The Art of Food and Prop Styling with the Artful Desperado

LFSFoodPropStylingThe Artful Desperado returns to London Fields Shoppe this September with a new workshop, The Art of Food and Prop Styling! This was one of our most popular workshops last spring and we sold out so quickly that the second date filled before we could properly announce it! We listened to your feedback from the first class and slightly tweaked the course content to focus on styling, rather than photography. We extended the length of the session and decreased the number of students, so space is * very * limited.

Two dates available:
Saturday, September 12th or Saturday, September 19th, 2015
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings Street, Vancouver (BC)

Cost: $250.00 plus tax | max. 8 students

To see the full course content including registration, click here.

image via The Artful Desperado

London Fields Shoppe :: Workshops!


We’re starting to roll out our Fall / Winter workshop schedule! I’ll be sharing more details about each course on the blog in the coming weeks. Many of these sessions sold out super quick during our last offering, so I recommend that you grab a seat now to avoid any disappointment. We’re still working on a few new weeknight events as well, so stay tuned!

Click here for a full list of workshops including registration details!

workshops + images (clockwise): calligraphy | image by blush sky photography, brush lettering | image by studio jeanie, art of food and prop styling | image by the Artful Desperado, letterpress, wreath making | image by Rogue Florist.


@thisopenspace x London Fields Shoppe

LondonFieldsShoppe7Have you guys checked out @thisopenspace? @thisopenspace helps clients find flexible space and open underutilized space for temporary use. This is perfect for people looking to set up shop, but don’t want to commit to a multi-year lease or want to test out their ideas and see if a certain neighbourhood is a good fit for them. Win / Win, right?

We’re super excited to have the opportunity to open up our Strathcona shop space to you fine folks! London Fields Shoppe is available to rent for workshops, yoga sessions, tastings, meetings, photo shoots, and other special events. Located in the Heatley Block on the corner of East Hastings and Heatley, you can find our full listing on @thisopenspace here.

image via Thyme to Indulge

Strathcona Community Tees + Totes

StrathconaCommunityTeesStrathcona has always been in our hearts. My relatives moved into a row home, which is still in the family, near Union Street in the 1950s. My grandma used to take tai chi classes at the Ray Cam Community Centre every Saturday and we would meet the rest of the family there before having dim sum at Pink Pearl or lunch somewhere in Chinatown. I used to walk down to Kenny’s convienence store on East Hastings with my aunt for penny candies and if I didn’t like his selection, we would walk half a block further to Penny’s conveience store. We bought our weekly groceries at Sunrise Market, Rice World, Double Happiness, New Town Bakery, and have been going to the recently destroyed, Daisy Garden, for as long as I can remember. I took my first piano and ballet classes at the Strathcona Community Centre, attended family weddings at Strathcona Church, and most recently, celebrated our son’s first birthday at MacLean Park.

When we set out to find a location for London Fields Shoppe, we never thought we would be in the Heatley Block, but we are super proud to be back in Strathcona and for the opportunity to rediscover new gems and past haunts. We were actually so excited that we asked our friends, Locomotive Clothing, to hand print and design a neighbourhood specific t-shirt. Aren’t they amazing? We have also collaborated with Locomotive Clothing to print the cotton totes shown above with 100% proceeds to the Strathcona Community Centre Association. Shirts are available in various sizes including baby, child, youth, men, and women. Show your neighbourhood pride and find both of these items in-store or online here.

For other neighbourhood love, check out The Pleasant Shop (Mount Pleasant), Brick & Mortar Living (New Westminster), Gatley (Commercial Drive), Stepback (Kitsilano), and Spruce Collective (Fraser Valley).

Elliot’s First Birthday

Elliot-bday-inviteAre you surviving the heat wave that has hit Vancouver the past few weeks? We have definitely blown our budget for iced beverages and have been pretty much spending our days from one air conditioned shop to another. It’s hot as Hades out there!

Last weekend, we celebrated Elliot’s first birthday with a picnic in the park. I know we used to plan events for a living, but man, oh man, personal events are always stressful. It was so good though! Robert’s family was all here including his sister from the BVI and his aunt, who just met Elliot for the first time last week! As part of our take away gifts, we had Lisa from Draw Me A Lion create a postcard that the kids (and adults) could colour and keep. She illustrated the image above of Elliot’s favourite things – ice cream and cats! Feel free to save the image on your desktop, print it, and then colour.

Stay cool, my friends!