Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Autumn Giveaway! and winner!

A couple of days ago I noticed that I had reached over 600 likes on my Facebook page so I decided to have a little giveaway to celebrate. Autumn is approaching fast and I've just made these cute little acorns and oak leaves so I thought they would be ideal.

You know the drill by now.

Please comment on here, like my Facebook page if you haven't already, comment on the Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/181676661913927/photos/a.220942687987324.53907.181676661913927/720768408004747/?type=1&theater and share, share, share. 1 entry for each.

Draw to be held on Tuesday 7th October.

Thanks for looking,


Editing to add that the winner is Pippa Chandler.

Saturday, 13 September 2014


A few months ago I was approached by a lady who met me at the Smitten Beads open day. She later contacted me and asked if I would like to do a tutorial for the October edition of Beads and Beyond which was to have an autumn theme.

I was delighted to be asked and we settled on one of my tree beads.

I have to say it is very tricky to photograph ones self whilst making a bead at the same time. I had a remote shutter control for my camera and had that in my mouth and then checked the computer after each shot to see if it was ok. It wasn't a pretty sight!

Then came the next task of whittling down the steps to just 8 and writing the text. Only so many words are allowed. It was not easy!

Anyway a complimentary copy arrived on my doorstep yesterday and there it was published, my first magazine tutorial.

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The 40th Island Steam Show (or Havenstreet Steam Festival as known to us Islanders)

So I finished the summer shows now and I have really enjoyed doing them. I have met some lovely customers and stall holders and learned some things. I have to say that I am not new to craft fairs, I have done many in my past but I am new to selling jewellery at them and trying to work out the best way to display my wares.

One of the things I have learned is that my display needs to be flexible to fit each space that is provided. After the Garlic Festival I was at Havenstreet Steam Fair. A four day show of steam engines and old vehicles.

Because all of the shows I have been doing are local to me I am lucky in that I can turn up the day before to set up. I find that this is invaluable especially when challenged with a new space.

When I turned up at Havenstreet, I walked into the craft tent and found that I had been put in the centre of the tent facing the door. Now that sounds like a brilliant place to be (as long as the weather is good and the wind isn't howling through it) but there was absolutely nothing behind me. I really didn't feel comfortable about this so I set of in search of the organiser and was told that it was ok, there was going to be someone behind me but they didn't need a table. This was Rich from Treclaimed who I had met at a previous show.

This meant that I would have people coming on either side of me as well as to the front. I only had one spare table and there wasn't really room for another (plus I would have trouble filling another table) so I opted for an L shape. Then the organiser said another person was coming so they could go behind me in the opposite L, perfect I thought until I turned up the next day and they were so close to me I couldn't get behind my stand! They hadn't thought to move their tables out a bit and there were 4 people standing behind the stand. I wouldn't have minded but it wasn't even a craft stand it was a charity stall!

So with help from some other stallholders I moved my tables forward to make room for myself.

Front table
Side table
Because I was facing the door the arena was just in front of me and I could see some of the events taking place. One was the Inch Perfect Motorbike Trials team. They were very good.

But the best was the Sheep Show. I couldn't get a decent photo because of the people in the way but I couldn't believe it when the sheep danced. Yes I did say danced. One of them had dreadlocks and swept his head from side to side, it was hilarious. They also did a dog and duck show which was very informative on how to train a sheepdog. They used running ducks instead of sheep.

Friday was a bit quiet but on Saturday I had my best day so far. I sold this statement necklace which I have to say I was a bit sad to let go.

Now unfortunately Bank Holiday Monday was a washout. Unbelievable the show still went on. People had pre-bought their tickets online beforehand so if they didn't go they lost their money.

As you can see it is a bit wet! 
The show must go on!
One stall holder didn't even bother turning up and a few went home early. Some because they were getting flooded out and Rich because his wooden furniture was getting wet.

The arena was getting a bit muddy to say the least and this is the first time that I have even seen a steam engine pulling (or pushing) another steam engine.

I took a video of one of the steam engines getting stuck.

This is the sheep racing.

Amazingly I actually had a few sales. I packed up a little early as I was getting cold and decided to leave my stuff overnight and pick it up the next day. I was so glad I did. One of the other stall holders didn't get home until 7pm and posted on Facebook that it was fun watching the cars getting stuck!

Thanks for looking.


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