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Blog Birthday Giveaway……Revealed. :)

It’s time to pick the winner of my Blog Birthday Giveaway!  

Up for grabs is a delightful ceramic seahorse tag made by the lovely Lisa at Tile Productions

  and my recently read copy of a book I enjoyed called ‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding’ , set  in Japan before and after World War 2.

Thank you so much for all your lovely blog birthday greetings and comments. I really appreciate them.β™‘β™‘

I wrote down the names of everyone who commented and placed them in a teacup. I gave it a good shake and looked round for someone to do the honors. Yep I had to ask the other half!

And the winner is………….

It is you Julie W. I will be in touch!!

Thanks again everybody. I have enjoyed reading all your blogging comments. :))

Girls Night Out ~ Paint Pot.

It was not that long ago that a Friday Night meant going out round town for a few drinks and a dance. These days I’m more likely to be found curled up with a dvd ……but last Friday I was out painting pottery!

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Our table.:)

Paint Pot is situated in the Swan Courtyard in Clitheroe and it is here that a friend organized a girls night out. All we needed to do was bring ourselves and something to drink. Preferably a bottle of wine or two. πŸ™‚

This ‘Paint your Own’ Pottery studio is used to catering for family fun but not many people know they hold Ladies nights too. There were eight of us in our group and we had a table to ourselves, decorated prettily but practically with a disposable union jack tablecloth. Our painting pinnys were tied to the chairs, in bright yellow bows. πŸ™‚

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Looking fetching in our bright yellow aprons. πŸ™‚
Ailyn's homemade cakes....before we scoffed the lot.
Ailyn’s homemade cakes….before we scoffed the lot.

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We all got to choose which piece of pottery we each wanted to paint.There was plenty of choice. Mugs, tiles, butter dishes, teapots, tree baubles. You name it, they have it. πŸ™‚

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For a few hours we had a fun time chatting, painting and the odd glass of wine. It wasn’t expensive either. The cost of your pot is taken out of a ten pound deposit you pay beforehand plus a Β£2.50 fee for the evening.

Helen and her marvellous mug.
Helen and her marvellous mug.
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Sarah's gorgeous gecko.
We all loved Abbigail's spoon rest.
We all loved Abbigail’s spoon rest.

At the end of the evening we left our creations to be fired. We can pick them up soon. Can’t wait ! The dogs bowl is mine by the way.

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Our pots waiting to be fired.

We all had a fantastic girls night out….and there was still time to head to the pub after. Thank you Paint Pot for a great evening. :))

In The Craft Tent.

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At the weekend my friend Lisa and I shared a stall in the craft tent at Gargrave Show. I think our products complimented each others very well and of course it was nice to have such lovely company. πŸ™‚ Lisa and her partner Mark own a bespoke tile shop in Clitheroe Tile Productions and make beautiful ceramic tags, coasters, buttons etc with the left over materials. And I turn vintage teacups I source from charity shops and jumble sales into scented candles, pin cushions and trinket stands. We are neither of us experts at running a stall but here are a few tips we have learned from our own experiences and other stall holders.

Research the fair you would like to do. Visit the fair and talk to the stall holders. Is it busy?, is it well organized?, Is there a good atmosphere?

Check if tables and chairs are provided. They usually are but not always. If not a wallpaper table and folding chairs will suffice. Make sure you bring a table cloth to cover the table.

Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.
Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.

Don’t forget your float.Not everyone will have the correct change.

Bring bags and bubble wrap You can order both quite cheaply online. Quite often I recycle gift bags and carrier bags.

I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.
I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.

Print out business cards. with your website and contact details on. Put them on your stall and bob them in the bags too.

Price items up clearly. I usually dot cards with prices on around the stall.

The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.
The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.

Display everything to its best advantage. You can use crates and boxes to add height and depth. And show off your wares! I use pretty vintage china to display the vintage brooches I sell.

Be Chatty.:) Engage with potential customers and Interact with the other stall holders.Its a good way of learning about other craft fairs and you might make some new friends too. πŸ˜€

Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
And here's a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. :)
And here’s a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. πŸ™‚

Hope these tips will help anyone who is considering doing a stall at a craft fair.X