Friday, November 18, 2016

Craft Fairs and Teddy Bears

Friday Greetings dear friends & readers,

The Craft Fair last Saturday was somewhat of a wet & windy affair

I have pinched borrowed this photo from the I-site website & it shows the rather damp conditions.
That is my stall under the blue gazebo where the arrow is pointing.
I only got to snap a couple of pics of my stall & now that I look at them, I see lots of my crafts had blown over

Because I generally only do this one stall per year, I am rather ill-equipped for outdoor markets
I just use The Mr's Moto X gazebo which doesn't have any sides ... I think in hindsight, I would've been better with sides - they would've given me alot more protection from the elements

Though we only had one real wetting shower come through, the wind was constant all day long & lots of things blew over or hit the ground
I must confess .  .  .   it felt like a rather loonng day.
On a positive note, thanks to Sue who came over from Hamilton to say Hi, to Amanda who came all the way from Patetonga to collect an order from me, & also to all the people that stopped by to purchase or to say Hello !!
It is always a great opportunity to catch up with customers both old & new.
Amanda purchased a rustic Angel doll from me & sent me a gorgeous photo of her happily hanging in her beautiful new Home.

My neighbour at the Fair was an old friend Julie ... who is currently running a business with her daughter Bridget called "Bo and Co" ... sewing beautiful girls clothing

You can read a wonderful interview about the girls new venture here at Cupcakes and Bunting
Many thanks must go to Julie for coming to help me so many times when my creations hit the ground !!!
One of my happy memories of the Fair is of an older gentleman leisurely browsing at all my crafts who took the time to tell me "you have a real vintage country look to all your work"
His compliment made my day.

The night before the Fair I managed to hastily put the last stitch in these little fabric trees ... 
a pattern from my Tilda book "Homemade & Happy"
Though I had purchased the rustic pots a year ago, I had never done anything with them
I used up some of my Lynette Anderson fabrics for the trees & the trunks are made using actual tree branches

I did sell the red one & hope to make some more of these - perhaps using some Tilda fabrics

When I completed the black/cream doll for my friend Christine back in this post she asked me if I could please make her two teddy bears in the same black/cream colourways.
The pattern Christine wanted was an old Teddyworks design called Simple Simon.
It had been many years since I had made this pattern up & I must admit I had kinda lost my confidence a little bit along the way .... as you do
Two pair of pants, two bodies/heads & arms & legs ready to be assembled
This pattern is most unusual in that you make a calico body weighted with pellets, then joint the fur head to this.
You then make the arms & legs from fur & these get inserted/stitched into the clothing at the finish.
This makes him a very flexible bear indeed.
I had some string mohair in a pale cream colouring so I decided to use this as felt it would go perfectly with the black/cream colour scheme
Simon And Simone

Although the pattern is basically a boy bear ... I like to make a girly version too ... so for her I added a hair bow & some pretty embellishments to her jacket
The boy version I added a small bow tie

Considering what horrors they were to create ... I felt they turned out rather perfectly ... as did Christine when she collected them yesterday

At the very end of the pattern this is what the designer has written ...
"He looks great sitting amongst a collection of bears ... he is extremely poseable & can sit in positions that most other bears can only dream of ... "

How absolutely right they are !!!

Thank you So Much for your visit today dear friends & readers
Tomorrow its the Weekend !!!

As I am fighting a headcold at the moment I plan hope to do Not too much
With a lemon drizzle cake in the oven & the latest copy of Simply Vintage Magazine ... would you care to join me ???
with much love & friendship
Julie & the furry ones


  1. I would LOVE to join you!!! get the kettle on!! Lol!! It was a shame the weather was not more favorable for you for the market. Good to hear friends dropped in. The rustic angel is beautiful! She looks happy in her new home!! Those bears are so cute, and have such happy faces! I hope you are feeling much better soon.

  2. Sorry the weather was against you....your stall looked lovely. I hope you feel better soon xx

  3. Oh sweetheart, rest up, read, enjoy your scrumptious cake, drink lots and get well. Dear Blossom has just come down with a nasty head cold too. I'm sure if we weren't many thousands of kilometres apart and in totally different countries she'd welcome some of your cake and I could brew both of you some honey and lemon tea. xxxx

  4. I was'nt going to leave a comment...It was with great
    sadness! That l read through this lovely post? Got
    to the end...And 'NO' ??????????? Sniff! Sniff! :))))).

    I'm going to have another lemon tea..before l continue!
    Hang on....!!!

    The thing that struck it 'always' rains at craft
    fairs..were the Teddy bears...Wow! Oh! Wow! Oh! Wow!
    I think their lovely..Love the bears and the outfits are
    really great..! Though l'm a bit worried about the positions
    you can put them in..! :).
    Dare l say it..l would certainly love an outfit like that,
    even in black/white..! Wonderful...!

    Join you...???
    NO!..l'm gonna creep off and sulk...look at some earlier posts
    to remind me of Pippi and Blackie...Oh! How l miss them....HeHe!
    Creep! Creep!
    "Willie..thought you were'nt gonna leave a comment".
    " know". =(^..^)=

  5. Hi Julie sorry it wasnt better weather for you,but your stall looked terrific,all those gorgeous projects you were selling,oh my goodness the angel doll and bears are amazing ,well done my friend xx

  6. Get well soon Julie, hope cake and tea make you feel better. Your teddy bears are full of character. You did well to put up with high winds and rain in that little gazebo all day at the fair! I like your Christmas trees. Betty

  7. those bears are absolutely gorgeous!
    ohhh my, hope you feel better soon
    thanx for sharing

  8. Those bears are hilarious, wish you could animate them...they deserve their own show. Get well soon. xx

  9. Hello Julie

    Just wanted to say how gorgeous your bears are that is one toy that I have never been able to master, starts out good and finishes up a disaster. I have tried to leave a comment on the end of your blog but not much success with that either lol.

    Hope you feel better soon and have a relaxing weekend.

    Pam xx

  10. Hi Julie, sorry your not feeling the best, silly weather you had, reminded me of when I use to do markets, I would say to my husband, are we nuts??? Great job, your stall looks great even with some things blown over.
    Oh I just love your teddies, great colour combination, would love to join you for lemon drizzle cake, can I have a coffee to. Have a great week Julie. Chris xoxo

  11. The bears are gorgeous. Maybe the craft fair needs to have a date change to maybe couple weeks later Julie, I remember the same weather in previous times although not every year. I didn't make it to see you, I had a Santa workshop all day.The Spring this year has stirred up lots of nasty allergy hayfever "things", time it settled down.Like your Xmas trees also. Hope the "cold" doesn't get much of a hold, boot it to Arizona:)

  12. I would take the risk of catching your head cold for Lemon Drizzle cake and a cuppa in your lovely home any day. Hope you are on the mend soon Julie. Loving the black and white bears, clever lady!!

  13. Ha..ha.... those bears are real posers!! Love the tilde Christmas trees - they look so sweet. Shame about the weather as your stall looked beautiful. The Angel doll matches everything about her new home - how fabulous. Take care and keep well.

  14. Oh by jingies I hope you get over that head cold. Let me just squeal with delight
    at the black and cream dressed teddies!!!! Those colours are so effective, I love
    them. We always take the sides of our gazebo whenever we go to markets, you just never
    know. You had some real treasures to sell too. I couldn't quite make out what the item
    was near the foot of the rabbit in your photo? Looked interesting though.
    Have a beautiful week my friend, beaming you big hugs.

  15. Shame about the weather, but your stall looked great, if I lived a little closer I would've popped by for a visit!
    Love the bears, your never cease to amaze me with your lovely creations :O)
    I just bought the Simply Vintage Mag today, looking forward to having a cuppa and a browse through it tomorrow...

  16. You are very talented Julie - I would not have the patience for all that sewing. I love the bunting on the front of your stall = is that for sale?

    Julie Q

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  18. How sweet! The trees are super cute and the black and white bears are stunning. I wish I could come to the craft festivals!

  19. Your stall looks lovely, despite the horrible weather. Wind and rain are not conducive to a textile filled stall are they. Love those very cute. Your bears are amazing. Cannot believe all the detail you have put into them. 'Tis a clever lady, that you are, lovely Julie!

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