New records

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Over the summer I’ve been at some wonderful fairs both locally in Yorkshire and down in Essex, where I lived until May this year. Two records were set during this time. I had one customer who bought a doll for herself and came back about an hour later saying that she loved her doll so much she decided to buy one for each of her grandchildren for Christmas. She proceeded to buy three more. That was the first record - selling four to one customer at one time.

Then when I was down in Essex a customer decided to buy a doll for herself. Whilst I was putting the doll in a bag and getting ready to receive the payment, she decided to buy a doll for each of her grandchildren for Christmas. She proceeded to buy four more! That is my current record - selling five to one customer at one time.

These sales were unexpected but a real boost. I’m so glad people love my dolls so much!

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!