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The Fold Monthly Market, Bransford

I have been so very, very busy this week, and am so very, very tired. Next week is going to be worse (hence this post being written late on Sunday night). I thought instead of me waffling on with some nonsense or other, I would share with you the photos from my day today. I was at The Fold Monthly Market in Bransford. I am there every month – fourth Sunday of the month, 10am until 2pm – be lovely to see you if you are ever in the area. Its has such a great vibe – loads of local artists, crafters, designer makers, food producers – all sorts really. All the stallholders are super friendly and we love being there together. So, here it is in pictures – enjoy!

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Craft Fair and Craft Market

So what is the difference between a craft fair and a craft market? Well I haven’t a clue! If you know, please tell me! The only thing I do know, because my back hurts, my fingers are blue from cold, and I am starving hungry,yet in a good mood, is that I have done one of each this weekend. I’ll tell you all about it in this link-tastic blog post … I am writing this now before I forget, or get too busy with other things – I have worked out how I can write it now, Sunday afternoon, and post it to you lot on Monday morning – very clever!!

Firstly there was the craft fair at The Swan, Newlands – this is a pub fairly local to me, where I go every couple of weeks to meet up with a craft group (we sit and do our work, have a chat and a pint, and it is all quite interesting!) So the craft group decided to do a craft fair at the pub. What a great idea – a craft fair where you can have a drink – excellent! It was just a small event, but well attended and I actually did really well – I sold out of stock in three card designs! All the artists and crafters were local, and a real varied range – hand-made walking sticks, decoupage, hats, cushions, baby bouquets, artwork….that wort of thing. We were very lucky with the weather – glorious sunshine – and I think that really helped.

Secondly, I have just got back from a craft market at The Fold at Bransford. This is going to be happening once a month from now on, so it was a bit like starting a new job – checking out your workspace, sussing out your ‘colleagues’ and finding the best place for a pint after a hard days work (at the stall opposite me!). I am so excited to have finally found a market that I think really suit my work. There is only one downside – I am likely to spend a large amount of the profit with the other stallholders, especially in the run up to Christmas. They were all of a great standard, and also very friendly and helpful. So let me introduce you to some of them…

The Friday Beer Company – these chaps had the stall opposite me – both a good and a bad thing I guess – fortunately it was far too cold to be wanting to drink much beer, so I managed to stay sober! I have, however, bought home four bottles of Friday Gold and am looking forward to one in a few hours time.

Panache – I had the pleasure of being next to Frankie and her fragrant stall – she is going to do so well on the run up to Christmas – and I will definitely be asking if I can do a trade with her for a Christmas wreath. She does lots of other non Christmassy stuff too – check out her website!

Hatty Baggins – amazing felted stuff, made from wool from the lovely Steve the sheep and his sheepy friends Alan, Issy and Bluebelle. I have put in a request for some fingerless gloves for the next market as it was brrrr-cold today and my fingers are still not back to normal.

Vineyard Pottery – beautiful pottery in gorgeous soft colours. See Neil at the next fair (28th October).

Chilli Pepper Plantation – as the name would suggest, all things chilli! Pam has a huge range of homemade james, sprinkle,s chocolates, oils and also chilli plants so you can grow more at home.

Canapes By Gill – I have met Gill before at another craft fair and I knew she would be there today, so I didn’t bother taking any lunch with me! Gill makes the most amazing cakes and savoury tarts, and as I found out today, amazing scotch eggs too! Additionally, she does party and event catering – and can do it in your own home – fantastic!

Smoffy Photography – Karen had some wonderful prints of her work available – some mounted, some framed. Really lovely work – check out her blog and see for yourself!
Christine Harmer – beautiful enamelled jewellery from Christine – check out her website and look for the peacock stuff – amazing!

Ecowood Products – Stellan creates amazing stuff from locally sourced wood, all hand turned. He can also use a real spinning wheel!! He doesn’t have a website at the moment, but you can see him at the next Fold Monthly Market on 28th October.

Rainbow Cottage Crafts – Andrea had a range of handmade sterling silver jewellery incorporating ethically sourced gemstones – find out more on her website.

Plantation Cottage Herbs – Lynda has the most delicious looking range of jellies and vinegars all made with home-grown and local fruits and herbs, and if you check her website you will see she is one of Rick Steins Food Heros!! An also, she sells sheepskins! They looked very, very snuggly today when it was oh so cold and wet!

Artisan Forge – Gary is a traditional style blacksmith and I am in awe of his work! Pop down tot he next market to see some of it!

A&S Enterprises – Andy and Simon make very smart looking signs from slate – come and meet them at the next market.

Bread By Bike ( or B to the power of 3!) he lovely Simon and his yummy bread. Lucky people of Bransford are able to have their bread delivered to them by bike! For the rest of us, we have to wait for the monthly market. The bread is actually cooked in The Fold’s kitchen. If you want to know more, contact Simon at

Norbury’s Norrest Farm & Cider Company – supplying a range of apple products – juice, cider and apples! See them at the next market.

And of course Kevin with veg fresh from The Fold Care Farm – click the link to find out more. I managed to come away with two potimarron which I have exciting plans for!

I also met a couple of artists who are full time residents of The Fold (well, they have studios there) Sharon and Tony

There were other people too – sorry, I didnlt have time to chat to everyone! Oh, and of course a tombola for St Richards Hospice – I won some body lotion!! And a stall for The Gateway Retreat run by Andy and Ann of the Worcester Satsang Meditation Group. It is an interesting project – have a look in further detail – The Gateway Trust

OK, well as you can probably tell, and if not the certainly guess, I am cold, hungry, and tired – plus my son has started drumming and ‘singing’ on the table next to me and really needs some attention! toodlepip!


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Bromyard Folk Festival

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This weekend I did my first ever two-day craft fair. It had cleverly been organised in the centre of Bromyard to coincide with the famous folk festival. We certainly had some interesting characters wandering up and down, with their pewter tankards attached to their belts, and some amazing costumes and fabulous hats!

I can’t say I took a huge amount of money, but I did make enough to cover my costs and have a few pints afterwards! And I have some interesting leads to follow up regarding other craft fairs, possible retail outlets, artists to check out who might inspire me further, and possible projects/collaborations.

And of course I met some wonderful people too! Thought I would introduce you to them..

Lovers Orchard – I was lucky to be right next to Karen and Caz who run this fab online gift store and also stock my stuff. Was great to get to know them a bit better, and have a good nosy around their extensive range of gifts, artwork and handmade cards.

Names In Frames – wonderful to meet Kevin and his wife who have been doing craft fairs for many years, so had lots of great tips to share. It really makes these things worth while when you can meet such interesting, helpful and friendly people. And yes, I did walk away with my very own name in a frame!

Colour Boutique – the lovely Carole, with her fab range of bags and scarves int he most gorgeous colours and styles was super  helpful, and we are definitely staying in touch so we can help each other out with news and information about other craft fairs.

Jane Dickinson – again, another smiley friendly face. She had some stunning photographs for sale. I particularly liked the ones of doorways and arches.

Chiselbrick – Joz had the most original idea of the day, and I am definitely bookmarking his website for future birthday presents. I have never seen anything like it before – reclaimed bricks transformed into mini sculptures/artwork/home&garden decorations.

Handmade In Hartlebury – the fabby Jo has a very cool range of bunting, aprons, beanbags, decorative hearts, cushions – I know where to go next time I want something to cheer the house up a bit or for great presents for all ages.

And on top of that were the lovely people to the other side of me with fantastic mosaics, the amazing Zoe who organised the whole thing, Becky and her jewellery, um….. and loads of others, too many to mention!

Finally, sorry about the quality of the photos – the camera is still broken and so I had to use my husband’s iphone (and I think I may have had a glass or two or cider by that point!)


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Upton Jazz Festival

This weekend was the amazing Upton Jazz Festival. I had been so excited about having a stall here for ages, and even more so because I was sharing with a group of friends, The Pixley Crafters. We are a mixed bunch of crafters with a broad range of skills and experience, which is why I think we all work so well together. I’ll do another blog post about us all at some point.

Anyway, back to the festival. Well, we had been rather worried about the weather – lots of rain, lots of wind – not good for an open sided marquee and a load of non water-resistant stock! but we were lucky, very lucky. Only a few spots of rain, and lots of lovely sun.

As for sales, they were dismal – well, non existent. The layout of the site was pretty bad and there was just not enough footfall through our area. I understand it was partly due to another part of the site being flooded and a shift around of a few locations, but even so, you would have thought for a festival in its 27th year they would have been a little better organised. Oh well, I will know not to do it next year.

But, even though I didn’t sell anything and hardly gave away any promotional cards, I did meet some really interesting people and have lots of fun, plus listen to some great live music and drink some scrummy local beer (thank you Malvern Hills Brewery!)

So I would like to give a shout out to those that made it worth while….here we go….

Firstly, the chap who really lifted our spirits was Tom Spice – click on his name to check out his facebook page and songs.  We loved his cheeky grin, giggly mates, lively music and vulgar lyrics!

Secondly, the fab people at the new venture Lovers Orchard – a Worcestershire based company promoting local arts and crafts. THey are due to laugh this summer and have a huge range of art, gifts, homwe-wares etc all hand picked by the two lovely ladies in charge. I shall let you know when they are up and running.

Thirdly, another new company that we were next to – Pump It Up Events who do zorbing – it looks like immense fun – I want a turn! Have a look on their website to see what it is all about. The chaps who set it up, Sean and Jason, were just lovely – we were so lucky to have good neighbours for our pitch!

Finally I met the vetran stall holder Stella Draper, who also produces a great Jazz guide magazine, also available online – if you like Jazz, it’s the best place to check out what is going on locally (well, if you are in the West Midlands!)

As for the music, you have to check these Dutch guys out – amazing, and so much fun! Lamarotte Jazzband

The other upside of being so quiet is that I got take lots of photos – want to have a look?


putting up the tent thing


mrsmcindoe stall


The Pixley Crafters – Jill, Jenny, Naomi and Phil


Jenny in a hat made by Jill


Jill Peer giving an Indian head massage


Morgan at Upton Jazz


dancing girls


Lamarotte Jazzband


Jazz Vetran


cheeky chap


Amazing Jazz lady




one man and his brolly



Vulgar Lyrics from Tom Spice, much appreciated by Jill!


the Tom Spice support band


Tom Spice entertains us


view to the East






mrsmcindoe at Upton Jazz


Upton Jazz after the parade


New Orleans Parade Band


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Art Fair In Pictures

For those of you who want to know what goes on at this type of thing, and what all us designer maker types look like and get up to, here you go!

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Bizart Fair Tomorrow

It has come round so quickly, but I thin I am just about ready for the second Bizart venture – taking over the whole of The Lyttleton Well in Malvern tomorrow.

Just have to remember the extension leads – now where did I put them?!

Still unsure if I should take any original work with me – these are the ones I was thinking of….. just a little worried that I won’t have enough space to show them properly.



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Preparing for exhibition

I am exhibiting some work, my first exhibition, at St Johns Library, Worcester, for the whole of March. If you are in the area, please pop in and take a look. There will be a mix of old and new work. At the moment I am trying to select which pieces will be going, although am having a small framing problem in that I can’t afford to get them properly framed, and the frames that I have that I thought I could use are not quite the right size.

Well, I am certainly on a very steep learning curve this year! If anyone out there has any tips on how to exhibit your artwork, please do let me know.

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….and relax….

…the show is over!

Well, I didn’t sell anything!! Ha! I don’t mind though (honest, guv).

I had a fantastic day and met some great people, both other stall holders, the event organisers, and the general public.

The stall holders were a lovely bunch, and I really am looking forward to working with them again. They were all very supportive and have given me lots of hints and tips for the next event.

The event was really well organised by all at Bizart – thanks guys! It all seemed so easy, all I had to do was tip up and put my stuff on a table.

And the public – well, I was really surprised at how friendly they were, and how inquisitive. So many kind words, and lots of people who did seem to genuinely think my work was amazing (which I was quite amazed at!)- its good to get some positive feedback from people you aren’t related to or friends with – always a bonus!

So although I didn’t sell anything, I think the whole thing was a massive success – I feel inspired, valued, and respected – not very often I get to write that!


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14 hours to go….

… and I am sitting here having a pint of Spitfire and relaxing for half an hour! I am happy with the amount of work I have ready to show and sell, although there are still quite a few left over in various stages of completeness, I think I would rather stick with what I have than compromise on the quality by rushing them tonight – and I will be utterly gobsmacked if I run out of stuff to sell as I think there are about 50 pieces!

As I sit here in the quiet and stillness, I am wondering if this is the calm before the storm – I certainly hope there isn’t going to be any storming of the snow variety!

Oh, and as you will have noticed, I have changed the blog format – ‘ray! Hopefully I will have more time to get to grips with all the functions after half term – at the moment I do feel like I am speaking to an empty room, but perhaps that will change with a bit of hard work and a lot of luck.

So, that’s it from me until afterwards…. hope to see some of you there!


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First art fair in…36hrs!

I have been so busy in the last week or s trying to get everything ready for my first art fair. It’s a tough one, being the first, I have no idea what to expect and what exactly it is I am supposed to be doing to get ready! Luckily I have had some incredibly useful tips from Jill Peer and the rest of the Pixley Crafters, and also from my picture framer, Steve, who has provided the most fantastic service ( I have tried to add a link, but not sure if it has worked!

Soooo….. most of my work has now been professionally mounted (by me, with serious amount of help from Steve the framer) and is ready for sale. I have managed to assemble a kind of display unit to show the work (alright, well, it’s an old wooden chest that I have lined with black felt to make it more picture friendly – ended up costing more to do that then it would have been to buy something, just don’t tell my husband!). And I have even got paper bags with handles – just incase someone buys something!

So, I have been told to take comfy shoes, comfy cushion, flask of tea, pencil and paper, double-sided tape, and a number of other things – if you can think of anything vital, please do let me know.

I will be off to Wales for a couple of days after the art fair to celebrate/drown my sorrows, so you will have to wait a week to find out how it goes – watch this space (but not for the next week!)

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