Friday, 26 August 2011

Almost there.....

Not long now till the first Concrete Market - more flyers being cut and delivered, banner is up and head is hugely stressed!

Thank you to Bansi from Dear Sweet Agatha who's been keeping me sane, Jo from Charming Grace and her network of Croydonites along side Di from Di Does Vintage - so encouraging.

I hope you all can come and see us and support us.

Sunday 4th September
The Oval Tavern
Oval Road

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Liberty X-Factor

And so 6 months of work suddenly came to ahead today when Liberty opened her doors to anyone who wanted a piece of her!

I forgot to take any photos (apart from the one above) because my legs were shaking and I felt weaker than usual - so much so that my friend Viv (who incidentally did have her jewellery stocked by Liberty a while back) was going to do the pitch for me. It might have been better if she had. And what did I say...
me) I thought I didn't say much.
Viv)  Tina - come up for some air.

The buyers were great, with the minutes ticking they said a few things that needed adjusting - some I had thought of and dismissed so kicked myself. I came away not really having a clue - Viv who had been at my side during it had her arms opened wide and shouted 'congratulations!' - was she at the same pitch as me? 

The trouble is I didn't look at the positive things said - I thought it would be simple, not in a yes/no way but in a way that didn't leave me confused. 

So, more working and more photos to send - which isn't much for someone who had a dream of being in Liberty's British Craft room at 14 which was 15 years ago - a few more months won't hurt.

And what did I sing? sorry show.... 

One thing that was commented on was the photos in my portfolio - "lovely photos" I said that I'd got a photographer "really, really worth it" was the reply. It really did give it the 'wow' factor.
Kellie Spicknell photography, click!
Surprisingly to me they really liked the cards and the tea towel that I almost didn't pack. I just need to find some more pennies to work on all the bits I need to work on....

Despite the tears half of relief at the end there's not a part of me that regrets it - it's another teeny stitch of the Tobyboo tapestry and it was only for a second I thought that I needed to unpick it.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Not So Concrete

For anyone that I haven't bored already - Concrete Market is starting on 4th September. It's a teeny start to making my home town, Croydon, get a better reputation than it has.

#1 The market might be called concrete but Croydon is, in fact one of the London Boroughs with the biggest green spaces (it could actually be THE borough with the most green!)

#2 Croydon seems to be good enough for all those that come and study here.... from Noel Fielding to the late Amy Winehouse. Tracey Emin was born here, as was Sam Taylor - Wood and Bridgett Riley - Croydon's just a greenhouse of creatives! and let's not forget Another Level's Dane Bowers..... (or can we)

#3 The odd amount of films that get shot in Croydon centre include most recently, Batman, The Dark Knight Rises

See, it's honestly all good - and green, lots of pretty green places right in the heart of it! So, make the effort to come on the 4th, The Oval Tavern (one of the filming locations for Peep Show) Oval Road, CR0 6BR and stay for the food, the craft, the art, the vintage, the makes, the mini vintage make overs, the drink - and if you have time go off and visit really lovely bits of Croydon you never knew existed like Coombe Woods and Heathfield (photo above) on the tram.

(see a post on Croydon and not one mention of Kate Moss)

Thursday, 4 August 2011

A Very Fine Vintage

Last Friday I was a lucky bunny and won VIP tickets to Vintage at the Southbank - as desperate as I was to go I had no chance of paying for a ticket so I can't tell you how much it felt like Christmas to a 4 year old.

Didn't have my camera but luckily my plus one, Sunita lives in 2011 and has an iphone so these are her beautiful photos.

First things first, after a Champagne reception with an introduction from Wayne Hemmingway - a makeover by Jess - who's just fantastic and can be found at Powder Puffs and Pin Curls

 Sunita who is gorgeous and didn't need a makeover
 oooh look at the view!
 I don't know how these two didn't drop - they danced the entire time we were there

 Sunita gets excited by non prescription glasses
The ever beautiful Felicity from Now Voyager  - have been waiting to get my straw hat - tis gorgeous! 
Theres the hat - that's not Sunitas dress, she wore it for a photo shoot and I can't take any of it seriously. My dress had a total of 21 compliments, we started counting.

It was a really, really fantastic day - I've not had so much fun in ages with Musical Bingo - I'm pretty sure we didn't even cover all the clubs at night because there was just so much to do. Well done to The Seaside Sisters who never fail to keep punters finger happy with their craft sessions.

All in all one hell of a day - the market part was free so if they do manage to do it again next year - GO!