First postcards from Paul to Mildred……

Late 1902.

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The Secret Garden Craft Fair

Sherwood Art Week brings together talented artists to exhibit their work in shop windows throughout Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.  I am looking forward to following the yarn bombing trail I’ve been hearing about to go and look at the displays this week. There are also some great workshops (unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to subscribe to the one I hoped to do) so take a look at www.sherwoodartweek.co.uk for full details.

Starting things off yesterday was The Secret Garden Craft Fair.  My experience of this started on Friday night as a group of lovely people gathered together to prepare the gardens of the United Reform Church.  I can now play my part in constructing metal market stall frames and with luck (or a broom for assistance) put on the covers.  In humid evening temperatures the orange squash and biscuits a kind lady was offering was very welcome.  Having started work in my day job at 7am and gone straight to help set up in the afternoon/evening getting my own things together late Friday night was a challenge and I was glad of the 8.15am start the next day so I had time to rearrange the unplanned bits of display that went a bit awry.

Still by 11am I was set up to go……..

SAW2013d You are probably wondering why there is a wall behind for the secret ‘garden’ fair, well I was lucky to have an indoor stall as my paper based crafts don’t do well outdoors once they’ve stopped being trees.  I should have taken photos of the gorgeous displays outside but this turned into the busiest event I’ve ever done and I never quite got round to it.

Here are some of my fabulous neighbours in the hall ovrobin and modflowers

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Thank you to all the lovely people who came along. I had such a nice day.  Everyone was so supportive and I had some wonderful conversations.

Here are a few more images of the stall

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It was the first time I’d had my newly designed pencil pots on sale and I was pleased to find new homes for many of them.

Any crafter will know that every craft fair brings the huge temptation of wanting to buy gorgeous goods from the other sellers.  As soon as I’d had my first customer I knew I could treat myself to this fab bag from ovrobin

OV Robin bag

Their website will be up and running soon, in the meantime take a look on Facebook for the latest news www.facebook.com/ovrobin (and if you are looking for a graphic designer check out Ali’s work Gifted Scribble).

Later on I was able to take a quick look round the garden with my umbrella thanks to the British weather and picked up these treasures

Foto Ceramic pedant

Can’t wait to wear this. Take a look at all the beautiful work at Foto Ceramica

Corrina Rothwell card

This card is so me I had to snap one up when I spotted them on Corrina Rothwell’s stand.

Now I had better start making some more stock!

We’re out of Puddleducks and Tiggywinkles.

The rather bizarre title of this post is what I found myself telling a customer on Sunday.  In my head this was a perfectly logical statement but the amusement of the customers made me realise how being a solitary craftworker means I’ve created my own code language without realising.  If you are wondering I currently have no clocks made from the Beatrix Potter tales of Jemima Puddleduck or Mrs. Tiggywinkle 🙂

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These are some images from Not The Camden Market last weekend.

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New display stand also in place at Hopkinson along with some vintage children annuals recently added, prices from 50p!

Hopkinson April 2013

One of the things I want to do this year is broaden the ranges I sell so I’ve been experimenting with some early tests for beads made from book pages.  These are the first two trials so there are lots of improvements yet to be made.

Sphere bead test Tube bead test

I want to get some other lines in production too if I can find materials at the right price and work out the methods for making.  Hopefully I’ll be able to reintroduce the paperweights.  I’d also like to have a go at small wall shelves made from hardback books.  Some other ideas I’m not sure are as feasible so expect more test product photos to show lots more design, fail and hopefully develop to working endeavours.

Christmas markets & fairs

Goodness where does the time go!  I can’t believe it’s 2013 already. Thank you to everyone who has supported The Forgotten Library in 2012.  I really do hope to be updating this blog regularly this year.  I have some wonderful treasures I have yet to unpack and document, I think it’s almost a year since I was lucky to be sold some original patterns, sketches and documents from a lace firm.  Having been tied in rolls for decades and covered in roof dust they need careful unrolling and flattening so I was always too busy to get to them.  They really are top of my list once I’ve made some space round here.  Last minute making for fairs over the Christmas period inbetween a busy day job means it looks like someone shook all the books off the library shelves and sprinkled them with clock movements, findings, paper tags and binding wires.  I can’t even see some of the equipment like the laminator and the drill any longer!

Here are some photos of a few of the craft fairs and markets I enjoyed standing a stall at this past Christmas period.

Craft In The City, St Peters Church, Nottingham
Craft In The City, St Peters Church, Nottingham

St Peters Church Craft In THh City

Newark Vintage Fair, St Marks Gallery
Newark Vintage Fair, St Marks Gallery

St Marks Gallery Newark Vintage Fair

The Pretty Dandy Flea, November 2012
The Pretty Dandy Flea, November 2012

The Pretty Dandy Flea November 2012

Stall shared with gorgeous Elves courtesy of Rachel Gallagher.
Stall shared with gorgeous Elves courtesy of Rachel Gallagher.
Huge space, only managed to fill it thanks to the help of Rachel Gallagher and her fab fae folk.
Huge space, only managed to fill it thanks to the help of Rachel Gallagher and her fab fae folk.
Not The Camden Market, Bartons PLC
Not The Camden Market, Bartons PLC
Craft In The City, Waterstones, Nottingham.
Craft In The City, Waterstones, Nottingham.

Craft In the City Waterstones Craft In The City, Waterstones

Last fair of the season - which is why I look so exhausted.
Last fair of the season – which is why I look so exhausted.