Valentines Eve 2014

The Norwich Lanes have certainly rekindled the old Jack Valentine’s tradition! Jack Valentine’s came about in the Victorian era; a mischievous man who would knock on people’s doors and play pranks. If you were lucky in love he may leave a nice present for you too! Back then, Valentines wasn’t just for sweethearts- family members and friends would all show their love and appreciation for each other with gifts, food and cards.

I had an absolutely gorgeous night last night, enjoying some rather yummy cocktails in the Birdcage. This little number is called a Lovers Tif- made with vanilla vodka, Kahlua, milk and grenadine. Think of an alcoholic milkshake and you’re away!

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I also decided to treat myself to some love heart sweeties and a valentines cupcake!

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I also had a little look around the city. Root had a brilliant “Jack is Back” window display with confetti hearts. Roots do lovely local food in a warm, cosy atmosphere.

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Around the corner is one of my favourite places in Norwich- Biddy’s Tea Room! With glorious 1940s wartime decor, cream cakes and plenty of delicious blends of tea, this pretty tea room is my idea of heaven. In the window were two incredible wedding cakes, and lots of old-time Valentines memorabilia.

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And what would the day be without the man himself? Jack Valentine turned up at The Birdcage on my way back- ready to surprise all the adults and children with chocolate hearts! Doesn’t he look dapper?!

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Cluttercity Autumn 2013

I am always super excited when I’m ┬áinvited to a craft fair, so when Cluttercity said PinPinFinds could have a stall… well! I were over the moon!

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I totally fell in love with the flyer too! The very talented Kate Seaward from I Like Pens did the illustrations for it, she used to run Cherry Cherry back in the days when I was making plush toys instead of jewellery!

My day started off with me packing everything into the boot of the car, once there I scurried about for what seemed like a decade! Was so glad to have my stall all up and looking nice. Of course, I’d forgotten to eat breakfast in my blind panic so nipped over to see friends Deerly Beloved Bakery for some yummy vegan sweet treats. (And yes, everything DOES taste as good as it looks!)

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With whoopie pies, vegan pizza, cupcakes and all sorts of cake I was absolutely spoilt for choice! I finally managed to settle on a rather huge wedge of chocolate mint cake (with real sugared mint leaf decorations). A good way to get my sugar hit in for the morning!

I also saw Lady Lucks Boutique which I was really excited about. The hair flowers all looked incredible, and LLB has such a huge selection to choose from! If you’re not in Norwich you can always check out her rock n ready website: here

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After all the dashing about it was nice to meet some PinPinFinds customers too! I’d never done a stall at Cluttercity before so I saw plenty of new faces. I was really lucky that my stall was in the bright foyer with the sunlight streaming in!

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