Cluttercity Autumn 2013

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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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!

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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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Spring Equinox

So after fooling around for the last couple of weeks, it would only be polite to let you know whats going on!

Well, you’ll be happy to know we took part in Norwich Fashion Week’s Designer Show. Showcasing some of the coolest, most competitive talent from all over Norfolk- Poppy Valentine and Cocoon Fashion were just some of the names who showcase their work on the big stage. 

Really was an amazing show, definitely one to look out for next year!

We took part in the after-show market, showcasing handmade designers from all across Norfolk and London.

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Really enjoyed having an evening of excellent fashion and lots of making, and was a great way to test my market. We sold out and even left early, so it was a real success!