So having decided to have a quiet weekend, I was persuaded to change my mind (doesn’t really take much, does it?) and headed into Toon with Cata and Kim. After a heavy night on the toon, we woke up feeling a little groggy. It lasted for a whole ten seconds before I looked out of the window and saw the sunshine streaming in! Now for anyone living in the North East, (or even UK for that matter), will be well aware of how horrendous it’s been lately, and realise already what a BIG DEAL that little fact is. Can you think of better way to spend a Sunday than wandering along the quayside, raking around the market and scoffing churros? Nah, me neither.
Which is when we bumped into this fella, David Nash. David has been selling handmade leather bits and pieces for YEARS (in fact he’s been doing it since 1973 if you want get specific), and my Mam knows him through a friend who attended the same craft fairs as him a long time ago. (If you’re reading this David, it’s Doreen Thew who was my mother’s friend/mother figure, and that’s who I’m referring to.) He’s the sort of person you could speak to for hours: he has something to say about anything and everything and a brilliant sense of humour (just look at the signs next to all of his items). He was also kind enough to tell me about his blog, Sally of Forest Gate.
Now strangely enough I’d been lusting after various portfolio style clutches on Etsy and the like, but so far all the ones I liked were synthetic leather. I was telling my Mam about this and she mentioned David, and suggested that I ask him nicely to make one to size. However, by pure coincidence when I passed his stall with Cata yesterday, he had the perfect one! Not to mention that it was an absolute snip at £8! I’m trying to convince him to set up an Etsy shop to sell his wares but he’s not totally convinced it’s worth his, so if you agree and love it then leave a comment and I’ll let him know so that we can convince him otherwise…
Suffice to say I spent the weekend ruining my healthy eating, and I don’t care. Not even a little bit.