Getting ready for The Spirit of Christmas 2014

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Nicole Phillips

We have been hard at work making preparing and getting ourselves all geared up for this years' Spirit of Christmas Fair. My teenage daughter has been working on making lots of gorgeous decorations and it looks like her studying GCSE textiles has come in very useful! Look out at the fair for her sweet little material Christmas trees!

I have made a few one-off special editions including beautiful material wreaths made with my fabric to add a Christmas touch. I have also added a range of very beautiful fabric stockings for those who deserve something a little bit special to pop gifts into.

In half term I went into the woods with my boys to collect twigs and branches for my show display. It ended up being a lovely walk in the countryside, running off steam and having a few stick sword fights along the way. At home I sprayed the twigs silver and gold and arranged them in a large old glass vase for the display. With twinkling Christmas lights and all the decorations it should look just the ticket.

At the last minute just a few days before the show I decided to have a trestle table made for the stand - this meant it was all hands to the deck! We visited the reclamation centre to buy some old wooden floorboards, sanded and varnished them. I am going to show off my fab Holly design table runners on it so come along and tell me what you think!

The day of the setup started with horrendous downpours but Richard and I headed up to London with our van loaded to the gunnels with our gorgeous stock and endless props. We arrived at Olympia to the usual hustle and bustle with everyone running around to park up and unload. I was pleased to see how near my stand was to the Crush restaurant as it’s  always useful for grabbing a restorative juice during the day.

It was lovely to see some familiar faces from the other stands with many becoming good friends - a quick hug later then it was onto the business in hand. We set to work on the walls with my daring new colour scheme from Little Green. We used a colour called Leather and it’s a very bright pink so you wont miss me.

Setup was finished just in time for the hall closing so it was back to the Enterprise rental van and homeward bound. Long day but the stand looks great. 

I can’t wait for the doors to open on Tuesday this week (4th November 2014) and don’t forget to drop by and see me on stand B 89.

Nicole xx

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