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Monday, 29 March 2010

Another Busy Week

Well here we are again - Monday morning and another busy week looms ahead!  

Saturday brought my first craft market of the year in Bromley, Kent and it was great to get back to selling my decorations and chatting to some lovely people on the stall.   Anyone who knows Bromley High Street will be aware that it is like working in a wind tunnel! 

Fortunately, the weather Gods were pretty kind and, apart from one very heavy (albeit brief) rain shower late afternoon, the rain stayed away until closing time.  By the time everything was packed away, the rain had stopped so we could pack up the car in the dry.

It was a good day but tiring - it is amazing how much I ache at the moment!  From lifting heavy display boards and stock to standing and stretching over tables, etc. it is like a gentle, all-day workout!

This coming weekend we are down in Portsmouth for a three-day show at the wonderful Fort Purbrook - if you haven't been, it is a fascinating place with the most amazing views and well worth a visit.  A long journey for us (this show is the furthest one) so it is tiring with a 2-hour drive each way but hopefully the visitors will come and buy and make it worthwhile.  This show is organised by Woodland Crafts - one of my favourite craft fair organisers - and you can be sure there will be lots of wonderful stalls so please come down and see us if you can.  Open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th and Bank Holiday Monday 5th April.

I have a few orders to make up from the weekend and spent yesterday doing the first stage of these and some of the more popular designs to replace stock which was sold at the market.  Today is colouring day! 

One of the members of the craft forum - Jill from Craftee Cardz - is coming over on Wednesday morning to look through my cardmaking materials stash and hopefully will be able to get herself lots of useful and beautiful new stock at bargain prices!  I would love to think that she will be able to make more of her wonderful cards using some of my unused stock.   (You can read about Jill's work and her lovely cards on her blog here)  I am really looking forward to meeting her as we chat a lot on the forum and it will be great to put a face to a name!

The end of the week will be taken up with packaging the new designs, getting the car loaded up ready for a very early start on Saturday morning (boo!!) and the usual stuff.  So, a busy week this week.   I hope I will be able to reclaim some cupboard space after Jill has been which will then be a task for another week - to clear out anything which is left and sort out my craft room (I have heard a rumour that there is a floor in there somewhere!)

Hope you all have a great week, whatever you are up to - sadly the weather isn't looking too promising but lets hope it cheers up a bit before the holiday weekend.

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