Our AMAZING Craft Fair

Sophie's Christmas Fair

Last Sunday, a few friends and I welcomed 28 vendors and over 450 visitors to our Christmas fair. The fair was held in memories of a dear friend to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

This was the reason I went MIA on blog land.

The idea of the fair came up earlier in the year, but, for whatever reason (I forgot) it wasn’t until the end of October that we decided to go for it. With the (iron hand) leadership of my (OCD) friend (if you’re reading this, you know I love ya), we managed to pull everything together in about six weeks! We donated almost £2000 to the charity (that’s around $3,200) and couldn’t be happier!!

I didn’t sell anything (although after seeing all the stalls, I am tempted to do a stall of a hodge podge of things next year) but we all pitched in and made a few huge snowflakes and I made glue gun bunting.

You’re probably now oooohing and aaaahing about the snowflakes. That’s ok, everybody did! And wondering how it was made. Super easy! Watch this YouTube video and if you have all the supplies (paper, scissors, tape and staples), you’ll have a gigantic paper snowflake in 20 minutes time!

Oh, don’t forget the wine!!

Bunting details: All I did was cut fabric, adhere fabric to twine using a glue gun and I just estimated a 3-4″ distance between each banner. Total length? I don’t know. I just know I had about 21 banners per bunting. I honestly got lucky on the length. I didn’t measure the hall we were using. I just new I needed three of them. I also would have sewed instead of gluing if my machine wasn’t broken. I dunno, just left less crafty using the glue gun {*SMILES*}. A completely personal issue!

For the banner, I didn’t have an example to go by. I just freehand cut a triangle on a piece of paper for my patter. But if you need a place to start, you can download this banner template. My banner was about 6″ tall and 5″ wide.

I cut all the fabric first and after all the triangle’s cut, I fold the top (around half an inch) and trimmed the sides that were showing off the top edges. This way I won’t have to trim after the banner’s been glued to the twine. You can accidently cut the twine if you trim after gluing (or sewing).

The gluing was quick and easy. Banner on the bottom, back side of fabric facing me, line of glue, twine on top of it, another line on the fabric above the twine and fold over. Estimate a 3-4″ distance and do it over again.

I bought super cheap red stripe, red polka dots, and red gingham fabric and I just alternated between the three.

 I may have spent two hours creating the bunting. Not too bad!

So that’s that! Super easy, quick and festive decors for your home, classroom, office or a craft fair!

Below are some photos from the day.

Pretty aprons (and one is Jovie’s!) and other fabric goodies. Makes me REALLY want to learn how to sew!



Handmade folding shopping bags! I LOVE the fabric!! The lady sold out though by the time I got a chance to shop!


How adorable are these? My friend made these and she also made a cute fabric bunny that ALL the little girls wanted. Jovie has one. I shall photograph it sometimes soon!!


And look who decided to stop by?!

Father Christmas was not at all planned! He just showed up that morning and asked if we needed him to stop by for the children later in the day. Of course we said YES!!

DSC_1289  Hope you enjoyed this post! I wish I had photos of the bunting making but seriously, it’s just gluing and I’m sure you can figure it out {*WINK*)

Bye for now!

36 More Days

Fairy and Pirate Birthday Invitation

Until Jovie’s birthday party!

And I’ve gone a bit overboard on the planning — but hey, what’s new {::SMILES}

Jovie and I decided to do a fairy and pirate birthday party for her upcoming fourth birthday. Since we just decided a week ago, I moved the party back to the 15th instead of closer to the 4th of June (her birth day), so that I can prepare accordingly.

Soooooooo, to make the party oh so pretty and fun, crazy mama here ordered over 600 yards of 6″ tulle to make six tutus, a few pom pom tulle decors, and tulle wands. I think I may have also purchased enough ribbons to tie around our village. I’ll give more details on where I purchased the supplies later after the order comes in. That way I can also do a bit of a review on the shop’s shipping — in case you need to buy lots of tulle and ribbons.

I’ve been on the Internet whenever I have the chance Pinning ideas and using Evernote to organize my notes and check list. If any of you have ANY fairy and pirate party idea, please don’t hesitate to email me or comment here. I’d love all (easy and affordable) ideas.

Last night I started creating and got four cards done. After I post this blog entry I am going to finish making the last two. With Jovie, there will (hopefully) be six girls and one boy. She said they are her best friends {::SMILES}. The party is scheduled to be an outdoors party and I seriously hope it’ll be lovely that day. BUT, I have plan B aka in our living room, in case the rain decides to visit.

The card is simple and whimsical I think. Initially I wanted to use WPlus9’s Oatmeal cardstock to print the invite on. That card stock is my FAVORITE and I have been using it for 75% of my cards. But, I couldn’t run the card stock through my printer because it was too thick. The card stock is 100lb (lovely and thick — perfect for card making) and my printer can only handle up to 85lb (Stampin’ Up! card stock would work fine, their card stocks are 80lb paper). Boo!! After some messing about, I decided to just print on normal printing paper and adhere it to WPlus9’s Ballet Slippers paper. While I miss the speckles of the Oatmeal paper I was quite happy with the change of plan.

I also wanted to include a photo of Jovie in the invite. I’m not sure why since these kids are her good friends and all the parents know how Jovie looks like but I just wanted to add a photo and give the invite a bit of scrapbook feel to it. The buntings idea came from my friends and I love of buntings. There will be buntings at the party and I thought that buntings on the invite would be the perfect extra touch. So buntings I made!

I didn’t use a template or die-cutter. I just cut out estimates squares for the buntings and a rectangle for the banner. Then I trimmed the edges accordingly. Two minutes (did two/three layers at a time) was what it took to prepare the pieces. After the trimming I had to do another thinking moment. Baker’s twine, hemp twine, clothes pins, stamping, hand drawing or sewing? I went for the later. I figure it’d be quicker and flatter. And it was.

I know I said flat, but I had to have some sort of dimension. And that’s where the button came in. I just used a glue dot and voila, all done!

If I had the idea thought of beforehand, I could have created all four invites in 30 minutes. BUT, I was faffing about as usual and I didn’t go to bed until 4 a.m.

Fairy and Pirate Handmade Party Invitation

Jovie saw her invites this morning and she approved. Later this afternoon we will hand a few of them to her school friends. Yay!

Gimp Tutorial

Want to learn how I did the below in Gimp? Gimp is a free Photoshop like application. I posted a tutorial at the Hybrid Chick’s blog. Come check it out!! Oh, I think the video’s messed up — kind of — just some pixels in certain areas. It’s my first one on the Mac… will get better!

Photo frame

Yes, short and sweet tonight… I need to get to my Was Gonna stuff before Jovie’s 2 a.m. wake up. Do you know of anybody who sleeps in their kid’s crib? If not, you now know one! How many weeks now since we put her crib up? Come on, Jovie, you can do it! I am still sore from sleeping with her all night last night. I got suckered cause she’s been sick. Suckered by a 1-yr-old. Pathetic, huh?!?!


PS: I was gonna scrapbook the above but obviously never got to it. Ok, back to my was gonnas!!!

Crochet Flower

Hey! I’ve been learning how to crochet again the last few nights. My grandma taught me the basics when I was in middle school but I haven’t done anything much since. I bought some thread and crochet needle a few months ago and I finally sat down to do it using this book: Teach Yourself Visually. Now, if you’re new to crocheting, I don’t recommend this book. Yes it’s visual but if I were brand new I’d have a hard time in a few spots. A few times I had to re-read a part over and over again. My grandma taught me how to turn around but I forgot and I spent a good 30 minutes or more trying to figure it out according to the book’s instructions. The book did though have a nice crochet flower recipe which was pretty easy:

  1. Slip knot (you always start crocheting with a SK)
  2. 2-Chain stitch (CS)
  3. Stick your needle into the 1st CS and do a slip stitch (this basically ties the two edges together)
  4. After the SS make 5-single crochets (SC) — keep putting your needle into the 1 CS when creating each new SC
  5. After the 5th SC, stick your needle into the last single crochet you did (closest to your needle) and do 1 SS.
  6. After the SS, do 2-CS and then do 3-Double Crochets (still sticking the needle into the same hole)
  7. After the 3rd DC create 2-CS
  8. After the 2nd CS stick the needle into that same hole one more time and do a SS to tie it up
  9. You should now have completed one petal!
  10. To start on the next petal go up to instruction #5. Just stick your needle into the next hole and do it again!

Here is a video that takes you from start to finish. It’s a bit different than mine. For example instead of 2 Chain Stitches at the beginning she had 4. This I think depends on how big you want your center circle to be. When she started the petal she did a Single Stitch instead of a Slip Stitch and before I did the 3-Double Stitches I did 2-Chain Stitches. But overall they’re more less the same. I guess experiment and see which flower you like better. Oh, I got my thread, they’re cotton, from WalMart. My crochet needle is 4.25mm.

Here are mine:

Crochet Flowers

Tut: More Flowers

I’ve been messing with flowers the last two days and today I made this for M. This flower hair piece was created using two tuts… or a combination of. The main idea came from this party flower tutorial minus step 5. Instead of the fluffy look I wanted to do this flatter look based on the Fabric Flower tutorial (plus I only have this fabric, scissors, white thread, and a needle). The two tuts were created by the same person. Pretty neat huh?

Next time I’m going to use these flower techniques using pattern/tissue paper. I think it’ll give the flower a very nice fluff. I don’t have my die-cut machine either but when I get back to my machine I want to use some flower die-cuts on fabric/felt also. It’d be fun to ink up the paper and sparkle the tips of the flowers. I also want to get some stamens. I think the stamens will make the flowers really fun.

Fabric Flower

Fabric Flower

Fabric Flower

M loves her little hair piece. It took me 15-minutes I think to make this thing.

Ok, off for a little date with the hubby! Tomorrow we’ll be driving back to good old Missouri. We’re in the Memphis area now and looking at spending some time in the world famous (that’s what the site claims) Beale Street. Laters!!