Broadway & Netil Markets, Hackney

 

Delious bites at Broadway Market

Delicious bites at Broadway Market

Broadway markets are the perfect place to meet some friends for lunch on a Saturday.  The food stalls are vast and with such variety even the fussiest foodie with find plenty to please their taste-buds here. I was spoilt for choice and found myself munching my way through this market. Try some mouth-watering pork rolls, paella, Indian or falafels and then move on to some dreamy cakes and chocolatey treats. Continue reading

Brightly coloured 80cm felt ball rug

Brightly coloured, felt ball rug

Brightly coloured, felt ball rug

My niece is the lucky recipient for this gorgeous, brightly coloured rug. It is relatively easy to make,  but takes a long time to complete. Be warned, this project will take time and patience.  It is, however, very satisfying to make for yourself,  as it is so beautiful to look at and feels lovely to walk on. It is like having a  little massage for your feet. Now that I have completed this one for my niece, I want one for myself, to brighten up my lounge room, just not sure if I have the patience to do it all over again. Continue reading

Camden Markets

Camden Lock - handmade notebook covers

Camden Lock – handmade notebook covers

Camden lock, Camden stables, Camden lock village, Camden market, Inverness street and the electric ballroom combined make-up the Camden market group, which attracts enormous crowds to Camden Town every weekend. Some parts of the market are also open during the week and if you do not like crowds this is the time to come. If you love people watching, like me, Camden is the place to be, grab a drink and settle in because these markets attract a wide variety of people from all over the world. Continue reading

Felt cake to enjoy

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Ikat bag – felt cake

I was browsing some of my favourite sites today on the internet and found this great tutorial to make  a dreamy felt cake with zero calories at ikat bag. I love that the decorations are all changeable depending on the occasion or your mood and that you can serve a single slice.  I will definately be adding this to my someday project list.

Making Felt Balls

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Pink, blue and purple felt balls

I decided to use my lovely store brought felt balls to make a mat for my nieces birthday. After separating all the colours I decided I wanted it to be mostly pinks, blues and purples to match her room rather than a true freckle inspired mat. Looking at the colours that I had I thought it would be pretty if I had more pale pink balls in the mix. Luckily I had some pale pink roving already which I thought would be perfect to make some felt balls. Continue reading

Covent Garden Markets

Covent Garden Markets

Covent Garden Markets

I love Covent Garden markets, for its mecca of market stalls, beautiful retail shops, but most of all for the street performers. I could spend many hours browsing through the shops and stalls but I come back again and again, to watch the street performers drum up an audience. If you see a crowd forming it is worth stopping and enjoying the show as you may experience magic, hear some hip hop or opera, see jugglers and acrobats perform breath taking acts,  whatever the performance you are guaranteed to be entertained. Covent Garden Markets is divided into three main areas: Apple Market, East Colonnade market and Jubilee market hall. The stalls vary depending on the day so it is worth checking out their website if you are after something in particular. Continue reading

Uxbridge Craft Market

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Alison May , home accessories and gifts

Uxbridge craft market is a  weekly craft market held each Wednesday from 9am till 6pm and offers a  range of collectibles, craft stalls and an artist group in residence, producing works for sale and whom are happy to stop for a chat or offer advice. This is a lovely little market to visit if you find yourself in the area with your mum or grandma, with plenty of places to have a cuppa afterwards. It is only a short 2 minute walk from the Uxbridge station.

Fav stall of the day : Alison May with her beautiful home accessories and gifts

 

Twistedthreads Spring Knitting and stitiching show, London 2013

international feltmakers association stall

international feltmakers association stall at the twistedthreads spring knitting and stitching show

Wow! Twistedthreads have produced a fabulous show for anyone who has a passion for the art of hand crafts and textiles. This show has lots of stall holders with beautiful things for you to buy, covet, adore and make.Their are fabulous textile displays and workshops to inspire you.

The workshops offer you a great chance to try your hand at something new, with numerous 1-2 hour workshops including felt making, knitting, making jewellery, crochet card making, dress making, embroidery and much, much  more, you will find plenty to interest you and encourage you to start making. Continue reading

rainy day cloud and the girl with her red umbrella

 

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girl with her red umbrella

 

Amsterdam has been cold and rainy of late and instead of being miserable and complaining about the rain, I thought why not make something fun to cheer up those rainy days. Girl with the red umbrella reminds me of those childhood days when splashing in puddles and spinning our umbrellas in the rain was lots of fun. I promise a tutorial for her will follow real soon. In the mean time, remember you are never too old to splash in puddles…

beautiful felt balls arrive in the post

I lo2013-02-27 04.57.18ve it when the doorbell rings and the postman has a parcel for me. So many possibilities inside one little box. Today  I received my first order of felt balls. I have seen so many fun projects to make with these fluffy little balls and  can not  wait to get started on the many projects I have planned for them. Stay tuned to see what becomes of these little balls of fun.