Where has February gone? You get lulled into the quiet relaxed pace of January then before you know it you’ve lost half a month!!
February has been a surprisingly busy few weeks, both at home and KWJ. At the beginning of the month we had our first Totally Locally Scarborough meet up at Clark’s. It was a great opportunity to meet up with other local businesses and of course the coffee and cake were delicious! Hopefully this will now become a regular monthly meet up where we can explore any issues and opportunities there are for small businesses in the Scarborough area.
Half term then crept up on us and we made the most of it by visiting the Scarborough RNLI for their open day and doing plenty of crafty things, along with a lovely sunny day on the beach!
February is also the month for developing new ideas ready for the British Craft Trade Fair in April and application time for craft shows. I haven’t applied for any events for a couple of years since Evie came along but I have done this time round and I have some shiny new work to share with you. Have a look at these stunning pictures by the ever professional Gary Sheridan, he takes the most wonderful product photos!
This a snapshot of the two new collections I have been working on recently, Raindrops and Tideline (or Lagoon, I’ve not quite decided yet!) They both explore a slightly bigger scale than I have previously been working with but it has been most enjoyable to try new ideas and techniques. I’d love to know what you think – the full collections will be on show at BCTF in April.
Love is in the Air
In my last post I mentioned I was thinking about wedding fairs. So I took the plunge and am taking part in two local events in March and April. The first is at the Royal Hotel on Sunday 18th March from 11am – 2pm. The second is at the Market Hall on Saturday 14th April from 3 – 7pm. I’m really looking forward to taking part, meeting excited brides and grooms to be and thinking differently about my jewellery as to what customers are after when buying their wedding jewellery. It was easy when I got married as I just made my own!!
In the end……
The end of the month has been an exciting one. I took a trip over t’hills to Manchester to celebrate a big birthday weekend with my lovely maker friends Nikki and Ella (This is Pewter). Then on Monday I teamed up with Jenny from Scarborough Scribbles and Jenn from Yorkshire in Business to host an Etsy workshop for local businesses who wanted to start selling online. It was a brilliant morning and we managed to set up some fantastic new online shops, and develop a few which had already made a start. We are looking forward to continuing this to build a local support network for those on Etsy and hold some more focussed workshops in the future.
(thats me looking geeky standing up at the front!!)
Batten down the hatches!
We are now sat in the middle of an amber snow warning for the next few days so we’ll be keeping warm and cosy, although I’m very intrigued by the forecast for Thundersnow!! Hopefully I will be able to get out about with my camera too and capture a glimpse of the seaside under snow which still fascinates me! You can keep a weather eye on my wanderings (see what I did there) over on Instagram and Facebook.
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in March!