Today is my blog anniversary! Being part of the quilty blog community for the past year has been a real privilege and I’ve learned so much from reading and following other bloggers and being part of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop. A big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has read my posts, chosen to follow my blog and taken time to write comments 🙂
My big news for this birthday post is the opening of ‘All Our Own Crafts’ pop-up shop in Festival Place, Basingstoke. I’m so honoured, excited and not a little daunted to have an invitation from Kate and Tracy to be part of their fourth pop-up shop in the busy town centre. I’ve spent the past month finishing projects, making product description labels and preparing display stands for my section in the retail unit. There are 42 artists and crafters sharing a large corner unit within the covered mall.
After a busy weekend, All Our Own Crafts opened to customers on Tuesday. I had my first turn at being one of the shop assistants on Wednesday afternoon. It was lovely seeing people browsing around the shelves and displays; recording sales and wrapping items for happy customers.
I’ve found the selling of patchwork and quilted items to be a patchy experience! I began by selling bunting to raise a bit of cash to invest in more fabrics. Gradually cushion covers and bags were added to the wares I had for sale at craft fairs and school fairs. As a parent I’ve attended school fairs and know I wouldn’t have spent more than £5 on any one item as I and my children made our way around the fundraising stalls and the craft tables. So I’m not surprised that only a few of my relatively expensive patchwork items have been sold at those events. I opened a shop on the on-line craft site Folksy and have had occasional rather than steady sales from there. The town centre pop-up shop might be a venue more suited to the sale of relatively expensive handmade cushion covers and quilts. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. The shop is open until January and, if nothing else, I certainly hope my stand will prove to be an attractive addition, in keeping with the high quality of handmade items on show.
This has been a varied week for me. On Monday I helped organise the monthly meeting of a craft group at our church. This month we were ably led by two skilled flower arrangers who managed to get us creating Autumnal displays. I have to admit that I didn’t do much ‘arranging’ – for me it was more sticking green bits and flowers into oasis and hoping!
Yesterday I had one of those occasional days out with my camera shy friend, Mary. We caught the train travelling West to Salisbury and enjoyed a gentle walk around the water meadows that surround the south side of the beautiful Cathedral.
Tomorrow I’m getting up early to catch a train to the London Women’s Convention, an annual Christian event. The theme this year is ‘busyness’. It’ll be good to get a Biblical perspective on this seemingly modern topic.
Thank you again for sharing in my bloggy world!