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If it's summertime then it's V&A Village Fete time - a real highlight in the Lady Luck Rules OK calendar of events! We had so much fun making personalised rosette name necklaces last year but this year we fancied creating some kind of giant game for people to play... so inspired by my two favourite things *kittens* and *the Ramones* we devised a super fun game called Rock'n'Roll Tiddlywinks.
We designed and built a throwing gallery in the shape of a pair of 8 foot kittens holding records and customised some mini frisbees which became the 'winks. Players had to throw 2 out of their 12 'winks through any of the targets to the sounds of a 30 second snippet of the Ramones. Easy, right?
We arrived at the V&A fairly early on the Friday morning to set up our stand and were treated to several down pours and a monster thunderstorm. As luck would have it, the skies cleared and when the tickets went on sale at 6pm they were pretty much sold out by the time the doors were flung open half an hour later. We could see the crazy queue wrapping around the outside of the garden as we started to test run our game with 15 minutes to spare...eek.
This years theme was a Jubilee style celebration and the whole of the John Madjeski Garden was decorated in red, white and blue with union jack flags rustling wildly in the wind. The huge water feature in the centre of the garden was drained out and replaced with rows of tables like a 40s street party.
It took less than the length of a Ramones track for our Kiosk to be swamped with eager fete go-ers wanting to play, win, buy, rummage in the super sale box and cheer players on.
Customers started to play the game in pairs which made for a real frenzy! Hey ho! lets throw!
It wasn't too bad if a customer didn't win because we had cutie-pie consolation prizes and every player was entered into our Twitter raffle. We're going to announce the first raffle winner later today so keep your ticket safe and follow our sweet tweets.
It was totally amazing when players did win because the whole crowd got so excited jumping up and down and cheering. It was a blast - thanks to everyone for really getting into the spirit of things!
Winners were treated to a limited edition rock'n'roll kitten necklace which we designed specially for the fete as seen in the Fashion Statement section of the Guardian last week! Yay!
For all of our lovely customers who live far, far away we haven't forgotten about you! Oh no! You too can win one of our itty-bitty kitty necklaces on the super ace Disney Rollergirl blog.
Plus we've uploaded oodles of photos from the fete onto our flickr page!
We're thrilled to have been invited back by the V&A to participate in the Village Fete again this year. The Fete has been an annual event at the museum for a whopping ten years so to celebrate they're turning the John Madejski garden into a Jubilee style celebration.
We had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for our stand and this year we've designed a giant game for everyone to play which combines two of my all time fave things: kittens and rock'n'roll! I don't want to give too much away at this point but "Rock'n'Roll Tiddlywinks" will be super exciting to play and winners will walk away with an exclusive piece of Lady Luck Rules OK jewellery which has been specially designed for the Village Fete. Plus losers will walk away with a cutie pie consolation prize.
Other stall holders include - Rob Ryan, If You Could, Garudio Studiage, Jelly Mongers and Poke London.
Psst... don't forget the fete gets REALLY busy so arrive early to ensure you get in to play, win and have lots of summer time fun. We can't wait!
Last weekend felt like summer had officially arrived as the Lady Luck Rules OK gang descended upon the glorious Victoria and Albert museum for two days of good old fashioned Village Fete fun! We had spent a long gruelling week building a giant punch and judy style stand to house our bespoke jewellery making equipment as the event was due to take place outdoors in the John Madejski Garden. Weather reports all week had said it was going to rain and maybe even thunder storms. But did we need to worry? Oh no! Why it was the hottest weekend of the year so far, hurrah!
We arrived at the museum nice and early on the Friday morning and with the aid of porters and trolleys wheeled our stuff THROUGH the museum and into the garden which as it turned out was the first of a series of terrifying moments. Sam immediately started to assemble the stand, Hana and Amy whipped out the sewing machine to make up the gingham fabric into table cloths, Laura made the signs, Penni prepped the stock and I prepared the equipment and started testing. HOLD ON! The electricity hadn't been switched on yet...and we were informed the floor plan stated we weren't down as needing electricity! OK OK, I'd brought a picnic so we all sat down and cracked open the hamper whilst men in blue uniforms scurried around trying to wire us up. After lunch we were back on track, running a little behind mind but it was all systems go... Going through my mind in a big way was this was the first time we had ever taken our custom making equipment OUT of the studio, was it going to work?
The event was due to open at 6pm and news was working its way around the stands that an enormous queue had started to form outside the museum and I had *just* started testing the machine (there were a few hiccups) but we were soon rockin and rollin, phew-ee! Then the flood gates opened and boom we didn't stop all evening. We made hundreds of personalised necklaces (rosettes, anchors, swallows and hearts) and with each purchase the customer had a complimentary spin on our wheel of fortune, if they landed on "yes", "wow", "yay" or "win" they won a jewellery filled lucky dip but if they landed on "oops", "boo", "pah", "lose" then they were given a limited edition Lady Luck Loser badge! We had such a long list of necklaces to make at one stage our turn around time peaked at 1 hour but with so many other activities going on customers scooted off for fun and games and came back to collect at the end of the evening!
The Friday night flew past in a blur so we were looking forward to the Saturday so we could flit about the fete and play some games and take a look at the stalls! I'd had my eye on the "brooch the subject" stand where you get to smash a vintage piece of crockery and make the remains into a brooch; I wanted to help a chicken flap to freedom; getting a fake criminal record looked like serious fun; helium karaoke was next on the list and I definitely wanted to win a flat pack kitty by guessing who was in the hutch....forget it! We were even MORE busier on the Saturday and I didn't once get to leave our booth. Oh well, Laura scooted around to take these photos and we all scooped up a POP tote bag to commemorate the occasion.
Thanks to everyone who visited our stand, it was so much fun, a little fraught at times making sure we got all the jewellery made but it was worth it every time we saw the delight on a customers' face when we gave them their necklace! If you didn't make it down this year we hope to see you next year we already have an ACE stall panned...
Come to our stand at the Friday Late Village Fete 2008!
Now in its 8th year, the Village Fete one of the highlights of London's Summer calendar, held in the beautiful Madejski gardens in the V&A. It's a contemporary take on the traditional English fete, providing an extraordinary array of creative, fun, engaging and imaginative events and games by leading as well as up-and-coming designers.
We were really excited when we were invited to take part - we'll be making our own fete-inspired Rosette brooches and necklaces in our stall. We've been busy designing our stand - a beautiful red and white striped kiosk, and we've been practising our rosette-making techniques so that we can offer a unique 'while-u-wait' service. You'll be able to order your rosette at a very special price, take a spin on our wheel of fortune and win yourself a bag of Lady Luck goodies.
While you're waiting to collect your Rosette, you can place your bets at Carl Clerkin's roulette wheel; play Helium Karaoke with Rob n Dave; pimp your plimsoll with Ruth Bartlett; dance to Michael Marriott's groovy tunes; pop balloons; play musical statues; enjoy foam topiary and wobble jelly building; get your very own Banksy (or not?) and take part in many other stands and games that we don't even know about yet!
Here's some photographs from previous years.
There'll be so much going on - we can't wait. It's always a popular event, and you can come on either Friday evening 6-10pm , when it attracts London's hipsters and artists, or Saturday afternoon 1-5pm.
It costs £3 to get in - advance tickets aren't available - it does get busy, so you're really best to arrive as early as you can, or you'll spend a lot of time queuing.
We hope you can come along, say 'hi' and join in the fun. Look forward to seeing you there!
V&A Village Fete
Friday 25th July 6-10pm • Saturday 26th July 1-5pm
John Madejski Garden, Victoria and Albert Museum
Admission: £3 adults, 50p children 12 years or under
Tickets on entrance via main door on Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
The nearest Tube station is South Kensington (on the Piccadilly Line)
For a full list of all the participants and events at the Fete, click here