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Inspired Craft Fair – Saturday 19th November 2011


I have been quiet on the blogging front the last couple of weeks … not due to a lack of activity, rather a surfeit of it.

I have been getting ready for the Inspired Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday, at Swallowfield Parish Hall, just outside Reading.

I am going to be trialling a few new ideas in amongst my regular pieces …

I am quite in love with these little Scandinavian nisse inspired dolls … stuffed with lavender, I think they would sit equally well as tiny household guardians or as decorations on a Christmas tree ….

And I thought that little fabric flower garlands made a pleasing alternative to bunting ….

And the fair will be the first opportunity to see the newest cushion to come out of the laundry … “we have all the time in the world”

I have boro woven strips of scarlet silk, and then taken vintage dress watches and woven them into the fabric, to make a panel in an otherwise conventional cushion … I am pretty pleased with it, though there is a little finishing off to be done …. (I’ll talk about it some more next week 😉 ).

I’ve added a bit of a twist to my patchwork bags, embellishing them with machine embroidery …

So I’ve been operating pretty much on full spin between this little lot and revamping my Etsy store … so as an apology for the radio silence, I’m offering all subscribers to my newsletter free shipping on orders placed between now and December 15th – simply sign up in the box on your right to receive your special coupon.

Alton Craft Fair – 8th October 2011

Brrrrrr. A cold and grey October morning … but no rain, and no wind – wrapped up nice and warm in our thermals & furry boots, we arrived in Alton.

First things first …. taking advantage of the Farmer’s Market that runs alongside the Craft Market, a quick bacon roll to get us going …

Stall all set up ….

I am quite pleased with these repurposed crates as a display …

And time for a little wander before Alton had properly woken up … we seemed to have landed in our little corner of textile heaven again …

Felted loveliness from Susannah Smith … who also had a range of lovely knitted silver wire jewellery.

Across the way …

Some lovely makes from Adaliza … a teacher who creates all sorts of wonderful from scraps and remnants. I was particularly taken with that woollen cushion, but someone else got their hands on it before I could snaffle it for the littlest nestling’s bedroom.

And next door to her, Kate D – good to see her again, and again with the lovely pale pastel shabby chic gorgeousness:

These teacup pincushions are seriously cute …

And just up the hill, Bids and Pieces … pretty embellished wall pieces …

Our other neighbours … the ever-amusing Quacks Pickles

And Grahams Findings on our other side, recycling reclaimed wood into unique pieces of moving sculpture

Just up the hill, beautiful wood from Dennis Gamble

Sid Shearing had a stall there … a first class furniture restorer … know I know where to go when I finally decide the nestlings have finished trashing my dining room chairs.

I thought I was in luck with a cupcake stall … the Bath Bazaar had me fooled!

And there were some gorgeous posies from Wisteria Flowers … I really wanted to bring this beautiful bucket home with me

It was a cold day, but we had gleams of sunlight every now and again, and it was a pretty busy day all in all … started slow, but then there was a brief flurry and we went fairly steady from there on in – mostly small pieces – corsages and lavenders – but I did sell the Purple Patch Bag – it’s on its way to New Zealand as a Christmas gift!

So, by the time 2 o’clock rolled around, I decided that I had well earned a glass of warming mulled cider – what a taste sensation!!

Simply splendid, and saw me through that last slow hour very nicely thank you.

All in all, a good day, and a nice way to round off the outdoor season – and go some way to restoring my faith. I was starting to doubt my sanity, taste and skill after last month! Onwards! Next fair is 19th November, and that’s the first of 3 Christmas Events – need to get myself organised for that, because Christmas always has a way of sneaking up on me.