Gathered Cheer Social | An East London escapade

MbM_GATHERED CHEER_E.LONDON_HEADERLast Saturday, Amy (of Daisy Fay Interiors) and I, hosted our very first East London bloggers meet up in conjunction with Ruth’s Gathered Cheer events. Each of these creative/social meet ups, held at least 2 or 3 times a year, take place in various locations and are hosted by local bloggers….so with East London being our turf, we took the lead on this one! If you’ve missed my earlier posts of some of the gathered cheer socials I’ve attended before, they are basically an opportunity for bloggers and creatives to meet, mingle, collaborate, inspire and just have a jolly good day out. The groups are normally 7-10 people which make it more personal and less daunting for those who aren’t normally comfortable with large-scale events. MbM_GATHERED CHEER_E.LONDON_13

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So our little escapade began with us meeting at Liverpool Street station and then meandering our way through Shoreditch, checking out all the prominent street art the area is known for, the independent boutiques and vintage stores, along with eateries like the old Beigel Shop which was a much-needed elevenses pit stop for us! We then moved on to Redchurch street to nosey through shops and have a good natter over coffee at Barbour & Parlour. Then onto Columbia Road for more cute independent shops and a lunch break at Jone’s Dairy Cafe. With our bellies full up we moved north through Hackney Road and onto Broadway Market. Well here’s a few photos that summed up our day of gallivanting in around East London. I’ve also mapped out our route on a map I illustrated, which you’ll find at the end of the post.

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I’ve had such a blast hanging out with all the girls who came along; Nancy, Zeena, Katie, Ruth and my partner in crime, Amy! Thanks for a super fun day ladies….here’s to many more bagels, vintage store hopping, snap chat antics, and all round giggles and goofing around!

If you’d like to partake on future Gathered Cheer socials, keep an eye out on the event page of Ruth’s website! xx
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Chocolate-tasting and screen-printing antics with Thornback & Peel

MbM_Thornback&Peel_event-10Last Tuesday, I was invited to go along to Thornback & Peel‘s exclusive screen-printing evening at their beautiful store in Holborn, where we bloggers got the chance at screen-printing some of their lush designs whilst indulging in chocolate tasting from Creighton’s Chocolaterie and glasses of fizz….how could you decline such an offer! :)

For those of you not familiar with Thornback & Peel, they are London-based designers who create the most beautiful and intricate hand screen printed homeware and accessories.  Their designs have a fun, whimsical play on British imagery strongly influenced by a mixture of Victoriana, Mr McGregor’s garden, Norfolk and Devon……which definitely evokes a sense of nostalgia, that I love most about. (Seriously, how fab is the custard jelly & cake design!?) Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel’s journey to becoming such a success is incredibly inspiring, having started their first collaboration back in 2003 and then setting up their first studio in 2006! You should totally check them out if you haven’t already done so!

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The evening kicked off with the screen-printing. We all had a go at printing three of their designs including their latest chicken print for their SS15 collection. The first two (the ‘bird & egg’ and the rabbit) were printed onto cards and then the chicken print onto napkins. I had dabbled in screen-printing once before with Zeena Shah a couple of years ago but I had forgotten how amazing it felt to be so tactile with this printing method. I would happily stay there all day printing! And the paint….I honestly could have walked out with that tub of teal paint it was THAT divine! ;)

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It was such a fun evening getting creative and catching up with old and new friendly faces. A heartfelt thank you to Rumour PR, Juliet Thornback, Delia Peel and the T&P girls for having me and being such great hosts. Oh and for the fantastic goody bag too!

For more on Thornback & Peel products, you can hop on over to their website where you can browse through by product type or by design. And you can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all their latest news and events. As for all you chocolate lovers, definitely check out Beford-based Creighton’s Chocolaterie for their amazing concoction of flavours. I’m not a huge chocolate person but I can sure vouch for them after trying their new summer range….FYI that Key Lime Pie one….OMG, yum! You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too! (warning: you may end up salivating a lot!)

Well, enjoy the rest of your week folks xx

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Crafting the Seasons at Liberty

Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (2 of 197)Aahhhhhhh this post has taken me twice as long to put together because I keep drifting away in all the festive warmth and loveliness these photos exude! *sigh*  Well, thanks to the super talented Katharine Peachey, I’m excited to share with you some beautiful photographs from the fabulous shindig I attended last Sunday afternoon (remembrance Sunday) – you know, just so you can revel in all the festive magic yourself! ;)

I’m not sure if you recall me mentioning it in last month’s Styling the Seasons post, but I had been kindly invited by Katy and Charlotte to their first ‘Crafting the Seasons‘ event at Liberty, London. I was so stoked about this for many reasons but mainly because I had been looking forward to the much-needed creative distraction and catching up with fellow bloggers (old and new faces)……and this is was my first…yes, first….trip to Liberty!!! (shocking, I know…Just don’t ask…!)

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Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (24 of 197)So, the delightful ‘crafternoon’ session was held in the beautiful wood-panelled Heritage Suite at Liberty, and my goodness it really is something else! I hadn’t been thinking of Christmas at all until I stepped into this room (what felt like Narnia!) and for the next three hours we crafted and chatted away to our hearts content, leaving the real world to carry on outside of these magical walls. The girls sure know how to put on a marvellous show; we had piles (and I mean generous piles) of gorgeous, to-die-for Liberty Tana Lawn fabric to play with, fab selection of craft supplies courtesy of Kate at The Homemakery, a freaking amazing liberty goody bag (I’ll reveal the contents in a separate blogpost), and plenty of scrummy nibbles including macaroons and mince pies! Oh, it really was a dream! :)

Our task that afternoon was to create a decorative Christmas piece – whatever took our fancy, really. I opted to make a wreath with some divine paisley-patterened Liberty fabric (the Indian in me clearly took charge!) while the others made some of the most beautiful bunting, garlands, decorative embroidery hoops, stuffed animals and birds, baubles, etc I’ve ever seen! The creativity in that room was simply remarkable. I was reminded of how much I’ve missed crafting (with my recent hiatus) and that being in the company of such fun and inspiring women, was exactly what I needed to feel charged up again. Honestly, I could have easily stayed on the entire evening (and the next few days) with all the fun and banter that day. I cannot thank all the lovely ladies enough for such an amazing afternoon….particularly Katy, Charlotte, Kate, Anna and Hannah for organising, hosting and making it all happen! So great to get my creative mojo back, yay! :D

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Edited Selection Katharine Peachey34Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (138 of 197)Swooning yet? ;) Well, a massive thank you to Katharine for beautifully capturing that day. If this doesn’t get you into the festive crafting spirit then stay tuned for next month’s ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post where I’ll be sharing more on my Liberty print wreath! And here are the links to all the bloggers who got crafty with me that day if you’d like to have a nosey at all their lovely creations too.

Jeska at Lobster and SwanLisa Levis at Betty and Walter / Emily Quinton at Makelight / Lou at Littlegreenshed / Sarah-Lou at Lapin Blu  / Heather at Growing Spaces / Teri at The Lovely Drawer / Hannah at Hannah in the House / Tamsyn at The Villa on Mount Pleasant / Ruth at The Planned Adventure / Emma at A Quiet Style / Amy at Daisy Fay / Lori at Wild and Grizzly / Melanie at  Geoffrey and Grace / Tina at Colourliving / Jo at The Only Place / Laura at Circle of Pine Trees / Alexis at Something I Made

Happy crafting!! xx

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{Weekend Encounters} Afternoon Tea with fellow bloggers

AfternoonTea_JoCrawford_LR_1On Sunday, I hosted a little meet-up with a few fellow bloggers that I had met over the course of the year at various occasions and events, and thought it would be nice to be able to catch up with them properly at a more intimate gathering. I had been meaning to organise something for quite a while so boy, was I really glad it finally took place last weekend!

I decided to throw an Afternoon Tea affair at mine – while I was excited at the prospect of putting everything together for a group of lovely ladies I must admit I was also ridiculously nervous about things going wrong or not being able to get everything done in the time I had. The few weeks in the run up to it had been manic too so finding the time to plan for this afternoon proved a lot trickier than expected! Anyway, come Friday night, I sat myself down and went through the list of things that needed to be done, telling myself to keep it simple so that I wouldn’t get too overwhelmed by it all. I spent the Saturday afternoon and evening catching up on chores and preparing for the next day (it was like a crazy-fied episode of the Great British Bake off in the kitchen I tell you!) I don’t think I’ve ever baked so much in my lifetime! …..I reckon, it’s all the icing sugar in the air I was inhaling that evening that kept me going! :P

AfternoonTea_JoCrawford_LR_9AfternoonTea_JoCrawford_LR_8And gosh, what a wonderful afternoon it turned out to be! So there was Jo and Amy who I knew from Blookclub, Ché, Nicole, and Reema who I met on Ché’s Photo Hunt event, Marie who was on Michelle’s Eat & Snap event with me, and Teri who I recently got to know at Blogtactular! Some of them had met each other before, and others for the first time but weirdly most of us had a mutual friend or two that kind of linked us all together – it’s such a small world after all!

So yea, it really was such a delight catching up with everyone properly, chatting about everything and anything (from boys to books to business essentials) over copious amounts of tea, cakes and Pimms! :) It’s times like this that remind me how great the last couple of years have been for me, just being able to meet so many like-minded people from the blogosphere. And just by making that little bit of effort to find the time to meet and mingle, you’ll soon find that you have a wonderful network of amazingly talented and genuine people, many of whom you are fortunate enough to call friends.

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A huge and heartfelt thank you to all the lovely ladies who made it over for the afternoon tea and making the afternoon a ball of fun. I cannot tell you how much of a buzz Sunday’s Shenanigans left me with, so much so that I’m already looking forward to the next meet-up! I’ve got a few ideas in my head so I can’t wait to get organising when I’m back from the US!! :)

And thank you soo much to Jo, for letting me use her amazing photos as I was just too busy playing hostess and nattering away to take photos….which is SO not like me at all! :) I guess it only proves we were all having far too much fun! Here’s to great company and great banter!

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