Christmas Craft Festival Ahoy!

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Phew!

It has been a busy few days!  The weekend before last I was in the inspiring surroundings of Ballymaloe House in East Cork.  What a location! The Craft Fair covered the whole Grainstore area, plus the well-named Big Shed, which contained still more craft stalls, delectable food stalls and a stage for music.

The Grainstore, Ballymaloe
The Grainstore, Ballymaloe

I was fortunate to be in the Grainstore, surrounded by craft stalls selling gorgeous jewellery, felt, leather goods, fairy doors and seaweed baths.  A few Christmas presents were bought and stashed away in advance.

Meadow Bags at Ballymaloe
Meadow Bags at Ballymaloe

We were helped by glorious late Autumn weather, with crisp, frosty mornings and sunshine all day.  This compares well with the weather we got last year at this time, when we were pounded week after week by Atlantic storms. Several times my route home from Chapel Lane Market in Ennis was blocked by flooding, and I was fortunate to have a friend who could put me up overnight at short notice. The forecast for the coming week shows that the still, cold weather is due to continue for at least 7 more days, so that’s fantastic news.

This weekend I’m back to Ennis and the Chapel Lane Market Christmas Craft Extravaganza Part 1 (Part 2 is the following weekend, 9-11 December!). Our venue, the Community Centre, has been freshly painted and has beautiful Christmas decorations all around the hall. We will have music provided by Aisling Lyons, who is a harpist and concertina player, which will make the atmosphere even more magical.  There are over 30 stalls booked in, so come prepared to spend a bit of time strolling around, soaking up the atmosphere and really checking out the range of crafts on offer!  There really will be something for everyone.

CLM Christmas Market
CLM Christmas Market
Purses
Purses

In preparation I have made a batch of purses in fabrics old and new, and I am awaiting a delivery of meadow fabric, so I hope to have a full range of bags in my new fabric as well. I’m really pleased that my new fabric is proving to be popular, so as soon as my latest batch of fabric arrives it will barely have time to adjust to life outside of the wrappings before it is cut and sewn into bags.

Finally, my last bit of news is advanced warning for those of you based in the UK….I will be attending a new event in May 2017, at the National Trust property in Baddesley Clinton near Solihull.  More details to follow as I have them!

Here’s an updated list of where to find me in the coming few weeks in the run up to Christmas – and don’t forget you can always order online at my site here if you can’t catch me at a market.  Just don’t forget that final posting dates are fast approaching!

Friday 2 December 6-9pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

Saturday 3 December 10am – 5pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

Sunday 4 December 11am – 4pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

Tuesday 6 December Shannon Group Charity Fashion Show, Shannon Airport, Co Clare

Friday 9 December 6-9pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

Saturday 10 December 10am – 5pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

Sunday 11 December 11am – 4pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

Friday 16 December 5-10pm Corofin Christmas Night Market, Corofin, Co Clare

Saturday 17 December 10am – 5pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

Sunday 18 December 11am – 5pm Clare Crafts Association Christmas Craft Fair, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare

Monday 19 – Friday 23 December 12-7pm Chapel Lane Christmas Market, Ennis, Co Clare

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