It was a nippy start here to what is supposed to be a very sunny and warm day. I hope so as more 'putting the garden to bed for this year' work is to be done today. Our greenhouse is rapidly getting filled with pots of cuttings - all intended for what we call the 'front, front' garden. I know, as often happens, not all of them will survive the winter, but as long as most do, it will be a great start to next season.
Thank you everyone who commented on my blog post last week and especially thank you to those who responded to my question about dress at craft and wedding events. We all agreed that it is very important for us to look professional at events, because we are the first contact people have with our business and we want that first impression to create interest in our work.
Last week was the usual million-and-one-things to do, but not quite getting there. I spent a lot of time making stock for Christmas: cards, decorated bags, gift tags, etc as well as working on the three wedding stationery quotations I had been asked for. I have requests for sample invitations to be produced so that the brides-to-be can see what their ideas will look like.
I sold one of my decorated jute bags and was really pleased about that; I also sold more of my mini-cards (note to me, make some more as stock is getting low) and some packs of Christmas cards. Stall holders selling Christmassy type things felt that buyers were not overly keen to say goodbye to summer and jump into thinking about Christmas - hope they do soon because those of us in the world of handmade often find this time of year is our most successful. So come on you shoppers, buy handmade please.
Here are a few photographs of my items from yesterday's event: