I am working until at least midnight every night trying to get enough stock together for Sam's school fair on Saturday and am panicking (as usual) that I won't have enough stock. The trouble with this fair (I think) is that I'm catering for both children and adults and so am conscious of the fact that I need to produce lots of pocket money priced items. Thankfully, Samantha at Plump Pudding has come up trumps and has done me some lovely badges - thank you so much Samantha. As soon as they arrive I shall post some pics here. I sat last night and made 20 yoyos to turn into hair bobbles for the girls, and then realised that I didn't have any buttons to finish them off with (durrrrr). I haven't even started on my new idea for the boys keyrings yet - but fingers crossed Mum is on her way over from town with supplies, so I might be able to make a start this evening, and I am manically needle felting felt balls/beads to turn into bobble bracelets.
I really don't know how everyone else is managing to cope with the Christmas rush this year. I take my hats off to all of you lovely ladies (and guys, if any read this blog) who seem to produce absolutely loads and loads of different items and keep up to date with your blogs and shops etc as well. Maybe it's because I have 2 small children to look after and a part-time job as well, but all I know is I can't keep going at this rate !!
Consequently, I have decided to try and source some Fair Trade felt items to add to my own little felt collection and to take the pressure off me slightly.
These are some of the samples that I've had come through this week - I shall be selling them at the Fair on Saturday and if they're popular will be stocking a much wider range for sale through my website and this blog in the New Year. I am also looking to source some felt supplies ie. felt balls which will be sold loose so that they can be bought in whatever quantity the customer likes and can be turned into lovely funky jewellery.
Do let me know your thoughts on my new line - I'd love to hear from you.
And now I'm off to try and make a shepherd's outfit for Sam's Nativity play - no rest for the wicked then !!
Since my last post I have managed to get the wholesale order that's off to Jersey finished.
The needle felted daisies have been stitched onto hair clips, and remember the needle felted balls in my last post? Well, this is how they ended up - bobble bracelets !
After sending this order out and a couple of orders that I've received via Not on the High Street, I need to get my head down and start producing some new goodies for the Christmas Fair at Sam's school on the 1st December.
Lots of pocket money priced pieces incuding yoyo hair bobbles in the school colours for the girls (probably a bit boring I know, but as I've had lots of comments and enquiries from mums about the set I did for Sam's best friend Chloe, I'm pretty sure they'll be good sellers), bobble bracelets, loopy corsages, keyrings, fridge magnets, purses, bags and I'm also hoping to get some lovely boyish badges from Samantha over at Plump Pudding. She's just bought the most fantasic badge making machine (I'm very jealous) and has agreed to make up some badges for me. I'm also playing around with some ideas for keyrings suitable for boys - I'm not sure if it's a general craze or just at Sam's school, but all of the children seem to love to clip keyrings onto their book bags, so I'm fiddling around with a couple of designs suitable for boys. If they work out, I'll post some pics here - if not .... forget I ever mentioned it !!!
I'm off to make some more felt balls !!
I was supposed to be visting the Country Living Christmas Fair up in London today but just don't feel well enough. Hopefully though I might feel a bit better by the weekend and so can go then - I desperately want to go because it's one of my favourite places and I'm planning on doing virtually all of my Christmas shopping there.
So sadly I don't have any photos to show you of my own stuff, but I do have this ....
Fingers crossed I'll be back feeling better and with some pictures of my own crafted goodies at the weekend !!
After spending the last week working solidly every night until almost midnight to ensure I had enough stock, I got up at 5.30 this morning to load up the car and make sure I was organised in getting the children dropped off at their various drop off points.
Mum very kindly doubled up (even though she is feeling lousy with a horrible fluey cold) and so she had Grace from 7.30am until 9.15am, when my Dad took over. And my friend Amanda (who I don't know what I would do without) had Sam from 8am and then dropped him off at school. Mum then had to go to the school to stand in for me on Sam's class road safety walk that ended up being arranged for the same day as the Gift Fair - typical !! THANK YOU MUM !!
After a fairly slow start, things picked up and I ended up doing a roaring trade ... particularly with the kits. Peg doll kits, needle felting kits and stitchery kits virtually all sold out, along with a fair few of my children's hair accessories. Thank you to everyone who bought something from me - I really do appreciate it.
(my little table - sorry about the dim photo)
When I got home I realised I had missed a call on mobile from an absolutely lovely lady in Jersey who wanted to place a wholesale order for a whole load of my children's felt accessories. So that cheered me up even more until ....... I got a call from school to say that Sam had thrown up and could I go and collect him. Back down to earth with a big bump. Unfortunately, Sam has had a horrible cold and terrible cough for the last few days and was actually off school yesterday because he was so poorly. But, horrible Mummy that I am, decided that he had to go to school today because of the road safety walk and with hindsight, he really shouldn't have gone in. But he has got his comuppance now because I am feeling pants, with a bunged up head and hacking cough, which has crept up on me in the last few hours. So I guess we're quits !
I'm off to have a lemsip