We had so much fun preparing for this year’s craft fair! Cam made thick wooden chopping blocks and wooden rifles and cookies with the kids. The kids and I made bouillon base and wool felt disguise items. I made cloth produce bags and Lily folded origami cootie catchers. In hindsight, we could have taken the time to prepare more items to sell. We almost sold out and quite a few people wanted to order more of our sold out items! Next year, we’ll be better prepared!

Lily did the majority of the money taking and change making. At the end of the day she declared that half the money was now hers! Ha!

The wooden chopping blocks Cam makes are always so popular. Every family member (and some friends) who visits takes one home with them. For the craft fair he made one with alder and spruce and the other was experimental being made with spruce and cedar. Gorgeous! The wood is all from lumber he milled himself.

Chopping BlocksChopping Blocks

The wooden rifles were really fun to design and a popular sell.

Wooden Rifles

Wooden Rifle

It was just as much fun snapping silly shots of the felt wares as designing and making them. Who are these masked strangers?

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

Arg!Prim Queen

Tough guy

Super GirlMagic Wands

Spicy Eyes

Silly manKing Leify

Super LeifyMis Mew

~Magic Wands

It never fails that I get at least one comment about my cloth produce bags each time I go to the grocery store. People want to use them but either can’t make them themselves, don’t know where to buy them or can’t afford the over priced versions that are sparsely available. I decided to make a whole batch of them. I made larger bags with cheese cloth and smaller ones with linen. They turned out beautifully! It’s common practice to use cloth shopping bags instead of the plastic version these days and yet plastic produce bags are likely worst since they don’t get reused as often!

Cloth Produce Bag

Cloth Produce Bag

10 Responses to Who Are These Masked Strangers?

  1. Ginger says:

    Wow, Annie. Great work. You’re inspiring me to get started on a couple christmas presents. I love the star wands and I think my husband needs a moustache! I’m so glad you almost sold out.

  2. denise says:

    Wow – it all looks fantastic!

  3. Kim says:

    Everything looks great. I love the produce bags, they’re even prettier than the commercial ones I have.
    This is my first winter season of craft fairs and it’s hard work. I’m hoping it will all be worth it in the end though. :)

  4. Annie says:

    Thank you!

    I’m sure it will all be worth it, Kim! Good luck and enjoy every moment.

  5. elementsofmylife says:

    Lovely! I’ve been trying to craft for our Christmas fair too – zippered pencil cases and crayon rolls. I have a bunch cut but finding time to actually do the work is proving a challenge especially since I want to finish our summer duvet styled quilt.

  6. Dawn Suzette says:

    All such wonderful things Annie. Happy it went well!

  7. Amber J says:

    I love the felt masks, they are wonderful. I think I will make a few for my girls’ dress-up box! They will love them, thank you for the idea!

  8. erin says:

    i dearly love your produce bags…if you made a bunch more to sell, count me in for a few!!

    i am so grateful this was successful, and that you have come away feeling satisfied and relieved that is over, but also that it was very well worth it. you worked soooo hard on this.

    did you take photos of the fair itself?

    elements of my life: willl you email me about your fair ?? we might be able to attend!

  9. taisa says:

    Wow! You’ve been busy! It all looks great- you’ve got some pretty cute masked strangers in your house! Glad to hear it went well. I love your produce bags. Gotta make me some of those. Hugs to you and your gang from all of us,

  10. Annie says:

    Thank you all! xx

    I have a bit more fabric for the produce bags but would like to get more. They are so handy and I quite like how these turned out.

    I did take photos of the fair and I’m working on sharing them this weekend! My field of view was limited to specific items on tables rather than a wider view, mainly because of the terrible gym lighting. One day I’ll have to get a flash for my camera!

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