Simply Vintage Stall last weekend - how exciting!
Mary Portas loved the stand and also bought some of our unique vintage gift tags!

A very lovely lady!

xx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Awwwwww.....

due to licencing problems, this weekends launch market will not be going ahead at Spitalfields!

Ah well....more time to make more lovely things for Country Living Christmas Fair and Decembers Spitalfields Fair!!
x

Monday, 31 October 2011

Only a few days to go......

Until the Country Living Christmas Fair and it is all systems go.......make make make!!

Before that though is the fantastic launch day of the brand new Saturday markets at Spitalfields...we will be there on Saturday as part of the fabulous Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair....for more details see www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.co.uk

Back to Country Living though....i was absolutely ecstatic to see that my Vintage Teacup Pin Cushion has been featured in the leaflet advertising the show!

I have a number of new products launching at the Show including Vintage book, map and music bunting, Pin Cushions, Haberdashery Jars and more fabulous Vintage adverts.......plus some gorgeous new teacups, with scents that include Frankincense and Myrrh, Cinnamon Buns, Mulled Wine, Ginger Biscuit and more!

Here are some pictures of recent shows.....





Must dash and make make make!!

PS- if you are coming along to the Country Living Fair we will be on stand T40

Monday, 17 October 2011

New Fairs......

Getting ready for Christmas now......have just added some new fairs to the events page plus i am so happy to be part for the launch of the Saturday Markets at Spitalfields....starting on the first saturday of November......

More to follow soon plus some lovely new photos!
xxx

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

So much to do...

...sooo little time!!

Where does the time go.....one minute it was April - the next halfway through September!

In the meantime though....i have attended some brilliant events and fairs - with lots more to come.....

From this weekend it is pretty much go go go....from The UK's BIG Vintage & Fashion Fair at the Lights in Leeds city centre this weekend ....have a look at the events page HERE for all the info...

I am please to be back at the next Vintage Event at the BBC......and the next Kitsch and Stitch event and on the 30th Sept i am please to be involved in the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning in Teddington

We had a fabulous piece written about us on a fabulous website - A Gifted Existence - read it here.... i met the lovely Lucy when she visited our stand at the Thames Festival - ....Lucy was also accompanied by the most adorable Beagle/Basset Hound puppy - so very cute!

Despite a very wet few spells we had a nice time at the festival - missed the fireworks even though we had a perfect view - oops! 

Also visited the Cinnamon Tree Bakery while i was there - yuuuuummmm is all i can say!! Now - i love all things baked - but biscuits are usually far down on my list of priorities....usually aim for the cup cakes - but these gorgeous treats were far to tempting and pretty.  We had a selection of 4 different ones including their signature cinnamon cookie and shortbread owl....delicious!  Have a visit at www.thecinnamontreebakery.co.uk   


And finally...lots of new items in creation from Storybook bunting ....handmade crackers...some stunning new candle collections, vintage haberdashery jars and beautiful linens....

until the next time.....
xxx

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Bank Holiday Brilliance.....

2 days on and i am still recovering from the amazing day on Monday at the Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair at the fabulous Old Spitalfields Market.

Wow is all i can say about that day....amazing space, brilliant organisation and fabulous customers!

Thanks to all at Judy's!!

Now back to the grindstone to make more for the next show......Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September outside the National Theatre at the Thames Festival

xx

Friday, 26 August 2011

Christmas time.....

Even though i am still avoiding the fact it actually is not far from Christmas....i am delighted to announce two new fantastic events i will be attending.

The first is the fabulous British Red Cross London Branch Christmas Fair 2011 at Kensington Town Hall on the 16th (Preview Evening 5.30pm - 9pm) and 17th November (10am - 4.30pm) - check out www.redcross.org.uk/fair for more information


Then just before the big day i will be at the LAST MINUTE GIFT FAIR AT BLUEWATER
15th - 18th December 2011 www.bluewater.co.uk/


this event will be free to all and will be part of the massive Christmas in New York feature at the ever popular Bluewater Shopping Centre.

Phew..whee  a busy Christmas ahead....

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Fun Vintage Times.....

After the fabulous day at The Vintage Event at the Balham Bowls Club - we have been featured in two great blogs with some lovely comments and photos!

http://tinker-tailor-soldier-sailor.co.uk/

http://thegirlwhostolevintage.tumblr.com/

 

We can't be at the September event sadly but we will be at The Thames Festival - just near the National Theatre.....for more information click here.....The Thames Festival

It is all systems go here at the moment getting ready for this weekend - we will be at Old Spitalfields Market for Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair on Bank Holiday Monday....come along and visit we will have lots of new (old) items available!

Then it is The Thames Festival.....Leeds Vintage Event at the Lights....and a big make session for the Country Living Christmas Fair! Phew.......

Monday, 25 July 2011

A Big Thank You....

to the wonderful Marilyn at the Cranbrook Oxfam - who organised a Craft Week and invited me to exhibit at the store on Saturday.
It was such a lovely day - friendly people, fantastic quality stock in the store, great volunteers, lovely surroundings and the fabulous manager Marilyn who looked after me like a princess!

She has invited me back in October and i cannot wait to visit the lovely Cranbrook store again!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Soooooo Excited......

to be trading at the Lord Mayor's Thames Festival this September!http://www.thamesfestival.org/festival/

it looks like it will be a fantastic weekend!
More details to follow....

Friday, 15 July 2011

News Just In......

One Day Costume Sale
Saturday 6th August 2011  Charlton Assembly Rooms, The Village, Charlton, London SE7 8UD
Doors open 11am – 4pm

We are a theatre production company that has written, directed and produced many professional Pantomimes and Shows over the last 10 years. After much deliberation, we have taken the decision to clear out our stores and have a sale of all of our accumulated stock – a difficult decision for a costume junkie and hoarder like myself. But we would rather these costumes see the footlights again and are used rather than sitting in our store room!

We will be taking over the use of Charlton Assembly Rooms for the day and filling it with hundreds of lovely costumes – some are used and some have never been worn. Perfect for a collector, theatre groups, producer, fancy dress hire business or individuals wanting a stunning costume.

Costumes for sale will include many stunning Victorian gowns from Music Hall shows, Georgian Dresses from Opera productions (some never even worn). Plus a whole range of Tyrolean and Austrian costumes along with Guys and Dolls ‘Hot Box’ outfits, lots of individual, Dresses, Shirts and Skirts etc.

There are also Props, Shoes, Hats, Make Up and Wigs plus some interesting items collected from the last 10 years of Theatre and Film productions…..all at bargain prices.
We have a section packed with Theatrical Trims, Sequins, Fabric Bundles, Threads, Buttons - all perfect for Costume making or Crafts

To support our team who are walking this year’s ‘Shine Walk’ for Cancer Research UK, we will be having a Vintage Cafe and Book Sale of which the proceeds will be added to our fundraising efforts!

There is a free car park behind the Assembly Rooms plus on street parking around the area.
Charlton is 5 minutes from the Blackwall Tunnel and 15 minutes from the Dartford Crossing by car, the Assembly Rooms have bus stops yards away that are on 4 bus routes and it is only a 5 minute walk from mainline Charlton Overground station. It also only takes 10 minutes on a bus from North Greenwich Tube station (Jubilee Line).

Payment: Cash or Business Cheque (with ID) only.

Prices will go from 50p up to £75 for some of the more pristine, intricate Victorian or Georgian dresses. Offers will be considered!

Visit www.thecostumeandproproom.blogspot.com for some photos and further details. There will also be a basic stock list advertised on here as we set up.

If you are interested in coming along then please do get in contact via meliguin@gmail.com or 07957 284709 if you have any questions and we will give full details including a map and more detailed directions.

Otherwise just turn up from 11am and we look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Fifi's Contemporary Market

We will be exhibiting this weekend just off Brick Lane and very close to Spitalfields at Fifi's Contemporary Market at the Rag Factory, 16 Heneage Street, London. E1 5LJ

The market will be open from 10am until 4pm and entry is FREE


We will have some fabulous new items  - plus Vintage mix & match Cake Stands, Teacup Candles and  Pin Cushions and more of our popular framed original Vintage Adverts!

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

June already...?

It has been a completely manic Month of May......

Firstly to kick off the month i exhibited at the first ever 'Kitsch and Stitch' event in Cranbrook and what a fantastic day that was!!

Not only was it amazingly well attended (with lots of friendly customers which is always nice!) it was fabulously organised by two lovely ladies who made us all feel very very welcome! It was a perfect place to launch my new range of Pick & Mix cake stands which went down a treat and almost sold out.

Cakes on sale were delish and all for a good cause which made eating them obviously less sinful - and i met some really lovely stall holders with beautiful items!

I can't wait to be back for the next ones!!


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Last weekend we had the crazy costume sale - again we met the most fantastic people - the costumes are beginning their new life in new Theatre Productions, Pantomimes, Fancy Dress Hire and some are winging their way to the USofA to the Burning Man festival......(how does that work that a costume travels more than me this year - hmmmm something needs fixing!!)

There are still some lovely costumes & props left, plus tons of amazing buttons, trims and fabrics - so we are thinking of another one either later this month or in July - if you are interested then please drop a line to me and i will add you to the email list once details are ready.
meliguin@gmail.com
or have a look at http://www.thecostumeandproproom.blogspot.com/

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Finally in May i attended my first Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair at Spitalfields Market - what a terrific day! Beautiful stalls, lovely people, some fabulous outfits and a profit to boot - a very very happy bunny!! Can't wait until the next one.....



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I am now off on a little exciting adventure tomorrow - fingers crossed for a new project in the pipeline ...xxx

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

What a Lovely Weekend Ahead!

After a crazy few weeks i cannot wait to get over to the Kitsch and Stitch Event on Saturday - here are the details of you would like a lovely Vintage day out:

http://kitschandstitchfair.blogspot.com/

then Sunday brings another fab day at the Of Cabbages and Kings Market in Abney Hall Stoke Newington.

http://www.ofcabbages.co.uk/OCK-News.htm

Lets hope the weather keeps all sunny and lovely....... x

Monday, 14 March 2011

International Women's Fair - Old Spitalfields

What an amazing way to spend a Saturday!

I was proud to be part of the International Women's Fair this weekend and it didn't disappoint! This was my first visit to Old |Spitalfields as a trader and really hope to back there again soon. What lovely people and space.

My stall was right opposite the stage area which with the speakers facing right in my direction and a great big drum kit being set up i was really worried! Was this a terrible place to be - would i be heard - would people crowd out the stall - it wasn't a cheap fair to attend so i was really worried......but i needn't be!

Yes it was noisy - yep - people stood in front of the stall, blocking access and no i couldn't be heard - but this all did not matter when the band started playing the atmosphere changed into a great big party - and i got the best seat in the house!

Have added a couple of pictures.....
Our Stall
My view to the stage
So lots of happy friendly shoppers - lots of lovely comments and lots of sales - all while listening to the fabulous Electric Landladies......Simply Perfect!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Simply Gorgeous

I had the pleasure of sitting next to the amazingly talented Stacie Swift  a brilliant illustrator....i fell in love with her gorgeous animal drawings......have a look at some of her work - soooooo cute: http://swiftsomethings.blogspot.com/

i think this is my favourite today:

A Crafty Weekend

Had a lovely, if slightly chilly (note to self - always pack an extra cardi in my kit!) weekend at the Cabbages and Kings Market in the lovely Abney Hall, Stoke Newington.

Met some lovely people - saw some beautiful crafts and art - so many talented people!!

Also met some lovely customers - was very happy to see some of my items go to lovely new homes.

Oh and did i mention the delish goodies from the cafe.....mmmmmmm.

So thank you Of Cabbages for a great weekend! I will be back on the 7th May

Monday, 28 February 2011

A New Week....almost a New Month!

Phew - where has this month gone?

Saying that  - where has the last year gone?

We have just celebrated our 1st Wedding anniversary and cannot believe how quick it has gone...have to admit to being a little grumpy as last year we were having an amazing time in Las Vegas with our friends and family....this year - rainy old England! Ah well - my lovely Husband surprised me with tickets to Paris in March so must not be grumpy!! 

So to celebrate the fact it is a year since our nuptials - i am being indulgent and posting my fave picture from our big day



Paris Hotel, Las Vegas Feb 2010

Obviously i cannot possibly go to Paris without visiting the flea market at Porte de Clignancourt (just cannot leave business at home!!) So fingers crossed for some Parisian Vintage Designs!!

xx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Brand New Stockist !

Had a lovely afternoon yesterday meeting the fabulous ladies from The Create Place - what a lovely shop!

I am so chuffed that they are going to be stocking my Teacup Candles, Glass Jug Candles, Pin Cushions and Pails.

For more information about the fab courses they offer visit: http://backtobasicsartsandcrafts.blogspot.com/

My items are in stock now - along with lots of other lovely handcrafted goodies!

They are holding a special POP UP SHOP on Saturday 26th March just in time for Mothers Day - perfect opportunity to visit and view all the lovely crafty items they have for sale:

The Create Place
29 Old Ford Road,
Bethnal Green
London E2 9PJ

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

New Collection and New Photos

Almost there with the photos now - it is proving a nightmare as the collection is constantly changing!

Have added a few more ideas to the mix and come up with some lovely new gifts....


Have a look at the PHOTO page to have a peek!

Monday, 7 February 2011

New Collection is almost finished.....

Some lovely 'Valentines' teacups ready for this friday's LOVE EASY at the William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, Walthamstow. E17 4PP




Take a look at the photo pages for more lovely examples.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Valentines LOVE EASY Friday 11th February

Very excited - am exhibiting at this fantastic event next week....come along for a chance to buy lovely handmade gifts for your loved one (or loved one to be!)

for more details visit: http://www.eastlondoncraftguerrilla.blogspot.com/

Monday, 31 January 2011

A lovely weekend....

Well, despite the arctic temperatures, i braved the Saturday sales - and came home with a fabulous new tea set....and a vintage suitcase i never knew i needed...but i do!

Am now busy making new candles - went for a different brand of wax this time - spent more on it (i know - you get what you pay for!!!) - and it is fabulous to work with - saving me hours of re-working!

Will update with some pics later on as they are looking so pretty!

x

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

New fair booked...

Really pleased to have been selected to exhibit at the forthcoming 'Kitch and Stitch' vintage and makers fair in May 2011 - very excited as it looks like a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A sneak preview...

Here are a few little insights into my latest collection of beautiful teacups - all ready for the candle treatment!






Phew....it's going to be a busy few weeks!!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Phew....'Ard Work!!

Still recovering from a fantastic (if a little muddy) day at Ardingly Antiques fair......amazing array of items - found it very very difficult to keep my hands in my pockets!!!

But i am now the proud owner of a whole new range of beautiful vintage teacups ready to be made into pretty gifts.....woo hoo!

Now i just need the time to get started.....

Will add photos soon xx

Monday, 10 January 2011

Welcome to 2011 and to my new BLOG!

Happy New Year!





Welcome to my very first blog.....somewhere i can post my ramblings, inspiration and ideas and keep up to date with shows and fairs i will be attending

So here goes.....

May Morning Madness....

Hello!  It has been far far too long since i updated the site and i am now forcing myself to sit down, have a cuppa and catch you up on all ...