Sunday, 6 November 2011

First Christmas Craft Fair

Today was my first Christmas Craft Fair - not just of the season, but the first ever Christmas one for me.  This meant a big overhaul of my stock - which was mainly pastels and summery colours.  The new colours included lots of lovely red, cream and white.  Here's my stall -


I was a little (OK, quite a lot) stressed out with the preparation for this fair.  Mainly because I had a lot of stock to make, also because I'm now working half the week (and wasn't when I was preparing for my first craft fair in the summer) and then I also had to worry about the layout of the new items.  I love the little child's aprons on the front of my stall, I think they're so cute - unfortunately my 2 year old wouldn't model one for me :(

My other half made the gorgeous shabby chic box/crate on the left of the table and the tree shaped hanger on the right of the table - this worked out perfect for hanging stockings and fabric hearts on. 

Here is some more of my stock -


I got a bargain pack of 6" zips from Folksy so I turned them all into lovely little lined purses, perfect for school lunch money, or slipping in your handbag on a night out. 


I also added some lovely deep red hair slides to the existing cream ones, I think these are so Christmassy and will look so pretty for Christmas parties!


More crayon rolls, with a slightly festive look to them. 


Little fabric gift bags (blogged here).


The mini-Christmas bunting now hangs on the fabulous bunting stand!  

In a previous blog post, I mentioned that I'd been making some patchwork wonky stars, well, here's what they've become -


Some fabulously festive, patchwork quilted placemats.  I've tied them up in sets of 2 (the other one in a contrasting fabric which I forgot to photograph before I tied them up!).  Here's the other set -


So, all in all, it was a good afternoon, lots of lovely sales to happy customers, lots of lovely comments on all the things I've designed and made, and I also met lots of lovely fellow stall holders who I think I'll end up seeing again at many of the other Christmas craft fairs I'll be attending.  Now that this one's over, I can finally begin to relax a little.  I just need to 'tweak' some of the layout of my stall as it was all a bit rushed and I wasn't sure how best to display the stockings in the middle of the table.


And as always, if you see anything you'd like to buy, please don't hesitate to contact me via the 'Contact Me' button at the side of my blog (I fear I may not get around to listing everything on Folksy so just let me know if you want something in particular!)

My next craft fair is on Friday evening, I'm hoping it'll have a lovely Christmassy atmosphere with twinkling lights, music and mince pies!  (Oh, and lots of sales of course!)

7 comments:

  1. Your stall looks fantastic! Glad it went well, though it's not surprising as you have so many lovely things for sale! :) x

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  2. I really love the box crate your OH made, it looks great on the stall. All your stuff looks perfect for a Christmas fair, I'm sure you'll do really well at your fairs x

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  3. Wow - your stall looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I'm glad that the fair went well for you and that you sold lots of your lovely goodies!!! It's not surprising though - you have SO much gorgeous stuff!
    I particularly like the stockings and placemats!
    Carly
    x

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  4. Your stall looks lovely and christmassy! Love those cushions BTW! Fi

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  5. Your stall looks amazing! Well done you!! It is stressful getting stock ready, Im feeling the strain too at the moment!

    Good luck for your next one :)

    Luv Rhi x x

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  6. I know how you feel preparing for craft fairs. I am having a mad panic as I have 3 in the space of a few days soon. Your stall looks fantastic. Well done on making so many lovely things. Good luck for the next one.
    Emma xxx

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  7. woooow!!! you worked so much!!! so many pretty things!!! Well done you :) the stall was really really lovely, so colurful!!! I do miss craft fairs quite a bit (I did some when I was living in italy, but here in the uk I haven't found the time and courage yet!!!). It must have been a great experience, I am so happy for you.

    Hugs and enjoy your next one :)

    federica

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