November the 6th – part 1. A visit to the big smoke to encounter @Decor8 and fellow #bywbootcamp ers

I had such a fabulous day last week when I flung myself on the train to travel to London. Ok, flung is a slight exaggeration but it wasn’t far off!! I had left home tottering in my heels knowing I had plenty of time to walk to the station. About a fifth of the way there I realised I didn’t have tissues. Disaster! Quick detour to the local shop.

My purse was not in my bag.


a stationery shot I took at Liberty later that day – seems appropriate

I’ll try to keep this brief.

Tumbled home as fast as possible on heels, tore about trying to remember where purse was, found in other coat, dragged bike out of garage, cycled as fast as possible to station in my semi finery. Arrived panting, locked up bike and train arrived. Had to regale fellow travellers with exploit! SO happy to be on the train.

Once in London I jumped as I was ferreting for my Oyster card when someone touched me on the shoulder – it was my best friend from college Karen ( now a director of interior design company Brinkworth no less) ! We had intended to meet but at the Spanish Tapas bar Brindisa which her husband Howard designed the interior of. So we happily trotted off there. The food was incredible and the Spanish waiters very authentic judging by their accents 🙂 It was so lovely to catch up with Karen – we only manage to see each other about once every 1.5 years.

About 3 hours later we parted and I pushed my way through the double doors of Liberty’s stationery department , where I whiled away half an hour staring, fiddling and trying not to talk to myself before going on to my next adventure. Coming up in part 2!

#ippdailydraw and craft fair August 12th

Well as this is the last day of the Olympics I didn’t expect the craft fair at Mannington Hall to be busy but honestly it was so quiet I was able to have a conversation for an hour and a half with a fellow stall holder without interruption! Never mind, the people in my space were lovely – they all knew each other from the Norfolk craft fair circuit and Brian – he of the birds below, is going to send me a list of  craft fairs that he rates. Which is kind of him 🙂

The sketch is duff today!

fellow #ipp ers – we all have off days.

The next few images give you a flavour of my stall and the general absence of people!!

This Brian Slaytor and makes and  sells these gorgeous birds at craft fairs throughout Norfolk

I took the suitcase from the top of my wardrobe to display some of my wares. It looked lovely – but the only thing rummaged through was the bargain box of Phoenix cards. Of which I sold 3 😉 for a pound each

I more than halved my usual prices (on stock only – not the personalised things) and didn’t sell any of it. It wasn’t the right audience. The only genuine fan customer I had was my friend Helen, also the fantastic chef of the Greedy Goose at Mannington Hall who bought this daisy bunting. These take a whole day  to make – actually longer if you factor in cutting out the wood. They cost £29.50 and I have one left. I love them but they are bonkers as a retail item. If you factor in time you make a loss really! So if any of you want the one remaining at that price with free delivery let me know!

© Gabriella Buckingham 2012

© Gabriella Buckingham 2012

This was the average customer level !:)

And finally …

I deliberately deleted the price I charged for these as I wonder if you’d like to guess? I didn’t sell any but a craft shop owner came in and said what a good idea and would I supply her… so we will see. What price would you expect to pay?

Answers below please! I am going to put together a few kits for sale on my site and with instructions and ideas for decoration. I wonder if that is the environment needed?  I think it is 🙂

#ippdailydraw August 11th – biro drawing

I have masses to do today but seem to be rooted in bed with a cup of tea. Today I have orders to paint and a picnic to go to…

© Gabriella Buckingham 2012

I squeezed this drawing in just after finishing the orders. I used to draw with biro throughout my childhood – usually fashion drawings! This biro was blobby and the surface was a single sheet of paper over a bumpy table.

Tomorrow I am going to Mannington Hall to set up stall as Moobaacluck for their craft day…so there is all the preparation to do for that. It’s been a very busy week order wise which means I have’t been able to do anything new for the show but I still have quite a lot of stock. If I sell some of that and meet some new customers I will be happy. Plus there is a wonderful cafe there called The Greedy Goose run by my friend Helen. Maybe she’ll sneak me a cake;)