Losing Track of Time

Yes, seems October just went by without a post from me! Am wondering what I have been doing these last few weeks…

Well, I spent the first one at Ma’s house in Knutsford, Cheshire…yes, that posh place where every other building is a fancy eatery and the car showroom is McLarens (just checked how to spell it, not something I write often!). Not everything in Knutsford is posh though, me for one!

Anyway, I was staying at Mums to help her recover from a hip operation, which has gone very well and hopefully she won’t need the crutches soon. Of course I got some crochet done, managed to make Ma a Hippo, now called Hippop, get it?!

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Cute πŸ™‚ There are plenty of other animals in this style to make so let me know if you fancy one for Xmas.

The rest of October has included gardening work, bookkeeping (now done for this year yay!), holding the fort while Husband went an a camping trip and, well, thats it really. Rather uneventful. I did buy a bicycle, which for me, was pretty exciting and have already been speeding along on the moor, fantastic weather for it too πŸ™‚

Christmas is on its way and I am waiting to hear about getting a space at the Bude Fair. I am booked in at Belstone on 29th Nov. Its a very small event but worth a look and is in a fab spot on Dartmoor for walking. I have made some tree decorations, not gotten around to photos but will show you soon. I still haven’t finished my shawl, only got a few rows left but need to have some quiet time to concentrate, which is hard to find!

So there’s October, done! x

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas, Crochet and Cold

‘Cough, cough, sneeze, cough’ is about all I’ve been doing for the last few days. I have a nasty cold and am getting fed up with it :(. Β At least Husband has avoided it so far. Let’s hope it stays that way, what Β with Christmas just around the corner!

I have managed to finish two bears, now ready for their new home next week…..

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Am hoping to make some cute Xmas decorations if I can get out of bed (which is where I am now!) This cold has knocked me out!

I have yet to prepare for next week’s festivities, only just gotten around to posting cards. Still looking for a recipe for Xmas dinner, though have found some lovely veggie pie ideas (am ‘one of those’ vegetarians!). Of course there will be all the trimmings – roast potatoes, parsnips and the lovely sprouts. Mum suggested trifle for pud, which happens to be a favourite of Husbands (and mine, if there’s plenty of sherry in it). Yum. Oh, and then there’s the cocktails…..;)

Success in Belstone

Last Sundays fair turned out to be a happy ending for this years crafting, as I managed to equal my best ever takings!

It was a very slow start but picked uo right at the end thanks to some purchases by local ladies πŸ™‚ …and I won a bottle of sparkly on the tombola (doesn’t look very drinkable – very sweet and sickly pink fizz, but will take it up to Mums for Xmas anyway. Theres bound to be use for it in a cocktail!).

I have a bit more of a plan regarding next years makes, I now have a good idea of what sells (and what doesn’t), so will be better prepared for next years fairs. Once I have finished some commissions and a couple of pressies, I can get on with craft fair crochet. Can’t stop now, have rather a large stash of wool to get through! I keep buying more too, its an addiction!

The weather is pretty grim again, so it’s definitely a crochet day today. Might catch up on some Sherlock Holmes films while I’m at it – no,not that modern nonsense, am talking Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, all free on Youtube. Watched them as a youngster, you can’t beat the oldies:)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, will catch up with you before Xmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Fair Pre Xmas

Well, last Saturday was a  flop 😦

A poorly organised event and am very disappointed. I sold just a few items, my friend sold nothing!! A first for her. There were very few visitors and I think that would have been a lot to do with the lack of advertising.

Luckily, there is one more fair that knows how to advertise, The Christmas Belstone Bazaar πŸ™‚

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This Sunday 11m til 3pm

Come and support local crafts, see you there πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Saturday Fair

I have three more days of frantic crocheting before the Chistmas Food and Craft Fair at Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Devon. I haven’t been to this fair before, so not sure what to expect, just hoping for lots of customers!

I think I will have enough stock – animals, blankets, brooches, gloves, scarves…..I have also made up some gift sets in jars which include a facecloth, cotton pads and soap from my lovely friend at The Dartmoor Soap Co.

Also managed to get another two crocheted pals finished. Anyone need a cuddle?

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The weather is supposed to be turning colder so am hoping to sell lots of cosy gloves and scarves πŸ™‚

If you are coming along how about popping over to Chagford where the annual Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair will be, Β on both Saturday and Sunday?

Don’t forget, if you see anything on my blog or fb page, just get in touch, can ship anywhere πŸ™‚

Craft Fair

There is a craft fair at Belstone this Saturday (7th) in the village hall. Though I will not be selling myself, my lovely friend atΒ The Dartmoor Soap Co will have my face cloths and cotton pads for sale as they compliment her fabulous soaps πŸ™‚

I am trying to get more stock ready for the fair at Drogo and once thats happened I will be getting back to selling on Etsy as well as getting on with a few commissions from friends.

If you haven’t already done so, please like my facebook page, when I get to 100 likes I will be giving away a small token of appreciation to one lovely liker πŸ™‚ Link is here at Loopy Lou

Time for me to go open up at Sew Vintage. There’s lots of new stock so will take some pics to tempt you!

Oh What A Shame!

I found out today that Dartmoor Chapel Crafts will no longer be opening for the Autumn/Winter this year 😦 , a real shame but at least we gave it a good go, had fun and have met some lovely people πŸ™‚

You can find my work at Kooky Nook in Okehampton (next to the museum) as well as beautiful jewellery from Dartmoor Silver Designs, Dartmoor Soap Co natural soaps and Marielle Ebners fab artwork, all part of the chapel group πŸ™‚ so pop in and support your local crafters for unique Xmas gifts. Kooky Nook also sells upcycled furniture, cushions made from vintage fabrics, local photographs, cards and lovely crochet blankets and cushions.

I am still at Sew Vintage in North Tawton too.

I am booked in for a couple of craft fairs at the end of November – both National Trust properties – Castle Drogo and Finch Foundry – let you know dates when I can remember them!!

I can take on commissions and will hopefully be selling on Etsy soon (I know, keep saying that!)

Many thanks to the owner of the chapel for putting a lot of hard work into opening thru the summer, it has given me a lot more confidence in my work and I will carry on cos I just love it!!