Craft Fairs – Yay or Nay? 

Last year was my first experience of craft fairs and I am still very undecided about whether or not they are worth it… 

Still that hasn’t stopped me emailing to enquire about one that is happening in two weeks time! Nothing like lots of notice, or maybe not. 

I am still undecided on whether or not craft fairs are really worth it. I’ve had some awful experiences, some ok experiences and one amazing one. It seems that I’m not the only one who has had a few not so good experiences with these but at the same time I do like to go out and meet new people. 

The last craft fair I did was at the beginning of December and was my most successful. It was at a little pub called The Mill in Peterchurch, Herefordshire and the organisers and landlords were brilliant. I loved every minute of it and I met some lovely fellow crafters and it really made me want to do more. 

I have also done some terrible fairs; one of which was in a community centre with a very dire turn out (including empty tables even though a fellow crafter was turned away). I also did a school fete which was outside and all of my stock kept blowing away. 

What is everyone else’s opinions? I would be interested to hear if anyone has any good tips? 

Despite all this I feel that I still have an itch that needs to be scratched and I will therefore go back and try another one. 

Here are a few pictures of my tables. I do think my layouts have gotten better with each one. 

   
 

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Fabric, Glorious Fabric! 

In my home town of Hereford there is an adorable little fabric shop called Doughty’s and they have now opened a warehouse full of lots of amazing fabrics. Last Thursday lunchtime I went on a little jolly with a friend to the warehouse and I got myself some pretties. 

I am usually a floral or woodland themed fabric sort of girl. I am a sucker for foxes, dainty prints and anything that looks slightly vintage. On Thursday I went for something a little different.

One of my lovely friends is having a baby and so I thought I would try something a little different and make a quilt for the new arrival. With this in mind I got these fabrics…   

It was love at first sight with the rocket ship material and I can think of a million things I could make out of it and it wasn’t long before I had chosen the other 3 materials to go with it. I love the grey, green and yellow together and I thought the alien material also went perfectly with the theme. 

I have to say I am so happy with these I may just have to make myself a little something with them. 

I’ve not yet started the quilt but I promise to post pictures as I go along – I need to do a little bit of research before I start. I have pre-washed my cottons however. 

I did however buy something girly whilst I was there and this was a real impulse buy. 

I am a sucker for anything mermaid (I am a huge Disney Little Mermaid fan) and I love all things seaside and nautical so I just HAD to get myself some of this.  

I think it looks like mermaid scales and I’m still deciding what I can make myself with this. Something nautical I’m sure. 

For those of you who are interested here is the online store for Doughty’s http://www.doughtysonline.co.uk

Aaaaand if anyone would like to take a look at some of the other things I have made then you can pop over to my page http://www.facebook.com/tonkstreasure 

I promise to keep you all updated with the progress of my quilt 🙂 in 

 

Because everyone needs a little happy… 

Around 6 months ago I stumbled across a group on Facebook called “Happy Mail”. Intrigued I requested to join the group and am I glad that I did.

This group is filled to the rafters with lovely, kind, generous people who aim to brighten up someone’s day. Parcels and letters of happiness fly around the country and, sometimes, the world at the hands of these fabulous people. 

Not only are there lovely group members but there are also a great team of admins lead by the lovely Danielle. Never before have I come across a person so dedicated to making other people feel happy and who always ensures that there is no funny business. 

On being accepted to the group I joined my first swap via Elfster (a very clever little website). Once I was paired I felt a flood of anxiety; what if my lady didn’t like what I’d chosen, did I need to buy from her wish list, had I spent too little… The answer to all these questions is that you can’t get it wrong. 

I sent some loveliness to a lady who has since tagged me several times in the posts on this page to say how much she loved the scarf I had sent. And this made me smile; I had made her happy by sending pretties and she made me happy by saying that she liked it. 

I’m sad to say I missed the Secret Santa’s but I have signed myself up to the worldwide snail mail postcard swap. And it is this that has made me want to share it with you. 

How simple it is to pop into a shop and buy a few postcards to send to a stranger. I chose things that I liked and that made me smile in the hope that they would do the same to my recipient. 

What I am really trying to get across is that in a world full of negativity I feel blessed to have found somewhere full of positivity, kindness and HAPPY! 

I think Danielle deserves a star, a medal and a rather big pat on the back for orchestrating THE best group on Facebook ever. 

These lovely packets of happiness probably make the difference to some people’s day and I think that is the best. 

Here are sneaky pictures of the postcards I have sent…    

   

The world needs more of things like this and I for one am happy that I am apart of it… now to send some random acts of kindness or RAOK… YAY TO HAPPY MAIL.