Friday, 17 September 2010
My cataracts have gone and I have nice new varifocal glasses, and so I can do all the things I've been putting off for a while.( Like listing lots of bags in my Etsy shop!!)
I've been saving these gorgeous mossy green bags until the fall before showing you all. I think they are just right for this new season. I choose the colours before I got my sight back fully and I must admit to having an anxious moment or two after my first operation before looking at them properly for the first time!
I've been busy today listing bags. I guess it could be a bore for a lot of folk, but for me to be able to see the computer screen for more than 10 minutes at a time it's been a joy.
Monday, 13 September 2010
As you can see I am delighted with my posh new stand, I was able to get this after winning a bursary award from Creative Leicestershire. I can't express what a pleasure it was to go out and buy everything I needed to present my bags in this next seasons craft shows.
I was able to choose new tables and table covers and the chrome tubes and fittings to make a "fits everywhere" craft stand.
I can now display my wares in a space any size between 6ft x 6 ft and 12ft x 8ft!!
My wonderful supportive husband spent so many hours planning and then cutting the tubes to length, I think the worst job for him was waxing all the tubes so they don't rust from being up in damp marquees.
I really do think it was worth it though.
My stand is constructed from 25mm chrome shop fitting tubes which are I think look really professional and are a doddle to put up and take down,
It was such a pleasure at Wrest Park Design festival to be able to just unload, and set up knowing I would have enough space to demonstrate as well as display my bags.
I'm looking forward to my return visit there in November, when we shall be exhibiting in the State Rooms!
I'm sure my improved display and probably improved confidence too, made a difference to my sales over the show , because I broke all my records!!!
Thursday, 9 September 2010
I usually wake early when I'm in my caravan at a craft show, and this first morning at Wrest park craft and Design festival differed only in just how early I awoke.
Remembering that I had forgotten to fill my water bottle the night before, I put on my wellies in order to fetch water for my all important first cuppa of the day. I don't drink tea anymore so it's not the caffeine I need. I think it's just a lifetimes habit to start my day sitting with a cuppa and thinking about the day ahead.
This was the view as I opened my caravan door at 5.30am that morning. I had been so focused the night before on setting up my stand and sorting out my caravan that I had not really registered where I was camped.
The walk for water was only a short stroll away. Usually it's a tap at the edge of the field, but this time it was a the rear of the Orangery, an ornate Georgian building which was much in fashion all those years ago.
After I had filled my water bottle the urge to explore this peaceful dawn garden took over. The sun was just lighting the rich terracotta paint of the Orangery with a warm glow which I hoped hinted of a hot day to follow.
The festival site was silent and calm behind it, very different to the hubbub of folk soon to arrive and finish setting up for the festival. I never tire of the feeling of anticipation before the public arrive at a show.
I turned from the show ground and looked out across the gardens as the sun grew golden through the trees. All thoughts of hot tea drifted away and I started off alone to explore the grounds.
From the grand Georgian house terrace I could see ghostly marble statues arranged on the lawns.
I felt a little nervous of the statues, they almost glowed in the dawn light, there are so many of them too, they reminded me of an E Nesbit childrens story in which the children have wished for the staues to come alive, as with all good wish based stories things do not work out as the children had hoped!
By the time the sun was up I was ready for reality again and wandered back to my little caravan. soon the kettle had boiled and I was drinking hot tea, listening to the local radio telling folk about the show and getting ready to meet the crowds.
- Claire Fairall
- . I love to create, always have... even as a child I was always up to my ears in fabric, yarn, paper and glue. So now I create bags, the process I use developed over time, and is still changing, each new wool or design presents it's own challenge. So I don't get bored. Craft Shows are so much fun,meeting folk, both customers and other crafters. I always get such a buzz when we are setting up and a plain old marquee or hall gets transformed into an arcade of interesting creations.
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