Hold onto your hats…

…. gazebos, carrier bags, leaflets and stock!! It was a typical January day for the the first Wilmslow Artisan Market of 2012.  Thankfully the rain mostly stayed away but to say it was a bit blustery was putting it mildly and Vicky and Denise seemed to spend the day on litter patrol!

As usual, though, there was a huge array of fabulous stalls selling everything from pies, cupcakes and sausages to jewellery, knitwear and dog biscuits and a steady throng of visitors travelling up and down Grove Street eager to look and buy!

We’d made a few small changes again to our stall display and were keen to show them off.


We also featured a little Valentine display to encourage the men folk of Wilmslow to treat their ladies!


Once again we were next door neighbours with our lovely friend Zoe of Honey Bee Designs .  She was testing out a few new display features too and as usual her stall looked fabulous!

With cakes by Tea & Thee on one side of us and the olive man on the other we were bombarded with tempting smells all day and were actually starving by 11 o’clock! I mean, who wouldn’t be tempted by this lovely selection:


As well as a large selection of delicious cakes Tea & Thee also offer catering with their vintage inspired afternoon tea parties and have a vast collection of vintage crockery for hire.  Check out their web site for information and prices.


Our lovely Jacy samples an olive!
Two stalls which, thankfully, seemed firmly grounded in the winds, or the consequences could have been disastrous were the gorgeous glassware and artisan soaps handmade by Carole and Andrew of Select Crafts and the beautiful vintage china from Sheila’s The Vintage China Cupboard


Carole and Andrew with their gorgeous glassware and soaps

Their soaps are made using premium fragrances and vegetable based ingredients and are SLS free having being tested by an independent chemist.  The glassware can be custom made to your own specifications and is hand made using high quality artisan craft glass.

Sheila’s vintage china is exquisite.  In addition to the lovely items she has for sale in their own right she offers bunting and vintage china for hire, perfect for a country wedding or tea party and also offers a wedding styling service.  Her items also make excellent wedding favours or thank you gifts and she sells pretty vintage English cups and saucers beautifully presented in a shimmery organza bag for this purpose.

Our fab friends, the lovely, lovely ladies Vicki and Sam from Dotty Designs and Perfectly Poncho were within waving distance.  Vicki had her lovely new wedding jewellery items on display making their debut together with Sam’s gorgeous, high quality, woollen children’s ponchos and hats and I have to say it was, most definitely ‘perfect poncho’ weather on Saturday! Vicki became a ‘Twitter Virgin’ recently too and you can follow her @dottyvic !!!!

Sam’s Perfect Ponchos and hats


Dotty Designs’ new wedding jewellery range


The lovely ladies themselves, Vicki’s hat unfortunately
covering her ‘new do’


More of Dotty’s lovely designs – I love the fine silver heart
with set sapphire!

Our gorgeously talented friend Gina from Cornelius Potts also braved the elements with her lovely greeting cards and had a selection of Valentine cards with her too.

Just one of Gina’s amazing designs, check out her others
on her Facebook page

It was great to catch up with lovely friend Lorraine for the first time this year.  A regular at the Wilmslow Artisan and Treacle Market, Macclesfield with George’s Gourment Dog Biscuits and dog toys and clothing.  No pic this month but hoping to snap all 12 stone of the man himself, George the Old English Mastiff, next time he makes a public appearance!

Last, but most definitely not least two amazing stalls offering very different but equally fabulous, quality home and garden accessories, Jayne Lomas’ Bill & Betty and Gill Adamson’s ‘The Chicken Shed’.

Jayne’s business was born out of a love of accessorising her own home.  Her stall and online shop is full of inspirational home and garden accessories sourced from small name brands who, like her, have a passion for their products.
Gill’s Chicken Shed is one of my favourite stalls and Gill kept all of us located near her in December entertained with her cheery disposition.
I managed to snap this lovely angel, a customer order,  just before is was popped into a bag and carried away.  Gill has two sheds in the back garden of her beautiful cottage in Derbyshire (of which I’m very jealous, the cottage in Derbyshire not the sheds!) working from one and using the other for storage.  This has now earned her the nickname of Arthur as the ‘angel customer’ told us of a Monty Python sketch featuring ‘Arthur Two Sheds Johnson’.  As you can see below Gill is extremely talented and her hand made items are
beautiful.  She always has a great selection with her and is happy to make items to order and can be contacted on 07814 806331.
We’re looking forward once more and next on the calendar is the very popular Castlefield Market on Sunday 5 February.  Found on Castlefield cobbles at the corner of Castle Street and Duke Street, near Dukes92, this a busy, diverse artisan market offering the best of local artisan food producers and arts and crafts.  There’s always entertainment to add to the vibrant atmosphere and is well worth a visit between 10am and 4pm!
Nearly forgot!  A huge well done to Gail of Altrincham Vintage & Artisan Market fame who firstly got a tweet from MARY PORTAS no less!!! secondly, got her face in the local paper and thirdly got an excellent piece of free advertising for the market – not bad going in 140 characters or less!!!
Talking of Twitter, we were thrilled this week to exceed our 500th follower and are now heading very rapidly towards 1000.  We also came in new at #594 on the GMTweetmap – the only way is up, as they say! Follow us @jacyandjools

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