I hope you had a fun and relaxing Christmas and are looking forward to what 2017 has to offer. Here is my collage of Christmas 2016 ????
On Friday evening we took part in the Chorleywood Christmas Festival which took place in the village high street between 5-9pm. Although it was a slow start, the evening went really well! The weather was good (if not a bit blowy!) and the locals turned out in good numbers to browse the stalls and pick up presents and stocking fillers.
There was a big stage at the end of the road, with some brilliant live acts to keep us entertained, and there was plenty of food on offer, including a hog roast which we thoroughly enjoyed. We even managed to rescue our table display after a dog (wearing a festive Christmas jumper) lunged at it, sending our products flying! Thankfully, nothing was broken and it really wasn’t as bad as it seemed!
Our final fair of the year will be the Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth on Saturday 12th December. See you there!
A really busy, fun day in Chorleywood, with food, music, a choir, Charleston dancing, and about 70 stalls!
Yesterday we took part in the Family Christmas Fair at Beaconsfield School, organised by Iain Rennie Hospice. We were very excited about this one because it was our first ever fair in Bucks (I have been hoping to get into a good fair with high footfall in the South Bucks area for a while), the fair is usually well supported with 500+ footfall and Beaconsfield is a wealthy commuter town.
The day went fairly well and we were on a table next to our friends Bjarne & Sarah of Artistry Coffee, but there were several lulls in the day due to the atrocious weather outside, and I think the footfall was half of what it usually is. It was raining when we arrived to unload and raining even harder when we were loading up to leave! So unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the picturesque character buildings in the Old Town for the blog.
The thing I love about fairs is the opportunity to chat with people about problem skin, and I had several conversations with customers yesterday about eczema and how there is sometimes a lack of understanding around it, like “can’t you just put some E45 on it?” probably to do with the way adverts simplify the condition to a dry skin issue. (E45 is a petroleum-based emollient that does nothing for itching and I found it actually stung my irritated skin, which wasn’t actually dry, but clammy). One lady was telling me that her sister made her a pair of cotton mittens to sleep in because she would scratch in her sleep. We also discussed adult chickenpox with a few other people and we decided that calamine lotion doesn’t do much either. So it was a good way in to talk about the benefits of our calendula-infused Soothing Skin Balm and Soothing Skin Oil, (all natural ingredients, calming, can be used head to toe, I keep one in my handbag…)
You will notice our new jute The Soap Cabin banner on the table display; I made this after seeing someone in the US had something similar (professionally printed I think), so I decided to whip one up on Friday, using a burlap sack, a home-made stencil, a black ink pad and a sponge!
Next up: St Clement Danes School Christmas Food & Gift Fair, Chorleywood 29th Nov 11am-3pm