Thursday, 10 December 2009

We Make Craft fair

our stall

Well we're back, we survived, we sold some handmade things, and best of all I got to spend the whole day in the company of Joanne and Florence, chatting, giggling and eating cake (though standing well back from the handmade goods!). It was so lovely to see everyone who popped in on the day, like Lisa and Al, Mary and her little girl, my sister, so many etsy friends and the Reading outcasts. We also got to meet the lovely Mr Joleo and, more importantly (sorry Mr Joleo), baby Fitz, who beamed at everyone and made a number of new friends!

My husband also came along in the guise of fetcher, carrier, and official photographer. I was so amused to flick through all the photos on my camera when I got home to see the flavour of the day from Mr Angharad's point of view. Here we are presenting our 'public face' to the world behind our stall:

our public face

I have to admit that my 'public face' does border on the lunatic, but I was high on lavender fumes. I did manage to keep the lunacy mostly under wraps, I hope, not counting bursting into tears on a very overcrowded tube on the way home, but I can blame the pregnancy hormones and post craft-fair exhaustion for that.

And this is the one that really made me laugh - the 'before' shot, a few minutes before opening, which I think really captures how all three of us had been feeling in the run up to the fair - more than a little harassed!

before opening time

It turns out our worries were unfounded - we had made more than enough between us to cover 2 stalls, fitting it all in was the main problem!

Here are some of the things I made for the fair -

There were stacks of lavender sachets

lavender sachet stacks

tissue holders

tissue holders

pencil cases

pencil cases

make up bags

Make up bags r us!

and coin purses

coin purses in Japanese prints

Back home, I'm busy updating the shop with the things that came home with me and it's nice to see it filling up after being so badly neglected for the last couple of months. And talking of neglected, I'm also trying to give my children a bit more of my time now that I'm not permanently attached to my sewing machine. This week, we'll be mostly being Christmassy, with plenty of make and do, and having a lot of fun in the process.


  1. I am so glad it turned out well for you! I just did my first show, it was a lot of fun. I hope you have continued success!

  2. Glad it went well - it's no fun hauling stock through the tube at the best of times let alone when you're pregnant, I do sympathise! Gutted I wasn't able to make it into town for WeMake, but I'm going in this weekend and there's no way I'd be able to escape for two weekends in a row.

  3. oh i did wonder if you'd make it back without tears, knowing how prone you are to them while pregnant (as if I can talk). It was a long day but a good day - love the photo of our harrassed selves!

  4. How lovely! beautiful little items. I hope you sold a lot of things.

  5. Firstly, congratulations on news regarding baby!!
    My daughter is expecting in June and is also suffering from the sickness..
    Your work looks, as usual beautiful and I'm so glad it was successful.
    Take care

  6. so glad it all went well, great fair!

  7. It was nice meeting you and the girls last Sunday. I'm glad it went well. I completly sympathise with you regarding the London Underground. It can get very crowded. I had to tell a few people off this week for pushing a pregnant women on the tube. Luckily they listened to what I said and not kick me out of the tube. Hee Hee Hee.

  8. I'm glad it went well for you - your goods look gorgeous. nb. I haven't even been able to see photos of baby Fitz - her blog freezes on me every time I try to access it lately.

    I spent most of my first pregnancy crying at weird moments in movies, then falling asleep before the ending.

  9. Gosh, well done for doing a stall, and at the three month stage too. blurg!

  10. Hi! I only just caught up with your exciting news! Congratulations. I do hope you're feeling a bit better now. Love all the things you've been making!
    Love Amanda x

  11. Glad you enjoyed it - it must be so much more fun when you 'do' the fair together.

  12. So happy that it went all well. Your pouches are so cute!
    Saw some photos of the venue, it is amazing :O
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas ;)


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