Its been a funny old week, having had a total break from my normal routine. I found that time was flying even faster than usual and the craft fair I had signed myself up for, many months ago, was suddenly very nearly upon us. Now I don’t know about you but I always work much better under a tight deadline and so leaving the vast bulk of the preparation and organisation to be crammed into just over a week was probably the best way of tackling it for me personally.
As you can see, I managed to fill my 10 foot long table quite nicely in the end!
The stall sign was both a labour of love and a feat of engineering. But it should last me for a while as it is made out of very sturdy laser cut plywood. Each piece was individually painted by myself and a very patient friend (it took about six hours of paintbrush wielding between us) and was then pieced back together, jigsaw style, and glued onto a backing board.
A lot of work, I know, but well worth the effort. Weirdly there were still three pieces left over that we just couldn’t figure out where to fit. Very odd, but the sign didn’t look any the worse for it so we got straight on with the job of sticking it down. This involved turning it over while sandwhiched between two boards, taping it together along the back, brushing with generous amounts of PVA glue and then weighting it down overnight with anything I could find. Mainly my vast collection of cookbooks, the ever overflowing laundry basket and anything else heavy enough to help but light enough to lift.
And tadah! Here it is after it’s final coat of varnish.
The sign was a good start but I needed things to sell too. Obviously I have a generous supply of ready made amigurumis which were only in need of digging out and showing off.
They all looked a little startled to be seeing the light of day again!
Amigurumis aside, I really felt I wanted to offer a bit more variety to potential customers. So with that thought in mind I embarked on making up a whole batch of crochet kits. I actually really enjoyed this process once I got into the swing of it, though I’m quite happy to take a break from the endless winding and weighing of balls of yarn for a while now!
They next job was to package them up and squirrel them away into boxes along with the all the equipment and notions necessary to create the finished articles.
One week of winding, weighing, measuring, graphic designing, printing, box folding, bag filling and label sticking, and I had my first collection of finished kits to sell. Six different types in all. I would have liked to do more but there’s always next time!
My very helpful sign painting partner also dedicated a whole evening to making me some badges with the Moji-Moji logo cat on (you know who you are and you’re a star – thanks a million!).
I love these so much. Think I might have to invest in my very own badge making machine soon. Maybe one for the Christmas list if Santa is still listening, I have been very, very good this year, I promise!
I found my stash of owl purses (my free tutorial is here if you fancy making some).
And I dug out and blinged up some of my Mini Party Treats by adding a few sprinkles of seed beads and multi-coloured yarn.
I forgot how much I like playing around with toy food!
Looks good enough to eat huh?
I also had a small supply of extra books featuring some of my designs to take with me. A great way of introducing my customers to the topic of the new Amigurumi Monsters book (more on that in the next post) and as there was a recent outbreak of Jeepers and Creepers (who are featuring in the book) spawning in the studio I had plenty of examples to take along as conversation starters. I figured you couldn’t miss all those eyes staring at you as they followed you around the field!
I did have to spend a fair bit of time thoroughly picking them over for kitten hairs though. Oops!
The night before the show everything was stacked and ready to go and an early night beckoned.
My youngest son kindly came along to help set everything up and keep things running smoothly behind the scenes, tidying the table during the lulls and restocking after the rushes.
There was a lot going on at the Worcester Show but I didn’t get to take many photos as I was kept very busy all day behind my stall but for those of you who are curious about the event you can see snapshots of some of the best moments from previous years on their official site in the Gallery section. There was belly dancing, water zorbing, live music, biggest cabbage, longest runner bean, roundest dahlia, best use of recycling, competitive crafts, face painting, fantastic food and fine wine, bonsai beauties, a dog show, sport events, a fairground, and of course the market stalls… to name just a few.
All in all it was a very successful and enjoyable day. The weather was kind to us and the hours just whizzed by. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat and to those who bought a little something to take away with them. It was lovely to meet you all and I hope to see you again next year, if not before!
And for those that weren’t there, thank you for reading this and sharing my day with me via my blog.
I appreciate all your support and the encouragement that helps me to indulge in my gloriously yarn surrounded lifestyle and passion for amigurumi!
August 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm
such a shame I don’t live anywhere near Worcester! I would have loved to visit the craft fair and visit your stall ^^ Nevermind, thanks to you, I have now pre-ordered a copy of Monsters
August 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm
I hope you enjoy the book! I’m making another Toby in my spare time. I have a real thing for big eyed monsters right now!
August 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm
the designs Inside all look awesome ^^ I’ve also been building up my collection of Zoomigurumi books, so I now have several of your designs that are on my to-do list. Am so glad I found your blog in the first place and took the plunge to learn to crochet. It’s such fun.
August 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm
I’m French and don’t Speak English but I love your blog. je continue en français car cela est plus simple j’adore venir sur votre site et vous suit depuis pas mal de temps. Continuez à nous faire rêver avec vos créations.
August 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Merci Nathalie! Colourful pictures speak a thousand words 🙂 It’s always good to feed the eyes!
August 16, 2017 at 5:11 pm
Your stall looks amazing!
August 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm
August 16, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Your stall is awesome! I love your sign,
But even more I love that you made kits and packaged them in such attractive boxes!
Sounds like you had fun and I’m sure it was a great sales day. How could anyone resist your colorful display and love of critters!
August 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm
Thanks! Well, it’s going to be an ongoing process refining the graphics for the kits but I’m pretty pleased with how they’re turning out so far. I’m glad to hear you like the look of them! It was nice to connect with people in the real world to talk crochet and crafts so I’m hoping to factor in a few more shows into my schedule.
August 17, 2017 at 12:12 am
What a great variety. I love the kits-both the boxes and bags. The sign is beautiful and I love all the labels-very professional looking.
August 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm
I’m lucky in that both my oldest son and my husband are good with graphics so I can’t take all the credit. They’re rubbish at crochet though! 😀
August 17, 2017 at 1:19 am
What a brilliant stall, and the sign is absolutely wonderful!
I really love the way you created such great kits for people to buy, and it was lovely to see some of your previous amigurumi characters getting an airing and, hopefully, a new owner, too 🙂
August 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm
Thanks! I’m hoping there may be a few more crocheters in the world as some kits were bought as presents to inspire the recipients! A few of the amigurumi are now re-homed. It was hard saying goodbye, though we are overflowing with the fruits of my hook here and I needed to make some more space!
August 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm
Yes, space can be at a premium in any crocheter’s home (well, it’s something hubby grumbles about every now and then, despite him having a shed he can go to!) Lol
I really like the idea of the kits – have you thought about selling them online?
As you say, they will make perfect presents for beginners to start with 🙂
August 17, 2017 at 11:53 am
You are an absolute joy to follow!! By the end of every post I find myself happy and smiling!! (Except for when you lost your precious baby!! I literally cried with and for you that day!!!) Thank you for all the work you put into Moji-Moji!! I always look forward to every post, pattern, picture and creation!!😆🐱👍
August 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm
Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 It’s lovely to know you’re out there and enjoying my posts and chit chat 🙂 Thank you for reading them!
August 18, 2017 at 11:18 am
Sounds like an absolute ball. I think I’m going to have to search for more of your patterns as they are just so cute!
August 20, 2017 at 9:47 am
I am very sad I don’t live anywhere close to where you are, I would have loved one of those amigurumi kits they look amazing! The sign looks great too, it sounds like you had a lot of fun even if it was a lot of work. Looking forward to the monster book 🙂
August 21, 2017 at 10:07 pm
Maybe I’ll do a tour someday! In the meantime I am intending to sell some kits online at some point. Just have to work out the best way to do it. Glad you like the sign. It was a lot of work but it’s certainly going to last!
August 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm
Hello Janine Wonderful Crafft Stall, I would have liked to see It’s a very good idea boxes with the model and the material. The badges are superb. Congratulations to all the family for all this work. I would have liked to have participated I embrace you. Your friend Mimi