Tag Archives: Notting Hill

my new bag…

17 Oct

Now I’m an East London girl but I work part-time in West London and if I could, I would have a flat there as well! Recently, there has been a bit of buzz about a local project – the Notting Hill shopping bag. We stock them where I work and this weekend the bags have done phenomenally well! The bumpf from the official blog/website reads…

“The Notting Hill Shopping Bag is a cotton bag sold for £4 by shops and stalls across Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market. It features images designed by local schoolchildren and celebrities who live in, or love, Notting Hill.

The aims are to reduce plastic bag use in Notting Hill, to support local charities to whom 10 per cent of profits are donated, to promote Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market as a shopping destination and to boost income for stallholders and shopkeepers.”

A bag that gives back to the local community? Yes please!! One side of the bag looks like this…

the Notting Hill shopping bag.

But that isn’t all there is to it! On the other side is an image drawn by a local resident. The first bag was designed by a local schoolgirl, 11 year old Kemi from Colville Primary School. The second bag has been designed by someone with a bit more “star power” and that is songstress and Notting Hill resident, Natalie Imbruglia.

Cupcakes in Notting Hill by Natalie Imbruglia

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? My whole family are cupcake fanatics so what a perfect gift it makes! (Yes, I have bought some, all at full price. I don’t expect freebies or discounts to promote something like a lot of people do. And they’re £4! It’s not exactly expensive is it!?!?!)

Natasha, who runs the whole operation, is amazing! I can’t wait to see the next design in the series! All the bags are limited runs too and as well as being available in retail shops, such as The Travel Bookshop (you can buy them online there too), they are also available at the market stalls on Portobello Road! So, instead of using plastic to carry your fruit and veg in, you can walk away with a stylish and re-usable bag that you know is giving back and will continue to do so!

You can follow the Notting Hill shopping bag project tweets @NottingHillBag and also follow the blog (link above). Another lovely blogger, the Notting Hill Girl, also blogged about them today. Go and read her review of them and check out her blog (it’s lovely and fashion-y!!). So what are you waiting for? Go get yours now!

I have another good cause blog post this week. All I will say is that it involves my mum. Until then!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Last Wednesday Knitting Club…

1 Apr

…IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! (Can you tell I’m happy? Haha)

Last night happened to be the inaugural meeting of The Last Wednesday Knitting Group at The Travel Bookshop, Notting Hill. As founder and organiser, I was sure that no-one was going to turn up and the scones I’d baked for the occasion would be solely eaten by me in between sobs over a failed venture! Haha. But alas, I was wrong! 6 people turned up (7 including myself) which I think for a first meeting was a very nice number indeed!! Here are a few photos from the evening.

Lots of knitting happened, lots of talking happened and (happily) lots of eating of scones happened! Hooray! Hehe. I always get nervous when I bake for people so I’m glad they were scoffed down with enthusiasm!

I’m so happy and relieved that the first meeting of The Last Wednesday Knitting Club went well and now I’m off to plan the next one! At least I have a month to do so this time! Haha. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for The Last Wednesday Knitting Club, email jaqueline(at)craftyfoxes(dot)co(dot)uk, and we’ll keep you informed of any special events and important dates in The Last Wednesday Knitting Club diary!

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely, lovely ladies that came last night and I hope to see many more ladies (and men, you’re welcome too!!) at the next meeting! And a ma-hoo-sive thank you to Saara for the use of The Travel Bookshop (you’re amazing!). Right, now it’s time for me to get some more knitting done!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx