Monday, 23 September 2013

Birthday giveaway winner!

Congratulations to Hannah of Dainty & Ivory! Hannah wins £10 to spend at Miss Chaela Boo on Etsy. I wonder what she will choose? As a thank you to everyone who entered (and everyone who didn't) I'm offering 20% off in my shop with the code BIRTHDAY20 until Sunday 29 September.

Miss Chaela Boo - fox and ladybird cards

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Cherry Hinton Craft Party - part 2

Last week I told you that I would attending the Cherry Hinton Craft Party hosted by Claire of Claireabellemakes, not just for the crafty party fun but also as a stall holder at the mini-craft fair.

The Craft Party was all part of the larger Cherry Hinton Festival and being a very local resident I was delighted to take part. Activities on offer included crochet, knitting and paper pin wheels and it was lovely to see knitting and crochet experts helping out and teaching the novices.
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - image by Claireabellemakes
Image: Claireabellemakes
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - paper pin wheels
There was a good spread of cakes on offer and I contributed a vegan strawberry Victoria sandwich cake from Ms Cupcakes fabulous book. I say this every time I try one of the recipes from the book but this is my new favourite cake.
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - Strawberry Victoria sandwich cake
As well as a spot of baking I had lots of preparation to do for the afternoon, gathering up my stock and props as well as making sure I had tape, scissors and other essentials. Throughout the afternoon waves of panic hit me from 'what if I haven't got enough stock?' to 'what if I don't even get one sale?'. I reminded myself that the main focus was on trying out my stall and getting an idea of all of the things that need be considered when running a craft stall (any sales would be a nice bonus).
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - the Miss Chaela Boo stall

I took everything with me from my stock box (cards, brooches and lavender hearts) but it was my cards and tags that proved most popular and received the most compliments. This wasn't a huge surprise as it's my cards and tags that have been most popular in my Etsy shop but it was good to have this confirmed and gives me something to focus my efforts on. Fans of the Apprentice will be familiar with Sir Lord Alan Sugar's motto 'Smell what sells' so you can expect to see an expanding range of the cards and tags as I work on new designs and variations.  
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - mini-tags by Miss Chaela BooMiss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - the Miss Chaela Boo stall
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - cards by Miss Chaela Boo
The other stall holders included Claire with her beautiful fabric covered rings and scrabble brooches.
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - the Claireabellemakes stall
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - glitter brooches by Claireabellemakes
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - bicycle bracelets by Claireabellemakes
Suki of The Owl Club was there too with her vintage inspired makes! Badges, bibs and tiny owl brooches made from vintage fabrics.
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - The Owl Club stall
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - vintage fabric bibs by The Owl Club
Sharon of Bluerana brought her hand-made cards and I couldn't resist buying one of her crochet hook rolls (even though I only have two hooks!)
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - image by Claireabellemakes
Image: Claireabellemakes
After all the madness of the day it was lovely to be able to have a sit down and natter over a cup of tea and yummy cake as well as a browse of the other stalls. In addition to the crochet hook roll, I came away with one of Claire's pretty rings and Suki's cute little owl brooches.
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - fabric covered ring by Claireabellemakes and owl brooch by The Owl ClubMiss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - crochet hook roll by Bluerana
And finally...if you like what you saw on my stall there's still time to enter my giveaway! The lucky winner will receive £10 to spend in my Etsy shop.
Miss Chaela Boo - Cherry Hinton Craft Party - cards by Miss Chaela Boo

Friday, 13 September 2013

Cherry Hinton Craft Party


The Cherry Hinton craft party hosted by Claire of Claireabellemakes takes place this coming Wednesday 18 September and I'll be there with my first ever craft stall at the mini craft fair! I'm really excited about the opportunity to try out my ideas for a craft stall and am looking forward to meeting lots of local crafty people. 

The party takes place from 6-9pm and as well as the craft fair there will be crafts to try out and the all important tea and cake! 

Tickets are available on the door for just £3 and it would be lovely to see some friendly faces. 

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the chance to win £10 to spend in my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate getting a bit older today, I'm sharing the birthday fun with you, lovely readers, with a little blog giveaway!

The winner, chosen at random, will receive a £10 gift certificate to spend in my Etsy shop and a stash of crafty goodness.

Will you choose a selection of foxy greeting cards?
Miss Chaela Boo - Birthday giveaway
Or how about the rainbow foxes and a brooch or my new hedgehog mini tags?
Miss Chaela Boo - Birthday giveaway
Just use the cheeky widget below for multiple entries. Your first entry is by email or facebook followed by extra entry options through twitter, facebook and comments. The giveaway is open from 9am today until 9pm on Sunday 22 September (UK times).

Now I'm off to work with my peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes!



Sunday, 8 September 2013

Crafty Creatives boxes 13 and 14

It's a two for one post today with a round-up of the Crafty Creatives boxes 13 and 14. Box 13 celebrated the first birthday for Claire and Isobel who launched their first craft box all the way back in July 2012.
Miss Chaela Boo: Crafty Creatives Box 13 - Birthday box
The Birthday box saw a welcome return to the floral theme but this time it was all about kits with FIVE different flower themed crafts. There was also a lovely extra surprise of a canvas tote bag and note book as a thank you for being a subscriber since Box 1.
Miss Chaela Boo: Crafty Creatives Box 13 - Birthday box
I really enjoyed this box as I didn't have to do any thinking about what to make with all the goodies. So far I've made the beautifully delicate stocking flower and the oh so fiddly but fun to make beaded flower. Now I just need to get my hands on some sturdy hair clips to fix them to. 
Miss Chaela Boo: Crafty Creatives Box 13 - Birthday box
The remaining kits include a felt flower, paper flower hair clip and crepe paper bouquet which I'll be keeping in store for when I need to do some non-thinking craft. 

Miss Chaela Boo: Crafty Creatives box 14 - Western
Box 14 brought us a Western theme with a stunning drawing by Anastasia Alexandrin on the art card. The box contained...
  • The kit: dreamcatcher
  • Extra kit: mini rope basket
  • string of turquoise beads
  • star studs
  • feather charms
  • suedette trim
  • printed fleece
  • bear pendant
  • recycled denim
  • printed craft paper
Miss Chaela Boo: Crafty Creatives box 14 - Western
I've only managed the kit so far and it was a lovely make for an evening craft session. I added a couple of the feather charms to finish it off. I haven't worked out yet what to with the rest of the box yet but the lovely Ivor was very taken with the colourful patterned fleece when we stopped by for a visit this afternoon.
Miss Chaela Boo: Crafty Creatives box 14 - Ivor enjoys printed fleece
I'd love to hear your ideas for what you have made from your box.

Don't forget to stop by on Tuesday for details of my birthday giveaway!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Hello September!

I love September. I still get that 'back to school' feeling of anticipation of an exciting new beginning, like the start of spring or the new year. Following what feels like months of madness in my day job there's been little going on in my bloggy and crafty world over the summer so I'm skipping my August Highlights and looking ahead to an exciting September with more time for my crafty side and plenty more blogging. It's also my birthday month!
Miss Chaela Boo: Hello September! - cherry bakewell cupcakes
Cherry bakewll cupcakes for the office?
I've been thinking about some new blogging topics and in September I'll be introducing my 'Five tips for...' where I'll be bringing you my favourite makes and uses for those things in the craft stash that you don't know what to do with like the boxes of buttons or that bag of fabric scraps.If there's something in your stash that you don't know what to do with, let me know and I'll get my thinking cap on!

There'll also be a birthday giveaway (yay!), because it's been ages since I last held a giveaway and it seems like a good excuse.

I'm most excited about my first craft fair which will be taking place very locally at the Cherry Hinton Festival. It's been an amazing incentive to get making again and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to try out my ideas for my stall for future fairs. 

Here's my earring display made from dried poppy seed heads. 
Miss Chaela Boo: Hello September - earring display
Finally, it's blackberry season! I can't wait to go out brambling so I can make lots of yummy jam. These beauties are from the blackberry bush in my garden but wont be enough for all the jam jars I have to fill!
Miss Chaela Boo: Hello September - juicy blackberries
What are you most looking forward to in the coming month?