Setting off at 6.30 on Saturday morning, we drove through patchy fog all the way to the NEC in Birmingham arriving at about 8.15.
We set up quite quickly, my sister and I have done this so often now we don't have to question what goes where.
There, done, now you can see what all that mess in my house accomplished. Hooks and boxes full of flower kits and examples of the finished kits all on display.
Other stallholders had set up the day before, and were giving their displays a final tweak. Miniatures as far as the eye could see.
The show opened at 10.00 and we had a steady stream of customers, some old friends who it is always a pleasure to see, and some new, hopefully they will enjoy making the kits and return for more.
Saturday passed quickly and we spent a pleasant evening in a local hotel, very nice dinner and a comfy bed. I was asleep by 10.15!
Sunday, oh boy did it rain! The local news was giving out weather warnings, telling people not to drive unless it was really necessary. Many hardy souls did make it to the show, but it was much quieter than normal.
It gave me a chance to catch up with fellow stallholders/friends and to make a few purchases.
I have an idea for Sweetpeas growing up these cane wigwams from C.D Crafts. I will use the tangly stuff as stems. The crates from Anne Marie Miniatures will be weathered and filled with Christmas foliage. I'll keep you posted on my progress, both of these will be for the Kensington Christmas Festival, in December.
And the pumpkins? see tomorrow's post.
Luckily the sun came out at packing up time, so we managed to keep everything dry. Back by 7.45p.m. extremely tired but so pleased to be home.
I have spent the last two days unpacking and trying to get the house back into some sort of order. Now I must start making for Kensington.