As some of you may know, I make a few crafted items (bags, purses, aprons, cushions etc) to sell at craft fairs. I quite like doing it but I've still got mixed feelings when it comes to craft fairs.
There are several advantages:
1) I like chatting to people about fabric and it's lovely to get compliments on what you've made.
2) It's extremely satisfying when somebody buys something you've handmade yourself.
3) It's nice to make some extra money.
At the same time, there are a few disadvantages:
1) It's a lot of work making enough items to make a stall look good.
2) It's also quite hard work lugging everything to the venue, packing, unpacking and selling all day.
3) I happen to be rubbish at selling, if I was on The Apprentice I'd be sacked in the first week.
But at a craft fair before Christmas I had some good luck (which is a very roundabout way of telling you about my exciting craft news). Somebody saw my work and consequently got in touch with me. This lady sells other people's work but it's all hand picked, so everything she sells has a cohesive look. She also exhibits at a far broader reach of craft fairs, including county shows etc and actually make a living out of it. She wants to add a few new lines to her range and asked if I would be interested in making them for her! Yippee! An actual, proper order. She wants me to make Tooth Fairy Cushions! Now I've seen them on Folksy and a few other places but never actually made any myself.
They're basically a tiny cushion (mine are about 12cm square) with a little pocket on the front for the child to put its tooth. You then hang up the cushion on the edge of the bed, neatly bypassing the whole rigmarole of putting teeth under pillows and trying to retrieve it without waking up the child. The fairy come along, takes the tooth out of the pocket and leaves some money depending on the going rate (an extortionate £1 per tooth in our house) I did some research, made a few samples which she liked and she's now placed an initial order. Here are some of the boy's cushions:
and some for the girls:
Based on the first samples she also asked me to make a range of drawstring bags:
|... ooh, lovely contrast lining|
Apparently it was the fabrics which drew her to my stall, so my online addiction has been worth it! This initial order will make me the same amount of money as exhibiting at two or three craft stalls. I'd far rather make things at home in my lovely sewing room, at my leisure, so for me it's perfect. She also happens to be lovely and we have very similar taste, so I think it will be good fun to work with her. Result!