Sunday, 21 November 2010

A short post today

as I'm in recovery after the first of 4 Christmas Craft Fairs. It was a fabulous bright sunny day, if a little baltic. I wasn't in the outdoor marquee but I was in the little hallway which leads into the main room, & along with 2 other tables, in a howling gale of a draft which froze my right ear off! The fireplace which normally has a warm Christmassy real fire had recently been converted to gas & was no longer working. Never mind, we had carols sung from the garlanded staircase, just lovely & I could sing along disturbing nobody ;) I felt a sense of Christmas peace, especially having made a few sales, after rather last minute frenetic  preperation.

Some decorations; my painted papers stuck to recycled mount board & my painted fabric (from last year) stitched into a pretty odd shape. I added some creative mess this year but it didn't seem to make ay difference to sales. I haven't cracked the decorations market yet. I'll try some fabric circles with bits hanging off next. Does anybody else out there make decorations?



and some brooches


My cuffs did well so I need to make some more for next weekend, craft fair no 2.

I've abandoned my garden recently & as it was another beautiful day ( ;)  )I was able, as part of my 'recovery' (they're enjoyable if a bit draining these craft fairs) to do a bit of catch up weeding & listen to the garden birds who've returned from wherever they were blown to last week. The sun has just become so low in the sky it only peeps over the first hill at the back of the house at about 12.30 & by 2pm it's gone behind the second hill.  I can see the sun elsewhere  in  the village (if it's out of course!) but it becomes rather precious in the garden at this time of year. It gets high enough again mid January, I think. 




I came across this bouy rusting away on a gravel bed in the garden so as it's falling apart I think I'll wrap some fabric around it & try some more rust dyeing. I should have treated it when we found it to preserve it for longer but there's nothing like a bit of organic decay, things naturally moving on. It's that time of year.

16 comments:

Gilli said...

Glad you survived the cold and made some sales - I make decorations too - try two suffolk puffs stitched back to back with beads, will try to post some pics sometime

Julie said...

Congratulations on your sales Emma and good luck for the rest of the fairs. Love the rust in this and the last post. How wonderful to be able to see your pieces on display.

NuminosityBeads said...

Hi Emma,
Yes I made ornaments but they didn't sell at all, I had super huge puzzle pieces that I had decoupaged and stamped but since it was my last show of the year I ended up giving several away to friends instead.
xoxo Kim

Beverley Baird said...

Hope you have recovered from the cold! Here's hoping all your other sales go well.
Love your ornaments!

dosfishes said...

Glad your cuffs did so well, yes I make all sorts of decorations, have to have at least one new thing for the holidays. Sounds like your upcoming scheule is quite hectic. I fell that way too, time has a way of creeping up! Warm up that ear. xox Corrine

ju-north said...

Love the ornaments and other items. I always find ornaments don't sell too well. Great piece of rust!

Lesley said...

That draft was a howling arctic gale!! I'm so glad you haven't come down with pneumonia. ;-)
Glad your cuffs went well - they were very pretty. xx

Linda said...

Your decorations are lovely Emma...I definitely would have bought a few!
Hope the ear has recovered :-)
Next time wear your furry ear muffs!!
XX

Jill Eudaly said...

really cool Christmas ornaments! I make origami trees that stand up. will post on my blog in a few days. They would be a quick project for a craft sale. I'm off work wed-monday, Thanksgiving...so will have them on soon.
jill

Jan said...

Hi Emma, glad you had a good experience with your craft fair and that you sold a few things. It is always hit or miss at those shows. Your work is very appealing and colorful so hopefully you will just sell more and more as time goes on. Gives you and excuse to make more things and that is where the fun is. Good luck!

Jenevieve said...

Glad your craft fair went well! I love the decorations and brooches. I 've only made decorations for the home, and so far that consist of felt items. I especially like the little trees in the first photo!
I like the idea of dying fabric from the rust, it will be interesting to see how it progresses! Good luck with the next fair! :) x

Jill said...

Glad you made some sales - it is so difficult to predict what will sell.
Love the rust too.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Emma I love a bit of organic decay too - in fact, lots like this is great! Your decorations are gorgeous - people are very slowly coming around to the handmade ones but it takes time. You might need more layers when you do the next Craft Fairs - good luck to you and wishing you more sunshine from here.x Suzy

Heloise said...

Glad that the fair went well. Really like your trees, squares and of course the hearts. What did you use around the edge? I have not made decorations, but always making gift tags. Good luck with the next one.

Jensters said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and sorry your jealous of me seeing Lorna's work...lol....love your brooches and your other works...shall keep watching for more.

Parabolic Muse said...

Those decorations/ornaments are lovely!

Happy blogversary, Emma. It's so cool, isn't it?!