Back to it then Sunnyteddy

Back to it then !

I have been unwell and it really crushed my motivation .But feeling better so back to the monkey business 🐵

So much I want to do these things  just get in the way ! Got some lovely orders from my monkey fans. Bit of a sale on my Folksy shop just enter code Mon20 get 20% off . So here we are all going on doesn’t take long to get back into action. Sorry this sale now ended !

I am hoping to sell my monkeys on here.So my blogs and monkeys are all together. I have made hundreds of monkeys now and I think they are the best I can make them. I try to perfect them always turn out a little different. I cut the felt eyes out by hand and the mouths embroidered on . Make it so difficult for my self sometimes with all the hand sewing but it makes my monkeys unique.

Sewing by hand

I bought a sewing machine over a year ago, I think can’t remember when it was ! A Janome before that My monkeys was all hand sewn . This week on Tuesday got back into my stride and the machine kept coming unthreaded and just wouldn’t play nice. I have neglected it for a few weeks so it’s my own fault. Went on my group on Facebook sewing in the uk and some lovely ladies was quick to give me advice on what to do phewwww . Think it needs a good clean been gathering dust, Normally it works quite well. Good job don’t think I can buy a new one at the moment having all this time off 😪 My monkey doodle was trying to help ?

Doodle trying to help

I have decided that my time is precious, must start getting organised even if it means a few hours sewing at a time . Time for cleaning ,cooking, and of corse looking after my grandson Joe. All got to fit into my day! Also have some decorating that needs attention.

I sometimes think My head will burst so many ideas ! I have to write everything down or I forget .. blonde moment haha . So best foot forward and all that !  I will make a go of this if it kills me . My hubby says we are going on holiday this year haven’t been away for a few years so something to look forward to .So best get making them monkeys thanks for reading your welcome to comment any feedback .I promise to Start telling you something interesting soon when I think of it 😊 Julie

Time out is a good thing

Time out is a good thing

Keeping things on track to the point of not being able to get my head round anything. Came to a head last week so time for a break ! Not a good time as I have so much to do . Sewing needles down then,but to be honest my motivation had gone out the window . I love crafting but normally find it difficult to put my work down, can even sew at night if I want to get something done .

So what’s happened to me!! I have been preoccupied with my grandson Joe, love him so much he’s special and grandchildren like my children have always come first in my life. Been ill and really haven’t had any time for me, so decided to take a total break from my business. Have been a bit parttime as late . Sometimes you need time to think and reflect.

We decided to go to our favourite place Chester for a few days, and have a bit of retale therapy. Time for swimming .shopping and just being lazy.

Looking forward to Mother’s Day,With my lovely girls. would like to wish all you mums a special Mother’s Day relax take it easy 😊💕

thanks for reading more tales soon and lots of monkeys I hope x

julie

DOING CRAFT FAiRS Buying and Selling my Experience

Craft fairs

I often here crafty people saying my craft fair was a disaster only sold one item or didn’t sell anything. Dont know why this happens, is it because it’s not organised or advertised properly it’s a mystery. Oh no my items are not good enough 😩

The crafter is looking for a good craft fair, at a good price for a stall to sell there makes. Need to pay out for liability insurance. relentlessly to make as much stock as possible stay up late to get ready for the big day! it can be such a disappointment if you don’t sell anything .

Going back when I first did craft fairs when I sold bag charms and jewellery. one of my first was in a church hall situated at the back of the church,so I just hoped it was advertised well . Very quiet but everyone was friendly which is one of the positives of doing craft fairs other crafters like you. I was in a good spot at the door so thought good place bit chilly but good . I didn’t have a great deal of stock even though I hadn’t had any sleep the night before making I got worried I wouldn’t have enough.  My Daughters helped me on the stall and reassured I had plenty . Bought some vintage beads crystals very pretty and made a few items out of them. Unforchanatly I had been put at the side of a stall with lots of jewellery,and in front of me someone selling crystal  necklaces and bracelets . I had said I made bagcharms so that wasn’t organisers falt but did notice a few selling jewellery so a bit of competition .  My stall looked empty to the others with its white cloth a few false presents with Christmas paper and a couple of small round mirrors . At the bottom of the hall was a sweet stall with every sweet you could think of and was busy also a jam ,chutney ,cake stall near another door that led to the cafe had people just popping in and buying seemed to be familer to them they had been doing craft fairs for years . At the other end was a long stall very full of mix of things but she did bag charms and bracelets to think I had seen her page on Facebook we all exchanged cards like you do ! Then like them later . Then there was a little table in the corner selling brooches and things other corner tombola wheel . Other stalls had paintings ,knitted ,crochet items ,cushions , one stall had less than me because she’d been ill and didn’t make anything but had still come along .I was very surprised to see someone with new stuff saying it was handmade very bad. But you can tell . Most of the customers headed for the sweets and jam a couple walked by tried to get there attention smiling saying hello I do have the gift of the gab so managed to sell something . Lot of older people  a lady liked a green bracelet and I said the beads are vintage and  she ended up buying a few so quite pleased I sold anything . We all kept saying it will get busy soon but just went quieter. Thought the organiser was going to get lintched so she disappeared. In case any body asked for money back . We was all getting fed up when we herd an almighty crash the shelf with the sweets on fell off the wall sweets every where I found my self scrambling under the table to catch them so funny . Broke the ice and I could here a few titters . Then the girl on the stall In the corner shouted everything going cheap on this stall so stall holders flocked and bought things off her as she said she was giving up she’d had enough who could blame her . Giving up the handmade business and got a job so wouldn’t have time.

This craft fair had just started making monkeys and had a mix of sock monkeys and bagcharms jewellery . Me and my daughter

This was my first craft fair with more sock monkeys sold them all and took orders for collection great craft fair few years ago now.

Not all craft fairs are the same I think the best ones are the school ones when they are raising money and you give a donation you just give what you can . Also done some really well organised ones but you can pay a lot more for these . Even if it’s quiet you learn a lot from the other crafters  the experiance is second to none . Also gets you out it can be a lonely world being a crafter . Only done a few craft fairs since I started making sock monkeys my first main one I sold out .Good idea is to take crafty things for sale with your makes as the other crafters will buy as well as things you make specially if it’s quiet   You at least make some money to cover costs .

my experiance as a customer I went to a craft fair in a local hall to buy a decoration to put in my bedroom I walked in after having to pay £2 at the door but I seemed to be the only customer . Lots of lovely handmade lots of choice . Even a stall with sock monkeys I felt like eyes was on me please buy from me . Felt I had to buy something even though I make things my self but just couldn’t find anything purple ! Spotted a blue heart with purple embroidered house on it she seemed very keen to sell it for £5  so after looking on other stalls went back and bought it didn’t want to leave with out buying something . This can put people off having to pay before they go in so they just don’t go in .I think this is different where ever you go but if a craft fairs quiet everyone should get in free.

This is the heart I bought from the craft fair special 💕

Perhaps things need to change people need to realise that handmade unique things take a long time to make and are special and a lot of love goes into them . It’s true you do pay a bit more than in the shops but they make thousands of them . I love crafting and often share other people’s work some fantastic crafters make some beautiful things . If you are a crafty person and want make a living out of it ! Not impossible it can be done just have to work hard .I know quite a few successful crafters who I admire . I think you have to work on the product you make and get it right   Before you try selling it ! Good photos is vital specially if selling on social media . Also good displaying on your stall attracts people to you being chatty and telling people how you make things with a smile 😊

If you would like to chat about this subject looking at it on all points crafter,customer,organiser, display just leave a comment below . I have had a lot of spam  regarding this post I ONly post honest answers with no attachments this is my honest view on this subject.

Thanks for reading Julie