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Cariad and YSL jewellery (Because Magazine)

22 Oct

YSL JEWELLERY (Because Magazine).

Beautiful jewellery, cakes from the Hummingbird bakery and Cariad stands – what more could you ask for?!


Handmade to Measure

19 Oct

Ola…I have been rather slack of late and indeed haven’t been making much in the way of cakestands. Being back at uni has unfortunately otherwise occupied me. As a result I don’t have any nice pictures of new ones etc to put up, so I thought I would instead put up a little link to a very talented lady’s site instead! I met Linda at a craft fair, she is part of the Seaside Sisters who often appear at craft fairs doing workshops – they made bunting bikinis at Vintage at Goodwood and are shortly appearing at the Eco Design Fair in London.

Linda’s website has lots of goodies and bits to ogle, and she also made some amazing bunting which I gave my sister as a birthday present – complete with cowboys. I’ve also got my beady eyes on the sticks of rock bolsters, which I think will be amazing at a ‘summer party’ (aka my non wedding wedding!).

She has also has some lovely purses and bags for sale all made from vintage fabrics (I particularly like this one below!) So if you’re looking for a cool birthday (or Christmas…) present then look no further!

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A Cariad indeed…

10 Sep

eeek! I have been rather busy these past few weeks and haven’t posted for ages…leaving my job, getting all my hair chopped off to become a little pixie and preparing for the start of uni will do that to you. Added to that was the extremely happy news in that my lovely Cariad Cake Stands assistant (aka my long suffering boyfriend) proposed…after all his help and excellent sales technique at Vintage at Goodwood (not to mention his general all round brilliance) how could I possibly say no?! It came as a big, but I must admit very pleasant, surprise and consequently I have been rather distracted! Bit crazy to think that my life has changed radically in the space of two short weeks thanks to all of the above…

However I will be shortly posting details on upcoming Christmas Fairs and details of new cake stands, as university starts on Monday this will be my only mode of employment…which I’ll be honest, is pretty daunting.

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)

 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!

Summer dreams…celebrating sixty

20 Jul

Well a few cake stands had quite the adventure at the weekend, being safely packed up and taken to Oxford to ‘Art in Action’ to celebrate my boyfriend’s mum’s super 60th birthday. Here are a few pictures of them being used for the afternoon tea picnic, with teeny tiny sandwiches and homemade scones. There is also a pic of my whopper of a sponge cake, which did all get eaten!

The Octopus was right…

12 Jul

well, we drove all the way to Amsterdam (on the invitation of, and in honour of Georgie – an Amsterdammer born and bred) to watch the world cup final on the big screens there…and for the good times. So the result wasn’t quite what we wanted, as honourary Dutchies – but a cake stand has now found a new home in a beautiful townhouse along the canal, and we had a great party, which was of course the whole reason for going! Thanks to the best ever good time girl Georgie, Spencer  and Mr and Mrs Bayliff for a brilliant weekend, and for being such great hosts. Amsterdam is a beautiful city in normal times – never mind a baking hot summer’s day when their football team has made the World Cup Finals. Definitely worth the road trip!

The most amazing moment when the helicopters flying above threw out huge bunches of freshly cut flowers – beautiful

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 ( 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 – 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 ( 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 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!