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.

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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 :)