I really must get that sign to stop curling!
It’s been a while since I did a craft fair and this time last week I was setting up my stall inside a barn, which was a first for me. Dingle Farm in Appleton, Warrington is a family run business which has a typically English tearoom and arts & crafts gift shop. Last year they held a ChrisDingle Craft fair and it was such a success they decided to hold another this year. It was organised in conjunction with a friend of mine called Maeri from The Make & Do Studio, who invited me to attend.
It was a long day and just a little bit cold, but it was worth it as it was a very well attended event, with a steady flow of people throughout the day from 12 noon until around 9pm in the evening. Also to get us in the festive spirit, some lovely singers from a local singing school performed some christmas songs in the evening and the tearoom staff handed out free hot mulled wine to everyone, the only thing missing was a mince pie!
It was a great day and I enjoyed meeting all the other stallholders. Here are just a few I met and some pictures, you may notice I didn’t catch many of the ladies behind their stalls, all a bit shy I think!
Delve Furniture Revamp – Handmade Gifts
Val is a lovely lady based in Northwich, Cheshire and is extreemly talented. She revamps furniture, creating unique shabby chic items for the home and she also makes handmade lampshades, bags and gifts.
I missed seeing these little chaps, otherwise I would have bought some.
Silver Prints Fingerprint Jewellery
This lovely lady captures fingerprints, footprints, handprints and artwork and creates unique silver keepsakes with them. You can choose from a wide range of charms, pendants, cufflinks and keyrings.
Oh! How I wish I knew about this when my children were a lot younger.
Isla makes handmade cards and will make a candle out of anything, in particular vinage tea cup and saucers which smell lovely and make great gifts. She was also selling vintage cake stands.
Ally is a fused glass artist based in Warrington in the North West of England. She makes original and unique fused glass window hangings and pictures inspired by fish and birds. She also brought along to the fair a lovely selection of Christmas themed decorations I bought this Robin to hang on my tree this year.
This is one very hard working lady, running her business hiring out vintage china and accessories, she also organises Secret Vintage Tea Parties
and will be organising a Secret Vintage Wedding Fair
early next year and if that is not enough she is the mother to triplets!
This was one full stall packed with lots of lovely items, you were spoilt for choice. Anne makes quilts, cushions, bags the list goes on, many inspired by her love of vintage fabrics.
A lovely assortment of hand-sewn items for the home, including tea cosies, ipad and kindle covers, purses etc.
This stall was across from me and I was very attracted to those bags you can see at the front of their stall. They had a lovely mix of vintage inspired crafts, including those bags, cards, cushions, pictures, brooches etc, lots to choose from.
A very talented lady who handfelts pictures, scarfs, brooches etc, she also teaches at The Make & Do Studio. (link above).
There was also a stall from the Dingle Craft Shop, but I’m afraid the photo didn’t turn out too good, best to visit the Dingle Website. These 3 stalls where also at the fair, but unfortunately I didn’t get their business cards (stupid me!) and I have no idea what their businesses are called!!!
I hope you enjoyed reading about the other businesses I met at the fair, I have included links to all their pages in their headers, if you are interested in taking a look at more of their crafts.