Sunday, 30 December 2012

My First Craft Fair

So I've mentioned in a couple of recent posts that I took part in my maiden craft fair earlier this month.  It's something I've been toying with for a while now but required copious amounts of time, something which with a toddler I have precious little of.  

Whilst on a family walk at the end of October my lovely brother-in-law mentioned a Christmas craft fair that the art gallery he works for were hosting as part of the preview for an exhibition of embroidery and needlework (including some by Mr X Stitch) aptly entitled Hemmed In (I did offer my "fuck" doily but it was politely declined, can't think why) and asked if I'd like to have a stall.  This was the ideal opportunity for me to have a bash in a friendly environment with no real outlay except my time so I spent every spare minute of the intervening 6 weeks crocheting, sewing and paper crafting my ass off.

The eve of the big day was spent with a mock craft stall in my lounge (along with a Christmas tree and the aforementioned toddler) pissing about with the display and making signs and a photo montage for my e-photo frame plus trying to decide how much to charge for everything but here it is, my finished stall ready for some selling

Mr Right and Buster came along to wish me luck and a few people I know through the gallery were in attendance so it was nice to see some friendly faces on the night and I actually made some sales (sadly the two stall holders next to me didn't sell a thing so I was very lucky).  

I got some lovely compliments about my work plus the invitation to join an internet based network of entrepreneurial mums (I'm an entrepreneur now don't you know) and the bonus of a boost to the stock for my Etsy shop

I also came away with some amusing anecdotes like the lady who asked whether I could make the Baby Boobie Beanies in blue for boys (er, not really as they would be blue boobs, and you only really get blue boobs on dead people) and the lady who wanted to know if the Princess Leia Hats came in blonde (er nope, then they wouldn't be Princess Leia Hats) and the constant Carry On style quips about people fondling/laughing at my boobs/knickers (the boob hats and knickers pot stands).

All in all it was a great experience and I'd like to thank my bro-in-law for thinking of me and for Mr Right for wrangling the kids and putting up with me shouting "I'm counting!" every time he deigned to talk to me during my stock-making time.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Hello Sailor!

I hope you've all had a spiffy Christmas.  I hate Christmas but I do like the enforced time with my little family, happy children full of Father Christmas excitement and the copious amounts of food and drink.

On boxing day found myself with some me time, mini Pink was in bed and the Blues were trying to thrash each other on a new football game on some console or other so I decided to make myself an extra little gift (as if I need another present) from a fab pattern book my sister gifted me for Christmas.

It's an anchor brooch with the legend "Hello Sailor" embroidered on it, okay the embroidery's not that great but I was a bit tipsy when I did it but you get the idea and I think it adds to the handmade charm.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Candy Is Dandy

I was looking for a quick crochet project that I could tinker away with whilst being sat behind my stall at the craft fair last week and this little candy cane garland fitted the bill perfectly, I even made some solo canes that sold on the night, you can't get more handmade than that.

By the way these are now available on my Etsy shop

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Wreaths, Not Just For Dead People

You know I love a wreath, they really shouldn't just be exclusively for dead people.  So what better kind of wreath for me than one made entirely out of dead people's stuff?!

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed during my Junk Shop Jewels ramblings I've been collecting old wooden cotton spools, purchasing a few hither and thither and putting them aside for a rainy day, well that rainy day came this week and was practically a deluge when I hit the mother load of 18 spools for 10p each at the 'cheap as chips' charity shop (chips quite literally as it's situated next to a greasy spoon and everything you purchase has the faint whiff of l'eau de fry-up about it until its been aired for a couple of days)

I bought a heart shaped metal-framed wreath from good old Wilko's for £3 and used wire and pliers to attach the spools to the frame, et voila!

It now hangs above my little craft bureau and brightens my day.
One of the reels still had its original packaging on it with the price of 9D stamped on it.  Some of the names for the shades they came up with were rather exotic, this one for example
and my personal fave
Sadly this is a cautionary tale.  Whilst creating this "masterpiece" I managed to stab some of the wire into my finger tip (my sister did the same thing a few years back and damaged the tendon in her finger and I STILL didn't learn?!) so if you're creating something similar please wear gloves as it's like making a wreath out of barbed wire and razor blades.

Monday, 17 December 2012

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

Is there anybody still there?  I do hope so.  I've been so busy of late that the blog has taken a bit of a back seat.  I recently had a stall at my first craft fair (more on that another time) so my free time has been somewhat lacking as every spare minute has been spent making stock giving myself RSI.

Anyway, I'm back now and raring to get things back to normal so what better way than with a Junk Shop Jewels post.  Here are some more items that I've plucked from the jaws of hell for your delight and I'm sure my husband's dispair.

First up some more gorgeous wooden cotton reels, I found 18 of them for the princely sum of 10p each!!!!!
Having found the mother load of cotton spools I also had a spot of luck with the lesser-spotted vintage bed linen with a beautiful pink floral double sheet (£2.50) and a candy stripe pillow case (50p)
I met up with Liz (of Magpie Monday fame) for a lovely and very civilised Christmas Crafternoon at her gorgeous gaff and in a wonderful coincidence there happened to be a jumble sale running that afternoon and she took me along to my maiden jumbly.  Shockingly given my thrifty ways I have never been to a proper jumble sale!  Car boot sales and charity shops yes but jumble sales are severely lacking in my neck of the woods so it was great to finally get to rummage through dead people's stuff in a cosy village hall elbow to elbow with other like-minded tramps.

My haul included this dressing up costume for Missy (50p)
An old rug beater (20p)
And this 1960s Quelrayn Zipper (50p)
Love it, now I just need to get myself a captain's hat, a turtle neck and some slacks and I'll fit right in with the marketeer's 1968 vision 
Linking up with Liz and her #MagpieMonday over at Me And My Shadow
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