Last year I joined the Etsy Cambridge team and I went to my first meet-up recently. I left feeling so excited and motivated by my fellow sellers and knew I had become part of something pretty awesome.
We are planning some exciting events around Cambridge in the next few weeks and I’d love to share them with you today!
On 28 February you can find Claireabellemakes in the historic Round Church in Cambridge city centre for our handmade fair. I’ll be selling lots of goodies from the Etsy store and some new designs which haven’t yet made it online!
There will be a vintage pop-up tea room and lots of other handmade sellers, so please come along and support us if you can. All the info is in the flyer above!
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I spent last Saturday at From Cambridge With Love, a handmade and vintage market in the Guildhall. Christmas shoppers were out in their thousands and Cambridge had a great festive buzz.
I thought I’d share some photos of the wonderful sellers and my stall styling for you.
My pitch was the first stall as you entered the venue. Although I was placed just outside of the main part of the fair (with one other stall holder), it was the perfect spot as it meant I had a constant flow of shoppers. Lots of my lovely friends and some Twitter followers came to see me. Plus a blog follower – hello and thank you for stopping by!
The floral hair slide sets sold out as stocking filler gifts.
I expanded my range of fabric covered button hair slides for my stall and may add the additional designs to my Etsy store soon!
I debuted some fabric brooches too, with the Russian Doll one going first!
Here’s me at work! I was lucky enough to have visits from G and my family so I was able to have quick loo breaks and do some speed shopping with G around the fair. We got some fab gifts for Christmas and of course gifts for ourselves too 😉
It was a great day and I was pleased to make a very healthy profit. Other opportunities have also come my way as a result of the fair, so watch this space!
I can’t sign off without mentioning these awesome sellers too…..
Harpers Bizzare who sell the most amazing scented soy candles, made with vegan ingredients. We snapped up the Bakewell Tart, Lemon Drizzle and Gingerbread candles (yeah yeah we like cake).
Daphne Rosa offer beautiful handmade fabric flowers. This was Kate’s first fair and her stall looked gorgeous.
I’ll be back on Friday with a peek inside the next issue of Crafty Magazine.
The Christmas season has been rather frantic for claireabellemakes and it hasn’t even really begun yet! I am working on wholesale orders which I am very excited about. More on this soon.
The first two weekends of December were occupied with craft stalls, each varying in success. I thought it might be nice to share some images of my stall set up and new display cards.
Button earrings were a best seller at the community Christmas fair and many people bought them as stocking fillers (£3.50 each).
The gingham Christmas decorations were the most popular – I must make another for our lounge as I like that one the best!
The Fabric doorstops were made with Clarke and Clarke furnishing fabrics which I have a huge soft spot for. There are still some of these left and a healthy supply will be stocked at Linda Kirkbride’s Handmade Studios in Rowlands Castle. She has gathered together a collection of work from some super talented makers, so I feel so honoured to be included with such wonderful people.
These flower hairslide sets are a best seller and I will be listing more in my Etsy store this weekend. Just in time for last minute orders before final deliveries on 17 December!
My ring display box was made from an old towel which I cut up into strips and rolled. I then squished them into this lovely wooden box in rows and pinned calico fabric over the top. I think it looks pretty effective for a DIY ring display!
I very much enjoyed my first craft stalls, especially the second one which was hugely festive and I did alongside friends. My top tips for hosting a stall included taking sweetie supplies and having plenty of change in your float tin! It was great to chat to people about their interest in handmade items.
As we near the end of 2012 and I look back on the first 6 months of business for claireabellemakes, I am humbled by the wonderful people I have met along the way, be it in person or online. I’ve learnt that I thrive when I am busy and that creative people are generally amazing. I have been truly inspired by a number of people and I plan to let them know they have contributed to my creative journey in some way.
Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog and shop so far. I appreciate each and every one of you!
I’ll be taking a small blogging break over Christmas to take a holiday in Canada visiting family and friends. However, it wont be silent here as I have some super guest bloggers lined up!