L’Arche Christmas Decorations – pin cone ready to be made in to Christmas Wreaths – will be available for sale at the Xmas Fayre.
Spoil yourself and your loved ones this winter with unique hand crafted gifts from our first
With a vast array of exciting traditional hand made prints, paintings, fun Illustrations, cards, textiles, toys, and jewellery, our local artists and makers’ stalls will be sure to have something for everyone, so come along and shop until you drop with the added knowledge that you are supporting West Norwood’s creative community.
Our staff will be on hand to supply warming Christmas treats and music to get you into the festive spirit!
Guest Makers, Face painting, Christmas Decorations workshop, Live Music, festive cake pops too.
ps: a huge thank you to Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff for designing all the posters (for L’Arche events as well as for the RPS group) and to Kudret & Aytekin from Odek for printing all the leaflets & posters.
L’Arche Christmas Concert
The L’Arche London Arkclub Theatre group would like to invite you to their Christmas Concert at All Saints Church, West Dulwich.
YES! L’Arche and Rock Paper Scissors London are relaunching their shop in West Norwood next Thursday and we would love you to come for wine and nibbles… yum!
We may still be knee deep in paint, wood shavings and tools we are determined to be up and running whilst looking as stylish as possible.
Here’s some more photos of our refurb – L’Arche staff member Paul who also runs the Garden and lots more is a very handy man and is literally building shelving and the displays himself whilst a few RPS members faff about with paint ;-P
Note: this blog post is a copy of the RockPaperScissorsLondon.co.uk blog post as I run both so I’m allowed! 🙂
We even roped in Aiden who had some spare time between meetings – did you know that L’Arche have been in that building for 40 years (L’Arche will be celebrating their 50th year soon!) and Aiden is the person raising funds to help improve their entire building as there are a few damp spots and crumbling bits so the place will be decorated again but it could be a few years before they have raised enough funds to do so.
So pleased that Paul has organised a new carpet… can’t wait to see that installed… here’s a reminder of the old one… ick…
So please come and visit us to say hi and have a nose at the new shiny white space on Thursday 1st October from 6pm – wine and nibbles (think there is some home baked goodies too!) included 😀
update: 30th September…
Apparently, there are shelving units that hate being painted and repeatedly tries to repel it even after a coat of primer… gargh!
The night before the launch and we think that we will have it fairly presentable 🙂 if still needs work afterwards we think the wine, cakes, cakepops, snacks, nibbles and healthy stuff will make up for it 😀
Here’s some more photos and we have lots to do in the morning to be ready at 6pm!
Paul who works for L’Arche declared he doesn’t actually like DIY… we all stared at him as he was the one that volunteered to do all the work… and has proceeded to do most of the work!
We start this weekend – 29th August and hope to get most of the work done over the bank holiday and following week.
We plan to have a relaunch VIP party on the 1st October so please keep an eye for that as we will have wine, nibbles and cake – yay!
A huge thank you to the following people for their contributions:
Ivana on twitter @ivanabasicactor – responded to my tweet for paint donations and dropped of some white paint and a couple of brushes
Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage – responded to our Facebook plea and will supply us with five pots of white paint.
Anita from Diverse Gifts gave us some very long floating shelves to use and went to great lengths (no pun intended) to get them which included emptying her whole storage unit as the shelves were at the bottom and back (isn’t it always!!!) and then helped me wheel them on a trolley down from Brixton Hill to her shop in torrential rain – then she took the trolley back up the hill (had dodgy steering) and I then took the shelves home – a 15 minute walk turned into an hour of pigeon steps, lots of breaks and several buckets of sweat (ick). Which I had to do twice as I can’t carry 5 of those shelves in one go – I have to go back in the morning for the last small version – I spent the rest of the evening lying on my sofa until midnight when I actually started to do the other things that needed to be done. (one being this blog post!)
I am not carrying them to West Norwood!
We could do with some carpet but I’m guessing we are too late for that! hint hint 🙂
As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post (briefly), I’m part of a new makers market in Tulse hill.
It’s being organised by Lorraine Duncan otherwise known as @knitwizzneedles who also runs a community knitting and crochet group on Wednesdays – you can visit her google page here.
so far there are several Rock Paper Scissors London group members who sell at L’Arche in West Norwood and at the Coffee Shop itself but there are also others who sell Skin Care items, hearty food and children’s clothing, toys, wall art, home decoration and weird creatures (mine) and I usually have a few other items that I make so please pop along if you can
They are open to new makers as a few didn’t make it and we need more to help give a good range of work by locals for locals (and anyone who wants to visit :-D)
Here’s a few photos I took of the 2nd market which was my first – the next makers market will be on the 6th June – I will add more photos to the gallery (click on images to visit) after each market so I hope to be able to show a whole range of work.
I just had a small table as it was my first go and I need more practice 😀
Sally Durrans – Ceramics feature large double glazed work and smaller pieces that even kids love.
Lorraine Duncan (knitwear/textiles) and Sally Durrans (ceramics) play around before opening up the Market
Nicolette’s handmade children’s clock and a selection of jewellery
Lovely Handmade Dresses
Sue Debo’s has some hot and cold food on offer including a vegetarian option.
You can visit each makers websites by following these links: