04/03/2013

Mardle Made in Real Life!


Saturday saw the inaugural Mardle Made sale!  I was pretty excited I can tell you!  I chose a small craft fair for my first event as it was low cost and therefore low risk.  The event was for handmade items only (although this policy was ignored by more than one stall!)

The event actually turned out to be pretty quiet but it was worth the money in order to trial the layout of my stall, something I thought I would practice at home but that I never got round to doing.  Needless to say I need a much larger table cloth!  Although all in all I'm really happy with the display.


I love vintage items and I really wanted to display my jewellery in a really interesting way.  I found an antique French finch cage whilst in Norfolk last, and thought it would be perfect.  The Boy fixed in some picture hooks to hang earrings from and I LOVE it!  I sat the finch cage atop my Jewellers cabinet in which I displayed my handmade silver studs.  


I love a good cloche but you don't come across them very often and when you do they are fairly expensive, but when I saw this cheese board and dome I figured it would do just as well.  I thought it would be perfect for an alternative bangle display, and I love how it turned out.


I wanted some vintage dressing-table-set ring holders (for the rings, obviously!) but I couldn't find any in time so The Boy suggested I display them on old alphabet blocks, he's a genius!  And at the very last minute I made a necklace and had to look around my studio for something to display it on, and the wool cones were spot on.


I also make handmade cards using vintage ephemera from books which are falling to pieces and would otherwise end up in landfill.  I've previously used toast racks and letter racks but remembered that I had an old metal record card cabinet, and the combination of all three worked perfectly. (Cards also stocked in Love From Hetty & Dave in Pokesdown).

 
If that wasn't enough I make signs using locally collected driftwood and scrabble pieces from charity shops and these, well they display themselves.

I even made one for myself!


That pretty much sums up my first sale, what with a commission worth £100 I would say that was a definite success!  Plus I got to meet Catherine from Herbal Harmony, she definitely had the best stall there.

Catherine is a herbalist and makes the most beautiful handmade natural skincare and cosmetics.  They are free from parabens, lanolin, SLS, SLES, petroleum, synthetic fragrances and propolyne glycol.  I bought the Chickweed Cream and can't wait to get my hands on some arnica oil and some lip balms.  I'll write a little bit more about Herbal Harmony another time, so keep an eye out on the blog!

Hope you made it to the end of this very long post!

 Happy Monday my lovelies! xx

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