Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Even Storm Doris Didn't stop the Show!

A little update on last weeks adventures, it's been quite a whirlwind....literally!

All set for the 'Make It' show in Farnborough, an early ferry at the crack of dawn with forecasts of storm Doris heading our way but the boat trip across the Solent was calm.... I guess you could say the calm before the storm!

We arrived nice and early for a steady set up day, an extra pair of hands with us as my back is playing up big time but we had plenty of time, or so we thought!  Let me put you in the picture, the show is held in a temporary structure that has been in place for years but it's like an enormous marquee that is made to move when the wind blows ( it's a bit like being on a boat)




The wind howled, the girders creaked and the lights swayed....no kidding.... and then the powers that be, had a conflab and decided to evacuate the building until the wind had calmed down with the instructions 'no entry until at least 3pm'. Great! Okay, let's go for a pizza! But oh no! all the restaurants are in a complex with a multi-storey car park and the entrance too low for the van so we ended up eating chips and baked beans in Tesco.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, we were back in by 5pm and out again by 10pm all set up and ready to go!

             









               ......and a few hours later........


What a fabulous show too! 

Lovely to see so many customers and friends and so many birthday wishes too....I feel very blessed.  Then I saw Mags with Dawn and Ellie, and even though she felt so poorly she'd even stayed up late to make me a birthday card. Of course, we had to take a selfie so here we all are (even though I think I look a bit the worse for wear after the previous days fiasco!) 

It was so good to see everyone.


For those of you who didn't make it to the show, for all orders over £20 we'll include a FREE Pergamano 'M' Pattern (worth £6.50) - Enter Code 'MakeIt2017'
(this applies until the weekend midnight Sunday)

Don't forget to take a look www.wightcat.com to place your order

All for now

Hilary x

Monday, February 20, 2017

Everything Happens for a Reason



What a weekend it's been! ....Well, actually what a week!



3 days in the West Country at Craft4Crafters and we saw so many friends and regulars at the show, what a great time! Thank you all for coming to see us and buying your crafting goodies.




My back finally gave in and Steve, bless him, pushed me round in a wheelchair for most of the time but we managed and we had some lovely new products that I was demonstrating and we had a complete sell out of the Gansai Tambi Starry Colours and the Wink of Stella.  Don't worry though,  as soon as they are back in stock I will let you all know, along with some brand new items too.




No time to go home, we ploughed on up to the NEC in our van for the only UK trade show of the year. We had a very important connection to make and I'm so pleased we managed to get there.




You already know Barbara Gray (Clarity Stamps) has done such a marvelous job expanding the parchment world with her Groovi Plate System, and maybe you didn't know that she now also owns Pergamano.... what a match!  So, for us as leading parchment specialists it was really important that we made a connection so we can all work together and help bring the parchment world  even closer.




What a lovely, generous lady and a such great team too, we sat together and chatted over coffee and laughed just like old friends. We are so looking forward to this venture with Barbara and her team and they have made us feel so welcome......watch this space!



We are home now, there's nothing quite like your own bed is there!

All for now

Hilary x


Friday, February 03, 2017

Welcome to February!

Where does the time go?  We have started our new round of shows for this year and it's always so good to see all our friends and have a catch up with all things crafting!

Parchment Lace Magazine no 6 is being launched today and we have already got them in the shop, so all pre-orders have already gone out....thank you so much  to everyone who ordered one from us, it all helps to keep the 'wheels turning' :) we have a new batch already on their way and should be in the shop at Wightcat Crafts early next week.

I'm thrilled to be included in the magazine again and apart from being the Parchment Expert and having a "Q & A" page I also have a couple of cards in the magazine so that's really exciting

Here's a peak at what's in store

video

Plus a couple of the cards 

My own design, I hope you enjoy making this

This one I have designed using the Free Grid that comes with the magazine

If you have any questions you would like me to answer in the magazine, don't forget to email me and of course don't forget to get a copy of the latest magazine from Wightcat Crafts, there are some lovely designs in it

All for now,

Hilary x





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