I’ve spent the past two days at the Make It! Show at Farnborough. And there’s one final day to go tomorrow. Cate and Natalie (my upline and her upline) within Stampin’ Up! organised a stand at the show, and prepared the pieces for 300 “make and takes” for anyone to try out the products and see for themselves how easy they are to use. They also did the preparation for a card making class and a scrapbooking class each day. And I sat and put together the packs for the make and takes before the show started each day. Guess what I will be doing tomorrow morning?!
The show has been really good for me. I might not have got many orders yet, but I have met many lovely crafters within the Basingstoke area, and have given my card to lots of people. It’s fabulous to get to spend the weekend with like-minded people, who don’t glaze over when I get all excited about the possibilities within crafting! Yesterday I split my time between “supervising” the make and takes, and chatting to people who visited the stand, selling Idea Books and encouraging people to enter the prize draw to win a basketful of goodies. Today was mainly spent on the make and take table, which is good, but more draining than you’d expect as you’re always trying to explain the same thing in different ways. I also have to be careful not to overwhelm people with tips at the beginning, but also to make sure that they have the information they need for each stage of the project. It’s a fine line, and one I’m still learning to tread! It’s great when we get such a range of abilities, though. The ones who are new to stamping are lovely, as although they need more help and guidance, they get such a sense of achievement out of completing the card, and finding out it’s not as difficult as they thought to get great results. And the experienced, been doing this forever crafters will often put their own “spin” on the project, and interpret our “serving suggestion” in their own way, using the items in the packs and on the table. It’s lovely to have a mix throughout the day.
I’ve not had much chance to spend time looking round the show, so I will make sure that I do that tomorrow and not waste such a great opportunity. On the other hand, though, the days have gone really quickly as we have been immensely busy, and I’m not finding there are many things that I particularly want to go and see. I did get a bit overexcited just before hometime, though. I went over to another stand to have a look at their offerings, and Barbara Gray was there!! (Which may tell you which stand it was!) I was so surprised to see her, though I’m sure I shouldn’t have been! I was stood behind her, and she had her back to me but I recognised her from Create and Craft. I said “Barbara!” and she turned round and said “Hi, how are you?”. I had to let her know she wasn’t supposed to know who I was, as we’ve never met before, and I said “I’m Katie, you don’t know me at all, but I’ve seen you on the telly!” I was so excited, I probably really embarrassed myself, but I didn’t really care! I even got a hug! That just made my day, and was the icing on the cake for a lovely experience.
I’ve been soaking in the bath tonight, to try and ease some of my aches before tomorrow, and can see it being difficult to move on Monday. And even harder on Tuesday when I have to go back to work!! I have a day off on Monday to catch up with everything from the weekend, so that will give me a little respite.
It will be fabulous to get all of the contact details that people have filled in on the stand, especially all the lovely ladies from Basingstoke and further afield who I’ve spent time with. I am really looking forward to arranging to meet up with them, and expanding my crafting circle locally!
Thanks to anyone who’s been at the show and came to check out the site. As I said, it’s still very new, but I am working on getting more content and more information up, so stay tuned!!
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