So Many Lovely Things

On Friday evening I went with OH to the 2023 Shetland Craft Fair at the Clickimin Leisure Complex.  I had a quick perusal but left without buying much – mostly because I could not do my shopping in secret and OH is not an enthusiastic shopper.

So, this morning, hoping the fair would be fairly empty, I returned with all the time in the world and two like-minded friends.

The annual Craft Fair is organised by Shetland Arts & Crafts Association – showcasing “unique woodcraft, knitwear, textiles, fine art and more. Inspired by Shetland’s dramatic scenery, heritage and culture, Shetland Arts and Crafts producers offer a unique and diverse range of crafts, from the islands’ traditional knitwear designs, handed down through generations, to more modern and highly original craft work.”

All I can say is wow, and I got much of my Christmas shopping done too but no, sadly, no one is receiving a beautifully crafted Hardanger fiddle this year!

I had to physically stop myself from buying Christmas presents for myself!

But I might have added to my “secret soap stash” just because lovely soap is my luxury and a necessity.

And, yes, I possibly got a few edible things for later.

I even found a well-made klibber so if you’re interested in buying one, let me know and I will pass your details onwards.

These are called “creepies” – a traditional milking stool or to creep nearer to the fire.

And of course Shetland Reel gin – free samples – and I might’ve had a few for my breakfast!

When I looked at my watch, I suddenly saw that we had been there three hours.  A perfect way to spend a Sunday morning, drinking free samples of gin and shopping!  My idea of heaven.

13 thoughts on “So Many Lovely Things

  1. Cathy

    It’s very beautiful but does the Hardanger violin have all those extra tuning keys ?

    So many lovely things, as you say. I have to be dragged screaming from wonderful craft fairs like this. You were very brave to go back !!

  2. Irmel

    Gasp! The chess sets!
    What are “dibbles” for? And – what’s a “klibber”?
    Phantastic array of beautiful things!

  3. Randi Morthorst Thulstrup

    I just love it some day I have to go and see it myself. Thank you so much for sharing- I read your posts almost every day

  4. Sharon

    There are so many lovely and interesting things at this craft fair! I’d have found gifts but a lot more would have been gifts to myself. The leather knitting belts caught my eye, as did the various jewelry items. That sheep pin would look perfect on a couple of my shawls.
    I’d also like to know what is a klibber?

  5. Christine

    So many wonderful things, and so much more interesting than what I usually see at craft fairs. I am very jealous!

  6. Julia in California

    Oh, I so so look forward to your yearly craft fair post! My favorite!!
    I so envy you, Frances! I would kill to have something like this near me – it looks like the front-page of Etsy come to life!


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