I won’t be around for long today as I finally have to get to grips with the house of doom and all that that entails. It has taken a very back burner because I have been so busy getting things finished for a number of Craft Fairs that have been a complete waste of space. Organisers quite happy to take your £25 table fee for very minimal promotion. I’m sorry but a banner or an announcement in the What’s On section is just not good enough. I won’t name and shame the organisations involved but there were approximately 30 traders at the show yesterday, some with more than one table and very few of us sold anything at all. I sold a House Mouse card for £1.50. I may have a commission for a table runner but that’s not confirmed yet.
My fellow traders said, well it is for a charity, and I was happy to pay the inflated fee because of that. But even charities should work for that fee. I would be interested to hear what others have experienced. Variously I have encountered venues without lighting and heating, where I had to assist getting tables out, dirty toilets and no promotion. Organisations seem to be of the view that there only responsibility is to provide the venue. We operate on our own insurance and I generally do some promotion of events myself, probably much to the ennui of my Facebook friends and tweeps. One venue even sold itself as having multiple coach loads turning up to every event; at the first one I attended four people turned up and they refunded our money and agreed to move it to a Saturday which they duly did. However their one banner by way of publicity still had the Thursday on it The lack of promotion and the tiny footfall meant that after three goes I have kicked it into touch.
Perhaps I should start organising them myself. Again, anyone with any experience of this please comment or message me.
Anyway, the things that I have been working on recently are the lovely set of four coaster with bees called “Wonder where the Boidies is” it being Spring and in memory of my dad who said without fail every Spring, “Spring is sprung, the sap is ris, I wonder where the boidies is”.
I have also been making some place mats which I have called “Mystery Tour“. I’m not sure if the Beatles did travel in a campervan on
the Magical Mystery Tour but they should have done; they did, however come to Plymouth during its production.
And obviously, I have finished another quilt. This time from a pre-printed quilt panel. I quite enjoyed it but think on balance I prefer the piecing. I have a number of projects on the go and will get back to them next week – we have some things to sort out, apart from the house of doom (the garden of despair chief amongst them).
“Catch a falling star” isn’t on Etsy yet as I want to take some better photos and it’s too big to stick on a bit of fabric and crop out the doominess.
Lastly but not least please, please, please go over to Handmade Monday and enjoy the talent that is there.