Monday, 5 December 2011

Christmas Treasures Craft Fair.

Well this was my practice run at setting up my craft stall on Friday evening up in the attic. Everything is precariously balanced on half of the double bed as that was the only piece of furniture that could replicate the length of a 6 foot stall. Even if it was a bit bouncy and wobbly.
And here is the real thing.
Can you see a pair of beady eyes peeping through my dangly snowflakes?
Lets take a closer look.
The beady eyes belong to Wonderful Man. Actually they're rather lovely twinkly blue eyes but I'm getting sidetracked.

Starting from the left we have, crochet hanger, cushions, bunnies, crochet purses and Christmas Danglers.

In the centre we have felted and applique pictures, a handbag, fabric cupcakes, fabric mince pies, crochet flowers, crochet mitts and Christmas wreaths.

And on the right we have Wonderful Man eating pork pie, crochet snowflakes, packets of floral bunting, lavender hearts, embroidered brooches, greeting cards and shopping bags.

PHEW!

Now you know why blogging has taken a bit of a back seat of late.

I'm not quite sure what Wonderful Man made of it, him being a craft fair virgin. I think he rather enjoyed it. I know I did.

Having a dummy run certainly paid off as I had time to have little wander around while everyone else was setting up their stalls. I have to say Addingham Memorial Hall is rather a splendid venue. Nice and bright and warm with a further room at the far end used as a cafe area with a little kitchen. Yes very pleasing.

Wow look! Action shots!

People whizzing around getting ready.

Isn't this pretty. This is Carols Cupcakes. They were so perfect I thought they were soaps to start with but no, they were the real deal.

This is the lovely Tea With Martha. The ladies were a little shy and I was rather jealous of their fairy lights.

Shabby Chic Designs, they've obviously posed for photos before. Nicely symmetrical, looking towards each other, yep definitely done it before.

This was part of Sally and Sophie's stand, Throstle Nest Treasures. Sally organised the whole thing, making us all feel very welcome. Lots of lovely gifts and shabby chic with a country feel.

I seem to have missed a couple of stalls with the camera, there was a lady with gorgeous French soaps, another selling Phoenix cards. A gentleman who made lots of scrummy chocolate goodies. (I purposefully kept well away from him, one nibble and that would have been it, move over Dawn French I'm going in.) Another nice lady who had been very busy stitching nice bright quilts (lovely to chat with but I have no idea what she was called.) and then only just turning up in time, 'While Isla Sleeps', two young mums who made lovely personalised cushions and bags for children.
And lastly a very, very lovely lady who sells vintage pretties in the Cakewalk in Ilkley. I intend to take a look next time I'm in the area. This should have been a picture of the hoards of people who flooded into the hall the minute we opened the doors. Unfortunately the weather didn't play it's part and was absolutely foul for most of the day. Consequently the hoards stayed at home where it was cosy and although I did quite well converting 1 in every 8 customers into sales. I would have liked a few more 8's to convert!

So instead I photograghed Addinghams rather splendid wall hanging. (I spent rather a lot of time admiring it while waiting for my 8's to come along!)

But

on the bright side.

It didn't snow!

No it saved that for today!

Nearly alllll day!

Not that I mind I have plenty to do. I have lots of goodies to upload to my Folksy shop over the next couple of days...


love fi x

18 comments:

Miss Holly said...

The snow!!!!! I am so jealous!!! It looks so beautiful...we should have snow but instead have 65 F. and no cold in sight!!!
Your Christmas fair looked wonderful..I would loved to have just beamed in!! So many lovely things!!

Sal said...

It looks like a wonderful day! The stalls look great! Hope all is well with you...keep warm! ;-)

Riddlers cottage flowers said...

All you things look lovely! x

Grateful4Crochet said...

Wow- everything looks so beautiful!!!
Your makes look amazing, and that snow- just stunning!!

Annie said...

What beautiful tables covered with such amazing craftiness. It's always a shame when the weather keeps folk away cos so much work has gone into getting everything ready. Love the snowy pics but am happy to say we have none so far down here. :-)
Hugs,
A x

lemonade kitty said...

A stall full of gorgeous homemade goodies I think you should open a shop as everything you make would sell all year round. How dissapointing for everyone to stay at home just because of a bit of snow!! Lucey x

The Weaver of Grass said...

We were in Hawes on Sunday - marvellous Christmas dinner at The Pantry carvery - foul weather. I thought of you in Addingham and said to the farmer that you would have a hard time of it if they were having similar weather. The streets of Hawes were empty and that is very unusual.

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

Your stall looked deliciously inviting and I'm so jealous of the snow!

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anne bebbington said...

That hall is rather lovely isn't it - having grown up in the village I've lost count how many do's I've been to there including my own 18th Birthday Party - thanks for reminding me - sorry you didn't have a bigger audience for your lovely wares

Stocki said...

As I have said before on a few blogs tonight... I want snow!! Your craft stall looks absolutely gorgeous..so welcoming and tempting.. Hopefully the good folk of folksy will take advantage of the bad weather sales :)x

alexisjohnstonormolu said...

Wow , what a lot of lovely goodies at that fair , well made 'tasteful' things. . . it makes a difference when the organiser is a maker too x
Alexis

Twiglet said...

Great post - thanks for sharing your craft fair with us. I am having a busy day sorting my Christmas cards and loading a few new brooches into our blog shop too. x Jo

sue said...

Your stall looked fabulous Fi such a shame the weather stopped you making a fortune!
Loving the snow round your way, very festive!

Alchamillamolly said...

Hi Fiona so sorry the hordes didn't arrive in Addingham it is soul destroying. We did Durham on the first gorgeous spring sunday this year and it was dismal, and its such a long day sitting waiting for footfall. Your stuff is as usual wonderful.

Alchamillamolly said...

Hi Fiona so sorry the hordes didn't arrive in Addingham it is soul destroying. We did Durham on the first gorgeous spring sunday this year and it was dismal, and its such a long day sitting waiting for footfall. Your stuff is as usual wonderful.

Cathy at PotterJotter said...

The Christmas Fair looked sooo lovely and, well, Christmassy. Your stall looked gorgeous and you have been so well organised! I on the other hand am not so organised and am so behind that Christmas orders are going out in the week after Christmas, with humble apologies! Oh well ... Happy Christmas!

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