We were up, packed and on the road by 8am. OH had kindly offered to come with me to keep me company and to be - as he described it - a horny handed son of toil. Despite both a very foggy morning and roadworks on the motorway, we arrived exactly on time to set up. It took about half an hour to get unloaded and set up the stall, then have a quick breakfast of coffee and delicious home made stollen cake before the doors opened.
This is what I had on the stall.
The chest at the back is a pirate toy box, and you can see the teacup candles to the front. Behind is a hurricane lantern and two wooden candlesticks decorated with red gingham ribbons and berries; these sold early in the day. The decoupage candle in the hurricane lantern shows up a bit better in the picture below; because of the reflection, you may not be able to see the pattern of pastel birds on branches.
The decoupage frames are made with small pieces of tissue and craft paper. During the course of the day, I added a note explaining how they were made, as people didn't realise they were handmade. I also moved the turquoise one on top, as the Rule Britannia version may have been a bit too funky.
Below are some decoupaged hearts (magnets to the left) and a gold painted mirror.
The petal candle holders have more decoupage candles, as does the cherub hurricane lantern on the right; these were popular. At the bottom right you can see silver plated goblets turned into candles.
There are some bronze foiled goblets in the middle; I bought some battery tea lights to put in these and then forgot them. Doh! They would have looked lovely glowing on the stall. Next time... The silver painted boxes at the front are filled with pot pourri. The cellophane to the right is the stall next door; we were all close neighbours! This was great because we got to have a chat when it was quiet.
At the bottom are journals covered in silk paper and bound with ribbons. I wondered whether they needed more decoration, or if they are better as they are, so you can see the texture of the paper. What do you think? This is the silk paper I brought back from Gent, and it's a dream to work with. So glad I spent all that time in the hotel lobby unrolling the paper and bagging it up.
So that's my first fair done. I sold more than I expected for a first time out, and learned loads - of which more in the next post.