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So here we are again, Ayrshire's biggest street event. Attending last year's was probably the most surprised I'd ever been from any kind of festival/fair. Nestled in a' that Burns country, with its cobble stoned back streets and 'in costume' vendors, this fair was everything you imagined it should be.
This year there's entertainment from The Rhythm Kings, Screamin' Preachers, Pop Go The Movies...to name a few, there's also featured shows on the Bleaching Green...I'm looking forward to the Tug 'O' War, and for a bit of balance, possibly take a sneak peek at the Meccano Society. There are stalls all over the town, from Loudoun Cottage just off the Ayr Road, to the museum (worth a look) on Castle street next to Kilmarnock Road. Bang smack in the middle of the Burns Festival, this one is worth a diary slot. It's all happening on Saturday 28th May 2011 from 11am...and it's completely FREE!

For a full detailed listing of this event click here!

 
 
The Crafters community across the board regardless of craft admit to contemplating whether or not fairs or shows are worthy of time and expense. Here’s my opinion and why it can be a daunting decision
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This is my craft stall (and helper son) at a local fair.
When I started doing craft events I signed up for just about any fair or exhibition…a definite ‘trial & error’ process. I learned quite a few lessons, the good and the not so good, along the way. Some fairs can be a considerable investment of time, energy and money, as they can be two, three and even four day long events. Some even run later into the night. While there is a lot of potential for sales, there is potential for disaster too. It should be paramount to check how established a venue as well as an organiser is. Always check the kind of advertising in place…is it targeting the right market? Is it covering the relevant catchment area and so on? And of course, weather. We can’t really predict the weather, but a bit of research up’s the odds of determining the footfall, whether it’s an outdoor or indoor event. Weather is probably up near the top of the list of what can make an event a raging success or a complete washout!

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Catrine Festival (June 4th 2011)

Marquee events are probably are one my favourite, so long as the weather is kind and my feet are in good form…there’s a lot to be said for thermal socks and wellies, let me tell you. 



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My table with shelves, display stands, platforms and busts
Making the most of your six foot table is vital. I invested in a 30” tiered corner shelf (see picture) which gave my table visibility from other points on the marquee floor. Although having pretty cloth on the table adds to the effect, laying all your items flat doesn’t. Display stands, platforms, shelves, whatever will lift your wares up for better viewing will make the world of difference. Local farmers markets can be a good investment. They attract a lot of local customers that go just to see if they can find something a bit different, and organisers usually welcome local crafters.


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Mauchline Holy Fair
Although, sometimes it’s not necessarily always about the sales, you also have the opportunity to promote your craft, with business cards, your website, twitter, facebook pages etc. Meeting customers and fellow stallholders are great for feedback, validation, ideas and friendships. There’s no greater reward than a customer enthusing how beautiful one of your creations are, especially when they are willing to part with their cash too! Market research costs a lot of money, and being a crafter, you probably don’t have a stash especially for it. But being a crafter also means you don’t need to. Attending events is the ideal opportunity to exhibit your work at a comparatively nominal outlay, and feedback is usually immediate. I’ve found that casually listening in while customers are browsing and talking to each other a very useful tool. Customers can be brutally honest, but don't be down heartened by every negative comment…unless of course they are all saying the same thing. Bear in mind, that different markets will in all likelihood yield different results in both sales and comments.

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Mauchline Holy Fair May 28th 2011
I love doing craft events, though I don’t get to do as many as I used to because my website and online orders don’t let me, but the ones I do are great, which for me I think, is good value for my time and money.

Mauchline Holy Fair is happening all over again on May 28th 2011
See you there!

 
 
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Turquoise dates back as far as the Egyptians, used to adorn with colourful jewellery. It carries great wisdom and truth and is the frequently used as the birthstone for Sagittarians. Found in countries including Tibet, China, Iran, Africa and United States, it is one of the oldest protection amulets and it is important that the owner of the gemstone gives it proper attention by attuning to its needs, instead of the stone attuning to the person. The colour depends on the minerals found in the area where it grew. The more copper in the mix produces a bluer stone. The more iron in the mix produces a greener stone. Honoured by the Native Americans as a sacred stone, the gemstone absorbs negativity, transmuting it into useful energy. It also helps you to become one with the universe.

 Turquoise Gemstone has many spiritual, emotional as well as physical properties that assist inner strengths.
  • Protection from harm.
  • Symbol of friendship.
  • Psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world.
  • Peace to the home.
  • Turquoise takes on the characteristics of its owner.
  • As a gift, it brings good fortune and helps protect against negative energies.
  • Is a healing stone.
  Some of its physical properties.
  • Healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems.
  • Recommended by crystal healers for ‘detoxifying’…alcohol, poison, pollution or radiation in the body, treatment of high blood pressure, asthma, infections, TMJ and dental problems.
  • Assists mental clarity - it helps us communicate our desires to others and be clear about what we want.
  • Use turquoise if you have a fear of public speaking.
  • Improves the mental state.
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There are many types and colours of Turquoise, not just the traditional green/blue. Here is a few -

Yellow Turquoise is mostly a jasper or serpentine gemstone that is yellow with brown, green and red within. The black webbing that appears throughout this stone is hematite. Yellow turquoise helps communication, intuition and creativity, and brings wisdom.

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Chinese Turquoise is mined and processed in the Hubei province in China. Most of this turquoise is enhanced with wax treatment, restabilization or dyed.

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African Turquoise is sometimes natural Jasper that resembles turquoise

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Simulated Turquoise can be made up of one of several stones (howlite, dolomite, glass, plastic or polymer clay) that can be dyed to resemble turquoise.

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Black turquoise is actually naturally occurring Onyx whose markings can resemble that seen on natural turquoise.

A string of turquoise gemstone beads used as a bracelet, necklace or even an anklet will help detoxify the body from alcohol, pollution, poison and radiation. The idea is to wear the beads around one area of the body so as the blood flows back and forth through the area, the turquoise can purify it. Anyone that has problems with their lungs, throat or from asthma, can hang a turquoise gemstone from a cord or chain so it hangs directly over the area causing the problem. This allows the gem energies to get as close as possible to the problem area and begin the healing work even faster.

Chemical Composition: A Phosphate
Hardness - 5 to 6
Astrological sign: Sagittarius
 
 
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Fairies have a great affinity with earth. They live in the meadows and woods, and are powerful elemental spirits of nature. They are inhabited by Fay, who can be summoned by magical rites. It is believed that fairies are descendants of the hidden children of the biblical Eve, and by others that they are fallen angels.

Throughout the Celtic folklore, it is believed that fairies are tricky folk to be involved with. They might steal your baby and replace it with a changeling, or they might fall in love with you and take you in their realm where you can live a life full of enchantment.

Nevertheless, fairies are one part of the complex fabric of spiritual reality, and in our times we perceive fairies as enchanting creatures with magic drawn from the power of glamour. They can be seen on the Midsummer’s Eve, together with nature spirits that keep themselves hidden from humans.

Inca Pilgrim have a range of mid-summer magic inspired fairy jewellery; necklaces, bracelets, earrings and charms, that evoke thoughts of fairies, fireflies and figments of the imagination. These pieces will make any woman feel special.
All jewellery is presented is a gorgeous organza gift pouch which can be used again. Some of the earrings in the fairy collection are sterling silver, hallmarked 925 and all Inca Pilgrim jewellery is nickel and lead free.

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Black Fairy Charm Necklace