Monday, 9 November 2009

Another Christmas Fair

I spent a lot of hours last week making up gift sets etc for the two day Christmas Fair on Friday and Saturday. I didn't finish pricing up etc until midnight on Thursday, up again at 6am on Friday morning, loading the car etc and setting up at the venue at 7.30am. Worn out before it even started, lolol. I took a few pictures as we were all setting up -



It was most definitely worth all the effort and taking tons of gift sets, and it was such a pleasure to see them flying off the table ( so to speak ). Both days were busy busy busy with a pretty steady stream of customers coming through. I didn't have a lot of space and I tried to cram as much as possible into the available space, I even managed to get a few vintage bits and pieces into one corner! Just as well, because I met a lovely couple that way. The gentleman was very interested in the cravats ( ascots ) I had on the stall, kept coming back to them and finally bought one, which he put on immediately and showed off proudly to everybody. He came back again after ten minutes and bought another one, a nice snazzy one, and went off happily with his wife to have lunch. After lunch, guess what? His wife came rushing to my stall asking me to show her the paisley scarves he had also been looking at. We had such a giggle picking one without him noticing and squirrelling it away for a Christmas prezzie. Bless them, they were just wonderful.

The stall holders were great, we were giggling and laughing together whenever we didn't have a customer, and the atmosphere was really lovely, so friendly and relaxed. I wish I could have spent a bit more money than I did, buying little gifts from all of them. There are so many talented people about. It was really nice seeing some familiar faces as well, stall holders I had met before. Of course one had to have a good natter about what fairs one had done etc etc.

I have only booked one more Christmas Fair, for Saturday, thats quite enough for me. I'll be making more body scrubs in those lovely vintage French jars, lip scrubs, herbal bath teas and bath bonbons for that one. Also got to get a few telephone orders ready over the next couple of days. We will be off to France soon as well, for a week or so, and after that I'll be busy preparing for our own Christmas. There are so many things I want to make this year and it all takes time.

Back soon, xx

45 comments:

  1. It was a great fun fair wasn't it. Some nice photos of my rear I see!! You were the best company though - thanks Joy x

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  2. I wish I had known about the Fair. Please let me know if you do any more in the local area of Kent and Sussex.
    Your granddaoughters are so sweet. I have all my fingers crossed that I will get a grand daughter next, I have 3 grandsons so hankering after some pretty dresses to buy.
    Cx

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  3. Hi, I just found you through Floss and was overjoyed to see you're a soapmaker and then to find you have a blog all about making soap and a list of other soapy blogs...Crikey dick!
    A friend and I used to make soaps years ago when we both lived on Isle of Wight and seeing all your gorgeous bars brought back some great memories.Ours were very similar to yours with heaps of essential oils, flowers and herbs but our real money maker was an Isle of Wight shaped soap we used to sell in the gift shops...good times! Jo's in France now and I'm in NZ and I haven't made a bar in a while. However, reading your blog has tempted me into finding the old Isle of Wight Soap Company recipe book and cooking up a storm. Thank you!

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  4. Hi Darling,
    How gorgeous your blog looks , I can almost smell the soaps!!
    I need you to help with making renaissancegrace.com a fabulous website launching 14th feb 2010.
    Have a look at my blog live from Brympton Towers in Somerset.
    A Wedding Design service with a wedding gift list is the plan and having Brympton Country House as our Studio base is all a little overwhelming.
    I'm on a mission to collect suppliers of all things original and I love your story.
    Please feel free to pop over to my blog and share a pot of tea.
    Take care Susanx

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  5. Thank you for taking part in OWOH I would never have found you and your wonderful blogs.

    I will pass your soap site onto my daughter who is a 'trainee' soap maker...... I'm sure that she will be inspired.

    http://mycuriousteaparty.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks for the visit on the OWOH carpet :) Your work looks luscious and I am glad your show went well!

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  8. wow, i love to see these photos.
    and would have the opportunity to walk tere

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