Do you think summer might be just around the corner? We still seem to be having very mixed weather and the forecast for the end of this week says the temperature will be low, but I am very hopeful. Everything in the garden is growing well, including the weeds which never seem to suffer from high or low temperatures, cold, frost or anything else Mother nature throws at us.
Initially I had thought I could use the market as a way of promoting my work - having been told sales are low, profit little, etc. However, despite a lot of interest in my candles, this has only turned into one sale. Last Friday I was opposite a lady who makes the most stunning stained glass items: swallows in flight, dog's faces as well as framed pictures - she didn't sell anything on Friday and said she rarely does. I think one of the reasons why I feel so frustrated about this market is that card-makers do very well. Despite there being three sellers there, they all sell, every week! A couple of sellers told me that out of term-time more buyers attend the market, and as it is half-term next week I will leave my decision about whether to continue or not
until then. I don't like to abandon this, it feels like I am letting the organisers and other sellers down as well as possibly missing out on potential sales, but I have to be realistic, I want to sell and make some profits.
It has been the usual busy week here: making, workshop promoting, planning and preparing for meetings and as the weather has been very generous this week, gardening. Celebrated a friend's birthday on Saturday and celebrated it again with other friends on Sunday - a nice way to spend the weekend.
No photographs of work this week as most of the time has been spent on not producing, but planning. However, I must recommend a visit to the bloggers taking part in this week's Handmade Monday linky party as I know they will have lots of photographs of gorgeous work they have made during the past week.
I have booked a spot on a Willow Hearts making course this Thursday evening at the Farnham Maltings. Looking forward to it as hope it may be something else I can add to my range and I will let you know how it goes and hopefully may have photographs of what I make.
I received a copy of Homemade with love at the beginning of last week. It looks a great magazine and has lots of lovely things to make. On my list (supplies already purchased so no excuses) of things to make this week are the fabric covered flowerpots. Apart from being lovely for me to use in my work room., they will make lovely gifts too and who knows could be something else to add to my range.
Have a good week everyone, I am back next weekend, Milly is here on Wednesday and if you would like to be a guest blogger, please drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. I love having guest blog posts, lots of lovely interesting reading.