A lot of people ask me about our trade shows and how they work, and what happens once they're over. Here's a little behind the scenes for you.
Before the show, there's a lot of work involved. The chaos of the halls before the show opens is huge. I'm always amazed at the transformation from the last set up day to opening! I have a long thin space and it's not huge , but I'm still always so pleased if I have help especially if the help comes from either of my daughters as they both kn..
Penny Lindop Designs at Spring Fair Birmingham 2016[/caption] January and February are tough, but exciting, months in the gift industry, following on so closely from Christmas. We go to 2 trade shows during this time, and tomorrow is the day I set off for the International Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham. Despite the hard work, I love the shows and love meeting so many interesting retailers and designers. People travel so far to attend the shows, either as exhibitor or visitor, and the storie..
Just a few beauties from the Great Yorkshire Show last week - I thought I'd focus mainly on goats here as there were plenty of lovely sheep for you from the Royal Norfolk Show last month.
Goats - I really rather fell in love with them, but only had a very short time to admire them. That's the downside of doing shows on your own - just not enough time to look around.
Just a few shots of wash and brush up before the day begins:
And a little walk to stretch the..
I don't get much chance to look around at the shows that I attend as these days I'm on my own. But in my short little wander this is some of what caught my eye this year at the Royal Norfolk Show - some of it is mighty big
A fab display from the oh so posh Breckland Orchard - their Posh Pop is so refreshing during a long show
Tomatoes, on a grand scale:
And a chopping board on a grand scale. This is one of the amazing food safe boards from Paul Williams - made from Norfolk timber ..
I thought I'd help any of you who are wondering whether to change your hair style - to fringe or not to fringe. Have a look at some of these - some great styles here, I thought!
And then, how about this look:
I do love the Norfolk Show, and I do love the sheep. I might be inspired to add a few new breeds to my range of sheep cards....
At the shows I'm often asked "What's it made out of?" Well, I use sheep's fleece, but in very small quantities, so this year I thought I'd take some fleece along with me. A splash of colour in the corners, I thought.
I cut a large sack to size and then loosely stitched some of my dyed sheep's fleece to it. I'm not a great stitcher, so this was a tad tedious for me
The first dyed fleece stitched to the sack:
This shows my beautiful stitching!:
As I stitched on more blocks of f..
I love helping out at these bigger retail shows – there’s so many new people to meet, and so many new beautiful products to look at. In previous years, I have been known to slip away from the stand for an hour and get my Christmas shopping done early (very organised!).
But living out here in Taiwan means I had to miss it this year – I was very sad!
In case you missed our stand, here is how it looked this spring:
Note the splash of colour down the corner - Mum stitched (yes, she ..
These photos sum up my year. I intended to have 1 photo per month, but a couple extra crept in
January - filled with breath-takingly beautiful walks in the snow
February - lots of playing with my new camera, a Nikon D3200 (still so much to learn!)
March - the rains fell and the meadows were turned into an enchanting boggy place
April - Nicola came home to concentrate on some serious revision for her finals, and to enjoy her flowers
and I found a week to nip over to..
Knutsford is the town on the doorstep of Tatton Park, and it was fantastic to see so many shops joining in the celebration of flowers during the RHS flower show.
Here are some incredible displays:
And finally, while we were at Tatton we had a quick visit to their farm (If you go places with my daughter Emma, and there's any chance of seeing some animals, then be warned, you will have to visit!)
Just look at those velvet antle..
It was our first time exhibiting the RHS Flower show at Tatton Park, and indeed our first visit to this part of the country. We took loads of photos and wanted to share some of the things that caught our eye over the week we were there.
We had a heat wave and torrential rain; we had quiet times and incredibly busy times; we were in awe of all the huge amount of work of the dedicated gardeners and designers who put on such an amazing show; and we were amused by much of the humour.
Here are our..