Sunday, 28 September 2014

Festival of Thrift 2014- Who I Met and What I Bought

As promised, here is my second post about the Festival of Thrift 2014- all about the inspiring people I met. I also decided to include 'what I bought' in this post as neither of them would make a very in depth post on their own.


As an avid watcher of 'Shed of the Year', I was obviously very excited to hear that two of the programmes judges would be at the event this year! Max McMurdo and Laura Jane Clark, who both work in the field of design, were there building their own shed out of scrap wood and paint tins. I felt like a complete shed nerd, when I asked for a photo with them both, but they were so lovely and chatted to us for ages. Laura's blog (linked above) showcases some of her projects and they are really incredible, she turned some abandoned toilets into a flat- how astounding?! I've also linked Max's design website where you can buy his incredible products such as his shopping cart chair and bathtub sofa- the latter of which reminds me of the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. 

The bathtub sofa in Breakfast at Tiffany's staring Audrey Hepburn

Max's own design of bathtub sofa- I want one, or three



One of the nice things about the Festival of Thrift is meeting so many people who are passionate about different fields of design- from sheds to jams. Although I highly doubt I could build a shed (without immense pain or it being like the Leaning Tower of Pisa), Max and Laura were so inspiring to talk to and made me want to crack open the tool box and build my own shed....

...or maybe I'll just make the curtains for it.

I was also fortunate enough to meet the lovely Mary Jane Baxter, who is the author of one of my favourite books- Chic on a Shoestring. She was working out of a beautifully decorated little camper van, covered in retro illustrations and patterns. Her stall was selling her two books Chic on a Shoestring and her newest book The Modern Girl's Guide to Hat-making as well as various vintage accessories, handmade hats and gorgeous 70s jumpers, which I oh-so badly wanted. She was so lovely to talk to, we chatted about style and crafts and she even mentioned featuring me on her blog and Instagram



Here I am on her Instagram- it was so nice of her to feature me, it felt a bit overwhelming. She was also kind enough to sign the book I bought from her, I've always wanted to make hats and I'm planning to wear one to the North East Blogger Awards- even if I don't make it past the nominations. 
Due to this, I found her new book very inspiring and well written. 


My only other purchase was a brooch from a vintage/handmade jewellery stall. It was beautifully packaged but the stall was so busy all day that I never got chance to find out the name of it. 



I love the retro feel to the brooch and it's beautifully made, as well as being excellent quality. I've always been fascinated by the patterns on insects wings and the amazing colours they come in, so I fell in love with this brooch as soon as I saw it. I was also on the lookout for a vintage cardigan, as the only wintery one I own is my dusky pink Primark one, but I was unsuccessful. 

I'll be back again tomorrow with my last post about the Festival of Thrift 2014- What I Wore.

Until next time

Holly Olivia x

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