‘Twas a Glorious Village Fair


What an amazingly exciting, intense and exhausting experience Village Fair at Southbank Centre has been this weekend!  Imagine a quintessential village fair with an urban twist: bake-offs, animals, helter skelters and craft stalls combine with bloggers, talks on the rise of the internet crafting phenomenon, Craftivism, upcycled jewellery and of course Crafternoon Cabaret Club!

london knaughty knitters

On saturday we were nestled up in the Makers Market with loads of wonderful crafting stalls.  We had a particularly lovely view of the London Naughty Knitters stall who had drop in workshops all day to make a knitted square for charity.  We were also based next to amazing initiative We Are Nana; craft and food from lovely older craftsladies!

Our craft stall!  Monochrome vs Neon
Our craft stall! Monochrome vs Neon

I spent the day selling fascinators, giving out Crafternoon info and inviting people to come and make a felt guilty pleasures badge with me with artist Mollie Beth White by my side.  Mollie was selling her gorgeous bespoke jewellery pieces: girly jewellery for the girl who doesn’t like girliness!  Flies, beetles, beautiful skulls, anatomically correct hearts and foxes: each piece a unique hand drawn illustration and a work of art in it’s own right.  You can have a look at her Etsy shop here but I’ll warn you now – looking at this jewellery may loosen your purse strings and give you oodles of pleasure!

Here’s a closer look:

lace fly designs neon stall

Another big highlight for me was Vauxhall City Farm who brought chickens, ducks, goats and ALPACAS!! I am completely besotted, in love, I must adopt one immediately… and call her Betty and spend every day keeping her beautiful and fluffy…. in my little North London flat…

…I may need to re-think..

alpaca 2
there she is! So cute!
Chickens with more feathers than sense?

In the evening we went to the Southbank Centre Ceilidh  – we danced and spun and stripped-the-willow to the music of Fitty Gomash and Cut a Shine.  The striking thing was the amazing mixture of people: 5 year olds dancing with 70 year olds, all sorts of people, all together and absolutely loving it!  The atmosphere was buzzing and exciting with a really welcoming sense of fun.

and onto day 2…

Sunday was our big big day – with a Crafternoon Cabaret Club event on the ballroom.  We were making fascinators (a classic crafternoon activity), drinks charms (the mini bunting went down a treat!) and then to open our event out to everyone we also had mask making for a more cut and stick take on crafting: although I’m really pleased that lots of children (including some very focused little lads) had a go at the sewing activities too.  This was an amazingly exciting opportunity to see just how many people we could get crafting and I’m delighted to say we had around 160 people making with us!  Hurrah Hurrah – utter madness!

With performances from Mary Beth Morossa and the fierce and fabulous Katie Brennan, accompanied by Mr Adam Morris, the event was buzzing.  One of my biggest highlights was a little girl asking “who is Liza?” (Liza Minnelli naturally) and then telling her mum that when she grew up she wanted to be a singer on the stage just like Katie!

Here is a sprinkling of crafty creations but if you have any pictures of your own I’d love to see them.  You can share them on the Crafternoon Cabaret Club facebook group or email them to me crafternooncabaretclub@gmail.com and I’ll upload them .  I’ll also be sharing some more pictures from the event in the next few weeks.

bicycle charm
bicycle wine charm
A very village fair rosette take on a fascinator
A very village fair rosette take on a fascinator

Thank you everyone for coming down!

If you enjoyed yourself come and see us again!  Our next Crafternoons are on September 14th and October 12th at The Library pub on Upper Street.  Make sure you book through wegottickets to secure your place.

Happy Crafting!

guilty pleasure


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