It has been a while since my last blog… sounds like I should be in a church doesn’t it?
I had been extra busy getting ready for the Big Bead Show at Sandown where I was selling my cabochons. I had a fantastic time and it was amazing to be the other side of the stand for a change. Friends new and old came along, as well as the Medway Beaders group I belong to. It was a very long day but was worthwhile so I will definitely be repeating it. I saw lots of familiar names, and now faces, in the Bead Show Awards and it was a thrill to realise I feel I “know” many of them through facebook and in person contact.
I hope to be at future bead shows and more news on that will follow once I have details confirmed.
I didn’t get too far along in the Battle of the BeadSmith 2013, but I haven’t let that get me down and I have signed up again for next year and had my place confirmed. I am desperately trying to come up with an idea, but it alludes me right now, but I have lots of time to think but again just the 2-3 months to bead the final piece.
I also had a stall at Spitalfields Market this month on a Saturday (pic below), mum came along to help me out again, as she did for the Sandown show, honestly it wouldn’t be the same without her by my side helping out, thanks Mum xxx. Although it was fun to peoplewatch the actual sales were slow and that made for a long day. I have to decide if I will go back in December, I think I will wait on the weather nearer the time to help with that decision. There were a lot of very similar, if not same, stalls there stocking the same things – mostly Chinese imports with bargain basement prices and for me with my handmade, time intensive, labour of love work it was not a fair battle.
I have been asked by the fabulous Katie Dean to review her new books, and so my next blog will be about those. I was fortunate enough to meet Katie in person at Sandown and to see her battle piece as well. Katie bought one of my cabochons and I am nervously waiting to see what she does with it… More on that can be found here on Katie’s blog. http://beadflowers.co.uk/2013/10/a-quick-update/