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Country Living Christmas Fair, SEC, Glasgow 23rd – 26th Nov 2017.

Well I’m home after exhibiting at this event, tired, still buzzing from the excitement of being a ‘newby and in awe of the logistics involved when organising an event like this, it was hard enough for me to work out how to arrange my wee stand.                                                                                                                             Customers were many and interested parties discussing my craft even more.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and am looking forward to next year where I hope to be more organised now that I know what to expect. Many thanks to everyone who either bought an item, placed an order for a commission or even just had a look and of course huge special thanks go to my Christmas Elves..you know who you are and without your valuable help I would not have managed on my own, especially the building and dismantling of my display.

 

Table Sale Invite

I’ve been invited to bring my stained glass goods to Riverside House, a sheltered housing property, in Peebles tomorrow, to allow the residents have a look and buy Christmas gifts.

Some of the residents are unable to go shopping outside of their home so my visit enables them to purchase gifts independently rather than relying on someone else to do there own shopping.

Looking forward to meeting the residents once again.

 

Demonstration

I was invited by Skirling’s Woman’s Rural group, near Biggar, to perform a demonstration of my craft at their meeting last night. Demonstrating my craft is a good way to promote my business and inform people of the wonderful pieces that can be made by the copper foiling method.

Timing is crucial at these meetings as I only have around 1 to 1.5hrs for this, therefore I need to plan ahead and make several pieces at various stages of assembly that will save time on the night.

I decided to make a sunflower and had already prepared plenty of pieces, some just cut into shape but not ground smooth, others ground & foiled and the rest partially soldered.

The evening went well with everyone, an audience of 13, asking plenty of questions and showing interest. I had also arranged to bring a few other pieces for display and I’m pleased to say that I sold a few items too.

 

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair Glasgow – 23rd – 26th November 2017

I am busy working hard to produce lots of goodies for this event.

Have I taken on too much? Probably…..but that’s normal for me, however, in my naivety I have truly underestimated the scale of this event, this not a local craft fair with 20 stalls.

This is so exciting for me and I’m enjoying the buzz, the wonder of the logistics of organising an event like this.

Why not have a look on The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair Glasgow to read my profile within the Exhibitors list      http://www.countrylivingfair.com/exhibitor/mb-bespoke-glass/

#CLXmasFair #StepInsideCL

Safe Delivery.

One of the projects that I have been working on recently is finally finished and safely delivered to its new owner.

I met my client at a weekend fair in The Centre, Livingston. She enquired on whether I would be able to make a panel of a Sunflower and Bee from a picture she had found on the internet. After contacting the designer of the picture to establish copyright legalities I purchased the pattern and started the journey to produce this beautiful piece for my client.

Christiane, my client, lived north of Aberdeen and I did not wish to post this item so we arranged to meet in Perth, an approximate half way point for us both.

I’m pleased to say that the panel survived the journey and that Christiane is delighted with her purchase.

Me on the right handing over the panel to Christiane.

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Where have I been?

Since my last post I had a stall at a fair in the Burgh Hall, Peebles. I like this venue and I’m getting to know the other stallholders where I get the chance to do a bit of networking.

There was a steady stream of visitors checking out our wares and plenty of interest at my stall that resulted in plenty of sales.

My next organised event was last Sunday, 4th June 2017, at Thirlstane Castle, Lauder where Borders Vintage Automobile Club were hosting their annual event.

This event is always well attended in all weathers so just incase I was inundated with customers my friend Susan joined me to help. My stall again was well received and although sales were not featuring highly on my list, commission pieces for pet portraits were.

I enjoyed this event and hope to return next year.

 

Kaim Hotel Craft Fair

A beautiful sunny day is not always a good thing for a craft fair and today was no exception.

I had booked a table within the Kaim Hotel, Bathgate, which was organised by Pink Thistle, and I was hoping that there would be a good response from prospective customers as this event had been well advertised.

The hall was quite dark which is disappointing when you sell glass…and guess what? I didn’t bring my light box, the reason being was that the past few fairs I attended were well lit and I didn’t need my box. Note to myself….keep light box in car at all times!!

Well the morning was busy and my products produced much interest and I gave out lots of business cards but sales throughout the day were disappointing.

This was a well organised event, thank you Nicole for all your hard work, however some stall holders left at 2pm and others soon followed even though the event wasn’t due to finish until 4pm . Doing this is unfair to other stall holders as prospective customers see this and don’t stay  or even come in.

I always enjoy the fairs even if sales are slow to happen. It’s nice to see all the other crafts that are available and these events are the place to buy something not available on the High Street.

Many Thanks to my friend Dorothy who came along to help me out and to Hamish, the 12 week old Maltese puppy who put a smile on everyone’s face.

Next Fair

OMG! Where has this week gone?

I can’t believe that my weekend at Stirling was almost a weekend away and tomorrow I will be at an event in the Kaim Hotel in Bathgate, 11am – 4pm.

I have been busy expanding my stock, making robins, blue tits (both of which haven’t been made for a while), hearts and more, trying to make items that suit all budgets starting at £5.00

As usual I’m rushing about to finish everything, I really need to work out a routine that suits my way of working (random disorganisation Lol) as I tend to cut and grind many projects at once rather than starting one and finishing it in one go. At the end of the week I rush and struggle to assemble and solder all these lovely pieces of glass hoping that they’ll be ready for sale the next day, I’m not always successful.

Here’s hoping for a busy day tomorrow.

 

Where have I been?

Last weekend I attended a 2 day fair at The Thistles shopping centre, Stirling. This event is organised by The Crafters Roadshow who have regular events throughout Scotland.

Day one on Saturday was, for me, busy with lots of interest and handing out business cards…..hoping to generate some business from that, time will time.

I was worried that I didn’t have enough stock for the next day so when I arrived home at night (7.30pm!) it was straight back to work for a couple of hours. I managed to make a few items and had to be satisfied with that.

Day two on Sunday was so much quieter with customers passing through rather than browsing, this kind of cancelled out my good day on Saturday.

All in all I enjoyed the weekend, met some fabulous people and caught up with some stallholders I had worked alongside at previous events, but it was a tiring weekend, long hours and a long drive there each day. If I return there I will make arrangements to stay over….note to myself: Get Organised Maureen!!

Busy, Busy, Busy!

What an exciting time I’m having, with so much to plan for and participate in I almost wonder whether I need another pair of hands.

I definitely need to update my planner so that I’m able to focus on making enough stock for particular future events e.g. Borders Vintage Vehicle Show at Thirleston Castle, Lauder in June, The Border Union Show in July and several 3 day events at venues near Carlisle.

In addition to these I have the usual smaller craft fairs to attend in-between and I have recently been informed that my application to participate in the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair in Glasgow later this year has been successful. Oh that’s so exciting as it could mean that my venture is developing into a new phase!

I mustn’t forget the commissions that I have to complete….there’s a waiting list now and larger pieces will take me into September. I am unable to accept anymore for dates before then, however smaller items can still be accommodated but please contact me for more information.

Speak soon.