Back at the beginning of the summer I was sitting at Blogtacular, notebook and pen in hand, ready to listen to Grace Bonney’s keynote speech. The previous 6 months had been busy ones. We were preparing for the summer at Margot, and still establishing what we wanted to do with the beach hut. Personally I was identifying and developing my style as a maker, whilst of course, sewing, designing, and making some stock. Plus I was balancing that alongside blogging, and doing some freelance writing.
It’s been almost a week and half since the Margot ladies had a day trip to London for the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards. If you missed the exciting news, Margot was a finalist in the collaboration category alongside two other collaborative projects.
We knew a good day would be had by all, whether we were to win or not. Team Mollie Makes had organised a jam-packed day of mentoring and activities for us to do. Plus it would give us an opportunity to chat everything making and creative with some fellow crafty folk.
Last week Geoffrey & Grace and the other makers at Margot got some very exciting news…
Margot has been shortlisted for a Mollie Makes Handmade Award!
When I received the email to tell me, I was cooking Bailey’s dinner and I jumped around the kitchen giggling in disbelief. I had to read the email another three times for the news to properly sink in.
I didn’t quite manage to get back to you last week with the following blog post. I got a bit distracted with a certain little someones 3rd birthday party, wrapping thirteen layers of pass the parcel, and making twenty four bunny eared cupcakes!
More on that later… until then… as promised, ‘life as a new maker’…
Well, what have the last six months been like? It hasn’t been without it’s challenges. It was always going to be a steep learning curve as I had never made to sell before. I had only made for family and friends, and only made what I fancied. It was quite a big step for me to take (especially since it coincided with our house move), but I thought it was too good an opportunity to miss out on. I was so keen to be part of this little community of artists down on Worthing seafront.
Gosh it’s a been a long time since I wrote a ‘threads’ post. It was back at the end of March last year when I wrote ‘To listen to your head or follow your heart?’, and what a lot has happened since then! I mention an exciting opportunity in that post, and you don’t have to be Colombo to work out that I was talking about the East Beach Studios and Margot.
The idea behind the threads series was / is to document what it is like for someone, like me, who likes to make and craft, and is thinking about transitioning into making to sell. Well, I have been in Margot about 6 months now and I can officially say that I ‘make to sell’. I am well and truly transitioned. Although I still have tons and tons to learn.