Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Papery Weekend for us!

I don't understand Paper Arts at all. Women taking perfectly good pieces of paper, cutting them into shapes and gluing them together to make something else...oh, OK. It's kind of like quilting but with paper, right?
Yes, and no. I think the entry level is more accessible, but the dizzying heights I have seen some people take it to are as skilled as any complex quilt.
Anyway, this past weekend saw Prue and I at a big recreation centre presenting Made Marion's wares to the public. As the 'wild card', given we don't really sell any paper craft stuff at all.
Prue (my right hand woman) and I flanking our domain
Foreground - our "make & take" table all set up. Prue showed dozens of people how to needle felt over the weekend, and many of them discovered a new hobby in the process!
The vista beyond our little corner of paperdise. Man I could spend some serious money on scrapbooking papers, they are almost as tempting as fat quarters!
Some of our pretties. The orange retro fabric forming our table skirt is probably going to be a maxi dress for summer for ME. It is SOOOO gorgeous! 
I was quite hyped before the fair - I've done heaps of markets but always where the focus was on what I was selling - what do you take to a fair focussed on card making and scrap booking, when you don't sell that stuff?
Turns out, you take sparkly things, lace and pretty ribbons. We sold these things in small but constant quantities all weekend, while Prue was busy converting the paper lovin' heathens to needle felting and selling HEAPS. My contribution was telling wide-eyed children about the secret mountain in the South Island where the multi-coloured sheep graze, which is where we get the coloured wool from... YEAH RIGHT!
We had a great weekend, met lots of new people and gave out lots of cards. It's nice to get out and about with the 'brand' so to speak and I can't wait until my next chance at Aethercon, the steam punk convention. A VERY different product mix will be going there! :)


  1. I went to a 'craft fair' once... there was a whole floor entirely made of papercraft stalls.....erm.....dull and pointless IMO paper is for drawing/writing/painting on. lol!
    Only stall I liked was the making flowers from ribbon one....gave me ideas for decorating hats etc.
    At least the other floor had fabric stuff...I'm really annoyed I didn't buy the silk that was on sale there. Was kicking myself that I didn't realise how much of a bargain it was till I got home.

  2. Paper crafts are also a mystery to me. Except for book binding. That involves sewing...

    But I think your wild card played out very well indeed!

  3. are going to the steampunk convention....that will be amazing!!! I used to be a big scrapbooker before I started sewing...I definitely still love all the pretty papers :)

  4. Haha, 'paper-loving heathens'! You're a hoot. Sounds like it was a good time, and it's always fun to find the 'wild-card' at a specialized fair. :)

  5. Looks like a great time with lots of temptations.

  6. that really sounds wonderful. You know, multicoloured sheep and scrapbooking papers as tempting as fat quarters. What a combination! And, ooh, I can't wait to see what you feed the steam punks!