#FlashbackFriday: Where, Oh Where Have We Been?

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My goodness! I don’t think any of us realised we had been gone for quite so many weeks! We have missed Blogville so much and would like to thank those of you that left supportive messages for us, wishing us luck with the Craft Fairs!
We will be replying very soon. Until then though, we thought we should pop our noses in and say ‘Hi’ and let those of you who are interested know just where we’ve been all this time!

As you may have read, it was our very first Craft Fair this December, and we were all mightily nervous about it. Personally, I wasn’t bothered if we didn’t sell a thing… it was all about getting the experience under my belt. I am so much more comfortable behind a computer screen, but being out there in the big wide world I find a little daunting. Also, I had to go it alone (well, that’s not strictly true I had a very good friend who was selling her wares alongside of me), but what I mean is, without the pups! It turns out that even though they happen to be staff members… they aren’t allowed to come along! Which we all found a little rude.

Fortunately though, Myfie came up with the genius idea of taking ‘Bob’ along. So I dressed him up in all the festive finery that we created and he became my partner in crime for the weekend.

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He was very well behaved, but was a little shy with the customers.

I really had to fight an inner struggle not to cancel the fair all together, but in the end we made it. I took some pictures of our stall to show you. We had some nightmares with the banner, so please don’t pay too much close attention to that. It is still being resolved, but I am sure we will get there in the end.

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I was quite happy with how it was all set up in the end, and even did a last minute Fair at a second venue on the Sunday!
So by the end of that weekend, I had three events behind me and I managed to pick up some great tips and experience along the way.

The Fairs were on the weekend of December 6, before and after this day I did a little bit of crafting for my own pups. I decided it would be a great idea to make them some Advent Calendar Bunting. Which, of course starts December 1… so BEFORE THE FAIR!! Eek.
I’d also never even done one single blanket stitch up until this point… great idea, Carrie. It’s not like you have enough pressure on yourself… why don’t you find something massively time-consuming to do in your spare time *eye roll*

Anyway, I did do it and despite messing up the numbers right at the end (if you can name some method to try, I probably did… and I probably messed it up) I was pretty pleased with the final result. Most importantly, the pups were happy with it… or rather they were happy with the special seasonal Delibakies I placed in each pocket.

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It turns out this was a genius idea on my part. The pups have been none too impressed by how much I have been out and about of late. I’ve been to a few places where they aren’t welcome to join me, so some daily apologies in the shape of tasty morsels have gone down quite well.

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Just after the fairs I was excited to find out the Coca Cola trucks were stopping by our town. Nothing signifies the arrival of the festive period more than the #HolidaysAreComing Coke ads does it?
I have to say though, there was a distinct lack of lights on this truck, it didn’t resemble the ones used in the adverts much but, well, it did help me to feel that little bit more festive. I could have taken the pups this time, but really I think they would have been a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people, and I don’t reckon they would have been impressed by the truck much either! Possibly Myfie if he could have gotten close enough to cock his leg up against it…

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Back in September we won a giveaway on Facebook from a company called Lillie and Millie, and this week we received our beautiful cards and notelets. I had just finished making the girls some festive hair bows and (MY) Millie was so proud that she matched her little illustrated self, she posed happily for a snap. Ellie, is happy with her hair bow too (even if she forgot to tell her face that) and I think they both look adorable.

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I’m hoping to fashion Myfie a matching bow tie before the big day and I’ll be sure to keep everybody posted now we are ready to snuggle on back into Blogville.

All that remains for us to do now is to… err… get ready for Christmas! Yay! In just a few days!… Ahem.What can I say? we like a challenge!

Are you all ready? Are you excited? Will Santa Paws be visiting your house this year?

Thanks so much for being patient with us and reading through this stupidly long post. We wish each and every one of you a VERY Merry Christmas x

 

 

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19 thoughts on “#FlashbackFriday: Where, Oh Where Have We Been?

    • Aww thank you so much lovely! We have sure missed you!
      That would be amazing! Yes! In fact I’ve had a couple go over there, one to Arizona and one to New York… That feels so exciting I can’t tell you!
      Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

  1. WooHoo you did it!!!!!! So very excited for you! Love your Advent Mittens! The Girls are gorgeous and we have missed you tons! Knew you would be back! Hope you get your Christmas shopping/prep done!
    LUVS
    Marty and Mom

    • Thank you sooo much Marty and Mom! It feels great to have put that first foot out there, even though it was scary! We’ve missed you heaps and can’t wait to catch up properly! We hope you are all ready for Christmas on your side of the pond!? Excited? We’ll get there… I’m going to think of it in hours instead of days because it sounds more πŸ˜€
      Hugs and loves , Carrie & Pups x

  2. yes, Bob is perfect to be your assistant! And if I had the chance to visit your fair, I would buy your wonderful items. Your stall looks great and I like how you presented the collars. Well done, bet you drove home only with Bob and all items were sold :o)

    • Hey Easy! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ We’ve been thinking about you, mum and dad a lot… I hope you could feel it! πŸ™‚
      Bob is a pretty fine assistant, I wondered if maybe we would have had more success if we had taken him to the training classes Millie did last year? Pah ha!
      We didn’t sell much, bu anything was way over our estimations… the fair was quite quiet really (a mistake on the organisers part apparently) but for a first foot in, it was still worth every minute!
      We’ll catch up properly soon! Hope you are having a lovely Christmas so far!
      Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

    • Thank you so much, lovely Couriers! We all appreciate your support over on Facebook so much too!! Yes! The experience was most worth it in the end!! Hope you are settling down for and have a lovely Christmas!!
      Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

  3. hello pawedblog its dennis the vizsla dog hay ummm wel santa stil may be mad at me for that hole north pole invayzhun thing a fyoo yeerz bak so i do not no if he is stopping by heer or not!!! i gess we shal see!!! mary krismas in advanse!!! ok bye

    • Aww Dennis!! Merry Christmas sweetie!!… As far as I know, Santa Paws doesn’t hold grudges so I reckon you’ll be fine! Also, so I’ve heard it helps if you’re good looking, so you definitely have that covered, right?
      MERRY CHRISTMAS ❀
      Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

  4. So happy you had the get up and went and did what you did..indeed the public sans pups as a buffer is a tad scary..everything looks so beautiful bravo to you πŸ™‚ missed you all but glad you were doing some real world stuff for you πŸ™‚ loves to all Bev xxxx

    • Aww what a lovely comment thanks, lovely Bev! It really was scary, but so pleased I didn’t cop out in the end, the experience was priceless really! We’ve missed you so much too!! We’ll be popping by and catching on up ASAP! I hope you are nearly ready and looking forward to Christmas! You deserve a rest my lady!
      Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

  5. What a great booth carrie!!! I think it all looked marvellous & I would have definitely bought from you! All the vibrant colors & a good selection! I applaud you for braving the outisde world! Your ROCKED it!
    We want to wish you & Myfie, Ellie & Millie a VERY Merry Christmas & every success for 2015…also lots of dog trests & happiness too πŸ˜‰
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha & ‘Angel’ Nylablue too x0x0x0x0

    • Aww what a lovely message!! Thanks so much, lovely!
      We here at Pawed Towers want to wish you a very VERY beautiful Christmas… I know it will be somewhat bittersweet for you all but we all have you in our hearts and will be thinking of you tons!
      Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

    • Aww thank you so much!! The time you have all taken to say lovely things means so much to me! Especially since i am somewhat a beginner!
      Hope you are having as much fun as is caninely possibl!
      Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

  6. Thank you Carrie…it is a very bittersweet time these past 2 days. I was ok yesterday but it hit me last nite. Siddhartha snuggled close. Today is a quiet day for us & I am happy of that. I prefer peace I can tell you!
    merry Christmas to all of you there.
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha ❀ ❀ ❀

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