Crafting! A huge passion of mine as most of you will know. I run my own jewellery and accessory business and I just love supporting small and local business, especially those that are based around a craft or skill.
I've talked about craft fairs before and how often they are still perceived as dusty old affairs with old fashioned items or as an annoying weekend chore for the parents of primary school kids. I'd really like to spread the word that this isn't always the case, my greatest example being the SE20 Craft Fair of Penge, My fab home town.
On Saturday April 2nd 2016, SE20 Craft Fair comes back to Kenilworth Hall, Penge to help showcase in excess of 20 amazing business people and crafters, as well as raising some money for charity too. I am usually lucky enough to have a stall at this fair but due to health issues this time round I am unable to work... but I am really looking forward to visiting and supporting this important local event.
As most of you know, I'm a wheelchair user. I am super excited because Kenilworth Hall have invested the money the hall gets from being used as a polling station into building a brand new awesome access ramp! This means people with mobility issues and those with buggies and prams (and suitcases etc for those working the fair!) can all access the venue really easily now. Having access issues with a lot of venues an shops within Penge and the whole of Bromley borough myself I think this is such a wonderful and important step that the church have done for Penge and the use of this hall.
Next, the stalls and people running them. Christina Owen works tirelessly in her spare time to help bring together local talent and showcase fresh ideas and makes. She stretches herself to champion Penge and the people within it and is an avid charity supporter (she is currently raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, here). She also makes awesome cross stitch and coasters, of which I have many. Below in these nifty collages are some of the gorgeous makes from Christina along with a host of other fabulous crafters' makes you'll be able to see and pick up on the 2nd of April.
I'll be visiting SE20 Craft Fair and I hope you will too. Supporting small and local business and local events is so important. Without people visiting, these events struggle to continue and it's stuff like this craft fair, our Easter activities (run by Penge Tourist Board - more information here) and the likes of Penge and Anerley Jumble Trail which help keep our community close, bonded and fun.
If you want to share what you bought/are planning to buy or talk about previous lovely purchases or experiences from the SE20 Craft Fair, let me know below!
Who is Julie?
30 something, mother of two gorgeous boys, lover of one gorgeous husband, perpetually living in a dream world full of wine, chocolate and artsy crafty things.