Getting out, out ... and planning ahead
At the time of writing this, we're all still living in a very strange time... the 'rule of six' has just been reintroduced and social distancing is still a very big reality. However, amongst all of the restrictions, I'm really pleased that a few events have now begun to open up with all of the correct rules in place to keep people safe. Here's a little bit of an overview of where you'll find me in the coming months:
I'm excited to stall out at this beautiful venue, next Sunday, especially as it'll be the first time for a few months that I've been able to physically display my wares and meet people face-to-face.
Helmingham Hall Gardens are pre-selling tickets, which means there are no tickets on the door and they've already sold out - I hope some of you managed to get tickets!? They're taking social distancing very seriously and so won't be letting groups of more than six enter the venue together. We'll all have hand sanitiser and we'll be adhering to the latest guidelines on the day.
I can't wait to set up my stall as I'm taking lots of big and small creations and I'm planning on it being quite an impressive display.
Helmingham Hall is one of my favourite places to be and, as it's the first event for me for such a long time, I'm going to be as enthusiastic as a very enthusiastic person who's been shut in a workshop for a long time!
A great, regular market that's been held every Tuesday and Saturday in this gorgeous market town for donkeys' years, I'll be taking some of my wares and chatting to as many of you as I can on Saturday 26th September.
There's plenty to do in Fram so why not make a day of it? You obviously know about the Castle on the Hill (thanks Mr Sheeran) and the market itself, appropriately on Market Hill, is full of the most delicious food and drinks, the most creative crafts and, obviously the best whimsical metalwork around!
I know, I know, we've not even finished with Summer yet (thank goodness!), but I'm having to think ahead as so many events are being changed and moved and cancelled because of the current situation. Now, this may look like an empty field to you but, imagine, as noses begin to get colder and Santa begins to get his elves working, this will become a display area to which you'll all be welcome!
Usually in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I enjoy meeting lots of you at Blackthorpe Barn. It's a great time of year and I really enjoy the spirit of the event, stalling out with all the other talented makers, with Blackthorpe's own Christmas shop amongst the amazing delights to behold. This year, because of the pandemic, it's not possible to have us all with our stalls in the barns - if you've been before you'll know how busy it gets. The event is going online - there will be a virtual market and you'll be able to see lots of the makers' creations and purchase them to collect or be delivered.
As well as Blackthorpe Barns virtual event, I'm going to make the most of my amazing surroundings out here in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, and I'll be holding weekend events here with everything displayed outside for you to come and see, chat, purchase and take home with you (or have couriered if you choose something larger!).
More information to come, watch this space...
So, keep your eyes peeled on FB/Insta/Twitter for all things new going on in my world - as always, I'd love to chat if you have ideas for commissions and I've always got lots of stock items in my online shop. If you can't wait until the festive season or can't get to Fram or Helmingham, do give me a call and we can arrange a workshop visit sooner.
Catch up with you somewhere soon