Thursday, 13 November 2008

Ever closer....

However many ways you say it.. eight, huit, otto, acht ... even whispering it makes no difference.. the truth is there are only 8 days until the Vintage & Handmade Fair..
It seems an age ago when Jayne and I sat around my kitchen table and dreamed up the idea of bringing our blogging pals together for a jamboree.. and now I am watching the hands on the clock whizzing round as the days race ever closer to this long anticipated date.. How does time do that? I swear the hands on the clock move faster some days.. most days!

I find that the sobering events of last week have brought about a time of reflection and inspiration and this week it has been full steam ahead with the scissors, glue and the old think tank!
I have not ventured too far from the kitchen table most days... only to answer the door when the post arrives.
My days have been full and frenzied but above all FUN!I am itching to share the fruits of my labours with you.. the new greeting card designs and numerous ideas that have sprung forth and kept me busy and very content until the printer ran out of ink then the air turned many shades of blue!
Just some of the new items that I have made are these linen print Christmas cards..
I currently have them on my Not on the High Street page. If anyone would like to buy anything from the Cowboys & Custard emporium I will be selling these, amongst many other vintage themed products at the fair..... (at special blogger rates...ssssh don't tell anyone)Basket courtesy of This Vintage Life...I spotted it in Deborah's on-line shop and knew it would be perfect for my display..
One evening I managed to have a dress rehearsal for the fair.. no.. not a new wardrobe of clothes for me.. I wish!.. but a mock up of my kitchen table to see how it will look on the day..
I had a certain amount of help from my little four legged friend.. or was it outright sabotage..?
You will have to wait till the fair if you want to see the results ... though I did promise that I would try and do a live blog from the fair for those of you who will be unable to attend...until logic kicked in... and I realised that there isn't a wifi connection in the hall.. as far as I know!

It is hard to blow one's trumpet quietly.. so I hope this doesn't make too much noise!?
This week saw a 12 year ambition of mine finally come to fruition.. A mention in the hallowed pages of Country Living..
I can't say the phone hasn't stopped ringing.. it hasn't started yet but I really don't mind..
I can now say.. 'As seen in Country Living' .. oh happy day!








40 comments:

Donna said...

Oh I'm sooo gutted that I won't be able to come to the Fair. Everyone who is going is so excited. Hopefully it will be such success for you all that you will do it again, and then I can come!

Well done on your CL mention. You know you have truly arrived once you have graced the hallowed pages of the queen of mags! x

Dana and Daisy said...

You ARE famous!
Wow! Post your number and I will call you! lol!

Best wishes for a sellout, but not too quickly in the day!

When it is all done, you will have to post about the process, how you came up with and carried out hte whole idea! Brilliant!

Kitschen Pink said...

CL is amazing - huge achievement! Well done you! Oh but far more exciting than this! I had to take the beautiful boy to Specsavers and the lady next to us in the waiting room was reading your Homes and Antiques magazine and there was your smiley face! All out of the blue! I felt like I knew a celebrity! Of course I don't know you, we've never met, and I can't even come to the fair, but it felt good! I intend to sit next to your copy of C.L at the surgery until someone opens that too!
Very best of luck with the fair! Can't wait to see pictures of everyone's stalls and your work and the customers crowding around the corner to get through the door and.....OH I wish I could be there! t.xx

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on being mentioned on Country Living magazine! I'll have to keep my eye open for that issue, I'm not sure when it will arrive here in the states. Is it the December issue or November?
The cards are soooo cute!

Redwoodhouse said...

really well done at the fabulous very deserved mention in Country Living, a really big middle of the page one at that, your Christmas Cards are fab can't wait for the fair, I am sure it will be a roaring success and very crowded!!
Jan

Ragged Roses said...

I am sure it will be a case of All The Fun of the Fair, you must be getting very excited, a bit like Mr Pickles and that bunting! Congratulations on all your successes - enjoy!
Mx

the flour loft said...

saw you in Country living just today... fantastic.. well done Michele... yes it's only 8 days... i am so looking forward to meeting you and everyone... mustn't forget to make those cookies!
until then
lots of love
Ginny xx

Deb said...

What absolutely fantastic news - being mentioned in Country Living magazine-I can just imagine what a dream come true that has been. Congratulations!!

sue15cat said...

Wow!!!! Country Living..well done.

Best of luck with the Fair, but how can it go wrong, lots of lovely bloggers/crafters in one place selling gorgeous goodies? I'll watch for news of it with bated breath.

Once again well done on reaching the hallowed pages of Country Living.

Sue xx

kristina said...

I love the cards. And you know that phone is going to be ringing off the hook any minute. Congratulations again on Country Living--a huge achievement! K x

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Michele
Many congratulations on the CL article! Brilliant! So looking forward to next week.. I have done my mock-up on the kitchen table (without any help from my cats..) will post a piccie of it on the blog over the weekend!
Lizzie xx

Gingham and Flowers said...

I so so wish I could make it to the fair next week. Even if you can't do a live blog, please please please take lots of pictures to share with us. So pleased for you about the Country Living feature. It looks fantastic! Hope you get lots of orders. The new Christmas cards are lovely by the way.

Simone said...

You are in Country Living magazine. You made it!!!!! I wish you continued success in all you do. You really are an inspiration to folk like me who would really love to have their own business one day. Can't wait to see photos from the fair!

Josie-Mary said...

Congratulations on being in CL, you've made it!!
Good luck with the fair...I'm sure it will all be ok on the day when Mr Pickles isn't there being naughty!! :)

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Michele,
Congratulations to you - I think you should blow that trumpet of your as loud as you can!! The feature looks fabulous.

I also wanted to wish you and all the bloggy-girls a successful fair. I have read so many blogs where each person is working very hard creating and thinking about how they would like their space to look. Its going to be a feast for the eyes, I just know it....so make sure you take LOTS of piccies to share. I'm still so miffed to be missing it, but my baby's birthday only comes round once a year....

Love the new cards - saw a couple of yours in Black Swan, Frome last week with Lizzie.

Have a lovely weekend Michele and don't work too hard!
Niki x

Garden Girl said...

Fantastic news- well done you, missis! I hope you are saving all of these publishings ready to show the grandkids?!
Hope all goes really well at the fair. I've not been very well so won't be able to make it, but will be thinking of you all having lots of fun.xxx

Jessica said...

Congratulations on making it into Country Living!! Your stuff looks fantastic, so I am sure the show will be a success - good luck!

Elizabeth said...

Many, many congratulations Michele on your mention in Country Living - what a fabulous achievement.

Cape Cod Memories said...

As seen in Country Living! wahooo! That's WONDERFUL! =) I know you will do well at the fair!

(Did you send me an email with your name in the title? It showed the return email address as my own...hmmmm... so I haven't opened it yet. Just being cautious. =))

Rowan said...

I really like the cards - and I saw your name in Country Living and recognized it as soon as I read it. Hope it brings you lots of enquiries.

Gina said...

Well done on the Country Living mention - fantastic!

Tracy x said...

eeeeeekkkk Country Living......

enough said :)

t x

LOUISE said...

I love the gingham fabric Mr Pickles is doing his utmost to shred to bits. Nice photo of him, albeit being rather a naughty tomcat! Congratulations on being featured in Country Living, which I am certain will lead to more orders, and greater achievement to come. I am off now to have a snoop at your Christmas cards. x

Margie said...

All the best with the Fair Michele. Your cards are really special, and what a great choice of basket. I love to hear the stories of how items come to be part of displays and exhibits. Congratulations on the acknowledgement of your great work in CL. That is a great photograph of you in your kitchen preparing for the Fair, lovely range in the background. hugs Margie.

prettyshabby said...

wooo country living!! well done that's brilliant!
Hope the fair goes really well for all you lovely ladies...what am I saying 'hope' for? of course it will go well!!
x

Vintage Amethyst said...

Eeek, how fab!
Congratulations on your Country Living Debut!
Hope the fair is lots of fun!
love
Alison
x

Country Cottage Chic said...

I was so proud to see you featured in CL - almost like being in there myself!!

Vintage to Victorian said...

Congratulations Michele. You've well and truly 'made it'. I think I just heard your trumpet!!

I'm off now to do some pricing and packing for Saturday. This will will obviously go far quicker than all the rest!!

Sue x

Greentwinsmummy said...

I saw you in CL :o) good luck for the fair am sure it will be marvelous
GTM x

This Vintage Life... said...

Well done on fulfilling that ambition Michele, how exciting for you. You should be rightly proud of yourself.
Seeing you working away so assiduously at your kitchen table... it's just how how I imagined you!
Deb xx

Eli said...

I'm sure you won't have time to read this Michele but I've been thinking of you a lot recently, furiously making, making, making. Sadly I'm too far away to visit the show but wish you, Jayne and all the other crafters a happy time with loads and loads of sales. I'm certain it will be an enormous success. Spotted the pic in Country Living immediately. Fantastic....Eli(www.flutterbypatch.typepad.co.uk)

Sea Angels said...

I think Country Living is really fab, especially after Homes and Antiques....Goodness knows what comes next!!!!! I'm watching this space with baited breath............(no pressure haha!!)
See you soon,
Love Lynn xx

Margie said...

I am giving you an award as you inspire me and I would like to show my appreciation. Please check out Margie's Crafts. hugs Margie.

LiLi M. said...

Have a fab time at the Vintage and Handmade Fair. Too bad I cannot attend it myself but I will be thinking of you. Your star is rising anyway, I am going to buy Country Living too, in no time I will have a special Michèle corner of magazines ;-).

kelly said...

I saw your "frame" in CL, it looks beautiful, congrats! The Christmas cards are wonderful too, very creative!

Alchamillamolly said...

The very best of luck for Saturday I am glum (what a lovely sad word) not be seeing everyone - please take lots of pics of everyone on the stalls and bloggers all!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Congratulations in appearing in the magazine. Your creations are lovely. Karen

kelly said...

we are big django fans in our house too and like yours, my hubby plays django on the guitar to me too! Of course Led Zepp are always a fave of mine.

Rosie said...

Only just got my copy of CL today. Sorry I'm a bit slow. Well done that's fantastic.x

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Look at naughty Mr. Pickles trying to have a little bit of fun whilst his mum is hard at work. "Look at me, mummy, I am totally destroying your bunting and loving every minute of it". tee hee....

Congrats on the CL mention!! Great job! Now is it the UK edition and which month? I will have to buy it just because you are in it!

The fair looks like it was so much fun. Sure wish I could have participated in it - maybe another year.

hugs,
Becky