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Jam Jar Tealights

4 Dec

This idea is inspired by internet browsing for cute and quirky ideas to make different things to sell on the stall at the Frost Fayre (and hopefully to give as gifts this Christmas). It was such a simple idea that I can’t believe we didn’t think of it ourselves, or think of it earlier. The thanks go to my boyfriend who found it online and worked out how to make them.

These jam jars were originally purchased online, but we since found them in Wilkinson’s to buy, and they are perfect for what I wanted them for. The inside of the lid is removable, which means I can screw the lid on without the insert, and the top of the jar is left looking tidy and finished.

The effect of the pictures on the jar comes simply from sticking outline stickers around the jar at random, than spray painting the jar in an even coat of paint. We did discover it was easier to spray the jars on paper plates so we could rotate the jars for an even coverage of paint.

Once the paint was dry, it was a simple case of peeling the stickers off carefully and hey presto 🙂

I am thrilled with the white ones. I actually want to keep a few of them for myself. However, we did paint some in red and pink, and we encountered a few issues with this paint. I think the fact that they are a gloss paint meant that it didn’t dry or stick to the glass quite so well, and so it does seem to chip easily. The white paint is a matte spray paint, and seems to have stuck well to the glass. I definitely prefer these to the coloured ones.

I’ve since made a few more to sell as I’m not overly happy with the red and pink ones, so have gone ahead and made some more white ones (and as Sod would have it, I ran out of the white spray paint with just one more to paint). I think they’re a fabulous idea. So simple.

Happy crafting 🙂


Christmas Tree Decorations

27 Nov

With Christmas and the Frost Fayre approaching fast, I’m trying to come up with ideas to sell that are Christmas related but aren’t cards. While I’ve been doing my Christmas shopping I’ve seen a lot of felt tree decorations about, that are probably machine made but have the handmade look to them.



I have now made a few of these to sell on the stall, and I’ve decided that any I have left can go on my tree because I’m very happy with them.

I cut two heart shapes out of felt (around a template so they’re all the same size) and attached a button and ribbon to the “inside” at the top of the heart. I then blanket stitched around the edge of the heart in thread of a similar colour to the ribbon and the button to securely stitch the two hearts together. As I reached the end of the blanket stitch, I slipped some stuffing inside the heart to pad it out a little bit.

These decorations probably only took around 20 minutes to make once I’d refreshed my memory on how to do blanket stitch. They’re so quick and easy to make they’re ideal for selling on my stall on December 8th.

They’re a lot tidier than other heart sachets I’ve made in the past; I don’t know if this is because I didn’t use a sewing machine this time or because they’re simply a smaller size, but I’m thrilled to bits with how they’ve turned out.

Keep crafting, and keep motivated 🙂

Project: Mass Production

3 Jun

Where I live, our local village holds a May Fayre and a Frost Fayre every May and December respectively. While the May Fayre seems to be getting more and more quiet every year, the Frost Fayre always seems to be heaving, and the stalls are full of people selling expensive products as Christmas gifts.

As my friend and I are both into the crafty side of things, reguarly cardmaking and cross stitching together, we’ve decided to spend the month of June seeing just how much “stock” we can generate in a month. We thought that if we can make enough, we’re going to enquire about signing up to have our own stall at this year’s Frost Fayre, selling smaller things such as cards, tree decorations, then we can go crazy making things to sell on our stall. If we can’t make enough for the Frost Fayre, we’ll have a think about starting now and signing up for next year instead 🙂

So far, I have spent just one evening with a bit of papercraft, and managed to put 5 cards together in two hours (which isn’t a bad rate of production if you ask me). I have plans for some little heart sachet tree decorations I want to make, and I know my friend has bought some cheap fabris and she’s going to attempt to make a few small handbags to sell as gift ideas. I also want to buy the ingredients I need to make some bath bombs (instructions for which I’ve found in Kirstie Alsopp’s book “Craft” which was a birthday present off my friend this year).

I’ll update my blog with the progress we’re making on our production line: this could be the start of an annual venture if all goes to plan, so expect a few upcoming posts about things I’ve made to sell.

I am rather excited about the prospect of selling our own handmade items on – essentially – a market stall. Gifts and cards for Christmas: handmade and homemade inspired items are everywhere at the moment, so we’re taking the advantage and seeing what we can do.

Fingers crossed, and wish us luck 🙂