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May the fete be with you

24 May

The sun was shining, the band was playing and the people were out, consequently the Primrose Hill May Fete was a big success! 

This was in part thanks to the beautiful weather – but also because it was really well organised and there were heaps of great food stalls, lending a bit of a carnival atmosphere to the event. I sold a good few cake stands and gave out a lot of business cards (so hello if you’re visiting for the first time as a result…nice to meet you!) and as we were right by the live music it ended up being a really good day out – although my feet were a teeny bit sore after 7 hours behind the stall. The sun must have put me in a good mood, my hired (by that I mean free volunteer) help kept wandering off for Pimms at the Queens pub, but all was forgiven!

Here are some pictures of the stall yesterday, and some of the cake stands which ventured off to nice new homes to deliver cakes in style and bring a little vintage chic to afternoon tea.


If you have popped by after picking up a card at the May Fete and are keen for a stand, I still have a few left from yesterday so if there was one in particular you liked please email me on cariadcakestands@live.co.uk and I can matchmake.

p.s had a delicious hog roast from the stall outside Odettes which reminded me what an amazing place it is for lunch or dinner and in the most beautiful location. Not to mention the interior which has to be in the running for the most stylish restaurant in London (would it be wrong to copy the wallpaper in my flat?!). Am hoping I can wiggle my way into getting treated there for my birthday lunch, preferably by my boyfriend but lets be honest I’d go with anyone, the food there is something else



Paris, Paris, Paris

10 Apr


The best bit about Cariad and making the cake stands is sourcing all the plates, which today for example took me to east London along the Kingsland road and to Broadway Market. However the absolute best place to get beautiful plates is Paris and from the markets there. For some reason the cake stands with a bit of Parisienne charm in them always seem to be the most popular…so of course I have to go visit often, you know just for business reasons – no pleasure.

My last trip was just before Christmas, to stay with my super Danish friend Deets. Deets is a brilliant person to go plate hunting with, as being scandinavian she has an inherently good eye for design. Paris was extremely cold, and it even snowed which was quite romantic – although Deets was stuck with me stuffing my face with cheese and rillette which might not have been her idea of a perfect date.

We ventured quite far afield to some markets on the outskirts of the city, but also visited the classics like Clignancourt and along Rue St Paul. I think my favourite street in Paris by the way has to be Rue des Martyrs though, near Montmartre which is full of nice delis and foodie places. A trip to Paris, for me, isn’t complete without pancakes at the Rose Bakery on Rue des Martyrs which is amazing and only ten minutes walk from Gare du Nord so is a great place to load up on a big brunch before a hard day scouring the markets.

(Have a look on this lovely blog about Paris for a post on the Rose Bakery and then enjoy all their beautiful pictures of Paris and get some top tips for cool things to see  and do…I’m jealous, they get to live there! http://hipparis.com/2009/08/31/la-vie-en-rose-bakery/#more-3784)

Anyway we had heaps of fun wandering around and digging out plates,  but it ended up getting a bit out of hand when we both talked each other into buying a bedside cabinet (Ditte) and a huge old sewing box (me) which we then had to get back on the metro – and for me on the eurostar with a backpack full of over 50 plates…where there’s a will there’s a way! Whenever I look at the cabinet now though I do laugh to think of what a crazy effort it was to get it back to England, but it was worth it, and Deets is the only other person I know who would be mad enough to even try. Next time I’m taking a car!

Anyway here are some pictures from the trip.