Ah, weekend…is there any sweeter word? Well, it’s a sweet word now that I don’t have to work on weekends! Even sweeter when it’s combined with “Craft” and “Show”. This particular weekend was host to the “Treasured Craft Creations” 3-in–1 market at the Claremont Show Grounds. It is held several times a year and combines art’n’craft, vintage and antiques & collectables all under the one roof. You could easily spend a whole day if you were to check out everything on display and go to each different section. Mum and I (being seasoned TTC regulars) were only interested in the craft area this time so spent just a few (happy) hours wandering around the stalls and buying a few supplies and gifts. We know which stalls we want to look at and which ones we don’t have a need for (there’s only so many times you can see crocheted peg holders or ironing board covers) but, this time, there were a few new stalls to check out which was a nice change and warranted further inspection and the taking home of business cards and flyers.
Anyway, here’s a selection of goodies on display…
Lots and lots of lavender – pretty purple everywhere! (I don’t remember seeing the
lavender sherbet lollies at the time otherwise I would have bought some!
Pretty gypsy-inspired jewellery, bags and scarves…
Love, love, loved this stall (Clay & Clasp) by local artist Lucy. Such pretty pastel colours and cute designs. I was so busy trying to get a photo,
I didn’t actually stop and buy something. But I’m going to the website to see what takes my fancy. Love the macaroon necklaces – how cute are they?
(sorry, photo is a bit blurry…hard to take a decent pic in jostling crowds!)
Lots of lovely soaps – handmade with glorious scents…
Cool little wooden plaques – like the colour scheme…beachy!
Adorable bunny pendant – also had dogs, cats, koalas etc. Super cute!
Fabric and more fabric in every conceivable colour and pattern…
Plenty of jewellery for all styles and budgets… (I always look at jewellery for its components…can I make
something else with these beads/charms etc?)
We had a quick look at all the vintage clothes but we were really in more of a crafty mood so we moved on after a short while…
Candles everywhere! Lots of lovely soy-based ones with beautiful fragrances and colours (although I must admit I like the plain cream ones best).
Mum picked up a few tea lights for her oil burner and little candle holders.
Loved these little owl pictures – isn’t he sweet, all sequinned and fluffy?
Something to jazz up your plant pots – Flower Pot Fillies!
I really must get into the cabochon trend – really like the jewellery and hair clips people are making…
This was one of the new stalls – “With Love by Bec” – great stuff, very reasonably priced and such pretty things! Lots of stripes
and polka dots and bunting (three of my favourite things!). I really wanted the polka dot satchel…I ummed and aahed about it too long and
when I went back it was gone 😦
Gorgeous glass beads and steampunk jewellery…
Quirky-but-beautiful pottery. Loved these indigo-hued bowls and dishes. Some of them had little feet and wings!
I have to admit my ultimate aim at these craft shows is to stock up on card blanks. Boring I know but necessary.
P & K Craft Supplies always have awesome-quality blanks and I tend to come out with a big bagful of stuff…
I think the owner might think I am stalking him – he sees me at EVERY craft show he does.
So, what did I buy? Well…I was reasonably restrained and just got things I knew I would use….
Lots of cards and envelopes, some bookmarks and some glitter
(and some teeny little price tags for when I’m selling my jewellery etc)
Some beautiful lace – Mum and I went halves on a 12 metre bundle – only $5.00!
An awesome “seconds” bag of Twiddlybitz pieces. All this for $5.00! Most of it was in perfect condition and the bits
that weren’t were so minimally damaged it was barely even visible. Bargain!
So that was just a selection of the fine things on display. My camera died very early on in proceedings so I couldn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked. I did get fudge though and THAT is important! Now I have a day at home to spend making cards and maybe tidying up a little bit (ha! unlikely!). Then it’s back to work tomorrow…boo…but work equals pay packet and pay packet equals craft supplies so, y’know, it’s a necessity… Happy crafting everyone – hope your weekend has been fun 🙂