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Harburn Village Hall - Craft Fair Archive 2012


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There Heidi was:right place at the right time

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I found out something about Frank

CRAFT FAIR 2012

 

Normally Ray and Stewart Secretarial keep us bombarded with her posters and exhortations and we feel the hot breath of the hard sell even down this end of the Community. This year the event crept up on us and suddenly Isobel was there, chivvying and encouraging and, as ever, clocking up ridiculous amounts of man – sorry,sorry – woman hours. Before we even got into the hall-way where Enforcer McDonald was foisting raffle tickets on the visitors, we encountered a stall floating round the car park.
CUT ABOVE – 0131 331 1411 offered us wooden garden ornaments ranging from an extremely sturdy bench via a large bird-table owl to some much-admired garden gnomes. Eat your heart out Eddie Grundy.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that Frank Whittle (FUNKRASE 871040 : Jewellery and Children’s clothing) worked in the aeronautical engineering industry in a former life. When he took up production of his popular and, as ever, remarkably priced earrings, he found few challenges in the detailed and intricate demands of jewellery manufacture. Keeping a beady (oh help!) eye on Frank, Sue had her beautifully made children’s knitware on offer. Real quality.
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wittily placed, they sat there surveying all
RAY KEW works in wool: not just your ordinary baa-lamb wool either, I suspect. It seemed to your Fair Mole that she had an even bigger variety on sale this time. She also displayed scarves and her distinctive cards. We wanted to hire a model for the headware and Heidi hove into sight at just the right moment. The result can be viewed in the accompanying photos and on the slideshow.

LORIMERS HAND-MADE SOAPS (http://folksy.com/shops/LorimersSoap)was a new one on me. The exhibitor’s selection was enticing and eclectic: Mint, Coffee, Goatsmilk and the very popular Lemongrass. And if that didn’t grab you, she offered Furniture Polish as well. It’s hand made, it must do you good.

PAULINE HUNTER (873648) was another to offer us jewellery. Her stall caught the eye with its cheerful and bright selection of bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Again, Pauline’s exhibits were remarkably well priced
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PETER WEST ( 01501 7722790) exhibited his intricate wood turning principally using Scottish Hardwood material. Where the woodwork in the car park was often on a very large scale, Pete displayed dibbers, scarf toggles, clocks, letter openers, bowls, a fine line in goblets and a whole lot more. His stall was barely visible under the range of his exhibits.

ALAN TUFFS was away at a Craft Fair in Comrie where, he assured us, his patter was just as good as the lady herself. Pshaw! As they used to say in Bedford: In a Camel’s Armpit. Jennie is Premiership. I haven’t seen your man in action but his claim is a very presumptuous one. We will investigate.
Anyway, Jennie (ROUNDHOUSE PUBLICATIONS 872006) has, for some while, been branching out. This year we were tempted by some innovative and unusual Jewellery. Two ‘lines’ were on offer: silhouettes of various types, including cats, fish and men playing trumpets caught the eye, as did shapes using her own, distinctive painting. Of course, she had more on offer: Giclée prints of her popular work, cards and coasters were also displayed.

Linda Brown (KIDS ‘N THINGS 07967 708 399) is another regular whose work continues to intrigue and attract. Here you saw ….pencil cases, potpourris, cushions and, just to keep you on your toes, fudge!

Brenda Mcdonald of DREAMCATCHER JEWELLERY (870563) is a new stallholder. She exhibits at other Fairs but this was the first time she had ventured into Harburn. Again: really catchy (unintentional, sorry!) jewellery was the theme. Your Craft Fair mole was particularly attracted by two necklaces in contrasting styles that dominated the display.

Nextdoor to the Dreamcatcher patch was LIZ STEELE (844688) who brought us a stall that shimmered with topical sparkles. Liz offered Christmas wreaths in varying colours, beautiful cards (and you wouldn’t find these in yer actual Claytons) and Jester’s Bags. Er, Jester’s Bags? They looked very attractive though!
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Ex and current Madam Presidents everywhere
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flustered........Moi?
Susan Howie’s CALDER CRAFTS (872441) never cease to draw crowds and appreciative ones at that. Amongst her many skills, the patchwork quilting was greatly admired. Her group of OWL door stops wittily surveyed the proceedings from a lofty perch, whilst Lavender mice scuttered around below them. I could have spent a lot here. A classy stall!

As was HELEN MACDONALD’S Christmas Lights stall. Here your Craft Fair Mole showed lack of Fair Cred by being pipped at the post by another punter. This aficionado seized on a dinky Toadstool destined for a Craft Fair Mole’s grandchild, and snaffled it up for her daughter. craft 12

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Still there was plenty of stock still available, mostly with a seasonal theme. Balerno sent us THISTLE WOODCRAFT a stall that as a youngster I’d have spent all my money on, and any more I could cadge from relatives as well. Derek Thomson (0131 449 9647) was a Postmaster until 8 years ago.

Now he relaxes by producing beautiful boxes, clocks and, mouth-wateringly, what my ex-pupils used to call INK PENS. His reincarnations of whisky barrels were amazing – they enjoyed a second life as up-market pens and biros. These were one of the star attractions of the Fair to these – biased – eyes.
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IRENE MULHOLLAND (872709) didn’t have as far to come as Derek. A local exhibitor, Irene has been a long term stall-holder and displays much variety with a mainly Christmas theme. Your Mole was particularly drawn to the photo frames and, being totally incompetent when wrapping up is threatened, the decorative present boxes. There was much of interest to anyone who wanted to avoid the predictability and banality of so many shop decorations.
And finally, (well nearly finally), the most dangerous stall in the hall. Last time I saw it, the owner himself was giving a Jennie Tuffs-like performance and was selling with great aplomb. This time the job had been delegated. Of course! Why be a boss if you can’t take a day off? The gaffer at DELIGHTFUL CHOCOLATES (839058) is Alastair McEwan, and his line, as you can tell, is, er, making chocolates. From a chocolate-making gift voucher donated by mum a few years back, he has developed a business that sells to some pretty swanky hotels and even exports. To Temporary Measures, a Keswick chocolate shop.
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Even the current Madam President was seen to get her hands dirty whilst the Ex can be seen above as she wrestles with a monster soup tureen! Come to think of it, you couldn’t move more than a metre or two without tripping over an ex-Madam President.

And so back to the beginning………………….Just one more word before sign-off. The word is ISOBEL. Mrs McChesney put in all kinds of hours for this event and on the day appeared shortly after dawn and was evicted somewhere round dusk! Thanks Isobel.

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