Mum's the word

October has been fairly quiet on the road for Crafty Penguin. Since my last post I have had two stalls with opportunities to meet more lovely customers and fellow crafters. This month has seen lots of new designs and ideas come to fruition.

So what as the word Mum got to do with it all... Well at present my Mum appears to be my biggest fan. It is important when setting up and trying to run your own business to have your family and friends on board and supporting your vision. However, this past month my Mum has helped run my stall and appears to after the role of marketing manager!

Vintage and Craft Market at St Mary's Church
Crafty Penguins stall at the Vintage and Craft Market

Vintage and Craft Market

At the end of September I returned to St Mary's Church Bramall Lane for their Vintage and Craft Market. My Mum came along to help me run my stall for the day. She was great at chatting to the customers and encouraging them to come and have a look at my stall. She was the one wearing the Craft Penguin Hiking designT-shirt.

Camper van jewellery

For once I managed to not spend too much money on other crafters products. This seems to be an issue for me at events as there are always so many lovely products created by other faulous designers and makers. However, I didn't manage to keep my hands in my pocket completely as the Craftevan found my weakness. I ended up buying some jewellery from her stall. She makes quirky earrings and rings among other items. I was taken by these camper van earrings and ring.

The Peveril Centre, Castleton

My next stall was out in the Peak District at the Peveril Centre in Castleton. I was really looking forward to this trip out with my business, but I think the weather had other ideas. It was a horrible, rainy and miserable day. It was such a shame. Tthe Peveril Centre is a lovely building on the edge of the village and once there I met some lovely fellow crafters. There was some amazing talent on display.

Needle felted by Julie Pilkington
Peter Penguin

You might remember in a previous blog I introduced you to Peter Penguin. Well if you didn't here he is again just to remind you. The problem I had was that I couldn't remember the name of the lovely lady who I bought him from. This mystery was solved whilst I was at Castleton, as she also had a stall. So I would like to thank Julie Pilkington for creating this cute felt penguin that I adopted. She is a very talented artist. Have a look at her page on Instagram to she her fantastic work.

Another lovely lady that I got chatting to on the day made beautiful journals, scrapbooks and her own invention of busy bags. These are a fabulous idea for keeping all manner of items in, have a look for yourself and see what you think on her Facebook page at Sew Singular.