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Just wanted to write a quick blog about the great day I had at Ormskirk Vintage Fair today. I had such a busy day, which is a good job because I think if I had had one minutes break I would have fallen asleep, as I've had a few late nights and early mornings, in the run up to the fair, preparing for it! The fair was based in Ormskirk town centre with outdoor market stalls and indoor stalls at the gorgeous Chapel Gallery http://www.chapelgallery.org.uk/
I had a lovely space on the top floor of the gallery right next to a giant chess board! We were offering free sewing workshops where people could make fabric corsage brooches. We also had our new craft kits and covered buttons for sale as well as promoting our hen do party workshops and new kids sewing parties! Needless to say after a busy busy weekend I'm sitting here with glass of wine and chocolate at the ready!
The thing I love the most about doing the craft workshops and fairs is all the lovely people I meet, the reaction I get when I tell people about our workshops and how proud everyone always is with their creations! Today we had a great mix of ages and abilitys, the youngest being 4years old and a BOY! He loved it, he had a bit of help from mum but he was very good at folding the circles of fabric to make his corsage.
Can't wait for our next fair 'An Oasis In the City' http://www.4manchesterwomen.co.uk/events/ Bowdon, Cheshire 13th July then another Ormskirk Vintage Fair 28th July!
So here are the pics from today!
Thanks for reading!
Something I’ve been dying to find time to blog about is my first childrens party that I did back at the beginning of May!! I’m so excited about this as I think this is really going to help me expand My Craftea Day, to promote craft to a wider audience and also help children learn life long skills! I’ve still got a bit of work to do before I can launch My Mini Craftea Days properly but I’m almost there!
The party I did was for a good friend of mines little girl Meg. It was her 6th birthday and being a very clever arty type she was very excited about having a craftea day for her birthday party!! After weeks of pushing ideas backwards and forwards between myself and Heidi, Megs mum, the day finally arrived and armed with mini china cups with jelly set inside them, 10 felt owls cut out and ready to sew and all my craft equipment, child safe scissors and thick tapestry needles (less pointy and sharp) I was welcomed by Meg dressed in the prettiest party dress ever with the biggest smile and lots of excitement in her eyes!! Heidi (who is also a very clever arty type and who’s house makes me jealous as it ooozes style and simple vintage/scandi chic) had set the dining room up perfectly. Lots of room for me to get around easily so I could help the children and once I had laid out a few pink (of course) tablecloths, put some bunting up, laid the owls out, put my huge jar of threads and scissors on the tables and positioned the cat and dog pin cushions we were ready to go!! Meg was so cute sitting in the window waiting for her friends to arrive but we were a bit early so I let Meg have a little head start on everyone else and let her have a practice sewing on some spare felt. She was a little star and sewed in a very straight line for someone who is 6 and had never sewn before! Pretty soon all her little friends all dressed in their party gear turned up, there were lots of giggly girls and a few very coy and shy ones that I knew would soon be won around with my hilarious jokes! Ok so not many of them laughed at my jokes but they were all very good at paying attention to my instructions and demonstrations of how to sew! They all picked which owl they wanted to sew -I had pre cut the owls out of different coloured felts and had pre sewn co-ordinated printed fabric hearts on the owls tummy’s and their beaks as these are small and fiddley. Once everyone was happy with their choices we set to work. From this point on I learnt a LOT of lessons, tips and do’s and don’ts for future workshops I do which is one of the reasons I wanted to do the trial for a friend in the first place! My biggest one was to make sure that I always have help at hand whether that be mums of the kids to stay at the parties or I have to bring people along with me! Luckily some of the mums did stay behind and they were an amazing help with things like re-threading needles, unpicking and de-tangling threads, stopping the girls all wanting to go to the toilet all at the same time and making sure that all the girls actually had a finished sewn up owl by the end of the party! The other thing I learnt was that things tend to take a little longer than I had estimated so I now know to add more time in! It made me have even more respect for school teachers than I already had, being able to control and teach classes of 30 children at a time-I am in awe of you!!
Once everyone had finished their owls we cleared away the sewing stuff and had the vintage tea party with little sandwiches, cupcakes, the jellys in vintage tea cups and all served from vintage china look paper plates that I had sourced! All the girls thanked me afterwards and I even got a hug from one of them which was sweet! Also one of the mums thanked me as she had learnt how to thread a needle and now said she had no excuse not to sew buttons back on that fall off! Meg said that she had really enjoyed her party and that she liked sewing and still had a huge smile on her face! I had such a fab time it was a totally different experience to teaching at the hen parties that I do and made me realise that my little business has so much more potential! Thanks to Heidi for allowing me to use Megs party as a guinea pig run and also to Megs friends and their mums for allowing me to use photos from the day on my blog and website. For information on booking a childrens party please email firstname.lastname@example.org and watch this space for the official launch! See the photos below ........
The Birthday girl!
All set and ready to go!
Waiting for everyone to arrive!
The kitty pin cushion
Getting down to business
Stuffing the owls
messing around with the stuffing for the owls!!!
Well deserved afternoon tea!
Jelly in vintage tea cups
A finished owl
Some more finished owls-didn't they do well?!
I'm writing this on a train in an attempt to try and get a bit more on top of my social networking duties. At the moment it's proving a bit of a struggle as the wireless connection is a bit slow. I'm overdue as always on my blog posts but today I have a treat for you -2 blog posts! I have 3hrs 13 mins of internet access left so I'm making the most of it!
I wanted to write and tell you about a hen do that I did back in April for 25 hens! They had hired a lovely B&B farmhouse cottage in Wokingham for the weekend. I had a lovely space and a large table in the conservatory to set up all my craft stuff and fabrics and the girls set up all the vintage china I supplied in the lounge with a gorgeous spread of cakes and afternoon tea. I felt a little underdressed or dressed in the wrong era as the girls were all in 1980's disco/aerobics wear I was glad I had brought the neon pink tulle and ribbon with me!
I started by demonstrating 2 techniques of fabric corsages that they could choose from or make both if they had time. Then as with all our workshops they had time to choose the fabrics ribbons and trims they wanted to use from a large selection that I had taken along. This is one of my favourite parts of the workshop as it's really interesting to see the fabric/colour combinations that people choose and I like to help and advise if people don't know where to start! It also gave me a good opportunity to try my new purchase out - a gorgeous wooden stand that I have painted and use it to store all my gorgeous ribbons in colour order!! I think its a good way to keep a bit more organised in my craft room too and keep my eye on stock levels! What do you think?.....
The hens all did brilliantly even the ones who said they hadn’t sewn since school and I think they had a nice relaxing afternoon drinking champagne, eating cake, chatting and sewing! As always it was really great to meet everyone and see all their finished creations. I’ve attached a photos of the day below!