Craft Fair

Evening all

I have been busy finishing up some final bits ready for tomorrow’s stall. I will be at the Thatcham Craft Fair (postcode RG18 3AN) from 2pm – please pop along for some unique products and fantastic gifts. I will be offering 5% discount for anyone tomorrow that already follows my website and blog.

I look forward to seeing you there!

The Wedding gift

Last year was officially the year of weddings for us. With 6 to attend in a year we had some serious budgeting, outfit arranging and celebrating to do.

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Attending a wedding is the perfect occasion to celebrate with the ones you love, however it can also be a stressful thinking of what to wear and, of course, what to give the happy couple. With so many couples living together before getting married many newly weds simply ask for money, however I can’t help but want to give them something to remember their special day too. The whole event can simply go by in blur and I always picture the bride and groom afterwards wondering what happened and where the day went. So this year I tried to create memory frames for each of the weddings.

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The set up is very simple and the majority of the work is done before you attend the wedding. I got some craft card and to the back secured some string using strong tape. The pegs are widely available in craft stores and inexpensive, then just add the decoration you want. (I chose some glittery sprinkles and a few stamped letters.) Put this in a frame and then take it with you on the big day, along with a polaroid camera ready to capture the moment.

After the ceremony there are plenty of opportunities to get a great snap and once you have 1 or 2 just put them on your pegs and seal the frame up. This is then ready to add to the gift table. What I love about this idea is the couple have memories straight away and something to go straight onto the shelf and admire. There is no waiting. For the later weddings I started using slightly bigger frames to incorporate the confetti used or stealing the bride and groom’s place settings to add into the images, making it more of a collage of the day.

The other idea I really like for a wedding gift is something the couple can both settle down and enjoy after the day. So many people love giving champagne so I made these hand engraved glasses to help them drink it with style. I think it really adds a lovely touch to when they have escaped the whirl wind and are taking some time alone together to cheers their new union. I have a made a batch for my stall which I adore, and you can also get a set yourself on my products tab or by dropping me an email.

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So now your only concern at the wedding can be what to wear, so you can let your hair down whilst looking chic . . . although maybe don’t let your hair down too much. You don’t want your next shots to look quite so giggly as me in this. Thankfully the bride still looks gorgeous though!

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Fri YAY

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It has seemed like a VERY long week, but tomorrow is Friday, and I am sure to be grabbing one of my hand engraved glasses to celebrate the arrival of the long awaited weekend.

Happy FriYAY everyone

Progress…

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Two weekends in and my stock is coming along nicely. Today every radiator and door knob is being used to dry my canvases, which have been carefully painted ready to become shoppers and cushions in the next few weeks.

Add that to the homemade jewellery and engraved mixers I started on last week and the structure of my stock is coming into place.

16 shoppers, 4 glasses, 12 earrings, 5 keyrings and 6 half made cushions completed so far – a whole load more left to go! I better get my furry helper pitching in next week

 

The First Steps!

Despite my lack of posts I have still been crafting, and teaching myself some new skills along the way. Last year’s Christmas presents were bath bombs, soaps and lip balms – this year I moved to hand engraved glasses, delicious chilli oil and peanut brittle. I love learning new things, and I also adore the journey. However with a full time job (and then some!) crafting has always just been a hobby of mine, so to kick start 2017 I have taken my very first steps and bought a pitch at a local fair approaching Easter time.

I am excited and nervous in equal measures – today I spent the whole day crafting to make the base of my stock (and I’ve not even gotten out of my PJs.) I am so pleased with my first patch of goodies, however here comes the nervousness, what if they do not sell? And more to the point, can I really make any money out of something I love?

Either way I feel like I have taken my first steps on a new personal journey, and that can’t be a bad thing!

Just to round this post off I will share one of my homemade shoppers from today, which is 100% hand drawn by me & also the motto it was inspired by. I hope you like it – Good night all.

All constructive feedback is welcome

 

The tiger and the lion may be more powerful, however the wolf does not preform in the circus

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The first blog

Hello!

If you are on here to look for quirky homemade gifts, achievable DIY tips or just to generally take a look – welcome! Firstly I must say that everything on here is bits and bobs I have picked up over the past few years, I don’t claim to have invented everything from scratch and I don’t know exact measurements or patterns, however I do know what has worked for me in the past and I hope I can give you enough guidance to help you create something you love all for yourself.

My new year resolution this year is to grow my own herbs and hopefully a few plants that will help with me with my homemade crusade. My success rate on this in the past has been poor at best, so I’m hoping for 2015 I can turn this around to grow some delicious smelling and tasting bits that can feature in my gifts. I’ve started with a gooseberry bush that I planted last week in our little garden and some herb seeds I am trying to grow on our windowsill. Hopefully by the end of the year I will adding them to oils, salts, sachets, teas, cosmetics …. and the gooseberries to a sorbet.

In the meantime the Christmas decorations have come down and it’s time for me to begin thinking about how to decorate the spare room, however I just couldn’t pack away my homemade moose-head, so I think he will have to become the first feature of the room.

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