13 Jul 2012

Logo, website, shop - GO!

So those of you paying attention may have noticed my new logo appear on the banner image for the blog:
Before the craft show I decided to give Polly Purl a little face lift, a new logo for a new start!
Also a new webpage www.pollypurl.co.uk - check it out and let me know what you think. But please don't be too harsh as it takes so much time and patience to just do the simplest thing on that darn website!
I am working on a 'design your own' page- to offer customised jumpers and cardigans in your chosen fair isle and colours! Once it's set up it should be fun but I am sure it will be painful to get there!
And finally my Etsy shop is now up to date- 'at last' I hear you say. All my stock up to now is there so take a look http://www.etsy.com/shop/Pollypurl
I am already working on Autumn/Winter stuff so who knows how long this up to date version will last!

11 Jul 2012

The Contemporary Craft Fair Devon

Sorry it's late but here are some pic's of the Devon Show:

The Stall was only 1.5m by 2m

It was a real learning curve- the craft fair, definitely a new experience. Over 3 days, 150 makers got together in a muddy field hoping the public would not be put off by the rain. There was three main tents that were huge and hard to navigate, food vendors, demonstrations and the great little tent I was in. Called 'One Year On' it was made up of people in their first year of business, a variety of very experienced with the novice's like me. The atmosphere was great, everyone was friendly and chatting, standing around for 7 hours together meant we got to know each other. The support was great too - one girl made a big sale but was wary of celebrating too much in case some of us hadn't done too well that day. http://craftsatboveytracey.co.uk/makers/one+year+on/

My Lovely tables made by Rhys and myself

I didn't get much chance to look around the other tents but I did sneak a peak and the work was amazing. There did seem to be about 85% ceramics and jewellery but also some amazing art and textiles.
I am kicking myself that I didn't get photo's of anything, the ones here were taken by my sister. My only excuse is my exhaustion- staying up all night (no sleep at all) pre show and then camping on the ground in heavy rain does not make a happy Polly!

Overall the show was just the best way to launch myself into the craft world. It helped to kick start my motivation and the feedback I gained will help to push me onwards. Unfortunately I think the rain did put people off and I feel the numbers were down (they stated 6,000-8,000 visitors). In the end I just about covered my costs (which were not small) - I will have to think if I can improve and come again next year.

My neighbours -

And I had a lot I wanted to put into it

The hanging scarves did great but the rail not so much

You can see my lovely neighbour

Rhys trying to sell

Rhys in his lovely Wolf jumper

Mum was not camping but still came round for tea
Trying to look awake at the end of the first day

My amazing sister who helped in so many ways

A break in the heavy rain

The second day and feeling better

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