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  1. Well the Bourton Festival was NOISY!! 3 stages of live music non stop for 9 hours and we were within 100 yards of the bank of speakers serving the heavy rock stage so we finished the day half deaf with a hint of a tangy smell drifting across the lawn! We had a good selection of buyers across a range of products except the lavender. Last week it was selling as if there was a shortage this week the ducks and wickerflies were more popular. Came home to find sales off the website are coming through as well so all positive.

    Hopefully things will be a bit more sedate this weekend as we go to Malvern Courtyard again for the Malvern Food Festival. Be interesting as our products can't be eaten so wonder what the visitors will think.

    After that we are off for a couple of weeks break. Hopefully there will be no more earthquakes in Italy.

    We are beginning to think of Christmas product lines, I know it seems early but this year we want a much more extensive range so early planning is vital. We've already got some ideas for tree decorations and already made a couple of candles bounded by cinnamon sticks. We've also sourced some pine cone for the pot pourri as well so Watch this space! 

  2. What a contrast - is summer really here? Had a hint it was coming last sunday at Old Wulfrunians fete for Promise Dreams. We had the gazebo again but as Frankie was working James came along to help. Now he knows why we need to arrive 2 hours before the start time - erecting the gazebo and stand can be interesting!!

    We had a good spot by the door to the main marquee and also looked out on to the fairground attractions. Was a bit muddy underfoot but we were able to sell from two sides of the gazebo. The dried fruit dangles continue to go well as did the lavender bundles, hearts and organza bags and as usual we sold a fair number of the calligraphy cards. The weather got better as the day went on and thank goodness there was no wind to speak of. All in all a satisfactory day and we felt that we helped the charity as well.

    This Sunday James and I are off to Bourton Hall festival near Rugby. This will be an early start as the event opens at 10am so we need to be there for 8, leaving home at 7'sh! As it doesn't finish till about 7pm this could be a long day. Event is being organised by Southam 2000 Rotary Club in aid of End Polio Now and as a fellow Rotarian I can fully support the event. Its a mix of vintage car rally and 3 stages with live pop music with other attractions thrown in around the grounds. Apparently 7-800 people are expected so fingers crossed it will be a good day. Weather forecast is for it to be bright and sunny although with a bit of a breeze so the storm gear will be with us again! Only a couple of fathers day cards left so hopefully they'll go.

    We've also booked in for the Malvern Food Festival on 2nd June (selling food you can't eat at a food festival - how quirky is that) and other events which are listed on our events page. Why not check them out as we'd love to see you.

  3. Just finished repairing the gazebo after this weeks events at Bidford. Got to the site early on Saturday morning and relieved to find that although a bit soft in places the field was perfectly ok and the boots could stay in the car. Although bright and sunny the forecast was for the wind to strengthen and change direction over the weekend so we made sure the guys were up, the wind anchors in the ground and the storms tied to them - ended up being a wise decision. We had a massive corner pitch about 30 foot wide so we put the tables in an L shape outside the tent. Saturday was steady trading all through with items across the board selling. Saturday evening we left the gazebo up, well and truly lashed to all of the stoem pegs we could muster but we needn't have worried as Sunday am dawned bright and still and it was lovely with the warm sun in the virtual nil breeze. Selling was quite brisk as well with some people coming back from seeing the products the day before - very gratifying. However by lunchtime it had clouded over and the wind was getting up from a completely different direction - it probably veered over 180 degrees over the weekend. The wind gradually got stronger and at one point tipped one of our tables over and at another blew the cards away - they ended the day ties to the table with string. We moved everything back inside and erected another side sheet. The wind came in very strong gusts and at times I was holding the frame down. The event was supposed to end about 5pm but everyone strated packing up by 4.30pm as the wind was beyond a joke. It was still very pleasant in the sun but the wind was spoiling it all.

    At the end of the event we had a good level of sales, despite all the problems with the wind and a number of people took the Heart discount vouchers and several people were interested in our website so who knows.

    Off to Old Wulfrunians this week where we are doing a charity event being put on by the football club in aid of Promise Dreams - Frankie's working so its James and me -just hope the winds not blowing!

  4. Saturday was a busy day as we had run out of ducks and have had to wait for the order to come in. We went and picked them up on Saturday afternoon and also got a few wicker dragonflies as well.

    Sunday dawned bright and sunny - the drought had come back! We had a short trip to Bromsgrove to the Stoke Heath parish fete. Really nice event with lots of tradional stalls and ring events - even ferret racing! We had a steady stream of customers all day and sold a wide range of products including the dried fruit decorations. The new lavender hearts and padded gingham hearts went very well so we are going to put them on the website for the wider public to enjoy and just as well we had re-stocked with the ducks.    

    We are now looking forward to next weekends two day vintage gathering at Bidford on Avon. Just hope it stays next to the river and not in the river! Another gazebo event and I'm glad we do more of these as there is much greater footfall than at craft fairs. Fingers crossed that it stays dry.

  5. Well had a great day on Saturday at the St Georges Day event by the river in Bewdley. 'Very English' with Morris Dancers and all sorts of things going on. Fortunately the weather kept dry and the gazebo was worth its weight in gold, tied to the railings and with its feet on. We had sales across the board. The calligraphy cards went well but it was great to see the dried fruit decorations and hearts went really well and Frankie was right as they are an all year round attraction. We almost sold out of the bamboo ducks and need to re-stock!

    Frankie is busy making more hearts and dried fruit decorations for Saturdays event at Chipping Norton. We are in the Town Hall from 10 till 4 and are hoping a change of scene will not mean a change of fortune. We will have as much stock on display as possible. The ladybirds have gone so we will have to push the 'smelly balls'.  

  6. Well off to Bewdley tomorrow, hope the storms keep off but taking the weights and ropes to tie the gazebo down just in case!

    Had a busy couple of weeks so no time to post since Malvern. Have just got back from an event in Evesham. Bit of a failure and only the second time we've not covered the table cost. Hardly any customers turned up even though it was in the old Town Hall right in the centre of town.

    Anyway onward and upward. Next Saturday we are booked in, gazebo and all, at the St Georges Day event by the river Severn in Bewdley. Hoping for a nice fine day - hope the ducks and penguins behave themselves and dont want to go for a paddle! 

  7. Had a very good, but cold day yesterday at Malvern. Lovely little courtyard of bijou shops just off Belle Vue Terrace. Steady stream of customers all day and made a reasonable level of sales. Cross section of sales inc chilli rings & hearts and dried fruit rings. Ducks and penguins were also very popular and also sold a wicker dragonfly. Enjoyed everyone's company and thanks to Sean Austin ( of Austin & Co) for organising.