Just got back from two days of back to back craft fair action at St Andrew's Hall- the Easter Extravaganza was a free event across all the halls. Absolutely everything was on offer- jewellery, homeware, textiles, photography, artwork, clothing, toys, food, drink, face painting and the Easter Bunny was also out to play too.
We were rather unfortunate on the first day as it rained, so the hall was rather quiet indeed. But with this many amazing makers I decided to take a look around and get talking to people, mainly just to see if there was anyone whoknew about more upcoming fairs. My gosh though, what a talented bunch of people. The lady next to me, Cora, was doing live demonstrations of her works of animals in pastels, they were simply stunning. There was also a lady opposite me called Sasha who made gorgeous Scandinavian style toys and mobiles. Her style was really kitschy whoch I loved.
There were also some rather talented print makers and Shirley Giles was there too with her own handmade glass beads. Lovely to see Sally from Cushion Cottage too, and I vowed that when I had enough money I would but all of her butterfly cushions for my lounge.
The second day picked up a little, but I do think parents were far more involved in the treasure hunt and kids activities to stop at stalls and take a really good look. The people who did stop were lovely though- a real mix of customers who stopped for a good chat and were happy to buy handmade, unique items. I even met a man who was a taxidermist and he could name every species of butterfly on my table!
All in all, a lovely fair.. if a little long for me! I had a wonderful time and met some very nice people indeed.