Friday, June 22, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - stand for craft fair


I popped into the charity shop the other day and there was one of those wine racks that collapses down for 50p.....after much umming and ahhing - I thought I could use it on my table, the fact that it folds down is marvellous.

So on its first outing last week, I realised that it was better on a box, and that I need more hooks and a 'shelf' on the top.





So I set it up like this - and had planned to put a box on top - but was now too high, It was quite full - but maybe with extra hooks will leave a couple empty:



Found that I could kind of make a shelf so now have one!...Although think I my need a back on it.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Craft Fair



Was my first craft fair yesterday, sales could have been better, but was still nice to be there and sell what I did.  I had a number of comments, and think if people were needing to buy a gift they would be back.

I can't decide how best to display my items, I still had items in boxes underneath, but maybe I should have left some more items out. 






And here is how the room looked, should have taken a few more as missed the corners!




I did have a problem not being able to take card payments, and can see that this will be a continuing problem.  Or I need to be at the door and pick up the customers first.

So have now signed up for a machine, so will be ready at the next fair! 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Craft Fair - Poplars Garden Centre Toddington Saturday 16 June


As the Ampthill Country Market has now closed I am going to the craft fair tomorrow, I will have to take some pictures once I am there and all set up.

I hope that you can come along.

I made these last night, following my very last day at work....I am now redundant/retired....

I thought they were really cute, and love the pom poms, I put a chunky bead on the top...I have a lot of beads too.

FB event

https://www.facebook.com/poplarsgc/


Saturday, June 09, 2018

Tea cosies

Decided to make tea cosies (or are they cosys?) the other day, and wasn't sure about the size and shape, so after much searching around, decided to go for a shape and then test out if they fit various tea pots at Country Matters at Hexton.

Was pleased to report that they all fitted, but I forgot to take pictures doh!






So these are the best photos that I have, like the daisy fabric, you can see them in the bottom of the picture.  The small one is for a small cafetiere.


Monday, June 04, 2018

Raspberry Muffins

An archived post from the Country Market stall blog...


We had homemade Raspberry muffins at the weekend, that my other half made using a square muffin tin, so thought I would share the recipe with you, delicious with a blob of vanilla yoghurt, or maybe some ice cream, or clearly great on their own. 

Here is the muffin recipe:

I have a large jug that I always use for making muffins and find it easier to pour the mixture as it is runny, and all muffins are delicious straight from the oven.

200g plain flour
100g caster sugar
50g soft brown sugar
Cinnamon to taste (optional)
2 ½ Baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
90ml skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
80ml vegetable oil
1 large egg, beaten
5 drops vanilla extract
200gms (approx) fruit

  • Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6 and add paper cases to a muffin tray.
  • Measure out flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large jug. 
  • Combine milk, oil, egg and vanilla in another jug.
  • Stir until just combined (mixture will be lumpy).
  • Gently fold in chopped fruit, divide amongst 10 cases, or around that number, cases 2/3rds full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top, sprinkle with icing sugar when slightly cool.
NB I have cheated and use loganberries in the picture as that is all I had in the garden and we used all the raspberries in recipe :)



Friday, May 25, 2018

Handknitted Baby Cardigans

An archived post from the Country Market stall blog...some of my knitted makes from a few years back...


Cute short bolero, will fit for a while :)





Friday, May 18, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - jars



Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

The Country Markets are 'known' for their preserves, we make jam, pickles and marmalades.  Most of the jars that we use are re-used.  We soak the labels off, and put them in the dishwasher, and then ensure they are fully sterilised before we add our homemade produce.  We top off with brand new lids and they are sealed so they will last a long time until opened.

So you can always pop your jars back to the stall, unfortunately we can't take those jars that have brand names in the glass, any we can't use we drop off at the glass recycling.  And we love it if you have taken the time to remove the labels and given them a wash.

There are lots of ideas on the internet to re-purpose a jar, have you thought about giving it a go?

Here are a few of my favourites:

There are loads of ideas out there like this on the internet:






Friday, May 11, 2018

Re-use & Re-purpose - kitchen pots


Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

Have you got a tired old saucepan, that has a bit of character?  or a colander or something similar?

Well how about planting it up?  The colander is perfect as it already has draining holes, no worries about drilling.  You will need to line it with something, just some plastic from a compost sack, just make sure you can't see it through the holes, so black side out.  Or an old jumper could work sacking.

This is what I came up with last year - they soon filled up when the plants got established...

Bedding begonias will be on sale on May when you can safely plant them outside.


Friday, May 04, 2018

Re-use and Re-purpose - pots

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

We have plants for sale throughout spring to autumn, the pots are sometimes purchased, but more often than not they are re-used.  All the pots are washed and then refilled with new compost and then cuttings, seeds and plug plants.

I will be honest and at the moment we don't need any, but will post on facebook when we have run out.

It got me thinking what else can you do with a plant pot, so here are a few of my favourite ideas from around the internet














and on the flip side you don't always need a plant pot to pot a plant!  Loads of ideas out there, I have used colanders, and love to see old boots and kettles...here is a good link:




Friday, April 27, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - Chalkboard


Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

We have had a chalkboard for many years that we bought from the Keech charity stall on Ampthill Charter Market.

However we have not been bringing it every week as it was looking a bit tired, but with a renewed enthusiasm I have now painted it (and glued it), so no longer primary colours of red and yellow, a little more sophisticated.

We just need to find someone with fab writing!

So it has been saved from the landfill for another year...

...have you re-used or re-purposed something this week?


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Applique

Had a play at applique, and made these little bags....have more cut out, just need to make some more - were great fun to do!

these have now all been added to bags, couple already gone and forgot to take pictures:





Friday, April 13, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - Jeans

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

One of our producers is turning old jeans into bags, lots of different sizes and shapes.  

If the jeans have zipped pockets or other fasteners this will mean that they will have an extra pocket.  So maybe you have some jeans destined for the bin drop them off at the stall.  
If they are of no use they will be added to a charity bag, charity shop or the recycling.


Holes on the knees are perfectly usable.


Above are the latest acquisitions that are destined to be bags in the near future.

So the jeans are laundered and then stared at for a few days :) to try and decide how to make them into pretty bags!  The fabric to line and make the strap is chosen from a large stash of fabric that seems to be ever growing after a visit to the shops....and also a large drawer of haberdashery...oh dear :)

Once cut up into pieces they are accessorised with lace and other trimmings.  The linings are made from a pretty contrasting fabric and have a slip pocket added, and maybe a button pocket, really as the fancy strikes.  Normally a handmade fabric flower added using the same or contrasting fabric as the lining, big button and a strap made that loops around or buttons through and adds to the 'decoration'.  Button holes are great fun on the new machine.

The challenge is to get the right size bag, with enough pockets, It can often mean piecing together denim to make it wider, but it all adds to the charm.

You can be assured that any sales will mean that more fabric can be purchased.....fabric obsession confession

So as you can see they are all made with loving care, and take quite a while...

And here are a few that have been on the stall in recent months:





Friday, April 06, 2018

Re-use & Re-purpose - Mini cloches

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...


Did you want to plant out a few vegetable plants in the garden and it is a bit early as the nights are a little cold, you can put a cloche over the top and they should be fine from April onwards - you may even be OK in March too.

We have lettuce plants for sale at the moment on Ampthill Country Market, you can put them in your garden with a little hat on now, and they will be fine.  I would suggest that you make sure they don;t get too hot during the day.  Leave the lids off as that will give them some air.



There are other plastic containers that will do the job just fine, just see what you are throwing away, just cut a hole for air circulation...and it didn't cost you a penny.

Just search for plastic bottle cloche - here is a little more reading

Plastic bottle cloche


25 ways to repurpose plastic bottles

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cutting table


I have been looking for a small sturdy table that i can add my cutting mat to, and this was just the right size from The Range.  I think you can get them from other places, but I wanted to see it before I committed to buy.

It works just right and when I am done I fold it away.  The legs are a bit of a faff, as you have to remove them. but not much of a problem really.

Clearly no good if you want to cut out big patterns - but for my 'crafting' type of sewing it is perfect.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Carrier bag holders

Just for fun I made a couple of these using the legs from some jeans that looked like they had hardly been worn.

Left them at Hexton Country Matters
Bottom is elasticated, top just has a couple of tucks.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mirrors





I thought it would be nice to make a few items that could be bought a 'sets', so made some little pouches and bought these little mirrors to pop into them.

I played with a pyramid pouch as well with matching tissue.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ampthill Country Market Stall

It is with sadness that we have decided to close Ampthill Country Market stall - so we just have 2 more weeks.  We were running out of members, and really too much for the small number of us left to cope with, we have always shared the load with baking and making, as well as stall set up and take down.

I thought I would share some of the pictures of my things that have been on the market in the last year or two previously posted on the market facebook page.

The days out that were on the blog have now been added to a new blog as it seemed a shame to lose them.
https://daysoutampthill.blogspot.co.uk/

I will also post some of my other favourite posts that I made on the Country Market here over the next few weeks.

I always have a few things at Hexton Country Matters they also have a facebook page.










Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Christmas


OK - was a while back now....but I made these for Christmas that were all very jolly....


Friday, March 09, 2018

Bucket bag

had a play and made this, no idea what to do with it....

Simple to make, but might be better 'quilted' that will be a new thing for me to do...

Been looking around and notice there are a few with quilted linings, so think that will be my next try.