Final Flourishes for Fishfest …

It’s that time of year again, time for Fishfest 2013. I’m really excited to have a stall at the Arts and Crafts Market again and today, I put the finishing touches to the layout of my stall:







I know Fishfest won’t be in the dark on saturday but I couldn’t resist taking the final picture. Hopefully we will all be really busy, it should be the best Fishfest yet !


Wow, what a weekend …

It was Fishfest yesterday and it really was fantastic. This is the 3rd year of Fishfest and it was the best yet. Over 1000 people came along, listened to the bands, shopped at the farmers market, learned new circus skills and browsed in the arts market.

Here’s my stall:

There were about 20 stalls in the arts market, the atmosphere was lovely and most of the stall holders seemed to have a successful event. It was a very long day, I was shattered by the end of it but the feedback, sales and orders that I had made it more than worthwhile. I hope to be back next year ūüé®


(Almost) Ready for a Fantastic Fishfest

It feels like an age since I even looked at WordPress, never mind posted something new. Many apologies to all those who’s lovely blogs I regularly read, like and comment on – I will catch up once Fishfest this weekend has been and gone, I promise!

Much of my time over the past couple of weeks has been taken up with the whole ‘back to school’ thing – for myself as well as my boys. Anyway we’ve all settled in well to the new school year which has left me with enough time to prepare my stock for my stall at Fishfest this coming saturday. This will only be my second arts event and I’ve been keen to ensure that I’m selling stuff that people will genuinely like and hopefully buy. I’ll therefore have a combination of original paintings plus individually painted cards which can then later be framed by their recipient, if they so wish. I’ll also have a few butterfly themed items which I hope will go down well :

Fun at Fishfest …

I attended my first Arts Market today. It was very low key (it was the first of hopefully many locally organised events), there were only 10 stalls, however I was ridiculously nervous. It was the first time I had attended such an event with my artwork. As things transpired, I was worrying over nothing, I sold plenty of cards and more importantly, received lots of kind and generous compliments. I shared a stall with the polymer clay jewellery designed and created by a friend, I think it all looked quite effective:

I now feel a lot more confident about attending other events with my artwork. Today’s was a perfect foray in to the world of arts markets, there were some beautiful items for sale throughout the hall, the atmosphere was lovely and during the quieter times, stallholders were able to browse other stalls. Needless to say, I managed to spend the money I made but in my defence, all that I bought, were ¬†presents for other people. All in all, it was a good day and I’m really looking forward to attending another event.


A House of Cards …

There will be an arts market nearby in about 10 days time and I’ve asked to have a stall. Having taken some advice from some not very old yet very experienced hands, I decided to try to turn some of my paintings in to cards. I have been told that people are more likely to buy a few cards than a painting at events like these.

I now have a stack of 50 cards, 20 are A5 size and 30 are A6. I’m really pleased with the results:



I’ve now got most of my paintings turned in to cards. As a consequence, I’ve spent each evening this week printing off images, preparing labels and sorting cards in to their individual bags. I feel far more confident about attending the arts market now that I’m not simply trying to sell my paintings, after all, everyone buys cards. If the worst case scenario occurs and no one buys any, I’ll have plenty of cards to send to family and friends over the coming months!