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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!