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!

GRTN,

Swapping Week @Charlatan Ghent

Watch the little video I made to see what I swapped!
Music: Vive La Fête – Ne touche pas

Swapping Week

If there is something I like even more than creating and sewing it has to be going through wardrobes filled with clothes and shoes. Most of the time the victims are my friends and family. This obsession started when I was very young (like aaaaaages ago, cause now I’m getting soooo old LOL) when I was exploring the interesting world of fashion. I used to put on all the shoes and clothes my mom had (like I expect lots of you did too 🙂 ). When I grew up I occasionally inherited clothes from my mom and even now I still wear some stuff I inherited from my significant other-grandmother (haha try saying that 10 times in a row).

So, if you combine this rather strange addiction with an exploding wardrobe and items I haven’t worn in ages or that didn’t fit properly, you can only imagine I said (maybe a little to excited) YES right away when my friend Sara asked me if I wanted to go to a swapping event in Ghent @Charlatan.

Swapping? come again? basically swapping clothes for other clothes or shoes or accessories. How it works and what you can expect when you go to such a swapping event? I DUNNO but I’ll tell you all about it 😉 cause tonight is the night for some major swapping. I’ll try to make some pictures of all the (I expect) lovely fashion and people and post them on my Instagram account.

Wanna join us? Check out the facebook event page and let me know!

Here are some of my swapping goods:

– 2 skirts, Terre Bleu and Talking French

– 2 blazers Zara and United Colors of Benetton

– a pair of cool Zara heels

 

If you want to swap them, you know where to find me 🙂

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…

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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!

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#shsl13 An entire outfit from @spullenhulp

Peeps,

As you have read in this post, I went to the fashion show of Spullenhulp. My friend and I set our selfs a challenge: wear an outfit that was bought entirely at Spullenhulp shops.
My favorite shop is Retro Paradise, as it has many vintage items. Most of the time I go there and I have to restrain myself or I would buy way to much.

So here it goes, this is what I wore:

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– jacket: Spullenhulp Retro Paradise, 15

– pants: Spullenhulp centrale shop, 2.5

– shirt: spullenhulp, chaussee d’ixelles, 3.75

– bag: spullenhulp centrale shop, 3.75

Want to know the addresses of their shops?