At the beginning of the month, I attended the MISI Makers event. I haven't blogged about it, as I have written an article for the Creative Crafting Magazine Christmas Issue 2, that comes out on Tuesday 1st December.
From there I have attended a couple more craft fairs. It's a few more pennies in the pot, and I was lucky enough to sell some older stock, to make room for my new 2010 range.
And the rest of this month?
Myself and Anna, The Crystal Lady, have been busy putting the rest of the magazine together, and receiving wonderful interviews and articles from many crafters.
If you would like to write up an article for the Valentines Issue of Creative Crafting Magazine, please email myself or Anna.
Our Halloween Issue was a massive success, bringing in over 23,000 viewers!
Last week I popped into the local bead shop, and bought a small selection of beads with the last £5 I had in my purse!
I always seem to be attracted to the same colours all the time, bright pinks! So this time I thought I would be a little different and choose some colours that I haven't really used for earrings before!
I went for very light pink, lilac, colbolt blue, aqua turquoise, brown and black.
Okay, maybe not a blog post about my new makes, but a post about Sprinks Day Out!
On Tuesday we went to see GREEN DAY in concert at the LG Arena in Birmingham! I had been looking forward to it for months and months.
We traveled up from Reading at 3:30pm, stopping off at a service station on the way.
After getting a little lost we finally arrived at the LG Arena car park just after 6pm. We paid for the car park (which was £8! They certainly know how to charge!), we waited in line for the bus that took us along the road to the main arena.
The queue getting in wasn't too bad. The man searched my bag, I say searched... it was more like a little peep!
We headed into the lobby and scanned the area. I found the merchandise section and stood looking at the mass crowd of people.
Sometimes it's great being small! I was able to wiggle my way to the front (very naughty I know!) in a matter of seconds, and we bought our souvenir t-shirts to wear in the arena.
We grabbed a panini and headed to into the arena to find our seats. It was pitch black, and we couldn't find our seats, let alone the row letter! The steward found our seats (i want to be a steward when i grow up, they get to stay in the arena the whole time, see the concert, and get paid for it!).
We say down, and I changed my black strappy top for the Green Day t-shirt!
Now, if you remember the girls changing rooms at school, we were all very good at the art of changing tops without having stripe! I'm glad to say I still have the knack!
Finally, Green Day came on stage. I had already sat through their supporting act of 'Prima Donna' which the crowd were not warming too.
The show ended around 11ish, I think, and we headed on out. I was absolutely exhausted! We walked back to the car, as the bus queue was ginormous. We headed on back to down south to Reading, finally getting back around 3am. We decided not to stay over in the end.
Creative Crafting Magazine is online for your viewing pleasure!
The magazine wouldn't have been completed without the brilliant Anna, The Crystal Lady, from Mystic Earth. I was very worried on Thursday night, that Anna was going to go pop, over the stress of getting the magazine proofed by the end of the night! But we did it!
And to all the other contributors to the magazine. WOOHOO! We did it!
I hope you enjoy reading Creative Connections magazine. It's a Halloween special for issue 1.
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On Saturday I went along to the Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair. I'm always after a bargain, so where else better to go, to rummage through old tins of other peoples junk!
We were wandering outside, when I spotted small crowd of people. Being nosy, I went over and had a look!
Only to spot Tim Wonnacott with the blue team being filmed for Bargain Hunt, along with the other antiques man (don't know his name)!
Although I never watch it, I was still star strucked! How stupid! Wasn't like Jude Law had just passed me was it!
The back end of the red team!
The camera man!
I wasn't stalking Tim all day! I did manage to look around the 4 large sheds and all the outside stalls.
Here are my goodies.
I bought these 3 pieces of material by Mulberry for 10p each!
And this little mixture.
2 pairs of retro style earrings, that I will be making into hair pins. You may already recognise them. I bought the opposite sizes last time I went!
2 pairs of clip on antique flower earrings, that I will be also making into hair pins
A pair of tiny glasses! Couldn't resist!
Small bag of strawberry quartz tumblechip gemstones
2 small apple charms with a purple stone
2 sterling silver girl & boy kissing charms
And last, but not least a small swallow
There was also a stationary man there, so i bought some bags and some label tags from him, but I didn't think you would want a picture of that too!
So, not a bad day out. I spent £9.75, which is pretty good!
On Saturday, I had my last outdoor fair of the year. I had been looking forward to this fair for months at the Frome Cheese & Agricultural Show!
After getting up at 4am, arriving at 6am, and setting up by 8:30am I was already shattered, but I was really looking forward to the hustle bustle of the day..... so I thought!
It was an absolutely terrible day! I don't know whether it was where my stall was positioned, or, by the time people had paid the £12.50 entrance fee, and fed themselves they were out of money!
But thank you to everyone that came to my stall, and left lovely comments about my work. They were very much appreciated!
So now that I still have most of my stock, I will be starting to list items on my MISI store! This will also showcase some of the items will be available at the MISI Event on the 7th November @ The Paintworks, Bristol.
This week I have been busy putting together some new 'Make Your Own ' Earring Kits, and Gift Pack Selections! These are perfect present additions, and of course, stocking fillers! (oh yes, it's time to get thinking!)
The show is on Saturday 12th September, and starts at 8:30am! There are many different attractions for the family, that include over 300 trade stands, animals, food halls, demonstrations, and a funfair!
It's being held on Saturday 7th November, and will have around 30 stalls selling handmade crafts. No trade selling will be allowed, so you will be sure that your finds will be handmade from the seller! The Misi event will have all makers who sell on MISI, so you might just recognise many names there!
As always when I am attending any outdoor event, or hall, there will be no credit/debit card facilities for Sprinkles Sparkles stall so remember to take plenty of cash with you!
I was on the MISI forums the other day. Nothing unsual there! And Kelly from Kelso Kreations had asked for someone to make a custom bracelet for her sons girlfriend!
It's her 10th birthday on Friday and is having a neon disco party, so Kelly had asked for something bright, colourful and disco/neon related!
I jumped at the chance at making this, so PM'd Kelly straight away. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, so was keeping my fingers crossed that she would like me to make it for her. I got a reply almost instantly, and Kelly said yes to me making the bracelet! yay!
Here's what I came up with! I love it! It's made from resin beads, suitable for a young girl, as I thought glass wouldn't be as suitable, and also too heavy on her wrist.
Kelly has received the bracelet, along with a gift box and card made by Hayley at Haybel19!
It all matches perfectly! And I hope the birthday girl enjoys her pressies!
The Crystal Lady at Mystic Earth is doing it again! Another blog giveaway :D Anne Marie is a healer, certified to work with Crystals and makes beautiful crystal and gemstone jewelley. Visit her healing site at
So what is up for grabs?
There are two prizes to choose from this month. One pair of earrings is Crystal AB(aurora borealis) and Emerald and the other pair is Crystal AB and Light Rose.
The giveaway is to help relaunch her revamped jewellery website at Radiance Crystals!
You all might remember me mentioning that I had got involved with the MISI Stash Swop at the beginning of the month. My swapper was with Magic Making Hands. I had to send off bits and pieces of my stash to her, while Kelso Creations was mooching about her stash looking for items to send to me! If you don't remember, read here!
Well, today I had finally finished my creations.
Now, I must point out, I'm not at all creative with paper and glue, so this was indeed a challenge! Give me beads any day!! But it really was a great insight into another craft.
One side of my wooden heart
Other side of my wooden heart
One side of my wooden gift tag
Other side of my wooden gift tag
Can't wait for the next swap to happen! Thank you snowflake.unique for organising it.