Tuesday, 24 November 2009

First Fair

Hi everyone

Well, I survived my first fair! Sunday morning I was sick with nerves and nearly didn't go but my Mum gave me lots of moral support and we made it to Bruntcliffe High School in Morley for their Christmas Fayre.

We had a good table, infront of the stage and almost directly opposite the door through which people entered the fayre. We managed to get set up just before the doors opened - my hands were shaking with nerves and we were distracted by the smells of the baking stall next to us! (We relented and treated ourselves to some cupcakes which were delicious). Here's a picture of the stall

Throughout the afternoon I had lots of people stop by the stall and gave me some lovely comments which really helped to boost my confidence. I made a few sales, but when I had a wander around the fair there were 8 other jewellery stalls. It seemed that because there were so many jewellers, we were all struggling a bit as a result. A few people took business cards so hopefully they might visit Glamourpuss Jewellery on Folksy and find a few things they like on there.

Overall it was a good day, I covered the cost of my table and gained some valuable experience. Looking at my stall I can see how to change the layout slightly to improve the presentation and I feel so proud of myself for going in the first place! My next fair is this Saturday (in Sheriff Hutton Town Hall if anyone is nearby!) so hopefully I can apply the things I learned at this first fair to my next one and I hope to have a bit more confidence now.

As I probably have enough stock for my fairs now, I'm spending the majority of this week listing all of my new pieces on my folksy shop, so please pop along and take a look http://www.folksy.com/shops/glamourpuss

Hope you all have a great week, thanks for reading,

Kate x

Friday, 20 November 2009

Friday? Already?!

Hi all,

How does Friday always come round so fast?! I start the week with a long to do list, the next five days stretching ahead of me ready to be filled with jobs and jewellery and then all of a sudden it's Friday again and rather than getting shorter, my to-do list gets longer!

This week has mostly been spent getting ready for Sunday's craft fair. There is so much to do in preparation, I had no idea. I've been making little signs to go on the table to explain the stones used in some items, writing and tying on price tags, organising insurance and yesterday there was a last minute panic to find carrier bags. I am having some last minute nerves too - what if no one comes? What if hundreds of people come but no one buys anything from me? What if people look at my things and think of them as home-made rather than hand-made and aren't willing to part with their cash? What if people laugh at my jewellery (and not in a good way)? Luckily, my lovely mum is coming with me for support and in return I promised her coffee and a bun. It's all paid for now and the jewellery is made, so I guess I've got nothing to lose by going, I'm just a stresshead I think.

If anyone is in the Leeds area on Sunday, the fair is a Christmas Fair at Bruntcliffe High School in Morley and it's running 1-4pm and there are going to be lots of lovely craft stalls there, mince pies and other such christmassy goodies!

Hope you all have a great weekend, hopefully I'll remember to take my camera and will update you all next week to let you know how I get on!

Thanks for reading,

Kate x

Friday, 13 November 2009

Hi everyone,

I have been a bit quiet of late, apologies for that. Last week I had a few days Christmas shopping in London and at the Papercrafts exhibition at the NEC and over the weekend and into this week I've been decorating the living room in anticipation of our new sofas which arrived Tuesday. I have my first craft fair coming up on the 22nd so should be making like mad to have enough stock to fill my stall but I haven't been feeling to great this week, so it's all sort of fallen by the wayside.

One thing I really do have to tell you about though is the lovely Sarah over at http://noahsarkcrafts.blogspot.com/. I left a comment on her blog and to say thank you look what she sent me!!!!

Aren't they gorgeous?! I'm not sure how well it's come out on the photo, but the robin has a lovely glittery red tummy! I was so touched that she sent them out to me, as my mum said when I told her about them 'it just goes to show that there are still some nice people in the world' and she's right. Thanks Sarah! They will look great decorating my stall at Christmas fayres, and even better on my Christmas tree!

I'll sign off for now, but hope to be back again soon with reports of the many new jewellery pieces I have made. In the meantime, head on over to Sarah's blog at http://noahsarkcrafts.blogspot.com/ and see all the lovely things she makes.

Thanks for reading,

Kate x