Crouch End Spring Market 2016 – London Local Etsy.

Crouch-End-Spring-market-2016-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-BellIt’s truly a pleasure to announce the upcoming Crouch End Spring market, organised by London Local Etsy.

Being a North Londoner, Crouch End holds a special place in my heart. I love it for its village feel and vibrant creative community.

The Spring market is taking place next Saturday, 14th May 2016, between 11am to 4pm, at the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.

I have styled the flyer above with some fresh Spring blooms from the Urban Flower Company, a must visit florist shop, also based in Crouch End. Their flowers are always so beautifully curated by owner and friend Matt Richardson.

London Local is a team of 650+ Etsy sellers based in London, committed to promoting handmade and ethically produced items.

For the Spring market, over 50 of London’s finest Etsy sellers will be setting up stall. The good news is that entry is FREE!

There will also be FREE Goody tote bags for the first 50 at the market.

In fact, London Local Etsy and I have joined forces to design these tote bags.

Cactus-moodboardA fortnight ago, I put together a mood board (above) for the tote bag design.

I decided on two of my favourite themes of the moment – the Cactus and Memphis trend.

The colour palette I chose consisted of pinks, mint greens with small pops of yellows and blues. The brief was that it should be fun, fresh and modern.

( images in the moodboard: Cactus in gold pots are by Brittni Mehlhoff, the skirt and geometric shapes are by Gorman, the cactus bag is from Oliver Bonas and the print is by Jacqueline Colley of Print and Pattern.)

Made-by-Aiza-shapes-for-vinyl-on-bags-featured-on-Little-Big-BellI was allocated two super talented makers to help bring my mood board to life, they are Aiza Cheung from Made by Aiza and Dave from Puck Studio.

Above is an image of all the shapes that Aiza created based on my mood board.

The shapes were stored in a vector file which Dave was able to send from the computer to a special vinyl cutting machine.

The machine cuts the shapes using coloured vinyl which has a backing sheet of sticky plastic.

After the machine has finished, a sharp pointed tool is used to peel away the negative space of the design.Making-of-vinyl-heat-printing-totes-featured-on Little-Big-BellThe shapes on the large vinyl sheet are then separated by cutting with scissors.Vinyl-cut-outs-photo-by-Little-Big-BellHere are all the cut out shapes, which can be arranged on the tote bag, with your desired composition.

Dave from Puck Studio then lays the bag with the new design, onto a heat press for a few seconds.
Vinyl-transfers-2-for-tote-bags-Etsy-made-localAfter the vinyls have cooled down, the sticky back plastic can be peeled off.Vinyl-heat-transfer-tote-Little-Big-BellAiza decided on a second layer of colours for my bag. The first layer was in mint and blue and the second layer consisted of smaller, more vibrant and colourful shapes, which she put on top to make the design pop.Cactus-theme-tote-bag-Little-Big-BellSo here is the final product, now with me at home.Cactus-tote-Little-Big-BellIt was all as I had envisioned.

The cactus in my favourite tone of mint and those Memphis trend shapes in vibrant colours.London-local-tote-bag-collaboration-Little-Big-Bell50 individual tote bags have been created from the vinyl cut outs inspired by my mood board.

Each bag has been decorated differently.

In fact, the London Local team enlisted the help of a group of bloggers last week, to design their own totes from these cut out shapes.snailmaillove-tote-bags-featured-on-Little-Big-BellHere are the bags created by Snail Mail Love, one of the bloggers at the tote making workshop. She’s also an Etsy seller. I adore her bunny design. ( photo here by Snail Mail Love)

Get to the Spring market early and you will be in the chance of getting one of the uniquely designed tote Goody bags.London-Local-Etsy-makers-Little-Big-BellHere’s a list of the 50 London Local Etsy sellers who will be setting up shop in Crouch End next weekend.

From this list, I have curated a few of my favourite finds.

It also gives you a flavour of the type of products that will be going on sale:

1. Nouveau cat screen print by Fran Wood Design.

2. Number birthday T-shirt by Little Chook.

3. Pineapple brooch by Suzie London UK.

4. Flamingo print by UtensilsOPaperart.

5. Paper flower bridal bouquet by Rachel Emma Studio.

6. Bold brushstroke drum lampshade by Sarah Capel printing.

7. Teal Ombre geometric print from Made by Aiza.

8. Mid century modern needlepoint kit by Pom Pom kits.

Crouch-End-Spring-market-May-2016-Little-big-BellHope you have enjoyed the post. It was so fun to collaborate with London Local Etsy.

Don’t miss out on the Spring Market and the chance of winning a uniquely designed goody tote bag inspired by my mood board and executed by talented makers.

Thank you card Shoshy Cadoodle

Thanks to London Local team for getting me involved. I leave you with a thank you card designed by Shoshy Caddodle. Have a wonderful week ahead.

( Photo and floral styling around the flyer and photo of cactus tote bag are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The vinyl cut out shape images were supplied by London Local Etsy team. The collage curation images are by the respective Etsy sellers linked in the blog post.)


  1. Ah love all the botanical vibe going on here!! Definitely a big LIKE for those cactus designs!!

  2. Love the floral design on the flyer – gorgeous! And those tote bags are so cute – what a fun collaboration! Sounds like a great event 🙂 x

    • littlebigbell

      Thank you. It was so fun to get involved. I love Crouch End, can’t wait till Saturday 🙂

  3. Looks like a lot of fun to be involved with! I love Etsy

  4. oh I just love love love the bags!

  5. Lovely styling Geraldine. I love the flowers around the flyer. And that cactus bag is so ‘in’ x

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