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  1. Calling all local events organisers.......

    Craft and Gift fairs wanted!!

    It has been a very quiet year for me so far.  I have recently started a new full time job and I simply havent had the time or energy to look for new craft fairs and events.  In some ways it has been really nice to concentrate on the new job but I am now starting to look towards Christmas and usually by now my diary for November is filling up fast, however, I still have a few weekends available.

    I have also received notification that the MK Handmade & Vintage Fair usually held in September is not being held this year.  Dont fret though, it will be back in November.

    We have a couple of fairs coming up in the next couple of months.  Keep checking the events page for further developments.

  2. Sorry I have been very quiet on here as of late.  I am still getting over the Christmas lull and trying to get myself back into "baking" mode.  I have not been completely idle during this period, however, as I have been working on commissions (and typically forgot to take photos...) and creating new stock ready for some of this years events.

    My first fair of the year will be at Deddington Farmers Market on the 22nd February.  At this time of the year this fair can be quite quiet and very dependent on the weather, which has not been very co-operative recently.  My stall, however, is situated within the church, which is dry and cosy and hot refreshments can also be purchsed there.  The market needs your support to continue so do please pop along, you wont be disappointed.  See here for more details and news about the market.

    The brilliant MK Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza is on again the following weekend.


    I will be featuring my new nappy cakes and there will be a few gift ideas for Mothering Sunday which falls on the 30th March this year.  Watch this space for a sneaky preview!  The fair is free to get in and with 120 stalls it is definately worth a visit.

    Is it wrong that I've bought a new outfit for this event?

  3. Back in December 2012 I got myself a swanky "new" Android phone and the first App I added to it was Instagram.  I was instantly hooked.  I loved how you could take a simple photo and make it look beautiful but adding filters and cropping the pictures.

    If you wish to follow me on Instagram my user name is moodymare33 - see here :

    I have selected a few of my favourite pictures from there to do a review of my 2013 Instagram experience:


    It snowed, it snowed a lot!  Infact the snow kept coming until late March.  Despite being a complete nuisance it did look lovely.  It was also my birthday at the end of the month and I baked some delicious Apple & Cinnamon Muffins to celebrate with.  One of my oldest friends, knowing my passion for cakes and crafts, hand stitched me a personalised Birthday card which I loved.



    February was quite a quiet month for me.  I spent the month designing new products for the forthcoming fairs including the Sock Cake Pops and attending Deddington Farmers Market.  I also found time to experiment at some vintage hair styles in preparation for some vintage fairs I was to attend along with Goodwood Revival.  



    The first weekend in March I attended the MK Handmade & Vintage Fair in Milton Keynes.  As I have mentioned before I absolutely love this event and the weekend in March exceeded my expections.  The fair has such a great atmosphere and a great selection of stalls that I hope never to miss one in the future.  It also saw in my new banner featuring me!



    Again a very quiet month, but I managed to attend a couple of smaller local fairs.  I love doing these as you get the chance to meet some lovely people including the other stallholders.  We don't gossip, we "network".  Fact.

    This fair was in Moreton-in-Marsh.  The sun came out in what felt like the first day this year and it started to feel like Spring was on it's way at last.



    At the beginning of May Mr FFC & I took a trip to Spain for a couple of weeks to celebrate our 4th Wedding Anniversary.  Unfortunately the good weather we had been experiencing in the UK did not last very long and the chill followed us to Spain.  The latter week we were in Spain the sun finally made an appearance and I was able to enjoy some Horse Riding through the stunning Andalusian countryside.  The sunshine also made a guest appearance at the end on May in the UK also.  The apple blossom was beautiful and a good sign for a bountiful crop.



    June saw another MK Handmade & Vintage Fair and you can see from these pictures how happpy I was to be there!  The weather was also starting to take a turn for the better.  We took another trip to Spain to see my parents who live over there.  There is a field behind their house that is constantly changing, we went once and there were masses of sunflowers, another time there could be corn growing, the field may be freshly ploughed and streaked in the various different shades of terracotta that it prevalent to that area of Spain.  This time, however, the field had been left to seed and was amass of wild flowers and teaming with nature.



    July was an inferno.  The crazy weather in the UK means that one week it can be snowing and the next we have a heatwave.  My parents came to stay with us in July to escape the extreme heat they have in Spain.  Epic fail.  They turn up on the day our long lasting heatwave starts.  I got some super shots on my regular camera from some our long evening walks we went on during this month, but for some unknown reason I did not share them on Instagram.  I have shared a few pictures from July in an earlier blog so I will swiftly move on to August.


    Still balmy and warm, we all went to an old friends wedding "up north" and enjoyed a lovely church wedding followed  by an informal "picnic" style reception/party back at their house.  The weather was perfect, the venue was perfect, I was pleased with my outfit and wish the happy couple all the best for the future.  My parents went back to Spain towards the end of the month and I celebrated a day off with the "girls" (aka Marilyn and Audrey).



    Another MK Handmade & Vintage Fair came in September, which meant another outfit and another hairdo!  We also went down to Goodwood Revivial and stayed at Bognor Regis.  Bognor is very shabby chic, a nightmare for nice places to eat, but it does have a beach, a pier and have a very vintage seaside feel to it.  It was our first time at Goodwood Revival and I think we were a both a little overwhelmed by it all and hadnt appreciated just how busy it was going to be.  We both dressed up for the occasion and I had my hair done at the salon there.  We even had a proper photo taken of us.  I hope to go again, just probably not in 2014 as it is quite an expensive event to visit once you have factored in accommodation etc.




    It was starting to get busy in October for Fat Free Cakes in the build up to Christmas, with fairs nearly every weekend.  One of these fairs was the Oxford Bake-Off.  Of course it would have been rude not to sample some of the cakes on offer!  Lemon cake counts as one of your five a day doesnt it?



    I had fairs pretty much every weekend im November and any spare time I had was spent creating more stock.  Whilst my parents were here in the summer my mother taught me how to crochet and I started to make a granny square cushion cover using variegated wool.  Because of the thickess of the wool and the size of the hook it took form very quickly.  It is now complete and is a really lovely cuddly cushion.  I also fine-tuned some vintage hair dos.



    During the run up to Christmas I include the ever popular cosy sock muffins in my stock and was having to make them in their dozens.  I have a few of these left and they will be for sale up to the end of February (unless we have a freak heatwave, then they will be totally inappropriate!).  

    I loved my Christmas decorations this year.  I had decided to change the colour scheme this year from pale aqua, silver and purple with lots of sparkle to a more rustic Scandi style in red, grey and white.  I bought a few new decorations but decided to make the rest.  So I made yarn baubles, crochet mini granny hexis, crochet snowflakes and wrapped hearts.  I also found some old decorations that my mother had made and I was really pleased with the whole effect.  

    We spent Christmas in Spain again and got spoilt rotten by my parents.  The weather was a lot better there than it was in the UK as you can see from this picture of the lovely Pia who still looked fabulous post-ride, unlike me....


    There are obviously more photos on my instagram feed, please do take a look and follow me!

    I do note that there are a few significant gaps in my year, so I am making it my challenge for this year to post at least one new photo a week on Instagram.  Hmm just got one day to go to get the first done!

    I hope you have enjoyed my quick round up of 2013.  Looking forward to 2014 now and the new adventures it will bring.

    See you soon x