if we hold it, they will come…

…and they flaming well did too!

OMG what an amazing day yesterday was.  Despite the 2am bedtime on Friday night (after decorating the hall, then hand printing extra labels, and doing my inventory and finishing a few things off… then poorly 4 year old in my bed coughing all night), Saturday morning still managed to start off misty and magical (or maybe that was entirely down to the lack of sleep?).

We piled in to the hall with optimism and butterflies in equal measure, and only got ever so slightly anxious when Warley Woods’ table was still empty at 9.40…and CM Jayne got delayed due to a jammy car door lock…  All came good in the end though.

When Jennie thrust open the main doors at 10 there were already a few gathered, and it was pretty well chocka from then til gone 3!  Nat’s pickles flew off the table (not literally, that would have been both smelly and annoying), and her delectable mini heart bunting as showcased on here sold out in the first ten minutes!  She had to persuade one friend who’d bought the last one to let her keep it on display!  Rachel’s cakes and jams n chutneys completely sold out by the afternoon, which was a shame for those people who came later hoping for some edible goodness!

It was exhilarating to watch the enthusiasm and warmth emanating from people passing through the hall – the general consensus was what a great community event for Bearwood, and what an eclectic mix of people. Buyers commented on the quality and how unique and well finished the goods were, and we are thankful to all of the sellers who participated for making it such a top notch day.

Mentions in the local papers, councillors’ blogs and newsletters, plus twitter and good old word of mouth ensured a wide cross section of the community heard about us, and many of them came along to see what was on offer, and to buy.

I know my feet didn’t touch the ground until gone 3.00, when I left the original “Lili of the Valleys” in charge of the stall for five mins while I zoomed around taking a few snaps before my camera battery finally died.  Also pictured are my “dorjeous” purchases!  So tempting, it had to be done.. So I had a lovely birdie handmade by Helena, a funky fur hairband for Lili and a black and red felt brooch for me from Delilah, a beautiful starry necklace from Emma, and from the crafty muthas I had a pale green bird decoration from Nat, a deep soft purple velvet heart from Jayne, and a tangerine silk rose from Erin.  I have no photos of the chocolate cupcake from Rachel as it didn’t hang around that long…  And from Jennie I had a hug, which is not to be sniffed at!

So, tired and satisfied muthas all round…  “Now what?” I hear you cry. Well reader, let me tell you.  Next up is Bluecoats School in Harborne this weekend, followed by Handmade Birmingham in the grounds of St Philips Cathedral in Birmingham city centre on 2 December, and Kings Heath Primary School on the evening of Friday 3rd.  Not quite stadium gigs yet, but as we all have commissions from yesterday to fulfil, not to mention stock to replenish and day jobs to contend with, that’s more than enough for us to be getting on with, thank you very much!

Many heartfelt thanks to the rest of the muthas for being so fantastic, to our wonderful stallholders for making such beautiful things to sell and for being so fab to work with, to Marion at St Marys for being so accommodating as usual, to Bob and Adam for helping us publicise it, and to Pauline at Rutland Sheds in Bearwood for providing us with such lovely trees to make the hall look super-festive! And a personal special thanks to my lovely hubby and kids for putting up with me in the run up, and to my wonderful Mum who knows exactly what she has done, I love you all! xx

0 Replies to “if we hold it, they will come…”

  1. Hi LyndaBluecoat only promote it within the school but anyone is welcome. Its on from 12-4pm this Saturday 27 November and the address is Somerset Rd, Edgbaston, B17 0HR. Me and Erin will be there so do come and say hello.

  2. Thank you crafty muthas for a fantastic, festive fair. It was so lovely to have something like that happening in Bearwood. Your crafty goods were beautiful and I just had to post something on my site.

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