Sunday, 31 May 2009

A seaside fair - lots of pictures!

Well, the sun was shining and when the sun shines in Whitstable, it means our little town gets very busy indeed. And, thankfully, lots of the seaside visitors, and local folk decided to come along to the fair!

There were stalls a plenty, with so many different and beautiful goods for sale.

I mananged to take a few photos here and there, but not as many as I would have liked!
Many thanks to all the brilliant stallholders who made such an effort with their stalls and to all the lovely customers who came along for a browse and a shop. It was a very busy day and non-stop in the morning. Sales eased off a bit in the afternoon, as I think most people had disappeard to the beach! But we still had a steady stream of people.
Everyone said that they had a really good day, there was a lovely, friendly atmosphere in the hall and all of the stallholders were really busy and people were actually spending money! They all did really, really well.

Emily and Jacquie above sold lots of their spotty cushions. They had come all the way from Surrey, so I really appreciate you travelling so far and hope you had a good day.
It was so lovely to meet some new crafty people, especially Kirsty above (hiding!) from me plus molly who I have met through the blog! I hope you had fun too Kirsty, it was really nice to meet you and I am so glad you did really well.

My lovely mum was there with all her knitted baby things.
And this was my stall. I did really, really well at the fair. Not only did I really enjoy the day, make some new friends, but I also made more money than I have ever made at a fair before!
Thank you to all my very nice family and friends who made a real effort in coming along, and for buying lots of things too.
I also did a live interview on BBC Radio Kent, which was pretty scary but ok! I had to run and hide outside the hall so that nobody would see me blushing whilst I did it! I knew my nan, who couldn't come, was listening so I said hello to her on air which I think she really liked! It lasted about 3 minutes the interview and was fine once I got into it, not too bad.
Phew, it's all over now.
Time to start thinking about planning the next one on the 12th December now........................... well, maybe not just yet!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Boot fairs and pre-fair nerves!

I have finally found 5 minutes to do a very quick post!
I have been very busy the last week getting all the final bits and pieces sorted out for the fair on saturday...eeek! can't believe it is only a couple of days away now.
I managed to squeeze in a boot fair on sunday morning with my friend and next door neighbour Vicki - the lovely lady with the bump in the picture below! I know you look at my blog sometimes Vicki, so I had to put you on here! We didn't make very much, but got rid of some old bits and I did give out lots more craft fair flyers. I also caught the sun a bit too much as after the fair I went on a door-to-door flyer delivering mission!
I am just about there with all the organising now! Gradually I am crossing things off of my huge to do list! I have got some brilliant stallholders for this fair and I am very excited to see what everyone has made and how it all looks together. Kirsty from Me plus Molly will be there with her gorgeous textile pieces, I can't wait to see what she has made. Also taking part are Butterfly Cottage Ceramics, Jane Bourne from The Cloth Hall and Kerry Mayo with her beautiful photographic prints of Whitstable and the local area.
There are obviously lots of other talented people taking part, but they don't have blogs or websites to link to. If you have a look at this post, from the Christmas fair I organised last November, you can get a taste of what treats are in store! (Although not all of those pictured were able to come this time).
Organising fairs is always a bit of a panic, especially when you get a last minute cancellation! My poor friend who was making and running the cake stall has fallen down the stairs and hurt her back, I hope she is ok but sadly it means she has had to pull out today. I haven't been able to find another cake maker who can produce cakes quickly enough for the fair, which is a huge shame. Luckily, underneath the hall is a cafe with a lovely garden, so nobody will go hungry!
I am also going to have to do something on Saturday that I am petrified about! I have listed the fair on lots of websites, including the bbc kent one. I got a call yesterday from a lady at BBC Radio Kent asking if someone could call me on Saturday morning for a 1-2 minute chat about the fair - where it is, what time etc etc. Err, yes please - but oh my god I am scared!!! I am sure I will sound like a bumbling idiot, but I couldn't turn it down could I! Hopefully it will bring some more people along anyway.
Well fingers, legs, etc crossed that all goes well - I will post with some pictures next week!
At least we have the weather on our side on Saturday anyway!

Monday, 18 May 2009


... Is where the heart is.
Or in my case at the moment, home is where there are piles of WIP's, fabric, flyers, lists, table plans, labels etc etc as I am starting to put all the finishing touches together for the Craft Fair I am organising which is less than 2 weeks away now, eeek! Oh and I just managed to work out how to add the poster to the side of my blog....I am still wearing my blog 'L' plates and learning new things all the time! Better late than never.

At work yesterday I had the idea to make these patchwork hanging signs and after a couple of doodles I came up with these and decided to make some for the fair. Why do I always seem to come up with a new idea for something, when I have almost no time left to make them!
Also more dolls/mermaids and lots of t-shirts and baby vests made - still a few more to do though, better get back to my sewing machine...........

Sunday, 10 May 2009

A Whitstable Whale....

Yes there really is a whale in Whitstable, but more of that in a minute.....

The gorgeous weather on Saturday made us decide to go out for a nice walk/bike ride. Little F learnt to ride his without his stabilisers a couple of summers ago when he was only about 4, but he could never start off on his own, he just managed to balance!
He hasn't been bothered by his bike since then but really wanted to on Saturday so after a quick ride around the green near our house, he has obviously grown a bit as that was it, he was off! He was riding along with his Dad and D took her scooter, which of course I ended up carrying most of the way!
I remember reading at Attic 24 a week or so ago about a lovely sunday walk she had taken with her son and a beautiful blossom covered path! I forgot until Saturday that we have our own lovely little paths in Whitstable - some little secret parts of Whitstable that most people probably don't see. There is a lovely little path through the golf course.
Go along a bit further and come out at West Cliff and you will discover.............

Whitstable's very own Whale! This was in our local paper and I think it was even in The Daily Mail, but I never knew exactly where it was until Saturday!
Me and D couldn't resist posing with Wally the Whale (as we named him, not sure of his real name) - I think he might have eaten D's arm!!!!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

BBQ's, morris dancers & lifeboat tractors!

This weekend finally brought our barbeque out of hiding and the first bbq of the year tasted just yummy! (plus the beers came out as well as you can see!)

I worked on Sunday and Monday so although I saw the May Day procession through the high street from the shop window of where I work, I didn't get to see the kids faces as they watched the morris dancers - but apparently they loved it!
They also went to the harbour with my mother-in-law and were very, very, very excited (can you tell from the photos!) to sit up in the lifeboat tractor and have a photo taken!