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  1. Hello from a wet, windy and thundery Somerset! I'm glad we didn't have this weather yesterday when I was at the Stoke-sub-Hamdon Flower, Produce & Craft Fair! Even though the weather was fine there weren't many people out and about visiting, so the day was very quiet with most of the stall-holders barely covering their costs. This is always disappointing, but still lovely to meet new people and I did get lots of positive feedback about my goodies!

    The weather today though has given me a good excuse (if one were needed!) to spend the day mostly on the computer doing a bit of marketing (and having a sale!) and also browsing for Christmas fabrics to start on the lead up to the festive season which I'll do in September. There are some lovely materials out there, which made it difficult to choose, but I think I've made some good choices!

    I've had a lovely custom bunting order come through too which meant sourcing some new fabrics to make a personalised bunting for Kylies Treaures - she has a lovely page on facebook, so do take a look! http://tinyurl.com/3cau8qs

    Hopefully the other craft fairs I have booked into in August will offer more sales, but its a very hit-and-miss game and you can never tell!

    I'll be at the Guildhall in Chard on Saturday 20 August and at the very popular Baltonsborough Show on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August. See the Events page for more details. I do hope to see you there!

  2. floral cushion 1I've become really bad at writing this blog - other things always seem to come first or I just can't think of anything interesting to say, so I've decided that I will just blog it like I see it!

    Tomorrow I'm off to my first craft fair of August - its the Stoke-sub-Hamdon Flower, Craft & Produce Show. The last time I was there I had a lovely day, despite the horrendously wet weather, and met some really lovely people, with some gorgeous goodies! I'm sure tomorrow will be just as lovely - and on top of all that there will be gorgeous flowers too and a Ploughman's lunch before the madness starts at 1.30pm.

     ploughmans lunchflower show

    I've booked into two other fairs this month - on 20th I shall be at the Guild Hall in Chard and on 29th (which is Bank Holiday Monday) I shall be at Baltonsborough near Glastonbury. That fair will be my first outdoor one so I am really hoping for a scorching Bank Holiday! I shall borrow a gazebo anyway, but I'm not sure how easy it will be to put up by myself!!

    gazebo

    I sorted all my stock out yesterday evening, as I was having a bit of a panic about not having enough! I have struggled to find the motivation to make loads of bits and pieces while sales are so quiet - if things aren't selling, maybe there not the right things? I think I'll see what happens at these 3 fairs, then I may have to re-evaluate and look at designing some new items, as well as preparing for the big C!!

    christmas image

    People often ask me how I manage to fit everything into my day - working almost full time in the children's centre, making and selling with Bella and the Moo, and fitting in time with family & friends, keeping the house running etc. and I sometimes wonder myself, but I think if you love what you do it doesn't feel like work! Besides I get so much lovely feedback from my customers and potential customers that I must be doing something right, mustn't I?

    xx