Category Archives: Craft Fairs

Little Vintage Lover Fair

Sunday was a day off…hooray! A gorgeous sunny day, just right to pack the car and head off to the Little Vintage Lover Fair in Heydon, Norfolk.  I’ve been spotting mentions of it on various blogs over the past weeks,  I knew my friend Lisa, of Bobobun was going to be there and it’s so long since I last went!

hollyhocks - Little Vintage Lover Fair

It’s such a gorgeous venue, the quintessential English village, part of a large estate with no through road so it’s very peaceful.

Heydon - Little Vintage Lover FairHiggins was delighted with the park…

Higgins at theLittle Vintage Lover Fair…and met some lovely people to talk to outside the tearooms…

Tea rooms, Heydon - Little Vintage Lover Fair

The venue itself was in an early 20th century Army hut, with stalls both inside and out and there was so much to see…

Heydon Village Hall - Little Vintage Lover Fair

car at  Little Vintage Lover Fair

Stalls at Little Vintage Lover FairWe found Bobobun inside, (call over to the blog to see lots more photos!)…

Bobobun Stall at Little Vintage Lover Fair

..and Higgins was delighted to meet Lisa and Little Bun.  He was also pleased to find he was not the only visiting dog so it was an interesting day for him too!


(He’s always a little cautious about bigger dogs who might stand on him as you can see!)

This week he’s spent quite a bit of time in the studio helping me (commandeering a crochet blankie to make under the desk extra comfy) while I get ready for the next needlefelt workshop at Arts Desire.

mini dachshund and crochet throw

I’ll tell you more about it after Saturday, but this time we are making mice.  Would you like to see?

Needlefelt Mouse

I’ll be back soon….x

Craft Fairs and Family Fun

It’s been a busy half term week here on Planet Penny what with the How Hill Craft Fair and family fun with a special visit by two little boys over half term.  Not that they were always recognisable as little boys…

Halloween Family fun…slightly troubling for a granny!

The craft fair went well, such a lovely venue

How Hill Craft Fair

with beautiful views over the gardens and the Norfolk Broads…

How Hill Gardens and View

How Hill

The robins proved very popular and quite a few flew off to new homes…

wire tree with needlefelt robins

So the felting needle will be red hot again next week to refill my little tree!

Higgins has had a lovely week with his favourite boys, and even had his moment as an artists model for Thomas, their dad…

miniature dachshund being drawn

…but didn’t quite get the hang of posing!

He was invited along with the rest of us for a wonderful lunch with my second son, and my talented daughter-in-law produced a fabulous cake worthy of the ‘Great British Bake Off‘, and Higgins even managed to get in on the act with this too!

Fraisiere Cake with chocolate dachshund - family gathering

It was all most enjoyable…

Miniature dachshund takes a nap

So creating has been a little low key this week,  I actually have something on knitting needles for a change, but I’ll save that for the next visit.

I’m sending my continued thoughts good wishes over the ‘Pond’ to everyone who has been affected by the horrendous weather.  I hope you have all the help you need to get back to some sort of normality as quickly as possible.

I would also like to send a big, BIG thank you for all your visits, and lovely comments and the support you give me here on Planet Penny.  Today I reached the huge milestone of having 200,000 hits on my blog since its very tentative beginnings in December 2007.  100,00 of those visits have been in the last 7 months!  I have my thinking cap on for a celebratory Giveaway so watch this space…

I’m leaving you for now though with the Handmade Monday link and I’ll be back soon…x

How Hill Craft Fair and Open Day

In my last post I mentioned an up coming Craft Fair, and I thought you’d like to know a little more about it.  I appreciate quite a lot of you live a little too far away to pop over to say hello, but if you are in Norfolk it would be lovely to see you!   Kit and I are going to be at How Hill on the Norfolk Broads, sharing a stall at a new Craft Fair which is part of the How Hill Open Day.  It’s during half term on October 31st;  £3 entrance fee but it’s free for children and Friends of How Hill.  The gardens will be open and there will also be cake, plant and produce stalls and a raffle.  It’s a beautiful place to visit, and has been described as ‘the Broads in microcosm’…


How Hill in Spring

Taking part in the Craft Fair will be:

  • Guy Allen – Etchings
  • Sue Andrews – Traditional woven baskets
  • Sandra Beech – Silks and Velvets
  • Ally Bradnock – Graphic Prints
  • Kim Cowley – Felt
  • Martin Cowley – Potter
  • Heather Hasthorpe & Cindy Cogan – Embroidery and Textile Art
  • Ann Nickerson – Alpaca yarn, fleece and felt.
  • The Norfolk County Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
  • Polly Plowman  – Buttons (Polly gives talks on the history of buttons)
  • John Simpson – Woodturning
  • Felicity Withers of  Blue Shed Beads  – lampwork beads…

as finally me, as Planet Penny, and Kit Calladine with her lino prints and cards.

 I will be taking along my needlefelt robins as well as a selection of other pieces, plus yarn packs kits and patterns.  I hope this has whetted your appetite, we look forward to seeing you there!

Cindy Cogan Paperweight

Paperweight – dyed velvet and silk threads
Cindy Cogan

P.S. I know this is really tiny, but you’ll know why I couldn’t resist this !  Click to see more of Guy Allen’s wonderful etchings…2 dachshunds bu Guy Allen


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