Shake and Stir Vintage Festival, Bournemouth

The Event

This weekend Vaudeville Hippie headed down to Bournemouth’s very own vintage festival in Southbourne, which we discovered through Bournemouth based Crafti Creations Facebook page.  The Shake and Stir event was themed as vintage and handmade, combining the very best of Bournemouth’s local makers as well as whole host of vintage inspired music, fashion, dance and much more.

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

Despite the lousy British weather I was glad to see plenty of people milling around the craft stalls and enjoying the live music being played on the bandstand.  This was complimented by jive dancers dressed in authentic full vintage clothing, make up and hair.  Surrounding them was also a range of conventional and unconventional food and drink stalls, of which the candy floss stall smelt amazing!  Not to mention the circus area for the children and the ladies who were creating the most fabulous hairstyles straight out of the 1950s.  All this of course fits in nicely with our Vaudeville Hippie theme.

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

Getting Involved

Initially we wanted to run a stall, but after a bit of research Steve and I decided that we are not quite ready.  This is mainly due to stock levels and the need to organise public liability insurance! Instead we decided to use the fair as a networking opportunity and to research how other people go about setting up and organising their pitches.

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

We learnt that it is definitely recommended to get involved with social media sites such as Facebook to successfully sell on the internet and that Folksy can be just as an important platform for selling online as well as Etsy.  When selling at a fair or market it is a good idea to always take sandbags to hold down tables at outdoor events and to explore ways to arrange your stock on different height levels to make it more visually interesting. Consideration to lighting should also be made and to avoid using a dark gazebo or tent as dark stalls seem less inviting to the customers.  We discovered that there are a range of other regular local craft fairs  coming up over the next few months like Boscombe Vintage Market and the Bournemouth Artisan Fair.

 

Meeting the Makers

It was really nice chatting to some of the stall holders, all of whom were happy to discuss their work and provide advice with things that had worked for them.  In particular the following crafters who kindly allowed us to photograph their tents for this blog.

Caroline Tucker from Caroline Tucker Designs  (Caroline studied Contemporary Textile Practice with me at UWIC):

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

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Clair Halls from Magpie Boutique:

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

And Lucy Brasher from The Cat in the Shoe:

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

Shake and Stir Vintage Festival Bournemouth

Even the strong coastal winds were not enough to stop us enjoying this wonderful event.  We look forward to the day when we can launch the Vaudeville Hippie market stall.

If you know of any up and coming craft events or have any advice for newbies getting a craft stall together then we would love to read your comments.

Just Draw

Since my last post about sketch book journaling I have spent the weekend exploring some of the techniques I have been discovering on YouTube.  My favourite technique is definitely using a spray bottle to apply colour to the page.  I have also been busy making a variety of printing blocks with raised string, which still has much more potential to explore.

Just Draw recent drawings by Vaudeville Hippie

Just Draw recent drawings by Vaudeville Hippie

Alongside this I have also really got into just drawing for pleasure.  I think I put too much pressure on myself to create that perfect piece, which I have certainly used as an excuse for putting off starting artwork.  This is because  I have had feelings of doubt, uncertainty or head filled with thoughts of ‘what if…’.

Starting is always he hardest part, particularly if I haven’t done anything for a couple of weeks, or even months.  Despite always knowing this, sometimes it is good just to make a start and this week has been a good reminder of this to ignore those feelings of apprehension.  I think this is why I love the journaling process so much, because it allows me to just create.
Just Draw recent drawings by Vaudeville Hippie
Just Draw recent drawings by Vaudeville Hippie

My creative journey this week through journaling and drawing has allowed me to explore potential aesthetic of Vaudeville Hippie.

Sunshine in the Garden

Garden Fence

We have put Vaudeville Hippie on hold temporarily this week to make the most of the arrival of some sunshine in Britain!

Sunshine in the Garden Vaudeville Hippie

Since moving into our property almost two years ago, our back garden has been left open to the road behind our house and it has been one of the many DIY jobs on our to do list.

Considerations

Our house sits on top of a hill above a valley, which means when it’s windy, it is really windy so much so the wind can be heard tearing through our alleyway and across the top of the chimney. With this in mind we knew that our choice of fence had to be able to withstand the wind. Therefore, from previous experience with pre-made larch lap fence panels, we decided that these would be no good for us and should opt for making the panels ourselves in the hope this would be stronger.

Preparation

Prior to the fence going up the land needed to be leveled flat with a small retaining wall to hold back the earth. We finally got the wall built a couple of weeks ago that enabled us to finally get started.

Sunshine in the Garden Vaudeville Hippie

All the wood needed to be painted with wood stain (forest green). To create the fence Steve needed made an initial frame, where the biggest challenge was attaching the frame to wall, ensuring it was level. This was the most time consuming aspect, but once the frame was up and the all the panels painted it was just a case of nailing each panel into place. Steve opted to use a nail-screw hybrid for extra strength and hopefully wind proof.

Sunshine in the Garden Vaudeville HippieSunshine in the Garden Vaudeville Hippie

Sunshine in the Garden Vaudeville HippieSunshine in the Garden Vaudeville Hippie

Nature

It has been a real joy this week to have had the opportunity to be outside in such great weather. Our garden is becoming quite a haven for wildlife, particularly from the bees and butterflies who are making the most to the recently blossoming flowers. Whilst being in the garden we have also had an opportunity to enjoy watching the birds visiting our newly installed bird feeder and the discovery of a newt in our pond.

Finishing Touches

There a still a little way to go. One side of the fence needs to be topped off with a trellis and the gate should be attached to the fence, which will completely close the garden off to the road. All in all, we have been pleased with the progress and are very much looking forward to properly using the end of the garden (without an audience!)