Gearing up for a winter fair

Phew, where have the last few weeks gone? Things have been rather busy of late whilst I’ve been preparing for the Mill Road Winter Fair in Cambridge. If you’re local to the area chances are you’ll know all about this fabulous event – if you don’t then it really is worth a visit, there promises to be something for everyone.

I’ll be launching a new range at the fair – tea towels made with vintage and new fabrics, and show casing some new cushions which aren’t yet listed on my Etsy or Folksy shops. There’ll also be some festive bunting – see, it does work all year round…

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Aside from this, I’ve been thinking about how best to set up my stall, Pinterest has been really helpful in giving me some new ideas and I’ll be giving my plans a test run next weekend. From a customer perspective I think it’s really important that a stall not only looks inviting but encourages people to take a closer look, and hopefully then appreciate a unique handmade item.

If you’re in the area on the 6 December, pop along and say hello to myself and my merry little helpers x

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My first fair

So I did my very first fair at the weekend and I absolutely loved it… It was a Vintage and Retro Fair at  The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary, which was a little bit of a journey but it was well worth it. As it was my first one I shared a stall with Village Green Vintage (otherwise known as my mum…) which was great as I got to take advantage of all her lovely vintage accessories (pin cushions look perfect displayed on cake stands I discovered), obviously I enjoyed spending the whole day with my mum too…

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Vintage floral

I love this vintage fabric (which I’ll admit I had some help in sourcing) and had been saving it to turn it into a blind for my own home as there is a fair amount of it. But I’ve decided it’s just too pretty not to share with others by turning it into cushions. It’s quite a busy pattern so I decided it doesn’t need a lot of embellishment – just a simple envelope back. Perfect for a cosy cottage I’d say…

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Freddie’s bunting

This is really where my obsession with making bunting all began. One of my best friends had a beautiful baby boy last year (Freddie) and before he arrived I promised to make handmade curtains for his nursery, as a little surprise I made this bunting too. We were at their house at the weekend and I love seeing my little sewing projects scattered around my friends homes. I’m not sure Freddie will really be into bunting when he’s all grown up but it’s lovely to see it proudly on display for now.

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Button bonanza

It’s been a little while, but I’ve been busy on a few new projects following a trip up north which incorporated picking up some auction finds. Two mirrors and a corner unit will be keeping me occupied for a while.

Buttons

In the meantime I’ve been sorting buttons to use on handmade cushions. Exciting stuff I hear you cry, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who loved spending time as a child rooting through their mums old tin of buttons. I inherited a tin of vintage buttons a number of years ago from a relative but I just can’t bring myself to use them all up. They’re saved for special projects in my own home, but this has left me with a gap to fill for Walnut Tree Home. Up step the wonderful world of eBay, where it’s easy to lose hours of time searching and bidding on these sorts of things. They arrived last week and I have spent probably far too much time sorting through them to match up to some of the lovely fabrics in my studio for cushions. Watch this space!