Wednesday, 14 September 2011

What I'm looking forward to this week...

There's a couple of things coming up that I'm looking forward to that I thought I'd share with you.

This Saturday (17th September) I'll be participating in my second ever craft fair!  There has been so much less stress in preparing for this one, I've just had to replenish a couple of different items of stock, so I haven't had to sew like mad in preparation this time!  That's the good thing about getting the first craft fair done - all the preparation has already been done.  (It was lots of hard work at the time, but at least from now on I won't have so much work to do beforehand.)  It's just as well because now that I'm back at work, I'd never have had the time to make up so much stock. 

The craft fair is in the Church Hall in Newport-On-Tay, Fife.  It's on from 10am - 4pm and there will be free refreshments.  If you're in the area on the day please pop along to see some lovely handmade items.  The list of stalls at this one is twice as big as the craft fair I attended last month so hopefully it will be a really great day with lots of lovely new people to meet. 

You can read all about my first craft fair in this blog post.   I am also hoping to take part in a couple of Christmas craft fairs so I'm starting my preparation early for these as I mentioned in my last blog post so I'm not rushing about daft at the last minute!

Now, we all like cupcakes right?

These are some delicious carrot cupcakes that I made recently.  The recipe was in an early issue of Simply Homemade magazine (although I halved the quantity of sugar suggested and added in a grated apple, so they're pretty healthy!).  They were an attempt at a slightly healthier alternative to birthday cake for my son's second birthday a few weeks ago.  They were so yummy that I've made another batch this weekend too. 

Which leads me nicely onto the second thing that I'm looking forward to this week.  I signed up to do a Cupcake Swap over at Oh Sew Beautiful.  This is my first ever swap and I've had lots of fun making things for my partner - and shopping for things too.  I had no idea the shops were so full of such fun 'cupcake' themed things, I really was spoiled for choice.  I've been partnered with the lovely Deborah whose blog you can visit here -  Love from Poppy.  Deborah is a keen cupcake maker and makes the most amazing looking cakes...unfortunately I don't think any of them would survive the postage so I don't think she'll be sending me any of them :(

We've arranged to each post our parcels on Thursday so hopefully we might receive them by the weekend.  It's quite a nice feeling knowing I'm going to get a little gift when it's not even my birthday!

Stay tuned and I'll show you what things I've got to send to Deborah....can't show you now otherwise it'll spoil the surprise for her. 


  1. Hi there!

    Good luck with the craft fair - I'm sure you'll do really well!!!

    Those cupcakes look AMAZING!!! I'm going to pop over from Germany for the afternoon, to do tea and cakes with you..... :-)


  2. All set for Thurs to post, how exciting.
    Good luck for the craft fair, your sewing is so lovely.
    Those carrot cakes look delicious. I normally make a big carrot cake but I`m going to try cupcakes for a change.

  3. I would love to go and photograph more of your lovely items. I am finally on Facebook under aspire2be.creative I have some stuff of yours linked there. Hope you dont mind!

    Good Luck this weekend, and cant wait to see what you sent on your swap!

  4. I sometimes wonder if I made a mistake in what became my business and what became my hobbies! I'm a cake maker and decorator (and loving those yummy looking cupcakes!!) so when I do a fair everything has to be fresh and handmade the day before and the day of so it's complete and utter chaos but I do persevere because I find when working from home it's a nice breath of fresh air to meet all the lovely people who stop by! My hobbies are sewing and knitting (and hopefully embroidery once I've got the hang of it!!) and the thought of being able to build up my items for fairs and store them away in a cupboard weeks or months before...sounds like Heaven! :)

  5. yummy, these look wonderful...thanks for sharing...hope your day is great!

    enjoy *~*


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