my second craft fair

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I’m sitting on the couch during nap time, listening to a man chopping wood outside and cows mooing in the valley.  For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been frantically sewing or knitting during every afternoon nap time, preparing for a big two-day festival and a chance to sell my handmade crafts.  After all that work, it feels especially sweet to just sit here quietly!

I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the things I made.  If you see anything that you’d like to buy, send me an email.  I love to do custom orders, and I have a few weeks before the next craft fair rolls around…!

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Here I am with my table before the second night of AutumnFest on base.

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And here is the whole booth that I shared with my sweet friend Anna.  You might remember her from my last craft fair where we shared a table together.  At that time I was pregnant and due on January 30th… and now [get this] she is pregnant and due on January 30th!  Lots of baby talk around our booth.

Below are a few photos of the things I made:

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The event was a lot of fun, especially because I had Anna to talk to, and because several sweet friends stopped by and bought gifts for their children, friends, and babies!  I do want to be honest, though: I didn’t sell nearly as much as I anticipated.  My only craft fair experience before this was at a holiday fair, where people came specifically to buy gifts.  This fair, meanwhile, was part of a larger autumn festival, and I could tell most people were just looking out of curiosity or admiration.  Anna and I encouraged each other that at least we had gotten back into “the black” again by selling enough to make up for all that we spent on yarn, fabric, and buttons.  With that attitude, we could just relax and enjoy ourselves.  And we did!  In fact I think my favorite time of the whole fair was late Saturday night when Anna, our friend Shannon, and I just sat and talked for a couple of hours, greeting customers and completing sales as they came, but otherwise just enjoying the evening and deepening friendships.

All right, now time to get cracking on a bunch of custom orders.  The nip of fall in the air here makes me want to click away with my knitting needles all day long!

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21 Responses to my second craft fair

  1. Lucy October 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Ahhh, I’ve been waiting to see photos of these crafts. They are lovely! My only regret is that I can’t pick each one up and admire it closely. It must have been such fun with Anna.

    • Becca October 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Wish you could have been there, Mom!

  2. Anna October 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m so glad we were able to share another craft fair together! You have amazing talent and it was great fun sitting in the cool night air chatting away!

    • Becca October 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      It was so fun to sell with you, Anna! Thank you for your support, honesty, and all the laughter.

  3. Marmee October 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    You are amazing! Everything is beautiful and beautifully presented. I hope you had fun :).

  4. Eden October 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    What beautiful things! I just love that bonnet.

  5. Carrie October 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Your things are lovely! Those little penguins are too cute!

    • Becca October 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank you, Carrie! They’re my favorites too.

  6. McKenzie October 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Holy cow, I want it all! Seriously, SO cute Becca. You are so so talented.

    • Becca October 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      Thanks, McKenzie! Let me know if you like anything in particular… :-)

  7. Pai October 29, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Bec, these are little pieces of art, crafted by loving and skillful hands. So very pretty. My fav is the blue-ish baby sweater. Abracos.

    • Becca October 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      Thank you, Daddy. :-)

  8. Charlotte October 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Wow, Becca, what sweet items you made! I kept scrolling and thinking “I love that one and that one and that one…” Is it expensive to ship to the States for custom orders?

    • Becca October 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      No, it’s not! Because we have access to the U.S. base, I can use USPS, so the rates are the same as in the States. If you’re interested in anything, let me know!

  9. Sarah Boschung October 31, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Everything is beautiful! I particularly like the baby sweater and baby shoes. I also love the colorful fabric on the baby bibs! Xoxo

  10. Chloe December 10, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    You truly really really know what your are doing, you have included a large number of bases. Love! %KW%
    Chloe http://forum.parkour.asn.au/index.php?action=profile;u=23227

  11. Rosana April 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    Hi, I’m a wife of a US military active duty and we are going to move in few months to Singonella Italy. I would like to know is there a place where can buy polymer clay? I’m making necklaces for kids using chunky beads and handmade polymer clay by me as pendant.
    Thank you so much for your help.

    • Becca April 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

      Rosana, I’m not sure, but I’m asking some friends and will email you soon with an answer! Glad to hear you’re coming to Sigonella!

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