Oops! Too early to mention ‘Christmas shopping’?

Well!  It is getting harder to escape the fact we are in the run-up to Christmas! I haven’t started shopping for gifts yet – I’d love to think I’ll make most of them but really…

In an earlier post I shared my experience of being the sellers side of a stall at a craft fair.  Last Saturday I packed my homemades into the car again and went to the annual Christmas fair held at The Church On The Heath, Elvetham.  The venue was very comfortable and the organisers extremely welcoming – even providing refreshments from a tea trolley brought round to stall holders – much appreciated!

Stall holders preparing for the Christmas Fair at The Church On The Heath, 15.11.2014

Stall holders preparing for the Christmas Fair at The Church On The Heath, 15.11.2014

I’d like to make an unashamed plug for craft fairs, pop-up craft shops and on-line craft selling sites.  Please check them out when you are your gift shopping and tell family and friends about them (I only heard about creating an on-line shop with Folksy through word of mouth).   Take a look at the British on-line site ‘Folksy’ or the worldwide site ‘Etsy’ – there are are thousands of items at a wide spread of prices. Ranging from jewellery to handbags, soft furnishings to garden ornaments, clothes to original artwork, greetings cards to bedding, wedding favours to tables, and much more!

From Folksy’s homepage today:

We love craft.  We have 182,719 things for sale from 5,922 British designers and makers.

So here are the links – take a look, it could kick start your Christmas shopping or even inspire you to open an on-line shop!

http://www.folksy.com

http://www.etsy.com

Allison

Me and my stall!

Me and my stall!

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About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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