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My First Craft Stall

A Crafty Chai Stall

As you know, I’ve been very busy making my craft products for my first ever stall at the Oxford Bake Off. I had a fab day! Oxford Town Hall is a lovely place for this kind of event, especially when it is decorated with bunting from the lovely people at Oxford Bunting Co (one of whom bought one of my iPhone/pod covers! Thanks!)

We arrived in plenty of time to set up, having done a ‘dry run’ at home, making sure everything would fit & look okay. My lovely OH was on hand to help with everything thank A Crafty Chai Stallgoodness! He made me a fantastic poster advertising the stall too.

While we were setting up, lots of people who had entered the bake off competition were nervously bringing in their entries & setting their cakes up. The standard was very high & I was lucky enough to sample quite a lot of the cakes later on in the day!

Once we had everything set up & prices laid out, we had time to get ourselves a drink (giant chai for me, obvs!) & have a good old look around the other stalls. There was quite a variety of stalls mixed in with cake sellers. We were next to Made in Jericho who made some fabulous pies & muffins (yep, sampled those too!) Our first port of call however, was to the very lovely Oxford Cupcakes, who make the best cupcakes & macaroons! Not only did they have these delicious treats for sale, but they also had some cupcake decorating going on. Fun for everyone. Later on in the day, after my first few sales, my OH visited the tea shop. The tea was provided by my favourite tea company, Jeeves and Jericho, who also had a stall at theA crafty chai jewellery bake off.

There was a constant stream of people throughout the day, but when the bake off judgement was due, the place was packed! I managed to sell quite a few pieces and something from every part of my range. It was lovely to hear so many compliments from people as they looked through all my stock. It’s good to know what other people think!

I was pleased with the amount of stock I had on display & I’m pleased that I’ve got enough left to restock my Folksy shop. This means I can work on making some things for me & presents for other people. (Yes I’m already thinking about Christmas!)

I would definitely do another craft stall. It was nice meeting people from Twitter; hearing nice things about my products, and of course, selling things too! It was also a great opportunity to network with other local sellers & to get tips from them.

I did learn a few things too!

  1. Don’t park in Oxford City Centre! It almost wiped out my profit! I didn’t see the tweet from Oxford City Guide about cheaper parking until later. Should’ve moved the car then.
  2. Take a packed lunch. Not taking lunch did mean I got to eat a mushroom & goats cheese pie from Made in Jericho and a whole lot of cake, but it’s not cost effective.

I’m sure some other things will come to me the more I reflect on it. When I do another one, I think it needs to be closer to Christmas. Most of my stock is suitable as a gift so people will only buy it if they’re looking for a present or a treat for themselves. And with money being tight, it’s not the time for treats.

I really hope the Bake Off raised lots of money for the charities it was supporting. I had fun, even though I was exhausted by the end of the day!

My craft stall

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Kate for organising the event & to my OH for helping to run the stall, carry the stock, get my chai etc! Couldn’t have done it without him! x

Run, Crafty Chai, Run

Run Crafty Chai

One of the major drawbacks about giving up my job & living a thrifty life is that I can no longer support the handful of charities that are close to my heart.

Every month I gave money to Oxfam (love their work), Dogs Trust (will rectify this by adopting one of their pooches one day) and Cancer Research. My grandfather died from Prostate cancer nearly 12 years ago and I’ve supported them ever since, until recently. In a bid to raise money for Cancer Research, I’ve decided to do the Race for Life…again.

I ran/jogged the race for life back in 2009. I was at the peak of my physical fitness, running three times a week. I ran the 5k in 38 minutes. As this was the first time I’d ever run 5k, I was pretty impressed with that.

Since then, my running has become non-existent. Through work stress & injury I had to stop. But now I’m ready to make my comeback & what better way than to run the race for life. So just as I’m about to start training, with the use of Couch to 5k that I found via Domesticali, the weather turns & it’s -1 outside. I know from experience that running in the cold is fine as long as you were running before it got cold. Oh dear. I was supposed to start this week, but that hasn’t happened. But I will have to start next week. I am worried about old injuries reappearing for example, my knee cap isn’t in the right place (it’s kind of on its side!) & causes my muscles to work at the wrong levels. This is ouchy. So I need to help my legs get stronger as my fitness improves.

I know this isn’t very crafty, but it will be something that I reflect on every now and then, as well as making shameless plugs for sponsorship! You can sponsor me here. I think it will be the sponsorship money that gets me out the door when the weather is miserable & all I’ll want to be doing is knitting by the fire under my blanket.

Run Crafty Chai

The picture below is of me before the race in 2009. I hope that I’ll be smiling again in July! x