Friday, 2 December 2011

A Christmas Fair...




Well, we finally got a new router for our internet connection at home but I didn't get a chance to post about Achill or my wonderful surprise yet.  I don't know if it's the dark nights but I just don't seem to have enough time for anything these days.

Anyway,  last night was the Christmas Fair in Ballynahinch (about 40 miles away from our town).  It was being held in a church hall, but a very modern one.  We decided in the end to bring the dogs and S popped in and out the whole evening to walk them and make sure they were okay tucked up in their blankets in the car.  We figured they'd rather wait in the car for us than have to stay home alone.




Now, when I was told about the fair I had imagined a festive scene straight from a Hollywood movie, twinkling lights, tasteful decorations, carols playing softly in the background and the smell of mulled wine and Christmas in the air in a massive room with loads of wonderful crafts and bits and bobs.  In reality, when we arrived we were shown up to an upstairs room with 3 other stalls in it (2 jewellery and 1 knitted scarves and hats).  There was another small room beside ours with a few stalls in and then the main room downstairs where the bulk of the fair was being held.  I felt a wee bit put out that we were upstairs away from the main activity and there wasn't so much as a bit of tinsel to be seen in our room! 




There was a really good turn out (as I saw when I left S manning the stall and went to have a look about downstairs where it was all happening!)  The main room was jammed with folk milling about looking at all the goods on offer.  Our room seemed to go through waves of activity as if a horde of people were directed up to us and all came in at once, swept around after a brief look around, before heading back out again.  Then there would be another lull until the next group of folk appeared. 

Still, the stall was free of charge so all it cost was the petrol to drive there and a few hours of our time (and I did, as always, really appreciate S driving me and sitting with me when he would so rather have been sitting watching sport on TV in front of the fire!)



I managed to forget a couple of boxes - we were so busy putting coats on the dogs that I left them sitting on the kitchen table.  One had the little wooden stands for my cards and one had the gorgeous wee cross-stitched Christmas scenes that my mum had spent time making (I'm so sorry mum, I've a head and so has a pin as well you know! I'll put them up on my Folksy and Etsy shops and sell them that way instead!)

I did remember to bring my two pointy portraits of Reuben and Brodie though and a few people did seem interested in how they were created and if I worked from photographs.  They took business cards so fingers crossed (although folk took a load at the last fair and I never had one follow up, so I won't get too excited just yet!).

Anyway,  all told it wasn't a complete waste of time.  I sold about 20 cards and another twisty town.  The rest are still for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested!

So, not really a work in progress as such and I hope Eva and Kristin won't mind me crashing the Paint Party Friday with my post but I promise I'll be having a weekend of art and will have some new work for next week!

43 comments:

  1. Your cards are very pretty, glad you sold some at the fair! Take care of yourself, Valerie

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  2. how exciting! I'm sorry you didn't sell as much as you had hoped, it sounds like a wonderful event.I think your country is just beautiful and I have painted a beautiful picture in my mind of this event.

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  3. Well I'm glad you sold cards and made contacts - you never know what they might turn up!!

    I love the idea of you wrapping up your doggies warm in their coats!!

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  4. I am particularly loving your Joy to the World card. Fairs can be so hit or miss. Glad that you had a little success. Happy PPF!

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  5. Nicola: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Christmas cards ... heading to your ETSY shop now. Great post! Have a great weekend!

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  6. I just LOVE your beautiful cards! I would love a step by step post on how you make them too :0)
    Are they prints or the actual drawings?
    How annoying that you were hustled off upstairs. I really hope that next time you get a much better spot :0)

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  7. Thanks so much for the comments, as always, and Ger thank you very much for your order on Etsy! I'll get those in the post to you tomorrow first thing!

    Sandra, they are all prints from original watercolour/pen and ink illustrations on watercolour paper. I just scan the illustration and print it onto white cards. I keep a blank card template so I can be sure of the correct size for printing.

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  8. For a moment there I thought nobody came upstairs. :) Cards are amazing and congrats on the sales.

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  9. Your artwork is excellent ~ Wonderful! Have never found Church Fairs very good for selling art items ~ People are usually looking for things for 'nothing' and don't know quality ~ (which your work is) ~ Glad you took your dogs ~ and glad you sold some cards ~namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  10. Love your Christmas cards, they are so wonderfully charming. I'll bet if you'd been in the main room you'd have sold out.

    Too bad about the location, that's the way my luck seems to go with those sorts of art fairs too. Here's hoping it pays off in portrait commissions. It sometimes takes people months to get in touch after they take my cards or brochures, but they usually do.

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  11. Sorry you were were shuffled upstairs. Most people seem to stay on the ground floor. I agree with ArtMuseDog - people don't realise the amount of work goes into creating these items. I forgive you for forgetting the cross stitch pictures (what's new). I enjoyed making them anyway and maybe you will be able to sell them on your etsy site.

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  12. I was enormously interested in your experience at the Christmas fair. I have just recently been involved in a bazaar at our church where I was selling my cards. I have yet to figure out how to display them. You mentioned your wooden card stand. If you get a chance, please let me know what that is. My email is [email protected] I love your beautiful cards. Each one is a gorgeous painting. The day wasn't a complete bust as you did sell 20 cards.
    Faye

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  13. Sorry you didnt sell more, but that's not too bad xxx

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  14. Congrats on putting yourself out there and doing the show, makings sales, and getting your name out. Your cards a gorgeous!

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  15. Lovely cards. too bad about the location of the fair. I love all the sction downtown too. but then it was free, so who can complain I guess.

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  16. Your card are gorgeus, don`t matter the dificult, you are a great artist and you must belive it. Saludos

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  17. it sounds successful to me..is a shame.tho you weren't where the main hall was...your pictures you create are so clever...xxx

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  18. Sounds like a successful evening at the fair! Congrats on selling your cards. They are so pretty...I especially love the little town, so whimsical. Like Lisa said, you may make some new contacts too. I hope the doggies had fun too :)

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  19. Congratulations on selling 20 cards!
    I love the one with the bird and the one with the dog and ornament! :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  20. You have cards here you've never shown us before! The manger is so sweet and the dog (Brodie?) helping to decorate the tree is awesome!

    I hope some people follow-up for portraits!

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  21. Super beautiful work....magical..festive and full of spirit! I am sooo smitten with your little bird..what an enchanting soul!
    Marvelous pieces...shine on!
    Victoria

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  22. I love your cards! Congratulations on your sales. :)

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  23. ohhh I so love these!!! beuatiful artwork!!!

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  24. Sometimes I wonder if craft fairs are worth it... but they always are....even if it just means you are getting out of your comfort zone... it does sound as though it was a bit of a trial though... hope you came home and had a lovely hot chocolate to recover... I just signed up to follow you... can't believe I hadn't done that already!!!! happy ppf xx

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  25. What a bummer. At least you sold some cards! They are very cute!!!

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  26. Too bad you were isolated from the main floor...maybe next year! At least you sold 20 cards, imagine if you had the big traffic!! They are lovely!!

    Happy ppf
    Hugs Giggles

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  27. Love your cars and sorry about location. It's good that you sold some cards. They are so great, I love them. Nicely done.

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  28. Your cards are just beautiful, really!

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  29. Hey you learn from your experience. Next time say I don't want to be in the little room at the top. I love that birdie card. So cute!

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  30. Loving your X'mas card. They are warm and fuzzy for the Winter. Well Done!

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  31. Oh what fun to have your work at the show....you must have had so much fun!!!! I love all of your cards.....they are gorgeous!!!!!


    wishing you a wonderful day!!!! and I hope you will pop in for Sweet Saturdays!!!

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  32. Your cards are just gorgeous! Too bad they couldn't have everyone on the same floor for the Christmas fair. But I am glad you were able to make some sales! :)

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  33. So happy to be back at PPF and visiting your art. it makes me happy. That little bird is adorable and the pups are too! Wishing you a superb stretch of inspiration and fun with your creations! Happy PPF!

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  34. Love, love, love your cards! So pretty.

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  35. Being upstairs is such a pain, feel very sorry for you. But at least you sold some of these fab cards. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  36. Craft fairs are always interesting whether we sell anything or not! I like wandering around looking at the wares of other sellers! One time I was in a tiny room all to myself and almost no one intruded on my space! Didn't sell a thing! But I brought lots of things to do and occupied myself making fabric flowers! Cute cards! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  37. Oh My, all your cards are beautiful, they have put a smile on my face. Thank you.

    Your blog visit and comment is appreciated, Happy (late) PPF.

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  38. These are so cute!! I love them!! Thanks for stopping by my blog for PPF! :)

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  39. So cute and so unique! I love them all!

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  40. Super darling cards! I love that little bird & the manger. Congrats on the sales!

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  41. Wow so lovely! I am also selling Christmas cards for charity purpose. I hope to sell a lot too. Your cards are very wonderful!

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  42. HI you might not get this as its so late. When you give a card try and get their contact details also. you can offer to put them on your email list. You don't have an email list? They don't know they are starting it for you! YOu can then send them the odd blog post. They will have forgotten about your lovely paintings as soon as they get home but with you sending a blog post - it only has to be once every couple of months - they will remember and then maybe get back in touch with you. Crossed Fingers isn't the best marketing ploy!! If they don't want to hear from you they will soon let you know. So no harm done and in fact you are offering them a favour and a service. Happy Christmas, doubt I wil be posting again till next year. Love Rosie. PS let me know if you do read this. rosiekaplan1 at gmail dot com

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