I, Magpie Mimi, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear one piece of me made clothing and accessories each day for the duration of May 2012.
I think I really need to do this this year as my clothing sewing has decreased to nil and I would like to make so many different items of clothing. I'm starting to wear out all of the cheap block colour t-shirts I bought from Primark for work and I don't want to wear my posher stuff that I save for best to work. I want to make more tops for this challenge and hope to make some modified Sorbettos for this make and maybe another Taffy. I almost said I'd been really good and hadn't bought any fabric since my birthday but I'd be lying as I just remembered I picked up a metre of what is possibly either viscose or rayon from a charity shop in a very dark navy almost black with large white polka dots which I'm hoping will become a fitted Sorbetto that may or may not have sleeves.
I'm getting rather excited about squeezing more out of a metre of fabric as I've actually lost a stone in weight! I'd like to point out here I'm not on a diet and do not calorie count or do points or colours or whatever else is popular with diet groups at the moment. I've just tried to be sensible and tried to move about more. It's taken me a year and I even surprised myself with the loss as I don't own a weighing scales but there is one in one of the toilets in work. It's on a floor full of diet moguls and I only hopped on it a year after the last time I went on it because three people I hadn't seen in a while, all on separate days, had said to me that I looked like I'd lost weight so I thought I'd test their theory. I was chuffed and celebrated with a cream cake! haha! ;)
Anyhoo...In other news I had a stall yesterday in the middle of a shopping centre. It went ok, but could have done better. Was not amused that the woman from the council who was supposed to be organising it didn't come out and introduce herself or thank us for coming or anything, I think it's bad manners and doesn't bode well for future events. I had a lot of browsers but not a great amount of buyers. I suppose it's because it was in a shopping centre and people were there for other things.
On a plus note I made some new friends and caught up with others and had a giggle, even if it was only because we were all sighing or wondering when to time it right to get a cuppa or a sandwich so you didn't end up with the trainee, who although very sweet was rather overwhelmed.
So without further ado, here's the latest stall and some pics of the other seller's stalls:
|A selection of the rings and earrings I've been making with some cross stitched buttons and in the background a jewellery box I've stuffed with brooches and earrings|
|Wide shot of my stall with bunting round the edges and my tree|
|One of the other seller's stalls selling lots of Kawaii stuff|
|Annette's stall with the most beautiful fabric tote bags and peg bags and all sorts of loveliness|
|Another shot of her stall and a back view of mine|
|Pretty fabric bags|
|Wool from Nimble Fingers|
|My tree. I did have the necklaces I made dangling from it as thought it would show off the bird necklaces better but people kept thinking they were decorations not birds so I took them down.|
|A selection of hair slides, bunting and brooches with my white rabbit in the background|
|My Easter bunnies in their basket at the back, some pincushions, brooches, hair bands and at the front some faux leather cuffs I've cut out a chrysanthemum design on with faux suede ties.|
|Aquila's stall from Love and Lovlier on Etsy|
|She's trying to hide behind her twigs but I got her! Isn't her stall lovely?|
|And back to my stall|
It was a long day in what turned out to be a draughty shopping centre, but I've learnt a few things and can take them onto the next fair I do. I'll take some more detailed photos of the new products I've been making so you can give me your opinions too! The funniest thing was people kept thinking my heart shaped mirrors, that I'd placed on the table at intervals to use to see things on yourself with, they were for sale. The amount of people who kept turning them over looking for a price and then I'd have to politely explain that unfortunately they weren't for sale and were for display purposes only didn't always go down so well. At least the kids liked them and were making faces into them! The kids thought we were magic as they all got a free Easter egg. The looks of utter joy and amazement on their faces was the best. We did have a few 'clinton cards' moments yesterday where one stall was doing a lucky dip and the child put her hand in and drew out a prize and she got a green purse to match her mother's! She was overjoyed as she didn't have a purse and of course it being the same colour as her mother's meant she was a big girl too! The other moment was when a little girl asked her mother if she could buy one of my lavender stuffed birds for her grandmother, it was so good because the grandmother met them just by the stall and she opened the parcel there and then and nearly cried as it was from her granddaughter! Awww!