Monday, 15 November 2010

Kingsclere Christmas Craft Fair

What an eventful day we all had! I organised this Craft Fair to raise money for Naomi House Children's Hospice. The Hospice provides care and support for families and children who are terminally ill, making their final days as comfortable as possible. The fair was also organised to help raise funds for the Church and to let us all have an outlet for our hand crafted goodies too!

The Methodist Church hall is quite a small venue, but we had plenty of visitors who spent well and supported us perfectly. I was a little worried that all the advertising would be for nothing, but I needn't have been concerned.

There were so many wonderful hand crafted items for sale, the lovely people of Kingsclere could not help but buy their Christmas presents.

I would like to introduce the wonderful sellers who came and supported the event...

The lovely Bev, from Bits and Bobs Crafts./>

Such a lovely lady with gorgeous hand crafted knitted and crocheted goods. I have to say that her lovely pieces look so much better in real life than they look in her Folksy Shop. This lovely pink bag got many admiring comments - please click on the photo for a link back to her shop.


Gemma from Damselflygemma and her friend Jen.

I have to say, these ladies have the most wonderful goods. Gemma has such lovely jewellery and her Resin pieces are fascinating. I watched her complete some intricate beading work during the fair and I don't think I could have done anything remotely like it!
Jen had some gorgeous hand sewn bags which proved popular. I loved her little lady bird bags, which she was stitching as she sat. Her lavender bags smelt divine!
These lovely ladies were kind enough to lend me their pen on more than one occasion and offered to watch my stall when I had to get coffees teas etc too.

I was amazed at this bracelet - it is so intricate in real life. Please click on the picture to link back to the item and Gemmas shop.


Also there were the Hollilands, Jesse, Tina and a gentleman, whom I very rudely didn't catch the name of!

All were crafting away during the fair and my boys were especially taken with some 'spinners' they had created. These are now going into their Christmas stockings - so don't tell them!

There were some gorgeous hand knitted and crocheted hats on their stall, beaded jewellery and felted goods. I had the pleasure of meeting Cuthbert Caterpillar no less! Please click on the picture to link back to the item and Jesselu's shop.


Marie from Mushy Makes came and set up a beautiful, colourful stall. I loved her little felt reindeer and Christmas puds!


I heard so many positive comments on her items, so I hope she did well. Such a lovely lady and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Mushy and baby Mushy too! Please clich on the picture to link back to Marie's shop and other goodies!


Natalie Ofkants of NOfkantsCurios fame was also there!

She had an amazing display of fossils, knitted and crocheted items as well as collectibles and keyrings. There was so much she could have put on her stall, but just couldn't fit it all on! I was opposite and could see how the people crowded round her stall and admired the quality of the goods she had made. Her daughetr also had a small display of jewellery, which sold really well. She also helped out on the Cake stall too, so she had a very busy day.

Please click on the picture below to link to the item and her shop to see more wonderful and varied items...


We also had some non Folksy sellers too.

There were Cards by Emma Wells. Stunning creations using various design techniques. I am trying to convince her to have a shop on Folksy!


Not only did she have a craft stall on the day, but she baked for the cake stall and helped me enormously with preparations for the fair. An amazing friend indeed. Her husband was a saint on the day and organised the advertising on a huge screen in the church, the heating and also served all us stall holders tea and coffee throughout the day, whilst making sure everyone in the church had cakes and coffee too. He also helped get the tables (borrowed from our local primary schools)to the Church, aided by my gorgeous hubby!

Please take a look at Emma's designs and give any comments you wish. I will feed them all back to her!

Also there was a wonderful stall selling sewn goods, oils and nuts amongst other items. These were all being sold for Cancer research. I believe the stall raised in excess of £150 for the charity!


The cake stall was a huge hit, with all the cakes sold being hand made and donated. Three young ladies ran the stall and between them and the coffee and cakes in Church, raised in excess of £190!!! All the proceeds from this will go to the Church to help maintain the roof and other pressing projects.

We also had a Virgin Vie Stall, run by a very talented lady, Emma Rivers. She does wedding makeovers and was a hit on the day.


The Nail Lounge, also had a stall which was really popular! Mini manicures all round! I think she did really well and all of the ladies (young and all) who had their nails done loved the results. Sandra Watson, who owns the Nail Lounge is a huge campaigner for Naomi House and also provided all the Naomi Hose Merchandise for sale on the day. In total, the fair raised £313.66 for Naomi House. A wonderful achievement.


The Naomi House Stall, run by Wendy Morgan on the day.


Oh, I nearly forgot! I had a stall too!


I did really well and thoroughly enjoyed my day, meeting all the crafters and the public. Please click on the picture below to link to the item and my shop


During a quiet moment, I went out of the fair with a Naomi Hose Collection tin and roamed the village! I managed to get the boys from the Village Butchers (where I work part time) to come over for a cupper and a browse. Nigel, the owner also donated generously to Naomi House to have his advert running in the church for the day. Thank you so much.

There were so many volunteers on the day, helping with tea and coffees, donating cakes and clearing up afterwards. I would just like to thank them all for being there. I couldn't have got this fair off the ground without you all.

Jacqueline x


  1. Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful day! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, sitting next to Marie and across from you, Jen and Gemma, we had a good chin wag too! Mangaged to get a chat with Bev and Jess too, so great!

    My little 10 yr old girl sold lots of her jewellery, and was so excited, she may have to become your apprentice soon!

    I also sold my floral corsages for charity, and raised £17.00 for the Royal British Legion and Help the Hero's charities!

    The Kingsclere community was very welcoming as well as super supportive in popping their hands into their pockets to support handmade and all the charities represented!

    Can I also say a thank you to Emma's Hubby, he was wonderful, keeping us topped up with tea and coffee, cake and dashing about organising things, a real trooper!

    I do hope we can make this a regular annual event, it was so lovely and with six of us folksy sellers, felt a bit like a folksy roadshow!

    Great big hugs and kisses for you Jacqueline for doing such a wonderful organising job on your first ever attempt!

    Natalie xxxxxxx

  2. What a fab day you all had and so nice to put faces to names,sounded like a very successful day all round,great blog Jacqueline,will keep my eye open for if it becomes an annual event so I can put my name down!!!!
    Trish xx

  3. Sounds like you all had a wonderful day. You must have a wonderful community there. Some of the pics are missing so will come back later for another look. Linda

  4. What a mammouth post! Puts my little one to shame! Jen and I had much fun on Sat and it was great to meet you all properly. Emma's hubby was def a star for keeping us fuelled with tea and cake. Emma's feathery cards are really cute! She should def set up a folksy shop. Would love to come again if you make it a regular event :o)
    ps I didn't think your boys were tornadoes at all and was dissappointed!!

  5. The fair sounds wondeful only wish Ilived close enough to join in. It must have taken so muc of your time to organise it. Well Done you deserve the sales.
    Jan aka Busybeecards/craftybitz

  6. I really wish I lived closer so I could have visited your fair, all those stalls look great! So pleased that you had such a successful day and thanks for the long blog, it was very interesting to hear all about it!

  7. It sounds such a wonderful day. Like Margaret, I wish I was closer - it would be great to meet you all.
    Well done on raising so much money - all the hard work paid off in the end. I bet you're shattered now.
    Absolutely fabulous.

  8. Thank you Jacqueline for being so kind to us really did look after us! I had a lovely day meeting so many talented individuals...and for such a fab cause...looking forward to doing it all again next time ;)

    Marie x

  9. Thank you again Jacqueline for organising such a fantastic event. Had a really good day and really enjoyed meeting everyone and watching them at work too! You all looked after us so well, with the drinks and homemade cakes :-) Have also posted on my blog

  10. it was a great day. Thanks for the links :)