Norwich Makers Market – Easter 2014

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Yesterday it was one of our crafting highlights, the Norwich Makers Market! The Spring fair always falls close to Easter, so many of the stalls cracked out bunting, bunnies and lots of chocolate treats to keep the kids entertained. It was great to see some new exhibitors with us this Spring, and I was lucky enough to be sitting right next to Yogi who sell the most amazing handmade soaps. The heady scents of lavender and lemon were wafting through the hall all day!

I set up stall nice and early, but as usual people couldn’t help popping in early to have a peep at what we’re up to. Luckily, it was such a glorious sunny day, and everyone seemed in good spirits.

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First thing’s first was our Porcelain Animal Range, our very latest collection. This was the first time these little critters had been available to the public, usually they’re just on the website! There was lots of interest, with someone suggesting that I should make an aardvark! Now there’s an idea…

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Also new were these Ladybird Brooches- I made these a while back for a press launch, and they went into the goody bags. Had a few left over so thought some of the public might like these little guys. I particularly love how vibrant they looked on my new teal tablecloth.

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The whole PinPinFinds stall in all it’s glory. Usually I would use crates and boxes to add height to the stall, but I was without a car this time, a bit of a pain. But I’m pretty impressed that I managed to haul all of this there myself!

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Our Gigantic Moth and Butterfly necklaces caught a lot of people’s attention. The Yellow Shell moth being a firm favourite because of all the intricate patterns on it’s wings. Each one is custom made to order, so not found on the website (yet). If you’d like one they’re £36, just send an email to: pinpincreations@gmail.com

All in all, the market was lovely. The vibe is always fantastic and the venue as stunning as always. We’re hoping to get into Cluttercity again soon so do keep your eyes peeled!

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I am always super excited when I’m  invited 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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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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