Sunday, 15 June 2014

father's day & a disappointing handmade market


Well today is Father's Day - and here's some love for all the dad's out there! Me and my sister took our dad out for an indulgent breakfast at a new coffee shop near my house called The Bake House - we had never been there before but it turned out to be really well priced and scrumptious! And the decor is beautiful, I will certainly go back and knit there and snap some more pictures.
As you can see dad opened his crafty gift from me at breakfast and I'm so relieved to say he was pleased with it! I wanted to make him something but I don't know about you, it is always difficult to make something for men. I was mindlessly browsing Etsy a few weeks ago and I stumbled across this shop that does excellent 8-bit design greetings cards - do have a look. Cheeky of me but they do make brilliant cross stitch patterns and so I did the Star Wars one (rather than buy a card, I really wanted to make something for dad) and it worked up in about 5 hours or so - sweet! 

Following breakfast I finally went to Stockport town centre to investigate The Handmade Market which is on every 3rd Sunday of the month. I had high hopes for the market but I am sorry to say it was really very disappointing. It was held in the Market Hall (which is the large historic glass market hall in our town centre) and there were not enough stalls in the market to make it an appealing visit.

It was no doubt the time of year (I hope at Christmas it will be bustling and full) and the weather (muggy rain all morning here), but it was very poorly advertised. I only accidentally stumbled across it online - they really need to invest in some more advertising to get some extra foot traffic from the high street, and also for crafters thinking of selling here. I have entertained the idea but wasn't too impressed, if next month or August/September look busier I think I will go for it though.
I did managed to appreciate how nice the older parts of Stockport are however - this is a view from outside the market hall of St Mary's Church.
And so afterwards I popped to Hobbycraft to have a nosey as they are having a clearance sale and oh how my heart expanded when I saw some yarn on sale - AND included in the 3 for 2 offer, bonus! So I bought 6 balls of Patons Diploma Gold DK at £2 each (rather than £3) as a stash is always needing more...that's what I tell myself anyway!

Did you make your dad anything special for Father's Day, or get up to anything nice?


5 comments:

  1. I love the Star Wars cross stitch so sweet! Craft fairs can be so hit and miss but the surroundings look really gorgeous! X

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    1. Thanks Emma! Yes so I found to my distress - such a shame as I was so looking forward to it as well! They do happen once a month though so my hopes are still high that it will pick up :) jenny xx

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  2. the Star Wars cross stitch is brilliant :) I got my Dad a dolly peg painted to look like Spiderman that came with a cute little tag with a message. When we were little he used to jump around in a pair if spidey pants, singing the spidey so so there was a reason for the gift lol :) It was from a little homemade shop on FB & I wanted to support them. He loved it :D X

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    1. Oh wow that sounds adorable! I don't suppose you have a picture to share?! I would love to see it :) it really sounds lovely! jenny xx

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  3. Aww, love that cross stitch! I got my dad cheese, crackers and ginger beer, it's his favourite kind of present! x

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