Fun at The Festival of Firsts in Hoylake on a milk float!

Hours of Fun have been speaking with Claire House about working with them and they brought to my attention The Festival of Firsts.  I contacted the organisers to find out if we could get involved and were asked if we would decorate a milk float – the answer straight away was yes!

We arrived at Morton Diaries in Hoylake around 10am on Saturday morning and set to work decorating the milk float.  We had balloons, banners, backdrops, superheros, pirates, felt kites, butterflies and monsters made from empty milk bottles.  When we had finished it looks fab – bright and colourful which is exactly what Hours of Fun is all about!

We jumped on the back of the float and headed to the start of the parade.  When we arrived we had to do some emergency fixing of some decorations which had fallen down along the way and we had lost 3 of the 4 milk bottle monsters.  Then the organiser Barbara arrived on her milk float and they had collected 2 of the fallen monsters on their journey over!

We joined the parade along with lots of different bicycles and tricycles, a Blackpool pleasure beach bus and other wonderful parade goers.  We waved all the way round and got lots of waves back.  We had a cow in the passenger seat of the milk float which everyone loved as we passed them.

We had a fantastic time, it was an extremely fun yet random Saturday adventure!

 

Hours of Fun craft table at Brockholes Nature Reserve – Sea Creature fun

Reposting this blog as for some reason it had dropped into the drafts folder – this craft fair took place last year!

Brockholes Nature Reserve is fast becoming my favourite place to craft fair.  It is a stunning location, unique in its design and set up, with lots to offer for a fun day out.

I did my second craft fair at Brockholes last weekend and it was a lot of fun.  The fair was run by crafty vintage who are fantastic at organising, promoting and delivering these events.  We were lucky enough to have the sun trying to shine through the clouds and plenty of people headed down to wander round the fair, watch and listen to the entertainment, have something to eat and drink and then head out for a walk round the nature reserve before heading home after a fun for all the family day.

The Hours of Fun craft stall was set up with the theme of the weekend being – Sea Creatures.  Those crafting could choose from a Seahorse, Crab, Fish, Dolphin, Whale, Crocodile or a paper plate which they could then make into any sea creature they wished.

Lots of fun was had and so many amazing creations were made.  We had some fantastic team work going on where the adults couldn’t help but get involved, rolling their sleeves up and being on glue duty!  They used sequins, pipe cleaners, pompoms, stickers, googly eyes, felt tips and crayons, scissors, paper, ribbon, feathers and anything else available  to make some spectacular Sea Creatures which they got to take home, with many planning on hanging them up in their bedroom.

The gallery below shows some of the finished pieces made at the craft table.  We had a couple of children who were on their way to creating master pieces but ran out of time, so we went through their ideas, bagged up any crafty bits and bobs and packed them off with what they needed to finish their master piece at home.

The Hours of Fun stall was busy too with lots of people taking advantage of the 4 items for £5 sale we had on.  Lots of face painting kits, fabric markers and paint by numbers were purchased, along with lots of learn to do tapestry kits, ribbons and material squares.

 

Our next fair is at Brockholes in October – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October where we will have a Halloween themed craft table.

Fun at the Hours of Fun craft table at Brockholes Nature Reserve

After a fantastic week off from work, business and baking it is back to the grindstone this week and time to catch up on my blog.  It has been some time since my last blog so we have a few cakes, a craft fair and some crafting updates to share with you.

Firstly I wanted to tell you about the craft fair Hours of Fun attended over the weekend.  The Hours of Fun stall and craft table headed to Brockholes Nature Reserve again for a craft fair weekend run by Bolton Crafts Association.  It was a very different event to the Vintage fairs I have attended at Brockholes previously.  All the stalls were within the conference centre and the fair was run alongside other events taking place at Brockholes such as the reserve walking group and the Activity Room nature sessions, whereas the Vintage fairs take over the site with stalls, entertainment and food and drink.

The weather prediction was changeable with lots of rain and sunshine forecast along with some thunderstorms.  We were very lucky though as the sunshine did keep popping its head out and it remained quite warm so we still had plenty of visitors to the Reserve who popped in to the craft fair for a wander round.

The make and take stall had some fantastic crafters sit down and get busy making amazing Halloween masks.  The stall had Halloween garlands and bunting to get people in the mood for spooky crafts and some fantastic spooky house trays and a scary table cloth to set the scene.

Below is a gallery of some of the masks and Halloween shapes made by the Hours of Fun crafters.  We had cats, bats, witches, devils and pumpkins made and some just got busy sticking everything on their mask to create a monster or simply a masterpiece!

This was the 5th time the Hours of Fun make and take stall has ventured out to an event and they are getting better and better and I am enjoying them more and more each time.   We are expanding on our equipment and ideas to make the experience of crafting at the table more fun for everyone.  We received some excellent feedback from the children and adults who visited the stall and we even have out first regular customer – Sophie.  She visited Brockholes for the Sea Creatures and made an amazing rainbow fish and visited again this weekend and made a devil’s mask.  We look forward to seeing Sophie again at future events and welcoming back lots of regulars as we attend more events and spread the Hours of Fun word!

Bolton Crafts Association (BCA) are planning to continue the events at Brockholes as this was their first event at this location.  Neil at BCA was explaining he would like to expand the fair to have people set up in the courtyard area, I look forward to signing up to future dates here as this weekend has again confirmed that Brockholes is taking the lead as my favourite craft fair venue. 

Crafting fun the night before the fair.

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RNLI Hoylake and West Kirby Open Day craft and face painting fun

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Hours of fun headed down to Hoylake promenade on Bank Holiday Monday with our craft tent and set up for, what was hoped to be a fantastic fun day in the sun and it did not disappoint.

The sun was shinning, the sky was blue, the stalls were setting up, along with the fun fair and armed forces setting up camp, the Zumba girls had arrived and the kite flyers were due to make an appearance later on.  We also had the Spitfire showing off its flying tricks and the lifeboats were on display.

The face painting started around 10.30am and the queue did not stop until late afternoon, when it slowed down as people headed home for tea after a fun packed day.  My friends Jo and Charlie had volunteered to help out for the day and they were super stars.  They worked so hard, face painting all day long, entertaining the children (and some adults) and created amazing designs from Spiderman to butterflies, dragons to LFC badges.

The craft tent welcomed children to sit down and get crafting, making some spectacular sea creatures, using glitter bits, pipe cleaners, pom poms, colouring in, glue, stickers and what ever else they could find in the craft tent.  The feedback on the craft tent was fantastic, it makes me so happy to see children so content playing with crafts and some of the parents got involved too helping with the glue or providing suggestions on the design.

It was an amazing day and we all had a lot of fun.  There was a fantastic turn out and the RNLI have raised lots of money from the event.  We made a donation to the RNLI as a thank you for having us for the day and we hope the money raised makes a fantastic difference for the brilliant service they provide.

Hoylake Lifeboat open day – Bank Holiday Monday crafting in a tent yeay!

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Hours of Fun are heading down to Hoylake promenade this Bank Holiday Monday for the Royal Lifeboat Open Day taking place 10am – 6pm.

We will be setting up our craft tent next to the lifeboat station and having a craft activity where you can make and take something home, along with facepainting and will have on sale some fantastic children’s craft supplies.

The theme for the craft tent is sea creatures, and we will have plenty of glitter, pens, stickers and paper for the budding artists to get creative decorating pre-cut creatures or design their own using paper plates.

We did this craft for the event at the Winter Gardens and it was a great success and some amazing creations were produced, click here to check out the pictures from this fair

Hoylake Lifeboat Station
North Parade, Hoylake
Wirral CH47 3AL

http://www.hoylakelifeboat.org.uk

Info from their website about the event –

Raising funds for the RNLI, Open Day is a free event for all the family with fairground rides, sideshows, stalls and a chance to tour the RNLI’s state of the art station and Hoylake and West Kirby lifeboats.
This year will also see RAF displays from a Spitfire and Douglas Dakota.
Head down for some Bank Holiday Fun.

 

Having a lot of fun with crafts and creating some master pieces

The craft fair at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool was the venue for our latest ‘make and take’ craft table.  This is the event run by Dotty Delightful, who puts on a fab event, with lots of advertising and the Winter Gardens is a fantastic venue due to its location and style.

We were there for 2 days – Saturday and Sunday and we set up the craft table, laying out all the sequins, glitter glues, paper, ribbon, feathers, stickers and much more.  The craft table enticed lots of budding crafters who took a seat and got to work on their design.  They had the option of decorating a jungle animal, a foam door hanger or a paper plate.

Below are photographs taken throughout the weekend showing the amazing creations and the craft table.

Fun at The Last Drop Village with the Hours of Fun craft stall

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On Sunday 21st April Hours of Fun headed to The Last Drop Village for the craft fair taking place 11am – 4pm.  This was the 2nd event I had attended run by Bolton Crafts Association and the first event back in November went well and had a steady flow of visitors.

I was on my own for setting up today as I want to keep my helpers back for when I do hands on craft events or larger, two day events.  I know I am extremely lucky with the support I receive and I don’t want to depend on it or take it for granted.  Although saying this my mum arrived around 1pm and then stayed for the rest of the day and helped me pack up – as I was saying I am super lucky!

The day started of really well with a customers heading to the fair and buying treats from the stall. Material bundles and ribbon bundles a favourite today, with customers looking through the products and discussing what they could do with them.  I love listening to the creative flow of conversation as the ideas unravel and the products in their hands turn to complete projects to be given as gifts or made just for fun.

The weather turned after lunch and the visitors reduced in numbers as the rain fell.  It was a quiet afternoon so my mum and I turned to the pom pom animal kits and made a penguin each, then I went through each kit and made one of them all, running out of time for the spider.  It was a lot of fun and a job on the list of things to do.

Pom pom fun making penguin kits
Pom pom fun making penguin kits

Fun with pipe cleaners and pom poms at Brockholes Nature Reserve

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Day 2 at Brockholes nature reserve vintage craft fair was another success.  Following on from the fun on Saturday the craft table continued to be busy with excited children ready to get crafting with pipe cleaners and pom poms. 

We had some spectacular creations included a pencil topper designed in line with the vintage craft fair, using only black and white accessories.  We had those trying to make pencil toppers and finger puppets without using glue – just for the challenge!  We had children challenging us as they came up with different ways they wished to attach foam shapes and shape their pipe cleaners, this was my sisters department and she rose to each challenge in style!

My niece and nephew were on hand to help out, with my niece sitting down with those who required some help and my nephew being in charge of the stick tape dispenser.  My sister was an amazing help again keeping me going, particularly when it passed 3pm in the afternoon and I was starting to flag!  My mum was also on hand to help out and man the stall, she was also in charge of keeping my nephew entertained which included an hour long trip to the park!

We had an amazing day and Hours of Fun are looking forward to running interactive craft sessions at future events.  We will keep you posted on dates in the diary.

A massive thank you to my family for helping out over this weekend.  It was with your help and support that this was a successful and fun weekend.

Day 2 at Brockholes Nature Reserve – Hours of Fun with Pipe cleaners and pom poms

Day 2 of the Vintage craft fair kicks off today at 11am after a successful and fun day 1.

Saturday had the sun shinning and the Nature reserve was a picture perfect site for all, ready for the visitors with its stalls adorned with vintage goodies, delicious food and crafty delights.

Hours of Fun craft table was busy all day, with lots of budding young crafting making some fantastic pipe cleaner and pom pom creations.  We had finger puppets with googly eye faces, intricate beaded pink princess pencil toppers and scary monster and alien pipe cleaner characters.  The Children all seemed to have lots of fun and were very happy to walk away with a their handmade creation in a bag, proudly showing their family and friends.

Day 2 runs from 11am – 4pm.  Come down for a fantastic day out.  You can walk round the craft and vintage fair, stop off for a lunch break then explore the nature reserve itself – fun fr all the family.

All set up ready for the doors to open
All set up ready for the doors to open
crafting underway
crafting underway
some of the crafting delights available
some of the crafting delights available

 

Click here to visit yesterday’s post with links to the organiser’s Facebook page and more information on the event.

Last craft fair of 2012 Gosnargh Village Hall

With the Christmas countdown running here on the blog in December, it didn’t leave much time for blogging about other things that were going on.  On Sunday 16th December Hours of Fun appeared at Gosnargh Craft Fair for the last event of the year.  The event was organised by Craft Promotions who do a number of events around the North West click here to visit their Facebook page.  In the run up to the event I had been liaising with Geoff from Craft Promotions and he was super helpful and put up with all my questions!

My friend Kelly has offered to help out for the day and the plan was the night before we would go out for something to eat and a couple of drinks, home not too late then up in the morning for the fair which sadly started at 10am, as you probably are aware by now I much prefer 11am starts!  As is often the case, the night before did not go quite to plan…..we ended up having far too many drinks, dancing to the early hours and getting to bed much later than we should have!

We arrived at the fair and very slowly unpacked and set up.  I am not really a drinker and rarely have a glass never mind a few glasses which meant running a craft fair with a bit of a hangover was a new experience for me, thank goodness Kelly was there as we managed to keep ourselves highly entertained with it all as we took regular breaks and Kelly treated us to a bacon sandwich.

The day went quite quickly but was disappointingly quiet with only a few people through the door.  Feeling a tad rough I think actually helped us through the day, I am not sure how we would have coped with a mad rush of customers!!  Not the most professional and business dynamic approach I realise!

I had fantastic support again with my mum and dad coming to visit, along with my brother, niece and nephew.  Chris called in and Lorraine popped over just in time for packing up and a big thank you to my mum and dad for giving Kelly a lift home.

There were some fantastic stalls there and lovely people.  We did some Christmas shopping and I managed to get some of the last few presents on the list from some of the fantastic stalls that were there.

Not sure I would do the location again but I would definitely consider other events run by craft promotions.

I have really enjoyed the crafts fairs of 2012 and I will be looking to book some for this year, to continue the weekend adventures off to a local village hall or football stadium, set up shop and have a fantastic day.

Thanks again to all those who have supported me at the craft fairs, I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s locations.