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est. 2007
  1. One crafty weekend in London…


    There’s been lots of good stuff happening at the Wee Birdy nest lately, but first, a recap on this weekend’s summer craftiness.

    So it was off to Honor Oak in South-East London for Tea and Make’s debut fete on Saturday morning, which saw the likes of high-profile designers Hannah Waldron and Polly George pitching market tables on the front lawn of St Saviours Church.


    I really loved the friendly and relaxed WI feel to the fete, which included a tea and cake stand inside the church hall, (complete with flower-filled vases on all the tables), local produce courtesy of Brockley’s bee-keepers, and an old-fashioned coconut shy.


    I was also delighted to catch up with fellow blogger and local girl Basil Exposition (who somehow squeezes in the most amazing knitted and baked creations in between studying and blogging). Here are some of my picks of the day:

    Polly George’s new range of ceramic Victorian-style brooches and butterfly hair grips (plus all her usual tea set loveliness), below…




    Highgate-based Cornelia O’Donovan’s amazingly individual hand-stitched softies and illustrated bunting (below and top)…



    Selvedge’s stall of covetable textiles and dry-goods (French and Japanese printed linen, Lotta Jansdotta’s tea towels, Liberty-print butterfly hair slides, below) …




    English Design Company’s fresh stationery designs and beautiful paper garlands, below …



    The Arctic

    • http://basilexposition.wordpress.com Fionnuala

      Beautiful photos, and thank you for the extremely kind mention! It was really instructive to tag along with you and see you getting all the info from everyone. I hope we can do it again, sooner rather than later!

    • http://www.weebirdy.com Top Bird @ Wee Birdy

      Haha, ‘instructive’ – now there’s a word that’s rarely used to describe me! Hope to see you soon! xx

    • http://www.kennmunk.com Kenn Munk

      Thanks for the mention + for stopping by our The Artic stall.
      More on it at our flickrs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annabellehartmann/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennmunk/

    • http://www.sarah-janedownthelane.blogspot.com sarah-jane down the lane

      Divine weekend of craftastic discoveries! absoloutely marvelous! 😀 x

    • http://fabricnationadventures.blogspot.com/ Fabric Nation

      Thanks for the mention and lovely photo, and for dropping by. Tea and Make looked wonderful. The ‘Howard dreams of Custard Creams’ print is lovely and was one of the many things I saw and thought ‘that came out of your head’ and was overwhelmed by. I’m enjoying all the photos so I can take another look at all that inspiring work.

    • http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.com Deb

      Really enjoyed this post – full of lots of interesting links. I do miss English craft events like this.

    • http://www.top5photos.wordpress.com Helena

      Oh, i wish I’d known about this! Damn! I love the butterfly hair grips and the paper garlands. and the cake, of course.

    • http://likklegirl.blogspot.com the likkle girl who wurves pwetty things

      Another fantastic day-out for you, Top Bird!
      That Victoria Sponge in your third photo had me drooling. So simple yet sooo delicious. Nyum. x

    • http://www.englishdesignco.com Cassie

      Hello Top Bird! Thank you so much for the lovely mention in this excellent crafty post… Tea & Make was a huge success and so much fun. It was truly great to have you at the event and hopefully we shall meet again:)

    • dominica

      I LOVE the ‘S’il vous plait sweater’ !!! This really looks like a great setting and place for such a market !!
      Would love to visit one of those !!

    • http://www.tattydevine.com Tatty Devine

      Thanks for the mention – and for sharing all the other great crafty stuff that was going on this weekend!

    • http://www.designedbydoris.co.uk Doris

      tea and make was a lovely event it felt like a village fate the cake was pretty tasty too!!! I did not make it to the Bust event I wish I had now cos it looks fab!

    • http://www.charsinthecity.blogspot.com Char

      Looks like such a fun event! Food and crafts go together well.

    • westendmum

      I have fête envy.

    • http://www.saimasaysstyle.com Saima

      Looks like great fun! Do The Arctic have an online shop?