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Spring Market 23rd March 2014

December 11th, 2013 § 0

Very exciting news!! I am over the moon to announce that I will be holding an additional event for 2014… a Spring Market to sit alongside the already established Summer Market and Christmas Market.

The Spring Market will take place at my favourite venue, The Roundhouse on Sunday 23rd March 2014.  Doors will open at 10am and close at 4pm.  Entry will be £1.

The Spring Market will be all about flowers, plants, gifts for Mother’s Day, delicious food and drink and lots of fabulous inspiration for home and garden.  VIP tickets will be back for the Spring Market too… enjoy a Spring inspired VIP Lounge, goody bag and lots more.

It’s all very exciting and planning is well underway!

Spring Food and Gift Market Derby March 2014

A festive pinwheel DIY from Darby and Joan

December 10th, 2013 § 0

Hello from Darby & Joan!  We hope you are all enjoying the change in the seasons and ready for the winter festivities. To get you in the mood for Christmas we have an easy festive DIY for you today. Get your glitter and glue at the ready.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan -header

Image Credits: Mirlah Thornley

What you’ll need:

  • Scrapbooking paper in a variety of patterns or colours. 12″ x 12″  (You can of course use smaller squares of paper it just depends on the size of the pinwheel you’d like to make.
  • Card in different patterns or colours
    • PVA Glue or glue stick
    • Glue Gun or stringer strength glue
    • Glitter
    • Mini Wooden Letters
    • Scissors
    • Twine

What to do:

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan Paper-Fold-Glue

Take a piece of square scrapbook paper and concertina fold making each fold ½ inch to an inch wide.

Once folded trim off the edges of the folded paper to just even out the edges.

Fold the concertina in half so it creates a triangle then glue the inner edges together using PVA or a glue stick. Set aside to dry and grab another sheet of paper. Repeat with matching paper and punch a small hole through the top of one of the pinwheel triangles this is where we will hang the pinwheel. Depending on how tight you wish your pinwheel folds to be you will need to create 1,2 or 3 extra triangles. (2 or 3 extra triangles will be a lot tighter than just one.) Once you have folded all of your triangles glue them all together creating your circular pinwheel. Repeat as many times as you’d like with different coloured and patterned paper to create multiple pinwheels.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan Glitter-letters

To create the letters, take your chosen wooden letters, (available at most craft shops) and cover with glue and then sprinkle on your glitter. This may take a while to dry.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan Glitter-Letters-Joy

To give the letters a smooth surface to be attached to, cut out circles of card and glue each letter to the card.

Take your glue gun or stronger strength glue and attached the circle card and letter to the middle of your chosen pinwheel.

DIY Festive Pinwheel By Darby & Joan J-O-Y

Allow to dry before stringing the twine through the hole and hanging in all its glory. Once dry hang your pinwheel wherever you’d like and Ta da! That’s it.

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You could use the pinwheel to spell out whatever you’d like and you don’t have to be limited to a Christmas theme. You could use these for parties, as a backdrop for a fun photobooth. Create giant ones for a wedding table plan or just use different colours and hang up all year round?

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little DIY and hope you’re now feeling positively festive.

Christmas Market 2013

November 27th, 2013 § 0

Christmas Market Roundhouse Debryshire 2013

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November, the doors to the 4th Christmas Market opened at The Roundhouse. What a wonderful weekend with over 100 exhibitors selling an array of delicious food, handpicked gifts and much more.

Thank you to all the thousands of visitors who filled the venue making it a great success.  I’m sure you’ll agree the exhibitors displayed their products beautifully tempting lots into buying treats for family, friends and of course a little self indulgence.  It was fabulous to see so many shopping bags leaving the building… I think there were lots of gift lists ticked during the weekend!

A big thank you to…
The Roundhouse staff  and stewards, as always so helpful, supportive and professional.
Michele Gledhill for styling the VIP Area, a retreat away from the crowds.
Emma Cleveley who very kindly visited the event and took photos.
My fabulous event helpers, Lucy, Hannah, Emily, Charlotte, Edward and Molly.

I’m now in the mood for Christmas!


Christmas Market, 16th and 17th November 2013

October 13th, 2013 § 1

Hello! Well, I’m busy working away on the big Christmas Market in Derby and it’s looking to be a fabulously festive weekend! Back at The Roundhouse in Derby for a 4th year, I’m delighted to announce a bigger event this year with over 100 handpicked exhibitors offering delicious food, drink, gifts and home accessories.

Derbyshire Christmas Market 2013

The Christmas Market is full of inspiration exhibitors who have been carefully chosen ensuring you will be spoilt for choice.  This year will see over 100 exhibitors, a NEW Food and Drink Hall, VIP tickets and Workshops.

Christmas Market, The Roundhouse, Derby
Saturday 16th and sunday 17th November 2013
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby

Open: Saturday 10am – 5pm & sunday 10am – 4pm
Christmas Market website click here

Derbyshire Christmas Market november 2013

The Christmas Market, Roundhouse, Derbyshire is brought to you by Fabulous Places.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Wedding Event with a Difference!

October 7th, 2013 § 0

Next Sunday sees the return of the rather fabulous Wedding Event with a Difference at The Roundhouse in Derby.  Run by Save The Date, I have to say that this is the only wedding event I still like to visit now I’m married.  Full to the brim with wedding inspiration, it’s a feast for the eyes.  I would also recommend this event to anyone who is planning a celebration, the array of exhibitors cover all types of events.

The event will be attended by some fabulous businesses I love including Darby & Joan Vintage, The Roundhouse, Red Square Photography and The Greenery.

To book your tickets please visit the Wedding Event with a Difference website.

Two fabulous events…

October 7th, 2013 § 0

This year I’m helping two rather fabulous venues present festive events.  There is the Winter Fair at The Waled Garden at Beeston Fields and a Christmas Fair at The Priest House Hotel.  Both dates are for your diary as they’re guaranteed to put you in the seasonal mood.  The exhibitors have been very carefully selected and I think you will love them!

Sunday 10th November – Winter Fair at The Walled Garden, Nottingham (10am – 4pm)
Sunday 24th November – Christmas Fair at The Priest House Hotel, Derbyshire

Both events are being managed by Fabulous Places.

Don’t forget that the BIG Christmas Market is back on the 16th and 17th November at The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby.  Over 100 exhibitors, workshops, VIP tickets, Vintage Tea Room and much, much more!  For full Christmas Market information please click here.


Christmas Market 2013… it’s on the way!

October 7th, 2013 § 0

I’ve been busy planning the Christmas Market for months, so I am very pleased it’s getting closer!  The event this year is looking fabulous and will have more exhibitors and we’re open an extra hour on the Saturday!

This year you’ll find:
- Over 100 carefully selected food and gift exhibitors
- VIP Tickets, make your visit even more fabulous!
- Workshops
- Pop-up Vintage Tea Room (presented by Darby & Joan)
- New for 2013… The Food & Drink Hall

Derbyshire Christmas Market november 2013

To find out all about the Christmas Market please click here.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Please note:  The Christmas Market is now fully booked for exhibitors.

the last Creative Business Workshop of 2013

September 22nd, 2013 § 0

This coming Wednesday sees the final Creative Business Workshop of 2013.  We’ve had a wonderful time meeting so many great business owners since the first Workshop back in April this year. The venue, sessions, food and company have been fabulous and we’ve had a ball!

The final Creative Business Workshop will have a festive twist offering lots of inspiration for making the most of the run up to Christmas.

If you would like to join us for a day of inspiration click here to book your place.

Hope to see you there!


Derbyshire Creative Business Workshop

A trip to the Feastival

September 14th, 2013 § 0

Last month we went to the Feastival. I have wanted to visit for a couple of years so I was really excited whence finally booked the tickets and added to our calendar, exciting!

The day finally came and we weren’t disappointed, we had a fab day. As soon as we arrived there was Jamie Oliver and Alex James welcoming everyone to the event. The attraction for us was the focus on food and fun for all the family and both boxes were ticked. Lily is 2 and she had a great day dancing to live music, eating lots and taking part in lots of activities.

Here are some photos from our day:

As an event organiser myself it was great to go to an event that was so inspiring and exciting. The attention to detail was fabulous and the selection of exhibitors made it a great experience.

The Christmas Market website is live

September 13th, 2013 § 0


The year is flying by which means the countdown to the Christmas Market is on! I love this event, the planning, selecting exhibitors, designing promotional materials… it makes it all very exciting. I’ve just launched the Christmas Market website with all the information you need to plan your visit.

christmas market derby roundhouse november 2013

This year the event is bigger and there are some new and exciting things going on! VIP tickets, workshops, food and drink hall… roll on the 16th and 17th November! The site launched earlier today and VIP tickets are being snapped up already! To find out all about the Christmas Market click here!

If you have any questions about the Christmas Market please click here to get in touch.

Please note:  the event is now fully booked for exhibitors.

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