Clever Makers

It has been way to long since my first and last post, 9 months to be exact. The plan was to try to do a weekly blog, but I guess things got in the way, as they always do. So now I have decided to give it another go, I am not promising a weekly writeup, but hopefully more than once every 9 months.

Yesterday was my first event this year, by event I mean Artisans Fair. Getting back to it was not easy but reluctently I got out of bed and headed for Liverpool. The fair was at the Palm House in Sefton Park. The Palm House itself is absolutely gorgeous, it’s a Grade II* listed Victorian glasshouse built 1896, and the park is lovely and lush. Anyway, made it there only to realise that I had forgotten half my display, and my clamps that keep my earring display upright. Not a good start, but a bit of improvisation, and I managed to somehow get a display together.

 

This is what my stall ended up looking like, with half my display boxes still at home. I’m loving the new grey. http://www.phoebeandfrog.com

 

It felt good being back, it is such a lovely venue and I always meet the most lovely and talented makers, so I thought I’d share some pictures to my favourite stalls.

Well most of my day was spent next to two lovey ladies.  Jenny from Presents Felt , who amongst the amazing things she makes there are these gorgeous little bunnies. One unlucky bunny had to be twisted, stretched, poked and set alight then washed and retested just to have a little label with the letters CE. All well and good now, and thanks to his courages efforts … lots of bunnies are now for sale. And Layla, who makes the most wonderful smelling candles, wax melts and diffusers. A very clever lady, her designs for her wax melters are so modern and contemporary, a must have on my list for ‘to get for the new house’ (http://www.glowhush.com)  

 

 

 

Some other clever makers from yesterday, Red Acorn Interior (http://www.redacorninteriors.co.uk), the every so lovely Ruby Tynan (http://www.rubytynan.co.uk), Moon & Bee, who makes bloomers !! and many other lovely things & Jenny Dunlop who painted this awesome looking cow that is also on my ‘to get for the new house’ list. (http://www.jennydunlop.co.uk)

I also came across this a stall. Gorgeous and simplistic  wooden designs. Unfortunatly I did not manage to take a picture of his makes but do have a look at the website http://www.utology.co.uk. Beautiful wooden products all handmade in the UK. And by the way, yes you know it, it’s on my ‘to get for the new house’ list !

Till next time …

 

 

New York City

My first ever blog…. here it goes


Last month I celebrated a big birthday, I shall not reveal how young I am… a lady never tells her age! and to celebrate my hubby, Ju and I spent a week in New York City.

As first time visitors we read and research like nobody’s business. We did not want to end up in all the tourist traps and eat at restaurants where they have to show you a picture of what to expect on your plate. We wanted to eat with the locals. So here are some of our favourite restaurants and touristy things we did.

Our first night we decided on Korean, the restaurant was close to the hotel (well a few blocks away, so I was told.. 20 minutes later walking on 4″ heels). A very authentic looking restaurant, a Korean chef and lots of asian customer … yumm it did look promising. And yumm it was, the food was interesting, good interesting and yes I would definitely recommend. We did have to ask for help when it came to the menu, but the staff was very helpful – ‘Hanjan’ on 36 W 26th Street  (www.hanjan26.com)

Hanjan

We had amazing Mexican at Baby Bo’s Cantina. A little restaurant on 627 Second Avenue. Fairy lights, wooden crosses, San La Muerte and Xibalba adorn the walls and ceilings. It’s like a fairy land with skulls and crosses.

Margaritas, burritos and enchiladas … yes a definite must go if you want good Mexican away from the millions tourists. Baby Bo’s Cantina at 627 2nd Avenue, New York.

Baby Bo's

We have all seen ‘When Harry Met Sally’, well at least my generation (have I just given up my age ?!).  Katz’s Delicatessen was a must go for Ju (hubby). Apart from being the place where Meg Ryan had a fake ‘O’,  it is very well know for its sandwiches, which by the way are enormous.

katz-deliOrdering food is a mystery of it’s own, a line up for fries, another one for drinks, another one for sandwiches, they should give you some rules and regulations when you enter the place. As soon as you enter they give you this little ticket and repeat ‘don’t loose it, keep it, don’t loose it, keep it,’ we were not sure what to do with this ticket hence the rules and regulations, we got to the sandwich counter where they asked for this ticket and scribble the price, so every time you want something else, you have line up in an different line and hand over this little tiny ticket where they scribble your new total, at the end you hand it over to the guy at the till. A little heads up.. Please take no offence to the staff.. they are not the most courteous.  Ohh almost forgot it’s a cash only kind of establishment. ‘Katz Delicatessen’ on 205 E Houston St, New York (www.katzsdelicatessen.com)

A fascinating not so little place nonetheless !

Who does not like people watching?  Because there is nothing like a glass of wine and people watching. We were lucky enough to snatch a window seat at  ‘Aria’. A restaurant in Tribeca, gorgeous place and gorgeous food. We were happy to find that they had a very decent and affordable wine list (mostly Italian) and a really nice selection of pasta dishes and small bites. They don’t seem to have a website however this little gem is located on 117 Perry StNew York City.

Another area which we really enjoyed was the ‘Meatpacking District’, apparently it’s a trendy and glamours neighbourhood. Lots of little individual little shops percent to a little nose around, gorgeous restaurants, swanky bars, there is nice, hip atmosphere about the whole area.

chelseaWe stumbled upon ‘Chelsea Market’, an old biscuit factory which now houses, an array of lovely little shops, from wine bars, to florists, chocolate shop and what made my day are these shop that house a variety of handmade items. I got talking to a lovely girl from Peru who sells hand made jewellery and she said that you rent a space for a week… if only I could !

I have a lot more to say about New York City but apparently they recommended that the number of words should be around 600. I might just do one more post about this amazing city as I have more to say and more to show you.

Hello world!

Should I or shouldn’t I ?!? I have been wanting to start  writing a blog for a while but .. well I kept chickening out. I came up with all sorts of excuses.. but in reality I was scared of not being interesting, not being articulate, not funny enough. But then I thought, you writing on your Facebook status all the time (I know that’s different, but I needed some words of encouragement) so here it goes.

I will be trying by best to be interesting, informative, and I’ll also try to be funny. I guess my favourite topics would be food, travel & places, being a mum, and jewellery…