Well Hello World: after being swept up in the whirlwind that was the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards my feet are lightly touching back down into reality and I can now say (delightedly, excitedly) that Crafternoon Cabaret Club is this year’s winner for the Creative Idea Award!
I’m completely thrilled and very overwhelmed! The awards day was held at The Proud Archivist – a gorgeous canalside cafe/venue – and we had a full day of glorious sunshine which made the setting even more beautiful. I met all of the other finalists – who are a rather awe-inspiring talented group to say the least and included crafters and makers of everything from gorgeous painted paper flowers, to glass-makers, jewellery designers, illustrators, print makers, knitters, crocheters, ALPACA OWNERS… the list goes on. I was really struck by how wonderfully supportive and interested everyone was in and of each other’s work. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you throw a bunch of crafters who’ve never met into a room the answer is pretty simple; lots of tea, talking, laughing and impromptu skill sharing!
The judges were an impressive and inspiring bunch and despite my nerves I really enjoyed being able to present what I do to a group of such knowledgable people. They gave me tips and advice and were incredibly positive and enthusiastic. Part of the prize for winning the Creative Idea award is to run something with the utterly amazing Crafty Fox Market and I’m really looking forward to making plans with them.
Massive thanks to Mollie Makes for putting together such a wonderful and inspiring event! I’ll be sharing and adding the coverage they include to my blog as it’s released and you can see all of the winners here PLUS they’ve helpfully storified the day so you can peek in at the highlights!
There was also a photographer and videographer covering the day and I was interviewed (both before and after I won – you can clearly see the difference because in the later interview I’m babbling like a trooper, clutching a glass of fizz and bright pink!!) so do keep an eye on the Mollie Makes website, watch and share! There was an abundance of talent at the day and I’d highly recommend that you check out everyone that made the shortlist.
In my excitement I took very few photos – sorry about that – but here are a few highlights: