My god, was this free Monday a dreary one, or what? Sweet spring, where have you gone? Luckily I didn’t need to go far to find shelter from all this greyness, as the second edition of the colorful Ghentmade craft market took place right around my corner! At Café La Lys (Meibloemstraat, Ghent), this neat little fair presented a sea of hand crafted jewelry, clothes, home decorations, … Nothing like a gathering of creative minds to brighten a dull day :) And boy was my day brightened after a walk amidst all this handmade prettiness!
I’ve never been much of a craftsperson myself (apart from the occasional home deco experiment) and I’m so envious of all these mad skills! (Nothing wrong with a little healthy jealousy, right? :) ) Totally wish I could create such pretty things!
On another note: I love how social media has made it possible for these kinds of little events to get the word out and (relatively) easily gather like-minded souls. The social savviness of the participants also entails that you missing this little fair is not problem at all! Most of these creative girls have their very own online hotspot or social outlet where you can get in touch with them and treat yourself or a loved one to their handmade little treasures. Interested? Here are some of my favorites, to get you started:
Marie-Kiekie stands for handmade accessories and clothing with a fun little retro touch! Most pieces are unique, which is always a nice feeling. Marijke(the creative mind behind…)’s collection goes from pretty necklaces and earrings to amazing baby clothes and bibs. My favorites were definitely the mustache pacifiers, a must-have gift for any hipster baby :).
The Little Pastry stand caught my eye because of this pretty china set, used to present the jewelry. As always, presentation is key :) Especially since the collection’s tagline positions it as “mouthwatering” :).
Karen from La maison du papillon presented a line of jewelry, broches and home decoration, mostly created from recycled materials. The jewelry pieces are simple but colorful (hello pretty pastels!) with a Scandinavian touch, but these awesome étagères were definitely the eye catchers of Karen’s stand!
Vintage Candy is the creative outlet of Magali and Gwendolyn. Their little table offered a bunch of pretty earrings and necklaces, hand made from vintage elements. I treated myself on one of their pretty rings! (see picture below).
Bo Design is the label of Deborah, a graphic designer and illustrator who decorates everything from cards to tableware with her lovely illustrations. My heart was immediately stolen by these cute little smiley faced cups! How can you not cheer up drinking a cappuccino out of those? :)
Which of these creative ladies could seduce you with their pretty crafts? :)
Vintage Candy ring – Bo Design cup