Sunday, 21 September 2014

Crestfallen

I am going to take a bit of a blogging break.  As much as I love to blog, I can't think of anything new to say.  The garden is in a dreadful state with much tidying up to do before the onset of winter.  The house needs a jolly good clean and de-clutter and I need to take a good look at myself and decide which direction I am heading for. 

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

Craft Fair Observations

I have had a week to reflect on the craft fair.  It was a useful experience in some ways.  The best seller was the item shown above.  A pack of six tags for £1.50.  These probably took the least skill to make than anything else on the stall and probably have at least £1.50's worth of baker's twine in each pack!

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.
Thinking back to some of the visitors on the day such as the woman who wanted to buy a brooch but had no money as she was on the way to the allotment,  reminds me of the saying 'there's nowt queer as folk'.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sketching

I've been dabbling in my sketchbook in my free time this week.  I feel I need to brush up on my drawing skills before I take to the water colour paints again.  I love to create characters and they seem to evolve on the page without me having an idea of what the end result will be.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Cob Nut Cookies

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
Method

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

Craft Fair September 2014

 I did my first craft fair today.

 My stall was next to a lovely crafter whos chatty friendliness made the time spent there worthwhile.

The craft fair coincided with a big event in the centre of town that also had craft stalls. The competition was too great for a local event on the edge of town and as a consequence we suffered by having only a handful of visitors.

The table was narrower than I had expected and I was unable to put out all of my items until I had cleared some space.

The stall was £7.50 for 4 hours.  I sold £30.00  £33.50 of merchandise.  I need to deduct the cost of the paper bags I had to buy and the donation of a box of chocolates for the tombola after which I am left with about £10.00.  Will I do another fair?  The jury is out on that one!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Vintage Lady Card

I made this card for a friend's Birthday today.  I don't generally make Birthday cards but I know she will appreciate something handmade.  The topper was made a long time ago so it was just a case of mounting onto a card.  I could critique it to the end of the Earth but there comes a time when you have to stop and realise the limit of your skills. 

Friday, 5 September 2014

Craft Fair

It has been a very busy couple of months.  My husband had his 50th Birthday, my son had his sixteenth Birthday.   Exam results led to jubilation and school options for A level courses turned to disappointment.  Hopefully things will work out for the best.

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!