It was a 2 day extravaganza at the MADE IN ESSEX ART, CRAFT & DESIGN SHOW in the most elegant of surroundings.
After a very early start we arrived at the beautiful castle grounds with the sun peaking through the early morning haze. We were housed in a spectacular marquee, in the gardens of the sumptuous Georgian house next to the castle, complete with our own kitchen and loos!!
The crowds started to arrive straight away and we were busy from the off. As always I met some brilliant and interesting people. My favourite moment was meeting football legend Jimmy Greaves' daughter, who bought a card with Jimmy on, to give to him that day. How amazing is that?!!
It was so nice to be able to sneak off for a bit to have a wander around the castle and see what was happening elsewhere. I even managed to see Santa Claus on his mobile, presumably checking on Rudolph!! (See photo below, for photographic evidence!).
One of the best parts of these events is the camaraderie with my fellow stall-holders. Everyone was so friendly and fun to talk to. As always we ended up spending the profits at their stalls. Beautiful prints from artists Jonathan Trim and Kirstin Handley. Plus spectacular metal works from Stuart and Mark from the Roding Valley Forge.
It was an honour to be amongst some of Essex's finest artists and craftspeople.
Also, a big, big thank you to the event organisers Dave Shields and Jan Simon, who were so supportive, friendly and great fun all weekend.
I can't wait for their next show now!
|The spectacular castle, and just look at that blue sky!|
|The vintage 12th century interior of the castle!|
|Can just see our white marquee, behind the house on the left.|
|The grand Georgian house, this way to the art show!|
|A curiously French scene, next to the main house!|
|The fantastic marquee used for the show.|
|And here is the grand entrance!|
|An already busy scene inside the marquee!|
|Check out those chandeliers!!|
|My stall, what a lovely setting to display my stuff!|
|Here he is! Santa spotted on his mobile!!|
|The last word goes to the extremely cute owl!!|