This time last year I wrote a post called 10 Tips for Organising a Craft Fair which was a response to organising one in Beddgelert, my home village, for the very first time. For the last month or so I’ve been working hard putting together this year’s event, which was held yesterday.
Yesterday! Those of you in the UK will know that yesterday was pig of a day, weatherwise. Storm Brian came to visit, and the weather was shocking. Strong winds and torrential rain. Ho hum. This resulted in two stall holders cancelling on me last minute, which was a disappointment, but we managed to spread out the other tables and I don’t think they were missed by customers. The other issue with the awful weather was, of course, that people clearly didn’t want to leave the warmth (and safety!) of their homes. Footfall was down from last year, and I can only put that down to the weather. Nothing we could have done about that, and so I was really grateful to those people who did brave the elements and came out to support us. I thought I’d share some pictures of the day with you here.
Kevin & Kay collect driftwood and other ‘recyclables’ from the coast locally and turn them into gorgeous items to decorate the home. The Christmas tree with incorporated fairly lights are a special favourite of mine… Kevin & Kay aren’t on any social media at all, they can’t keep up with production as it is so have no need to advertise – what an great situation to be in!!!
The stall next to Kevin & Kay was taken by Pauline of Jewellery by Pauline. Practically all my earrings these days have been made by Pauline, and as well as other jewellery she also makes adorable embroidered lavender bags.
Jewellery by Pauline
Next up was Vanessa of Vanessa’s Papercuts. Vanessa has an amazing talent creating art with paper – either intricately cutting it so that it’s almost lace-like, or using lots of cleverly cut layers of paper to create an image:
The came me. This was the very first outing for my step risers, so I haven’t necessarily worked out the best configuration for the display yet…
Next was my next-door-but-one neighbour Cadi. She makes the most lovely Christmas wreaths and had a small table in order to take orders for this Christmas. I always have a wreath of hers on our front door during the festive season.
Next up was a group of three local ladies who are INCREDIBLY talented with yarn and fabric. I wish I’d taken some close-ups of their work, so intricate and finely done:
The next table was taken by the ladies of our village Craft Club. They meet once a week in this hall, and had lots of knitted/crochet items for sale (along with a few jars of homemade preserves which went down a treat too).
The Craft Club’s Table
There was one more table, next to the one above (you can just see a corner of it in the photo) but it was a stall being run for a children’s club, and there were children manning the table. I failed to get a photo without any of the kids in it, so I can’t share any, but they had Christmas stockings, greetings cards, purses, bunting and lots of other lovely stuff for sale.
We should also have had a wood turner and a lady who makes mosaics, but they were the two who were sadly unable to come at the last minute. I think there was plenty to interest the lovely folk who came in to support us though.
At the other side of the hall we also had a lucky dip for the children, a tombola and a fabulous refreshments table manned by the local club for *ahem* ‘people of advanced years’. I suppose you could call them Golden Oldies 😀 They did us proud, serving up teas and coffees and SO many homemade cakes.
All in all it was a great day, and could only have been improved by having more people come through the door, but there’s no predicting the weather around here!!
Thanks for reading, and my apologies if this post seems a little rushed – and for the quality of the photos!! Up until now I’ve managed to get posts written at least one day before, and schedule them to go live on the morning of deadline day. By the time I got home last night after clearing up the hall I had absolutely no inclination to write, and today I’ve been busy with the kids, so it’s now 7.30pm on deadline day – eek! No matter, as long as it’s live before midnight I’m still in the game lol 😀