It was bitterly cold but oh so cosy. With fairy lights and A Very Ally Christmas and Michael Bublé blasting out of the speakers. It was a quiet fair but the company was wonderful. And although we were all freezing cold we kept each other warm. Wrapped in blankets, snuggling up with hot chocolate.
I really love the invention of the hastag as it's such an organised way to see what's been going on. If you click on #yvestownwinterfair you'll get to enjoy all the photos made by the stall holders, visitors and me.
Eline's Doll house was present, beautifully equipped with lights and Christmas decorations. Eline was so lucky to be able to make this doll house assigned by her publishers.
Also Erika's doll shop made it's début.
It was a good day and it was definitely the last fair in this format as it takes too much from Bo and myself. It's hard work, not just on the day but the day before and the day after. I'm still cleaning, doing laundry and defrosting. I'll think of something new to do, I might even take it abroad - I'm not sure yet.
Please consider to shop small this Christmas, to promote small and independent shops and stay the hell out of Primark.
Below a gift guide of my favourite fair products.
I'm just about awake, synchronizing the play list for tomorrow which is very important. My feet are killing me and I keep asking myself; "why on earth do I feel the need to host fairs?". We've single handedly build 4 party tents and equipped them all with fairy lights, it makes me feel so utterly giddy.
I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
There's not a single bone in my body that even slightly dislikes Christmas or anything that has do do with it. So I earn this fair. My painful fingers of all the plastic tying earn a Christmas fair. And you earn it to be here and join us tomorrow.
It will be cold so dress warmly. There's food, and a fire, lots of lovely people and fairy lights.
We are all set and ready to go for our first ever Yvestown Winter Fair.
It's all going to be pretty magical with lots of fairy lights, lovely food, good company, workshops and lots of beautiful Christmas products. Part of my home will be open to soak up the Yvestown Christmas atmosphere and you are allowed to hang out with us all day.
Please dress warm.
I have been away for a long time and for that I'm sorry. I have been on a journey. I have been trying to do this and to do that and to find a way in this chaos that's now called my job. I used to work about 10 jobs in a day and I have taken my time away to find a way to cut it down to one beautiful job.
I have found a way to make this what I do in something I love to do and for what I get paid for. I do my books, my blog and I host social gatherings. With those 3 things I will continue and I will not try to push myself into things I can not do on my own as it's just me. With the help of my husband and the help of my best friend.
I've been struggling on my blog, you all have been there to witness. I've lost, literately, hundreds and thousands of readers through all my uncertainty and change. But that's life eh, you win some, you loose some.
It all dawned to me when I read this quote;
So what's next?
Just this and anything else that might come up. I'm not going to promise anything or give you a scoop on something that is not there. I'm going to be here for you, blogging whenever I have something to share, tell or show. I'm going to stop trying to be Super Woman because I pretty much suck at that job. I do however make a mean curry.
I know that commenting and engaging on blogs is out but I would love to hear from you.
Thank you for always reading x
Oh yes! One of my big dreams is coming true: a winter edition of the Yvestown Fair. The reason why there wasn't a fair planned and why this winter fair is on such short notice is that I thought we would be moved house by now. But it seems we are not moving at all as we can't find a better home. So I have to learn to live with the size of the house and the size of the garden.
I hope to see you again on Sunday the 30th of November in my garden. I'll be selling and signing my books and there will be lots to do like Christmas workshops by Avenue Lifestyle, MUSwerk, MaandagDaandag, Ellen Vesters en Wood & Wool Stool's daughter, Pippa.
There is room for another table or two. So if you'd like to join us and your style is a bit romantic/ Scandinavian/clean/fresh/modern and you have a lot of Christmas stock, send me an e-mail with a link to your online shop.
Hi Guys, so sorry for the super long absence but I had to write yet another book in a very short period of 2 months. Trust me, it's nothing like Yvestown in de Keuken it's only 144 pages. But it's cute and it's about breakfasts, more about that soon.
Today I want to share some other exciting news with you instead. As I will be moving home (or not) in September I can't host a 2014 edition of the Yvestown Fair in my garden this year as it might not be my garden in September. Instead I'll be co-hosting the fair with my publishers Snor during their festival on September 21 in Vuren The Netherlands. So not only will there be great Snor things to do (workshops, music, food and books) there will also be an Yvestown Market for you to enjoy. It will be double the fun!
The list of this years marketeers:
- Wood & Wool Stool
- Silly Old Suitcase
- Stella by Rosa
- IDA Yarnshop
- Lammie Verkoopt
You can read more about the fair on the website of my publishers. The new website will be launched on the first of September but for now you can visit their old site.