The Country Living Fair 2017

The Country Living Fair was a huge success!

This was my first time as a trader at the Country Living Magazine fair and I will definitely come back next year. What a grand selection of talent from across the U.K. What a buzzing atmosphere and I made friends with the traders around me.

The customers were very lovely. It was quite quiet on a couple days but it was icy outside and the rugby was on..

Im not the best yet at selling like a street trader from Eastenders so I decided to bring my paints and make pet portraits for people whilst they shop! This was a genius idea…you could wait 4 weeks for a portrait if you ordered online.

The big panda was a hit and sold quickly. I get a bit emotional when my favourite paintings are sold. So I went home and recreated one overnight. My trader friends though this was mad 😝

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name-the-bear' comp on my Facebook page as I realised poor Mrs Bear didn’t have a name or a Story to tell. She’s now Beryl .

Lessons learnt?

Well, I may have been over-prepared and brought too much stock. My tiny stall looked beautiful but a bit like Steptoes yard.I had a huge help thanks from His Handsomeness who did a great job of putting up shelves and heavy paintings I also learned that I love my artworks on black. This is my signature style and will be my focus from now on.

As well as my cute cards which sold out . I’ll be making more designs of these.

I am very exciting for 2018 and all the other Trade shows I booking into now.

I’ve worked quite hard lately and now it’s time for tiny break before catching with Crimbo pet portrait orders.

Cheryl x

The day I discovered ACEO cards

Check out these teeny tiny mini paintings! Aren’t they so cute!

Today I’m halfway through a personal challenge to paint 50 ACEO paintings.

What is an ACEO? An ACEO is a little tiny work of art. ACEO stands for Art Card Originals and Editions. Collecting them is a craze that is sweeping the UK. I read somewhere however that artists have been trading art cards for a very long time. Just for fun and inspiration. Perhaps before the days of Instagram, that’s how they got their ‘likes’ and shared ideas.

There is a huge variety of artwork available in this format. Store them in a book or display them in teeny frames or shelves. They’re going in my eBay shop tonight..Become a mini art collector today…

They are so much fun to make! 🎨

They are also very portable! This helps greatly with transporting to markets and fairs and posting abroad …

Watch this space. I think ACEO creating is about to become a new hobby of mine.

Lessons learnt

I am sat on my sofa in the midst of a building site that is my new lovely house,drinking mulled wine tonight as I write this.
Today was Grassmarket market day. Its March, and it’s rained all day.


I’ve had fun however .
I’m going to share what I’ve learned today as an amateur in this stall holding melark.

So today, as I said ,it’s March. It’s Easter weekend in Edinburgh, and there’s a touristy buzz starting to form around Edinburgh.

Taking into consideration the following expenses:
£total sales -£stall fee
(+£NCP day parking fee
+£my Paella, coffee and cake bill)

= I broke even.

Not too shabby for a rainy day in Edinburgh Grassmarket.

It must have been comical to watch. I spent my first hour fighting the elements! The Grassmarket is a wind trap! It’s designed to be so with that big castle in the middle of the city.

My table blew over 3 times before I eventually tied it down with the rope I brought.
Then to secure the table cloth and all the canvas art to the sides of the table and tent.
Once my art was laid out beautifully on the now supposedly anchored table, enter stage left HUGE gust of wind that blew the whole thing over again with Highland cow paintings flying across the Grassmarket.
-cue red face.

All was not lost however, as I was rescued by a flurry of American tourists picking up all the pieces of broken glass and torn paintings.  2 Italian men helped me find a manly way of securing the table properly. You gotta laugh at yourself.

Then I met Rachel on the stall next to me. Rachel’s been trading for a long time and had lots of cool tools and tips for survival on the stalls.

Lesson 1: Crocodile clips! They tie everything down – they can also help seal the tent and keep the rain oot.
Luggage straps also help to strap your goods to the table when the wind blows high.

Lesson 2: wear wool and leather.
I was cold and wet! I had on a long wool coat, but it really wasnt cutting it- my head and hands were freezing! Now I know why market people wear fingerless gloves. My boots apparently weren’t waterproof after all either. Layers of wool and leather trap in the heat!! Roll on summertime.

Lesson 3: plastic boxes
All my stock was in cardboard boxes under the table. Now picture the Grassmarket at the bottom end – the downhill bit, and what it was traditionally designed for. Gard-e-loo!
Yep Soaked. Sopping wet!

Lesson 4: I worked this one out myself. If your selling art to tourists, they can’t take big pieces anyone with them. Small art is more economical and darn easier to transport.

Lesson 5: this is more of a life lesson on my part- Park Thy Car Properly!!
I was later met with a £50 parking ticket as I discovered my wheels were outside the white lines in the NCP. My bad.

I made new friends. Learned lessons. Made a whole bunch of future bookings, because I plan on getting better at this every time.

For now, mulled wine,warm feet and a cosy bed awaits.

Obi says hi.

 

love Cheryl

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