Fab Christmas Fair in Helen’s Bay

Precious Paper is pleased to be setting up a stall at the annual Christmas Craft Fair in Helen’s Bay. We attended last year’s fair which was very well attended and had a fantastic array of very varied stalls. If you are in the vicinity why not pop in and pick up some handmade Christmas presents?

Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church Christmas Craft Fair

in Church Road, Helen’s Bay

Saturday 1st December 2012, 10.00am – 3.00pm

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Craft Fair in the North West

There will be a Christmas Craft Fair in Coleraine which although Precious Paper will not be (We will be in Scotland that weekend) there we would still like to publicise and hope that anyone up in the North West will get a chance to enjoy;

The Causeway Bazaar

Vintage & Handmade Crafts Fair


The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine


Sat 24th Nov 2012

10am – 3.30pm

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Back in Business as usual

I had a fantastic time cruising round the Eastern Mediterranean and got to see Ephesus, the Greek islands like Santorini, Croatia, and Montenegro. But the best part of the whole trip was travelling on the Venice-Simpleton Orient Express. Its like going back in time to 1929 when the carriages were built and the train was in its heyday. It was a hoot getting dressed for dinner in evening wear and the food is superb. It was great fun when we stopped in stations across Austria, Germany, and France, and all the other travelling public gawked at these lucky few dining in what is in reality a museum exhibit.

I had found that any of my mirrors or frames that included imagery of Venice, or alluded to that 1930’s age of elegance such as the Orient Express always attracted people, so of course now I am making all sorts of lovely mirrors as I was so inspired by my own trip on this gorgeous train and my time in Venice.

We are now back to work at the stall each Sunday and it was so nice to have been missed by some of my regular customers who had come looking for me while I was off gallivanting.

Next task is to create my space on Etsy so hopefully I will have that done soon…

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Absence from my usual haunt in St George’s Market

Paper beads Christmas star

Lucky star

Lucky me! My partner is whisking me away on a fabulous cruise around the Med in June so I won’t be at my stall in St.George’s on a few Sundays coming up in June…

I will be there this Sunday as usual – Sunday 3 June. And then we will be back on the stall for Sunday 1st July.

Perhaps I will see other interesting markets of my travels such as the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul!

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Welcome to Precious Paper

Precious Paper stall in St George's market

I have my stall in St George’s market every Sunday

My name is Katharine Kinney.  Welcome to the launch of this new website created by my friend Catherine Couvert. This is my first attempt at writing a blog but having seen other interesting blogs I hope to showcase the arts and crafts I create.

I make items out of recycled magazines for my stall which I call “Precious Paper”.


I have always been interested in the idea of upcycling as well as recycling, which is when one takes material that would be considered useless or perhaps ‘rubbish’ and then make it into something of greater worth or beauty.

I take piles of ordinary glossy magazines that have been read and discarded, and instead of popping them into the household recycling bin I use various parts to make my craft items.

Travel themed photo frame and paper flower

Each decoupage photo frame is unique

  • I cut out all the photographs inside to use on my decoupage frames and mirrors, boxes and drawer units
  • I take off the covers and backs and make paper beads with this thicker card which I turn into jewellery
  • I use any colourful advertisements inside to make little paper gift bags for the jewellery to go into
  • Any other colourful pages leftover I make into Kusudama flowers (Japanese origami flowers – like in the photo)

Where you can find me 

You can find me in St.George’s Market in Belfast every Sunday (near the May Street entrance down by the fish and veg!  Also occasionally in the Craft Fair on Saturdays in Hillsborough in the Court House beside the Tourist Board Office.

2012 Hillsborough Market dates

  • 30th June
  • 28th July
  • 25th August
  • September: to be confirmed
  • 27th October
  • 24th November
  • 15th December

times: 10.00 – 4.00

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