[Weekend Encounters – 2] The Thames Festival 2013

The next stop on Sunday afternoon was We Make London’s market stalls for the Thames Festival at More London. I missed the chance of going last weekend due to work, where they were based at Bernie Spain Gardens, beside the Oxo Tower. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, late that afternoon (around 5pm), the weather took an even bigger turn for the worse which dampened (no pun intended!) the festival spirit a bit but despite that the ladies (and fellas) on the stalls still managed to put on their biggest smiles for their customers braving the rain…..including me! :) So the highlight of the evening for me was chance to catch up with a few familiar faces again; Sabine of (S-Gerth Designs), Viktorija (of And Smile), Elizabeth (of Lizzes Beautiful Art) and Sandra and Sophie (of Clementine and Bloom). Oh and the magpie in me quickly spotted a lovely swallow necklace and a heart collar brooch on the stall next to Viktorija’s which got me chatting to its designer, Aarti of Fairytales and Hidden Notes (how amazing is that name??) so we’ve swapped details so I could enquire further about her products and keep up to date on more of her work. Well, I’ve definitely come away from the fair with some gift ideas for Christmas and to add to my personal ‘wish list’ too! ;) xxBLOG_STRIP_Thames-Festival_WEB BLOG_STRIP_Thames-Festival_WEB 2These clever leather key holders by S-Gerth Designs caught my eye. Beautifully designed to that make sure you’re keys are always in the one place! The red one is my personal favourite! :)
BLOG_STRIP_Thames-Festival_WEB 4She’s done it again! How adorable is the And Smile stall display!! If you want to follow more of Viktorija’s awesome creativity then follow her on IG!! ;)

BLOG_STRIP_Thames-Festival_WEB 3The lovely jewellery and trinkets by Fairytales and Hidden Notes. Can you spot the swallow necklace and the heart collars I like? :)
BLOG_STRIP_Thames-Festival_WEB3 Another awesome stall display – this mother and daughter team sure know a thing or two on styling….not to mention re-wiring old vintage lamps! I love the textured base of this 1960s/70s lamp which they’ve given a new lease of life by teaming it up with their gorgeous screen-printed butterfly lampshade!! I am definitely keeping an eye on this! :)

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[Weekend Encounters -1]: Pop-up Vintage at Alexandra Palace

I had my first day off over the weekend yesterday, so decided to check out a few events in the afternoon; the first being the Pop Up Vintage Fairs London held at Alexandra Palace (aka ‘Ally Pally’) who had their own vintage section within the Great Hall along with 400 other antique and collectors stalls. I’ve never ventured out this far North of London and my goodness was I stunned at the views over the city from Alexandra Park – definitely heading back there again, perhaps in better weather, which sadly did turn into a wet and windy ol’ day yesterday. So I was even more so delighted to be carrying out my ‘bargain hunt’ indoors and sheltered from the elements! And gosh what a world inside too! I couldn’t quite get over the beautiful detailing of the building nor the number of stall holders within! It really was an antiques and vintage Aladdin’s Cave! Well, here’s a glimpse into our day (I sincerely apologise for the iPhone photos again but it was a lot more convenient to use while rummaging for treasures!) and some images of my purchases! BLOG_STRIP_Pop-Up-Vintage-AllyPally_WEB

BLOG_STRIP_Pop-Up-Vintage-AllyPally_WEB2If money wasn’t an option, I think I could have easily bagged a few more vintage goodies and some antiques (there were some beautiful collections of Victorian Silverware and crockery!) but I was well-behaved and came home with just a 1950s black day-wear clutch bag and a vintage silk Jaeger scarf – both in brilliant condition and for an absolute bargain! The later it got in the afternoon, the easier it got to haggle! :D That would be my biggest tip for you, although I do agree, there is the risk of missing out on good stuff but at a place as big as this, you’ll do just fine!BLOG_STRIP_Pop-Up-Vintage-AllyPally_WEB3Oh I even had the pleasure of meeting Daisy of Make Thrift London too during our coffee break, who went back for more, so I’m now dying to see what she’s got! That lady is the queen of vintage-treasure rummaging! :) All in all, it was a good start to a Sunday! :)

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{Save the Date} The B.Party courtesy of B.Loved Weddings

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My diary for the autumn months have been filling up ever so quickly since we got back from Paris last weekend and I’ve just added yet another event to what is an already crazy busy few months ahead. Well, I must say i’m really looking forward to this occasion as B.Loved Weddings are throwing, what will no doubt be, a party (aka the B.Party) oozing with style and decadence. This talented team of London-based wedding stylists and bloggers (FYI – they recently got nominated for ‘Best London Wedding Blog’ in the Wedding Magazine Wedding Blog Awards) are a constant source of contemporary wedding inspiration ( I for one, simply cannot tire of wedding prettiness!) so I cannot wait to actually meet them and many more creative individuals within the wedding industry in October. I know Elizabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings, who I had the pleasure of meeting back in August, will be there so if you decide to go, let me know and hopefully i’ll catch you then! Oh, and you will need to register here to secure your place.

Night Night folks! x

Blogtacular 2014 finally booked!

BLOGTACULAR ScheduleSo I finally took the plunge! I’ve been stewing over whether or not to sign up to this two-day event for Bloggers in May next year as it’s a lot of money to shell out for me right now. Nevertheless, I decided I would have to see this as an investment that would help further my skills in the long run especially if I’m serious about wanting to provide “great quality content and beautiful design” on here!! And with an Etsy shop opening soon and other business ventures on the horizon, the more I can learn on styling and how to effectively PR my work, the better it is for me! Well….here’s me hoping anyway!!  ;) To be honest, when Blogtacular announced they have Joy Cho (designer and famously known for her blog Oh Joy!) as the keynote speaker for…..that did it for me. I can’t wait to learn how the schedule evolves now. And, while still expensive for me, thank heavens I managed to bag the early bird ticket too!

Right then….roll on Blogtacular 2014!! ;) Looking forward to meeting more creative bloggers in May! So if you’re attending, let me know! :) xx

Keeping up with Made by Molu!

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A little FYI for those who may be new to Made by Molu; you can follow more of my creative-crafty-diy-handmade antics on my Facebook and Twitter page as well as on here! So do pop along and say hi! :) If you like what you see then please feel free to share the word to more like-minded creative design + craft enthusiasts! Also, if you really want to keep up with the regular posts, news and updates then simply ‘follow‘ the blog via email, ‘like‘ my FB page and ‘follow‘ my Twitter account. It’s as simple as that!! :)

Oh and I’m always in search for more inspirational design and craft blogs as well as meeting new designer-makers so let me know if you have interesting ones I can follow too! There can never be enough distractions! ;) It’s all about staying connected on the blogosphere! See you around folks! xx

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[Art, Craft & Design] Dates to pencil in for September!

A few key dates to pencil into your diaries for this month if you’re in London over the next few weeks and looking to check out the art, craft & design scene. There’s sooooo much happening I think I’m going to find it tricky to fit it all in! Let me know if you’re going to any of the following and what events you’ll be checking out!

  • [06th -15th of September] Thames Festival Food and Craft Market577301_10151681027428557_1215541399_nA 10-day celebration of the Thames through art, music, food and talks along the banks of London’s iconic river. There are four spots along the river hosting these craft markets where you will find a collective of London’s finest designer-makers from We Make London, Spitalfields and more – not to mention an awesome range of artisanal street food hosted by KERB!
  • [14th – 22nd September] The London Design Festival (#LDF13)banner-1The bad boy of all design events this year is just round the corner and takes place in London town! In it’s 11th consecutive year, LDF are hosting over 300 events and exhibitions from various design disciplines across the city (they are not joking when they say ‘Design is EVERYWHERE’!!) This nine day festival period is bursting at the seams with fantastic events promoting and celebrating real innovation and craftsmanship this city has to offer so make sure you take a good look at their list of events (or download the app) to see what’s on in order to make the most of it!!  While the V&A is the official hub of events, look out for Design Junction, LDF’s One-Stop-Shop at the Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street, Clerkenwell Design QuarterTent London and the Shoreditch Triangle in London’s vibrant East End (see map) to explore and indulge in more design-related showcases, pop-up shops, installations, talks, and walking tours! This is an absolute MUST DO if you are a design geek and in London!! Some events require bookings so remember to do so before they get full up! Oh and here’s a look at their video for a little taster.
  • [17th – 21st of September] IMPRINT: And exhibition of printed design IMPRINT-LOGOAs part of the London Design Festival, Craft Central are hosting a cross-disciplinary exhibition of printed design showcasing some talented designers (click here for the list of exhibitors) using print and mark-making techniques. I am also pleased to let you know that graphic designers Turnbull Grey (who I did my letterpress workshops with and designed this event’s poster and invitation!) will be exhibiting their work too!

Well, that’s the main ones I’ve pencilled in – exact events I’ll be looking to attend at the LDF will follow shortly. If you know of any other events then please do feel free to share them in the comments section! In the meantime, enjoy the next few weeks of creative madness and I’m sure I’ll probably bump into a few familiar faces along the way!! :) xx

[What’s On]: The Crafty Fox Talks on ‘How to do your own PR’

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend Crafty Fox Market’s second series of Talks held at the Collective Hub in Camden that brought together a great panel of speakers; journalist Perri Lewis, Designer-Maker Zeena Shah, Creative Director Miss Cakehead along with Katherine Raderecht of Mollie Makes and The Simple Things to share their insight on how to go about promoting yourself and your business effectively. Perri dealt with the ‘dos + don’ts’ on how to approach journalists and bloggers, while Zeena gave tips from her own experience on how essential it is to network, being friendly and saying “yes” to creative proposals (however challenging it may be!) and Miss Cakehead encouraged folk (using her own Avante Garde portfolio of PR work) that being bold and brave i.e. using your creative imagination, to make you and your work stand out from the crowd! All in all, it was such an amazing evening that left me feeling really inspired (I took down plenty of notes and even recorded it for reference!) and even had the opportunity to meet and network with other creative individuals. I cannot wait for the next set of talks, so I shall be keeping my eyes peeled on the Crafty Fox Market website (or alternatively sign up to their mailing list!). Unfortunately, I’ve only a few photos taken from that night as I was far too busy taking down notes and networking!! I do know that Michelle and Tim were doing the official photography and videos so it may crop up soon enough so keep your eyes peeled!CRAFTFOX-TALKS_1_WEB CRAFTFOX-TALKS_2_WEB CRAFTFOX-TALKS_3_WEB CRAFTFOX-TALKS_4_WEB CRAFTFOX-TALKS_5_WEB CRAFTFOX-TALKS_6_WEBAnd I’m totally pleased with the contents of my Goody Bag (above)! Thank you Crafty Fox Market for hosting a fantastic inspiring event and I look forward your next one already! :)

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[What’s On]: Crafty Fox Market’s Cut & Paste Camden Pop Up

If you haven’t already been then please do stop by at Crafty Fox and Brixi’s Cut & Paste Pop Up shop held in Camden Collective‘s new space on Camden High Street which has been open all week – and today’s the last day!!! If’ you’re looking for that something ‘unique’ then there’s plenty of lovely handmade and bespoke goodies to choose from; ranging from jewellery to cushions to wall prints to crockery and many many more! You’ll find the works of artists and designer-makers such as Hope and Eden, Mr Peebles, By Emily, Lucy Loves This, Oh My Clumsy Heart, Jimbobart and lots more. I managed to pop along yesterday morning, before my manic day of errands and work began, and I can tell you it looks pretty amazing including the way the shop is set up inside! I even got  the pleasure of chatting to Sinead of Crafty Fox for ages seeing as I had missed the opportunity at the Blognic last month. I did actually come back home with lots of photos from yesterday to share on here but thanks to my new iPhone, which did a random sync, it somehow erased all the photos I had taken since the day I got it last week.  It wasn’t my day with technology yesterday! Anyway, Sinead’s been kind enough to let me use a few of Yeshen‘s photos to give you a little glimpse of what you’ll expect to see (thank you!!)

Anyway, do pop along as it’s only open till the end of today! For more up to date info – follow Crafty Fox on Twitter or Facebook. You can also find more information on the designers here.

When: Tues 16th – Sun 21st July
Where: 69 Camden High Street, NW1 7JL YESHEN_2_WEB YESHEN_6_WEB YESHEN_7_WEB YESHEN_5_WEB YESHEN_3_WEB YESHEN_1_WEB

(image credit: Yeshen Venema)

Oh I say! We Make London’s 5th Birthday fabulous Good Bag!

This post is long overdue (sorry folks!) but June has been rather busy and I got sidetracked with numerous other things followed by our holiday last week. So without further adieu, here’s a look at the contents of my We Make London‘s 5th Birthday goody bag! This is probably one of the best goody bags I’ve received in recent years that consisted of bespoke pieces of jewellery, stationery, bags and accessories – a fabulous selection of handcrafted goodies! You’ll find names such as Kate Rowland, And Smile, Triptych Designs, Crystal & Stone, Tagada StudioSanna Panda and more. If you’d like to see more about the designer-makers listed from that day’s handmade market you can find that here. What do you think – not bad eh? :)
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[What’s On]: We Make London turns 5!!

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Last Friday evening I hurried along to We Make London’s 5th birthday party at the Camden Lock Place (West Yard) straight after work (and before scooting off to a dinner party!). I had been to their first markets held at Camden back in April which showcased works of some of London’s talented designer-makers I had the privilege to meet (if you remember my blogpost from back then), so I was delighted to have made it out to this special evening that commemorated their 5 successful years! The handmade market took place in the morning (they hold these twice a month) and the celebrations took place later that evening between 630pm and 830pm. They also launched their pop-up shop that ran the entire week that followed which I obviously had a good nosey through that evening before the second half of the celebrations began – and of course, taking tons of photos (no surprises there!) :P  It stocked some seriously stunning work by We Make London designers such as Kate Rowland, And Smile, Lizzes Beautiful Art, Triptych Designs, SannaPanda and many others – I have to confess that I found it rather hard to refrain myself from buying everything in there!

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BLOG_STRIP_we-make-london-5thDSC_3182-WEBAnd then come 7:30pm we had a young emerging artist called Tora Lambie (apparently only 13 years of age!!) who opened the catwalk show by Fashion Meets Music with her stunning version of Valerie. I think I can speak for everyone there that her voice totally blew us all away – definitely one to keep an eye out for!! DSC_3262-WEBBLOG_STRIP_we-make-london-5th2DSC_3549-WEBThe models soon made their appearance, bravely strutting their stuff along the cobbled runway in ridiculously high heels! My hats off to them for totally rocking the runway and giving us photographers some serious attitude at the end! They showed off fashion accessories designed by some of We Make London designers such as  Boubou Designs along with Fashion Meets Music designers such as The Far Away Tree Collection and Annaliese Dayes (who’s appeared on both Britain’s Next Top Model and America’s Next Top Model). DSC_3286-WEB(above: Hats and fascinators by Hatastic)

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As you can see from my photos (which only show you a glimpse of all the fun that night), it was an awesome evening of fun and frolics – I even arrived late to my dinner party just to stay on till the end of the Catwalk! :D All credit goes to Mary of We Make London and the Camden Lock press team for a fantastic fashion soirée. And a massive thank you for the fabulous goody bag I received (see below) ….the contents of which I will disclose in my next write-up – such amazing things inside, I felt it deserved its own separate blogpost!! ;) And how awesome is the cake they had specially made for that evening?!?!!! DSC_3134-WEB DSC_3592-webAnyway, I hope you like what you see! Please do pop along to their markets which are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of each month – it really is well worth the visit! Stay tuned for more on what came out of that goody bag!! xx