Monday, 28 February 2011

A great craft fair...

Well, Saturday at the Byers Road Makers Market was very enjoyable - it was extremely busy with lots of interesting customers to talk to, and the time just flew by.  I also managed to surpass my financial goal, which was a bonus, so all in all it was a great success.

Going all the way through to Glasgow on the train felt like an exciting adventure and was actually very do-able (particularly thanks to lots of much appreciated help from my lovely Marc :D)

Here I am setting up.  Still a bit nervous but doing some kumihimo and origami helped to calm me!
The new hat pins and wooden brooches in particular attracted a lot of attention and lovely comments, so they were well worth the RSI I gave myself crafting away to get them ready for the show!

Friday, 25 February 2011


Finished! (and more besides)...

These amazing wooden settings are by brightcolorart on Etsy - I love them!

hat pins
...and now all packed and ready for tomorrow!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Byres Road Makers Market... this weekend!

An opportunity arose this week to make a last minute booking for a craft fair being held across in Glasgow this Saturday, so I decided to go for it!  It's the Byres Road Makers Market - organised by the same people who put on the Edinburgh fairs I have shown at in the past.

This has left me with slightly less time than usual for all of my beloved lists and tables and organising (maybe not such a bad thing?!) but I think (hope?) that I'll be ready... 

I'm going to be crafting like a demon over the next couple of days.  Fortunately some fantastic supplies from Etsy have arrived in time, so I hope to have some new styles available at the fair.

Hope I get them all finished!
If you're in the Glasgow area on Saturday, it would be great to see you there!  The market is in Hillhead Library on Byres Road and runs 11am -  4pm.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Colour, shapes... and a giveaway!

Over the last couple of days I have been revelling in the colour of beautiful new supplies - silk hankies from Sassalynne, Tussah silk roving from SilkAndShine, handdyed firestar from FeltStudioUK, and the most amazing 'wooly crumbs' from The Wool Peddler:
so much inspiration!

I'm also still trying to come up with new shape ideas for brooches and necklaces...  so I thought I would open it up to you!  Leave a comment on this post with your suggestions for new shapes for me to try - if I end up using any of your shape ideas, in return you get to pick an item of your choice from my Etsy shop that I will send to you as a thank you! 

I seem to prefer more abstract or organic shapes, and am limited to somewhat simpler forms (it's not possible to preserve detail in very complex shapes). Here are some shapes I have already tried, to get you going:

Thank you!

Friday, 4 February 2011

Sketching trip #4...

Today we went to Stockbridge and I drew some more bricks and cobbles :D

I experimented using Kasia's lovely special water-brush-pen - exciting!