This last week started off as usual. Monday was spent looking at other people's blogs thanks to Handmade Monday, putting a couple of items onto the website and some sewing. Tuesday was much the same.
Wednesday morning was spent popping to my Mum's (after acquiring a large vintage white cotton , ever so soft from lots of washing, a large cross-stitched table mat with three matching napkin and two beautiful china flower brooches at the charity shop). Where I did a spot of knitting whilst we were putting the world to rights. In the afternoon I completed Eleanor the rabbit and couple more felt flower corsages.
Thursday I started packing my suitcases for the fair at the Bluecoat (see my last post), made some signs for my fair table, printed some fabric with names for my rabbits and cats and Pride and Prejudice quotes for the P and P heart I'm making. I also made the name labels for the two cats and the rabbit that I'd recently finished and did more sewing.
Friday I completed my packing for the fair (a couple of years ago we'd still have been packing suitcases, but with clothes rather than vintage and handmade bits and bobs, for our holiday to Glengarry, when we still had money!). I made a needle case and cut out bits of lovely fabric for a couple more to take with me for something to do at the fair (as my husband would tell you I can't just 'sit' I have to have something in my hands, even if I don't actually do much!).
Saturday started (and continued with) beautiful sunshine, though it was a little chilly. The other half and I caught the bus okay and we arrived at the Bluecoat with just over and hour to set up before the start of the fair. Unfortunately, the management of the fair was a bit scratchy. There was no-one to meet you or even a plan to see where you were. We were advised by another stall holder that the names of stallholders were written on the floor which is how we found where we were. The rooms were a bit snug too, there wasn't really enough space between stalls, especially where people had hanging rails of clothes which people wanted to browse through. A number of times things (fortunately nothing breakable) were knocked onto the floor!
A view of the Elsie May and Bertha table, that's my Mum, Shirley, that I've managed to catch half of!
A big disappointment of the day was that we didn't make the day's cost (table and travel) back. There were quite a few people at the fair and a lot of them looked at what we had and said how lovely everything was, but that didn't materialise into sales. This was the third fair in a row where I hadn't made back my costs . So, because of this I won't be able to do anymore for the foreseeable future.
My website isn't doing any better, I can't remember the last time I had a sale through there. On there I've done all the search engine optimising that I can, I advertise via Facebook and Twitter. I'm going to have another try at having a sale on Facebook, but even the last one of those I did didn't generate any sales.
I know this sounds like I'm having a moan, and to be honest I am. Loads of people I follow, whether via their blog, facebook or twitter feeds, are selling and I don't begrudge them their sales, they're all producing beautiful stuff but i can't see what they're doing right and what I'm doing wrong!
For want of anything better to do, I'll carry on making, using the materials I have and adding to the website. I'll be writing this blog and Facebooking and Twittering too.
It's my 24th wedding anniversary tomorrow and we'll be having champagne (a bottle my little sister gave me last Christmas) so that'll be a happy start to next week. I'm always happy with a glass of champagne in my hand!
I hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday weekend, with Memorial Day in the US of A and the spring (yes, really even if it isn't spring weather) bank holiday in the UK or your normal weekend if you're elsewhere.
As usual I'm taking part in Handmade Monday. Pop over there to read about what my fellow bloggers have been up to.