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I have been missing in action the last few weeks, due to: 1. lack of focus  2.  lack of time  3. lack of sales  4 lacklustre in general.  I hit a creative wall a while back and it's taken a long time to knock it down and push through.  I think I am there now though :D   I had a disastrous spring fayre again this year....(even worse than 2012, which was a nightmare).  Saturday, it was raining....and raining and raining some more.  I have to admit that I wouldn't have ventured out unless I had to, to be honest, so there were few people about.  I still sold a couple of pieces which was encouraging for the next day which was supposed to be dry and sunny.  It WAS dry and sunny the next day, beautiful in fact...more people came through the door so everyone was smiling and hoping for a better day.  Sadly it didn't materialise.  I sold nothing....all day I sat there smiling and chatting to people and didn't sell a bean.  Unless of course you count the earrings I 'sold' to my dear daughter at cost price (not been paid yet though).  I always do this fayre to make sure I get in to the Christmas one which is very popular with crafters and the public alike.  Next year I think I'll take a risk and not do it, as it cost me £40 for the stall for the weekend and at least another £30 for food and drink for myself and my daughter (organisers don't allow you to bring in own food)  and I took £25 the whole weekend....You don't need to be a genius to work out the maths.  Also didn't help that I had a stall opposite me selling Gold & Silver items from a fiver...Really nice chap, could sell snow to penguins, but I think that hit me hard.  People walked straight past me as they headed to and from his stall... Ah well, we live and learn.  One good piece of news though was that I was asked to judge a class at our local carriage driving society in May, I am so looking forward to finding out more about it.  I love horses so this looks like it's going to be a real fun afternoon.  I will take plenty of photos to share.

Last week though hasn't been too bad though.  Have had a couple of orders and some encouraging enquiries too, so at least I can be positive now :)

Here is a pic of my new favourite items.... Bermuda Blue Crystal hearts.

bermuda blue crystal heart & chain earrings Isn't the colour stunning?  They are even better in real life, contrasting shades of blue and green....it reminds me of the sea that surrounds tropical islands.  Although sometimes we get colour like that here in Jersey on a bright sunny day!! 

I'm still not near the 2000 mark on my Facebook page, but don't forget that when I reach that great milestone, I will be giving away these lovely little earrings to someone.  freshwater pearl and crystal earrings Gorgeous freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals on sterling silver earposts. 

They go with the bracelet I gave you all a sneaky peek at on my last blog...well here it is in all it's glory...

freshwater pearl & crystal bracelet

So that's me this week...Hopefully this creative streak will continue and I'll have oodles to show you in the next few weeks.  I'm going to head off now to Handmade Monday to see what I've missed over the last few weeks. 

Bye for now

Sarah x

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  1. The earrings are beautiful, I love the colour. The bracelet and matching earrings are delicate and lovely. sorry the fair didn't go too well, it makes you wonder how that chap could have his prices so low though...

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  2. Sorry to hear you've feeling a bit flat - I'm in sympathy with that and have run away to Devon for a few days to try and boost the inspiration :) Doesn't sound at all fair to make you purchase food at the venue - hope they give you a discount at least.

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  3. I, too, have had a couple of bad fairs lately, not selling enough to cover my costs. I think I am going to have to pack them in for a while. The bracelet is beautiful.

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  4. Sorry to hear the fair didn't go well. I think people are still really feeling the pinch. Your blue heart earrings are really pretty. Hopefully they will bring you more sales. Have a lovely week. Ali x

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  5. I had a craft fair like that in December - complete disaster! But it's great you've found a new creative streak, and I love those blue crystal hearts :-)

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  6. Oooh those crystal hearts really are beautiful! I love your earring and bracelet set too, especially the little charms on the bracelet. I'm sorry that the fair didn't go so well for you, these things can be so hit and miss can't they... hopefully the Christmas one will go lots better! x

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  7. What a shame! Your jewellery is beautiful though so it's the "buying climate" thats the problem! The sun shining puts us all in a more positive frame of mind though so I hope you have a good week xx

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  8. I can really sympathise with the way you've been feeling recently- definitely identify with a lot of it! I'm glad you're feeling a bit more positive now- me too- I think proper Spring sunshine is big help! All the best for the week ahead :)

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  9. I'm shocked you aren't allowed to take your own food! You're working, not there to enjoy a leisurely lunch! It must be awful to spend so much and not sell. Good luck for the Chrsitmas one! x

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  10. It's awful when you don't do well at a fair. I think it's really unfair that you cant take your own food, I think I'd be telling the organisers that I'm on a special diet (Glutton free or lactose intoleralant or some such. Jan x

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  11. Sorry the craft fair was so disappointing. I have done some like that, and it can be very dispiriting. At Christmas I ending up taking my knitting, and then if I sold nothing I at least felt it hadn't been a complete waste of time.

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  12. I am sorry about the fayre. Aren't they just the most frustrating, irritating activities you can take part in? That seems very unfair that you cannot take food and drink in with you. Lovely earrings. Hope you have a good week.

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  13. Those earrings are stunning, I have a tendency to clutter my work sometimes, it's lovely to see a beautiful simple piece

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  14. Sorry about the craft fair your experience is becoming more and more common and it's a shame as it seems to be putting quite a few of us off doing them. The ccolours of the blue earrings is stunning, I love them!

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  15. Blue Forest Jewellery

    Shame about the craft fayre, but it seems to happen a lot to people these days. Your jewellery is beautiful. Hope you have a good week, Alison

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  16. Feel for you but glad that you are feeling a bit more positive. Your work is stunning as those earrings show.Hope your mojo continues this week :)

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  17. Glad you got your mojo back. I too love the crystal heart ear rings

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