I’m excited….I’ve started a new project and so far it’s going well. This year I’ve taken over the organisation of the fairs at Rivers Meet Craft Cafe in Methley. I attended a couple at the end of last year when they first started and so when I got the opportunity to organise them as well I jumped at it.
It’s a lovely place. On the main Leeds Road in Methley it was an empty old pub which was looking very sad. Bravely Joanne took it over – revamped it with her partner Richard and threw open the doors to a warm and welcoming cafe where one of the rooms has now become a craft workshop. There’s a programme of events for would be crafters of all ages and abilities as well as a function room and a small shop trading in locally made goods at the back. And I know she has big plans for it to develop.
Of course there’s good coffee and home made cake too…..what more could you need.
To back to the fairs. We worked out a programme which you can see on my events page and the first one is very soon. It’s Sunday 12th February and its a Vintage Valentine’s Fair. The stallholders are all booked – and they do some fabulous things.
- Real vintage lovers Luna and Annies are coming over from Manchester. Their love of vintage has helped them put together an eclectic mix of beautiful and elegant pieces of clothing, shoes, accessories and books.
- We have reworked fabric pieces from Rhi-Stitched – Rhiannon has been over before and I know her work was really appreciated by visitors to the fair.
- Lorelie Jewellery make vintage style jewellery from recycled paper – things like old takeaway menus, leaflets and other stuff that gets thrown away. The transformation is amazing.
- From Phil we have true antiques to add to the mix with some costume jewellery and vinyl.
- Mary paints plant pots and garden accessories in a vintage style – should be something there I’ll like I’m sure.
- On the Button is a new venture using vintage buttons to create jewelery
- Chicken Shed Gifts has a mix of rustic gifts and home accessories
- Beau Boutique will be bringing clothes and accessories dating from the 40’s to the 70’s as well as jewelery, vanity items, homewares and photo frames
- Twisted Vintage will have a range of giftwares and needlecraft all in vintage style
- Virtue to Victory will have handmade gifts and clothes, some made using vintage patterns
- Wildheart gives us her Victorian Gothic inspired jewellery and accessories
The cafe will be open too – Joanne’s menus are full of good local food. One of her aims is to keep food miles down and to support local food producers. Added to that all the cakes are baked daily on the premises.
Where is it? Easy to find on a main road, the web address is http://www.riversmeetcraftcafe.co.uk and here’s the map: http://g.co/maps/uazvk
See you there……