Monday, 29 November 2010

More about the weekend....

Here are some more photo's from the weekend. Our stall was in a stable, so we were fairly limited to space, although I think we managed to make the most of what we had. It got a bit busy when people were looking, so we had to lurk nearby and this meant standing all day.

I have wondered if people may have looked or brought more if they didn't have to walk into the stall, I suppose its easier to casually browse at a table, but I doubt it made that much difference.

Here is Pinnikity's version of events!

I suppose the good news is I don't need to make anything for the fair this weekend, (although if I get time I may make a couple more hot water bottles, but waiting for a fibre delivery first). This means I can start thinking about making some things for Christmas or for me, which is quite nice. First project will be making my niece a Christmas stocking for her first Christmas, which I
am hoping she can keep for a few years.

I also need to find some time in daylight to take some product photo's, I have lots of draught excluders, door stops, Christmas cards, tea cosies etc... to list. I think its maybe a bit late for Christmas, but seems silly not to list them.

The curse of the craft fair continues.....

This weekend I shared a stall with my friend Nikki at the craft fair at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. I try not to go to a craft fair with too many expectations as you never quite know how the day is going to go. But I think I was fairly hopefully that it was going to be a good one, as it was at a National Trust property, last year they had over 5,000 visitors, the stall fee was much more than I would normally pay, it was a two day event and its Christmas shopping time. So I think I was hoping we would do ok.

We woke up on Saturday to snow, although I am a fan of snow and still get excited by it, I wished it could have waited a few days. We managed to get to Kedleston Hall without too many problems although we did have a little incident trying to turn round in front of the hall and got a little stuck. But the hall and grounds looked beautiful and it all felt very christmassy.

Our stall was in the stable block and although it was very cold at least we weren't outside like some people. Saturday seemed very quiet, but I still sold a few a bits. I presume the snow put quite a few people off. So we went home on Saturday trying to remain positive and hoping Sunday would be better. When we arrived on Sunday and were relived to see that the roads were much better. But Sunday was so strange, its was really busy, but only sold one thing! I know many of the other stall holders were having similar experiences, but that doesn't really help.

I am experienced enough to know that not every craft fair will be a success, but I was thoroughly disappointed and it does make you questions your products, packaging, how you have displayed everything and if you are actually good enough.

But on a more positive note, I was really happy with our stall and personally thought it looked great and I had a really good laugh and it was lovely spending a weekend with a friend I don't get to see too much. So it wasn't all bad!

I have also been thinking maybe I need to choose the fairs that I do more carefully, but until you do it you never know what its going to be like, but I think in future I will try and stick to more contemporary fairs, where everything on sale is handmade. It does bug me when something is described as a craft fair, but half the things on sale are not handmade or have been brought it (there was someone selling Cath Kidston products!)

We're doing another one on the Sunday 5th December at the Warwick Exhibition Centre, I'm trying to go with limited expectation, but I have my fingers crossed that it will be a better experience for both of us, I think we both need a bit of a boost.

*I have some better stall photo's which I will show later in the week, these were just taken on my phone.

Friday, 26 November 2010

I feel exhausted today, its the first time in about a month that I have done a full week at work and I'm just not used to it! Its our quiet time of year, which always seems to make me feel more tired and makes the days go slow.

But on a positive note I am starting to feel more myself and really in the mood to get creating (better late than never!). I have made some Christmas Cards this week, which you can see a sneeky peak of here. I have 6 designs and they are mounted on brown recycled cards, I hope to take some photo's at the weekend.

I feel a bit late with everything this year, I have loads of things I want to photograph and put in my Folksy shop, but feel I have probably missed the boat for this Christmas. Oh well its just been one of those years, must try harder next year!

Kedleston Hall Christmas Craft Fair

17 & 28 November - 11am - 3pm

I am sharing a stall with Pinnikity this weekend, we're in the stable block so I'll be wrapping up warm, but I am really looking forward to it. Come and say hello if your in the area.

Enjoy an opportunity to buy Christmas presents with a difference with a selection of Craft stalls from around Derbyshire located in our stable yard and Caesars Hall. Listen to traditional barrel organ playing Christmas tunes and see crafts being made. Free bus service from Derby bus station every hour leaving at 10:30,11:30,12:30 & 13:30. Return bus service from Kedleston Hall leaving at 12:00,13:00,14:00,15:00 & 16:00.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


I seem to be doomed with craft fairs this year. Was meant to be doing one at the weekend, but unfortunately I had to pull out at the last minute. I was absolutely gutted as its normally a really good one and a good laugh too, but sometimes real life has to take priority and this was one of those times.

I am doing another fair this weekend and am keeping my fingers crossed that I not only make it, that I also sell some things too!

With a bit of luck you will find me at The Craft Fair at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November, if open between 11am - 3pm. You can find out more about it here. I am sharing a stall with Pinnikity, who makes gorgeous aprons, amongst other things, we'll be in the stable block.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Sherwood Contemporary Craft Makers Market

At the moment I am busy preparing for for The Sherwood Contemporary Craft Makers Market. I feel a little under prepared due to one thing and another, but I am hoping things will come together.

Its being held on Saturday 20th November at The Place in Sherwood, Nottingham, which is just off Mansfield Road and is open 10am - 4pm. Its a really good fair with a great selection of local makers and is always good fun and nice to catch up with some other makers who I haven't seen for a while. So if you are in the area pop by, its a great place for some Christmas Shopping.

Monday, 1 November 2010

One Style

I know now is not the time to think about the direction of my work too much. But it has been playing on my mind slightly, that I may have quite a random selection of work when I display everything together at my first craft fair of the season in a couple of weeks.

I think I can currently slot my work into 3 'collections' Pebbles, Felt Flowers and then my appliqué pieces. I suppose I am just not sure they all work fit together and look like they are made by the same person. Is this even that important? I am also not sure if I should display collections together or mix everything up?

To be honest I think I probably just need to have a play and see what looks best and not worry about it, but sometimes I think it would be nice to have just one style, but then I would probably get bored!

At last something to see

I am very pleased to say that this weekend I actually made some things. I probably didn't get as much done as I had hoped, but I am still fairly pleased and it felt good to be creating again.

I started off on Saturday with a felt making session. The felt will eventually turn into hotwater bottle covers. I love feltmaking but it always takes longer than you think, so I need to have another good session or two.

I then finished up a batch of tea cosies, followed by starting some door stops, which are similar to my draft excluder's (thanks for Ellie at From the Wilde for the idea), they are not quite finished yet, but are very cute.

My first fair is on the 20 November, at The Place in Sherwood, Nottingham, it has a wonderful selection of local makers and is always really enjoyable. I just need some more making sessions first!