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  1. Saturday 22nd September saw me attending my first Craft & Gift Fair at Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex. I must admit I was a bit nervous, I was worried whether my stall would look OK,  did I have enough products, would I be the only newbie, etc, etc but I'm pleased to say it was fine and I had nothing to worry about! The morning started off well with a steady flow of people browsing the 35 stalls there were to offer but by lunchtime it eased off and didn't really seem to pick up again. It was a nice sunny day though so maybe people decided not to spend it indoors as it will probably be the last one we'll see for a while!

    Here's a pic of my stall, not the best photo as I was getting a lot of glare from the window - what do you think?

    Handmade Silver Jewellery & Keepsakes

     There were a gorgeous selection of crafts and gifts available and I got plenty of ideas for Christmas gifts which I shall be stocking up on at the next fair! There were a few handmade jewellery stalls, all offering something a little different from the last which made it a lot more interesting to look round. One lady had a massive selection of handmade button jewellery in fabulously bright rainbow colours, great idea for those that like something a bit quirky and unusual. I was inbetween 2 lovely ladies who were really friendly and helpful throughout the day and who I look forward to catching up with in December. Exceptional Gifts, who sell a range of fairtrade gifts and accessories including some fab Yak's wool slippers, were on my left and to my right was Meg Martin, a Forever Living Distributor. Aloe Vera based products that I'm sure many of you are aware of.    

    Meg Martin - Forever Living

                                                                                                                                  Craft Fair hall

     

     I had a lot of interest on the day, the Hand/Footprint Keyrings were very popular - great gifts for Dads and Grandads - as were the Fingerprint Pendants. I also had my new Gift Packs on display which will be added to the website soon and will make fab Christmas gifts but more on those another time..... 

    The fair was organised by Paul and Malindi Freeman of Creative Events and I really recommend them if you are looking to get into Craft Fairs. They advertised well and were extremely helpful both in the run up to fair and on the day and all the stallholders I spoke to sung their praises too. Overall it was a great experience and a really well organised event, I'm looking forward to the Christmas fair on Saturday 1st December!

    Handprint & Fingerprint Jewellery

     

    I'd love to hear about any craft fairs/events that you've been to, as well as any pics of your stalls! I think I need to add a bit more height variation to mine but would love any comments and/or suggestions :-)

    Lorna x

  2. Some of you may remember a competition I ran a couple of months back with Mother Hen Strikes Again, the prize up for grabs was £15 worth of vouchers to spend at www.lovelilyrose.co.uk and the response we received was great! A big thank you to everyone who took part and of course to Mother Hen for running it all so smoothly! The lucky winner was announced on Tuesday 3rd July as Maria Jane Knight.

    Once Maria had chosen her keepsake I forwarded her the easy-to-use, mess free Inkless Wipe Kit to take her required prints. I received a message from Maria as she was a bit concerned that the prints would be unusable as she'd had a very wriggly 2-year-old to contend with! This is a common concern with customers but as i assured Maria, I am able to tidy up smudges from around the print, as long as there's a whole hand or foot in there somewhere! The prints I received from Maria were absolutely fine, as you can see below, in fact I really like how the handprint has come out. You will be able to see which handprint we opted for from the finished keepsake below but which one would you have picked?

     

    Inkless Wipe Handprints

     

     

    Maria had chosen the Leather Bracelet with Handprint Charm, a 99.9% silver charm adorned with your loved ones hand or footprint attached to a braided leather bracelet. This is one of my most popular pieces of handprint jewellery and is a contemporary and on trend way to wear your treasured keepsake. The leather wraps twice around the wrist to be secured with a sterling silver clasp and is available in 4 colours.

    Once I had shrunk the handprint down to size I set about making her bracelet. There are numerous stages involved in the process but that's another blog post! Here's the finished keepsake, what do you think?

     

    Maria keepsake

     

    I love the detail in this handprint and am really happy with the finished result as is Maria, I'm pleased to say, who sent me an email including this lovely comment,

     

    ".....it is really beautiful, im so impressed and have been raving about you to all my friends!!"

     

    Inscribed by hand

     

    Above is a pic of the reverse of the charm with the hand-inscribed name. Many thanks to Maria for allowing me to post photos for you all to see, it good to share with you all a little bit more of what I do! Please feel free to leave any comments you may have below or get in touch if you have any questions about Love Lily Rose or wish to own your own unique piece of Hand/Foot or Fingerprint Jewellery.

    Lorna x

  3. In the next week or two I will be adding some new designs to the site but I thought I'd give you a sneaky peek first! The range includes items that are suitable for children, not just adults, making them ideal gifts for flowergirls/bridesmaids, christenings and baby showers.

    The bracelet below is available in pink (as shown) or blue, is fully adjustable to fit and can be hand inscribed with names, dates, time of birth, birth weight - the choice is yours! A wonderful keepsake of a special day or new addition to the family.

    Childrens Bracelet

     

    Adult bracelets will be of a similar style and give you the option to fully personalise them with colours and inscriptions. Keep checking back over the coming weeks and please get in touch if you have any questionsabout any of my products or Love Lily Rose.