Our recent Scottish Lochs cruise took us to Fort William where we Tendered ashore. This involves going from big ship to small boat to land because the loch is not deep enough to allow the ship to berth at the landing place. A degree of agility may be required if the water is at all rough. Going back to the Beautiful Boudicca ship was a little exciting as the wind created a rougher return. The ships staff were delightful in “man handling” some of the passengers aboard.
Meanwhile back to Fort William…….
Sis and I were lucky to stumble across a great craft fair in this iconic Scottish town. There was much to ooh and ahh about but best of all there was a stall selling beautiful hand felted items. We both fell in love with book covers hand made by Corrine at email@example.com Sis is using hers as a tablet cover.
Isn’t this a delight? It contains a note book and as you know a girl cant have too many note books! Not only that but when fully open the book cover is gorgeous.well done Corrine and thank you.
I had to add this photo as I couldn’t resist. Kennedy was my maiden name so fame at last!
Friend K and I have spent a few hours putting our ” Textile Inspiration Packs”together for a forthcoming cruise that we are teaching crafts on. We don’t go until mid January next year but I am strapped for time.
All the stress of my own making. Before that particular cruise I have another Caribbean cruise to fit in. Such a hard life! I also have an early alternative Christmas weekend with my girl friends to enjoy before the REAL Christmas. Then there is middle child’s big birthday weekend in a log cabin. Bonfire night party. Further projects to complete for craft cruise and knitting Christmas gift to finish. A half made crochet blanket for expected new Grandchild phew!
Oh and I will need to post Christmas cards very early and Christmas shop the beginning of December as we don’t return from the Caribbean until 23rd December! Gifts will need wrapped and distributed early.
I also need to complete my departed Mums paper work and formalise her finances. Not to mention sell her house!
I need to make candles and do some fabric printing for a craft fair that I’ve promised to do in November.
Goodness me I’m exhausted just reading this list so maybe I’ll just lie down in a dark room!
I Will tell you more about the Textile Inspiration Packs in the next post ( if I’ve got time!)
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://firstname.lastname@example.org
A small selection of the contributors who’s pictures appear above are:
SusieQ Crafts at Susan.email@example.com
Bags to Your Liking by Phil May
Lovingly Made by Lyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 email@example.com
Oh and by the way pop along to the Fayre (fair) in Cilcain village tomorrow!
I 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!
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.
I purchased this cushion as a kit and it was my first foray into English paper piecing.-Even though she is a Welsh lady! I pieced together the appliqué lady and attached her to the background by hand. I wasn’t really knowledgable enough to quilt the cushion at the time. I would probably still struggle with the quilting,but these days I’d be prepared to give it a go.
I’m all organised for the craft fair on Saturday. Hopefully there will be a good foot fall as everything will be handmade. I will report back.
A big thank you to everyone who follows my blog. I have passed the 100 followers mark which is amazing. I know it’s nothing in cyber World but it is in my World! Thank you.🙋
I made a new tablecloth for my dining room’s winter make over. It was very simple- I bought two yards of fabric and hemmed it by hand. OK I have hemmed two out of four sides but the rest will happen! I will have to hurry as I plan to take it to the craft fair on Saturday to cover the trestle table for my candles and vintage bits and pieces.
I’ve got a craft fair this coming week end so I am working hard putting a stall together. I’ve made a lot of candles in china cups,vintage inspired cushions and some bunting with a difference. The bunting is made using damaged or stained vintage embroidery or crocheted doilies. It was really simple but I felt really brave taking the scissors to some of the fabrics. But as I have said previously I do have an un reasonably large stash of vintage textiles and lace!
I’m pleased with the end result and feel that if I don’t sell it I will use it myself. I’ve got plans for one more attack on my stash with another different length of bunting. So hopefully I will show you tomorrow.👋