Christmas market time

The year has whizzed by so quickly and I can’t believe Christmas is just a few weeks away.  Popping along to local Christmas markets and fairs is a great way to get into the festive season and do a little shopping from small independent sellers, providing you and yours with unique lovingly made gifts.

hand sewn cat in Santa hat bag charm

The last couple of months have seen me busy sewing at every available opportunity, building stock levels for the busy season, in particular, two forthcoming Norfolk based Christmas Markets. 

The first event will be  Pensthorpe Natural Park:

Pensthorpe Christmas Market, Fakenham, Norfolk 2018

followed by a return visit to Deepdale Christmas Market:

Deepdale Christmas Market 2018, Dalegate, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk

If you are in the area and fancy a trip out to either of these lovely venues, do come and find me for a chat, I can assure you your day will not be wasted as each venue will have a wonderful Christmassy feel.

Hand sewn mini felt brooches by Ellie's Treasures

Both venues will be offering a good selection of stalls including food, drink and gift ideas as well as refreshments to keep you going throughout the day.  There is also free parking and free market entry at both of these events with Pensthorpe also offering a reduced entry fee to the park on the day – a popular place for nature lovers and those that wish to stretch their legs in beautiful surroundings.

hand sewn Christmas brooches and bag charms

Many of my new items have been sewn exclusively for these two events and are not currently available to purchase online.  If a particular little lovely catches your eye in this post, please do get in touch so I can reserve it for you (just hit that “Contact” button above and leave me a message or click over to my Etsy shop and leave me a “Conversation”).

If you are venturing out to fairs and markets this winter, wrap up warm, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy your day.

Hand sewn mixed media Christmas mini canvas snowflakes and icicles by Ellie's Treasures
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King’s Lynn craft fair – kick start to Christmas

Belles at St. Nick's craft fair
Ellie’s Treasures kicked started the run up to Christmas with our first fair of the year on 9th September organised by Creative Orchard Events at St. Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.  It was a most beautiful venue and although small, the Belles at St. Nick’s event with its friendly and welcoming stall holders was the ideal market to find that unique perfect treat or gift.  With stalls selling vintage goods, jewellery, pottery, jams and chutneys, leather ware and garden ornaments, I was thrilled to be part of it selling my accessories and artwork.

This was my view for the day – stunning don’t you think?
Craft fair at St. Nicholas Chapel King's Lynn
A little history.  According to the ‘net, St. Nicholas, built as a chapel of ease for nearby St. Margaret’s, is the largest chapel in England (200 feet long).  With the stone tower dating back to c.1225 and the spire being a 19th Century replacement, history dates the original chapel, probably made of wood, as being built between 1146 and 1175.  The amazing stain glass window shown in my photo is just one of many delights.  The late medieval oak vaulting and carved angels, engraved stone fonts and a memorial dedicated to “Robinson Crusoe” are just a few of the many features worth viewing .  My stall was pitched to the side of a set of benches erected to form a medieval church court where the Archdeacon would have the say on divorces and marriage issues!

Ellie's Treasures at St. Nicholas Chapel King's Lynn
We had flurries of customers throughout the day but by early afternoon things dried up a little so the stall holders were invited to learn about the chapel bells (a peel of 8 that are still in use), and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to help ring them!
St. Nicholas Chapel bellsTo top the day off nicely, a gentleman came into the chapel and began belting out tunes on the Willis organ – that was quite something!

If you are ever in King’s Lynn, a town steeped in history, do try and pay a visit St. Nicholas’ Chapel to marvel at the architecture and learn more about its history.  Although still consecrated, the chapel is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust with events taking place throughout the year including the Jingle Belles Christmas Fair in early December.

References
http://www.stnicholaskingslynn.org.uk/index.html
https://www.britainexpress.com/attractions.htm?attraction=4090
http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/lynnnicholas/lynnnicholas.htm

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New product alert!

hand sewn mixed media picture

The “Up, Up and Away” online market with Facebook’s Showcasing Dreams starts this Thursday evening at 8pm and it seemed the perfect opportunity to launch my new product range – mixed media mini artworks.

Choosing felts, fabrics and embellishments is a big part of my making process (and such a fun part too), and even more so when making these little pictures.  As the market had a theme, I chose an aeroplane charm to kick start the creation, adding printed tree fabric, a snippet of ribbon showing a suitcase, pretty trims, buttons and embroidered stitching finishing with the words “explore the world”.

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The picture took an age to sew, tweaking this, adding that, and you can see from the work in progress photo that my ideas changed from first thoughts to finished product.

At just 8cm x 6cm (1.2cm depth), the picture is mounted on a little canvas and comes complete with a natural pine easel – perfect for displaying on a shelf or desk and a super gift idea for the traveller.

Ellie's Treasures mixed media canvas

If you’re looking for original and beautiful presents or a treat for yourself you will not be disappointed by the vast range of lovely items available to purchase so do try and pop along (put your legs up with a your cuppa and piece of cake as you browse).  The market will be open from 8pm Thursday 7th June until 9pm Saturday 9th and the password needed to purchase will be supplied at the start of the event.  Hope to see you there!

mixed media hand sewn canvas picture

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The month of May

I celebrated my birthday over the first bank holiday weekend and enjoyed a family barbecue followed by a pleasant warm evening in the garden with a bottle of Dark Horse and a selection of very prettily decorated cupcakes given to me by friends.  It was all very nice indeed and lovely to have a little break from sewing.

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Hubs bought me a set of 72 watercolour pencils by Arteza which is pure joy to look at – such a rainbow of colours – and exciting to use.  I’m not a fantastic artist, but I do enjoy a little doodle and have missed having a professional set of pencils to use.  I’m drawing little ditties to add interest to my product photographs – but I’m aiming to expand my drawing skills in time.

Ellie's Treasures hand sewn butterfly keyring

On the Ellie’s Treasures front, I’m over the moon to have secured three Norfolk based craft markets for later this year, Belles at St. Nick’s, Pensthorpe Christmas Craft Market and Deepdale Christmas Market – all the details of these can be found here.

Coming up very soon is an online Facebook market being run by Showcasing Dreams that I’m taking part in.  Running from 8pm 7th June until 9pm 9th June, the theme is “Up, Up and Away” – think of hot air balloons, rainbows, wings and all thing that fly!

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The selection of pretty items that will be available to buy is amazing – with six goodies entered by myself, some which have been sewn especially for the event and one item being a totally new product line for Ellie’s Treasures that I’m so excited about (more on that in another post).  There is also a generous giveaway attached to this market with voucher prizes to spend during the event.  You can find all the giveaway details here –  clicking the “going” button on the notification page will mean you are entered – entries close 6th June – good luck!

accessories and pictures hand sewn by Ellie's Treasures

 

Tips and ideas for Craft Fair Vendors (part 4) – handy checklist

To finish my “Craft Fair” series I thought I’d put together a little checklist of, what I feel, are necessary items to consider taking with you for the event.  You will, I am sure, need to add things to it, depending on what you intend to sell, but it’s a starters guide and I do hope it will come in handy.


necessary business documentation (insurance/hygiene certificates)

completed risk assessment (if needed)

copy of fair/market rules should you need to refer to them


marque and all fixings and tools (if required)

cardboard to stand on (experienced sellers say it keeps the damp from rising)

table(s) (unless supplied)

chair(s) (unless supplied/if allowed)

table covering(s) (take a selection as sometimes tables supplied are different sizings)

table display items, decorations and signs, blackboard and chalk

batteries for table lights

large overnight covering for your table, should the fair be over several days

fixings for table coverings and display items

shop banner and fixings


storage boxes for your equipment that are easy to carry or pull along

stock

inventory and price list

peelable stickers for pricing items

packaging

business cards

promotional information – sign up to email newsletter/sale notice/ upcoming fairs

custom order sheets


cash float

cash box

charged portable credit card terminal

charged smartphone (for credit card terminal)/phone (turn on mobile data for card terminal app if wi-fi not available)

charged power bank (to keep everything fully charged)

pens, pencil, eraser, sharpener, scissors

sticky tape, Blu Tac, safety pins

notebook

calculator


camera (to take pictures of your stall and others, with their permission)

personal cash

flask (sugar/sweetners/milk/spoon/coffee/tea)

bottled water

food and snacks that are easy to eat and cutlery if needed

bag for rubbish

tissues

wet wipes

warm clothing, including hat, scarf and gloves (fingerless if that’s easier) – layering is a good idea

warm and sturdy footwear


Let me know if there’s anything you feel should be added to the list – would love to hear from you.

I hope these four blog posts have been helpful and if you have booked to run a stall at a fair or market, I hope you have an enjoyable and successful time.