North and south this summer

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In the last three months Dave and I have relocated to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales - to Wensleydale to be precise, home of Wensleydale cheese loved by Wallace and Gromitt.  Back in January, however, I had to apply for fairs being held during the summer, autumn and winter this year.

Consequently I have several fairs 'down south' in the next few months.  I want to participate in fairs more local to me now as well, hence the sheepdog trials, which were only about half an hour's journey from our new home.  I've just sent off my fee for Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground in October.  Several stallholders I've met up here have recommended it and are taking part themselves.

If you look on my Events page you'll see that I'm in the south over the August Bank Holiday, and also in November and December.  Meanwhile I'm making more dolls, so I have plenty of stock for the big fairs I'm at during the run-up to Christmas.

If you're around, do come along to one or more of the fairs I'm attending.  They're great fun, there are lots of high-quality crafters, and there are lots of events taking place at the venues apart from the craft marquee/hall.

How to make my day

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Back in November I did a Christmas Fair at the church in Clare, Suffolk.  It was a wonderful event and lots of my dolls went to new homes in time for Christmas.  One little girl who became the proud owner of one of my dolls was Rebecca.  She chose a pretty fair-haired doll with a dress covered with strawberries.  Later in the day, her mum approached me and explained that Rebecca was sure Father Christmas could fulfil all her dreams, and her dream was to have a dress just like her new doll's.  Could I source enough of the fabric to make into a dress? And could I make the dress for her?

Without a pattern, not living locally, and with Christmas looming, I declined making the dress, but I did say I'd try to source the fabric and send it in the post.  Fortunately my local stockist had the fabric in stock so I was able to send enough for a dress for Rebecca.  

I assumed that was the end of the story until I saw Rebecca and her family at Clare Priory last weekend.  She had come to choose another doll, and this time she chose a blue one with bright pink ribbons.  The highlight for me, however, was when her mum showed me a lovely photo of Rebecca wearing her strawberry dress and clutching her strawberry doll.  Both looked fantastic!  

A Priory and an Abbey

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Just a few weeks to go until the prestigious and highly enjoyable Clare Priory Craft Fair.  I did this fair for the first time last year, as several fellow stall holders recommended it.  I was not disappointed!  It was bustling with people, it was full of delightful, high quality stalls, and there was a great atmosphere and camaraderie throughout the event.  I'm so looking forward to doing it again this year!

I expected to have a few weeks break after Clare, in order to restock for the Countess of Warwick's Show at Little Easton Gardens on the August Bank Holiday weekend.  However, having moved to Yorkshire recently, I've been looking out for good shows in the Dales area, and discovered that the National Sheepdog Trials are being held this year just half an hour's drive from my new abode.  They're at the end of July, in the grounds of the beautiful Jervaulx Abbey.  I applied last week and am delighted that they have squeezed me in.  It's a three day event so I'm going to be very busy, both at the event itself and also in the couple of weeks beforehand.  As there are a finite number of dolls I can physically make, I'll have to spend all my spare time sewing in readiness for the event.  Just as well I enjoy making my dolls so much!!

So, if you live within striking distance of Clare in Suffolk, or Jervaulx Abbey in East Witton, North Yorkshire, do come along and enjoy the events as well as snapping up a gorgeous doll or a set of padded letters.  See you there!