Well, the day had finally arrived for my Mini Market Day…all my hard work and staying-up-late-nights and stressing over would I have enough and would I have enough room and what if people don’t like it and what if everything sucks and I humiliate myself… Because I am nothing if not slightly paranoid and dumb.
My lovely Mum helped me set everything up last night because I was having an attacks of the-I-don’t-know-what-to-do-first dilemmas and basically just walking around in circles bemoaning the fact I am very disorganised and a bit mental. It actually didn’t take long and this morning we were ready so early that we sat about twiddling our thumbs for an hour or so before everyone was due to arrive.
Once I had set everything out and it was all pretty and well presented, I realised I actually had quite a bit of stuff… I had worked hard, by crikey! All those hours of work had paid off and I had some nice pieces on display. I was quite proud of myself for getting it all done. I think in the end I had made 100 cards, 21 bracelets, 15 necklaces, 100 pairs of earrings plus pretty peg sets, brooches, rings and goodness knows what else. Not bad for one little chickadee on her own in the midst of a separation, move to a new home and starting a new job. I’m allowed a little bit of patting myself on the back (for once).
I had about 25 people come during the day and it was really relaxed and happy and people were taking their time and having a chat and a bite to eat. I wasn’t stressed or freaking out and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and were happy with what they bought. I hope so anyway.
The weather was perfect – I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Blue skies, a little bit of cloud and a lovely breeze that stopped it getting stuffy in my house and allowed people to look at things we’d set up outside without getting too hot.
My Mum made me some pretty bunting to hang up in the courtyard and some lovely little paper birdhouses for decoration…
We made far too much food (as always). Brownies and cupcakes (complete with cupcake toppers I made yesterday), coconut ice, apricot bites, caramelised onion tarts and shortbread. My friends brought some scones and muffins too. So much food left over! Luckily, I think there is a morning tea on at work tomorrow so guess who will be bringing in a few plates to share?
The brownies could have been a disaster. I forgot to put the baking powder in them and have to yank them back out of the oven and mix in some in. I didn’t think it would work but they actually came out really nice – fudgey and gooey and yum. It’s probably a good thing I’m not supposed to eat chocolate…otherwise I would have polished them all off. The coconut ice was supposed to be the traditional pink and white…except I was half way through making them when I realised I didn’t have any pink or red food colouring. So they’re green. Which is interesting…
I had four or five tables of stuff which diminished as the day went on. My Mum made a basket full of Christmas Angels and little scented decorations for the “tree” (also made by her – painted twigs in a pot) which will now be my Christmas Tree, post-market.
We scattered my cards around and used everything we could think of to display the earrings and other jewellery. Here’s a tip – tea boxes (the ones with sections in them) make excellent display cases for earrings on cards. Thanks Pinterest for that idea! My new business/earring cards came this week, just in time for my last 50 or so pairs of earrings and they look great and fit perfectly in the tea box and other “holders”. Ramekins and small teacups also worked really well (I was running out of ideas by then!)
All in all, a lovely stress-free day. No tantrums from me, happy customers and gorgeous weather. All the hard work paid off and I now have Christmas money and can maybe even afford to get my hair cut finally and get my car
serviced before the really hot weather starts.
Hope your weekend has been fun and rewarding, especially if you have your own crafty business. Have a great week 🙂