Entries from September 29th, 2014

Kirsties Handmade Fair 2014 – part i

Kirstie Handmade Fair Hampton Court Palace

What a magical location for the first Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace shone brightly over the 3 days, well really Friday was a little too warm for my Scottish skin and inappropriate clothing but WOW it looked beautiful! It was a wonderful weekend of making, baking, crafting, smiling and chatting, everyone I spoke to and I spoke to a lot of people, were all so positive. There was a big top where Kirstie was in conversation with so many lovely people, my highlight being Cath Kidston and Annie Sloane. I do always get a little star struck but like Kirstie, everyone was so down to earth and I hate to say it, so nice and approachable.

Cath Kidston in Conversation with Kirstie Allsopp

Cath was a mindfield of information about growing a business slowly, and understood that growing meant having another freelance job, in her case designing interiors of super yachts which financed her passion. There was no big bank guiding her as she had earned the money in advance to evolve each idea. It was amazing to hear her speak about the challenges she faced but also how she still plays an integral part in all the design and layouts of her shops.


There was a amazing west and east village filled with finished products, books as well as tools and materials. I was in awe of some of the things on display and made one very impulsive purchase of a Welsh Blanket on Sunday night, although I had had my eye on so many beautiful products. The wonderful Mandy Shaw who has helped behind the scenes in supporting the makes on Kirsties shows, was there, shes is a mind field of information and by looking at her most recent book, I may have to visit her house as it looks beautiful.


The most important thing for me was how many smiles I captured, its a hard thing to do when people are concentrating on craft, often I see the wrinkled foreheads but over the 3 days whichever tent I stopped by, I found myself drawn into peoples laughter. Most of them were sitting beside complete strangers but still there was always that crafting comradery of ‘oh i’ll help.’ New skills were learnt and new ideas shared. I don’t like to gush on the blog but god it was a wonderful 3 days.




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