Introducing Winston….

Winston

Winston

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I’ve not blogged for a while but work has been its usual horrendous self, and then Christmas festivities have been upon us! Speaking of which I hope you all had an amazing Christmas! Mine was very quiet and small….just what I like. I got tickets to visit Downton Abbey in April….how excited am I????

Anyway….I digress…. I have been wanting to share this little fellow with you for a while. He is my first foray into the world of teddy bear making! Some of you may have seen a similar looking little chap on the cover of Mollie Makes magazine a couple of months ago. Mollie Makes October 2012

The feature was written by a wonderful teddy bear maker Yvette Spencer who runs a website at Lavender Bobs

I was rather taken with the little fellow and as my Mum adored bears and collects them I decided I’d have a go. I tweeted Yvette and she was so helpful, suggesting sites to go to  for supplies etc. In the end I used a UK company, Mohair Bear Making Supplies where I managed to source everything I needed for the project.

All in all it was fairly straightforward. The best way to explain it would be ‘fiddly’ and it definitely needs a lot of patience! I found turning out the sewn pieces really tricky as they were so teeny but with a lot of patience we got there in the end. Winston has a slightly wonky ear and leg but I think that gives him a bit of character!

My Mum was thrilled with him and couldn’t believe he was handmade by Moi. So, all in all I was thrilled with how everything went. Winston is now residing in a cabinet in Wiltshire with lots of new bear friends.

My First Craft Fair

Hey Guys, I just thought I’d check in and update you all on our first craft fair! It was today and very interesting. Not a massive success, but interesting but to be honest it has been one hell of a week!

We decided to do the fair at short notice so it didn’t give me much time to get making! Add to that I was really poorly all of last weekend and have been away with work nearly all week too, it was all getting a bit stressful. But, I thought that would be fine, as I could have a lovely crafty day on Saturday. Then a drunk driver smashed into our wall on Friday night and that was Saturday gone in a blur of insurance phone calls, council phone calls and a clean up operation. It’s a long story…….

However, luckily my partner in crime had been very busy with the sewing and the decoupage so added to my jewellery makes and homemade fudge our table didn’t look too shabby (a very good job it wasn’t a big table!).

My friend did quite well and particularly popular were her gingerbread jars. She’s layered all the dry ingredients for gingerbread into a jam jar with instructions on how to make and what you need to add and they were a real hit.

As for me it didn’t go too well. I sold a few bags of fudge but not one piece of jewellery. Lots of people liked it but wouldn’t buy. It was interesting though and I think it just wasn’t pitched right for this venue. It was a Christmas fair and not really a craft fair as such which meant that lots of people has jewellery for sale that was a bit more mass produced and much cheaper. It’s also not a particularly affluent area either.

However I am not deterred! We’ve decided that we probably need to aim towards some of the artisan markets that run locally. These are in known ‘crafty’ towns so attract a different clientele looking specifically for handmade items, and hopefully who are expecting to pay a bit more for a handcrafted item. We plan to do some more fairs starting in the spring next year. I’m really excited about it!

At least all the bits I bought in to make things for the fair means that everyone will get a little handcrafted goody in with their Christmas pressie this year. I can also start thinking towards the spring and start making early, so that hopefully next time the preparations won’t be so stressful.

I think the main thing though was that we both really enjoyed it and had a lovely time manning our little stall and a good afternoon girly gossip! I will also try and get a few piccies up for you too, so you can get an idea of what we’re up to 🙂