On Saturday I caught the train to Macclesfield to visit a geek themed craft fair – Have Yourself a Very Geeky Christmas (HYAVGC). HYAVGC followed me on Twitter a couple of months ago, and once I read their description and saw their location – just a train ride away for under £5 – I thought I would love to go!
The fair was quite small and was held in the Senior Citizens hall in the town centre. Although small it was clear a lot of thought and effort had gone into the theme and planning of the fair, with excellent subtle decorations dotted round such as ‘Vote Saxon’ posters, renaming the little tuck shop ‘Madam Puddifoot’s’, and some obligatory Hogwart’s house posters too. They even had a geek ‘photo booth’ but as I went alone I didn’t fancy that!
|excellent name for the tuck shop - don't think butter beer was on the menu though|
Every stall had a geek theme to it. There was an independent comic artist (Marc Makes Comics!), a stall that made geeky sock monkeys (All Things Sock), another that made home accessories such as coasters and little shelves from comic book pages (Knot Like That), and a local owl sanctuary was even on hand to introduce you to some owls, though unfortunately I didn’t spot a snowy white. This is only a few of perhaps the dozen or so stalls on offer at the fair.
|Knot Like That|
Frustratingly enough I had already done pretty much all of my Christmas shopping (and had the bank account to prove it!) and couldn’t justify buying anymore gifts for people. I did however buy 2 cupcakes from The Secret Bakery's stall – one minion one for myself, one dalek one for my dad - as well as a jar with all the ingredients for gingerbread biscuits as a Christmas present. I also bought a Harry Potter themed notebook from Ignis Fatuus Books which I will admit was initially for me, but I have SOOO many notebooks that I will instead give this as a gift (though perhaps I will look them up on Etsy in a month or 2 and get another for myself)
|The Secret Bakery|
|Ignis Fatuus Books|
All in all the craft fair was very interesting, and I was very sorry that I didn’t have more money to spend! It was good that it was around Christmas time as it was clear a lot of the foot traffic was there gift shopping, and truthfully a lot of the things on offer I was only considering as gifts (not being able to justify, nor necessarily desiring, any of the items for myself – but of course this is all down to personal taste and everything was beautiful!). But I am really happy that I went as I feel very inspired to make some crafty/geeky things of my own – though I will not be copying any ideas directly, instead why not check out all the links I’ve shared of people who were selling at the fair?
I hope I find some time this week in between work and making Christmas presents to whip up a quick crocheted Christmas ornament to share with you with a certain Final Fantasy theme to it …