Posts Tagged: FIELD TRIP

field trip :: tooting summer pop-up event

Got Craft brought out the ol’ button press yesterday and took part in our first DIY button press workshop as part of the SW Craft Club‘s Summer Pop-Up event. We met so many great people including Gillian from Crafty Pint and Melissa from Ms. Cupcake (<- a fellow Canadian too!). Didn't make it to the event? We'll be doing it all again on August 7th at the Landor. Stay tuned for details!

field trip :: carters steam fair

It seems that everytime we visit a fair, it rains, but the rain never lasts long and the trip to Wandsworth Common to check out the Carters Steam Fair was well worth it. The largest original touring vintage (pre-1960’s) fairground in the world, the Carter’s Steam Fair is a family run business that tours during the summer and spends the winter decorating rides, applying gold leaf, sign writing and restoring the vintage rides.

Visit their website here to see where they will be next.

field trip :: richmond park

Last weekend was a hot and sunny one, so we hopped on the bus and took a stroll around Richmond Park. One of the largest Royal Parks in London covering an area of 2,500 acres, Richmond Park was originally a deer-hunting park and still has 300 red deer and 350 fallow deer.

I believe the Park’s history dates back to the beginning of Edward (1272-1307) and the deer were first introduced in the park in 1625 by Charles I. In 1637, he decided to enclose the land to turn it into a hunting ground and the walls remain to this day.

… a green escape from a busy city!

field trip :: stoke-newington

The North London Vintage Market was on last weekend in their new location at the Library Gallery in Stoke Newington. I had heard a lot of buzz about this show, but for some reason, the dates always conflicted and we had never been to visit. With 20 hand picked stalls selling mid-century ceramics, vintage clothing, housewares and retro furniture; I braved the one and a half hour bus ride to the show. The bus ride was easy enough and completely worth it. This was definitely one of my favourite markets and you can tell that each vendor has been carefully selected. If I had unlimited funds, I would have walked home with a collection of tin chocolate moulds, a yellow formica table and one of these vintage kitchen cupboards * swoon *

Afterwards, we visited the British Library near Kings Cross station. We admired the George III collection from the King’s Library and checked out the street markets of London in the 1940’s exhibition by Walter Joseph. There were no pictures allowed inside, but I did tack on a picture of the newly renovated St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel to the end of this post. Isn’t it gorgeous? Built in 1873, it was taken over by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1922, before closing in 1935. It sat vacant until 2004 when the property was granted permission to renovate and then re-opened it’s doors in May 2011 – exactly 138 years after its original opening in 1873.

field trip :: drink, shop and do

A few months ago Robert and I headed near Euston Station to check out the Wills-Moody jumble sale. Afterwards, we decided to head into central London and jumped onto a nearby bus. I guess we didn’t check the map as we somehow ended up going the wrong way and found ourselves at Archway station. Anyways, the good news was that our bus went past Drink, Shop & Do, a cute cafe and shop close to Kings Cross.

Originally a bath house, Drink, Shop & Do is divided into two parts – front: handmade goods, craft supplies (e.g. yarn) and a counter selling sweets and ice cream / back: cafe and bar serving a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and beverages. The entire place is fitted with retro chairs and tables and food is served on vintage pyrex. Extra yum! The best part? Everything is for sale! Vintage themed tables, chairs, cake stands, plates and cups.. you name it!

Last Friday, Drink, Shop & Do hosted the etsy craft party where people could drop in and make their own pair of tropical earrings. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay as R had made other plans, but it was great to finally check out the space, grab a quick drink and meet some fellow Etsians. If you fancy making stuff, check out the ‘Do‘ section of their website as they have plenty of upcoming workshops such as Father’s Day cards, playing with clay, scrabble Sunday’s and pay what you can 50’s pin-up hair style night on June 23rd. For more details, check out their website here. Thanks for the great time!

images 3, 4 + 7 via Penny Dreadful Vintage