The Easter holidays are over but with the sun shining today, at least they've gone out on a high. Who could believe that we were freezing our you-know-whats off a week ago, wondering if it would ever stop snowing? I hope I'm not speaking too soon - I've given up looking at the weather forecast so I hope we're not due to get rain tomorrow. It would be nice for the boys to walk to school without getting wet on their first day back.
I've kept myself busy this week with all the usual drudgery of school holidays (uniform, haircuts, party gifts, keeping the washing up to date....) but squeezed in some crafting. Not least because I have committed myself to a craft fair! It's not till late July but as we know, life has a way of interrupting all sorts of plans. A friend of my Mum's is organising a fair as a charity event and asked if Mum would come along with her cards. She in turn suggested that my sister and I might like to come along with our variety of homemade items. Inspired by having a deadline of sorts, I set to work on a couple of projects that I had started preparing. I had used Mum's Big Shot to cut out lots of felt hearts a little while ago so I have made a collection of hanging felt decorations. I know felt is not to everyones taste (you know who you are!) but I'm please with them.
I think I'm going to concentrate on making small-ish things for the fair as I know that footfall and average spend can be a bit of a "problem" at this kind of event (we've all been along merely to browse before) so I'm also going to make some fabric heart lavender bags, some more key rings and some coin purse key rings. Once I've stocked up on these, I can make some cushions and carrier bag dispensers if time allows. And tooth fairy cushions. And doorstops.......blimey, I'd better get a wriggle on!
I had a wonderful day yesterday with my Mum and Dad at the Quilt Fair at Kent County Showground. My parents thought I was hilarious, buzzing around as I was from one stall to the next. It was an absolute treasure trove. I had been saving up for ages, keeping my "income" from crafting for just such an event, and it wasn't wasted. Look at what I came home with
I can't wait to get to work with the fabrics and patterns and projects that I bought - but all in good time, given what I've just said about building up stock for a fair.
In preparation for going back to school and work tomorrow, I am about to host a Let's Get the House Tidy Again party with my husband and children before tea. Then I'll be linking this post with Handmade Monday (http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.co.uk/).
Enjoy a sunny evening if you've got one!