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est. 2007

Bust London Christmas Craftacular round-up

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It was handmade heaven on Saturday when the Bust crew and over 60 UK craftsters descended on Bethnal Green's York Hall. I got there early to snap up some 'arse' biscuits from Belgium Waffle's Cruel Tea store (they had sold out by 3pm) and to do a quick lap around the stalls before it got really busy. Loved Tatty Devine's festive Christmas tree tombola, which took pride of place in the centre of the hall (above). Here are more of my highlights …

Glasgow's Made in the Shade stall, featuring lavender bird softies by Claire Nicholson and wee Glasgow tenement kits.

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Cruel Tea
's rude biscuits (I bought the Tourette's box, and have so far enjoyed 'tits' and 'wank'), tea cosies and aprons…

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Andrea Garland's beauty kits in vintage tins…

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Jessie Chorley and Buddug Humpheys' jewellery and ballerina rings…

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Jazmine Miles-Long's slightly creepy ethical taxidermy, which featured a snow-white baby lamb curled up in an old box…

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Kate Wilson's wonderful bird prints, calendars, totes and postcards…

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and Caroline Dulko's illustrated softies and vibrant cushions….

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If you missed Bust, ther
e are a couple of other craft/design markets popping up in London before Christmas, including Designer Makers (19 December) in Euston and Somerset House's Super Christmas market (18-22 December). Perfect for last-minute Christmas shopping.

  • http://www.whatkatiedoes.net katie

    Lovely photos and roundup – I got some Cruel tea biccies too but she’d sold out of tourette’s by the time i got there!

  • http://beyondthepaleblog.wordpress.com Miss Nightingale

    My eyes are on veritable stalks, I LOVE so many of these sellers already, and now have some more to admire. Am determined not to miss the next Bust Craftacular – and also to one day display my own wares (so to speak) by selling my perfumes there.
    Delightful!

  • http://www.arosebeyondthethames.blogspot.com Rose

    I realy wanted to go and just couldn’t so to see these pictures was great. I want it all- especially some birdies, some biscuits and all those necklaces with the animals. Sigh.

  • postcards from…

    oh bother – i’m sorry to have missed this one. those crueltea biscuits look terrific!

  • http://www.deliciousindustries.blogspot.com Delicious Industries

    Those biscuits are genius! Looks like it was a cool event.

  • http://www.carolinedulko.com Caroline Dulko

    Thank you for including me :D It was a brilliant day! x

  • http://mariabecskehandmadecards.blogspot.com/ Maria Becske

    I love your blog!!!!