I'm so sorry lovely blog readers - I've been very absent!
The good news is that there are plenty of exciting things to tell you about it - I've just got to find the time to put it on my blog.
Thought you might like to see our Mosaic Fairs stand for the second weekend at Chatsworth. We packed a great deal into a tiny space, and then packed many customers in too. The blackboard at the front is not usually something we display, but we were surprised to find how few "handmade" stalls there were, so we thought we'd remind people we're one of them.
This is the tower of personalised baubles which looked very sparkly! I was able to write names for people while they waited (even though it was a bit cramped - but at least people knew they were definitely getting hand made, because they saw it happen).
And on the back wall is the personalised tiles. Funny how people just wanted to stand and read the names, but not necessarily purchase!
Did you wonder where I'd gone, as it had all gone quiet? Jane and I took Mosaic Fairs, our exciting collection of desirable crafts from a variety of artists, to Chatsworth Christmas Market over the weekend.
Goodness me it was busy - there were tales of people queuing for an hour to get into the car park once they were on the Chatsworth estate!
The event was great - really friendly with many tempting stalls of gifts and foods. I particularly enjoyed my ostrich burger.
After 3 days at Chatsworth, I unloaded the car into my studio and it looked like a craft bomb had exploded - I think I'm only just going to clear the rubble in time to set off again for the coming weekend!
The personalised Christmas baubles I showed you in a previous post were a hit. And despite my efforts to try and have the most popular names written out, I think I only sold 2 that were pre-written - all the rest were written at the event. Still - at least people knoe for sure they're getting hand mande items, because they saw it being done!
Jane's textiles (www.nosey-parker-seats.co.uk) proved very popular - she has a busy week making more beautiful canvases and cushions.
I've done lots of things with little tiles this year. I've made hanging names, and hanging Christmas decorations, but my favourites are the quirky little tile cards. Not a massive amount of calligraphy going on here, but that's OK!
The sun shone and it was really busy for the craft fair at West Bridgford. Very happy that it was sunny, but I think it contributed to people not yet feeling too Christmassy (and it was only October).
I had a few new items including "According to cats" and "According to dogs" christmas card packs. They generate a few laughs (good), but not much purchasing - hoping for laughs AND purchases at Chatsworth Christmas Market (11-13 and 18-20 November).
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.