Birthdays and Bazaars

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks here at Cakes & Cardies. I turned 50 a couple of weeks ago and decided to celebrate with a party. This involved all the family flying in from various European destinations (Italy, Ireland and France to be exact) so my time was taken up cleaning and entertaining. All worth it as it was lovely to see everyone and I think everyone enjoyed the party. Then, if that wasn’t enough, my wonderful husband took me to New York last week as a birthday treat! And what a treat it was, we had a great time. Lots of walking, some sightseeing, eating and drinking and a fair amount of shopping (well it would be rude not to!). And now that the celebrations and jetlag are over it’s time to get back to work.

And what a week ahead I have! A couple of weeks ago I was looking at a website for Nunhead local events, Love Nunhead and noticed that there was a Christmas bazaar happening on the 13th December. This is a £3 bazaar where everything on sale is £3 or less. It sounded interesting and although the deadline had gone for applications I decided to email anyway. This would be my first foray into markets and it sounded like it would be a good one to start with. I got an email back almost immediately from the organiser, Julia and within a few days I was signed up!

The £3 Bazaar has been running for the last few years and  describes itself as “The Venice Biennale meets the W.I.”! It brings together local artists, crafters, musicians, choirs etc to create this unique Christmas bazaar and everything is £3 or less.


This morning I have made my list for the week. There’s not a lot to be done early in the week, Friday is the big baking day (some of the goodies that will be making an appearance are mince pies, mini stollen, red velvet cake and much more) but there is lots to do to make sure the stall looks jolly and festive (table covering, signage, Christmas decoratiosn of some kind), that the cakes are displayed well (I have some ideas so need to thrash those out) etc. Looking forward to the week and to Saturday. If any of you are free and in the area come on down and check it out. A lot of the local retailers/cafes are getting involved too offering goods and services for £3. All in all it should be a good day and a great way of avoiding Christmas shopping in the west end!

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