Larkhall Festival 2014

Yesterday I had a stall at the Larkhall Festival in Bath.  Our nearest shops are in Larkhall – just five minutes walk away – and it is a lovely little place on the edge of Bath, with a real community spirit. There’s a newsagents/post office, a butchers, a deli/bakery, a green grocers, two cafes, a couple of pubs, a pet shop, a hardware store…oh you get the picture. Every year there is a community festival that brings together local residents and businesses, with lots of live music, kids’ activities, competitions…and a craft market! I hadn’t had a stall there before and wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a brilliant time. It was a successful day financially, and lots and lots of people took away my advertising postcards, but more importantly I met so many lovely people! The day flew by and the other stall holders were so friendly – Diane and Terry were like old friends by the end of the day and the lovely lady with the top hat gave me some useful advice about selling at craft markets (and even offered to share her twiglets!), there was live music from a pianist and a guitarist (complete with his sweet little dog who went from stall to stall saying hello to everyone), and the nice lady selling her jewellery danced with her baby grandchild. The customers were interested in what I make and how I make it and I had some fascinating conversations, I think I may have some new recruits to the Bath WI and one very lovely lady has even offered me a bag of crocheted lace and other fabric!

A big thanks to Cassy for organising the craft market – I just had such a nice day (and amazingly my dodgy knees seem to have held up ok – rather expected not to be able to walk the rest of the weekend). All went so well, I rather wish I had signed up for today’s market too!

Apologies for poor quality photos – I didn’t want to take my posh camera.

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my stall at the Larkhall Festival
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my stall – pleased with my appliqued tablecloth
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setting up
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his master’s voice? No…a cream and jam scone in the audience!

I didn’t need to make much more stock for the market, but made a couple of vinyl/oilcloth bags as they seem to go down well and a few more cards:

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oilcloth bag
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child’s vinyl bag
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cards
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and more cards
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thank you card
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p.s. I love you
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every cloud…has a silver lining (and beads for raindrops?)
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teacups – makes me think of my friend Irene

What’s more, it is a bank holiday long weekend, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the wisteria in the garden looks gorgeous alongside the apple blossom…what my friend Annika would describe as a ‘blooming tree’…ah, fond memories of afternoon tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel with my favourite Swedish ladies.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Larkhall Festival 2014

  1. Irene May 4, 2014 / 09:30

    Aha! I saw the card and thought “wow!” – and then I read the text. You know me well 🙂

    Sounds like a bloomin’ marvellous day ;-). But geography is rather a difficult issue isn’t it? Otherwise, it would have been so much fun to be there. But alas – the travel from Lund to Larkhall is a little far. Sadly!

    • deereyme May 4, 2014 / 21:26

      Definitely bloomin’ marvelous! Your talking about Lund and Larkhall made me think wouldn’t it be great if you could instantly travel to anywhere that begins with the same letter??! Lund to Larkhall and no more airports – fantastic! Someone should definitely invent that!

  2. Anonymous May 4, 2014 / 18:52

    I was one of your happy customers yesterday, and am emailing the address on your card to order another of those gorgeous ribbon rose pins!

    • deereyme May 4, 2014 / 21:33

      I am so glad you like the brooch – happy to make them in any colour and satin, organza, twill. I haven’t had an email yet, but do let me know what you would like – my address is sue@deereyme.co.uk or you can give me a ring on the number on the card if that’s easier. If I don’t have the ribbon you want, I can pick some up on Tuesday (any excuse to go to the Guildhall Market!)

      Everyone was so lovely at the craft market; I tell you Larkhall has the best customers!

      Sue.

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