This year I’m going to try and make more of an effort to buy locally. For me that’s supporting local producers and crafters in Northern Ireland. When Phill and I used to revamp furniture under the name Ugly Duckling we sold at a lot of vintage and craft fairs and it was so inspiring being surrounded by creative people. I definitely don’t go to as many local fairs as I used to but I want to try and change that.
My friend Ian of Rogues and Brogues told me about the ND Craft Collective – a small craft fair which takes place once a month in an old school house in Holywood, which is a beautiful small town just outside Belfast. I’d heard a lot of good things about the sellers who would be there so I was excited to attend. And I was pleased to find that all the products at the fair were of an incredibly high standard.
Part of the reason I love to attend fairs like this is getting to talk to the makers – hearing their stories and the passion they have for what they create. Plus walking away with something that’s been made lovingly by hand is hard to beat!
The most delicious jams and chutneys made by one very passionate man! Phill choose the Volcano Extra Hot Chilli jam…which we’ve since had with crackers and cheese and in a sausage pasta dish. Delicious…and all natural ingredients. Check out The Local.
The Saint Maren artisan products were very tempting. Beautiful hand-made soap, oils, serums and balms. A must-buy if you’re an organic skincare/beauty fan.
Ian and I.
Neary Nogs make gluten-free chocolates and there are lots of interesting flavours to choose from. I bought amazing ‘Butter Me Up Cups’ from them – more of which later!
Keen Nut Butter is addictive – get yourself some! Keen have recently been nominated in the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Awards 2015.
Beautiful animal cushions by Burnt Umber.
Cosy knits by Wee Yarn Designs.
I love the imaginative names The Bearded Candlemakers give their candles. These are two of the loveliest guys you’ll meet. I bought their fig scent because it reminded me of visiting my Great Aunt’s house. I dare you not to find a scent you are immediately drawn to.
These are the goodies I treated myself too. The Butter Cups deserved a close-up (made with dark chocolate and Keen nut butter).