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Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Wow, was mentioned several times during my trip to Brighton with my mum. We stayed at The Grand which is definitely what it says it is!
We thought we'd spoil ourselves for a change so we had a deluxe afternoon tea with a glass of champagne (so excited we forgot to take any photos of it!) and then went for a walk along the front. There are some great places under the arches selling art and handmade crafts - so much inspiration! Then through the Lanes where we visited the Brighton Bead Shop and on to the pier

where we had a lovely fish and chip supper. Went back to the hotel when mum couldn't walk any more .... we took the lift to our room on the 5th floor!
It was such a windy day on our second day, the waves were crashing against the beach

I wanted to see the Pavillion and we took the tour which was well worth it - the dining room there is amazing! No photos allowed inside but here's my mum at the entrance

Then more browsing in the Lanes, a lovely dinner at Cafe Rouge and back to the hotel just in time to see the beautiful sunset.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Pamper Night

A couple of weeks ago I was really surprised to receive an email from Helen, a member of the fundraising commitee for Gosling's Playgroup in Hitchin. They were arranging a pamper night and asked if I'd like to attend to sell my jewellery and of course I jumped at the chance!

It was a nice surprise to get this email as its the first time someone has contacted me to ask me to do something. I asked Helen how she found me and she said she found me when Googling for local crafters, one of my posts on the site UKHandmade came up so she followed my link through to see my jewellery shop of Folksy. It's really encouraging to know that I can be found and it shows that being active on sites such as these is very worthwhile!

The fundraising committee worked really hard and made it a great evening. While the ladies were waiting for their beauty treatments there were able to wander around looking at the small selection of sellers and chat in the garden with their drinks and nibbles.

Among the sellers there was lady selling beautiful cakes, an Avon Rep and 2 fellow Folksy sellers, Zoe Wickens of Buttoned Up and Pinned Down and Beth Fairchild, of Beth Fairchild Photography.

Zoe was selling a lovely collection of bags and purses, here's the link to her shop


Beth is a photographer and was selling some fantastic prints. Beth has just taken the leap and this is now her main business so I wish her the very best of luck. I'm sure she'll do really well as her work is amazing, here's the link to her website


and Beth's Folksy shop


I'm really hoping that Goslings Playgroup raised lots of money as I believe they rely heavily on donations and fundraising events.

I had a successful evening myself with quite a few sales, so I'm going to need to update my own shop, here is one item that will be added soon...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

My first craft fair

Well today I had another first - my first craft fair at the Sele School in Hertford.

As I only booked it 2 weeks ago and only started my little business just over a month ago I've spent the last few weeks frantically making things to sell! I'm happy to say everything went really smoothly. It was an early start (there for 8am on a Sunday!) the setting up went well and I had lovely chats with the other stallholders. Everyone was really friendly and really happy to give me advice on things like improvements to my stall and getting bookings for other events etc.

The fair opened to the public at 10 and ran for 4 hours. It was also the first time a craft fair had been held at the school and I'm hoping they will be running another nearer Christmas which I would be interested in having a stall at.

I was really happy with how it went and I gained a lot of useful experience from it and I had 2 sales which covered the cost of the stall.

Here are a couple of photos of my stall:

I'd be really happy if people could give me feedback on the way it looked! Thank you x

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Folksy Friday - Things I like ....

I just wanted to share a few items that caught my eye this week. There's no theme as such, just "things that I like!".

I really love these two photographs from LittleMouse's shop Nezumi. LittleMouse is a photographer and is new to Folksy, have a look at http://www.folksy.com/shops/LittleMouse


I love green and this is gorgeous, using chain mail which is something I've never tried myself. This is by Handmade by Vanda.


Owls are cool too.... this is from Ceramics by Jessica Lucking


And this is gorgeous - so gorgeous in fact that I bought it for myself!

PussyGalore has many more !!!!

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

Friday, 4 June 2010

My very first blog!

Hi everyone,

I joined Folksy about a month ago now, and I'm really liking Folksy - you are all so very friendly and helpful. I have been gradually trying to get the hang of all the various types of self-promoting so I joined Twitter the other day and today I thought I'd try to get to grips with this thing called 'Blogging'. I'm a little embarrassed to say that although I use a computer daily I have no idea about all these social sites etc so I would love to know what you all think about this 'effort' ha ha!

Today's blog I think I'll just tell you a little about myself - you all know my lack of computer knowledge ha ha. I'm employed full -time as a secretary in London and my hobby for the last couple of years has been making jewellery and greeting cards. I recently thought I'd take it one step further. You can see what I do on Folksy at

and my facebook page is

Here are 2 of my favourite items in my own shop at the moment:

Anyway, I hope this has worked ok! I'm looking forward to the next one where hopefully I'll be more confident and will be able to show you the things I like from other Folksy shops.

Bye for now xx