Saturday, 26 November 2016

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Wales 1975

My sister forwarded a copy of a letter my Mum received in 1975.  My Mum had given the teachers a gift after my sister Michele and me had been on separate pony trekking holiday's in Wales with the school, and they wrote a thank you letter (see above.)

This letter brought back memories of the trip in Wales to the fore front.  My huge 'pony' was a white horse named Shane.  He always wanted to challenge the horse at the front and very often I would be forced into a gallop as he raced for first position.  I would be pulled through trees and have branches whip across my face, end up on high verges looking down at the riders below and be flung onto the wet sand whilst cantering across the beach.

The owners of the farmhouse were dour and unfriendly.  Each morning at breakfast we would be faced with a jug of sour milk that would stay on the table until it had been used up.  I resisted the food and resorted to eating a slab of pure sugar Kendal mint cake in the bedroom.

We sometimes walked down the country lane to the local shop.  The air was pungent with wild garlic.

I won a rosette for my riding skills but was too shy (see letter above) to go and collect it in assembly so never received it.

I can't imagine a teacher today would write such a personal letter to a parent.  'Yours, through a haze of smoke and fat tummy's' referred to the fact that the teachers were both pregnant and heavy smokers too.  How politically incorrect  by today's standards! 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Craft Fair 2016 Round Up

So this is Craft Fair 2016 packed away into two boxes and a bag probably never to be seen again.  The last few months have been intense crafting so that I had enough items to sell at the fair. I now feel all crafted out and don't think I ever want to see another craft/jewellery item again!!!

Once I had taken out £25.00 for the stall itself I just about broke even.  I shared the meagre 'profit' with my son who kept me company on the day and gave me support and encouragement.

Here is a round up of how my items fared:
  • mini cards the most popular items
  • wish bracelets sold well at only £1.00 each
  • Stretch bracelets with high quality beads brought in most money per item at £7.50 each
  • no sales of angel charms, general cards, necklaces, earrings, decorations, pendants, tote bags, wooden key rings, bag charms
  • Two rings stolen

The day itself was a confidence booster as I really got into my stride talking to people and it was another example of how I can function capably outside of my comfort zone.

Would I do another craft fair?  Never!  What next?  I am going to let things sink in over the next couple of weeks and see how I am going to move forward.  I do tend to be an all or nothing person and as I have given the crafting game my all I now feel like I want to give it nothing!

Time to pack up the boxes and all the crafting paraphernalia and return to less manic creativity such as painting or drawing (or even picking up a sketchbook Anne!) 

I feel such a sense of relief that it is over.  *Sigh*.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Desktop Calendars

A couple of months back I bought some pocket calendars on impulse.  I really didn't know what to do with them but thought they might come in handy.

Yesterday I put my thinking cap on and made them into desktop calendars using up some very pretty Graphic 45 paper that I had in my crafty stash.

 This style of card is called an easel card.

The best thing of all is that it folds totally flat for posting!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Recycled Wooden Card Display Box

I've been experimenting to find the best way to show off my mini cards.  Space is premium at the craft fair with just a tiny 4 x 1½ foot table.  I was so delighted to find this display case (among the junk that I hoard) which originally contained two bottles of wine.  I think it look really classy - better than showing off the cards in a plastic basket.

I hung up a piece of bakers twine and used mini pegs to make 3 cards the focal point on the lid of the box.  I could take time at a later date to paint the box but I rather like the teak colour.

It has been so busy at home recently that I have found it difficult to comment on your blogs as I usually do.  Hopefully when Saturday is over normality will be restored and I will be back to visiting and commenting on your blogs once more.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Craft Table Mock Up

I have been trying out some craft table displays in my living room.  This is just a little glimpse of one of the layouts.  By having my merchandise all out on show I have been able to see what I need to make more of and what not to include.  I am sure that there will be lots of mock ups until I am finally decided.  As I get nearer to the fair my productivity has slowed right down.  It is so difficult to preempt what people want to buy and I will just have to take the experience as a learning curve.

In other news: I had a personal singing lesson. I was pleased to hear that I have a good tone and range but disappointed to hear that my singing voice won't make me into a star!!!  (I already knew that!)  The singing teacher said that he thought my voice was 'alto' but changed it to soprano when I hit a top 'G' note with ease!  I don't know if I will have any more lessons or even take up the invite of joining the choir.  I am glad though,  that I went out of my comfort zone and performed the first verse of Amazing Grace in front of a total stranger with just a tape recorder playing the music.  Karaoke here I come!!!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Bracelet Display Holder in Three Easy Steps

I don't have the time or the budget for fancy display stands for my craft stall just now, so I have scoured the house to see what I items I can use/recycle etc.  I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted to achieve so gathered up the materials, in particular, to make a bracelet display stand.

Firstly, I used an off cut of fleece material and wrapped it around a cardboard tube that was left over when I had finished with a roll of cling film.  I didn't use glue,  I just wrapped it around the tube making sure there was an overlap and tucking the ends in each end of the tube.

In the kitchen drawer I found an old cork that fitted snugly into the candlestick that was on the mantelpiece.  I used a hot glue gun to stick the cork into the middle of the tube making sure plenty of glue was used all around the cork to keep it stable.

I then cut a small piece of fabric to pull over the cork to hide the messy glue residue, sticking down with a few drops from the glue gun.

I don't think  my display stand would win a prize, but it just goes to show what you can achieve when under time pressure,with few resources.  The creative thinking cap has to come on!