a weekend in photos..


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.


  1. May 21, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Sydney looks so cool! Love the pictures and the delicious looking food! 🙂

    • May 21, 2012 / 9:21 pm

      little of bit of confusion… this isn't Sydney. It's Newcastle Upon Tyne! 🙂

  2. May 21, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Dear Hannah, I had no idea that your mum is the wonderful and exuberant Doreen Thew! If only you'd said ! But your mum only had two sons so are you one of them post-op? Bloody good job the surgeons made of it if it's true! Zaz is great and I'm about to watch more of her. As you'll see I've joined your band of followers and although no fashion guru myself, I'll keep reading you! I loathe everything about Matthew Bourne and am probably, like the boy in 'The Emperors suit Of Clothes' the only man who would dare to say that! Oh! and no need to answer my 'blog' question as I obviously found you! David. PS I really gave no impression that I would even consider selling online! I'm too busy and too popular on The Quayside. PPS For my take on French read Part 56 Volcano? What Volcano?

    • May 21, 2012 / 9:31 pm

      haha I've updated the above copy to clarify who's daughter I am! Thanks again for the lovely comment. I'm just working my way through your blog posts now.. Very amused by the facebook anecdote! Glad you enjoyed Zaz, it was my French teacher who introduced me to her. And Matthew Bourne, I love because he's so eager to break all the rules. I love ballet, and dance myself in my spare time so I do appreciate classical ballet but I love how contemporary his productions are. Plus it's bloody hard work to try and pirouette with a flexed foot (much easier when it's pointed), so although the productions are very different from classical ones they still demonstrate amazing skill! Just while poking a bit of fun at the same time.. no harm in that!?

  3. May 21, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    Love that clutch – it's so unique, and I'm happy you were in the right place at the right time to find the perfect one 🙂

    Now I want a churro!

  4. May 21, 2012 / 11:37 pm

    wow the resolutions on these pics are insanely amazing.

  5. May 22, 2012 / 12:56 am

    Looks like an amazing weekend! And those churros! I would kill to have one right now!


  6. May 22, 2012 / 1:03 am

    That sounds like a wonderful weekend! And, um, those churros look delicious. I'm drooling over here!

  7. May 22, 2012 / 6:30 am

    Fab post and amazing clutch! Nothing like real leather in perfect color! Love your blog. Following you. Hope you follow me too. Have a fantastic day!

    xx Heidi

  8. May 22, 2012 / 11:05 am

    your street fella reminds me of my own street fella here in manila whom i've seen peddling his trade for decades already in the same exact spot he did in the '80s

  9. May 22, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    Mmmmm I miss the North East. Looks like a lovely weekend and I am so glad you have SUN!

  10. May 23, 2012 / 7:20 am

    very nice pictures
    u make me wanna eat churros!

  11. May 27, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    Love the clutch, I've looked at that stall a few times but can never decide on a colour!

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