Craft fair: the aftermath

Craft fair 1OK, so don’t get excited.  The craft fair was a total bust.  I was a bit sad about it because I’d been so excited, but these things happen.

I was very proud of the way my stall looked.  I went into this with my friend Lenka, who bakes beautiful cakes, and we were supposed to be sharing a stall, but when we arrived they’d given us an extra long pair of tables as someone had called in sick. Continue reading

Craft fair: the preparation

My friend Lenka (who makes the yummy cakes) and I have decided to go to a craft fair together at the end of this month.  Well, not just go together.  Exhibit together.  Sell together!

They don’t usually allow you to share a table, but I begged very nicely as it was Baby Brain‘s first one, and they’ve let us do it if we mix up our stock, which is jolly nice of them (can you tell I’ve been reading Enid Blyton to Scarlett recently?).

I’ve got a bit of an advantage on Lenka in that my stock doesn’t spoil or go off, nor do I have to wait until the days before to start preparing, but I’m still struggling to find the time to add to my little stock collection.  I’m also attempting to make some Baby Brain bunting (in the style of my logo!) to go on the front of our tablecloth!  Barry’s going to Germany with work next week, which might be the opportunity I need to catch up on my sewing.

Dresses, bags and bibs is what I’ll be selling on the day, and I’m also taking along my baby birth details prints and an example of a button monogram for the table (but those are obviously made to bespoke requirements); Lenka has a list as long as your arm of delicious delights, including something I haven’t tried before: cake in a jar.  Pinterest it.  It’s going to be amazing!

I’ve already made Scarlett a little Baby Brain dress and nappy cover so she can run round like a mini advertising board!  She models so well!

Come and say hello if you’re in the area, full event details are here.  We’d love to see you!

Buttons

Button S 2I’ve gone a bit button-mad recently.  I always had a big box of buttons, which originally came from my Nanna for my 11th birthday – she had a haberdashery shop in Hull.  Over the years, I’ve added tons of those little plastic packets that you get off clothes, cut them off coats and bags that were being binned, and generally just threw them all the general direction of said box.

Button S

Anyway, great news for the sad little buttons, especially the ones that have been hanging around since 1993.  As part of my plan to take over the baby gift world (alright, a corner will do me just nicely, thank you), I’m now offering a new product – button monograms!

Yes, it’s essentially a letter made out of buttons.  This “S” I made Scarlett is particularly sentimental, because I know where most of these buttons are from, so I look at it, thinking, “that belonged to a coat I had when I lived in France”; “I loved that bag!” or “I’ve still got that top, hope a button doesn’t fall off it”.  Hopefully, you’ll look at it and think it’s pretty cool too.

In breaking news, my website is now live too, so come over and have a gander: www.babybrainboutique.co.uk.

New venture – Baby Brain!

Baby Brain

I’m very excited to tell you that I’ve just opened a shop on Facebook.  It’s initially selling prints of baby names and birth details, and will go onto sell babies’ and children’s clothing shortly.  If you remember the sewing hassle I had with the supergirl boots, worry not, Barry, being the lovely husband he is, is giving me the lovely gift of a sewing machine for my birthday at the end of next month, so no more trying to handcrank the machine and guide at the same time!  I did have a bit more success with the nursery chair reupholstering (with Charlie’s electric machine).

I’ve called it Baby Brain because that’s mostly what I have at the moment, and I’m sure other mums will appreciate the feeling!  I also have my baby on the brain most of the time, and making clothes and prints for her and other babies would make me happy.

So, if you have a spare minute to come and like my page, I’d very much appreciate it.  I’m hoping to run a competition soon for a free print, so watch this space.  Well, not this space here.  This space… www.facebook.com/BabyBrainBoutique.  See you on the other side!