Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Yesterday one of my favourite blog ladies Shortbread and Ginger wrote about the Lion on the Golden Syrup tins and the significance of the picture.

A couple of years ago I found this jug at a car boot sale featuring Lyle's Golden Syrup.

I have never seen another one - has anyone else?  I'm sure lots must have been produced, but it would be interesting to find out.

Sunday, 23 September 2012


Hi Everyone,

Well, another Hand-Crafted Home Fair has successfully come and gone.

A beautiful September day and lots of people pursuing outdoor activities at Stanwick Lakes -  and a lot of them coming in to see us - and thank you so much to everyone - Customers, Stallholders and Staff for all your enthusiasm, help and friendliness - It is very special.

Here are the pics of the day with friends old and new:

Lottie - Chloe's Castle

Rowena - Fat Fairy Jewellery

Wendy - Decollartage

Margot - Clem's Gems

Lesley - Hand-Crafted Cards and Teds

Clare - Maropa Crafts

Sue - Beadstorm Jewellery

Sandra - Jewellery

Mary - Reiki Pillows

And Me - The Hand-Crafted Home

The next Hand-Crafted Home Fair
will be at Stanwick Lakes
on Saturday 20 October
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Do come and see us and start your Christmas Shopping
Everything quality, original and hand-made.

What more could you want?!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012


Purple, Green and Ochre Batik Hand-Knit String Bag
For sale at the Fair for £8.99
So much more attractive - and hold's so much more than plastic!

Just a reminder about the: 

Hand-Crafted Home Fair 

at Stanwick Lakes, 

near Wellingborough 

this Saturday 22 September 

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -

although I have to say that the response to my Fairs is so great, that I'm not sure a reminder is needed!

The stalls for this Fair were all sold out by the beginning of September and daily, I spend several hours answering emails from prospective stallholders for my next 3 Fairs to be held in October, November and December.

When I began organising Fairs for Hand-Made wares in April, I could not have believed the overwhelming response that I would get.

There are so many really clever, talented people out there who make the most wonderful products and it is my pleasure and privilege to arrange my Fairs as a regular showcase for their wares.

I did my spot on Radio Northampton again to 'sell' the Fair in 60 seconds, and they rang me again yesterday to say they will carry on promoting it on air during this week, and it will be featured in their What's On feature.

My very grateful thanks to them - advertising is all and it is one of the most difficult things to achieve.

Well all I need to say now is:

Members of the Public - 
Come to Our Fair - 
Meet some great people and 
Support Your Local Producers!

Monday, 10 September 2012


SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER is the next date for The Hand-Crafted Home Fair to be held at Stanwick Lakes, off the A45 near Wellingborough - and it is almost upon us.

Where do the months go?

At this month's fair you will find superb examples of:

Embroidery, Cross Stitch and Needlepoint

Jewellery of all sorts

Reiki Pillows

Original Design children's clothes

Wood turned items

Incredible cards at prices you will never find in the shops 

Teddies (and other animals and cuddly things)

Sparkly hand-knit necklaces



Socks, (I don't know why this pic has turned itself round and can't turn it back!!)




Hair Ornaments




As you can see, we have a bit of an Autumn Theme going on!

Do come and see us - we are the Friendly, Happy Go Lucky Fair  !!!!!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Things have been quite busy since my August Fair as my September Fair is sold out, and I am now working on dates for October, November and December.

A lot of admin and meeting old friends and lovely new people who are interested in taking stalls at the Fairs, but also busy making Autumn stock for my own stall.

During the summer I made some Rosette bunting, and so I thought I would have a go at some Autumn Leaves - see above!

I must admit, I do love September, and at the moment it is living up to its expectations with the most gorgeous weather, and the forecast says it will last for some days yet.

There is a subtly different feel to the air in September, and a change in the light - more golden and warm.

Here is one verse of a poem I love by Janice James:

A Year of Verses

Leaf-strewn dells, birds' farewells,
Purple haze, fruity days,
Joy!  Behold, Nature's gold,
Rich, ripe corn, misty morn,
Grateful come, harvest home.

It is not highbrow by any means, but I love all the seasons of the year and this little poem is one I come back to often.

I will try to remember to feature each verse in the relevant month from now on, and hope you all enjoy it too.

On a personal note, I also want to say "Good Luck and Happy Days" to the children on going back to school, this week and next - especially:

Oscar - going back tomorrow,
Louis - on his first day at 'proper' school on Monday
Eva - on her first day at nursery school next Wednesday and
Fin - on his first day tomorrow as well.

Well back to the sock knitting now to get my stall well stocked!