Crafty Fox London Christmas Craft Fair

One of the best things about the run up to Christmas is the insane amount of Crafts fairs that come out of nowhere. I love it. This weekend Crafty Fox teamed up with The Dogstar in ever trendy Brixton and brought three floors of crafts and workshops to South London.

Crafty Fox market - Brixton craft fairCrafty Fox market - London craft fairFor regular awesomeness, throughout the year Brixton hosts a few monthly markets. You can find the Brixton Makers Market with beautifully made jewelery  unique accessories and homewares, delicious baked goods and original artwork and design and Brixton’s Retro and Vintage Market, a favourite for vintage lovers with a mix of home furnishings, dresses, menswear, jewellery and collectable goods. If you are around, don’t forget to go to Brixton Village for a coffee or a cheeky cocktail.

Lucie Ellen - craft fair stall Lucie Ellen - market stall

These are some of the stalls we found this weekend at the Dogstar with some ace last minute present ideas. Pretty badges and facet styled wooden jewelery for that kirky friend in your life brought to you by Lucie Ellen.

Pygmycloud - Craft fair stall Pygmycloud - market stallSuper cute plush toys (OMG how ace is that cloud?) from Pygmycloud

House of Ismay - craft fair stall House of Ismay - market stall

House of Ismay had some wonderful handmade jewellery and homewares at its stall, all made using reclaimed, vintage material.

iwishawasa - craft fair stall iwishiwasa - market stall

Iwishawasa made me want to be small again. Mainly so I could fit is their cool costumes. If you have kids, you seriously need to check out their stuff!

Bow Tie Club - craft fair stall

Bow Tie Club has the Christmas present solution to all your trendy needs. Definitely back in fashion, these babies will make an unusual but fun surprise.

Butterscotch and beesting - craft fair stall

Butterscotch and Beesting, regulars of craft fair scene and featured in previous posts, were back again with their circus wonders. This time I spotted this funky necklace. They never cease to disappoint! : )

Fabric Nation - craft fair stall

Some nice, vintage-inspired badges from Fabric Nation.

Wingate print - screen printing London Papercraft Princess - craft fair stall Paper Craft Princess - Stampin Up! Letter Lounge workshop

There were several workshops throughout the weekend. These are some images of Mr Wingate screen printed products – he’ll also teach you how to screen print! check his website for workshops in London -, the card making workshop of Papercraft Princess and the little card writing corner of the Letter Lounge.

Paket Paket giftwrap Paket Paket - Craft fair stall

Finally, to wrap all that up, Paket Paket was running a giftwrap service and had some of its gorgeous giftwrap on show.

For other markets in Brixton, South London:

Makers Market – 2nd Saturday of every month

Retro and vintage market – 3rd Saturday of every month


Crafty weekend in Bath – The Artisan Market

Isn’t it so lovely when you get to spend a weekend away from it all AND you get to spend it crafting and going for walks with a good friend? This weekend I paid a little visit to my friend Martha whom currently lives in Bath. We had the most amazing sunny wintery weather and we stumbled upon the first (early bird) Christmas Market of the season happening at Bath’s Green Park Station.

The Artisan Market, as it’s called, had over 60 stalls selling handmade, vintage, upcycled, food and art from local and artisan producers. Plenty of cute bits and bobs, and stocking fillers for everyone. These funny earrings from My Bear Hands were my absolute fave but I have uploaded some pictures of some of the other stalls.

The Artisan Market will be going back to Bath on the 9th of December with the theme “Christmas Food & Stocking Fillers Market” and it will hopefully come back on a regular monthly basis on the second Sunday of every month in 2013. They have some food stalls and even an area sponsored by Arty Kids Pottery Painting with a small painting workshop for the youngest of the family (I’m pretty sure they are friendlier than that serious dude in the picture…)

Speckled Wood was selling some really pretty laser-cut Christmas decorations but the winners of the stall were these retro biscuit fridge magnets that I would love to showcase in my tiny kitchen.

Some wonderful small bits from Six Eight.

Oh my lovely had some lovely accessories for your home. A bit of a mix but clearly they are all made with so much love.

They were other stalls more suited to the fact that it was an Artisan Market. Bespoke Leather makes some (now ever-trending) leather satchels. A bit different from the ones seen on the high street, which from my point of view, it’s clearly a bonus!

Me and my love for cozy items, specially slippers, could not help but notice these super comfy looking ones from Imago.

Some really chatty lady introduced us to The Bath Food Company. A variety of jams and chutneys all homemade from her own kitchen. I tasted them, they were delish.

And last but not least, more handmade varied goodness, from Picpac Naddywak (sorry folks, only a FB link available). Hope you find some inspiration to get your presents sorted, Christmas is only round the corner!

Bath Artisan Market

– December 9th for a Christmas Food & Stocking Filler special and thereafter on the second Sunday of each month in 2013.

Green Park Station
Green Park Road

Quirky buys from the fair

After sharing with you in my last post all the little quirky stalls we saw at the Renegade Craft Fair last weekend, I thought it would be nice to show off what we walked out with.

Hello Dodo was selling some lovely prints, we took home Ship in a bottle to join our ever growing collection. The flat is really small so we are still debating where to put it up.

Mollie Makes was promoting its sister brand new magazine The Simple Things. I walked out with an subscription and issue 1 under my arm! I have had the chance to read most of it and it hasn’t disappointed. A lot let knitting orientated than Mollie Makes, The Simple Things finds a good balance between craft, lifestyle, food and gardening features. Interesting, easy to read and beautiful photography, what else could you want! I can’t wait for issue 2.

Lastly, the talented illustrator Alice Tams had a little stall with products featuring her awesome Birds in Hats. A personal favorite of mine is the penguin in a fez but this time we bought this tiny pocket mirror as a present for a friend. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever? Don’t forget to check out her Etsy shop.

Lastly, a recurring theme at the RCF – and pretty much everywhere else – are the forever cool facets. I love pastel colored facets, I think an absolute wining combination! I bough these super cute earrings from Oh Hello Friend everything in their stall was so nice and I wish I had bough more of their stuff.

Other facets themed items at the Renegade Craft Fair that I wanted to take home with me and watch the sun rise while hugging them.

1. Mr Nico jewelery   2. Made by me me me brooches and earrings   3. Lovely pigeon brooches and earrings

Also, these are other some facet inspired bits and bobs must-haves that I have seen and I think you should know about : ) I think the Eley plant pot is the cutest thing since teacup pigs.

Get yourself one of this facets stamps from Extase to add to cards, your diary, a sketchbook…do you really need a reason to get any of these beauties?

Renegade craft fair London

Last weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair came back to London for the second time. We went to get some crafty inspiration and came back with some wonderful bits and bobs. I had been waiting for it for months and it didn’t disappoint! As last year, it was held at the Old Truman’s Brewery in East London and it was full of beautiful and interesting stalls and a few workshop stations. Dangerous place, the Renegade Craft Fair that is, you’ll want everything!

One of the workshop stations was a free friendship bracelet making station, sponsored by The Make Lounge. London’s one-stop shop for practical creativity, featuring contemporary craft workshops.

The talented artist Suzi Mclaughlin was at the craft fair teaching peeps how to make this wonderful paper roses!

Every stall was like a mini treasure box, full of unique quirky things. Some had flown half way around the world with their suitcases full of goodies to be able to attend and show them to London. We loved Butterscotch and Beesting‘s circus themed stall.

This handmade cut outs by Rosie and the Boys are sooo detailed! I have tried in the past to make cut outs like that and it doesn’t normally have a happy ending. I can really appreciate the craftsmanship put into this.

The wonderful Oh hello friend! was also at the fair. I wanted to buy half of what they had on display! Some gorgeous crafting materials and accessories.

The illustrator Debbie Greenaway had some super cute cushion pin houses and badges. Don’t forget to check out her Etsy shop for some awesome present ideas!

I love a bit of balcony-gardening and these ceramic pots and sculptures from Atelier Stella would bring life to any grey city balcony.

We had a great time at this year’s Renegade Craft Fair and I personally can’t wait to see what they will bring us next year. On the meantime, we’ve got plenty of crafts to get on with and to hunt down!

Photos via: The Renegade Craft Fair Flickr, Decor8