Lord Mayors Celebrations & Norwich Lanes Fayre 2013

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It’s that time of the year again! Yep, the Lord Mayors Celebrations and the wonderful Norwich Lanes Fayre- truly two of the top events on the Norwich Yearly Calendar. This year started off in full swing with the Lord Mayors Procession, which winds its way from Newmarket Street, all way way down St Stephens, past Chapelfield and the Norwich Castle. Plenty of people had lined the streets for the parade, and we managed to find ourselves a spot at the starting line, just at the end of Grove Road.

This year was an array of colour and dance, with plenty of Dance and Cheerleader groups, along with some of the very best Norwich insitutions, such as Future Radio, Norwich Heart and plenty of worthy charities too.

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Whoever made this giant King Neptune should be applauded! For a moment it completely blocked out the sun! The sailing ship along with it was fantastic too, cooling down onlookers by spraying them with water guns!

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This was, by far, my favourite float though. A fantastic pirate scene, with giant Kraken eating some of the crew! The float had a trail of bubbles following it, and even jetted out smoke to make the whole ordeal seem pretty creepy!

The Sunday following was the Norwich Lanes Fayre, which is always such an incredible event to get involved in. All of the independent shops down the Norwich Lanes open their doors for an afternoon of indie shopping, crafts, music, ice cream and pop up stands. The road was lined with bunting and the weather was simply glorious. I had a wander around eating lemon sorbet, trying to cool off!

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Wonderful Hair accessories by local millianer Titania, she really does create the most whimsical fascinators and hats!

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Found this gorgeous embroidered chair in a lovely vintage stall, would love this in my house!

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CAM01063And look who we bumped into! The wonderful Angelina Lou, whose beautiful stall is always bound to impress! She sells the most gorgeous shabby chic gifts and beautiful handmade jewellery with a vintage twist. Today her stall is looking even more incredible than it did at Making Lemonade Fair when we last saw her. Couldn’t resist this opportunity to snap a picture of us together!

CAM01064Ah, what a wonderful day of blue skies and utter bliss! I was a little sad I didn’t have the chance to exhibit too, maybe next year I’ll give it a try!

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Making Lemonade

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Yesterday PinPinFinds set up a stall at The Making Lemonade Fair which was hosted at Princes Street United Reformed Church in Norwich. It was great to do a spring fair as I’d been so busy with other projects! I spend a few evenings at my desk making products ready for the stall, which was super exciting.

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As well as free lemonade for vendors, I found this was a great opportunity to network with crafters from all over Norfolk and Suffolk- and to make new friends of course! With most craft fairs, I find that you can make new friends very quickly, there’s usually always a great vibe between vendors which makes the whole fair really welcoming.

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(The PinPinFinds Stall!)

There were some great treats on offer including Harry Potter inspired cakes and chocolates- golden snitch candy pops, Berty Botts Every Flavour beans cupcakes, Honeyduke biscuits and Butterbeer cake too!

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I sampled a few of the delights from Fudgey Fudge who made their own fudge wagon stall! Dark chilli chocolate was delicious, but I decided to opt for a boyfriend- friendly cookies and cream flavour instead.

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We met up with our friends Bob & John Knitwear who make the most gorgeous knitted letters and cushions, which are perfect for adding a personal touch to any home. Then we spied a butterfly! Jonie was wearing our Purple Emperor Butterfly necklace, and totally rocking it!

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Next door to Bob & John was Peanut Button (awesome name!) with business owner Pippa, we decided we loved each others products so much we would do a swapsies!

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I swapped one of my Butterfly brooches for her super cute pencil necklaces, in it’s own adorable gift box, it even writes too!

But the stall that really caught my eye was Angelina Lou Designs, just check out that amazing shabby chic display! Definitely put the PinPinFinds stall to shame! I love how Angelina has piled fruit crates high to give a real sense of depth and height to her stall.

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Peer Art Exhibition

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Lately, we’ve been working alongside Peer Art Group, a bunch of artists in Norwich who all have “proper” jobs. The group is a great catalyst for any artist though. Having left university in June 2011, I hadn’t really made much artwork; as such, I was glad to find a group of like-minded people who I could bounce ideas off!

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Our first exhibition was at STEW Gallery, which also has its own artist studios and printing rooms. The criteria was simple; we could submit as many pieces of work we wanted, and it could be any medium. I submitted an old piece of work based on Ovid’s Metamorphosis alongside the range of jewelry I’ve been making as PinPinFinds. It was nice to see my jewelry considered “art”, and I don’t think that’s such a strange concept – fashion can certainly be considered art.

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After a long day curating, it was good to see everyone chilling out and enjoying the work. Someone had even brought a guitar, so I did what any sensible person would do – played a guitar with my hands and a tambourine with my feet!

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