may day in lightwoods park

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just a quickie to let you know that we’re having a stall at this fab event in our local park. promises to be a great day, so if you missed our spring craft fair or if you just fancy bringing the family along for a fun day out, do come down to lightwoods park on monday.

and how the sun shone…

and how the sun shone...

saturday arrived and i certainly was a ball of nerves. our Handmade Christmas in Bearwood last November was such a success… i wondered if it would be a hard act to follow. i knew we had all been working so hard organising our springtime fair… but as always, there was the small thought, would people come??

and how the sun shone...

it turns out, i needn’t have worried one single bit. not only did our talented artists and visitors pull out the stops… the sun came as well and made it the most beautiful day of the year. the crepe paper and pompoms we put up in the hall the night before were practically glowing in the rays of light streaming through the windows. what a sight!

and how the sun shone...

 

there was an enourmous amount of energy and excitement as everyone set up their tables with their gorgeous items. when 10 o’clock arrived, jennie opened the doors to the hall and marked the official start… a handful of heartbeats passed… and people slowly started trickling through… then more… and more… and more… until the hall was so full, people had trouble getting passed each other! and it stayed that way for over two hours! even when we had lulls… there were always people wandering through. it was so exciting to witness.

and how the sun shone...

and how the sun shone...

 

well, how could you resist? there was bunting all along the church railings outside… guiding you into the hall… and this lovely lady, with her delicious cakes, were there to greet you just as you entered.

and how the sun shone...

to our lovely stallholders… to Francine from Creative Open Workshops, who ran two successfull workshops alongside us… to our visitors… and to my fellow crafty muthas Ceri, Jayne, Jennie, Nat, and Rachel… thank you, thank you, thank you! it was amazing.

and how the sun shone...

and how the sun shone...

and how the sun shone...

and how the sun shone...

and how the sun shone...

flowered up

hello, my name is jennie, and i’m a crafty mutha. feel a bit self conscious posting a ‘spotlight’ special on myself so i’m just going to stick to a good old fashioned blog post.

flowered up

 

i love spring, i almost shiver with delight when i see a bank of bright yellow daffodils. blossom, to me, is the ultimate – it means spring is here and for the brief few weeks that the harsh winds allow the delicate little flowers to remain on the branch i’m happy to bore my poor children silly with the constant “oh look at that blossom tree” and “don’t you just love all the blossom” when all they want to hear is “do you want an ice-cream?”. my husband gave me this small cherry tree for my birthday when i was pregnant with my son and it is the only thing in my garden that flowers and thrives year after year and, well, i just love it.

flowered up

sooo…have i convinced you that i love spring? because most of my stock for “i heart bearwood in the springtime” is distinctly un-springlike. i haven’t really gone with the easter theme, mainly because i think it was january when i started making stuff and also because, well, i just make what pleases me i suppose and if no-one buys it i’m left with stuff i at least like! my one concession to the colour and spirit of spring has been garlands. i’ve used felt in the spotty and flower garlands but i wanted to try something a little different too. something environmentally sound, repurposing something everyday into something beautiful. somewhere in the blogosphere i read about fusing plastic bags. i don’t know where or when to be honest but it triggered a thought that stayed with me. i’ve seen purses and wallets made from fused plastic but i wanted to make something purely decorative and so first up i tried with some white swing bin liners we had. two whole packs that didn’t fit our bin. one mad evening ironing bags between baking paper and inhaling dodgy fumes later i had an amazing material, partly lace-like and delicate, partly bubbled and strong like the crisp packets we used to shrink in the oven as children.

flowered up

then i rounded up a whole load of plastic bags in different colours and made some really juicy hearts, the colours totally pop and if hung in a window they are a little translucent so the light shines right through them. i’ve been restricted on how many i can make because the fumes are a worry – ideally i’d be outside or inside with a mask and the windows and doors open wide – but so far we haven’t had the weather for that. but i’m sure i’ll be out there over the next few months, it’ll be the most use our iron has ever had.

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

bore da and allow me to introduce myself.  I am a crafty mutha, and I make things under the guise of “Lili of the Valleys Emporium” or LOVE.  You see you can take the girl from the valleys…etc etc. and my lovely girl is called Lili so it just seemed fitting.

After the Handmade Christmas event I vowed to rein myself in and only have a small, choice selection of goodies on sale this Spring fair, but true to form my enthusiasm gets the better of me, and if I promise you one thing, it’s that my stall will be varied and colourful!

Here is a sneak preview of what I will have on offer at I Red_heart Bearwood in the Springtime:

spotlight on our springtime stall holdersMy Julie Walters dahlias.  Each named after a character Julie Walters has played.  Now available in a soft spring palette of colours, each petal cut out by hand and glued…..!

My Bearwood bunny brigade.  These little beauties take me an AGE to make, and so they are as a consequence a limited edition run!  They will be available with a complimentary creme egg and plastic egg cup, presented in a cellophane bag finished with ribbon, ready to give to that special person at Easter!

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

If you are a little more trad in your egg-warming tastes, then I offer you the hand finished fabric n felt cosy, in many different colourways.

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

For the Spring magpies I will have a selection of earrings, rings and hairclips in juicy shades, and some one-off pieces like the scrabble rings and the shrink plastic charm bracelets I blogged about before.

Little misses (and big ones too!) will love the felt rose hair clips – lots more colours to come (I’ve just got to invent another few hours in an evening to finish them!).

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

And finally a cake stand full of knitted and crocheted goodies!  No-knot little scarves, perfect for the spring days when you’d like to believe the cold has finally left us, but by jiminy no, there it is creeping up on us! Plus some cute wristwarmers for crop sleeve jackets (or brave no-coat brigade!), and some crocheted egg cosies which will also come with creme egg and egg cup.

spotlight on our springtime stall holders 
Also the fabric kiddies’ tote bags as an alternative to Easter egg baskets, but useful all year round, and the cute owl bibs I already blogged about!  Probably loads more if I don’t actually sleep between now and next Saturday…  Come along and say hello, and bring your friends and neighbours too!  Ceri x

egg obsessed

egg obsessed

 

i’ve turned into the most boring woman in bearwood. all i can talk about is eggs. buying eggs, dying eggs, draining eggs, cleaning eggs, eating eggs, decorating eggs… eggs have become my life. i have become egg obsessed.

egg obsessed

 

for the past month, all i have been doing is making decorations out of duck eggs. i remembered that when i was a little girl in Canada, we used to decorate eggs using wax. The method originated in the Ukrain, and is called Pysanka. it was hard to track down the kit to decorate the eggs here in the UK, but i’m glad i persevered, as i’m oh so very smitten with my eggs.

egg obsessed

 

now, i’ll admit that my humble little eggs are not as fancy and elaborate as the traditional Ukrainian easter eggs… but i think they are quite sweet. i’m going to be selling them at the I <3 Bearwood in the Springtime craft fair, so if you fancy having one of these eggs to hang in your window or give as a gift, you can find me at St. Mary’s on April 9th.

egg obsessed

i love these so much that i might even have to make a few to keep for myself after the fair. i am that obsessed.

egg obsessed

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

Time to meet another lovely local now. We first met Madeline from Meeni at ‘a handmade christmas in bearwood’. She’s immensely talented and a sweetheart to boot.  On 9th April she’ll be joined on her stall by her very own crafty mutha!

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

“I am multidisciplinary artist Madeline Norris. I delight in using a variety of materials and working in different media. I love using thrifted and vintage materials and reuse and recycle whenever possible. I create original paintings, collages, 3D works and knitted and sewn textile pieces. I also make jewellery incorporating my own handmade glass beads. For I heart Bearwood in the Springtime I have made some special Spring/Easter themed items.”

spotlight on our springtime stall holders

Srapity Bagity is the work of craftswoman D.J. Norris. She will be bringing some knitted goodies, bunting and bags to the fair.”