Thursday, 31 May 2012

Attending craft fairs

I'm very excited this week because I'm booked a stall at various craft fairs. Now some online crafters don't like attending craft fairs but I LOVE them. Even if I don't sell very much, I love chatting to other stall holders & if it's quiet it gives me some valuable knitting time!

Here are the ones I've booked so far:


This Saturday (2 June) at The Green House in Letchworth

It's a venue that promotes local arts, crafts and vintage items & is situated in The Gallery, a lovely glass-roofed, greenhouse-inspired, building right in the middle of Letchworth Town Centre! 

On Saturday 16 June I've got a stall at the Letchworth Festival. They've got loads of events over several weeks so I'm hoping that a lot of my owls will fly off to new homes.

St Albans

There's a lovely craft fair at the top of St Albans town hall on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except August). I went as a customer last year when I was pregnant and was really impressed with the quality of items so now that I'm in a position to attend some fairs, I thought this was perfect! St Albans is probably my favourite town in Hertfordshire & I'm really hoping the sales will come in.


I've booked a stall at the Christmas Street event on Friday 30 November - I'm planning to make lots of my baby hats to sell at Christmas as I think they'll do well.

I'm SO looking forward to the fairs & will blog about how I've done after each one.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Bee and Ladybird baby hats

Just a quick one from me today! I've taken the photos of my other two baby hats, the ladybird and bee, as my little one was happy to pose today.  Hope you like them as much as I've enjoyed making them!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Finished four baby hats

I've decided to go for it with the baby hats (just when the weather has got too warm for them!)

I've made four so far:

1. the blue one I blogged about recently
2. a pink one with a crochet flower on the front
3. a black and yellow bee hat
4. a brown owl hat

I've nearly finished a ladybird one which I'm very pleased with.

My son wasn't in the mood to smile for photos today so here are the pink and owl ones - the bee photos to follow when he's happier to pose!

I've also booked my first Christmas event! It's the Buntingford Street Event and they usually have over 2000 people so fingers crossed I'll sell some bits and pieces. There was a conversation on Folksy this week about the pitfalls of craft fairs and I've found they can be hit and miss. Typically, I've done better on the fairs I was dubious about and not so well on the bigger events. You can never tell before you go so I just assume I won't make my fortune and enjoy the day chatting with other stall holders if the fair is quiet. I'm looking forward to some more events this year once I've decided on which ones I can afford to attend.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Thinking of making baby hats

As I've got two ready made models (my little boy - see below - and my niece), I thought I would make some baby hats to sell. This is what I've come up with so far. I plan to make them in lots of different colours and some with patterns on or crocheted flowers. I'd love some feedback! Could you let me know:

1. Do you like the style of the hat
2. Do you think the hat needs to be lined
3. Do you think £6.99 is a reasonable amount.

Can't wait to know what you think - all feedback would be gratefully received, even negative!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The bear I made to sell but had to keep!

I posted on the Folksy forum yesterday, asking other shop owners about items they'd made but couldn't bear to part with. There were some lovely responses and made me realise that if us crafters love our own items enough to keep one or two, then hopefully others will love them too!

The item I posted about is my orange bear - he sits in my dining room on the side. He turned out to have such a cute face that I kept him!

I'd love to hear more about items you've made and kept!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Wow Thank You

I thought I'd blog about the new site that I've just joined, WOW Thank You.

It's run by Tracey Kifford, who aims to "attract the non-crafting general public to buy UK designed and made gifts rather than mass produced imported shopping centre fodder".

Tracey has a background in business journalism which was a massive selling point for me when I looked at joining the site!

The website is really classy and I love the branding. They sell a wide range of goods (including my owls and cats now!)  They are also sponsoring CRAFTfest, an online craft fair (more details here)

Here are a few things from other sellers that I really like:

Friday, 11 May 2012

I love my new mouse!

I have been a fan of the online shop Audrey's Cat for a while and decided that it was high time I bought the mouse I'd loved since I first saw it!  It arrived really quickly and now has pride of place on my dresser.  Everything from the shop is made from vintage fabric and is beautifully made by Dawn, who owns the business.

As well as mice the shop also sells:

  • Funky Cushions
  • Retro ReBorn Animal - horses, mice, cats, dogs, Rabbits, birds
  • Fab bags , gadget holders, purses
  • Corsages / brooches
  • Aprons and peg bags
  • Custom items
  • Occasionally vintage items and fabric

  • So if you want to treat yourself or to buy a really original gift, go to

    I'm also over the moon that I sold this cat today in my Folksy shop   I'm starting to get a few sales now which is fantastic!  I also noticed a couple of items in the latest Simply Knitting magazine that were from Folksy.  I'm really pleased they're starting to get recognised a bit more because they're a great site and the forums are full of lovely crafters who support each other.