TODAY I WENT to Margate to give my shelf at ROUGH TRADE a bit of a Christmas makeover.
While I was waiting for my lift I noticed what a lovely place this area of Margate is. Known locally as Margate Old Town it is full of beautifulbuildings, charming squares,tiny streets and alleyways. Situated close to Margate Harbour and the Turner Contemporary every corner hids a new treasure. And it is here slightly off the
beaten track that ROUGH TRADE can be discovered - a collaborative trading area. http://www.roughtrademargate.co.uk/#!
Stalls include MODS AND ROCKERS (a hairdressers, bespoke silver designs, vintage items, upcycled curios,and various other interesting stalls and items. A "pop up shop" way before Mary Portus came to Margate.
CIGAR BOX BAGS - THREE DIFFERENT DESIGNS, an ALICE BAND with a needle felted flower and some of my LEOPARD PRINT FLUFFY PENS.
There are a lot of needle felted items here. SEAHORSES, HEARTS, A BLACK COIN PURSE WITH CHERRIES and my new line of CAT CHARMS. A CAT FOR COMPANY for all of us cat lovers.
A UNION JACK paper mache bag with a London Transport theme, a JAR OF SEAGLASS, SNAIL FRIDGE MAGNETS, and a notebook showing my wonderful cat Bruce sleeping.
All manner of goodies fridge magnets, Christmas brooches, purses and seahorses.
Just behind the notebook with Bruce is a box of needle felt Christmas brooches. Comets, holly leaves and Christmas Trees. I keep trying to choose a favourite but haven't managed it yet. Each brooch is different.
AN OVER VIEW OF MY SHELF. JUST ABOVE IT IS THE ONE SHARED BY MY NIECE AND HER FRIEND. I think their items are lovely.
LUCKY BLACK CAT
The WHAT'S YOUR POISON BAG has a glittery sheen giving it an unearthly appeal.
The two hearts here were needle felted, then had needle felt flowers and leaves attached to them. Both have a ribbon loop for hanging.
One of the Christmas Trees. This one has bead garlands.