Tuesday, 26 November 2013

My First Craft Fair

On Saturday, I had a stall at my very first craft fair.  It was a modest event in a church hall in Watford and only the second time a fair had been held there.  
I bought a greeting card display stand and some smaller stands, which really helped to fill out the table space.  The day went rather slowly with an average footfall, but I was happy when I got a couple of sales.  Unfortunately these were my only sales, but some of the stalls around me didn't sell anything.  It was a bit disappointing as I'd spent so much money and time, but it was a good experience. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Paper Wreath

I'm seeing so many wonderful Christmas projects around at the moment, so I thought I would have a go at a paper wreath. These look stunning and are really easy to make.  
I've used kit contents from Papercrafter magazine issues 65 & 66 to create and embellish this wreath, plus some red gems. 

First I drew round a dinner plate onto some corrugated card, then round a tea-plate in the centre of this and cut round both to create a ring.  From assorted patterned papers I cut several 2cm x 10cm strips, fringing half of them.  I looped them all in half and glued the ends before stapling to the ring in equally spaced rows, starting from the outside.  (Before completing the inner row, I stapled a length rustic twine for my topper and sentiment.)
To hide the staples from the inner row, I hand-drew a couple of holly leaves onto card then used these as templates to cut several from patterned paper. I arranged these in differing directions to give a natural look and finished off with some red pearls for berries. 
To complete the wreath, I glued my sentiment and topper to the twine and attached some more twine at the back to use as a hanger.

I would like to enter this wreath into the following competitions:
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