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I'm Lori and I love to craft. I cross stitch, knit and crochet and anything else that takes my fancy! I love to make amigurumi and other knitted and crocheted characters.
I live in the north east of England and when I'm not busy with thread or wool I love to read thrillers and watch things on the TV that make me laugh. I have a love of tattoos too and have quite a collection!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

My first craft fayre

Hello!! Welcome to my new followers, lovely to meet you :-)

So sorry I've been missing for over a week! I was contacted last Monday morning to be offered a stall at a local fayre called the Makers Market on Sunday, which left me six days to get ready! I never stopped all week, making, pricing, organising and getting sorted.

So the fayre was good, weather wasn't great, no snow here but freezing cold and lots of frost all day which I think put off buyers unfortunately as it was fairly quiet. It was at the beach so being freezing I can see why it was quiet, I mean the last thing you think on a really cold day is lets go to the beach :-) According to the other stall holders it was busier in January! Oh yes and the heating was broken so I was completely frozen at the end of the day! However I almost made the cost of my table back and enjoyed it a lot so I booked in for next month before I left. Also found out about two more possible fayres later in the year and gave my business out to a lot of people so it seems promising. Now I've dipped a toe in the water I found I enjoyed it! I have some ideas for new small items that I can sell for a couple of pounds to tempt people in.....

Here's some pics of the stall set up,

I discovered that a mug tree is great for displaying key rings and a cake stand is wonderful for brooches too, lol!! 

I made a couple of new houses last week too, this is Gerbera Cottage with lots of pretty coloured flowers around the door.

This is Rosebud Cottage with pink rose bushes either side of the door.

I like how these ones turned out :-) They'll be listed this week in my shop. I have a couple more cut out ready to make this week, they are so much fun! 

It was my Mam's birthday this week too so here is the card I made for her, it was a free kit from Card Shop magazine and looks great stitched. 

Other stuff I've made this week I can't show yet as it's for a swap so I have to keep it quiet for now :-) 

So that's my mad week, this week should be more normal, if there is such a thing! 


Chaucer's Aunty said...

Wow your stall looked amazing Lori! And the little village of toadstool houses looks so cute! So sorry it was so cold! Love the cat card, that's definitely on my to do list too. Well done!

butterfly said...

Are you warmed up yet sweetie, your table looked great
I have been on many craft shows and its great fun. Did you give out some cards with your shop on, You get people come back to you.

Some times we never made the table cost and then some times we sold the lot. Well done keep on going, your things are beautiful.

The Dotty One said...

Your stall looks fab! And I'm so impressed you got so much made for it in such a short space of time. Good luck for next month :-)

Debs M said...

glad it went ok, shame the weather put people off. Love the cat x stitch x

Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Your stall looks wonderful Lori..and of course, I have zoomed in to your gorgeous little toadstools...I think they must surely have sold out!
Happy birthday to your lovely mum...your card is so special,
Take care and keep warm,
Susan x

Inthesky said...

I have been wondering how you got on, I am glad you had fun. Your store looked scrummy to me and I yelled (in my head) 'A TOADSTOOL VILLAGE!' They look fabulous all together like that. So having more time to plan your next one is going to look even better! Can't wait to see it!

Ali said...

Yoo hoo, glad you are well - your stall looks fab - good luck for your future stalls. Love your mums card xx

Grateful4Crochet said...

your stall looks amazing, love the toadstools

Jordan said...

Your stall looks like it was full of very cute and beautfiul stuff! :-)

Kerryp77 said...

Stall looked fab Lori. All those toodstool houses simply lovely. good luck with the next one too. x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Your stall looks fabulous Lori. I'm sure once the weather warms up a bit you'll do really well. Lx

meadowsweet hare said...

your stall looks beautiful! i'm glad you enjoyed it and i am sure you will make lots of sales in the coming months. i used to sell my wares (years ago) quite regularly at a couple of london markets and absolutely loved it :) i made victorian style lamp shades and all sorts of fripperies (lacy cushions and bags and such). your work is absolutely amazing! i think you will do very well indeed.
love your mum's card too, i bet she was very pleased with it.

talking of cold, it's bloomin' freezing here tonight. i think i'll go and make a hot water bottle. don't forget to wrap up warm at your next craft fair, it can get surprisingly nippy even in march. i used to have a little tin of homemade shortbread on the front of my stool for the little ones to chew whilst their mum's were perusing, or indeed for the mum's to nibble on whilst they were deciding between an embroidered handkerchief and a tabby-cat egg cosy. on lady used to turn up regular as clockwork to eat a biscuit and share a drop of tea from my flask, she never bought a thing (i don't think she had very much money) but we always had a lovely chat.

Baban Cat said...

Your stall looked so good. I love the toadstools.
I'm sure you are right about the cold keeping people away. Good luck with future events when it's warmer!

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwww your stall is looking so lovely..a big well done dear..
sweet toadstool ..and the cat card is so cute too..
i love everything you made..
big hugs cucki xxx

Helen said...

your stall looks great - you must've worked so hard to get so much ready in such a short time!!! great ideas with the cake stand & mug tree ;-) the little cat card is so cute, hope your mom had a lovely day! love, Helen xxx

LiteraryLadybug said...

You put out a wonderful table! I kept spotting thing after thing I would be drawn to if I were walking by. The toadstools (of course) and those white hearts with the red embroidery were my favorites - although I think I spotted a crochet monster or two that would have followed me home. Well done!

Flutterby Patch said...

I know how long it takes to fill a stall with a goodies and can see you've spent many creative hours filling yours. It looks lovely. Glad it was fun and you've decided to do more. (PS love those dragons pictured on your previous post).

psyko-daizie said...

i love love LOOOOVE your mushroom cottages ^_^ looks like you're a woman of many talents :D

Steph said...

Heylo ^_^
Love your stall and all of your new gnomey homes ^_^ The cake stand does look fab.
Lovely little kitty card too, very sweet.
Sending Big hugs for you.

Lilian said...

Tables looking good. Love all the things you have made, The little houses look so much fun.
Hugs lilian

Annaboo said...

How have I missed this post?!!
What a gorgeous stall you had- such lovely, lovely things to sell. Shame the weather was crappy.
You'll do much better next time, I'm sure!

Enjoy your week.