Kew Horticultural Fair

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Kew Horticultural Fair

The Kew Horticultural Society will be holding their 72nd Annual Summer Show on Kew Green, today, Saturday 27th August.

It is one of the few shows in a marquee, with a traditional village atmosphere. Although vegetables, fruit and flowers play the major part, there is something for everyone – photography, arts and crafts, cookery, and special classes for children. There are many stalls, a lively jazz band, a barbecue and a tea tent. Any profits from the show will go to local and horticultural charities. (As quoted by the Kew Horticultural Society)

Kew Horticultural Society

Open House Christmas Sale, Handmade Goods, Fashion & Thermomix Demonstration, today Tuesday; 15th December, 11am – 1pm

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Open House Christmas Sale, Handmade Goods, Fashion & Thermomix Demonstration, today, 15th December, 11am – 1pm

Local online retailer Eclectic Odds n Sods ( Eclecticoddsnsods.com ) has offered to open up her doors after a few requests to host a Christmas Sale of her handmade products that are sourced from all over the world.  There is a limited collection of vintage items as well as handmade accessories, jewellery, homewares, children’s items and much more.

At the same time there will be a display of limited editions of clothing, handbags and shoes, showcased on behalf of a fashion blogger.

Last but not least there will also be a Thermomix advisor on hand demonstration and sharing info on this wonderful machine that makes cooking a breeze.

There will be a prize draw, the ticket cost of £1 will be being donated towards Tourettes Action.

More info in the leaflet

Open House Christmas Sale Save The Date

Open House Christmas Sale Save The Date

A few items from the online store, if you wish to see more, please click here:  Eclecticoddsnsods.com

Eclectic Odds n Sods

Eclectic Odds n Sods

We look forward to seeing you there!

East Sheen’s Late Night Shopping Thursday 3rd December and Saturday 5th December 2015

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East Sheen’s Late Night Shopping Thursday 3rd December and Saturday 5th December 2015

Last year’s East Sheen late night shopping was a grand success.  If you weren’t there, you really missed out on a great community event.

Many, many attractions, stalls, treasure hunt, Santa, raffles etc.  See more in the leaflet below….

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Open House Christmas Sale, Handmade Goods, Fashion & Thermomix Demonstration, Tuesday 1st & 15th December, 11am – 1pm

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Open House Christmas Sale, Handmade Goods, Fashion & Thermomix Demonstration, Tuesday 1st & 15th December, 11am – 1pm

Local online retailer Eclectic Odds n Sods ( Eclecticoddsnsods.com ) has offered to open up her doors after a few requests to host a Christmas Sale of her handmade products that are sourced from all over the world.  There is a limited collection of vintage items as well as handmade accessories, jewellery, homewares, children’s items and much more.

At the same time there will be a display of limited editions of clothing, handbags and shoes, showcased on behalf of a fashion blogger.

Last but not least there will also be a Thermomix advisor on hand demonstration and sharing info on this wonderful machine that makes cooking a breeze.

There will be a prize draw, the ticket cost of £1 will be being donated towards Tourettes Action.

Open House Christmas Sale Save The Date

Open House Christmas Sale Save The Date

A few items from the online store, if you wish to see more, please click here:  Eclecticoddsnsods.com

Eclectic Odds n Sods

Eclectic Odds n Sods

We look forward to seeing you there!

It’s Fair Time! Barnes Fair Sat 11th July 9.30 – 5.30

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It’s Fair Time

Do any of you live near or in London?  Or perhaps you are wondering this Saturday what you and or the children might do?

If you have answered yes to any of these then I have the answer for you.

Come to the Fair!

Barnes Fair is on tomorrow, Saturday 11th July 2015,  9.30 – 5.30.

It is a fabulous event, not only hosting over 300 stalls, attracts around 25,000 visitors each year but has events for children, entertainment and much, much more.

Barnes Fair 2015

The stalls have absolutely everything you could think of, lots of arts and crafts, accessories, food, homeware, jewellery, the list is endless.

I have been going every year as a customer and it is one of my highlights of the diary, but this year I am exhibiting, woohoo I am so excited.

I will be in the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, 49 Station Rd, London SW13 0LF

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

 

If you do pop by, please make sure to come in the Old Sorting Office and say hello to me.  There is a cafe inside, so you can take some respite, have a cuppa and peruse the many artisan stalls away from the blazing sunshine as it is proposed to be a sunny, sunny day.

On a side note the Eclectic Odds n Sods shop will be closed for the day, as I will be taking a lot of my stock down to sell.

I invite you to take another peek at the shop just incase you want that essential item, many items being one off that I won’t be able to get again:

Eclectic Odds n Sods

If any of you have had your eye on something and cannot get down there, waste no time and drop me a comment or email at eclecticoddsnsods@gmail.com before tomorrow (Sat), if you want me to set it aside, because it might have gone by Sunday!

If you want to read up on 2014 Barnes Fair to see what it was like, please click here:  Barnes Fair 2014

If you wish to see a full post of what I sell (though I will do one on here later), please click here:

Eclectic Odds n Sods shop post

Eclectic Summer Fresh Blog post

Click this badge to go directly to Eclectic Odds n Sods Shop

I really, really hope I might get to see some of you down there, Happy Days!  Justine xx

 

 

 

Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~ 12 – 4pm

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Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~  12 – 4pm

Don’t forget our local fair is on this Saturday!

Mortlake Summer Fair

Mortlake Summer Fair

You can read up on the 2014 Mortlake Summer Fair here:  Mortlake Summer Fair 2014

Where – Stag Brewery Playing Fields, Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7TH

What

This year’s fair will feature a crafts and produce market, family sports, children’s attractions including inflatables, live music, dance and a karate display, plus a mouth-watering array of food and drink to satisfy all tastes.

Mortlake train station is just four minutes from the fair’s site and the 419 bus stops right opposite the entrance.

How much – £2 for adults, £1 OAPs and U16s free.

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Email: mortlakesummerfair@gmail.com
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here

Ibstock Christmas Market was a great shopping treat!

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Ibstock Christmas Market was a great shopping treat!

Wicker weaving

Wicker weaving

I was very excited when I heard that Ibstock school was hosting a Christmas Market and especially so when I saw the variety of items that would be on sale, some of which you can see on their facebook here: Ibstock Christmas Market

Pink's Pestos Jellies & Chutneys

Pink’s Pestos Jellies & Chutneys

I arrived an hour in to it starting, the rain had made the ground pretty slushy but spirits were certainly not dampened.  I was given a map in the entrance which surprised me having assumed it would be some tiny affair not big enough to need one, however I was wrong.

There was a lovely mix of activities for children that were well thought out and appealing, some of which I had not seen at fairs or other markets so this was a nice surprise.

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

Christmas ornaments that light up for display

I had worried that the BBQ would have a huge queue by the time I arrived, it was actually rather small, I instinctively thought that must mean it’s not very good, but queued nonetheless as my stomach didn’t care.

However, the food though simple in offerings, ie hot dog and burgers, which actually in hindsight make things a lot easier for both the cooks and customers, was delicious.  It was obvious that good meat had been chosen and the staff on board the BBQ tent were akin to a military operation, hence the queue was small, a thoroughly pleasant experience.

The stalls were dotted around in different buildings, this made the map necessary. Upon only a couple of instances did I feel there a strange combination of stall holders put together, ie very nice hand made jewellery and plastic children’s toys, all tucked way in the back.  However the range of crafts, produce and items tailored to all needs and most budgets and wants.

Coral & Bone Decorative products for the home

Coral & Bone Decorative products for the home

After helping myself to a hot dog, I shopped until I nearly dropped, swigged down a very strong mulled wine which nearly blew my head off, watched the children play lazer quest in some plastic zip up blow up contraption which they said was absolutely excellent then drift off home with a few Christmas presents tucked under my belt.

Bright, light & striped Fouta Towels

Bright, light & striped Fouta Towels

I believe this is the 2nd year that this market has been held, I myself hope for it to be repeated next year.

Nutty Lady, glazed nuts

Nutty Lady, glazed nuts

I have listed below a few stall holders of whose items I tried and tested within the time frame given and give a thumbs up to….the rest I hope to peruse next year!

  • Pep up your pasta with Pink’s Pestos – http://www.pinksfoods.com – I bought a selection of jellies and chutneys from here after having tasted I think the entire variety, there were simply YUM
  • Portrait Artist for furry friends or children – 07739730578 or http://www.emilyburrowes.com – though I have not commissioned anything from Emily it is a serious contender to do so.  The paintings had a modern look to them, fresh and colourful and simply adorable.
  • Nutty Lady, Almonds, glazed, chewy caramelised and spicy pecans – yup I tried these, didn’t buy simply because I was running out of hand space to hold things, but they were unusual and moreish for sure – http://www.yumbles.com/nutty-lady
  • Fouta, bright, light & striped Fouta towels – http://www.foutala.com – though I didn’t buy one of these towels again I was sorely tempted, but I cannot buy everything right?  The colours were beautiful and I was initially attracted to them simply because of this and thinking they were some kind of throw.  They are super slim and apparently hold a huge amount of water versus the thinness of the material and dry super quickly.
  • Blue Blanc – http://www.blueblancmange.co.uk – here I found super pretty and funky what looked like pyjama bottoms, but then saw a poster with people wearing them with wellies, so I guess super versatile, long socks in bright colours, hats and a few other items.  What kept my attention was the quality and colour of the items, plus friendly staff of course and yup some pyjamas were bought but not to be opened until Christmas.
  • Coral and Bone – http://www.coralandbone.com/ – a friend of mine runs this stall but I am not biased, this business provides antique and new eclectic items to decorate the home and I am always tempted every time I see their stall to buy something.

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Barnes Fair Saturday 12th July 2014 – a must for your diary!

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Barnes Fair

A date for your diary!

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Barnes Fair

This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 12th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

Though it is a little time away it’s good to get ones diary organised as July tends to be a busy month leading up to the end of the Summer Term sometimes dates like these amongst the many other things going on get missed.

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Fun at Barnes Fair

I have been a few times now, it is good for all ages including children.  My children have a great time, always by chance meeting up with other friends from school, saving up their pocket money and bartering with the stall holders.  I taught them unfortunately at quite a young age to barter and now they do it everywhere, sometimes much to my embarrassment.

This is their 40th year for this event & they are taking on the Olympic theme, please come and take a peek at their official website ~ click here.

Barnes Fair starts off with a fabulous parade, decorated floats to give Nottinghill Carnival a run for their money and are flanked by vintages vehicles.

Following on from this is of course entertainment, fairground rides, quiz’s, live music, food, drink, shopping, did I say shopping?

The eclectic variety of stalls is wonderful ranging from crafts giving opportunity to meet local craftsmen and women, see how things are made, vintage stalls, antiques, modern and so forth.  There is something for everyone and always a bargain to be had.

Monies raised go to the Barnes Common Association as well as local schools, community groups and schools.

Make a date you really won’t be disappointed!

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk