Life at a craft fair

I have done a few fairs now and as my crafty Facebook friends who haven’t taken the plunge yet keep asking me what it is like, I decided to keep a diary! Today I was at a Christmas Fair at my local church hall so here is how it went =)

9:10am- Packed the car and set off. I take my mam’s car to craft fairs as it has a much bigger boot than my little car. My mam comes too to help me out, I’m really glad of her support, it sounds silly but I would be really nervous if I went to a fair alone!

9:30- Arrived and set up my stall. I try to place some of my items on cake stands or on top of boxes so that I don’t have everything at the same height. The trick is to get the right amount of items on the stall, not too many and not too little. It can be a delicate balance. I also place children’s items near the front of the table so that the little ones can spot them!

10:00- The fair opened. At first it was fairly quiet, just the stallholders, organisers and their families looking at each others stalls.

10:30- There was a sudden rush and loads of people appeared at once! I was really glad to have my mam with me as we served multiple customers at once. I sold several of my snow flake chocolate boxes and post-it notepads in the space of 15 minutes!

 11:00- The fair continued to be really busy, with loads of local people that I know coming in. By 11am I had made my table money, yay! The table fee for this particular fair was higher than I normally pay because it was raising funds for the church hall. Anyway it was well worth it!

12:00- Locals continued to stream in. I sold a lot of stocking fillers and gift sets. I also had some great conversations with customers about how I get my ideas and why I started crafting. Its a great feeling when people make nice comments about your work =)

12:45- The fair started to die down, most people left but I managed to make a couple of last minute sales. Had a great talk with two young girls about my post-it notepads, they had bought one each and wanted to know how I made them. They were fascinated, although I think when you are 5/6 everything is a bit more exciting! =) 

1:00- Home time! I packed up and said goodbye to everyone. The lady who organised it has taken my number and will let me know if she arranges another fair.

I sold lots of items today. Its a fantastic feeling knowing that you are taking home less than you came with! Although the table fee was higher I made a good profit and wouldn’t hesitate to do another fair at this location!

Hayley x 

Racing Car Nappy Cake

Some of you may remember me talking about a custom order that I couldn’t wait to show off, back in September. Well I can finally unveil it! So here it is: F1 racing car complete with Jensen Bear 😉

 
It contains 7 nappies, 2 muslin cloths, 1 bottle, 1 body suit, 1 pair of socks, 

1 bear and a pair of scratch mitts.

 
I actually used a picture of Jensen Buttons F1 car to get the shape and colours as accurate as possible.



I really enjoyed making this little guy, I’m really proud of how he turned out!

Unfortunately the customer who ordered him has disappeared from the 

internet… But I’m sure I’ll find him a new home soon!


Thanks for visiting!

Hayley x  

Saturday craft fair

This is going to be a pretty short post. Saturday I was at my local craft fair. My neighboring stall just happened to sell homemade biscuits, toffee and truffles and kept offering me samples… Can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday morning 😉


I apologize for the bad photos, I took them in a hurry! I was selling a mixture of nappy cakes and Christmas giftsets/stocking fillers. I sold a few things and I’m looking forward to going back again in two weeks. November and the beginning of December are going to be very busy for me in terms of craft fairs, I have four fairs in five weeks =)

Hope everyone had a good weekend!
Hayley x   

Crafters Boutique

I am pleased to say that I got a lot done this weekend! One problem I have always had is “Where can I sell my nappy cakes?”. Yes I sell them on Facebook but I mean an online market place for handmade goods. Folksy don’t allow nappy cakes and Etsy is so huge that I know I would never be found on there. Well over the weekend I found the answer. The newly opened online market place, Crafters Boutique!

What is it?

An online market place where you create your own shop. But unlike Etsy, Folksy etc, you don’t have to pay listing fees and commission. You simply rent your shop for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months, then add as many items as you like! I have rented my shop as a premium seller for 1 month (£8) to try it out and so far I am very impressed. When my month runs out I’m going to change to a longer term, which means that it works out cheaper per month. As a premium seller, my items are showcased on the main page when listed and I have a chance of being in the monthly newsletter. There is a standard seller option as well but personally I think it makes more sense to get a premium membership. Full details and FAQs are on the Craft Boutique website. Whether you are looking to sell or buy, make sure you check it out!

So I spent a productive weekend adding items to my shop, as well as preparing for my craft fair next weekend! Here are some of the items I have added so far:



 For prices, descriptions and to view my other items, check out my shop.

Have a great day!
Hayley x

Belated September round up

September is my first whole month on this blog, so even though its a little late I’ve decided to write a round up! Then tomorrow I’m whole to post my aims for October =)

So in September I opened a Twitter account and came across the fab #craftblogclub! Ran by the lovely Emma from Life is Peachy Craft Blog Club runs every Tuesday 7-8pm. Just use #craftblogclub to join in! September also saw the first ever Craft Blog Club challenge, which was to cover a notebook! Now anyone who has read my blog in the last couple of weeks will know I had a couple of problems with this challenge…

You can read about it here:

So what else have I been up to? Heres the full list including the points above.
 
In September I have:
Not bad for my first proper month =)

I’m going to post my goals for October shortly,
Bye for now,
Hayley x

Pirate ship nappy cake

A few weeks ago I wrote this post about a challenge I had set myself on Facebook (with the help of my lovely likers!) Basically I asked people to suggest objects for me to make a nappy cake of.

I have already made a lion and a butterfly: 



 Today I picked another suggestion, a pirate ship! I will hold my hands up right now and say that it looks more like a sailing boat… but I’m still pretty pleased with it =)


Bye for now,
Hayley x

When did you "officially" become a crafter?

This is something that was being discussed on Facebook a while ago. A page I follow (can’t remember which one) posted a status saying that she felt like she was now officially a crafter because she had sliced her finger with a scalpel! 

This got me thinking… Before I started making nappy cakes I made greeting cards and paper crafts. I think the moment I became a “proper card maker” was when I had an accident with my hot glue gun… Well two accidents actually!

First I stuck two of my fingers together with molten glue. To explain how the second accident happened I will have to show you a photo of my desk. Ha it almost looks tidy in this pic!



Look at the wire basket hanging under my desk, my glue gun is on it (the purple thing!) which is fine when it is turned off… You can probably see where this is going…

So back to the story! I glued my fingers together, swore and put my glue gun onto the wire basket while I unstuck my fingers. Problem is when my glue gun is turned on, glue slowly comes out of the nozzle as it melts, without me having to press the trigger. So the glue dripped out of the gun and fell through the square holes in the basket onto my jeans… So I ended up with burnt fingers and ruined jeans! That was the moment that I decided I was a “proper card maker” and a clumsy idiot!

As for the moment I decided I was officially a nappy cake builder? Thats an easy one! It was the day that I realised that I regularly buy nappies, despite the fact I have no children! Haha =)

So I’ve shared mine… When did you “officially” become a crafter?

Bye for now,
Hayley x

Custom Orders are the best!

I’m very excited today because I have been working on a custom order! I love custom orders… When someone says “Could you make a nappy cake in the shape of *insert random object here*?” and I say “I have no idea… But I’ll give it a go!”

I was asked if I could make bears… Turns out I can =)

On Sunday I received a message on Facebook asking if I could make a nappy cake resembling a certain object… I won’t say what it is yet but hopefully I’ll be able to post photos soon. So today I spent a lot of time on this idea and I finished the nappy cake and I have to say I’m really proud of it! Personally I think it really looks like the object it is supposed to be (if that makes sense) and I have sent photos to the lady who enquired. I’m waiting for her response, hope she likes it!

I think the reason I love custom orders so much is that I love a challenge! There’s always that thrill as I think “Can I really make *that* out of nappies and baby items?!” I love to plan how I’m going to assemble it and there is no better feeling than sending photos to the customer and saying “Look, I did it!”

Fingers crossed that the lady likes it!
Hayley x 

Butterfly nappy cake tutorial

A couple of weeks ago on Facebook I asked my fans to challenge me to make something different out of nappies. I had some fantastic suggestions and I’m still working my way through them… Next on my list is a pirate ship! Anyway one of the suggestions was a butterfly and when I posted photos I was blown away by the response! One person said they wanted to try to make one themselves, so here you go Dee, this post is for you 😉 



Before we start you will need:

  • A baby bottle
  • A pair of scratch mitts
  • 8 nappies (I use size 2 but you can use any size)
  • 6 baby wash cloths
  • Coloured ribbon
  • Elastic bands
  • 2 cotton buds
  • Googly eyes
  • Sticky tape
  • Double sided tape



Got everything? Good lets go =)


1. Take your scratch mitts, put one inside the other and pull them over the lid of the bottle.


2. Take a nappy and roll it up starting from the bottom. Secure it with an elastic band. 

3. Roll one wash cloth around it.


4. Repeat with another nappy. These are the lower wings.

5. Take a length of ribbon, tie it around one nappy and tie a knot.

6. Wrap the ends of the ribbon around each side of the bottle and secure with another knot.

7. Tie the ribbon around the other nappy and secure with a knot. Trim the ends of the ribbon.

Note: I haven’t got a photo of the bottle with both of the lower wings attached because… erm it looked kind of rude lol! Maybe I’m just being immature but never mind =) 

8. As before roll one nappy up. Then take another nappy and open it up. Roll up the first nappy inside the open one.

9. Open up another nappy and roll the first two nappies inside it. So you now have a roll of three nappies.

10. Take 2 wash cloths and cover your roll of nappies.

11. Repeat the last 3 steps so you have 2 upper wings.

12. As with the lower wings, take a length of ribbon, tie around one wing, then around the bottle and the second wing. 

13. Tie the ribbon tightly and trim the ends.

14. Attach the googly eyes with low tack double sided tape (This doesn’t damage the mitts, it simply peels off)

15. Attach the cotton buds to the back of the scratch mitt with low tack tape.




And thats it! If you make this, let me know how you get on and send me a pic! All I ask is that if you make one and post it to your Facebook page, Twitter, Blog etc please link back to this site. Thank you =)

Hayley x

My challenge

Good afternoon =)

I’ve just popped over to show off a couple of my latest creations. I asked my fans on my Facebook page to suggest things that I should try to make out of nappies. I’ve had some brilliant suggestions so far and I am working my way through them. So here is my progress so far:

Natalie challenged me to make a lion.

Dee challenged me to make a butterfly
I’m pretty happy with both of them, I’m even thinking of making a quick step by step tutorial on how to make the butterfly, incase anyone wants to try it at home. If you are interested please leave a comment =)
If you want to check out the other suggestions (or want to add your own!) then head over to my Facebook page www.facebook.com/nappycakes1511 
Next on my list… A pirate ship! Wish me luck =)
Have a great Sunday!
Hayley X