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Love, Letters…

19 Jan

I’m now right in the middle of exams (which is why I have been rubbish about posting on here) but taking respite from studying with the fun of ‘Summer Party’ planning (or wedding planning as most normal non freaked out people call it) and marathon training (it is fun I promise!).

I always allow myself a little treat each day to search out there on the blogosphere for design inspiration and DIY projects, as we’re hoping to do a completely homespun party – as a result my lounge is currently covered in tissue paper scraps and a growing mountain of brightly coloured homemade decorations – haven’t really considered where these are going to be stored until the summer but never mind.

I’m slightly concerned I might comehome one day and will only be able to locate my future husband by his little eyes poking out from a pile of pom poms. Oh well, at least it will be a colourful way to go.

I’ve also been on the lookout for other crafty bits that can be used on the day, and love these heart prints from the very talented Hijiri at HeartFish Press who (luckily for me) has just opened a new online shop. Hijiri made me an excellent custom made letter press print for our anniversary (pre-engagement ring even being a teeny sparkle in his eye) which he was pretty impressed with – so it will be nice to have some of her cards or prints incorporated somehow. Check out her website or etsy shop for heaps of beautiful letterpress.

Lace Heart Blue

photo pictures from www.etsy.com/shop/hijirik

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2010 – A Very Good Vintage

16 Aug

Phewee pretty exhausted after a few long days at Vintage at Goodwood…and then straight back to work today! Here are some pictures of the festival

Had a great time, and after all as Cariad was started last year as a way to help get me back to uni…and enrolment is w now only a month away, it was amazing to take it along to an event like that and know how far it has come. Thanks to all my friends and the lovely Toan (who was on the stall for 10 hours every day) for all your support xxx

Tea for two…or three

8 Aug

Well this has been a busy weekend, preparation for this week’s impending Vintage at Goodwood festival has meant I have been hitting London’s markets in earnest and am now about to embark on a major plate off. Although, managed to find time for a spot of afternoon tea today, outside on the patio in the (intermittent) sunshine! I used one of the cake stands, one of my favourites with a coronation plate in the middle (click below for images) https://cariadcakestands.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/caking-and-baking/

 I love this one (and it was used today as afternoon tea was to celebrate a young man’s birthday and I thought this stand was a bit more masculine!). Here’s hoping it will find a new home and someone to entertain at the festival this weekend.

Pierre saw quite a bit of action this weekend, think I must have done about 20 miles all in all and I also went to meet my friend off the Eurostar at Kings Cross for a cup of coffee and to collect some new Parisienne plates just in time for the festival. Looking forward to making up some good ones from these, so thanks Ditte!

Now…I better be off as my whole flat is covered in plates and I need to make some and tidy the plates away before my boyfriend gets home (as he is like a giant magnet for plate breaking, he just steps into the room and the plates disintegrate before your very eyes). Although I hope that this, almost impressive in a way, skill for dropping plates and stands will improve before the weekend seeing as he is going to be my glamourous assistant on the stall this weekend.

p.s is anyone else camping at Vintage at Goodwood? My flowery tent (brings a second meaning to ‘camp’) is ready to be pitched, it hasn’t had an outing for a while!

Vintage At Goodwood

6 Aug

1 week to go…very exciting!! Cariad Cake Stands are going to be appearing at the brilliant new festival Vintage at Goodwood. Check out the link below for more information.

http://www.vintageatgoodwood.com/home.aspx

More information and details of special offers and stands available will be appearing very soon. Having moved out of one house, been temporarily homeless and then moved into a new house and had my birthday party the past two weeks have been pretty hectic so haven’t had time to update. Promise this weekend will be entirely dedicated to Cariad…….

On the plus point it has meant new stuff for the flat, and some amazing finds on ebay so it’s not all bad!

Pierre’s Pedal Power

18 Jul

Bit of a hectic time this weekend, moving house is always stressful but even more so when you have a party to attend in Oxford on the same weekend and then your removal van and driver doesn’t turn up on the day…meaning you are stranded on the street – although at least we were comfortable as the sofas were outside! On the bright side my lovely friends suprised me in the afternoon with a picnic on Primrose Hill for my birthday, and two more cake stands found a lovely home after an early morning delivery on Saturday. Thanks to Pierre I was able to whizz round on Saturday morning, then freewheel back down Regents Park Road before hightailing it to Oxford for a picnic. This is trusty Pierre in action early on Saturday morning, with his cargo.

Chewies, Haverstock Hill

1 Jul

A Cariad cake stand has found a lovely new home in Chewies Bakery on Haverstock Hill, near Chalk Farm Tube.

There it is! This one was made specially for Chewies using some green, white and gold plates – to go with the theme in the bakery. I’m a big fan of Chewies, it’s a short walk from my house, and I pass it most mornings on a run up to Hampstead Heath – which is a killer as it opens at 7am and it requires immense willpower to not just think ‘ah skip the run I’ll get a croissant instead’ when you run past and smell the coffee. It’s also where I went with my boyfriend at 8am one weekend morning after being in A&E at 6am with a football injury (him, not me!), so you know – fond memories.

Chewies makes their own amazing cakes, breads and all sorts of yummies. It has an outdoor garden so is nice for a sunday morning scrambled egg breakfast, swiftly followed by a cupcake topped with an oreo cookie…

They also do heaps of other homemade cakes…and scones with homemade jam…ooh I could stay in there for days!

The cake stand is sitting pretty by the till, with some of my cards – so hopefully they might get picked up, so to speak. I like to think it’s found a happy home, and gets covered in cakes every day – it’s a dream life.

  

If you ever find yourself in Chalk Farm, pop in and say hello – and try some of the yummy cakes and excellent service in Chewies, although you might find it hard to leave!  www.chewiesbakery.co.uk

Sisters are doing it for themselves…

28 Jun

Ah another beautiful day, and another successful fair! Had a great time at the We Make London Summer Fair (www.wemakelondon.blogspot.com) and sold a good few stands which was lovely – all helps for the uni fund and it’s nice to see them going off to good homes! Here’s some pictures of Cariad at the fair…

There were loads of other brilliant stallholders there too, for example like Turncoat Annie who turns vintage tables and furniture into beautiful new treats with decoupage and upholstery www.turncoatannie.co.uk – I am seriously coveting a chest of drawers covered in birds, oh man I can’t wait until I finish uni next year and I can buy everything. I had recently been having an idea about decoupaging an old table…but actually it will only look rubbish and I could buy a lovely one from there instead!

My favourites though were the Seaside Sisters, who were doing a bunting masterclass. I was a bit obsessed by their table piled high with a medley of fabrics and vintage bunting. The Seaside Sisters are a trio of crafty ladies (I met two) who make a range of goodies, and excitedly they are also going to be at Vintage at Goodwood, as is Cariad (www.vintageatgoodwood.com). They will also be doing some workshops there…I think I might be abandoning my stall for a few hours to hang around there feeling up their fabrics…ooo er – seriously they were amazing! I made a little bunting there from some red fabric dotted with stars which is now hanging over my dressing table mirror and cheering me up in the morning (well, when I say I made it…I chose it and then the lovely Linda stitched it for me as my sewing leaves a little to be desired…)

Check out their website on http://seasidesisters.co.uk/ for details of where they are going to be next, and links to their individual website to buy some of their amazing handmade goodies.

On the subject of sisters I have one staying with me from Gibraltar at the moment so I should go and pay some attention to her (and a big big MISS YOU to one of my other sisters Ellie if you’re reading this from South Africa, come home soon!)

Some more news to come soon, very excitedly about Vintage at Goodwood and one of the Cariad stands making an appearance in a London cafe!