I've got a couple of exciting weekends coming up - thought you might like to know about them: dates for your sunny summer calendar:
This weekend (30th June / 1st July 10am-4pm:), I'm at Ickworth House for their Country Estate Fayre - here's how they describe it: "Don't miss our new Country Estate Fayre with fun for all the family.
Browse wool and craft stalls, grab a bite to eat and head on a tour with National Trust team members to learn about our Estate and Gardens.Head to our kids (and big kids) zone for our storytelling village, games and traditional rides.
Enjoy a variety of country traditions and skills such as Morris dancing, Blacksmithing and wood carving. Not forgetting a chance to meet a Suffolk Punch Horse. You wouldn't want to miss it!"
I've been building a couple of arbours to take with me and show my adoring public - they're bare steel so that they rust and form an amazing patina; they're around 9ft tall, 6ft wide and 3ft deep. Quite a handful to create as they fill my works...
I've just had a fantastic four days at the Essex Craft and Design Show at Hyde Hall in Essex. What amazing weather!
Met some great people, the weather was just perfect and managed to wander around the grounds once I'd set up - what an amazing place Hyde Hall is:
So, now that I'm back in the workshop, I'm getting ready for my next adventure - this Sunday I'll be in a pub carpark (what's not to like?!). The Woolpack, Ipswich, is home to That Sunday Market, a collective of vintage sellers and makers from
10am-3pm on 13th May - the same day that the area also has a garage sale trail in the area.
Come on down and meet us all - beer and vintage, beer and makers, beer and garage sales, beer and food - who could resist?
Soooo, Summer's coming - maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but, having had a little taster of the sun, it feels as if it's just around the corner and I, for one, can't wait. Being a maker of many outdoor practical and whimsical creations, I absolutely prefer a bit of sunlight to showcase my work and demonstrate the things that could delight your home and garden. Here are a few ideas:
I've been out and about meeting lots of you at Halesworth, at Snape and in Framlingham this year already and am looking forward to a whole host of opportunities to bring my creations to you - take a look at my calendar and come visit - I'd love to meet you. Next one up for me at this time is the Essex Craft and Design Show; a 4-day outing at Hyde Hall in Essex - looking forward to that one. Following that, I'm exhibiting in a pub car park in Ipswich with That Sunday Market (watch this space!), and then at the spectacular Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market - always a great day full of fabulous creat...