Thursday, 27 October 2011

Craft in Focus Wisley November 2011 update

In only five weeks time I will have just completed my five day event at Wisley, be packed up (hope there's not too much to bring back!) and be looking forward to a well-earned rest and a glass or two of something fizzy. This week's half term for us and it's been non-stop work for both me and my daughter. She's had lots of GCSE work to do and I've been making. We're promising ourselves a day out at the weekend to include a long ramble with the dog. Aside from the making I've finally taken the plunge to buy a really smart card display spinner. It's totally acrylic which means you can see the whole face of each card and has different size boxes to fit onto the central stem so that I can accommodate my two card sizes and the frames I've had made to fit them. They're used in National Trust shops so I feel the quality will reflect the high standing of both Wisley and the Craft in Focus events - of which I hope there will be many to come. We've also popped out this afternoon and managed to find the perfect size boards which will be covered with lavender felt and used to display my corsages. I've ordered packaging for items which need it, posted some pics on Facebook to get the OK from the makers whose buttons I'm using for the first time and ..... stitched ...... and checked and counted stock .......... and stitched .... And ..... thought about ..... what happens next? We went to visit Craft in Focus's event at Sevenoaks on Sunday and, as usual, met some lovely people. Stallholders with good advice, a lovely ceramicist called Julia Davey (who makes buttons as well as gorgeous homewares and Christmas decorations), Geckoman (we bought a frog) and that got me thinking about next year: where to exhibit, new suppliers to enhance existing products, new products altogether. We're going to Crowthorne this weekend for a recce too. So the work never stops but the process is still all fun. What more can you ask for from your employment?

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