A Grand Day!

Craft | Tuesday February 2 2010 | 1:31 am | No Comments | Tags: , , |

I had such a good day at the Horse and Jockey Arts and Crafts Fair last Saturday.  It wasn’t mad busy, I didn’t make my fortune and I didn’t sell all my things.  However, none of that matterred.  I had lots of fun, met some lovely people, got a feel for what people were interested in so got lots of ideas and I was joined by a few friends at various times throughout the day.

Here are a couple of pictures of version 1 of my display.  After I set up I had the opportunity to move to the ‘pitch’ of someone who cancelled at the last minute so I had more space.  Unfortunately by then Caveman had left with the camera, but it was just a more spread out version of this.

H&J 30jan10 2

H&J 30jan10 1

The Horse and Jockey Fair is a regular event, on the last Saturday of every month.  I am not able to do February but I have booked for March.  I have lots of ideas and plans for new stock, so keep reading over the next couple of months for an idea of what is coming up, and put 27th March in your diary!

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Why didn’t I think of that?

Craft | Sunday January 24 2010 | 11:02 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , |

I know several people who mark the start of a new year with a new project.  Some learn a new skill, others aim to do something creative ever day, Caveman and others we know are are doing a self portrait photograph each week, for example on Flickr in 52 Weeks

So, what am I doing?  Well, nothing!  Then I found something that made me stop and think ‘I could do that’, kind of!

I’ve heard of Meet Me At Mikes many times but never looked at it.  When I did look at it for the first time yesterday I found A Granny A Day! Genius!

Pip is making a granny square every day of  the year.  Wow, I thought, that’s some commitment.  They are quick to make but one every single day?  One a week would be a bit more realistic for me, so that’s my plan.  Not just an ickle granny square though, I’m going to try to make a 6inch square every week to learn a new pattern or skill. 

I don’t have a grandmother myself, having lost one nearly 6 years ago and one before I was born, but by the end of this year I plan to have 52 of them.

It is now week 4 of 2010 so I have a little bit of catching up to do, but its early enough in the year to get it done, I’m sure.

Look out for weekly posts called ‘Granny No #’ from now until the end of the year and if you think I’m slipping, give me a nudge!

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MMX

Craft | Saturday January 2 2010 | 7:50 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Happy New Year to you!  I hope 2010 brings you good times, good health and lots and lots of craftiness.  Those are the things I dream of for the year ahead anyway!

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks with my birthday, Christmas, New Year, visiting family  and lots and lots of snow! I spent Christmas at home with Caveman then we went off to Scotland to visit our respective families and most importantly see my nephews and niece.  If there was one thing would make me move back to Scotland it would be them.

The weather was a real challenge, with near knee deep snow in places, frozen roads and sub zero temperatures at all times. The coldest I was out in was -9°c at 9pm one evening, so I can only guess how cold it got in the middle of the night.  Brrrrrrrrrrrr…

And now that the gifts I have made have been given I can share what I’ve been working on for the past few month or so:

A teal / green curly wurly scarf for Rhona:

teal spiral scarf

 A flowery scarf for Jemma (a fellow crocheter):

floral scarf

 Button heart for Rhona:

Button heart

Spiral brooches for a few people, in different colours:

pink grey spiral brooch

A ‘made it up as I went along’ bag for Lucy (age 5 ¾):

 made up as i went along bag

with a sherbet scarf to match:

 sherbert scarf

A butterfly hair clip holder for Lucy:

pink and yellow butterfly hair clip holder

 

The sherbet and flower scarves are variations of patterns from my favourite crochet book The Happy Hooker, about which I have lots to write at a later date.

I hope all your crafted gifts were well received, and maybe you even received some yourself too.

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An evening with frou-frou

Craft | Friday December 4 2009 | 10:54 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , , |

SHS displayThis time last night I got home after my first ever craft fair, and was very glad of a seat and a cup of tea!  It was lots of fun and an interesting first outing for frou-frou!

The event was described as a having Craft and Gift stalls and overall there was actually very little craft and mine was one of only 2 or 3 with handmade and crafted items.  In fact, many stalls were (cheap) wholesale jewellery and hair things.  I don’t want to be too rude about them as everyone has their own reasons for being there, but it was hard to sell many of my things when there were trendier, cheaper and more sparkly things all around.  

After the cost of the table fee I didn’t come out with much, but it wasn’t about the money and at the end of the day I had my first experience of selling things I have laboured over and loved for a long, long time – and that was a great experience.  I think I learned a lot of what is most popular, and that is the cutesey and pretty girly things, in particular the butterflies and button hearts. I also think that an actual ‘craft’ fair would be much more appropriate for me and my goodies.

butterfly hair clip holdersOne thing I did realise is I need to add some more interest to my stall display.  I did have a few display items, but these were all at the back and quite tall.  The cake stand and sweetie jars worked well too, but the rest was very flat.  Also, because there was quite a lot of colour it all looked like quite a jumble, so maybe some streamlining would help too, or more colour themes.

Caveman was a great help as shifter, carrier and chief packaging operative!  At one point he said ‘You know, you’re really good at this’ which was a relief and lovely words of encouragement!!  It helps that a) I LOVE to chit chat and b) I knew every stitch of every item on that table!  It is a strange feeling putting yourself  ‘out there’, no matter how much you love your own work, it’s a risk in how it will be received.

If you like what you see, or want to buy anything as I have lots of stock left, drop me a line via my contact page, or you may see them on Folksy some time soon. 

Thanks to my lovely chums who came along for support! xx

I’ll leave you with some pictures…

 

crochet brooches on cake stand

puff brooches in sweetie jar

 

whole display

santa hats and jingle bells

cherry brooches

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A little taste of heaven in Yorkshire

Craft,Tea | Monday November 2 2009 | 7:38 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , , , |

Oooooooh I’ve got so much to write about, but its going to take some time.  Caveman and I are just back from a fabulous, relaxing and much needed week away in Yorkshire.  We stayed in a little cottage, near Ripon, called The Old Telephone Exchange and it was so beautiful that the whole week was a joy.  My heart has just gone skippity skip looking at the website again to add the link here.

Prior to our week away we said we didn’t mind what the weather was like as Caveman would take his guitar, I would take my crochet and along with a pile of books we would be snug as bugs.  And that’s just what we did.  Real fire, curtains closed against the wind and rain, tea and cake, a big bag of yarn and crochet hooks and my lovely chap – all the things that make me happy in life.  I’m quite a simple girl really!

We did venture out a few times and I have some lovely purchases to report.  But in the meantime here are a couple of pictures to whet your appetite and to make me wish we could have stayed forever.

Crochet stuff

tea, cake and fire

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Some knitting with your tea?

Tea | Monday October 5 2009 | 9:32 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , , , |

Tea hutsCaveman and I spent a jolly afternoon at Willowpool recently.  It is technically a garden and antique centre but I feel that description is way short of reality. 

It is a sprawling mixture of all sorts curios spread around rambling grounds with everything from old bikes and typewriters to fairground rides and crumbling angel statues.  All of which you can buy and take home for your garden.  There are also plant of course, and old doors, plant pots, archways, pillars, benches…. I could go on!

But this pales into insignificance compared to one thing: The Tea Rooms.   And with the tea there was knitting, yes really!!  I’ll get to that in a minute.

  Enormous pudding

 

 

The tea room is mainly outdoors in little huts and gazebos.  We were lucky enough to get one of the huts which was really cosy and had funny little tree trunk type seats!

As we were deciding what to choose from the menu there were all manner of huge plates and bowls of food passing by.  I expected these were to share and didn’t for a minute think one of these would be put in front of me. 

I ordered Willowpool Dream Delight – cream, strawberries, creme Anglaise and crushed meringue.  Wow it was massive!  I like my grub but there was no way I could have managed to eat all of it and even Caveman couldn’t finish it after his own cake.

They also used the most charming mismatched china with lovely teapots and tea cups.  I feel inspired to start a new collection!

Now, I’m sure you’ll be wondering where knitting comes into all this.  Well, I’d been sitting at the table for about 5 minutes before I even noticed the cute little knitted sugar bowl cover!!!  So it was only a little bit of knitting amongst all the intrigue at Willowpool, but even the tiniest piece of knitting is still knitting!

 

Knitting AND teaKnitted sugar bowl cover

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