My, that was quite a scorching hot Great Yorkshire show this year - a complete contrast to the wash out of last year!
I was on my own this year for the show so I was very pleased to get this little message sent from Emma who is still overseas:
Here is how we looked for this year's show, where we decided to have a much bigger stand than usual:
They had to take my nameboard away to redo it as the letters were peeling, and this is what they brought back - we decided quirky was ok!
There's not much opportunity to see much of the shows I attend when I'm on my own, but here are just a few bits that caught my eye while walking in in the mornings:
These alpines greeted me as I walked along to the Country Living Magazine's marquee each day
There were some fantastic gardens designed and created by various schools, all themed around children's books. These hedgehogs amused me
And some beautiful plantings designed with such creativity - I feel some new card designs c..
A lovely day out at the Focus on Imaging Show yesterday ended with a half hour masterclass on product photography with photographer Karl Taylor - thought I might pick up some tips for my own products.
The product here is a bottle of whiskey, placed on a glossy acrylic sheet.
Preparing the Equipment
The background light
The whiskey on the acrylic sheet with the background light
The main light is behind the wh..
With so little time away from sending out orders, here are just a few of my favourite things from the recent Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
Hilarious tea towels from Poppy Treffry - way too lovely to use
One of our favourites at many shows, these potato print pictures from Red Hen Originals
For perfection to detail in wood, check out Jenny Burt's work
And I love this amazing reindeer from Pollyfields
This cute little dog caught my fancy, from Angel Bill. I like the wooden ..
We made the most of yesterday's summer day, gave ourselves an afternoon off and went off to the Sandringham Flower Show. Here's some of what we enjoyed:
We bought some fabulous handmade soaps from the very talented and professional Royston and Hayes
We enjoyed some Posh Pop from the lovely Breckland Orchard and a couple of Norfolk pork pies from Bray's Cottage - yummy lunch that was!
We went a little off piste and wandered around the grounds of Sandringham house
These are th..
So, earlier in the month mum and I took a trip to the NEC for the huge international Spring Fair for the gift trade. We had to postpone the visit a day or two due to the unexpected snow!
We’ve been exhibiting at this trade show for quite a few years, so it was a bit of a change to not be working and having a look around instead and doing a bit of research for some new ideas. The show is the biggest that I’ve been to, and it’s always quite fun to look around the card hall, which is wher..
Our interest in rare and ancient breeds of agricultural animals goes back to when Penny worked in archaeology. While working in the British Museum she became interested in ancient technology and explored aspects of early European textiles. This naturally led on to an interest in the ancient breeds of sheep, and now, some 25 years later, this interest has re-awakenened. Much inspiration comes from watching these wonderful animals.
We are currently working on our range of ancient breed gree..
I always enjoy helping out at different shows, and this year was the second time that I’ve been to Spirit of Christmas in London. The first challenge for me was to get from Euston station to Kensington Olympia; last year I took the bus option, but this year I braved the tube, and managed not to get lost once (it was a lot easier than I expected). When I arrived Mum had already done most of the setting up, and there was just the finishing touches to get done (that's the part I love doing). I..
It may only be the beginning of October, but here at Penny Lindop Designs, we’ve been busy, busy, busy on our preparations for the Christmas period. In fact, we actually had to start thinking about Christmas at the beginning of the year when we were designing the 2012 calendar. It’s always quite a challenge to come up with new ideas for every month, so if you have any designs on your wishlist for future editions please let us know! I hope you like my idea for the Olympics in July...
Well, it's been busy, busy, busy here at the Penny Lindop camp, so I've not visited this writing space for quite a while. But it's been an exciting few weeks, and today I just want to tell you a little about the Great Yorkshire Show which happened in the middle of July.
Yes, that's me talking with Prince Charles
We were exhibiting in the Country Living Marquee with its fantastic location on the site.
Anyway, great excitement this year, as we had a royal visit on th..