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Sunday 26 May 2013


Hello everyone

Lots of gorgeous sunshine - hope it lasts a few more days.

First of all a big thank you to everyone for their comments last week, particularly for the advice given regarding my weekly foray's into a local country market.  A special thank you to Stephen (Soy of the North) for his great advice.

I have decided that I will attend the market this coming week as I have been advised that out of term time (half-term here next week) is always very busy.  I will do the following week, then take a break for a week and after that may go for either every other week, or perhaps one week out of three.  I have been able to talk to people who regularly attend two other local markets, ones that are much bigger and more popular than mine, and their sales (of craft items) are either low or non-existent.  I feel my time can be more profitable either looking out for other events or making stock.  I wont; abandon it completely because sellers at the event say Christmas is always a good time for craft sales.  Can I wait that long?  The people there are so friendly and helpful and it makes the morning go quickly, however, as sociable as they are I am in business and need to sell.  Oh, I nearly forgot, I sold another candle!  Two in four weeks!

I attended a Willow Heart making course at the Farnham Maltings on Thursday evening - it was great and I hadn't anticipated how hard it would be.  Even when wet some types of willow are hard to bend, and I kept snapping mine!   The tutor was great and I would definitely sign on for another one of her courses.  I made two hearts - one very big and one small in comparison - and brought home more willow to finish them off.  I also made a start and here is a photograph of it:

I have also been busy in my pottery class making a mix of outdoor candle holders (for citronella candles) and hanging snowflake ornaments for the Christmas tree. I know it is rather early, but making, firing, glazing, etc takes a long time, so I need to begin early.  Here are some photographs of my makes:

A square pot with two sides cut away - the back can act as a sort of windshield.

A tall, narrow pot which I have painted brown - a flat base has been added as I felt it was rather narrow and may topple over in the wind.

These have been made of porcelain and I have painted them white on the 'front' side - depending on how they turn out I will probably not fire them at a higher temperature or glaze them.

I also made a card for a friend for someone who was moving to their new home.  The brief was the recipient was moving into an Edwardian house, liked to ride their bike, was a computer person, and walked/ran a lot.  So I had a bicycle leaning against the wall of the house, a computer sitting inside the window and a pair of trainers on the door step and yes, I forgot to photograph it!  Oh, and the person it was for is a web-designer so the salutation on the front was in the form of a website address.

Still on the subject of making things, don't forget to nip over to Handmade Harbour and catch up with the lovely bloggers taking part in this week's Handmade Monday linky party.  Great reads and fabulous makes.

I met up with my cake-making friend, Linda, and we planned more things to do for our end of year events.  Lots of work to do, and we wop it will be successful - lots of new things from both of us.

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We went to one of our regular family get-togethers yesterday at my sister's.  As always it was great fun and lots of laughs - we grew up with these particular special cousins (Maralyn and Evelyn) so we share lots and lots of memories and very similar senses of humour.

Enjoy the rest of the Bank holiday everyone, I will be back next week and Milly will be here on Wednesday.



  1. I love the idea of the square pot. Really original. I am glad that you have come up with a compromise with your fair. I have just read another blog where sales are low - not too much of a comfort I realise. The card sounds great - wish you had taken a picture!! Hope you have a busy fair on friday.

  2. the courses sound like a lot of fun - and it's always good to learn new skills. Hope the fair starts to pick up soon and that your compromise works out.

  3. I too love your square pot, really different. And your snowflakes are lovely too.
    I'd love to have a go at making something from willow. Your star looks great.
    It's so hard to know what to do about fairs, some work, some don't. But then at Christmas they all work. A big dilemma and I wish I had more advice for you. xx

  4. Gosh I'm not sure I can cope with the mention of Christmas just yet, having said that a lady at the fair today said it would be a great place to do her Christmas shopping and I did point out she could start now!

  5. Love seeing your pottery. There never seems enough pottery on handmade monday.

  6. You have been really busy this week! I, too, have been having trouble selling. It's difficult deciding what to do for the best. But nothing will stop me from making and I bet you're the same, so at least friends and family will be getting lots of handmade presents for Christmas and birthday presents.
    It's a shame you forgot to take a photo of the card you made (I'm guilty of this too) as it sounds great.
    Have a good week.

  7. I love your outdoor candle holders, you are a lady of many talents. The willow hearts sound like fun I'm sure with practice you will perfect it. Glad you have decided on a plan about the market.


  8. I love your pottery makes. I really like the snowflakes, very pretty. Someone else posted about the lack of sales at craft fairs. I'm really convinced the poor weather isn't helping things. I'm glad to hear your going to continue. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

  9. ooh working with willow sounds like such fun! I'd love to have a go :)

    your ceramics look fantastic, i particularly like the snowflakes - perfect for Christmas decorations if you dare to think that far ahead! x

  10. I'm so envious !!! I'd love to try my hand at pottery.

    Your square pot made me smile - it's so unusual. The snowflakes are really pretty.

    We're nearly half way through the year so Christmas isn't really that far off... xx

  11. I do like the photo of your cousins ;-)

    Your porcelain Christmas decorations are lovely - I think they will sell well.

    Outdoor candle holders are a great idea.

  12. Good plan for the craft fairs - no need to rush into a decision! I love willow working although it can be dangerous with those long pieces waving about!!

  13. Hi - I just left a comment but it seems to have disappeared - I thought maybe it's in a moderation queue but looking back to last week's post my comment is not there and it happened then too. Hope this works - but anyway seems a good decision to see how the fairs go for a bit longer. xx

  14. You're very welcome and congratulations on another sale.

    I had to do a bit of a double take when I saw those Christmas ornaments. Quite unusual to see something like that in May :-D

  15. The snowflakes are really cute, they will look lo ely on the tree. Cant. Elieve you are thinking about christmas already! But i guess its never too early to plan for it. Ave a great week


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