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6 Sep

This Sunday I will be back at The Guildhall Boutique Market! woohoo!  It has taken a break over the summer but is coming back with a vengeance this weekend, with over 50 stalls selling some awesome handmade and vintage goodies it’s set to be a great day.

I have been busy crafting some new bits and pieces including button rings and also felt and button flowers which I hope will prove to be a hit.

Felt Button Flowers with wire stem

Charity shop shelves painted a lovely shade of pink 🙂

Mini – bunting!

 

 

Patchwork baby blanket, backed with yellow fleece

Button rings and button hearts!

I have also been working on the look and image of my stall. It’s so much harder than it looks! Some crafter’s make it look so easy with their stalls looking effortlessly pretty and inviting, and it is something I always admire ( and envy!!) I have never been completely happy with the ‘look’ of my stall and so I have been playing around with new colours and display stands.  I am always over critical of my work so will never be completely happy, but I think I am almost there…almost.

So if you are free Sunday I hope to see you there at The Guildhall in Portsmouth from 11am – 3pm. (it’s FREE ENTRY!)

Look what I found!

27 May

Look what I found hiding at a car boot sale this morning! I love them!  1960’s/70’s J & G Meakin dinner plate and serving plate. The pattern is just gorgeous and is everything I love and they are in pretty good nick too. I plan to use them to display smaller items at my craft fairs. I love rummaging round at car boot sales, you never know what gems you might uncover, and on a beautiful sunny day today it was the perfect start to a Sunday.

After mooching around the car boot I then set off to The Cute Little Market’s first ever fair based at Hilsea Lido. It was lovely! Such a great setting too. Its a shame the Lidos new splash pool wasn’t open just yet, but it will be for sure next time so I will be sure to have a paddle! The fair itself looked beautiful inside, decorated from wall to wall with pretty handmade bunting and there was a lovely range of stalls all selling wonderful hand made goodies! I am definately looking forward to holding my stall there on the 1st of July!

Beautiful view near the Hilsea Lido

Guildhall Boutique Market!

14 Dec

This Sunday I will be joining lots of of lovely talented sellers at the Guildhall Boutique market. I have been busy making a few more peg bags to replace those that were sold; this time bigger and brighter than before!

I have also been experimenting with lavender and have created a few simple but pretty lavender pillows to freshen up those drawers!

Since the last market, I have had quite a few custom orders for Christmas. Crochet hook holders, scarves, button cards and blankets and peg bags galore! I have been one happy humbug!

 

Don’t forget that all these items will also be on sale on my Etsy page: http://www.etsy.com/people/humbugbuttonbeetle and I am also happy to create something just for you if you so desire!

 

I look forward to seeing you Sunday for some festive fun at the Guildhall! x

It’s Chrrriiiistmasss!!!…well almost…x

7 Nov Button Christmas tree cards

Here are a few of my Christmas creations to help get you feeling festive early! I will be selling these at the Mayvillle Christmas Shopping event and the Guildhall Boutique Market.

Button Christmas tree cards

Large felt Christmas stockings with button detail

Miniature button Christmas tree decorations (love these sooo much!)

Miniature felt Christmas stockings

                                       x Hope you like x

The Knitting and Stitching show London

10 Oct

So me and my mum went to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London on Saturday. It was amazing! I would highly recommend everyone to go! It is just full to the brim of stalls selling everything a knitter, stitcher, embroider, felt maker, cross stitcher could ever possibly need! And that’s only a small amount of what is there. There was amazing displays of fantastic crafts, home-wares, clothing and sculpture. My particular favourites were the beautiful quilts that were so intricate they look like they would take a lifetime to make.

It is just truly magical. I have never seen so much fabrics, wools and buttons in my life! I only wish I had an endless amount of money to spend!  The day gave me lots of inspiration, and I couldn’t wait to get home and start stitching again. I’m currently working on full length aprons and bags in some awesome retro inspired fabrics and paisley patterns.

Unfortunately I did not have epic amounts of money to spend, but I still managed to buy some prettyful buttons and also the BIGGEST button I have ever seen! It’s nearly the size of my face! I’m currently using it as a coaster…x

 

First ever craft fair? Check!

21 Sep

At the beginning of the year I wrote a list of things that I wanted to achieve by the end of the year; go to the dentist, get my hair cut ( I seriously HATE the hairdressers!), save money (yea right…), create a website (DONE!) and try to do a craft fair, now DONE! The Guildhall Boutique Market went really well and I enjoyed every minute of it. From setting up stall, to packing everything away into the car in the rain.  I got a lot of interest and people browsing at my stall and managed to sell more than I  ever though I would(confidence is not my strong point!)

            

I met lovely talented like-minded people, who were all very friendly and keen to give advice. I enjoyed browsing the other stalls (including  of course the talented georgina giles) I also brought this beautiful piece of wall art from Pansy and Chacha.

Lucy Ball’s cakes also went down a storm, especially the lemon and coffee ones! A Very talented baker indeed! She spent all Saturday night baking, scraping, mixing and icing cakes, stopping only for a quick sip of some much needed Vino. We wont mention the fact that she forgot all her cake stands…long live Wilkinsons thats all I have to say!(love you Lucy!!)

         

So yes , a very successful day all round and I hope that everybody enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Abigail Pallant-Sidaway for letting me be apart of it! I definatly hope to be at the next one! xxx

JACK MONROE

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