Hi everyone, it's been a while. It's been a crazy couple of months and my vow to do a blog post a week has clearly slipped. The good news is I will have lots of new stock to list soon.
This year, Chesterfield council decided to add an art fair to their Arts and Market Festival which happens at the end of October each year. There's usually an old fashioned fair ground, ghost walks, special guest entertainers at the theatre, a beer festival and generally lots of lovely bits and pieces going on around town. It was a bit of a risk as the art and craft fair had never been done before and we weren't sure how it would be received. It was a windy and mizzley day (and there was lots of catching of flying work) but all in all I would call it a success. There were a few kinks that needed working out but Ally, who organised it, will soon get that sorted. My 12 foot (yes you heard me right, 12!) went down well and I will be there again on Sunday, November 12th when the Christmas lights are switched on. Pop down and see me if you're around.
My next big adventure was 'Wonderfully Made', a for day event organised by the amazing Rachel Poole, of Pennine Artists, and hosted by All Saints Church at Silkstone. I had a fabulous week and felt really honoured to be ask to be at an event with such talented artists. We all took shifts to steward the event and it was great opportunity to meet new people like CJ of Curoius Cat Creative and Laura of Made by Lolly fame. I had the chance to see Loxley Silver Band, who played beautifully. It must be the Yorkshire in me that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when I listen to Silver and Brass bands. I also dropped hints to the hubby about the Snoozle I was lusting after from my friend Sabine of Little Castle Designs, and bought an owl doorstop and sausage dog draft excluder that I've wanted for ages from another friend, Sophy Sylvester. Oh and I even made some last minute poppies and raised 15 of your fine British pounds for the Poppy Appeal.
So there it is, I'm back to the real world (almost), frantically making Christmas decorations that should have been made months ago (and not just started yesterday) and hoping to blog and list new stock in the shops. As I said before, I will be in Chesterfield Market on the 21st of this month and then you can catch be at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Saturday 27th November. There will also be a Craft Candy fair on the same day at the Millennium galleries so it's a great day to get into Sheffield and buy lots of lovely handmade gifts.
See you soon (I promise)