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Sunday, 18 December 2011

I can't wait any longer to tell you!

I've been dying to tell you about my exciting news. I was going to wait until the new year but I can wait no longer! They say Britain is a nation of shopkeepers don't they? Well hold your horses - I'm about to join the ranks! I've had my name down for a space with the hertfordshire craft collective at Battlers Green Farm since the summer and a couple of weeks ago I was invited to open a booth with them. 

I've blogged about the shopping village at Battlers Green Farm before. The Hertfordshire Craft Collective have a pretty barn there where they run courses in jewellery making and other crafts alongside a small number of booths selling a mixture of handmade and vintage goods. I've always enjoyed visiting the barn for a browse of the lovely goods on sale so I'm just thrilled to be asked to be part of such a super, friendly place.

Here are some of the booths...

As you can imagine it's been a whirlwind of activity to get everything ready. I've been like a woman possessed hurtling round Hertfordshire flea markets to add to the lovely vintage items I have stashed in the attic that will be for sale in my booth. Here are a few lovelies I've tracked down.

I'm bursting with new ideas for handmade items too. I've been wanting to do decorative wood items ever since being inspired at the Country Living Fair earlier this year. These are some wooden hearts in the making.

Do you have any tips to share? I know a lot of you out there in blogland run your own booths so it would be great to hear from you and learn from your experience. 

Well must dash...I have a shop to open! xxx


  1. Congratulations, what exciting news! I'm sure it will be a lovely and successful booth.

  2. omygoodness i'm so excited for you!! I would give my right arm...or left....well both actually! to do something like that!! Good luck, can't wait to see photos of your booth!!

  3. What exciting news, Louise, I'm so happy for you !
    I wish you a lot of success !
    Nice week,

  4. Oh, what exciting news!! I'm so pleased and excited for you - and I bet you'll be BRILLIANT!! You have such gorgeous style, I think the shoppers will be lapping you up!!


  5. Oh sooo exciting,hope you go really well,it sounds like a lovely place and your buys are nice too. xx Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy new Year Jeanetteann

  6. Louise,
    Congratulations!! HOw exciting for you! You're going to have so much fun! The shop looks great and you've got some cool things to get started with! I know you are going to have a ball!
    Merry Christmas

  7. It's a new year for you. Congratulations and happy holiday! Kevin

  8. Well done Louise, I know how exciting it is. I know that you have will have a great time.
    Tracey x

  9. Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. I'm really looking forward to the new year and fulfilling a long held ambition.


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