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Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, Cardiff

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It’s been a while since I’ve been back to Cardiff (apart from trains passing through), but last weekend I went back to attend Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair.

Cardiff is a great place for vintage hunting and the city has certainly missed a regular vintage event since the Blind Lemon and Rose Tinted fairs ceased. The event was held in City Hall and there was an entrance fee to attend, but there was a good selection of clothing and accessories on offer, and the space was big enough to accommodate quite a few stalls.

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Tartan dresses made from reclaimed fabrics, on sale at the vintage fair

The fair seemed to have a number of on-trend vintage items: tartan dresses, leather bags and tweed jackets; and there were even little extras such as a pop-up parlour for anyone wanting a makeover. There was a mixture of old and new items, and even dresses made from reclaimed fabrics.

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Sadly, I didn’t buy anything as I didn’t really see anything I wanted, although there were some great dresses and skirts on offer. Some of the prices of the clothes did seem a little steep though. The dress above, which was handmade from a thin fabric, cost £75. In my opinion, this was far too expensive for what it was, although I really loved the print. Not all of the stalls had such high prices, but this particular stall seemed to be marking up their clothes a bit too much. Considering that you can buy vintage much easier than you used to be able to, these prices seemed wrong to me, especially for a dress that was made by hand and (I’m assuming) not to sell. I find that so sad.

What about you? Do you think vintage is overrated these days? Is it too expensive? Let me know in the comments.

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Renegade craft fair

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As many of you UK crafters know, Renegade craft fair was on this weekend. Being in London anyway, I couldn’t not go. So on Saturday, I ventured from West to East and ended up in Brick Lane.

The fair was held in the Old Truman Brewery, which is across the road and up a bit from those amazing food stalls you’ll know about if you’ve ever been to Brick Lane (If you haven’t and you find yourself there, take my word for it and have some street food. It’s so good!). There were so many stalls selling the work of independent designers, among them lots of jewellery, stationery and mugs. There really was something for everyone and I felt bad not leaving with my arms full of goodies, but sadly my money (and arms) wouldn’t have stretched that far.

Kiriki's DIY embroidered doll starter kit

Kiriki’s DIY embroidered doll starter kit

As well as the products, there were also a few stands offering something different, like The Amazings, a website with a range of online craft classes and Mollie Makes. The people on the Mollie Makes stand were hosting workshops throughout the two days, teaching skills such as how to crochet.

Dandiifluff's Rob Ryan inspired pieces

Dandiifluff’s Rob Ryan inspired pieces

Some personal favourite buys of mine were the Hello Harriet and I Like Cats cat related products, Kayleigh O’Mara’s teapot brooch, Alice Shields’ handmade ceramic badges and Blank Inside’s range of stationery. As well as buying two handmade notebooks from Blank Inside, I also bought a Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom brooch from And Smile.

Kayleigh O'Mara specialised in shrink plastic jewellery

Kayleigh O’Mara specialised in shrink plastic jewellery

Alice Shields' ceramic pieces really impressed me

Alice Shields’ ceramic pieces really impressed me

The Moonrise Kingdom inspired jewellery and cards from easy shop And Smile

The Moonrise Kingdom inspired jewellery and cards from Etsy shop And Smile

The quality of products, I thought, was exceptional and if I had half as much talent as any of those artists, I wouldn’t take it for granted. But one thing did stick out for me, and that was that some of the stuff there, although really well made, was a bit samey. Perhaps I’m just being a bit picky, but it felt like there could have been a bit more variety in products.

Overall though, it was a good experience, and I’ll definitely be going again.


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Back from hiatus

IMG_3174Apologies for being away from the blog for a little while. As I mentioned previously, I’ve been in London, which is where I still am. Things have been happening lately and I got some more work from Prima after they extended my internship, so I’m still here for the time being. I’ve actually been working on their craft supplement, Prima Makes magazine, the next of which is out in February. But if you want to know what I was doing in the summer, and are in the mood for Christmassy crafts (please don’t say it’s too early – I’ve been thinking about Christmas since August!), then pop into WH Smiths and pick up a copy of the above, Prima Christmas Makes, only £3.99. Can you tell I love my job?