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Monday 18 November 2013


Hello everyone

We all know that the weekend begins on Friday and finishes with a relaxing day on Sunday - well most weekends that is.  Mine began almost at the crack of dawn on Friday setting  up my spot at Secretts Christmas Fair and finished at 4.00 pm on Sunday.  Those of you who do fairs know the drill, you take time and care when setting up and then it's a mad rush to put everything away as quickly as possible when the doors close.

It was a great fair for me and I almost doubled my takings of last year.  I think it was because I had extended my range of makes/items for sale this year to include my jute bags, more wreaths, gift bags and other Christmas decorations.  I had a great time, met some lovely new crafters, one in particular was Cathie Brooks who has seven cats!  As you can imagine we had lots in common.  Cathie very kindly gave me a bag of knitted catnip balls to pass on to my cats and foster kittens as well as some other lucky kittens and cats currently being fostered by Woking Cats Protection.  Thank you Cathie - look forward to seeing you during my time in the Christmas Emporium at Secretts.

I took some photographs of my stand, but think that must have been just after the mulled wine!  A couple of them look a little fuzzy but here are two that seem to be clear:

A photograph of one of the willow heart wreath I decorated - very pleased to say these proved to be popular so I will be decorating some more.

It is always interesting talking to other stallholders to get their impression of the event.  Some said seem quieter than last year, some said it was busier, some did better last year, some not as good.  It was a very well organised event and although very cold on Saturday, we were warmed up with supplies of mulled wine and free tea and coffee.  The only thing I would change is the name of the event - it is promoted as a food and craft event, but although plenty of food is available, not all stalls are selling craft work.  Perhaps food, craft and gift fair would be more appropriate.

Day off today and then back on the mad working treadmill tomorrow.  Back to Secretts on Friday to set up for the month-long Christmas Emporium event.  This is great fun, with six stallholders taking part selling a mix of gifts, craft and food.  If you are local or live nearby why not come along and see us.

Off to check out Handmade Monday now - I am running late this week.  It's a bit lastminutejilldotcom here.  Thank you everyone who visited my blog last week and left me lovely comments.  have a great week everyone.



  1. Sounds like you had a great time and yes it's a mad rush to get things packed up and get hone for a nice cuppa tea. It's nice to hear that people are buying handmade items and appreciating them.

  2. Sounds like you had a busy but fun weekend. Your fair booth looks beautiful. Have a great week!

  3. Glad to hear you had a great time. Your stall looks lovely xx

  4. oh wow your stand looks soooo gorgeous! Really festive and with so much lovely craftwork on display. I especially like the willow heart you've decorated x

  5. Your stall looked lovely ans sooo pleased you had a good weekend. Thank you for taking the time to give me some display tips, much appreciated, I know it was hectic for you.

    See you on Saturday xxx

  6. Your stall looks lovely - I love the rustic feel of the trellis. Sounds like it was a great weekend!

  7. I love the pictures of your stall. It is amazing how we can easily spend an hour setting up and then try to pack it all away in less than 10 minutes! I'm glad you had a successful fair.

  8. Can't wait to catch up with you at Secretts Emporium x.

  9. Your stall looks fab. Glad you had a successful fair :) have a great week x


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