Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Arts Trail

I had a stall at the Southbank Arts Trail last week-end hence all my manic midnight sewing. It took place over Saturday and Sunday in Southville Bristol and I shared a table with my friend Cath from egiraffe.


We did ok in terms of sales but there were a few things I have learnt for future events. We were in a little room downstairs and a lot of people didn't know we were there. This has happened to me before and I think I will only go to events now where my table is in the main hall. An Arts Trail is also very different to a craft market. There was so much to see and do locally. The weather was nice too so people were wandering around the venues and browsing rather than buying I think. I gave out lots of cards though and I often find that people come back to me at a later date when they need a present for someone.

Highlights of the week-end were selling a bandana bib to a lady as a present for her neighbours baby. They visited the Arts Trail the following day with the baby wearing the bib! I have to say he looked VERY cool in it too! I sold 6 little hair clip tidies to a childminder. 5 of them were for children she looked after who were going to school in September so she bought them as little leaving presents. So lovely! I also found out that one of the tooth fairy cushions I sold is destined for Australia!

We met some lovely people including Jenny and Caroline who were on the stall opposite us. Jenny designs and makes fab contemporary Cross Stitch pictures and has a lovely website called crossbitch. Caroline designed and made amazing Jubilee prints and also made cool bunting made out of vintage books.

from crossbitch website

Much excitment in these parts this week for several reasons. Firstly we had a 3 page feature on 'Dress a Girl Around the World' in Simply Homemade Magazine this month. Its issue 17. We've had a fantastic response already with lots more dresses promised. Thanks to Simply Homemade for their support.

Simply Homemade 'Dress a Girl' Feature

and the Olympic Torch came to town! It was a bit of a foggy morning yesterday hence the dark photos. This was 7am yesterday morning.

Still half asleep I think!

I'm also very excited about 'The Dress Factor' competition which is being run by The Sewing Directory, Abakhan Fabrics and Janone Sewing Machines. You submit a design for a summer inspired garment, bag or accessory using fabrics available on the Abakhan website. Five designers will be chosen to make up their designs with free fabrics from Abakhan. The winner will get a Janome Memory Craft 5900QC worth £799 and the 4 runners up will each get a £50 Abakhan vouvher. Lots more details on the Sewing Directory website.

Also wanted to share a lovely new website that Cath recomended to me during the Arts Trail. Its run by a mum who lives in the same town as me and is called Cool Kids Cookware. It sells all sorts of childrens baking items and features recipe ideas etc. You can find them on Facebook here. If you live locally they also do cake tin hire and you can take advantage of free delivery by typing NAILSEA at the checkout. I am very tempted by their dinosaur cookie cutters and measuring spoon set. Make great little presents too. 


  1. How lovely your stall.. Full of cute things

  2. What a lovely table! If I lived in the West I'd be there to support you and buy lots of your gorgeous things!

  3. Fab post - well done on the "simply Homemade" feature!!

  4. Congratulations on the feature in 'Simply Homemade' - it's a really good bit of promotion for Dress a Girl.


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