Wow the end of 2018 was amazing! A massive thank you to every one of you that supported Crafty Penguin last year.
November and the start of December were crazy and very busy. Crafty Penguin was on the road with stalls every weekend. Although it was a super busy time it was also very enjoyable. Over this short space of time I met so many lovely people, who all had wonderful things to say about Crafty Penguin. Somehow my penguins managed to put a smile on everyone's face who came and visited my stall.
St Saviour's Church, High Green - Autumn Fayre
This was the beginning of a busy couple of months for Crafty Penguin with lots of stalls in the run up to Christmas. On November 3rd Crafty Penguin ventured to St Saviour's Church Hall in High Green for a small Autumn Fayre.
This was a small event but well attended by locals from the village and saw my first order taken for a Crafty Penguin Christmas T-shirt. The lady who bought it was really happy with it. Thank you!!
Bolehill Nursery, Walkley - Autumn Fayre
This was a great little event and the organisers were very accommodating. It was only for a couple of hours but had a lovely atmosphere.
I had a lovely few hours sitting on the small chairs and giving out Crafty Penguin stickers.
The chairs and tables were low to the ground as it was at a nursery, so they are the perfect size for their usual clientele, just in case you were wondering. They don't have them designed for adults!
I must also mention the lovely lady who had a cake stall. Her Gin and Tonic cake was absolutely amazing! I have to admit it didn't last very long.
Sitwell Arms, Renishaw - Christmas Market
This event was very busy and even some celebrities visited the Christmas Market. Mickey and Minnie Mouse came for a look at crafty Penguins stall whilst doing their rounds wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
I also took along my friend when I attended this event. I took her with me to film what I was doing on the day to make me a promotional video. She made me an amazing short video that you can watch on my Facebook page. Massive thanks Rachel. You can follow her on Instagram and see what kind of other crazy videos shes been filming and editing. She also has a YouTube channel with all her films on. Give them a watch she'll appreciate it.
Peveril Centre, Castleton - Craft Fair
I had an awesome day at he Peveril Centre in Castleton. I sold a fair amount of Crafty Penguin goodies and got to meet more lovely people. Both customers and fellow crafters. The Peveril Centre is a lovely setting for a craft fair as it is a church with a gorgeous stained glass window.
There was a fabulous Christmas vibe around the place. Castleton itself was getting in the Christmas spirit with the Christmas light switch on also happening that evening. Awesome day, great event, great location. Many thanks to Mike and Janet at Valley Events for organising the event.
Whilst at Castleton I met Jackie again from Sew Singular.. This time I decided to buy one of her inventions, the busy bag. This bag is amazing, it is great to store all sorts of things. However, I use mine to store my tools for drawing and sketching. I have used it so much since I bought it. i love it!
Mosborough Hall, Christmas Market
Another busy weekend on the road for Crafty Penguin. In late on Saturday evening from Castleton and off to Mosborough Hall on Sunday morning for another Christmas Market.
St Mary's Church,Bramall Lane - Christmas Makers Fayre
The most memorable moment of this day was the chocolate brownie with the mince pie in the middle! This was amazing. Who would have thought that the two would have gone so well together.
Once again I met some more amazing creative people. A shout out to Bar Made Bags who I have followed for a while online. I met the lovely lady who runs the business for the first time and had a chat with her about her wonderful bags. I also met Shaili Things, who creates wonderful animal designs and sells them on T-shirts. Nisha Kotecha who is the creator of The Moments Journal, who caught me out with her upbeat welcome when I was having a wonder around first off before the fair was open. And finally a shout out to Kemp Arts who make wonderful ceramic items. |They also stock their items in a small shop Fabrication Crafts in York with other crafters and designers. I managed to find the shop on a trip their just before Christmas it was full of amazing creative products from small businesses.
St Mary's Church, High Green - Christmas Fayre
Another busy Sunday saw me back in High Green again with a stall at an event in aid of Paces. Paces is a centre for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disorders.
It was a wonderful day with a visit from Father Christmas. Once again I met lots of wonderful people and sold more products to amazing Crafty Penguin customers.
I also met Kelly of Kells2craftie who makes wonderful items. She makes a whole range of products from glass coasters to light boxes. Have a look on her Instagram page
to see more of her makes.
Newton Hall, Chapeltown - Christmas Fayre
Crafty Penguins final stall of the year was on the 1st December in Chapeltown. Another busy day with lots of people buying from Crafty Penguin. I met Kelly again from Kells2craftie as she was on the stall next to me this time. I also met a chap again whose wife runs the local flower shop who had a stall selling all his wooden Christmas reindeers. He gave me the tinsel penguin in the picture opposite, as he was missing an eye. Therefore, I had to fix his eye, so as you can see he was rescued and had an happy ending. Many thanks to John Housley who organised this wonderful event. The event was very festive as the local lights were also turned on in the afternoon. There were some great stalls selling wonderful craft items.
Orders and new designs
With all the Christmas events finished for Crafty Penguin all that was left to do was finish off and deliver some orders that had come through in the run up to the Christmas period. Below are some of the orders that I fulfilled. There was a custom order of a card with Crafty Penguin doing a spot of fishing, a massive order for t-shirts and an order for a new design I created the Crafty Penguin wizard, on a mug.
Sunshine and Poppies
Whilst I have been thanking everyone for purchasing and spreading the word of my Crafty Penguin products, I would also like to thank Katie of Sunshine and Poppies. I have been working with Katie since the summer when I first met her at Worrall Gala. I have been busy printing her mugs for her business and she has been so lovely to work with. I can't thank her enough for letting me print her mugs. So a special thank you goes out to Katie. You can purchase her items on Etsy or follow her on Instagram to see her latest work.
Thanks to every once again for all your help, kind words, support and custom in 2018. It has been an amazing time since Crafty Penguin started back in May. I can't believe how much my little business has grown. Keep following for more exciting things to come in 2019.