Scraphappy Day September 2021

I have somewhat reluctantly agreed to participate in a craft fair and will probably write more about how that came about in another post.

For now though, it is the day of the month where we try to do ‘stuff’ with scraps and, once again, I hand over to Mr. Tialys to step forward as I’ve been too busy getting more stock together so that I don’t show up with a practically empty table and have to pretend I’ve already sold loads of things even though it’s only ten minutes past the start time .

I have made more of my conical peg bags and also some reversible Japanese knot bags, both of which look better hanging than slumped on a table looking distinctly unimpressive and requiring an explanation of what they actually are.

So, a thick tree branch salvaged from the garden was sanded down and adorned with pieces of driftwood collected on our visits to the local beaches.  The branch is held steady in our functional rather than decorative Christmas tree holder which  I’ve wrapped in a hemp cloth and there you have it, ‘A Holder For Things That Look Better Hanging’.

It also serves to make more room for the other items I have on the table which, in this photo, is actually our dining table but as it’s the same size as the ones in the village hall I thought I’d drag it out into the garden and do a practise run so I’ll know what to put where on the day without faff.

The empty wooden frame will have cards with all the prices on when I eventually get round to it – I have until Saturday.

Not to be completely outdone I did make myself this brooch to wear at the craft fair which I feel identifies me as a ‘stallholder’ rather than a punter although, depending on your point of view, perhaps it identifies me as a person with questionable taste in accessories.  This was a whole tape measure but, having had half its length cut off, is now scrap but that doesn’t really count does it.  I’ll have to do something with the other half and post about it in a future scrappy post.

Anyway, as I’ve seen some of the amazing items other people will be selling at the fair there’s no way I won’t also be a punter and will almost certainly spend much more money than I make,


Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate or Gun (first names on the list) if you want to join in.

Kate  Gun, EvaSue, Lynn  (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, DawnJule,
Gwen, Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose






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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on September 15, 2021 - 08:25

    Everyone should have a tree to hang things from. Well done Mr T. I bet if he knocked up some smaller ones he could have his own craft table. I love the brooch, genius, you have given me an idea….

    • #2 by tialys on September 15, 2021 - 11:32

      Ooh, I love it when I give people ideas of the crafting type.

  2. #3 by claire93 on September 15, 2021 - 08:38

    you ad Mr T make a great team, and his holder for things that look better hanging will most certainly draw people to your stall, intrigued by this wooden sculpture with its pretty fabric produce hanging!
    Best of luck on Saturday. Hope the weather stays good for you and wishng you many sales ^^

    • #4 by tialys on September 15, 2021 - 11:31

      Luckily, it’s indoors so not weather dependent for the stallholders but, if it’s too bad (or too good) it might affect the potential attendees.

  3. #5 by Emmely on September 15, 2021 - 10:44

    Your table looks great! You will probably have the best thing to hang things from in the fair!

    • #6 by tialys on September 15, 2021 - 11:30

      It will be interesting to see won’t it?

      • #7 by Emmely on September 15, 2021 - 12:46

        I bet the other stall holders will be jealous!

      • #8 by tialys on September 16, 2021 - 16:54

        Maybe I should put it up for sale too. 🤣

  4. #9 by katechiconi on September 15, 2021 - 11:33

    Mr T to the rescue! I rather like your Tree of Bagness and Tasty Bits of Sewing, and I hope said Tasty Bits sell well. Of course, that will mean you have to make more at some point… And I have taken an executive decision to permit the brooch. The button was lying around and that’s only half a tape measure. This is a true statement. Therefore, they were scrap. Therefore this is a scrappy project. QED.

    • #10 by tialys on September 15, 2021 - 11:41

      Thanks Boss. I know I sneak the odd questionable bit of scrap in from time to time.
      I’ve got another stand at a ‘Christmas Fair’ in November which might go better as it’s about the time people look for gifts – although nothing is certain in these Covid times so people might start looking earlier while they still have the chance to shop ‘in real life’. 🙄

  5. #11 by tinaor on September 15, 2021 - 16:29

    Table looks great and your tree is fabulous! Well done getting it together for a craft fair. I recently declined one, thinking I didn’t need to pressure myself into getting things ready for it. Maybe next time I’ll have some things put by.

    • #12 by tialys on September 16, 2021 - 16:53

      I think you made the right decision – you definitely didn’t need the pressure at the moment. There’ll be another one along soon.

  6. #13 by Loraine on September 15, 2021 - 17:03

    Ha! You always give me a laugh! Good luck at the Fair, hope you have a great day! Loraine

    • #14 by tialys on September 16, 2021 - 16:52

      I think I’ll enjoy myself mostly chatting, drinking tea eating cake and trying not to buy too much. If I sell anything it’ll be a bonus.

  7. #15 by Quimper Hitty on September 15, 2021 - 17:43

    A Clootie Tree – gorgeous!

    • #16 by tialys on September 16, 2021 - 16:50

      Ooh, I had to look that up but yes!!

  8. #17 by onesmallstitch on September 15, 2021 - 19:55

    everyone should have a hanging tree. Your table looks inviting, good luck with the sale.

    • #18 by tialys on September 16, 2021 - 16:49

      Thank you – It won’t be the end of the world if I don’t sell much, I’m already booked in to do one closer to Christmas so at least I’ll still have stock.

  9. #19 by Susan on September 15, 2021 - 22:59

    Love the pin and the branch/holder. That shows your wonderful creativity. The table looks amazing

    • #20 by tialys on September 16, 2021 - 16:48

      Thanks Susan – I’ll let you all know how I get on but I’ll probably just enjoy the day and spend lots of money.

  10. #21 by kathyreeves on September 16, 2021 - 04:14

    Well, I think you have a lovely selection of things there, and your tree is a great vertical addition!

  11. #23 by rutigt on September 16, 2021 - 08:42

    Love the tree! I think everyone should have one! At least I should 🙂

  12. #25 by Debbierose on September 17, 2021 - 07:45

    Good luck with your stall, and the hanging tree is a brilliant idea.

    • #26 by tialys on September 20, 2021 - 19:10

      Thank you, It was definitely the star of the stall.

  13. #27 by ipatchandquilt on September 18, 2021 - 15:47

    Great collection of items! The tree is lovely!

    • #28 by tialys on September 20, 2021 - 19:06

      I got lots of comments on the tree.

  14. #29 by DawnGillDesigns on September 20, 2021 - 09:03

    that looks really inviting. Height is so important at a fair. I took my ‘arm hanging crochet on the go’ bag with me to both the fairs I was exhibiting at this month (to help me demonstrate my #HookerRing) and if I had been selling them I’d have sold about 10. As it is, I’m going to need to get the maker to send me some business cards! Have a great fair. Try not to spend too much!!!!

    • #30 by tialys on September 20, 2021 - 19:06

      I might try to make more of the crochet feature next time. I didn’t do at all well I’m afraid but it was very light footfall and most of the other stallholders were disappointed too. I’m trying not to get too disillusioned about it. How did you do at your fairs?

      • #31 by DawnGillDesigns on September 23, 2021 - 10:23

        I’m very sorry to hear that. I did surprisingly well, (thank you) but again footfall was very low. The other stall holders at the first even did very poorly too, I’m not sure about the second, as I wasn’t in a position where I could chat or see how much trade they did. I think my social media and that of my yarny friend (KosyKitchenFibres) brought about half the visitors to the first event, and they all came intending to shop, so she and I had very worthwhile days. Of course the advantage of the low footfall was people felt comfortable hanging around my stall for ages and because there was a minimal door entry, the people that did come were intending to buy things. I usually do a bit better at ticketed events, and for me, half the benefit comes afterwards as people go home, think about what they saw and then contact me or place an order on via one of my online shops. Or nearly as often, come to my next event looking for the exact piece they wish they’d bought at the earlier one! I hope you have another fair or two lined up and that those are going to be be more successful.

      • #32 by tialys on September 25, 2021 - 10:38

        Thanks for all the info Dawn. I’ve been told by the event organiser that I should be on IG etc. but, to be honest, even if I had lots of followers there, how many are likely to live near enough to bother to come along to a village craft fair even though it was one attended by some quite high end artisans. I know the event wasn’t advertised well enough but won’t say anything as the organiser is a friend. Anyway, I’ll definitely find another couple for the lead up to Christmas otherwise there’ll be no chance of clawing back what I’ve laid out in insurance/card readers/new UK based business cards etc. Next year I’ll have to travel round to craft fairs myself to do some research on the best ones to do.
        I might message you about a commission actually – just need to get some photos and write the email. x

      • #33 by DawnGillDesigns on September 25, 2021 - 11:43

        If you do join insta, let me know so I can follow you. I’m @DawnGillDesigns on all the socials !
        And I agree, I often feel that my little group of regular interactors aren’t going to make any difference, so it was interesting (and surprising and a bit of a joy) to find out that Fiona and I were effective!! I keep my personal FB down to under 40; most of whom are my in-laws, so am also not a huge social media player ;-). I’ll look forward to my in-box, make sure you remind me you are you as the email won’t match, I bet!!

  15. #34 by Wild Daffodil on September 22, 2021 - 08:31

    Clever display – hope it all went well.

    • #35 by tialys on September 22, 2021 - 10:34

      The less said about it the better 😖

  16. #36 by cedar51 on September 28, 2021 - 04:40

    I off course missed the post, and then seen what happened via your replies – I’ve got behind again with blogs! Enuff said

    • #37 by tialys on September 28, 2021 - 08:33

      No worries. I’m very bad myself at keeping up with blogs at the moment so thanks for dropping by.

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