Archive for ‘craft markets’

September 20, 2015

Baking experiments Part two. Or Having a Portfolio career.

Pastry made with gluten free flour was very ‘short’, delicious but short. Half of what I created sold but I had to eat the other half, life as a baker is really tough! However, muffins made with GF flour using a ‘normal’ recipe were an epic FAIL. I could have built an outhouse with them. Dry, tasteless,claggy. Just a few words that my official tasters came up with. I didn’t think the birds would enjoy them either so in the food recycling bin they went.

It makes a change to talk to people about something other than wool, to say my life revolved around wool is an understatement, get me started and you’ll be asleep before I’m finished taking about my favourite breeds and their uses. My Mastermind subject- wool, favourite holiday destinations- anywhere there are sheep. Favourite meal- Roast Lamb.  But, now I can hold a conversation about gluten free recipes too. Who’d have thought it?

I can even start a conversation about the highs & lows of running a monthly market, I feel a bit like a juggler with 3 balls on the go at the same time, apparently there is a NAME for this, not multi tasking, oh no, that is So last season. I now have a Portfolio career. Yes really, it is a known THING according to my self employed Copywriter son. Many people choose this style of life rather than having a boring old 9-5 job until they retire, juggling charity work alongside paid jobs, I saw an article in the Times about it. (so it must be true)

I am rather enjoying my Portfolio career and so glad I wasn’t pensioned off at 60 as I might never have achieved this milestone in my life. My pensioning age is now 65 1/2 so I will enjoy the next 3 1/2 years in this line of work and see how many other balls I can collect along the way.

Recipe books sit alongside my collection of knitting and felting books now but there may have to be a shuffle soon as the bookcase is hanging off the wall! I have had to make room for all the extra ingredients I have to buy and am already stocking up with dried fruit ready for the GF Christmas cakes I plan on baking. New cake tins have already arrived.

Next time I order business cards I wont have to add, baker or market organiser to the other titles I have , I just write Portfolio Careerist.

January 24, 2015

Lewes Craft Market February 14th 2015

So far we have booked many amazing artists and makers. From ceramics, silver jewellery, driftwood, textiles, crochet, knitting, wood, beauty products and cards. To celebrate St. Valentines day we are also proud to announce we will have some amazing raw chocolate for sale too. Of course there will be fresh brewed coffee on site !



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January 1, 2015

Lewes Craft Market at the Market Tower

As many Lewesians know already there is a thriving food market every (well almost) Friday at the Market Tower in Lewes. I try to make it every week now my ankle has healed well enough, to purchase yummy noodles, spring rolls, fish, coffee and whatever takes my fancy.
What Lewes doesn’t have is a dedicated and regular craft market. Well this year it will have.
The first market will take place on February 14th, yes St.Valentines day. April 4th will be our Easter market,Solstice market will be on 20th June. More are yet to be confirmed.
I am tracking down the best local crafters and artists so I can offer a good selection of goodies for one and all.
The market tower has sheltered areas and an outside space where gazebos will be erected. Unfortunately there are no tables to borrow.
Prices are still to be confirmed but will be comparable to spaces at other events.
As soon as I have all the details and costs I will be contacting artists and makers. If you would like more details and are interested in having a space at any of the markets please get in touch. You may book at any of the dates.

December 4, 2012

Lewes Late Night Shopping 6th Dec 2012

This year I have the pleasure of taking part in a Vintage Christmas at the All Saints Centre, Friars Walk. With lots of warming handknits, vintage needles, patterns and tree decorations to tempt you. Open from 5pm til 9.30ish the fair will offer lots of tempting gifts with the added bonus of a cocktail bar.
Needlefelt decorations

July 18, 2012

Life without a car

Looks like the relationship between me & Betty has come to an end. Betty is a 12yr old Nissan Micra that my dad bought new in 2000. She never missed a service and has only clocked up just over 60,000 miles.Dad never drove very far in her, she made it to Yorkshire last year, the furthest she ever went.

I don’t understand cars, can’t even change a tyre, I know where to put oil, screen wash and petrol, that’s it.

The man at the garage was very kind explaining this & that trying to make me understand that Betty was defunct and was not worth the cost of repairing, there would be no guarantee that she would last very long even after the repair to get her through the MOT.

So now I’m coming to terms of losing Dad’s car and my independence. I’m lucky to live in a village with a frequent bus service which will take me to Hove so I can look after my grandson ( double the time it takes to drive), get me to Lewes to do my shift at Oxfam and to Uckfield to see my mum. It will enable me to do 2 of my Lets Get Moving jobs but one will have to be dropped, too far & no bus. It won’t get me to Forest Row to sell my wares at Mansion market or to the shows I do every year. I will miss them but I’ll have to adjust.

Life changes all the time, throws up new challenges. Now I have to be positive and move on. I shall make the most of Betty til the end of the month then wave her goodbye (after removing the AA badge from her front).

She may go the Fire service or the police, but I’d quite like a few pennies for her to put toward a shopping trolley and an annual bus pass!


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May 2, 2012

South of England Spring Garden and Leisure Show 6th/7th May

I’ve been dyeing fleece and yarn ready to take to this event which is the biggest one I’ve ever done! Last weekend at The Hop farm, Paddock Wood the weather made people stay away so I’m hoping that this weekend it is rather less damp. I’m sharing a space with my mate Lamingtonlass (Sheena) in the Access the Countryside area just off the Blue Gate. We’ve both been very busy preparing for this so hopefully we’ll sell out!

The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners and Dyers will also be there near the alpaca show so all in all it wil be a good show.

April 23, 2012

Weald Crafts 2012 programme of events

My first event this year is this weekend at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY. I will have all my dyed yarn as well as knitted items.
26th May will be Heathfield Show, TN21 8TH
30th June & 1st July is the Smallholders Show at Ardingly RH17 6TL
22nd July Blackstock Farm, Nr. Hailsham BN27 4HF
I will post more dates later on when I have confirmed my attendance.
Although I won’t be with Weald Crafts I will be at the Spring Show Ardingly 6th & 7th May.

November 11, 2011

Mansion Market Forest Row Sat 12th November

My stock of winter warmers will be packed up and driven to Forest Row tomorrow morning for the monthly market. Hopefully it will stay crisp and dry. Opens at ten, packs up at four. Great food, coffee and of course knits!
See a selection of my stock here

September 11, 2011

Masham Sheep Fair 24th and 25th Sept 2011

This fair promises to be the highlight of my year. To date, the Brighton Mini Maker Faire is far and away the best event of the year for me but I’m really looking forward to getting away from it all and having a mini holiday with my friend Pat. Now Pat is not a spinner and is not into wool at all so this may come as a bit of a shock to her. We are sharing the driving, I’ve probably not driven that far since I drove from Arizona to Tennessee a millenium ago but I’m up for the challenge, and so is Pat. I intend to enter Jacko the giant pumpkin in the competition, there is a class for an interior design article, I think he qualifies!
For more info about the fair check out

August 26, 2011

Giant pumpkin is complete-meet him at Middle Farm this weekend

Well it’s taken a couple of months and quite a lot of wool but now it’s finished at last and I can reveal it in all it’s glory. He will make his first live appearance at Middle Farm this weekend.
Come and say hello!


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