A trip to Country Living’s Spring Fair

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Crafting Fingers‘ blog announcing a competition to win tickets to Country Living UK Spring Fair 2014. I thought I would give it a shot and enter. I had forgotten all about it and then one day I received an email saying I had won two tickets – just in time for a Mother’s Day outing. So today I made the trip with my mother and sister to Islington and the huge London Business and Design Centre for the fantastic Country Living Spring Fair. CK14Walking through the entrance once you have collected your handy Country Living bag it hit me with how much work had gone into creating the perfect atmosphere for the Spring Fair. 2014-03-22 12.45.56 2014-03-22 12.47.53The first stall I made a beeline to was Eliza Wray‘s packed full of quirky and cute range of gifts and home-ware.

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I loved these Tim Burton inspired dolls by RubyRuth.

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I was wowed by these on trend fauxidermy felt heads by Maileg!

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And love love loved these animal themed felt slippers by Sew Heart Felt.

There were many countless stalls of fabulous of craft, clothes, accessories, food and much more. Here are just a few of my favourite finds…

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The fair was brimming with inspiration and friendly stall holders who are happy to share their passion for what they do.

There is also a delectable food hall with countless tasters and nibbles to munch on. Also a Whittard‘s tearoom and of Green & Black‘s chocolate showcasing their new mouthwatering flavours.

I love the spring feel of the fair. There were flowers, trees, streamers everywhere you looked and bedded in some hay two adorable orphan 9-day-old lambs.

SpringThere are also various demonstrations which are ongoing throughout the day. I attended one by 2013 Great British Bake Off winner Francis Quinn. She was charming and funny as she demonstrated how to make your own marzipan from scratch and create your very own sweet honey bees, which she had made in the Bake Off final.

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The space was packed out with people craning their necks at the back to catch a glimpse of Francis’ creative make. Her presentation was down-to-earth, refreshing and I was left feeling most inspired to have a go at creating some bees of my own using her simple recipe and techiques.

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There were also fun workshops to get involved in during the day. My sister and I attended one entitled Easter Ideas by the lovely Jane Means.

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Jane Means, ribbon designer and gift wrapping expert, has wrapped for the likes of Chanel, Liberty’s and for the Baftas. She is a very talented lady who in fact has a book coming out soon by publishers Jacqui Small and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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Her great little half-an-hour workshop came with all the bits we needed to learn about how to wrap with dainty pleats and make pretty pinwheels. She also went through ways of getting creative with your wrapping by adding ribbons and lace, how to give a cheap easter egg elegance and ways in which, to create an easy easter displays with feathers and eggs. It was a great workshop and I picked up alot, which I will take away with me and hopefully remember next time I am wrapping a gift.

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I had a great time at the fair and we all thoroughly enjoyed and recommend it if you fancy a handmade day out. Of course I didn’t come away empty handed purchasing some coconut buttons, fabric stamp kit, Liberty fabric offcuts, ribbons and paper and basil infused olive oil. I also picked up many postcards from the stalls, which inspired me most and I will store them away to browse on a rainy day.

Thank you so much Crafting Fingers for the opportunity to win such a wonderful day out!

Happy stitching!

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