MADE LONDON 2015

MADE LONDON, the Design and Craft fair is returning to London this October, showcasing the very best original designers and craft makers from the UK and beyond. The fair will be taking place at One Marylebone, a beautiful and atmospheric venue located in close proximity to Regents Park.

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Over four levels a huge variety of designs will be showcased, perfect for a relaxed afternoon of browsing and perhaps you might even spot a Christmas gift or two!

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The event opens on Thursday 22nd October and is open until Sunday 25th October 2015. Tickets are available online or will be available on the door and cost £10. Children under 14 go free!

Click here to visit the website to find out more about the event, including who will be exhibiting this year. Let me know if you attend and I would love to hear what you think of the event!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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24. Noah’s Ark & Crafts

My featured business this week is…Noah’s Ark & Crafts!

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I found out about Noah’s Ark & Crafts whilst in Southampton visiting a new boutique concept in which small businesses and individuals hire space to display their products for sale. I came across Noah’s Ark & Crafts as one of these small businesses and absolutely loved their products.

The specialise in kitsch cushions and fun bunting. Cushions are great to brighten up plain, dull furniture and especially these which will be the most eye catching accessory in the room! The bunting available provides a great addition to any kids bedroom with a whole range to choose from.

Some of my recommendations include:

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Comic Strip Hero Cushion – £15

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Marvel Heroes Cushion – £15

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Aloha Girls Cushion – £15

Guess How Much I Love You - £10

Guess How Much I Love You – £10

The Gruffalo Bunting - £10

The Gruffalo Bunting – £10

Marvellous Marvel Bunting - £10

Marvellous Marvel Bunting – £10

Click here to visit their website and view the full range of great products available! Perfect for Christmas!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Noah’s Ark & Crafts website. 

18. Esemee Fascinators

This week my featured business is… Esemee Fascinators!

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As the wedding season approaches it’s time to find the perfect fascinator to match your wedding outfit! Esemee Fascinators host a variety of beautiful, artistic fascinators and act as a the perfect accessory.

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Suzanne, the owner of Esemee Fascinators set up the business after requiring a fascinator and was unable to find a bespoke type that she was looking for. She has created a range of bespoke fascinators with stunning matching bags to complete any special occasion outfit.

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Created using materials such as soft feathers in an array of unusual designs there is something to match any colour combination. For childen there are pretty bespoke headbands with butterflies and flowers adorning them that are perfect for flower girls and bridesmaids.

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I have included some of my ultimate favourites below. Do you have a wedding coming up? I’d love to hear which are your favourites!

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I particularly love the range of fascinators to choose from on the website and in all different colours. The creativity of each fascinator is amazing, I love how artistic they look and what a statement they make.

Click here to visit the website and to view the full range of beautiful designs.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images were sent to me from Esemee Fascinators.

#MyChocBloggers Event

On Sunday 26th April I attended my first blogger event in London. As I have never been to a bloggers event before I was a bit unsure as to what to expect but everyone was so lovely and friendly and there were plenty of other newbies there too!

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The event was held at MyChocolate, a chocolate making events company located in a beautiful, light venue with floor to ceiling windows looking out over a canal near Shoreditch in London. After arriving, we all sat at workbenches and chatted about our different blogs and interests before we got started.

Hannah, who set up MyChocolate eight years ago introduced the business and described what we would be doing throughout the session. It would be a highlights session incorporating some of the best elements from various classes. We were introduced to Davis who would be talking us through the various techniques before we got onto the chocolate making!

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We started off by trying various types of chocolate, tasting the difference between a luxury chocolate and an ‘advent calendar’ chocolate. The chocolate smelt and tasted amazing (regardless of the type!) and it was definitely a good way to start! We also tried some more exotic flavours of chocolate, guessing which ingredients were included in creating them. I rarely try other types of chocolate (even being a bit wary of mixed boxes of chocolates!) however I really enjoyed guessing the different flavours and I will definitely be a bit more adventurous in future!

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We then got onto the chocolate making, starting by working in pairs to make some delicious looking truffles. We had to work quickly to ensure the chocolate didn’t set. Davis then introduced us to a number of various techniques to decorate various sweet treats including chocolate fudge, marshmallows and the truffles we had produced! There was a lot of dipping in milk and dark chocolate, using flakes and nuts to smother the chocolates and various instruments to create pretty patterns on the chocolate. This was definitely the messy part of the session but everything smelt amazing!

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As our chocolates set Hannah told us more about The Chocolate Hedgehog, a business selling gift sets to recreate the workshop in your own home. I thought this was such a fab idea and I look forward to creating some more chocolatey mess in my kitchen! Click here to find out more!

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Overall, the event was a fantastic way to meet other bloggers and I had an amazing time! I’m really looking forward to the next one! I really enjoyed the experience at MyChocolate and would definitely recommend visiting the workshops as a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon or even as a corporate or hen party event! Click here to find out further information on future events at MyChocolate.

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Click here to read a blog post about the event from MyChocolate.

I’d love to hear from you! Have you attended any blogger events? What has been your favourite activity? Let me know in the comments below.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Images are my own or have been taken from the MyChocolate website.

11. Ismad London

Our featured business is… Ismad London!

Ismad London, set up by founder Isabelle in 2003 is eco-friendly leather accessories business with beautiful bags inspired by handcrafted African crafts. What I loved most about these bags is how beautifully handcrafted they look, as though a lot of care has gone into the manufacture of them. I’m not usually a fan of leather accessories, but after looking through the pieces on this website there are a few that I have absolutely fallen in love with including the Alice Bag, Camera Small and the Sac A Dos collection.

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The Alice Bag is one of my absolute favourite pieces on the website. A sweet, compact girly bag which is practical and has the ability to match with any outfit. It comes in a range of colours including Tan, Black and Chocolate with a number of pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap. I love the chocolate colour, shown below, which I would probably wear with a pretty floral dress in the spring. It is currently £89 with free shipping.

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For bloggers like myself, having a camera is a necessity. The Camera Small bag provides the perfect solution for carrying not only the camera but any additional batteries and components you may need! It has two pockets at the front with individual buckles and a main compartment also with a buckle offering a secure fastening. I’m usually a bit funny when it comes to buckle fastenings as those bags don’t usually have much security for valuables however this bag is fantastic as it offers a zip compartment too! It is also available in a range of colours and is produced using eco-friendly leather. It is currently £89 with free shipping.

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Sac A Dos is great for those who enjoy travelling. It’s great for a day trip that I would take out sightseeing or on trips over the summer. It has a great main pocket and a smaller pocket located on the front with a buckle fastening. It also has a fab secret pocket at the back which is perfect for storing any valuables! It is currently priced at £75 with free delivery.

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To view the full collection please click here.

All images taken from the Ismad London website.

All prices correct as of 6th March 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

9. The Bear and Miss Rabbit

This week our featured business is… The Bear and Miss Rabbit!

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I first spotted The Bear and Miss Rabbit via Twitter when they were promoting this fabulous Tidlo city of London train set. This is one of my absolute favourite products on the website – perhaps from being a Londoner myself! It includes a whole range of London landmarks in miniature including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, the BT Tower and the Tower of London. It is currently priced at £37.99.

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I absolutely love traditional, wooden toys and this Seedling Design Your Own Wooden Shield is perfect for any knight! It is a great “2 in 1” toy with the morning spent designing the shield using the colourful paints provided and the afternoon spent through play rescuing the princess from the dragon! It is currently priced at £17.99 in the sale.

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This cute Country Play Kitchen is perfect for those who are budding bakers! With an oven, hob and sink the kitchen also includes utensils to make delicious meals! It is currently priced at £110.

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Make the most of days when the sun is shining and get a few friends round for a game of skittles. I love this Peter Rabbit themed set which is great for encouraging hand eye co-ordination. It is currently priced at £16.99.

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For those rainy days why not invest in a couple of craft sets. These are a couple of my favourites which are under £5 and are great way to spend an afternoon!

Melissa and Doug Create a Craft Princess Magnets – Currently £3.99 for a set of 2.

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​Standard delivery is £3.99 on all orders for UK mainland delivery. Orders over £50 are delivered free of charge with standard delivery. Please allow 3 working days for delivery (although parcels are usually delivered quickly!)

To visit their website please click here.

All images are taken from The Bear and Miss Rabbit website.

All prices correct as of 16th February 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit