Living for the weekend…. 18th and 19th August 2012 in the UK

Everyone’s upset and missing the Olympics, but with a weekend off from sport there’s plenty to divert you all over the UK….it’s even going to be sunny for the most part!

Designers Makers Market, Old Spitalfields, LONDON

A shameless plug first of all……. I have my very first stall at Old Spitalfields Market this weekend and I am more than a little excited! I adore the market, as anyone who regularly reads my blog will know, and so it’s a big thing for me to host a stall there! I’ll be part of the Designers Makers market, which features lots of creatives like me, selling gifts, jewellery, artwork and all sorts. It runs from 11am to 5pm and is free to get in!

Dracula at Whitby Abbey, YORKSHIRE

“Bram Stoker’s classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 3 actors in a promenade performance in the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor, travelling to Dracula’s remote castle. From here the story reveals a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires… These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above. There will also be activities based on these and other myths & legends in our Time Travellers Big Top.”

Sat 18 & Sun 19 August, at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, £6.20 for Adults and £3.70 for kids.

Grow Your Own Festival, Parham House and Gardens, SUSSEX

“Join our experts for an inspirational afternoon of Master Classes and events designed to inspire you to grow your own fruit, flowers and vegetables.  BBC Radio 4’s Pippa Greenwood will be on hand to give you hints and tips on getting started with fresh healthy vegetables. Visitors will be able to see and talk to all the various producers and there will be a dedicated “Talks Marquee” where speakers will be discussing their areas of expertise throughout the weekend.  Q & A’s will be welcomed. There will be a “Flower Festival” in Parham House and numerous nurseries will be present and selling plants ideal for cut flower arrangements.”

Sunday 12th August, 11am to 5pm, £9 for adults

Kite Flying and Teddy Bears Picnic, Croome, WORCESTERSHIRE

“Discover the beauty and space of Croome – the ideal place to relax and unwind. The serene landscape and lakeside are full of paths which stretch for miles, taking you on a journey through 18th-century pleasure gardens. Bring your own kite or make your own! Bring or buy your picnic and enjoy Croome with your teddy, then make a parachute and watch him fly down from the top of our mansion house!”

Parachuting sessions for teddies are at 2pm and 3.30pm at Croome Court

Crieff Highland Gathering, SCOTLAND
“The day kicks off at 10.30am with a mix of local heavyweight events, solo piping and Highland dancing.From then on you will see a spectacular mix of traditional field events and modern day athletics and cycling which take place in the centre arena. Spaced around the park are Highland Dancing, Pipe band and bagpipe competitions, trade stands and a fun fair.”
Whatever you do this weekend, have a lovely one!
Ems x

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Wednesday Wants…. all sorts in one place on Folksy

So I’m finding myself rather strapped for time at the minute…. getting things ready for craft fairs and getting ready for some very busy weekends coming up. And so this week I’ve had less time to get distracted by my virtual shopping habit. Still, if I need a fix, or even to buy something for real, I needn’t look any further than Folksy. Like its American counterpart, Folksy promotes and helps small businesses and crafty types like me…. just in the UK though for Folksy. I’ve found it great to use and I’m really enjoying having a shop on there (you should come see it some time!).

So, I thought that today I would share a few of my current favourites on Folksy….. enjoy!…..

For my luggage / stamp obsession.....Around the World in 80 Stamps Upcycled Antique Luggage Suitcase, by Yasmin Bochi, £140

I'm so into stacking rings and pretty stones......Sterling Silver Opal Stacking Ring, by Deep Blue Silver, £18

And I love clever things to do with old books...Recycled Book Desk Tidy Business Card/Photo Holder, by The Bird & The Button, £9