Making Tissue Paper Flowers at Gressenhall


Making these flowers out of tissue paper was probably my favourite part of the day at Gressenhall; strangely a week or so ago I had been thinking about paper flowers having seen a few crop up in very beautiful blogs.

I was keen to have a go at this Mothers’ Day childrens’ activity so the rest of the family wanted to join in. It was very well run with plenty of precut colourful rectangular pieces of tissue paper to fold and clear instructions as to what to do. I took a picture so that I don’t have to write them all out:








blog _paperflowersinbagWe took six of these fluffy fat flowers home and this definitely won’t be the last time I make them!

Thanks Gressenhall.

#ippdailydraw and craft fair August 12th

Well as this is the last day of the Olympics I didn’t expect the craft fair at Mannington Hall to be busy but honestly it was so quiet I was able to have a conversation for an hour and a half with a fellow stall holder without interruption! Never mind, the people in my space were lovely – they all knew each other from the Norfolk craft fair circuit and Brian – he of the birds below, is going to send me a list of  craft fairs that he rates. Which is kind of him 🙂

The sketch is duff today!

fellow #ipp ers – we all have off days.

The next few images give you a flavour of my stall and the general absence of people!!

This Brian Slaytor and makes and  sells these gorgeous birds at craft fairs throughout Norfolk

I took the suitcase from the top of my wardrobe to display some of my wares. It looked lovely – but the only thing rummaged through was the bargain box of Phoenix cards. Of which I sold 3 😉 for a pound each

I more than halved my usual prices (on stock only – not the personalised things) and didn’t sell any of it. It wasn’t the right audience. The only genuine fan customer I had was my friend Helen, also the fantastic chef of the Greedy Goose at Mannington Hall who bought this daisy bunting. These take a whole day  to make – actually longer if you factor in cutting out the wood. They cost £29.50 and I have one left. I love them but they are bonkers as a retail item. If you factor in time you make a loss really! So if any of you want the one remaining at that price with free delivery let me know!

© Gabriella Buckingham 2012

© Gabriella Buckingham 2012

This was the average customer level !:)

And finally …

I deliberately deleted the price I charged for these as I wonder if you’d like to guess? I didn’t sell any but a craft shop owner came in and said what a good idea and would I supply her… so we will see. What price would you expect to pay?

Answers below please! I am going to put together a few kits for sale on my site and with instructions and ideas for decoration. I wonder if that is the environment needed?  I think it is 🙂