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‘That’ season is fast approaching & craft fairs are aplenty

Christmas is looming and there are plenty of craft fairs being advertised and Facebook Pinterest and Etsy are going crazy with all things christmas.

So not wanting to  sit on the fence, I’ve been topping up my own  supplies for the craft fairs that I am going to be selling at.

Thinking back to last year, it was definite that folks are keen to look at want we as crafters make, they love to comment on the colours, the quality of the crafting and the price. Craft Fairs are often mistaken for jumble sales and folks want to buy hand crafted items for pennies, to buy one and get one free, and ask ‘will you take XX for it’  and HOW MUCH?

I read a post on Facebook recently and it went something like this; lady was at a craft fair and was interested in a particular item.  she talked to the crafter and said ‘I will offer you £10 pounds, that takes account of the fabric, the wadding, the thread, the buttons; I think that’s a fair price.  The crafter thought for a moment and said, for that, Yes it is a fair price.  So having chosen her fabric and given her exact specifications, the lady agreed to buy and left her address and paid the £10.    About 2 weeks later the parcel arrived and the lady opened it eagerly.  She was appalled to find fabric, buttons, wadding and thread.  There  also was a card that said; ‘Hope you enjoy; all the items you wanted are included, what is missing is the time and care and expertise the I put into every thing that I make, you hadn’t included it when you decided what was a fair price and I have not included it in the finished product.  Hope you enjoy, best wishes, x’

As the first craft fair draws nearer, its time to take my ‘don’t be so sensitive pills’ and forget all the work, the thought, the time and the creativity  that goes into making every one of my own hand crafted products and I will enjoy the craic and the new friends that come  with every fair.

Hopefully I can empty the boxes of goodies that I have made during the past 12 months, well at least some of them……..

Here are a few pics of current works, ongoing, in progress and ready for sale….

 

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Is it a Tote ?/ Is it Storage ?/ Its just Far To Pretty To Use!

Remember listening to the radio, perhaps to the oldies, now think of all the cheesey songs that you have heard about……. enough, never enough, never having enough, too much is never enough…….  enough love, enough hope, enough peace, enough money, enough whatever … never enough.
My gripe is there is never enough space…………..  space to store ‘things’,
or enough bases or bags or drums, or cases, or cubes, or ……….  goodness I don’t know what,  Storage comes in all shapes and sizes and forms and its fancy and plain and padded, and structured!   I’m always looking for places to store bits!  just somewhere to store all sorts of things, from the tiny clips and embellishments to hugeamongous scissors and dies.
No matter have many storage solutions I buy, or where I buy them from, or how much I seem to pay, I’m left wanting; well, something else……….
There are never enough hours in the day for me to craft and I am a complete addict for topping up my crafty stash and there is never enough storage for  crafty goodies so you can gauge the size of my crafty problem.
Here’s a solution that’s practical and pretty and can be used for non crafty storage as well…..   It ‘could’ make a hole in that crafty stash (but of course it doesn’t have to….)
It’s 100% cotton, can be washed, filled to the brim, folded up into a tiny roll and still looks good…. can’t say that about too many things.  If you are especially crafty you could make it larger, smaller, it is only bound by your imagination, budget and you.
If you get a chance have a look at www.theowlandsewingcat.com, its a fabulous web site and shop and the staff are wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help you out!
I used a pattern from The Owl and the Sewing Cat and I have to say it made up easily, the instructions were simple and the result, very pleasing.  (I’m being very controlled…it was too easy, makes me look goooodd ).
This is version 1;     I’m off to commence versions 2,3 4 5 and however many more I can do before I run out of  …   …   …    Probably interfacing…………..
Bring it on; what colour would you like???