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Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre

28 Mar

Brand new designs in a very old building

I enjoyed my time yesterday at Gainsborough Old Halls first Wedding Fayre event.  I had never been before, but it is quite an unusual building, as you will see in some of these photos from the day:

© Original Minnie Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre March 2011

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre March 2011

I’m sure I looked funny in the morning arriving with boxes of plants and sweetie jars to a Wedding Fayre, but it was all for a reason = new designs for quirky favour labels, name places, and table numbers.  I also designed some new table number plant signs, with the background patterns from my final degree project inspired by afternoon tea – can you see the tea cups in the pattern?

© Original Minnie at Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre 2011 handmade favour labels, name places, and table number tags

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre handmade favour labels, name places, and table number tags

My old favourite ‘button table numbers’ were displayed with some new menu designs, and co-ordinating plates hand painted by me.

© Original Minnie handmade Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery table setting with menu, button table number, and hand painted crockery

© Original Minnie handmade Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery - table setting with menu, button table number, and hand painted crockery

The day seemed to go so quickly, but I did have a quick wander and found these quirky internal features next to the tea shop (any excuse).

© Original Minnie at Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre old street lamp

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre old street lamp

© Original Minnie at Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre old telephone

© Original Minnie - Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre vintage telephone

The venue people were friendly as were the other people displaying, including the photographers either side of my display.   There was Paul from local studio Red Pepper Studios based in Gainsborough, and Reg Moore whose work is featured in magazines including Lincolnshire Pride.

For more designs take a look at my Wedding Stationery page; keep up to date with other Events I will be attending by joining my official Facebook page or check my Events page.

If you have a stationery design or idea in mind, please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss the possibilities.

(Original Minnie is not responsible for the content of other websites/links.)

Wedding Showcase Event

16 Mar

Sorry I’ve not posted here for a while – I have been busy posting info updates and photos over on my Original Minnie Facebook page in the meantime.

But just to update you here, I was exhibiting at a Wedding Showcase event at the weekend, so thought I would post a few photos.

© Original Minnie Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery = place card with ribbon

© Original Minnie Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery = place card with ribbon

Held at the Angel and Royal Hotel at Grantham in Lincolnshire.  An attractive old coach house, you can see glimpses of the building in some of my photos.

© Original Minnie Wedding and Occasion Stationery handmade button number

© Original Minnie Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery = vintage button table number handmade by Original Minnie

I displayed my table stationery in two of their rooms – one for smaller celebrations…

© Original Minnie Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery designed for table settings

© Original Minnie Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery = menus and table settings

… and a more grand room with exposed stone walls, for celebrations with a  larger number of guests.

© Original Minnie Wedding and Event Stationery = vintage button table number designed and handmade by Original Minnie

© Original Minnie Wedding and Event Stationery = vintage button table number, designed and made by Original Minnie

I also met some other friendly people, including Grantham based Cake specialists ‘Taffeta’, and florist ‘Suzie Davis’, whose arrangements can be seen in some of my photos.

© Original Minnie Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery = Groom place setting name card and menu

© Original Minnie Wedding and Special Occasion Stationery = Groom place setting with name card and menu

If you would like to see more images of my Wedding and Event Stationery, go to my Wedding Stationery page, or take a look at the photos on my Facebook page.

I will also be attending some more Wedding Events this year, so you can see my designs in ‘real life’.  Check my Events page for more info.

(Original Minnie is not responsible for the content of other websites/links)


23 days to Christmas

2 Dec

Just a quick reminder to let you know that I will be at my final Festive event of 2010 this weekend at the Fineshade Wood Festive Fair.

Fineshade Wood Festive Fair 2010 leaflet

Fineshade Wood Festive Fair 2010 leaflet

Located in the beautiful Rockingham Forest, just outside the stunning town of Stamford, it will be a two day event of quality local crafters/makers, local food stalls, Christmas trees for sale, a few festive tipples, and of course the Fineshade Cafe for a warming cuppa.

Come long for some festive spirit and gift hunting – if you have signed up to the handmade pledge for Christmas, this is the perfect opportunity to find some quality handmade gifts, made by local makers/artisans.

Hope to see you there…

For more info, check out my Events page, or email me.


Belton House Christmas Market review

30 Nov

OK, I know it was a couple of weeks ago now, but better late than never!

Even though I was nervous beforehand about it being outside (and cold!), I really enjoyed the weekend, and met some lovely people (public and other sellers), and there was a festive spirit in the air.

What I found Handmade at Belton Xmas Market - cakes by Kate Elizabeth's Cupcakes

YUM! What I found Handmade at Belton Xmas Market - cakes by Kate Elizabeth's Cupcakes

On the stall next to me were the friendly duo of Kate and Kate – one bakes yummy cupcakes using local organic flour, and one is a designer/dressmaker making textile goodies including pretty aprons, belts and corsages.  Take a look at their websites at KateElizabeth’sCupcakes and ThePartyFrock.

The organisers and volunteers did a great job, especially the plentiful cups of tea were very welcome!  With just a bit of rain on the Sunday, I think we were really lucky with the elements too – especially looking out of the window now at the snow!

I also did some shopping myself over the weekend, finding some great handmade gifts for Christmas – more of that to come next month…

Belton House Christmas Market

18 Nov

Find some Festive Spirit and Gifts

Don’t forget you can come and see Original Minnie at the Christmas Food and Craft Market this weekend at the stunning National Trust property “Belton House“, near Grantham in Lincolnshire.

There will be lots going on with many independent craft, artisan, and food stalls, plus festive music and a traditional Mummers’ play.   The Belton House restaurant, gift shop, and attractive grounds will also be open.

Open on Saturday AND Sunday, 11am – 4pm.  Come along!

For more info, get in touch or take a look at my Events page.


Quick Weekend Report Part 2

9 Mar

DOUBLE WHAMMY EVENT WEEKEND

… on Sunday I was at Arts and Crafts for Spring at Woodhall Spa, in Lincolnshire.  The venue was very picturesque – Petwood Hotel has massive gardens surrounding it. (It actually has much prettier bits of the garden – this was just a quick snap, as I was on my way home.)

Petwood gardenGardens at Petwood Hotel

© Original Minnie

It was built in Victorian times in a tudor style, but I think you can also see a Victorian Gothic influence on the stunning main entrance.

Petwood Main EntranceEntrance to Petwood Hotel

© Original Minnie

Its actually got more history than your average craft venue – it was used as the base for the Dambusters squadron in 2ndWW!

Petwood Bouncing PrototypeBouncing Bomb prototype at Petwood Hotel

© Original Minnie

Anyway, back to the crafts, I had a lovely sunny spot next to the window to display some of my new designs – I will post more about them soon.

Original Minnie StallMy stall ‘ready to start’ the day

© Original Minnie

There were lots of friendly stallholders there of course including Gingham Heart Crafts, Donna Evans, and DaisyFleur.

Now I’m thinking ahead to where the next event will be……?


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Quick Weekend Report Part 1

9 Mar

DOUBLE WHAMMY EVENT WEEKEND

Original Minnie 'dont forget' recycled notepadI created some new necklaces and stationery for the whammy weekend, including this hand stamped ‘dont forget’ recycled notepad

© Original Minnie


So, on Saturday I was in Leicester at Fabrika Independant Arts Centre, (a few doors down from Primark).  It’s an interesting building project – The Arts Organisation in Leicester is re-developing it at the moment – the room we were in, is to be a public Gallery space apparently.  Some parts of the building are still being painted and spruced up, but with a cafe there already, and plans for a monthly craft market, I think it’s somewhere to be put on the radar…  I am not familiar with Leicester, so I intend to go back some time to properly explore…


The event was organised by Wood Jewellery who works with an amazing range of naturally colourful woods – think much more than just ‘brown’.  I also met some lovely stallholders including Adelina Lucas who recycles scraps of fabric and plastic bags into attractive gifts and accessories, and Bee Designs who makes beautiful stationery, and whom was also at the craft event I did the next day – it’s a small world!


(Original Minnie is not responsible for the content of other websites)