Festive Events

Winter feels like it has definitely arrived this week at Hooperhart Headquarters – there’s been a hard frost the past few mornings followed by cold crisp sunny days and, of course, nightfall coming early. All pointing to the fact that it’s almost November (!) which means the first fair of the season is in less than two weeks – so here is a quick rundown of where you can see me out and about over the next couple of months.

Tea Green Festive Market, Bowhouse, St Monans, Fife – November 10th & 11th

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Perthshire Creates Christmas Design Market, Civic Hall, Perth – November 24th

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Something Different For Christmas, Dunning Village Hall, Perthshire – November 25th

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Etsy Made Local UK  The Briggait, Glasgow – December 1st

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Tea Green Festive Market Kibble Palace, Glasgow – December 8th & 9th

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Also, if you’re in East Lothian please check out the gorgeous Found Gallery’s Winter Show in Dunbar, which starts on November 10th

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There will be loads of fantastic craft and design at all of these events so there’s plenty of opportunity to shop small and shop indie, and shop local this Christmas! See you then x

 

An Indie Christmas

Like a lot of people I find myself constantly struggling to comprehend where the time goes, no more so than 5 weeks before Christmas. No really, what happened to Autumn?? How come all the festive craft fairs I booked back at the start of the summer are now imminent??? Yes, this happens every year and it still always takes us by surprise…

So – time to get organised. Fortunately, shopping for Christmas presents is a complete scoosh these days due to the plethora of independent businesses producing gorgeous, original products. It’s never been easier to buy beautifully-made, unique gifts, whether it’s from a local artisan fair or shop, through marketplaces such as Etsy and Folksy, or direct from a maker’s website. Over the next three weekends I’ll be selling my work at the following fairs in Perthshire and Glasgow (full details are on the ‘Shop’ page):

They all promise to be fantastic events with a very high standard of work being exhibited; there really will be something for everyone, and it is a lovely way to shop in your local neighbourhood.

Which is more than can be said for Black Friday, which is almost upon us; a lot of small businesses will be feeling under pressure to reduce their prices to try and compete with big brands and businesses. To combat this, the wonderful Just A Card campaign has come up with INDIE FRIDAY!

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Across social media Just A Card will be promoting the work of independent makers and shops from all over the UK – look out for the #JACIndieFriday #IndieFriday hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and join in the fun!
And remember – when you’re out Christmas shopping this year, don’t pass by an independent. Take a look – you never know what you might find!