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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Tired but Happy - Handmade Monday 11

It is that time again... Handmade Monday, courtesy of Wendy at 1st Unique Gifts - if you haven't been to see what it is all about, do it today - there are some really talented crafters taking part and you can have a fun time looking at their blogs.

So, to my weekly offering...

Well, this week is more of an update on the weekend at our first proper craft fair of the season.   The fair is over, I am pretty tired (partly from the silly o'clock mornings and partly from staying up to watch the Masters Golf!) but happy.  'Why are you so happy?' I hear you cry.   Well I'll tell you (and it isn't all necessarily for reasons you may be thinking!) 

Let me break it down for you:

Good Morning Sunshine...
Smiley Sunglasses
The weather was GORGEOUS - OK, so we were indoors but the sun shone brightly through the windows behind the stall and showed off the peelable clings at their best (they ain't called Suncatchers for nuthin' you know!)

How would Madam like to pay for that?
Shopping spree
The visitor numbers could have been better (I think the beach may have been busy this weekend!) but the buyers did come out, had smiles on their faces and many had longer arms than pockets rather than the other way around (if you know what I mean!)   Sales were up on last year and I can't ask for more than that (well I can, but I don't want to be greedy!)

We saw plenty of eeny weeny ikkle baby baa-lambs out and about in the fields having fun in the sun - YAY!

Dr Doolittle?  Perhaps not...
BirdieCat And Mouse Tail 
Buddy (the blue tit) got the memo about having an extra hour in bed this morning so only started tapping on the window as the alarm was about to go off.   I wish I could say the same for Blinky & Misty (the cats) but one out of three isn't bad as a starter!

New Designs? Tick!
Many of my newest designs sold out which is always something to make you happy as it is scary trying out new things when it is sooo easy just to stick with your best sellers.  Guess I'll be making new ones of these again!

Friends, Romans, Craftymen...
We also got to catch up with many of the wonderful crafters we have come to know and call friends over the last few years - crafting really is one great big family in that we are all in the same boat and like to encourage and support one another.

Pass the After Sun!
Finally, we are home and it is still going to be good weather for a few days so I may still be able to enjoy some of the yellow rays and to top it all I don't have to get up quite so early again until next Sunday!

I mean, come on... what is there not to be happy about???

Hope you have all had a great weekend and managed to spend some time in the sun without ending up looking like the proverbial lobster!


  1. You certainly had a fun packed weekend and love the wisteria design and you can join my DH being tired over the golf. Love the way you have done your post this week with all the graphics.

  2. So nice to hear it was a good weekend. The sun always makes everything better, doesn't it? Especially at this time of year when it's soooo needed!

    I also am hesitant with new designs - that's what is so great about a fair, you can get instant feedback and listen to what people are saying. I think fairs are fabulous for a bit of informal market research! I can feel a blog post coming on!

    Thanks for taking part in HM x

  3. Great to hear you had a fab weekend. The weather does make al the difference as well..!

  4. There is certainly a lot to be happy about! Well done you on your sales, the new makes look great, particularly the spaniel! Long may the sunshine and happiness continue xx

  5. Glad you had a great weekend, so lovely when the sun is shining x

  6. Never said goodbye, I came over and you were gone... packed down and vanished before I was... what is with you two? Have you been practising all winter? I know I am slow but you are ALWAYS slower than me packing down... :))) !!!!

    Lovely to see both you again, just working out where to put my ark :0

    Joy x

  7. Sorry Joy - we didn't really get to say goodbye to anyone either! Aren't you impressed with our new found efficiency!! Don't quite know what has happened but we seem to pack up quicker than before suddenly (would've been difficult to go much slower!)

    Lovely to see you and Gerald - see you in August (it'll be upon us before you know it!!)

    Ali x

  8. You're right about crafters being like a big family it's lovely knowing everyone at the fairs and catching up. I feel i've made quite a few friends now on the craft circuit. Love the way you've written the post.

  9. Many, many reasons to be happy! Glad you had a successful weekend! Love the new designs. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the good fortune continues!!
    Rebecca x

  10. Sales and sunshine - a winning combination!!

  11. Lol, love the post. The emoticons are great. I love the birds on a branch, these are so sweet. And I could see a lobster on my kitchen window. Not sure my cats would agree as they don't like the view of the birds being blocked, but I think I can work on that ;) Food for thought (no pun intended).

  12. What a fun read! Glad you had a good show and I love the dog stained glass. Of course. :)

  13. Love your three new sun catcher designs. Glad your craft stall and sales went well. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Glad you've had such a smiley weekend. Very jealous of your skill, as always! I really like the little birds in the first design. Anna x

  15. So happy you had a fab weekend, its amazing how a bit of sunshine really brightens life. I love the wisteria and birds design absolutely stunning.
    Hugs Sue x

  16. Love the new designs especially the 'ickle tweeters :o)

    Jan x

  17. The sun really lifts the mood doesn't it :) Really love the new designs especially the purple flowers (iris's I think?) Well done on the sales :)


  18. Good news that sales figures are up on last years!


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