Getting ready for the craft fair…

cooling pads in packaging
I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would take the bull by the horns, and have a go at selling what I make, with the hopes that it will take off, and give me an income, and something positive to do when I am well enough to do it.  So I booked a table at a local craft fair.  Just the one, just to see how it goes, if I sell anything, and more importantly, see if my body will cope with it before committing to another one.

But that’s the good thing about doing craft fairs – you can space them out as wide apart as you need to!  I have to admit, I am still nervous as it’s been many years since I did a stall, and back then I was pretty much 100% fit and healthy.

So this week I have been packaging up the new stuff I have made, like the cooling pads, above, and sorting out props and business cards and wotnot.

One of the more relaxing things has been making these origami paper stars while I watch tv:

origami stars

They’re just something I came up with the other day to scatter on the stall to make it look a bit more interesting, and add into the packs to add another dimension and hopefully make people feel they are getting a well made (because they are) cared about (yep, that too), product, that will make them feel better (product testers so far have been positive – thank you testers!)

So if you are in the March (Cambridgeshire) area on Saturday the 1st of June, and you have a bit of spare time, come and have a look around the stalls at the Fen Fair in the Scout Hut next to Sainsbury’s, just behind the main shopping street.  There are several wares on sale, hand made soaps, watercolour paintings, hand made cards, jewellery (soutache and otherwise), and my new reusable cooling products!

Hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, just keep an eye on my website: – it’s not finished just yet, but it will be soon, all being well.


Fighting with photoshop

snottydog business cards
I spent hours the other day looking for a suitable template for business cards.  One that had crop marks or bleed marks, or just the right layout, and it needed to be A4 (for home printing), and none of them were what I was looking for.  It was driving me insane – considering all the free stuff available on the internet, I would have thought I would have been able to find what I was after, but no.

So, I did it all from scratch.  You can see the results of my labours above.  Ironically that wasn’t the hard part!  The hard part was laying out the spaces and the crop marks and rectangles to show where the cards will be.

So for those who use photoshop and who want to do some business cards, I’ve put the background layout on my website for you to download for free.  Just remember to turn the “eye” off on the grey rectangle layer before you print so it doesn’t show, and leave it on for the crop marks so you can see where to cut them.

Find it on my new website:

snottydog business cards