Firstly my apologies for not posting last month - we've been moving house which is super exciting, but as I'm sure most of you will know, also all consuming and at times pretty stressful. For me this also meant a sad goodbye to many happy years at Garage Studios, as I've also moved into a new home studio. It's a long time since I've worked from home, and I think it will take a bit of time to get used to so much of my own company again! But it's amazing to have so much space to spread out in and make my own.
When working from home, Craft fairs and events provide an important link to the creative community, so I thought this month it would be nice to share the events lined up for myBearHands so far this year....taking you all the way to Christmas!
This is a new event for me, Up Market places local makers alongside mainstream brands in Bristols main shopping centre. Their stylish booths give small businesses the opportunity to sell in a prime central location, bringing handmade products to shoppers who may not usually seek them out.
This is the perfect event if you want to have a go at making yourself. Hosted by Kirstie Allsopp who has a fantastic track record of supporting and promoting crafts, there are workshops to take part in, talks from experts and makers as well as a huge 'Shopping Village' where you'll find myBearHands.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th November, 10am - 5pm, finishing at 4pm on Sunda
This is a fantastic event, showcasing some of the best talent in the Craft world. The location is perfect - easily accessible from Cardiff city centre with parking available as well as a cafe on site. Being indoors it doesn't matter what the weather is doing outside, so this is definitely one to visit if you're interested in high quality handmade crafts.
Now a long standing event in the Bristol calendar, the Made in Bristol Gift Fair has been running for many years, and hosts Bristols best makers and creatives under one roof for you to find unique, handmade gifts - perfect timing to get your Christmas shopping started!
Bath Christmas Market is one of the most longstanding Christmas markets in the country with a wonderful atmosphere. Showcasing local makers alongside Fair-trade products, this is a high quality market, perfect for a days Christmas shopping. Treat yourself to a mulled wine and choose from the wide variety of hot food on offer while you browse.
MADE IN BRISTOL GIFT FAIRat Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 16th December 10am - 4pm
If you missed this the first time around, don't fear! I'll be back at the last Made in Bristol Gift Fair, so you can get those last minute gifts just in time for Christmas! Enjoy a drink from the bar while you shop, or stop for a bit of lunch. Then you're just a stroll from the city centre shops to carry on shopping!
Phew! Quite a full calendar of dates for your diary! I absolutely love to meet followers and customers face to face, so please do come and say hello. Without you my business wouldn't be possible and I feel so lucky for all the support and encouragement I receive every day :-)
Now back to the studio to stock up for all these events!