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**COMPETITION CLOSED**  The winner is Georgie Pope

You know that I love all things hand-made, whether by me or by more talented other people.   At this time of year, with Christmas (yes I said it!!) fast approaching, I’m on the look out for handmade gifts and ideas for presents that I can make myself.

The beauty of trying out something new at this time of year is that there’s always that chance you’ll discover a talent or a love for a craft that will become your hobby in the new year.  So over the years I’ve taken myself off to every and any craft fair available, in search of inspiration.  In recent years as life has become busier and particularly this year when I’m not only busy but rather round and pregnant, I’ve had to be more selective.  So I always have my ear to the ground for events that look really special.

I was thrilled to hear that Kirstie Allsopp will be hosting a The Handmade Christmas Fair at Manchester Central from November 20th to 22nd and of course I’m going!!  I love Kirstie’s shows and books and hope to be able to chat to the lady herself while I’m there.

kirstie allsopp the handmade christmas fair manchester

Kirstie won’t be the only crafting celeb there either: Annie Sloan, Kitten Grayson, Zeena Shah, Jane Means and cheese maker Sean Wilson (Corrie’s Martin Platt) will also be followed around by me in attendance.
In case you haven’t heard about The Handmade Fair before, here’s a little video of the one that has just taken place at Hampton Court.

As you’d expect, there’ll be crafting workshops on the day, artisan food, book signings, and shopping…but in Manchester it’ll all be topped off with a Christmas twist!

kirstie allsopp the handmade christmas fair

So do you fancy coming along? I bet you do!

I’m very pleased to say that I have a pair of free tickets to give away.  The lucky winner and their guest can attend on whichever day suits them best – the winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday the 6th of November.

I’ll announce the lucky winner on and just about all social media channels.  You’ll have until the 8th to accept otherwise I’ll choose another winner…can’t let those tickets go to waste!

To enter all you need to do is share this post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (easy peasy – there are buttons to do this at the top of the page) and then comment below telling me your favourite craft and how you’ve shared the post.  Depending on how you’re viewing this post, you might have to scroll down a smidge to get to the comment section.

Good luck and see you at the fair 🙂

Love Rachel



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  • mumtoamonster

    I would love to attend this. I would spend a fortune

  • katscreamy

    patchwork and i’ve shared on twitter @katscreamy

  • burnse

    I like making chutney from things grown at allotment I make them all fancy and give them as gifts – facebook

  • Rachel Zammit

    keeping everything crossed I win these tix!!
    Decoupage…& shared on twitter!
    🙂 x

  • Abbie Pilling

    Up-cycling second hand clothes – shared on Facebook <3

  • Katy

    I love making dark chocolate truffles and giving them as presents at Christmas (that’s if I don’t eat them all myself!) – shared this on Twitter

  • Liz Purkis

    I do love a good bit of bunting. Too many crafts, so little time. Shared on my page on Facebook

  • Jessica Ruth Sykes

    Ready just in time for christmas. Making your presents is the best way. Shared on facebook xx

  • fashion-mommy

    It sounds like a lovely event, although I must say I do have an aversion to Kirsty, a bit too bossy for me.

  • Kirsty Louise

    I love cross stitch and felt appliqué I can’t choose!!! Facebook share xxx

  • Lisa Parkinson

    Shared on fb Rach. Not really a crafty person but can make a mean batch of skittles vodka 😜

  • jo shrew

    i’d love to go to this!

  • georgie pope

    I’ve tweeted and fbed and i love patchwork

  • sam fut

    twitter @puppetfut and fb sam fut. i really enjoy embroidery

  • katscreamy

    I did a degree in ceramics, but then got into sewing…twitter and facebook

  • jo shrew

    and my fave craft is woodworking

  • Frith Smith

    Patchwork for me. Shared on Twit @putneypup, and fb

  • Jane Hamilton

    Knitting….. But there’s never enough time and my stash keeps growing 😳

  • Caroline

    My favourite craft is looking online at all the stuff I could make. And procrastinating. But mostly looking and getting ideas for when I make time to craft. Which I will. If I win tickets to the handmade Christmas fair. :0) shared on twitter