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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It’s nearly tomorrow!

Craft | Wednesday December 2 2009 | 11:10 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , , |

And tomorrow is my first ever craft fair!  I’m so excited I can hardly think about anything else, despite having lots going on in the day job and Christmas itself, and all the associated craziness, looming large.

I think I’m all ready to go.  Tonight I’ve been packing things up and decided to use the gorgeous paper bags I have bought for the occasion.  If you want to know what’s inside them you’ll just need to come along!  OK, so I guess you’re not all local, so I’ll post some pics after tomorrow night.

Here are some of my little parcels containing the goodies I have been working hard on in the past few weeks, as well as those I’ve had stashed away awaiting their first public appearance!

all packed up

I’ve also been working on my display.  I have a pink torso display, pink and white spotty cake stand, red flat metal Christmas tree, glass sweetie jars and pretty glass dishes. I also have some pink battery operated fairy lights.  Colours are largely red, pink and white.   Sounds ghastly doesn’t it?!!  However, I am sure it will be just the right balance of Christmasy, girly pink and and pretty, sweetie yumminess!

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Coming to a craft fair near you…

Craft | Friday November 20 2009 | 12:39 am | 1 Comment | Tags: , , |

… well, depending where you are!  My first ever sale of frou-frou fast approaches.  I spotted an advert for craft makers to take stalls at a local Christmas Fair at Sale High School on the evening of 3rd December 2009.  I thought it was a great opportunity to try my first craft stall. 

I’ve been busily crocheting and sewing and planning and making and have lots of little ideas on the go.  I’m aiming for a few little Christmas ornament / decoration things as well as some gifty things.

I’d really love to hear your experiences (good and bad) of craft fairs as a buyer or seller.  What works, what doesn’t etc.

Here’s a little taster of what you can see on the evening…

  

gatehring of crocheted mini santa hats

pink and yellow butterfly hair clip holder

 

crocheted gadget casebeady bookmarks

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