HANDMADE 2014 was such a fun weekend and Wellington certainly turned on the weather. I’m fizzing with ideas and enthusiasm for next year and hope to see you there. Put it in the diary for Queen’s Birthday weekend 2015. There’s such a supportive and friendly environment at the event. It’s great to see everyone trying out new skills and learning things that interest them. Many of the things we could learn from a book or from the internet, but actually putting time aside to practice in the company of fellow enthusiasts and with a tutor on hand to advise is a truly precious thing.
I attended a couple of workshops and lectures as well as teaching ‘Soda’s, Syrups and Spritzers‘, ‘Plan your Summer Edible Garden‘ and ‘Drawstring Backpack‘ workshops. The gentle Melissa Wastney from Tiny Happy taught stamp carving and the lovely Anna from Qwerky Home stocks lots of stamping supplies plus many other treasures. The dexterous Jan Jiang taught Chinese paper cutting, the ultimate in portable and beautiful crafts. She creates stunning journals sold through Cherry Blossom.
Kings Seeds has just launched a new website ready for you to do some seed buying as one of your ten winter garden tasks. You’ll find my recommendations for reaping richer rewards from your garden in this month’s issue of FishHead magazine.