I did my first fair today – the Brighton Craft Fair! This is my stall – I got my big board from someone on Gumtree, and gave it a lick of paint and some new fabric.
I enjoyed meeting and talking to other crafters, and I also sold quite a bit and gave out lots of business cards. I’ve been bitten by the bug now and want to do some more, so watch this space 🙂
What made it even better was that my little sister came and visited me! She lives in Wales and this weekend is visiting a friend in London. They both came on a day trip to Brighton to surprise me. It was lovely to see them both.
The craft fair organisers came around a took lots of pictures, so I will be posting more over the next couple of days.
I found a new bead shop today in Brighton – The Big Bead Boutique. It has been there for ages but is slightly off our usual stamping ground, so I have not been in before. They have a great selection of different beads and cabs. I got some of these rose beads and made some earrings – what do you think? I like them so much I’m going to get some more on the weekend 🙂
Yesterday afternoon, I sat down to catch up with Downton Abbey and craft – best afternoon plan ever! My main project was to make a button brooch. While I was looking for something in my jewellery-making drawer, I found one of the sieve backs which I use to make my button brooches. I thought I had run out, so this was an added bonus. I just need to source some more now…
I had a good rummage in my button collection to find a nice selection of purple and lilac buttons. I particularly like the flower patterned and lacey patterned ones.
I got the idea from the Bead Simple book which I had as a present from a friend a couple of years ago. The visuals and ideas in the book are great, and very easy to adapt to your own tastes. Sometimes you just need a bit of inspiration!
Out of all my jewellery books (and I have a few) I always go back to this one, as it is not too twee and the ideas are actually pretty simple and do-able with often minimal supplies.
I feel like I have been neglectful of my blog recently, but I have been so busy. Mainly making stuff ready for the craft fair which is now just over a month away!
To go with the fabric button studs, I have made these dangly fabric and crystal earrings in a range of different colours.
I have also made lots of brass and copper earrings, with different charms and bead combinations. Please check out my Folksy page if you like the look of anything, I have added a few more goodies as well.
In other news – I have had some more information about the Very Berry Handmade ATC swap. The theme is Autumn, and my thinking cap is well and truly on. I just need to try and put something down on paper!
Finally, I the button pendants I mentioned the other day are finished. Well, some of them anyway as I have run out of chain. Once I’ve got some more chain I will have 20 in total.
I’m not doing well in buying supplies recently – I went all the way to Beads Unlimited the other day and got all I needed but forgot jumprings. As they are a fundamental part of my charm necklaces I can’t finish any more until I schlep back into town, or buy online. One day I’ll learn to do a proper shopping list!
Today it is a bit wet, cold and miserable here and I’m not feeling motivated to get anything going. This is exacerbated by the fact I have a few bits and bobs in the post which means I can’t complete a couple of my projects.
I am mid way through making some button pendants, which I can’t wait to show! They should be more or less done by the end of the week. In the mean time, I have these charm necklaces to show. I hope you like them – they are mainly bird and sewing themed.
I went a bit mad buying manila labels on the weekend, but they do seem to make everything look much more classy somehow.
I have been using today to prep for the Brighton Craft Fair, which I am going to in October. I’m really looking forward to it, but I’m slightly nervous as I have no idea how much stuff to make. These are some of my “wares” – button earrings made from old and new buttons, and fabric covered buttons. The fabric is a bit of a mix, some vintage, some Liberty Tana lawn and some scraps from clothes and craft projects. Please, if anyone has any newbie craft fair tips, I would be extremely grateful! How much stock is enough?!