This week I have been making lots of little things for when I attend another craft fair in the summer! Yes I am once again going to risk it in the hope that it may be successful! I love the anticipation of craft fairs; the excitement of setting up, the hopeful feeling when the first customers come through the door, the lovely glow from receiving admiring comments about the items, the satisfying exchange of money and item, the travelling home with an empty car and a big bag of money…….. oh wait, actually I dreamed that last one! 🙂 It all goes according to the above but it tends to peter out after a few spasmodic sales and turns into the sinking feeling of ‘how long have I spent here all day and have I even covered my table fee and petrol costs!’
And yet here I am again thinking of repeating the experience as I really do enjoy meeting other crafters and chatting to them as well as the customers. Well, we’ll see how it goes – I am sure it will form the subject matter for a future post!
I did do some crocheting with the grundl flower yarn again this week. This time I made a headband – good for keeping the ears warm when you don’t want to wear a whole hat! It is now for sale in my Patchwork Fairy in the Enchanted Wood Folksy shop
Flower Yarn Headband
The other thing I have completed this week is the tutorial about crocheting with the Kidsilk Creation Stripe Yarn. It’s easy to do once you understand what you’re doing so hopefully this might help a bit if anyone is stuck.
So here we are again – Sunday night Linkyness at Handmade Harbour! Now Dancing on Ice and Call the Midwife have both finished I might get round to commenting on the blogs a little earlier in the evening than recently!!
I always love to read comments. Please don’t be put off by the comment boxes for the name and site appearing to not let you type – it is actually recording your text and will show up once you publish your comment!
I am feeling much better this week, thank you to everyone for the get well wishes!
This week I have been making and sorting my items for a craft fair yesterday. The fair was another dismal one with hardly any footfall. People around me sold nothing – some left early, obviously fed up. I only sold 3 things 🙁 but I received an email custom request from Folksy so that cheered me up!
Something I wanted to ask all the lovely crafters at Handmade Harbour is whether or not you all know about the postal increases from Tuesday? Not only are prices increasing – but categories have been altered – for the worst as far as posting by handmade sellers are concerned. The Post Office lady explained it to me when I went to post one of my Faery Gardens which sold on Folksy this week.
I boxed up this bottle garden and wrote “FRAGILE” and “KEEP THIS WAY UP” all over the box. It cost £2.70 first class which was fine. – BUT – then the Post offfice lady explained that ‘Fragile’ items don’t get any special treatment and will be tipped out of the sack along with everything else. (duh?) The most you can hope for is that they won’t kick it about !!!! I haven’t heard from my buyer yet as to whether she received it undamaged. I have posted one before which arrived safely so I am really hoping this will too!
However, she then dropped the bombshell that along with the increase in postal charges the categorization is changing, so that a small box similar to mine would no longer be classsed as a packet, but would from now on be a small parcel with the associated charge of £5.30 at PRE rate changes! Who knows what it will be from tomorrow?
So now what do I do about my Faery Gardens? I sell them for £5 – no-one is going to pay more postage than the item costs to buy – effectively doubling the cost. Although there is no increase for ordinary first and second class post, Royal Mail are reducing the size allowed for ‘letters’ and ‘large letters’ so that fewer items will fit into these categories.
If you want to check out what it will mean for your business http://www.royalmail.com/prices-2013 will tell you!
I think these changes will have implications for sellers of handmade items which are at the lower end of the price range. Someone buying something as big as a Faery Bottle Garden but costing say £40 won’t be as bothered at a £5 p&p as someone buying something under £10. Has anyone any thoughts about what they will do? Over to Handmade Monday!!
Not been a very productive day today 🙁
I had high hopes of today as I really need to increase my handmade items for the Fairangels’ craft fair on March 2nd but in the end it turned into a day of rest and and reading/watching not making.
It’s not easy some days when pain takes over your mind, but I have been learning about Mindfulness recently and it has been helpful in dealing with difficult situations. For example, struggling to get out of the car always makes me feel very embarrassed as I imagine what I must look like and what neighbours might be thinking. Mindfulness has taught me to ‘live in the moment’ not anticipating future problems or predicting what others might be saying, or reliving past hurts, but just being. It also teaches us to really notice our surroundings in the moment – so when pulling myself up on the car door in front of the fence I began to study the woodgrain and then the composition of the snow on the ground. These thoughts filled my your mind and so before I realised I was standing up and hobbling towards the door!
Anyway tonight I am going to practice mindfulness to really take note of the lovely things that the talented crafters over at Wendy’s Handmade Monday
Well it’s cold and wintry and I’ve been in the craft room making things for my next craft fair on March 2nd. I am ever hopeful with these events and I really enjoy meeting other crafters.
I have been making a new set of baby bibs in my cow fabric! Some patchwork glasses cases and some neat little bed storage bags. Pictures to follow!
I will be in Neston at the Fair angels craft event. Hope you can come? !!
It’s that time of year – the season of xmas craft fairs! I’ve been trying to sew as much as I can before the arthritis stops me. I am having a stall at Hoylake on 1st December and although most of my stock was acquired more than 18 months ago I would like to take a few of the new ideas I have – the patchwork pieces.
Here are three pieces I made – a patchwork glasses case, a Kindle case and a mobile ‘phone case!
handmade patchwork glasses cover
handmade patchwork fone cover
handmade patchwork Kindle cover