11/26/2012

Nikki Joy Christmas Craft Stall

So this week is the Christmas craft stall!

My room is covered in ribbons and glitter and fabric and glue 
and I'm bustling around trying to do all the last minute bits and bobs for it.
 I figured it's about time to share what I've been up to lately as a little sneak preview of some of what I'll be selling on the day...

Needle Cases
...which would make just the cutest stocking filler, no?

Christmas Pudding Tree Decorations
...I may sneak a couple of these to keep for myself.

Poinsettia Hair Slides
...for the reserved-but-still-a-little-bit-festive Christmas day outfit.


Novelty Festive Earrings
... for those of us who love a little bit of silly!


What do you think? 
Would you stop by for a chat at the Nikki Joy craft stall this Thursday?

11/14/2012

Giveaway Winners

Following my recent giveaway to celebrate my 100th post here on Nikki Joy, 
it's time to announce some winners!

The winner of KV's blog design package is...

Alison of Heavenly Handmades



And the winner of this adorable print from cb is...

Polly Davies

Well done ladies!!
I'll be in touch soon to sort out your lovely prizes.

11/07/2012

Wedding Wednesdays - An Early Gift


It's getting seriously close to the wedding now, 
so I'm afraid much of the planning is signing cheques and sending emails, 
with not much to share by way of inspiring ideas and pretty pictures.
So thank goodness for lovely friends to save the day with the just the sweetest wedding gift... 


My friend Michelle, who gifted these to us, is pretty much the most awesome woman I know. She has taught me so much of what it means to be a wife, she is generous and caring, she prays with me and cares for me, makes me huge cups of tea and spends hours listening to me. 
As much as I adore these two little cake forks, 
they are only a small part of what she has gifted me with.

We got chatting (over giant caramel hot chocolates, of course) about the wedding and the plans... and it dawned on me that as much as I am hugely excited for the day itself, 
I'm so much more excited to be married. 

So these two sweet forks won't just be the forks with which we'll tuck into our wedding cake. They will be the forks Samm and I bring out on cake date night when we spend our evenings curled up on our sofa together in our house. Not just a wedding gift but a marriage gift.


Speaking of which, I'm off to the estate agents to sign on the dotted line for our marital home!!

11/03/2012

Craft Stall Inspiration *plus display tutorials*

I mentioned recently that at the end of this month, 
I'll be doing my first ever craft stall.

So naturally, I've been doing what all good creative minds do when faced with an exciting new opportunity... I put the kettle on and started a new Pinterest board!

Here's some of my favourite inspiring craft stall displays 
(and some everso clever DIY display ideas at the end)


This gorgeous display from Katie Daisy at The Big Crafty (via Going Home to Roost) is simple and sweet. It's easy to see everything on show and I love the subtle details like the little daisies in tiny little vases so the whole presentation is in keeping with her style.


This cute little display from Mrs Jackson Loves is a great example of why consistent colour scheme is key. Everything just looks so homey and gives you an instant impression of who she is and what her work is about. 


So I love Bramble and Oak's styling. I could have told you a Bramble and Oak craft stall would be no disappointment even before seeing the beautiful pictures.
And the most important thing on display here is a smile. I've been to too many markets where people just don't look like they really want you to approach them. 


I love the clear layout of this stall from Miss Arkaya. The vintage trays, cute bird cages and clear price labelling all make for a stall you'd stop and have a gander at.

But what to do when you just don't have the spare cash to invest in pretty hangers and stands and jewellery busts?? Why, make your own, of course!
These clever tutorials are at the top of my to do list...

How to make your own ring display box with just a tray, some foam and a piece of fabric - from Popko

Or do you make chunky statement necklaces but can't afford to buy the fancy busts? 
This "why did I never think of that" tutorial from Stella and Hodge has the answer!

Still not enough inspiration for you?
Here's a few links to check out for even more craft fair inspiration...

1. Even more lovely craft display examples over at Quiltish 

from Premier Packaging

3. This incredibly inspiring Pinterest board from Life in the Thrifty Lane


I'm so excited to get my own stall all put together!!

Happy weekend everyone!