I spent my weekend at the fantastic Outlaw artisan market selling my knitted goodies and since getting home have been reflecting on what a fantastic time I had. As usual, I wasn't particularly organised so the whole event felt like it snuck up on me and then, in the blink of an eye it was over.
As you may have seen on Facebook, I hired my very own Transporter van to get there. The moment I got in it and hit the accelerator I was squealing with fear and excitement! I've never driven anything as big as that before so was terrified of scratching it, or reversing into something! But all went well and Bristol welcomed 'us' with open arms.
Both days were filled with awe inspiring makes from the amazing artists and creators, interesting conversation with new friends, and a tonne of tea and cake, for energy-level reasons of course.
I was opposite the brilliant Charlotte Macey and her pretty (and beautifully made) products. The jugs in particular were gorgeous, as were the pin cushions, frilly cushions, napkins... And the rest! You can see more on her website.
On the Saturday I managed to ditch my stand for a few minutes to catch the inspirational speech by Helen from Kindred Rose, who spoke about building a creative community - online and offline. It's so important when working alone to stay connected with the outside world! My studio is in my loft and as lovely as it is up there, I sometimes feel like I'm the only person in the world struggling to 'go it alone' - as though no one else has ever had to find suppliers for cardboard boxes or swing tags, so every word of Helens talk meant a great deal to me.
I go to her Creative Women meetings each month and they motivate and inspire me, as well as filling me with a confidence, that only comes from the support of other creative women believing you can do it. If any creative ladies in the south west fancy joining us- or anywhere as long as you don't mind the travelling - you can find the details on her website, everyone is welcomed with open arms and the support and advice is invaluable! You can see the video of her talk on her Facebook page, it's worth a watch!
On both days I spent a great deal of time with a lovely friend of mine who happens to be the super talented Rachael (note the spelling) of Grace and Favour Home. Her talent and skill never fails to amaze me, nor does her support or wit! Her diligent and extremely helpful partner Steve manned the stand with her, so she kindly did some tea and cake runs for me. She was also my shopping buddy during the few quite moments when we managed to look around at the other stands - of which the standard was just incredible! The Grace and Favour stand itself looked gorgeous, as ever. I kept running over there and buying more bits and pieces, including their brilliant magnetic bottle openers and some of the brightly coloured cards (I hear new designs are also in the pipelines…I can't wait!). I'm also looking forward to my personalised map lampshade (amazing!) which I'll post a picture of once I get it! Please do take a look at their website and I'd recommend paying attention to the personalised map prouducts 😍. .
And finally heres a couple of pictures from my stand on the day and my happy helpers and I in the van ready to head home....
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my ramblings! Speak soon!