Saturday, 15 August 2015

My first craft stall

I ran my first craft stall. I did it! I braved it out and made everything and put it all out there to see what people thought.

It was scary but being scared is often a good thing. It's about feeling like I am pushing myself and then realising that line is way behind me. It's empowering.

I made 27 yourshelves and designed and made a gazebo in case of bad weather. Well, the weather must have been on my side as although it was slightly windy, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.

I wanted to launch in my home town, it just felt right and I always try to trust my instincts.

Here is my stall. Destabled became tangible!

Told you the weather was with me. Look at the patterns the sun created?

I was very proud of the colours. It all held together very well.

I made handmade labels too. Each one unique, obviously.

And put some ornaments and books around the stall to give people ideas about how my handmade yourshelves could be used.

I made a pretty big signage board, but in hindsight I wish I'd done another one explaining how they are all handmade, with the knots removed, so all are unique. I'm going to make something that tells the story better for my next fair.

I also thought of a use for the leftover holes, surely there is a scientific term for these? I made them into really funky hooks. They can be used as either coat or bag hooks (or-really-to-hang-anything-with-a-handle) or as cupboard knobs. I marketed these as nothing is wasted and people seemed to get on board with that ethos straight away. One guy told me "nothing is wasted - love it!".

Then I had faith in myself. I knew it would be good, and it was. Happy me. The comments from the public were amazing - 'awesome', 'funky', 'different', 'really effective' and 'cool'. I smiled a lot. The best bit was when an older guy who looked like he knew what he was talking about checked out my dovetails and told me I had done a good job. Made up!

Oh and then Darth Vader came shopping. I mean who doesn't launch their business without a representative of the force!