Mijn eerste marktje – Ghentmade – my first craft market

This Saturday I went to my first ever craft market: Ghentmade.  There were a lot of nice handmade things, being sold by all the crafters: babyclothes, jewellery, accessories, furniture, rugs, knitted and crocheted stuffed animals, clothes, …. If you want to know more, check out the Ghentmade facebookpage. The market took place @Volmolenstraat in Ghent. The street has been transformed into a traffic free area where lots of projects and events will take place during this summer. I was kind of nervous about going, because I didn’t have the time to actually make a lot of things! A lot happened these last weeks, some good moments, some rather difficult but I told myself I had to go to this market because it would be a great opportunity to see how other crafters go about setting up a craft booth and what kind of stuff they would be selling. So as it was my first time I didn’t have as much stuff as all the others but none the less I had a really good time and actually sold some upcycled items (jeej!). This is what the craft market looked like:

Zaterdag ben ik voor het eerst naar een ‘handmade’ -marktje afgezakt: Ghentmade.  Er werden een hele boel toffe spullen verkocht:  kinderkledij, juwelen, accessoires, meubelen, tapijten, brei- en haak werkjes, …. Ga zeker eens kijken op hun facebookpagina als je meer te weten wil komen. Het marktje ging door in de Volmolenstraat in Gent. Deze straat werd onlangs getransformeerd in een verkeersvrije zone. Gedurende de zomer zullen allerhande projecten en evenementen doorgaan in deze straat. Ik was een beetje nerveus want ik had niet zoveel tijd gehad om dingen te maken. Er is de laatste weken veel gebeurd, een mix van leuke momenten en andere moeilijker. Maar ik had mezelf ervan overtuigd dat het een goed moment zou zijn om te zien hoe andere creatievelingen hun plaatsje invulden en wat voor spullen zij zouden verkopen. Ik had dus niet veel mee maar het was een super leuke dag en ik heb zelfs enkele upcycled items verkocht (jeej!). Zo zag het marktje er ongeveer uit:

And this was my table:
En zo zag mijn tafeltje eruit:

My first customer EVER bought 3  handmade leather upcycled bows, 1 big one and 2 little ones. She decided on wearing one immediately! Cool right?
Mijn eerste klant OOIT kocht 3 handgemaakte upcycled strikjes, 1 grote en 2 kleintjes. Ze deed ze al meteen aan! Tof toch?

the upcycling fashionista - upcycled leather bow pin

the upcycling fashionista – upcycled leather bow pin

I made a lot of dinosaurus plates and containers. The plates didn’t sell that well, I can now see that they are actually not that usefull :p So I won’t be making them anymore. The containers were popular! Not difficult to make but cute to keep little things in.
Ik had een hele hoop dinosaurus borden en potjes gemaakt. De borden verkochten niet zo goed, ik denk dat ze niet zo handig zijn :p dus deze maak ik niet meer. De potjes waren wel een hit. Niet moeilijk te maken maar wel een toffe opbergoplossing voor kleine spulletjes.

I also loved making key chains  out of an old fur coat and a pair of jeans. I made 10 and sold 5 of them. Overall, I learned that I prefer making bags and accessories like pins and hair ties.  And I really think they would sell well. So I will continue to sew and create those out of recycled materials.  So next post: a new upcycled bag. Can’t wait to finish and show you!
Ik maakte ook met veel plezier sleutelhangers van een oude bonte jas en een jeans. In totaal maakte ik er 10 en verkocht er 5. Conclusie van de dag? Ik heb het gevoel dat ik liever tassen en accessoires zoals pins en haarrekkers maak. Ook denk ik dat deze goed zouden verkopen. Dus ik ga verder naaien en creëren, allemaal met gerecycleerde materialen. Mijn volgende berichtje: een nieuwe upcycled tas. Hopelijk is deze snel af en kan ik ze jullie tonen!

Ben je geïnteresseerd om iets te kopen? Laat het me weten!



3 Day Trip to Paris

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A few days ago I took the Thalys in Brussels and headed off to Paris. A friend I hadn’t seen for ages ( I met her during my Erasmus @ Lille) now lives there, so I couldn’t wait to visit her! And lucky me, I also got to see Charlotte. Who lived and worked in Paris for the last 3 months, how cool is that.

SO Paris, is there a city more romantic 🙂 ?  I adore the architecture, the small coffees I can enjoy while watching stylish people passing by, the Eiffel Tower… and ‘les friperies’. Because when I’m in Paris = I have to do some shopping :). As you might know Paris has a lot of cool vintage shops! Some are rather expensive, others are cheap. Check out this map I found when doing some research on where to shop in Paris or this map by Charlotte.

I didn’t have so much shopping time, as I was mostly there to visit my friends. But still managed to visit 3 shops in the price range I was looking for.

1. Kilo-shop in Le Marais:

You actually pay your clothes by weighing them (how cool is that). I liked the store but it was CROWDEDDDD jeeezzz. So I didn’t spend so much time in this shop and sadly didn’t buy anything. I visited this shop with lovely Charlotte and some other friends of her. One friend found a very nice sweater for about 15 euros. Which I though was quiet expensive but overall: nice shop, lot of people, try going there on a workday.

2. Free’ p’starfreepstar1

This one I went to on my own. I liked their selection. It was also crowded but seeing it was a Monday, I could move around easily. Tried out a lot of dresses (OEPS didn’t take any pictures 😦 ) but didn’t buy them.

3. Guerrisol:

Otherwise know as the least expensive shops of them all! Prices ranges from 3 to 25 euros. But you have to look carefully. And go through piles and piles of clothes… I found a nice cardigan and top for: 6 euros. So if you have the time and you can handle some strange smelling clothes from time to time than be sure to visit one of there main shops.

Can’t wait to go back to Paris! But maybe this time I will convince my significant other to go with me and have a nice romantic weekend together in the city of love…


When I got back after 3 days, my little ‘Fluffy’ (cat number 1) and ‘Sisken’ (cat number 2, here below) clearly showed my that I had been gone way to long :p …..

See you soon!


SECOND HAND SECOND LIFE 2013 – défilé Petits Riens/Spullenhulp

Friday I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in aaaages :p. We both share a passion for vintage, thrifting, fashion, upcycling and DIY so evidently she would be my date to SECOND HAND SECOND LIFE, a fashion show organized by Spullenhulp (otherwise known as Les petits riens). Apart from the fact that this would be a glamorous evening and we were about to see a lot of cool design, we were pleased to know that by attending we supported the mission of Spullenhulp. As all of their profit is used in the battle against poverty and exclusion in Belgium.  (So go buy or donate some stuff in their second hand shops!)

Spullenhulp organized this event for the eleventh time (!). They asked fourteen designers to go through the donated clothes, items, accessories … of Spullenhulp and create a mini-collection. During the show we got to see a live performance from ‘SOLDOUT’, I liked it very much and made me think a little bit of ‘vive la fête’. After the show they auctioned of one silhouette of each of the designers.

I found the collection of Brunel Mintona very wearable and really liked his jacket with sparkly studs. (pictures by catwalkpictures)

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Max&Lola created a unique collection for little girls. I know that when my significant other and me have a mini-mi, she would definitely like the reversible jackets they presented.

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pictures: elle belgique/catwalkpictures

Eduoard Vermeulen for Natan (no offence, mister Vermeulen) let me down a little bit. I thought his collection was nice but it didn’t have a wow-factor. The only dress I liked in his collection had a sparkly top with long sleeves and a black shiny skirt that was shorter in the front then back.


The other designers were: Black balloon, Atelier Marchal, Elvis Pompilio, Gioia Seghers, Marius Pompon, Monsieur Bul, Nuage d’Automne, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Team Petits Riens, Tom van der Borght, Versa Versa by Sinead Shannon-Roche. Check out the Spullenhulp Facebook page or this guys youtube page; to see the designs in action.

In addition to the fashion design there were several (interior) designers that collaborated with Spullenhulp to create some mindblowing furniture and interior accessories. These creations were also auctioned.

I personally adore the fruitbowl made by Evy Puelinckx, het vindingrijk. It is an amazing upcycling project. But she’s a pro at it. She published her first book full of upcycling projects. I bought it the day after the show. And best of all, she was so nice :).

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Other crazy designs were this lampshade by Waste’up, made out of plain magazines and iron wire (say whaaaaat!) and another lighting project from Nicolas Destino, made out of an old coffee can.


A project I am definitely going to try is the rug made by Louisa Made.line.


Other designers were: Atelier Dynamo, Camille Carpentier et Florence Beaurepaire, Couleur couleur, Dirk Wynants, Gauthier Poulain, Géraldine Calbert & Hopop Studio, Isabelle Azaïs, Ognev Vlaminck, Sidonie Panache, Tamawa, Twodesigners.

In total SECOND HAND SECOND LIFE 2013 collected over 30.000 euro by auctioning all of the designs! This year’s profit will help to finance the new Spullenhulp warehouse. Each year more than 8 ton donated items will be sorted and dispatched from this warehouse. This will create over 250 jobs for persons with disabilities.

I was super enthusiastic to see that they created an actual pop-up store during the event. I’m already addicted to normal charity shopping, so you can only imagine what this would feel like (kid + candystore and high screaming sounds). We spotted some really cool stuff! Sadly I didn’t find anything that fit me, but my friend found some fancy new boots from DKNY!

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Needless to say we had a wonderful time! It was an inspiring evening where a lot of ‘upcycling’ designers got to show off their creativity and skills!

Do you want to support Spullenhulp? You can donate the items you no longer want or need, or you can buy some new outfits in their shops. Need a shopping buddy, let me know!