Since I last saw you more workshops have been taking place around the UK as part of the All Counties Craft Challenge, first up was Handmade at Helen’s, a fledgling craft shop in Dumfries.
So, when I left you last I had completed a rather full on week of workshops, TV work and driving that took me from the South coast of Devon, through Peterborough and all the way up to Gretna.
After a good old sleep it was time to get set up for the weekend of workshops in Dumfries. Somehow the road maintenance folk had heard about my visit and decided to shut off the bit of motorway that I needed to use to get to the workshops for the whole weekend – thanks for that! Lol.
Truthfully, it didn’t turn out to cause too many issues as it was just taking the older roads that were in place before the motorway so all well signposted and easily navigable.
We pulled up at Handmade At Helen’s which is, as I mentioned, a fledgling craft shop housed in an historic building in the Chrichton Centre, Dumfries.
Handmade At Helen’s has only been trading for five months – isn’t it great to see new craft shops opening up!?
Anyway, Gelli Plates with an MDF shape were the order of the day – pocket watches, that don’t fit in the pocket, to be precise.
So it was eyes down and messy craft out!
Lots of giggles and creativity in this workshop – always good to smile and laugh while you’re ‘working’ isn’t it?
The day was over sadly too quickly but not so quick as to be able to get everyone together for a #craftclassselfie or four…
That was day one. On day two we had ourselves a Scan N Cut workshop, covering lots of basic operations and bit and bobs.
Got so engrossed that I even forgot to get ‘concentration face’ photos. Did manage to get a #craftclassselfie though :)
We even made it into the local newspaper!
Time now to get everything ship-shape for the final Scottish workshops of the challenge.
Now, to say that I was a little anxious about this journey is to make an understatement. I’ve talked before on how anxiety can run away with itself and blow all things out of proportion. Imagine that emotion thinking through a twelve hour ferry journey … yup, you guessed it, I was a tad on edge.
More about that in the next diary post.
At this point I remember a picture I saw in Helen’s shop …
Right, that just about brings this wee blog post to a close. Not long remaining on the challenge!
Don’t forget, I am putting myself through all of this nonsense in order to raise awareness of mental health issues and also to raise money for Mind, the mental health charity.
If you would like to get involved there are several ways in which you can do that.
- Make a donation on my Just Giving page.
- Make a donation via the Create & Craft TV website; for an additional P&P charge of £2.99 you will also be sent an official challenge postcard colouring book.
- Attend a workshop. To find out if there is one coming up near you, please visit the itinerary page on this blog.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up. See you again soon!