Having had a great year last year at the Christmas Scandi Market in London and selling out on day two I wanted to get ahead of my self for 2018, not only to be able to physically make more stock but I would have another little Baker arriving in late September, so my hands would be fuller >read blog post about my christmas fair . I gained a lot of knowledge and insight into the designing, trial and error, making process and quantities but also of what people liked and what sold out from last year and thus I set about planning in June, yes the start of summer and the hottest weather we’d had in many years.
The whole process of being a maker is like making dinner it can take you hours to cook and then you eat it in an a fraction of the time, making ‘handmade’ items is exactly the same. Often the time you take designing, testing and perfecting your products isn’t truly appreciated or understood and having done a lot of hard work last year to get my designs, packaging and story set, meant this year would be more about the planning, time management and determination.
Those who know me would say I’m a pretty organised person but with the arrival of number two less than two months before the fair, we all know that a newborn and starting anything to do with Christmas would be a struggle for even the best multi-tasked. Starting so early in the year was a little weird and humming Christmas songs as i sewed each night might have made people think I was a little crazy, but most thought I was anyway wanting to tackle such a big fair with a new baby. But I like a challenge and wanted to do another year off the back of last years success.
The whole making process has been much more enjoyable in fact because i’ve planned out making everything in bulk, unlike last years small batch trial and test approach, it has seemed never ending at times but progress was visible as the studio slowly got taken over!!
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In recent years baby showers have become a popular way to celebrate the soon arrival of a little one and a nice way for the mum-to-be to see all her friends an family before her due date. I know that i have had alot over the past few years and often we’ve shared games, gift ideas and present from one shower to the next.
But these types of events can be overwhelming and Im sure im not alone in feeling, that events like this, where you are the centre of attention are not something i particular enjoy, but i do love the gathering and the party type feel of it. With the soon arrival of baby Baker number two, i was faced with wanting to see friends and family but in a more relaxed way. With the gorgeous sunshine we have been having, i crossed my fingers that if i was to have a garden party it wouldn’t rain!! but as always i never make it straight forward, i like things with a taste of Norwegian, so heres how i did a DIY, budget baby shower with a scandi feel.
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The 17th of May, commemorating the signing of the constitution on that date in 1814. In Norway, the Constitution Day is huge. Its a celebration, a party for everyone, and especially the children. Marching bands, traditional costumes, parades, people waving flags and shouting “hurra!” and yummy food. To mark this traditional occasion I wanted to bring a little taste of Norway to Staplehurst, Kent once again and share some makes and bakes from my heritage. I am fortunate to be part of a makers shop in the main high street which has the most wonderful collection of Kent home grown talent “Made by Kent”, I am luckily enough to be able to do a feature week, show casing some Norwegian favourites which I often sell at Christmas but also some new items created especially for this event.
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This year saw the opening of a little pop up shop in Staplehurst which has been a much spoken about wish by all the crafters living in the village and this February saw Katie from the Village take a huge leap and open “Made by Kent”, a wonderful and ever growing collection of crafters and makers from Kent.
Its right on the high street and offers a massive array of handmade makes, its a true reflection of the talent right on our door steps. I was lucky enough to be included in this great venture and look forward to the exciting year ahead.
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Its that time of year when us “creative-types” start thinking about Christmas (yes, it’s August!). I’m relatively new to the craft-fair scene and in 2016, for the first time I undertook a local craft fair in my village, Staplehurst with fellow crafters. It was a perfect time to test the water and try out the beginnings of what I now refer to as “my little taste of Norway”.
Although I do both graphic design and baking, it’s sometimes hard to take my design work to fairs as a lot of work I produce is bespoke. and so I usually turn to the bakery to create some delicious treats for the festive season. But as you can image cupcakes and sliced cakes aren’t the normal choice around this year. So I turned to my heritage for inspiration for what i would bring to the festive season in 2017.
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