Last night I held my annual ‘At Home’ event where people can call in and buy direct from me. It was a lovely night with a great chatty atmosphere even though there was nore tea than wine being drunk – weren’t we good. This year I had one or two new items on offer. These are felted soaps based on pebbles / rock.
I so enjoyed making these that I went on and made more using handmade soaps with essential oils.
Below are a few needlecases.
I’ve always put sparkly thread on the seams of hearts before but decided upon red this year. They’ve found a little spot in my heart.
Food on the brain!
These birds are so much fun. I love them and had to keep some for myself.
I only made one reindeer which I’ve kept for myself but I then had the thought that there was something of a llama about the body shape, now that’s all I can see!
You wonder if it’ll all come together, you wonder if anyone will turn up but I have to say that last night was a good evening. Having fretted about stock levels, I then worried about where to put it all and was there enough space for Tracy’s work? Tables had to be swopped and moved around but I got there in the end.
It was a real pleasure to meet Tracy and to rummage through her work whilst she, poor girl, was still trying to set it out. People turned up, the drinks and conversation flowed and sales were made. Here are a few items that will never make it to my website as, joy of joys, they sold last night.
I have to admit to buying one of Tracy’s art rings and making an order for a little something for Christmas for my daughter. You can see more of Tracy’s work in her folksy store so do take a look.
One of the things that surprised me most was how many people whom I thought had no connection in common, actually knew each other and they spent happy minutes trying to figure out how and when they’d first met. Many didn’t turn up but those that did more than made up for their absence and created a lovely atmosphere. I thank them all.
A couple of years ago I invited friends and neighbours round to have a look at what I make and hopefully to sell a few items. It all worked well and so I thought it was a good idea to repeat it again this year. As before, I wanted to have more than my felt to offer and friend Philippa put me in touch with Tracy from Ruby Spirit Designs. Now Tracy and I haven’t met but I’ve seen her work locally and she sounded lovely on the phone so we’ve agreed that next Tuesday the 23rd will be our Handmade at Home day.
My daughter was roped in to deliver some invites by handing them to her friends to pass on to their mums. This is my first worry – will all those girls remember to pass on the invites? I know some have got through as I’ve had two people tell me they will come. The next worry of course is have I got enough stock?
This is one of the book covers I’ve made. It’s called Sari as the decoration is recycled sari silk fibres. I’ve also made more brooches but I needed to as I was lucky enough to sell four from my shop last week. Of course I couldn’t ignore the festive season so I’ve also made lots of sparkly hearts for Christmas trees.
There are still a few items to finish off, Mum to take Christmas shopping and Knit and Stitch show at Harrogate next week which I need to prepare for (more of that later). But which do I worry about first? – that people won’t come or that so many will come I won’t have enough cups or glasses?