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Candles and Crochet

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Yet more soy candles ready for the craft fair on Saturday. Slightly different this time as I’ve used some glass jars and Citronella oil as well as my usual China cups I’m looking forward to the actual fair as it’s great to see what others have made and I meet loads of people.img_0873

I started to crochet a shawl for my expected fourth grandchild next spring. I didn’t have a pattern but away I went. After some hours of crochet I was excited as it grew. When I checked it looked a little big but I thought that it would make a nice pram cover. Onwards it grew even bigger. Well maybe a cot blanket. I couldn’t make it smaller as it is a linear pattern, very nice but HUGE. I jest not, it will make a blanket for  a super king bed!! Maybe a wedding present when the unborn baby marries! Happy days.

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More Vintage Tea Party

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Hi Folks,

As mentioned in my earlier blog I recently celebrated a Vintage birthday( Don’t ask!) with a Vintage Tea Party. Here are a few more pictures to show you the beautiful embroidered linens and a small selection of the Vintage China that we have available for hire. This is from Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party.

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We have beautiful China and lovely lace cloths. Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party offers a bespoke vintage service tailored to your requirements. You can hire all the vintage table settings that you need for your special event.

imageWe also offer bespoke vintage bunting and hand poured candles in vintage China cups. Call for information Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party on 01352 740631

Lucky Finds

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I travelled into St Mawes again today as I’d seen a car boot sale advertised. Hubs came with me and tolerated my amble around the car boots. It was situated on the quay and quite small but I found some treasure! I bought the above cutlery for a knock down price. The teaspoons are silver and will polish up beautifully. They will compliment my collection of shabby chic collection of China cups and saucers beautifully (Well I’ve got to collect something!)

I will sort and sell what I don’t want and hopefully cover my costs. Now that’s a bargain. We also enjoyed a late breakfast on the quay at St Mawes. A lovely location, lovely place and lovely pastries.

We also walked to the Hidden Hut Beach Restaurant again but we were too late for lunch. Our fault should have gone earlier. We had a sandwich instead! No problems the walk and beach were good. How can a walk seem up hill in both directions?

Amazing Christmas Craft Fair

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Saturday saw the village annual craft fair. I had a stall selling hand poured candles in china cups. I was delighted with the presentation of my stall and it was a very successful day. Choosing to perfume the soy wax definately made a difference. I used a blend called “Tranquility” and one called “Baby Lavender”. Perfuming was a big improvement on past years as I had noticed that everyone picks up the candles and smells them to see if they will buy them. I hadn’t perfumed in the past as my interest was more in the fact that I use Eco friendly Soy Wax. Lessons learnt!

At these events you do meet some lovely craft workers. I also did some serious networking, bought some gifts for Christmas and treated myself to a lovely silk scarf. One lady I met is in the process of opening a craft workshop locally. This sounds like a very exciting project so. I will be blogging more about this shortly. The website for this project is http://www.coachhousecaerwys@gmail.com

A small selection of the contributors who’s pictures appear above are:

SusieQ Crafts at Susan.mcclenahan@btinternet.com

Bags to Your Liking by Phil May

Lovingly Made by Lyn at lulu2405@icloud.com

Creative Willow by http://www.creativewillow.co.uk

Small Furniture Maker on 01352 734094

My other BIG news is that Im going to be invited to a Blogging event held by a national company in January. More about that when I get the invite! Oh my!

Crafts and Candles

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This  week has been very busy, candle making, working, and just living! Tomorrow we have the annual Christmas Fayre ( why is it spelt this way?) here in our village. I have a stall selling candles. I have tried to be a little different and seek more unusual containers as you can see from the picture. Some of the candle are perfumed with “Baby Lavender” and some with an oil blend called “Tranquility”. The fine china cups and saucers that I usually look out for have become much harder to find, and often far too expensive. I try hard to keep the final price as low as possible.  This is a hobby not a real business I just need to cover costs. I don’t expect to sell out tomorrow, although I would like to sell as many as possible, as Hubs complains about candles taking over the cottage!

Next week I intend to front load my Etsy shop with remaining candles- well some of them! So visit noddfa.crafts@etsy.com

Oh and by the way pop along to the Fayre (fair) in Cilcain village tomorrow!

Vintage Cup Candles

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imageimageimageI have started work making candles in vintage cups ready for a craft fair in a couple of weeks. I collect, hunt down or otherwise acquire vintage china cups all year round. Each year at this time I fill them with perfumed wax in readyness for Christmas fairs. Over the years the cups have got harder to find at reasonable prices. I suspect that this is because the charity shops have got more savvy on prices and vintage china is more in vogue. Still, it gives me something to hunt for!

I always use Soy wax as it burns with a delightful creamy colour, no soot and a clear bright flame. As well as being Eco friendly. The candle making is time consuming but good to do. This batch I have perfumed with Baby Lavender and my house smells delicious. I will also put some in my Etsy shop over the next few days. Pay me a visit at noddfa.crafts on http://www.etsy.com

I just love the sign in the first picture which I bought for Hubs last Christmas and is so true!  ” The more people I meet the more I love my dog”. I also love the bottle of Schnapps next to it which is a raffle prize to give away!

Mans Best Friend

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This dog is one big puppy who is as soft as butter and loves a cuddle. He will sit for an age leaning on your lap just begging to be loved. I know well where I stand in the love pecking order in our home and it’s way down there after the dog!

I have been doing a steady trade with my vintage china candle cups in a local cafe. I have sold all that I have supplied so far so this is great. I will have to search for more cups but it gets harder and harder to find really pretty cups. Still they are on my list of search items in charity shops.
I have finally finished sorting earrings. All that is left in my jewellery box are broken or lonely single earrings. I will keep all these odds and sods as you never know if they will be needed for something………

Pick of The Blogs

One of my current favourite blogs is Joythebaker.com
There are some great recipes even though I have trouble getting my head around the “Americanisms”. How much exactly does a cup of sugar weigh? I’m just learning to use grams instead of ounces so life is very complicated!
Anyhow I intend to try the Brown Butter Banana Bread recipe recently blogged about.

Handmade Craft Fair

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Handmade Craft Fair

Our village hall held a handmade craft fair this weekend. The day was really good with a lovely, friendly atmosphere. Around 200 people visited all in search of Christmas gifts. There is a community cafe every Saturday afternoon in this village hall and always sells yummy homemade cake.(cheap!)
I shared a craft table with a friend. The friend sold really good handmade knits and I sold my candles in vintage china tea cups. The day was very lucrative for me and provided some ready cash to buy more cups! (Don’t tell husband!)
I have a few candles left so will supplement them with a few more and I have a date at the local school Christmas fair. So maybe I will make more money to buy more vintage china!
I must stage my photographs with more care as the white mug in the photograph is my coffee. It was so busy that I rushed to snap the picture whilst I had some cups left! But I also had some coffee left.