Sunday, 21 September 2014
If I was able to, I would like to take myself off to a retreat in beautiful surroundings. I would be with like minded souls and we would cook lovely things to eat, we would paint and create and share stories and words of wisdom. We would make lotions and potions and sing and dance long after nightfall. Unfortunately life is not a fantasy but a stark reality. Dreams will stay as unfulfilled dreams as crestfallen, I must face up to the responsibilities of real life.
Hopefully I will not be away for too long. The lure of the blog is too great. I intend to return invigorated with a new zest for life.
Saturday, 20 September 2014
I made the following observations:
- No one even looked at the scented mice in the basket.
- I didn't sell one fabric flower brooch.
- There was no interest in the collage card packs (I would have been interested!).
- Nobody bought the paper jam pot covers (one woman said she likes to make hers using recycled T- shirts).
- There was no interest in the autumn sprites (I think one person scrawled down the poem that came with them).
- People say 'I will come back after looking around' (they never do).
- Paper currency is given for small change items, requiring one to scrabble about for the correct change.
- I didn't sell one pack of my hand drawn and hand cut original tags.
- The key rings with pagan themed metal charms sold well (which surprised me in a church).
- By putting 'jam gift tags' on the label confuses some customers and they ask if they can only be used on jars of jam.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
Cob Nut Cookies
4oz butter or margarine
4oz caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp milk
a few drops of vanilla extract
2oz cob nuts, chopped and toasted (if you wish)
6oz plain flour
1tsp baking powder
a few grains of salt
Pre-heat oven to 190 Celsius /375 F/ mark 5
Grease a baking sheet. Cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Stir in the nuts. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and add to the mixture. Mix well.
Divide mixture into 12 pieces. Roll into balls and press down lightly onto baking sheet. I made mine in two batches of 6.
Bake for about 12 minutes until still pale in the middle but golden around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
*Thank you for all the lovely comments about the craft fair. The particular venue I was at doesn't have any more vacant stalls this year. I feel that now I have 'wanting to do a craft fair' out of my system, I may want to move onto another project (fickle that I am!) My watercolour paints are calling.
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Monday, 8 September 2014
Friday, 5 September 2014
The next big event for me is a stall at my first craft fair. I don't think I have nearly enough stock so will have to keep on making over the next few days. My stall needs some kind of decoration in the front and I can't decide whether or not to make bunting or to make a garland instead. I was hoping to stock my etsy shop before the event but this is unlikely to happen now.
When I booked my place at the fair it all seemed such a long way off and now it is only one week away! I dread the thought of standing behind my stall and the only thing that passes by is tumbleweed! I really do hope that we get enough visitors through the door to make it worthwhile.
I will report back after the event and let you all know how the day went!