Yesterday was our annual village Christmas Fayre. A fun, festive event putting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
I had a stall selling my perfumed candles in China cups, printed bags and knitting. My little Sister helped and it was good to catch up with friends. As usual I probably spent more money than I made but it is great to meet fellow artisans and network. Christmas is heading this way fast so brace yourselves!
I am busy preparing for our Village Christmas Fair. I have been pouring candles into vintage China cups to sell. They make great Christmas gifts and usually sell well. I do have plans for other crafty gifts but as ever time is critical, so we will see.
For my candles I use Soy Wax which is much better than paraffin wax. Soy wax burns slowly with a clear flame and no soot. And, importantly they are eco friendly! Today I have made ten candles in cups. They are gently perfumed with lavender. I will, hopefully make another ten later in the week. Maybe, just maybe, I will find time for the other project. But I will let you know!
On our way to our Girly Weekend retreat we dropped into the Christmas Fair at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. We didn’t tour the house as we were short of time and such a magnificent residence deserves a lingering, loitering viewing. The fair was located in the stately home grounds around the property. It was VERY busy but free to enter! There were multiple wooden huts selling trinkets, crafts, food, and treats. As ever my penchant for textiles saw me gravitate to the fabric craft stalls.
I admired some gorgeous woollen cushions. There was a lovely Hydrangea Wreath. I loved the choice of Christmas crafts but bought very little. As usual I thought that “I can make that!”. Sadly what I can’t buy is time to complete all the projects that I would like to make. Oh I did buy some yummy fudge! Oh and a lacy scarf ( that did look a bit like a dish cloth.)
The next day whilst rambling around Ashbourne, we came across a tree stump to which someone had fastened lots of “lost” cuddly toys. It was both funny and sad. It certainly caused interest. Speculation as to who had owned them and who on Earth had gone to the trouble of attaching them to the tree stump? Had they been lost or had they been abandoned?
If you have ever lost a cuddly toy it could be hugging a tree stump somewhere in Ashbourne!
It all started because I am going away with girlfriends this next weekend. We’ve been going away twice a year for the last 16 years. The formula works. We rub along together each with their own tasks be it driving, shopping or washing dishes. We enjoy each other’s company, oh and we enjoy copious amounts of wine and chocolate. For the past many years I have taken photographs, lots of photographs. In my wisdom I decided to gather together all the past pictures of our group and maybe sort them out and have a giggle whilst we’re away. I didn’t realise (naively) how many various locations these pictures were in or how many there are. To get to the point this is why I am surrounded with piles of old pics. They go back to the late 1940s and are a fantastic social history of my family and many are truly vintage.
The big question is what am I to do with them all? I have started by throwing out all those pictures of waterfalls in locations I can’t remember, and unforgettable sunsets that I’ve forgotten about. I’ve sorted a few to pass onto daughter. I am thinking that I might make an album just of my Mum and Dad. I have spent the afternoon what I can only call wallowing in nostalgia! ( and I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg)
The collection for our girly weekend has grown, but sadly the last 5 years or so are all digital images and not prints. I think that this is really sad as how often do you trawl back and enjoy digital pictures? Bring back old fashioned film I say or at the very least print the best off. After all the young generation will not have a biscuit tin full of pics to enjoy on dark evenings in the winter.
I’ve got a couple more days to continue seeking out our “girly weekend” pictures. But I’ve also got to make a Lemon Drizzle cake as a contribution to our afternoon teas, pack, get hair done, clean out my car (urgent) and leave Hubs ready meals in the fridge. ( The last task is a joke!) if you’d like to know we are off to Chatsworth House Christmas Fair -great joy. We are staying in a lovely cottage with a hot tub. There might be one or two photo opportunities!
The last week has been one Christmas related event after another. Pre Christmas is a lovely time with Christmas fairs,fetes,and nativity shows.Not to mention shopping,baking and card writing! In fact I think that pre Christmas is better than actual Christmas.
Friday found me at my final Christmas fair at the local school selling my beautiful china cups filled with candle wax. I sold some and was invited to display a selection in a local cafe! (obviously for sale!)
I started some mittens as in the picture. These have fleece pieces knitted into the cuff as shown in the picture. Maybe I will show you the finished product -eventually! The same pic shows a lovely knitting needle case that my friend Lyn made. I will sort out my needles as I’ve got dozens, no excuse now.
Saturday I went to the home where my Mum lives. They were also having a Christmas fair. I came home well ahead financially as I won a book voucher,another voucher for a local green grocer to buy Christmas veg.,and my sister won a bottle of Champagne for Christmas lunch. Job done!
Sunday we had a family day out at the Cheshire Food Festival,tasting and sampling yummy morsels of local produce. The final picture is of gorgeous Grandson AKA Tiger hugging a tree at the festival. Lovely times and happy days.
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.