Friendships, Brexit & Liverpool Summer Arts Market

Yesterday I went to the Summer Arts Market in St George's Hall with three of my friends, Clare Nicola and Helen; three friends that have been there for me for ten years through thick and thin! I met these amazing girls in my Art Foundation course back in 2006 and I'm so happy to say that we have stayed in touch over the past 10 years 🙂 We decided to spend a day reminiscing about our art college days and thought... what better way to do it than at the Liverpool Summer Arts Market?!

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Photo courtesy of Fantastic Crafty Fox

It's been a strange week to say the least with all this EU referendum stuff happening, but I had a great day on Saturday to end a disappointing week. We even bumped into our art teacher (Linda) coincidently who we haven't seen since we left college, so that was unexpected and lovely!

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Friends are so important so make sure you don't take them for granted!

If it wasn't for our friends giving us reassurance, support and encouragement, we'd find it harder to move past the fear and the uncertainties that life throws us. Lets hope something positive comes from the result of the EU referendum because all I feel at the moment is that it'll only get much tougher for everyone who is just starting out in the real world. However, there is no point dwelling and we just have to stay positive and move forward.

Liverpool Summer Arts Market - St George's Hall

Liverpool is a city that is full of talent, creativity and culture. This event by Open Culture showcased the amazing things that people are creating and I always love buying things from independents to support local talent instead of big chain stores. Have a look at my favourite stalls that I discovered!

Fantastic Crafty Fox

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Samantha Whittingham is the lovely lady behind Fantastic Crafty Fox. I met Sam a good few years ago when we worked together in Nuovo Living and she has always loved sewing and crafts. This year she set up her own Etsy shop where she sells her lovely crafts and she also had a stand at the market! I ended up buying a turquoise bag with a bright pink lining.

HAYBENO

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Haybeno are a Liverpool based duo who make things out of unwanted wood. They do a mixture of shelves, picture frames, side tables, wedding decorations and more all made from reclaimed wood and pallets! They are huge advocates of reclaiming unwanted wood and transforming it into beautiful things for your home. I loved all the things they had created, especially the big light up letters and hexagon shaped side table! It's great to see other creatives who are so passionate about helping the environment.

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Yours Naturally Naturally Yours

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I came across a lovely stand with lots of hand crafted,natural skin care products and soy wax candles. As I am obsessed with candles I couldn't help myself go over to smell the different varieties of floral and fruity scents. I didn't realise that most candles on the market are made from paraffin wax and was shocked to learn the impacts they can have on your health. I discovered that paraffin is an inexpensive sludge waste product of the petroleum industry which is a carcinogenic product - which means it has the potential to cause cancer. These candles are made from soy wax instead meaning they have no paraffin, parabens or harsh chemicals. I ended up buying a few different candles and they all smell fab!

Bird and Chain

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This stall had an array of different jars with taxidermy butterflies, birds and dragon flies. I was very intrigued to have a look, although when I found out they were real stuffed animals it made me squeel a bit! The display was amazing and I was drawn mostly to this butterfly one pictured below. This would look great on my window sill on my landing 🙂

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Ruby Tynan Jewellery Design

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This Jewellery was so elegant and minimalist which is what I prefer. I don't normally wear jewellery every day and tend to keep it for special occasions. There is a mixture of sterling silver, gold and rose gold bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings. These pieces are beautiful.

Edith Cherry

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I loved these bags with the bows on! I seriously want to get one of these bags for my wedding. This stand had a gorgeous selection of different style leather handbags and accessories that can be personalised to you. The bags are really affordable as well. The pearlescent leathers were my favourite and I also loved the little bum bags that could be turned into a clutch bag by taking the belt off; perfect for travelling or a festival.

I'm so happy I went to the market and I found some great products! I love buying things from local designers instead of from the chain high street stores and I think we should all aim to support local talent more.

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Natalie xxx

 

 

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